Originally Posted by Lars
No, my question to Weems was an honest one, not a smart ass one. I would really like to know what was accomplished and what he was looking for.
That's how I took the question.
Some stuff I learned:
1. People don't extrapolate on video the same way I do. (I've actually known this for some time.) Had I not known Hilly, I would have immediately recognized him as a terrific skier. Some here did, and some didn't. He is. And he won't have learned anything from this thread. Forums don't generally interest him. But don't worry. He's quite comfortable with his skiing.
2. Very technical people don't like squishy definitions, especially in a "technical" forum.
3. Reconfirmed: People don't see the same thing the same way as each other, EVEN if it is completely technical.
4. I am going to keep throwing out challenging metaphors, because I think the discomfort helps people expand and make the leaps that help growth.
5. It is a useful teaching tool to challenge assumptions. My own included.
6. If I don't rise to the bait then the debate can be more fun and interesting. If I do rise...it goes south.
7. People as a rule don't ask questions before they give opinions. There is still an enormous tendency to be critical of OTHER PEOPLE'S skiing and points of view, rather than approach it with responses like, "Interesting. Why do you think the way you do here?"
8. 7 reminds me that I will fiercely continue my process of learning to ask questions before offering opinions. I will also continue my efforts to learn how to ask questions is such a way that my opinions won't be necessary.
9. I am constantly learning to appreciate the passion and knowledge of the people on epicski.
10. The technical, MA, world is still a place where I could gain more leverage by paying more attention. And I will. (But, man, I've heard so much in fifty years. It really sounds like Leon Littlebird's Skibonics!)