Liquid Architecture and Measured Resistance

Perusing the nifty KoreAm blog, and finding Eugene Kim’s posts on architecture to be worthwhile, I found some photos of a newly-designed floating stage on the Han River in Seoul. Rather than conjuring visions of the Hollywood bowl, I first thought that Seoul looked like a Yanji with a lot more money.  But then my second thought was of Tacoma, the singed kalbi center of … Continue reading Liquid Architecture and Measured Resistance

On Maurice Clemmons: For Tacoma Readers

Apparently Mr. Maurice Clemmons, the man who shot up my local coffee shop and killed four police officers on Sunday morning, was wiped out by a police officer in South Seattle late this afternoon. Maggie’s Notebook has a solid update here. I received the news from a cagey student after a class this evening on Japanese war crimes — a topic to which this blog … Continue reading On Maurice Clemmons: For Tacoma Readers

Insanity Meter at Red: Four Police Officers Killed in My Local Coffee Shop

Helicopters overhead, police everywhere.  The local Forza Coffee Company where I do the lion’s share of my grading for classes was the site this morning of what is being described as “an ambush” attack which killed four Lakewood police officers. The coffee house is directly across the street from McCord Air Force Base; yesterday I sat there watching soldiers getting on chartered airplanes for Afghanistan. … Continue reading Insanity Meter at Red: Four Police Officers Killed in My Local Coffee Shop

News from North Korea / 北朝鲜新闻报告

Pyongyang’s Korea Central News Agency [KCNA] reports that the two American journalists seized along the Tumen River last March 17 will be tried on June 4. According to the North Korean penal code, their “anti-Choson activities” are supposed to net somewhere between five and ten years of imprisonment. (The creaky yet functional KCNA website, hosted in Japan, has yet to be updated with the news, … Continue reading News from North Korea / 北朝鲜新闻报告