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General Sherlock Discussion » How I became obsessed with Sherlock » August 14, 2016 11:03 pm

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Sometimes observation and deduction can help you with something in the distant past, something that happened before you had become a sherlockian.  I believe it was in the mid fifties, when I had been sent to stay at my grandmothers house for a few days. When i awoke on the next day I thought I would play on her piano for a while. I couldn't play anything but "chopsticks". This drove my grandmother to distraction. She told me to go outside and play with the other kids in the neighborhood. i went outside and looked for some other kids to play with. Eventually I found about four or five kids and asked them if I could play with them. They said they didn't have any toys to play with. I told them if we cold find a few things we could make a scooter. I told them what we needed, but we could only find roller skates and at 2 by 4 . We needed an orange crate to finish the scooter. We nailed some parts of the skates to the 2 by 4. I told them we could try to ride it like it was. I was about to try it but one of the other kids wanted to go first. I was amazed at how well he rode that thing. Before I could try to ride it a new girl came to us and said the scates were hers.. She had her father with her and he took our board and skates and they went home. I pretty much forgot about this event util many years later. When I had read Sherlock books and learned observation and deduction, I realized that those kids must have made another "skateboard" xand taught themselves how to skate on it. This all happened in Venice California. I have recently deduced that this must be how skateboarding came about. I would have loved to have skateboarded back then, but due to my mothers illness I was sent to live in an Episcopal Church Home For Children. 

General Sherlock Discussion » Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Holmes! » July 31, 2016 2:34 am

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Although i am not a Catholic, nor do I consider myself a religious person. I was impressed by what Pope Francis had to say to thousands of young people in Poland. I think we all should make an effort to do what we can to make the world a better place. I say this to my fellow Sherlockians because I believe that we are more able to accomplish things than those who have never been exposed to Sherlock and his methods of observation and deduction. We should continue reading and watching all the Sherlock Holmes stories we can access, paying attention to how Sherlock solves his cases. In addition we should pay attention to events and situations around ourselves, watching for opportunities to improve things if possible. 
  As an example, many years ago when I enlisted in the USAF I was sent to Montgomery Alabama. At that time the racism in that city was like nothing I had ever seen before. Black people had to walk on one side ot the street and white people had to walk on the other side of the street. I decided that I would cross the street. I had no idea of the risk I was taking, but I deduced that I would be able to talk myself out of any trouble I got into if I was discovered. In the more recent years I realized I had been very wrong on that.
When I crossed the street, one elderly black lady thanked me for what I was doing. I told her that we were in a free country, and nobody was going to tell me what side of the street to walk on. I believed in more recent times that I had just been lucky not to get caught. When I reported to the AFB for duty I encountered many incidents of racism. I and my fellow airmen were fighting the war in Vietnam and battling racism simultaneously. I was able to help a lot in both struggles by using observation and deduction. 

Meet The Members » What does your username/signature/avatar say about you? » June 19, 2016 3:15 am

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ojisan is Japanese for honorable uncle. In Japan, when you encounter an elderly gentleman it is common to refer to him as ojisan. It fits me well because I have many nephews and nieces .

Meet The Members » Meet the Members! » June 19, 2016 3:03 am

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I am male, retired. On this forum I go by the name ojisan which is japanese for honorable uncle, which I am. I am retired from the motion picture industry. I consider my new job to be caring for my health.
I have been a Sherlock fan since the sixties. I am also a Star Wars fan. I consider Star Wars to be my baby. 
I am a total geek: science fiction, fantasy, horror, dungeons and dragons, computer games, & etc. I am not gay myself but I have had many LGBT friends over the years. I am against prejudice of any kind. That's how my mother raised me. Thanks to Sherlock and his methods I have been able to do many good things, and I hope to do many more. I also hope to inspire other Sherlockians to do the same. 
I have lived and worked in Hollywood for so long, I consider myself a denizen of Hollywood. I have seen many things and many people..few would believe what I have seen. In the military I was stationed in Japan for nearly 3 years. 

Introductions Please... » Hey Folks :) » June 18, 2016 3:09 am

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Thanks again for the welcome.


....still Ojisan  http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

Introductions Please... » Hey Folks :) » June 18, 2016 3:01 am

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Thank you for the welcome, Davina. 

...Ojisan (btw Ojisan is Japanese for "honorable Uncle".I told that to George Lucas.) 

General Sherlock Discussion » My gay friend who introduced me to Sherlock Holmes. » June 13, 2016 10:59 pm

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First, I want to say that I believe that being gay is a potential superpower. While I am not gay myself, my good friend and the cofounder  of the OSH, (Organisation for Security and Happiness), the late Eddie Zap was the one who introduced me to Sherlocks' methods of observation and deduction. Alan Turing, a gay person, was the key person who helped to break the enigma code and end World War 2. Eddie and I agreed that observation and deduction could be used to achieve results that would do good things and help to make the world a better place. I am just pointing out that the recent loss of many Young LGBT people is a very great loss to all of us. 
  May they rest in peace......Ojisan. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/depressed.png
  

General Sherlock Discussion » Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Holmes! » June 12, 2016 3:25 am

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Kareem Abdul Jabbar  Is a Sherlockian ! He is writing a book with Mycroft  Holmes (Sherlocks Brother) as the main character. He is also familiar with the use of Sherlocks  methods of observation and deduction. He has used these methods to help in a basketball game. 
I myself have used observation and deduction to help a good friend of mine who had been a basketball player in High School. My friend had been very good with his jump shot. He later had an automobile accident and no longer could do his jump shot as well after the accident. From what he told me I observed that his main problem was trying to hard to make the shot. I suggested he relax and let his body make the shot instead of over controlling it. He eventually regained his skill at making the shot. 

Introductions Please... » Hey Folks :) » June 12, 2016 2:31 am

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Thanks for the welcome, Sherlock Holmes. I really like this forum. The people here are really nice, and I have never encountered trolls or trolling here, which is rare in most of the forums I have participated in. 

Meet The Members » Tell us what part of the world you come from » June 9, 2016 2:13 am

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By now I have lived in Hollywood for the majority of my life. I refer to myself as a denizen of Hollywood. I have seen things in Hollywood that would amaze you all.  Such as the time I saw a flying saucer over the Capitol Records building. You will never guess who or what was in it. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png
 

The Science Of Deduction » Observing is all well and good, BUT... » June 8, 2016 4:35 am

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Most of these posts are about practicing observation and deduction. This is a good thing but I would like to see more Sherlockians using observation and deduction to help people in the real world. I know this is possible because I have done it many times. For example there was one time I was standing near the large swimming pool of my apartment building. About six people were standing around the pool fully clothed except for one young lady wearing a bathing suit. Her boyfriend was clothed. For some unknown reason  she attempted to push him in the water. He dodged, and she went in instead..at the deep  end.
She started splashing around like she couldn't swim. We all heard someone say "she can swim, she's just faking.". I decided to ignore that statement and moved to the side of the pool closest to her. While I was still moving, I examined her movements. She was only a few feet from  the edge of the pool but I could tell from her movement she had no idea how to swim even a few feet. Nobody was helping. Since I was not a good swimmer. I decided quickly to stoop at the edge of the pool, and taking advantage of my hight and length of arms, and reach under the water to one of her hands as she was slowly rising to the surface. I lifted my hand to bring her up more quickly. When she broke the surface she started breathing rapidly, but not coughing. Observing that she hadn't swallowed any water I started pulling her toward the edge of the pool. Others began helping to steady me and help her out of the pool. After a few minutes she told me "thank you for saving my life". I said "you're welcome."  One point here is, you can't fix a problem until the problem occurs. 

General Sherlock Discussion » How I became obsessed with Sherlock » June 8, 2016 1:44 am

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Before I go much further, I want to point out that it is not always possible to use observation and deduction to accomplish good things. For instance, although gave George Lucas a lot of helpful ideas for Star Wars films, I can't say that observation and deduction helped with that. I was, however, my interest in Sherlock Holmes that drew me to the desire to help filmmakers make movies more to what I thought fans like me would really love. My meeting and connection with George was mostly just miraculous luck. While I am immensely pleased at how the films turned out. However,  George  is a wonderful filmmaker and it is quite possible that had he and I not met he would have made even better films. I do think, however, they would have been different than Star Wars.   I must admit that although I never wanted anything from George, he did offer to take me to a private screening when Star Wars came out. It was extremely hard for me to turn down his offer, after all he had done for me and the fans. And it would have been a great experience for me, even priceless. But by that time I was so rabid to see it in a public theater with all the cheering screaming fans, I had to go get in line like everyone else, and it took me 6 hours to get in. I regretted that George could not see it in a public theater (he would have been mobbed http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png
 ).  I saw what happened to Spielberg when he watched E.T. in a public theater( it didn't go well). 
It's important to me to help make the world a better place. Sometimes I need to use observation and deduction to do it. Sometimes I don't.

General Sherlock Discussion » How I became obsessed with Sherlock » June 6, 2016 4:46 am

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Ah young ones. I'm so old my younger friends tease me by trying to guess my age. But since I look younger than I am they are never very close.http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png
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  I finally figured out why Eddie and I couldn't do much with our observation and deduction. We hadn't encountered a problem. Sherlock had that same issue, He was very bored when he didn't have a problem to solve. We were still in High School, and there just weren't any cases to solve. I was the first to leave school. I enlisted in the USAF and became a medic. While I was training as a regular medic I came upon my first real case which took me years to solve. Someone in the medic school was stealing things from the students, Mostly field jackets. There was nothing I was able to observe or deduce. 
Soon I was given the opportunity to attend the Medical Laboratory School at Gunter AFB in Alabama.
This was during the Civil rights era, just after the shooting of JFK. I was surprised that the thefts had followed me to Gunter, which was just outside of Montgomery Alabama where Governor George Wallace presided. All at once I had many problems to solve and the Vietnam war had started. 

General Sherlock Discussion » How I became obsessed with Sherlock » June 4, 2016 2:05 am

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Eventually Eddie and I decided that we had to do more than just play at Sherlock Holmes. We felt that we could use observation and deduction to do good things. We felt that we should do what we could to make the world a better place by using observation and deduction. We also felt that we should try to get other Sherlockians to join the effort to use Holmes' methods to do good. We had trouble coming up with a name for such a group. But we decided that for the time being. We should just watch for an opportunity to do something good. 

General Sherlock Discussion » How I became obsessed with Sherlock » June 3, 2016 12:52 am

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When I was in junior High school I would hang out with a group of friends who were mostly geeks. We were into things like science fiction, fantasy and horror, but not mysteries. One of the group, named Jeff McKnight called our group "The Weirds ." Some of the Weirds were making super 8mm films of horror scenes remeniscient of something out of H. P. Lovecraft. The leader of that group whose name was Eddie Zap invited me to join, and so I did. As time went by, Eddie and I became good friends an he often invited me to his house to talk about fiction. It turned out he was very much into James Bond novels and also Sherlock Holmes stories. Now, up until this time my only exposure to Sherlock had been the Basil Rathbone  movies which I did like, but not a lot. Eddie told me that the thing that made Sherlock unique from all the other fictional sleuths was his methods of observation and deduction. It was enough to get me to read the books. After the first book I was hooked and read the whole series. Since then I have watched every movie and TV series that came out. In addition, Eddie  and I would practice using observation and deduction every chance we could get. We would smoke pipes and pretend to be Holmes or Watson. And all this was just the beginning. 
 

Character Analysis » Sherlock and diagnosis » June 1, 2016 3:37 am

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Thank you, Vhanja, for giving us something to chew on while we await the next episode. 
  Sherlock would have  lived in a time where the methods of observation and deduction had not yet been developed. Therefore he would have had to either encounter them or come up with them himself. 
these methods may have been beyond the skill of any consulting detective to develop. I think it is more likely that he would have had the good fortune to encounter someone who would show him the methods, much as a doctor friend showed them to Doyle.  I believe that  someone in the medical profession is the most likely to have been the originator. While working in the medical field, I had several opportunities to use observation successfully to achieve benefits to patients in a military hospital. Therefor I am convinced that Sherlock Holmes methods are particularly effective for use in the medical field.. Just as Doyle had seen their possible use by a detective, so would a capable consulting detective of Holmes era see the advantage of using them for detective work. 

Character Analysis » Sherlock and diagnosis » May 31, 2016 1:34 am

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An interesting post. I think that the difficulty of analyzing Sherlock comes from the shortcomings in modern psychology. I think we still have a lot to learn about the human mind. For example: A.D.D. refers to attention deficit disorder. I and my brother both have this condition. My brother took medications for it, but I did not. I felt that the condition was neither a deficit of attention, nor a disorder. My mind tends to avoid outside interruptions to its thought process. This has both positive and negative effects. On one hand it makes it difficult to switch my attention to a different subject than it is currently on. On the other hand it enables my mind to remain uninterrupted and I can achieve a deeper state of concentration than someone who does not have the condition. I consider it a potential "superpower".  Potential, because all powers have a downside. One must learn to handle it. 

Introductions Please... » Hey Folks :) » May 29, 2016 3:47 am

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Hi Beauty. Sherlock is more than just a good mystery series. If you can learn a little bit of observation and deduction, you can do amazing things. 

Introductions Please... » Hi There! » May 29, 2016 3:34 am

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Hi, Fran.  From one noob to another, welcome to the forum. 

Introductions Please... » Introduction » May 29, 2016 3:20 am

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Just leaving an introduction here.  I will soon be heading over to the U.S. Jedi Council site to let them know that there would never have been a Star Wars movie if I had not  met Eddie Zap, who introduced me to Sherlock Holmes books and Sherlocks'  methods of observation and deduction. I expect to be savagely trolled. 

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