Saturday, December 6, 2008

North Korean Discipline

Here's to wasting no time making that previous post a lie:

A funny little article from Weird Asia News (site N-quite-SFW; article below is) about how, in a North Korean prison camp, "the punishment is always death." The list of camp rules reads like a joke. Here are the first five:

1. Do not attempt to escape. The punishment is death.

2. Never gather in groups of over three people or move around without the guard’s authorization. The punishment for unauthorized movement is death.

3. Do not steal. If one steals or possesses weapons, the punishment is death. The punishment for failure to report the theft or possession of weapons is death.

4. Obey your guards. If one rebels or hits a guard, the punishment is death.

5. If you see outsiders, or suspicious-looking people, report them immediately. The punishment for abetting in the hiding of outsiders is death.

You can read the rest here.

Meager Posting

The next two weeks will be wild: school, shopping, ski trip to Japan, long flight back to the Burgh. I'd like to apologize in advance for the scant blog posts, though we will try to put a few up before we get home for the break.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Some fall pepper photos

For lack of a better title.

These were on tarps outside our apartment in the parking lot for much of the fall. (Not these specific peppers, of course - they rotated as each batch finished drying). I'm not sure what the green stuff is. The red ones are (obviously) hot peppers, which play such a significant role in Korean cuisine that my lips have been chapped since August. No, not joking. I woke up one morning in September with lips so swollen that I couldn't talk right. They ended up peeling.

But that's not the point! The point is that I think Justin captured them really nicely in these photographs. I love the translucence on the second shot. And a little green and red, right in time for Christmas!