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  • Will the US Make Concessions to North Korea for a Nuclear Deal?

    Image result for US concessionsThis is a local re-post of an essay I just wrote for The National Interest. My argument is basically that the North Korea will not give up its nuclear weapons unless it gets something very large and very tangible in return. This strikes me as common sense. Nuclear weapons are really valuable to any state, and given how much North Korea is loathed around the world, nukes are even more valuable for its elites to hold regime-change at bay.

  • Nothing's Really Real Podcast: (Ep 59) Ssighborggg


    Sean Patrick Maylone and DeAnthony Nelson Jr from Ssighborggg join me on this episode to talk about their friendship and working relationship as they create weird, experimental rock together. They tell stories of international tours, partying with naked Japanese men, and headlining festivals in Mongolia. We joke about the anti-vaccination movement, and foreigners that commit crimes in Korea. 

  • Where to get TEFL certification?

    You probably already realized that you have a lot of options as to where to get your TEFL certification, so you are probably confused a bit.

    I understand.

    You have probably been told different things and may be getting confused as to what to look for, what's actually important and where to buy.

    Later I will recommend a course that focuses more teaching kids in Asia, but now I will share some of my thoughts on what matters.

    There are two basic reasons to take a TEFL course.

    1. To get a certificate which might help you get a job
    2. To learn how to teach

    Now at this stage you are probably focused more on getting a job, but in my experience the second reason is more important which I will tell you about later.

    If you go to a site like Reddit (r/tefl) and ask this question you will probably get told a few different things. Many will suggest either:

  • Editing a Seascape with Peter DeMarco

    Recently, I had the chance to be a special guest on one of Peter DeMarco’s webinars. This was a great experience and one that really got me thinking about how we all see images differently.

    The first image that we worked on was taken by my friend Richard Bates and I was also with him when he took it. Suffice to say that I had a little insight into his shot. However, despite being there and actually taking the exact same image (see mine below), we both approached it differently. This made the webinar that much more interesting to me.

  • How To Say ‘Travel’ In Korean

    How to Say ‘Travel’ in Korean – 80/20*


         Travel (n.) – 여행 (yeohaeng)

         To Travel (v.) – 여행하다 (yeohaenghada)


    How to remember (association):

         When I travel, I tell my friends “Yo, let’s hang. (여행/yeohaeng)

    *80/20 Pareto Principle – The 20% you should learn that will give you 80% of the results.

    Today we will go over how to say ‘travel’ in Korean. Read on for explanations, associations and usage examples.


  • How to Import Your Presets into Lightroom Classic

    I haven’t done one of these tutorials in a while, so I thought that I would give Fleeq a go and see how well it does on the blog. Fleeq, by the way, is the software that I used to assemble this tutorial. It is just something that I am experimenting with at the moment.

    With that being said, on with the tutorial! For this tutorial, I used Peter Mckinnon’s presets that I just picked up. I wanted to start with a fresh set of presets to show you the whole process from start to finish.

  • LTW: Palme d'Or in the 72nd Cannes goes to Korean movie maker

    History was made in Korean film industry as Joonho Bong won top Palme d'Or  in the Cannes Film Festival on May 26 for his latest film 'Parasite.' It was the first time a Korean movie director won this award, more meaningful as it is 100th year since movie first came to Korea, then Japanese colony, in 1919.  The Grand Prix, the 2nd  prize, went to Mati Diop for  her debut film "Atlantics," who became the fist black female to receive a prize.  Bong's first film was released  in 2000, and the Parasite  which explores working class struggles, was his 9th movie.  South Korean Moon Jae-in sent a congratulatory letter to Bong, commenting he was anxious to watch Parasite.

  • Would Unified Korea Keep the North’s Nuclear Weapons? Perhaps to Pursue a Neutralist Foreign Policy

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    Image result for north korea nuclear weaponsThis is a local re-print of an essay I published at The National Interest a few weeks ago.

    The basic idea is that a unified Korea, even one unified under Southern leadership, has much stronger incentives to keep the North’s nukes than most people seem to think.

  • Life in Korea for Foreigners

    Think moving houses is hard? Try moving to a whole different country! Whichever country you live in, have lived in, or will live live in, they all have their own quirks, challenges, and wonderful parts, and South Korea is no exception. Before beginning your life in Korea, it’s great to be prepared for what’s to come – and not just with the school or workplace that you’re going for. Like everywhere else, life in Korea will have its ups and downs and life in Korea may be quite different as a foreigner than it would be for a local.


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  • Candidly Cartier: Conflict Resolution – Why Don’t We Try A Little Harder?

    Conflict Resolution in Relationships

    In healthy relationships there’s always a little conflict. Whether it’s the cat and mouse game when first pursuing/ being pursued or the “will they/ won’t they” I once fondly remembered as being “juicy”, conflict and conflict resolution make for healthy relationships.

  • (Ep 58) Sam Hazelton

    Sam Hazelton and I talk about grown men crying, walruses falling to their death, Keanu Reeves, and absurd sex acts. We talk about getting choked out, huffing gas and overdosing on motion sickness pills. I tell a story about getting punched out while blacked out drunk, and how Melissa Etheridge improved my childhood. We talk about Game of Thrones and Sam explains to me who has died and how in the last two seasons. So, spoiler alert.

    If you enjoy the show, please recommend it to a friend, leave a review on iTunes or whatever app you listen to podcasts on – and remember I love ya.

  • Re-pat Dating Diaries: “LOL – It’s Complicated”

  • Two days, two ways to enjoy Thomas Family Winery (Madison, IN)

    On May 15, our cross-country trip took us to Madison, Indiana, the place Jen called home until she was nine.

    For a “coaster” like me, it’s country out here. Not necessarily as country as I remember Alfred, New York (which, last I remember, still celebrates the anniversary of the first and only traffic light in the village), home to my alma mater, the accents and some of the attitudes are definitely of a different timbre than what I accustomed myself to in New Jersey. Then again, I haven’t lived in New Jersey since 2013, so everything is requiring a bit of adjustment.

  • Buddha’s Birthday 2019

    So I have been a little preachy in these last few posts, so I thought that I would get back to basics and just talk about one of the best times of the year here in South Korea and one that few travels really know about. I am talking about Buddha’s Birthday.

    I was shocked that when I started posting my images, that there were a lot of people that were living in Korea that had limited knowledge about the event. With so many temples around Korea, I was a little put back by the messages that I received. I think many people just thought that the lanterns and elaborate decorations were limited to Jogyesa Temple in Seoul. Fortunately, they are not and many of the temples outside of Seoul have far better events and celebrations.

  • People are (still) people

    “People are people so why should it be
    you and I should get along so awfully?”
    – Depeche Mode

    To borrow a line from folks older than me, the world today is lacking in civility. This is especially evident when various sacred cows enter the conversation. Even now, I am thinking about how to carefully present myself as to not offend “all sides” enough to either stop reading or proceed to flame comment me to Mars. But, as a cynical left-leaning centrist from New Jersey, I must admit to a few of my own pre-conceived notions about how things are.

    Dispelling a few of these notions, or at least learning to better separate someone’s politics from the person is another benefit of this road trip around the United States.

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