I write to inform you of my current situation, which is altogether rather pleasant. I must confess that I find it comfortable in Korea, though my chosen profession (more like, the profession that I have fallen into for lack of other means) is a bit of a drudgery. I cannot allow complaints to creep upon me, for you would find that many have it far worse that I.
My updates may be hit and miss, but my actual writing have stabilized. It is an amazing thing to have a goal for oneself, to not float aimlessly from hour to hour, seeking out entertainment to numb inadequacies that a quiet mind reminds us of. I have taken to keeping my mind busy filling those holes. When I am not lecturing, working on my novel, or taking a walk, I am drawing. It is a pastime that I believe will complement my personality well. It is wonderful to lose oneself in a sketch, but I cannot let it detract from my actual work. Writing comes first. And great writing demands much from its creator. If I am to be successful as an author, I must, as Renan said, seek “to sacrifice all personal desires, to realize great things, to obtain nobleness of mind, to surpass the vulgarity in which the existence of nearly all individuals is spent.”
I wonder how you are progressing in your own studies. Have you found that spark that lights the path in front of you? I’m sure that you will. When you have a chance, I would love to hear how life in your land is treating you, or more preferably, how you are treating life! With a firm handshake from
The first ever Ghibli Exhibition outside of Japan is now at the Seoul Art Center. It isn’t nearly as extensive as the Tim Burton exhibition that I went to last winter, but it still stoked the muse. Imagine room after room of artwork from the creation of every Ghibli movie, even films made before Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata joined forces. Each room was devoted either to a movie or to an era of Ghibli Studio. I couldn’t take pictures inside, but we did get some outside.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
You’ll have to excuse me as I’m busy booking one-way tickets to Fukoaka, Japan. In the meantime, check out this gallery of fifty photos from cat island, where hundreds of cats roam streets, boats, and local houses. And be sure to listen to the accompanying soundtrack. It really adds ambience.
And how it affects the brain. See the entire info-graphic here.
And it is aptly named: Cat bearding. Google images is overflowing with pictures already.
Meet Larry Principe, the modern alchemist. Dr. Principe is science historian at John Hopkins University. Part of his job entails that he learn how past alchemists thought, interpret their recipes, and look out for any clues on how to create the legendary philosopher’s stone.
If you want to read up a little more about alchemy, I found this paper published by the Theosophy Company, which is a whole other blog post for the future.
And if you don’t know what a Browncoat is then maybe you need to geek it up a bit more and watch the greatest show that was ever cancelled early. I am talking, of course, about Firefly. Captain Mal and his crew of misfits. It’s like a real-life Cowboy Bebop meets an old western flick. In the best way possible.
In the spirit of Firefly, I encourage you to listen to Adam Warrock, who released an album full of songs about Firefly. It’s hip-hop. It’s catchy. And it’s absolutely free of charge. Download it here. Then check out more of his music. He does all sorts of music like this, inspired by and sampled from geeky shows.
The video above is a song from the Browncoats album.