Category Archives: Seattle

Long Gone: The Ancient Egyptians

When I was in high-school, I remember spending a lot of time at home, reading about ancient civilizations. I would listen to my Seattle grunge music1 and read long books from the school library about the Sumerians, the Egyptians, Babylonians, … Continue reading

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Understanding Buddhism as a Corporate Metaphor

I work in a large corporation now for the last 6 years as an systems engineer. I’ve moved offices many times and I’ve transferred around within the company (working in Dublin for example) sometimes. It occurred to me that this … Continue reading

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It’s That Time Again: Cherry Blossoms!

I don’t know why, but I love spring. But of course, one of the most memorable things about Spring are blossoms! In Japanese these are known as sakura (桜) and in Korean I think1 these are known as peotggot (벚꽃), … Continue reading

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Recycling in Japan: A How-To Guide

So here’s something I learned the hard way. When I last visited Japan and stayed at my wife’s parents’ home1 and I wanted to help around the house since I eat all their food, and create a load of laundry … Continue reading

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Part 2: My new hobby – Korean language 한극어

Shifting gears a bit after the last heavy post, I wanted to revisit an old subject. About six months ago, I wrote about my new hobby at the time, which was studying Korean alongside studying Japanese. It started out as … Continue reading

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My Breakfast

People might have thought I was joking when I said I ate natto, kimchi and coffee for breakfast almost every morning, but here’s the proof. I like eating this because it’s healthy (fermented foods and such), but also very quick … Continue reading

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Happy 8th Anniversary, Baby!

Hi Honey, It’s been 8 fun years together as husband and wife, and since you’re in Japan1 enjoying sunny weather while we’re here in Seattle stuck in a snow-storm, I thought you might enjoy this video from Kinki Kids that … Continue reading

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Confucius: Never Stop Studying

Recently, I was reminded by my wife about the importance of knowledge and education. It’s something we often take for granted in today’s era of universal (and often sub-standard) education, but throughout human history, education was something crucial and opened … Continue reading

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The Water of Life

The spice extends life. The spice expands consciousness. –Dune, 1984 This is me grinding some excellent coffee by Caffé Vita, a local “micro-roaster” here in Seattle. Many parts of the world are famous for wine varieties, but Seattle? Coffee. We … Continue reading

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Snow in Seattle

This pretty much describes every winter in Seattle: I’m just saying. P.S. Dedicated to a certain blog reader who knows all about snow.

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