A few years ago a freelance writer got in touch with me. He liked my photography and was wondering if I’d be interested in doing a short interview. He made it clear that this was something he would eventually pitch to VICE and that there was no guarantee that it would get approved. The interview was part email back-and-forth and part Skype conversation. I could ...

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I used to devour the information superhighway at 14.4k. I rarely feel like I’m devouring anything on the web anymore. The web is just so good at being utilitarian and practical. I use it too much to get practical things done that I have lost the desire to seek out and devour information like I once did. I used to write URL’s down on pieces of paper and really ...

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It was a great day to start. I'm lying on my bed where I stare at the flash on the TV for hours, no doubt. It has been going on. Green. No. Green. No. Green. No. It just does it forever.   He woke up at last!   When he wakes up, he does a lot of things. I just do not know which way to make trouble. "Fuck, discomfort camp middle ...

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I’m not in Osaka right now but I certainly wouldn’t mind if I were. I’ve experienced so much awesome in Osaka that had I not met the ol wife during what I thought were my final months in Seoul, I probably would have moved there.   Every long-term expat outside the Foreign Service has an Osaka. I know a few dudes who’d decided Fukuoka was the city ...

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You ever find a photo of yourself early on in your years and draw a complete blank? It is bonkers how much we forget about what happened during the first decade of our lives. I’ve got snapshots up on my brain fridge, but considering how much we learn, do, experience during the early part of our life, the snapshots I’ve managed to save represent so little of ...

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You may have heard the same thing from someone else, but the first warehouse party I attended was life altering. I remember being so uncomfortable. It wasn’t just my first party, it was the first time I’d heard jungle music. I didn’t think we fit in as my friends and I were all wearing clothes that were decidedly out of place. We sported regular cut Levis, ...

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I’m pretty sure I have sleep apnea, but I’m not sure I am willing to go through what I am sure would be an amazing adventure at an Abuja sleep clinic. I’ve had a few acquaintances go through sleep clinic adventures in Seoul and they paid around a grand for the experience. That seems pretty steep for a nights sleep in a room with wires hooked up to your ...

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I don’t write about the absurd and mundane things that happen during my day-to-day life that much anymore. I used to. But I used to have a group of online friends who engaged with me, and I with them at small online communities like Swinney.org and Citynoise.org. Significant time was spent online posting to these sites or chatting on efnet and icb. In my case, it ...

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Yes. Frankly speaking I’m scared of missing out on the future. There is nothing I can do right now to postpone death enough to be worth a damn. I will certainly die within the next 60 years, and that sucks because I am pretty sure something really interesting is going to happen each and every year after I die. Missing out on all of that post-death ...

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The short answer to that is no, I don’t think so. The long answer is that it might. It’s not an easy question to answer because North Korea has the benefit of residing in a pretty important neighborhood. However, I am certainly of the opinion that the global community’s strategy to deal with the DPRK is failing and that a different strategy is ...

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In my previous post I wrote: When I was checking in for my flight to Seoul, I remember meeting someone else headed in the same direction. He was crouching at the side of the check-in counter rearranging the weight of his bags. He had what appeared to be the contents of his dorm room, plus everything else he could possibly need. It was so ridiculous. He was under the ...

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As far as my own personal journey is concerned, I’d never expected to become a long-term expat. Like most fresh out of university men and women who move to Korea to teach English, I expected it would all only last a year. But that certainly isn’t how it played out and in total; I’d end up spending over a decade in Seoul.   When I was checking in for ...

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I started taking myself way too seriously after writing my last post. Hah! I almost forgot that these tidbits aren’t meant to be overly serious. It is important to communicate thoughts outside your immediate family. Not being able to leads to domestic problems. It’s pretty common in places like this. A lot of drinking.   Don’t get me wrong. I love ...

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  The notion that there are gods is not problematic, and the idea isn’t stupid. There are good reasons to believe in additional environments populated by society's dominant over each other and us. The problems and stupidity come into play the moment our arrogance tells us we can climb to the top of the ladder and that we know what the gods want of ...

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The precession of the equinoxes and the effect it has on the earth is something I have become more and more interested in. What interests me most is the idea that while the earth moves through the twelve constellations (Pieces, Aquarius, etc.) four ages (Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Iron) are experienced.   I cling to the hope that the Great Year and ...

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I’m most proud of three accomplishments — my daughter, my street photography, and my music. While I haven't attempted to make music since 2001, I still enjoy the music I made during high school and university. For me, and probably only me, my tracks have stood the test of time. Not all of them, of course, but the tracks below are songs that I composed almost ...

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I’ve written about a number of needlessly controversial topics lately, so I’m going to try my hand at a topic that is fluffier; though still needlessly controversial.   I haven’t read everything Graham Hancock has written, but I am certainly in agreement with him when it comes to ancient advanced civilizations on planet earth. With all of the ...

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Everyone is, to some degree, racist or prejudiced. The goal, of course, is to minimize the ill effects of racism and prejudice, but deep down, we are all disposed toward racism and prejudice. I will attempt brevity because I’ve got a bunch of stickers to scrape off the living room floor and since I don’t have a scraper, I’ll have to rely on my inner MacGyver to ...

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On the side bar, I wrote, “I have been scolded by people 51% more politically correct than I that the word “retard” isn’t kosher. I think that's retarded.”   I completely understand that the word is dated and offensive. But it is a word that I regrettably cannot bring myself to stop using when I am confronted by instances of extreme foolishness ...

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Social justice is a sort of umbrella term and encompasses many different themes. Cultural appropriation is more of a fringe racial justice issue, even though I argue that it really isn’t. So, out of respect for people working on important social justice issues (think poverty reduction, environmentalism, access to health care, labour laws, etc.), I would like to put ...

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Crime comes in varying degrees of severity and there should be varying degrees of punishment. What bothers me is how society has inadvertently allowed the bar of perceived severity to drop so low that people are going to prison for mistakes that really aren’t all that callous.   Society functions best when citizens adhere to the rule of law and agree to ...

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We have a door in the hallway that turns half of the apartment into a panic room. It’s rated to withstand fire from an AK-47 and when the locking mechanism is triggered, bolts slide and lock at multiple junctures on three sides. It’s solid. And it’s been the center of attention in many of the daydreams I inevitably daydream while I navigate the routine monotony ...

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It is certainly refreshing that more and more people are taking up the issue of drug policy and the negative effect that the criminalization of narcotic use has had on society. My personal view is that ‘traditional’ narcotics should be decriminalized and regulated the same way alcohols and tobaccos are. Marijuana is a good start, but I firmly believe that ...

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I think it is retarded that people have so negatively portrayed Melania Trumps decision to remain in New York City. She should be celebrated for having the courage to make that decision. And that she could stand up to such a puerile man so guilty of misogyny is even more liberating.   Not once have I heard someone, in the media I read, write anything ...

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I guess some might say that, at 40, what I am going through is a mid-life crisis.   Before embarking, I should point out that I am not without happiness. I have a wife I absolutely adore and a three-year-old daughter whom I love deeply. We travel. We cook. We read. And we genuinely spend a lot of quality time together. So when you read my feelings below, ...

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A group of people was walking through a forest lost. As they walked the image would shift from them in the woods to some buildings along some railroad tracks. The railroad tracks were rusty and hadn’t been used since the cold war ended. The buildings were in shabby condition, though it appeared they were still hooked up to the power grid. From images of the group ...

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