Day 673

Tuesday | December 31st, 2013


It may be unnaturally warm for December almost becoming January, but those flowery things are still dead (top). It seems like last year and the few before it, the flowery things shriveled up to be crispy and brown straightaway in the late fall and there was nothing but dirt and barren trees to gape at on the way home. This year, it gets colderish, then warms upperish, then dives back down. The flowery things seems to take the day or two of colderish on the chin and perk up once the sun punches through again. So the flowery things are still here, still clinging, still with us …


The TOEIC day trifecta: the lab, the wall, the ducks. Remember the ducks. There they frolic again, on the-river-that-is-really-a-lake’s ice sheet. We have ice and gnarled and contemptuously stubborn flowery things in Gyeongju and I’ve not an iota of a complaint about it. Did I mention it’s warm? Like go outside without a hat, forget your gloves, scarf-smarf warm. It’s cold inside the hanok because there’s cold air trapped in all its air spaces. And so I overdress thinking I’ll protect my flesh from the heathen weather only to step outside and walk a block or two and sweat. If all winters in Gyeongju are gonna be like this, the South Pacific Island Retirement Plan can be jettisoned, at last. I see no reason to leave this lukewarm paradise.

The Daily Bullet

crappy photo + Scanner Pro (makes .pdfs) = this.


Daily Report

I didn’t sleep last night. I struggled to write or create a script that would grab an .mp3 from a folder, open it, insert markers in pre-determined places, split the audio file into eleven segments based on those

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Out beyond the fake lake (Bomun) for Christmas Day lunch at a place called the Healing Kitchen. It’s all farms and hilltops here. And roads to more farms and hilltops. Except for the noise from the cars, I

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The Fourth Wall

I’m here and alive. Ten days behind the reality of my written life, yet here and alive. TOEIC is the predominant motif of life from the end of the semester until … today. This is the end, after

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This Old Hanok

When we had the bathroom done, we wanted to design our own window for the part of the wall which straddles the storage space along the side of the house. This way we could have clean airflow through

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