@Ryan asked Keegan what’s missing from the teachings of Mirai Live. I’ve only been a Mirai member for a couple of months, so take my feelings with a grain of salt I guess. I have to start by saying that ML is amazing. The knowledge being given is just unquantifiable. The knowledge is even better when you give yourself the chance to practice bonsai, see what Ryan is talking about first hand and then go back to a video to review. We all know this, so let me answer the question directly.
For me, the next steps would be to somehow catalog the archive by species in a sort of timeline. I know that bonsai shouldn’t be done on calendar, but a logical order is possible. The current filters definitely get you almost to what I’m envisioning. It would be nice to say “show me a holistic view of short needle multi-flush pine care” and then see what is involved in as much of a chronological order as possible.
My biggest hurdle is branch selection when designing a tree. I love the end result when Ryan is done, but I’m always wanting to spin the tree on my own. The 2D nature of the medium makes it hard to really dig into a tree and get an understanding of its structure. A 360*, and possibly 3D, rendering of the tree would be amazing, but I know that it’s difficult/expensive. A VR view even more so.
Lastly, and this is like “in the year 2000” stuff now, but the ability to take a live online class would top it off. Idk how you do this when there’s no way to have similar trees or personal attention without a lot to tech.