Author Archives: Doug

About Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

Slowing Down

Hello, It’s been almost a week since my last blog post. I have several drafts, but I have been so busy this past week that I couldn’t finish them, which was unusual. Further, Little Guy has been waking up very … Continue reading

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Manchu-Korean Language Textbook

Hi Folks, Today I thought I would share something cool I found on Twitter recently (click here to see photo more closely): Ch'ong-o No-kol-tae 清语老乞大: Textbook for learning Manchu in the 17th century #MarginaliaMonday @koryoinleiden — Fresco SAM-SIN (@manjurabumbi) … Continue reading

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The Origin of Violence is Violence

Something I found interesting on Twitter recently. I think the words “Şiddetin kökeni şiddettir” are Turkish, but I am not sure. Anyhow, Google Translate said that the meaning is “the origin of violence is violence”. Şiddetin kökeni şiddettir. — … Continue reading

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The Universe is just So Big

(Far-side of the Moon, as photographed by astronaut Al Worden) Recently the BBC interviewed astronaut Al Worden who flew on the Apollo 15 mission to the Moon. He stayed in the ship while the other astronauts landed. Instead, he took … Continue reading

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JLPT N1: To Take or Not To Take?

Although I’ve complained about the JLPT exam (日本語能力試験) in the past, I have been thinking about taking the final level: the N1 (一級). The N1 exam is the most difficult, and usually takes a few years to prepare. I completed … Continue reading

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Eventually, Everyone Can Become A Buddha

Recently one evening, my daughter and I were shopping at our favorite grocery store. While there, we noticed someone acting very suspicious. He was a rough-looking young man, wearing dirty clothes. He was looking around a lot, and moving from … Continue reading

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2014 in review

Dear Readers, Each year sends me an email report containing interesting stats about my blogs. According to the report: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 120,000 times in 2014. If it … Continue reading

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