A brief note about the name of the my blog: I have changed it in an effort to be a little less esoteric.
"Newbie Deshi" was a pun on the Japanese term uchi deshi. I thought myself rather clever when I first came up with it, but it has been nagging me for some time that the title of my blog was going to confuse more than amuse. Only those of us with a background in the Japanese martial arts know what an uchi deshi is.
The new title, a reference to the television series Kung Fu, I hope is a little more suitable for mass consumption.
Nothing else has changed, not even the layout of the page, so those few of you who have been reading regularly, carry on as usual.