I didn’t get on the mat to practice.
A part of me wanted to have breakfast.
Another part of me didn’t have an appetite (it’s a voice that appears during the hot summer months).
The part that didn’t have an appetite did want a cup of coffee.
The part that wanted breakfast thought that wasn’t a great idea.
So I stood and deliberated and ended up having two slices of bread with ghee and then a nice cup of coffee 🙂
A couple of miscalculations that were surprisingly quickly and easily corrected transformed yesterdays lousy samasthiti into todays perfectly illustrated samasthiti.
Then by just changing 3 numbers – a leg is raised:
And of course – the control points are only optional:
Next up – making this all interactive: making the control points clickable and dragable on the screen and then translating their movement into changes in the posture – which is much easier and more fun to do then calculating and changing numbers.
I haven’t been writing much over the last few days and probably will be writing less in the coming days (if not beyond that) because I am caught up in an experiment. I though to write a few words about the experiment.
It’s a completely messed up visual result but it has a few great things going for it: (1) it exists; (2) there is a head; (3) there are 14 limbs (which is the number I was planning for). I hope over the next few days to debug and review some of the calculations that led to this result and to achieve a much better one (granted this result should be pretty easy to top).
If/when this works it will be possible to easily:
- Create endless variations of two-dimensional postures by simply dragging joints around on the screen.
- Build a generic quality online asana library that teachers and students can easily tailor for specific needs.
- Construct practice sequences that can be illustrated for both on screen and printing resolutions.
- Enable practitioners to maintain a log of their evolving practices.
- Enable teachers to create and share online sample practices.
- and much more …
There are still many steps to take until this becomes something usable, but for now a messed up samasthiti is satisfying progress for me 🙂