Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
I am No Tell for a week. No one else is invited onto the floor. I'll dance by myself. You can watch.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
what we did on saturday
Saw night at the museum. Is that what it is called in the states? It was a movie for kids. I laughed. I almost walked out. I laughed. A kid behind me kept making strange noises. I thought he was going to blow a bugger on the back of my head. He didn't. I almost stepped on a child while walking up the stairs. Kids need to watch out. They are not easily seen. Pirooz almost crushed one with piggy tales. Pirooz got hit on by a man?woman? Who knows. Not important. Don't think the person was Pirooz's type. I bought a children's book by Yi Sang. I've been reading his big boy books in translation. I love him. This should be a fun little learning project. I bought an electric dictionary. I bought “where the wild things are” written in Hangul. Again, fun to translate. I will see how close I can get to the original. We ate well. SY misrepresented my spiritual beliefs. I sang yellow submarine and sweet home Alabama. I sang them well. SY sang more better. Pirooz sang more better. We drank a bottle of Soju. We drank lots of bottles of beer. We drank coffee. Not in that order. Pirooz has pictures. Figure they will go up on his blog soon.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Boy did I dance last night. I don't remember half of it. Maybe Pirooz can tell you. I just ate some clam chowder. Belly feels better. I think we are going to a movie today. That would fit me just right.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Whatever 13th poem means, I want to win, and I want to win very very badly. Really, it makes me happy everytime I hear WM mentioned. It makes me very very happy. the only way I could be happier is if I win by a score of 120 -10. I want to kill the other books.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
I think we found a nice place. They are only asking for 2,000 for key money. The rent is expensive, but about right for Seoul. It is a ten minute walk from my office. It is on the top floor. It is on a side street. Quiet. Nice view. I have access to the roof so I can have BBQs in the summer. Life is good. Will sign the papers tomorrow.
Friday, January 12, 2007
Going house hunting again today. Plenty of run down places were seen last week. One place was not. We are going to that place again. There is a deal in Korea called, “key money”. You give at least $5,000 as a kind of deposit. When you move out you get it back. It is a very uncomfortable situation, but it is the situation, and if I don't want to live on the street, I am going to have to do it. Going to have to rub some coins together to make it happen.
Cold Front gives out its best of 2006. Plenty of categories. Whole Milk and Jim Goar pop up in one. I think this a a nod to Whole Milk/Scott/Josh/Effing, not to the poems. It is a confusion I feel little need to resolve. Scroll down to the bottom to see who/what else was nominated.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Copper Nickel is taking two pieces that have been floating for much too long. I love both of the ones they picked. I first sent "A sonnet for lonely people" out about eighteen months ago. I sent it in the same packet that had work picked up by Harvard review and by Lit. Lonely People might have been seen by ten or fifteen editors by now. yet it went by unwanted. It is really one of the best things I have done so far. So happy that it has a home.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
I've never seen one. I'd love to. have you guys in the states seen any?
Chinese police destroy terrorist camp in Xinjiang
A senior Party official in Xinjiang has denounced Rebiya Kadeer, now living the United States, as a separatist, saying she has no qualifications to be nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.
I am not sure where the link is. China daily must have seen one though. Nice barbs by the way.
Monday, January 08, 2007
Last night was the first time UA philosophy alumnus Jim Goar had read at the cafe. He was nervous, but curious to hear his own rhythms as he orated his own piece.
"I'm not sure about my oratory skills," Goar said, "and I'm not sure I won't stumble over my own words."
The audience received Goar's work with rampant applause, and his nervousness was replaced with a sense of artistic accomplishment .
Hell ya, Goar!
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
What world is Professor Kim from
Ask any Korean student overseas why he has decided to study abroad, he is likely to answer: "To serve my motherland." Students from other countries would have answered: "To improve my learning and get a better job." For most Koreans, however, motherland overrides virtually everything, and so does patriotism.
This is from a professor at a top university in Korea (click on the link). I find this statement unbelievable. I have asked countless students of mine why there are going overseas to study and have never heard this response (money, jobs, & lifestyle have all come up). This misinformation is a common disconnect between the way the world is and the way some want it to be. I don't think this statement would get very far in a Korean language newspaper, but because it is written in English, and made available for foreign (though some Koreans do read the Herald for an English learning tool) readers, not much attention will be paid to it.
Monday, January 01, 2007
The United States is often accused of acting unilaterally, and, in turn, is called to return to multilateral actions. In this extremly short post, I will assume that the United States is acting unilaterally (not because I necessarily agree with the statement, but because I don't feel like arguing that point right now).
The United States is being asked to return to its multilateral ways. I have seen it said that the reason the United States is acting unilaterally is because there is no other superpower. So, there might be a call to return to the cold war days of multilateral workings. I understand this call, and sympathize with it. However, I don't know that it is a fair offer.
The USSR was aware that an attack on Paris was the same as an attack on Seoul or Los Angles. All countries would respond with full force. All would back the other. They shared a similar interest.
Today we see North Korea making weapons. No one wants this. However, people want it less in degrees. Seoul is not threatened by these weapons. The traditional weapons aimed at her could do the trick. Seoul could be destroyed today just as she could have been destroyed ten years ago.
So, nuclear weapons do not change the way Seoul essentially feels. What Seoul does not want (justifiably so) is to provoke a war. Each country must look out for the interests of its citizens. Seoul and Beijing are not going to do much to stop the shipment of North Korean goods. Will not do much to inspect suspicious cargo.
For arguments sake, let's say that there are bombs in a ship. Where is this ship going to go? Where is the first target going to be? I doubt, just as France does, that it would be Paris. I would imagine, in the hands of North Korean agents, or, much more likely, in the hands of actors without a state, that they would end in the USA. Because of this fact, Paris is not as concerned. They are not as concerned about North Korea. They are not as concerned about Iran. Same argument goes for other European states as well as the EU. They are not going to be the ones directly hit. Trade, for them, is more important.
So this gets us back to multilateral vs unilateral. I do not believe it fair to ask the USA to act multilaterally until all counties involved see the threat in the same light as they used to. A bomb in New York must be just as upsetting to the French as a bomb in Paris. Until that is the case, the USA, in cases of security, should not be expected to act multilaterally.