June 2005 Archives

May Peace Prevail in Korea

June 30, 2005

Yesterday we traveled out to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the capitalist/democratic South from the communist North in Korea. Sitting in a lookout tower/tourist trap, we gazed out upon a land of… fog. Truly, we could not see a foot beyond the windows at first. A few minutes later the fog began to lift and we took in the sight of a beautiful, unspoilt-looking broad valley that encompasses the line of demarcation. Thanks to M-16s and land mines, the region has largely returned to its pre-war state in a swatch 2km wide on either side of the border.

The 2008 Global Council Is Born

June 28, 2005

Last night, at a fabulous buffet dinner 22 stories above the heart of Seoul, we said goodbye to the 2005 URI Global Council and welcomed in only the second Global Council of the United Religions Initiative. Amidst heartfelt welcomes from our Buddhist hosts for the evening, we were reminded that not only was this weekend the birthday of the UN (60th) and the URI (5th), and the anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War (55th) — but it was also the 60th anniversary of the division of the Korean peninsula itself, which they say was agreed upon in a secret meeting of the Americans and Soviets in Yalta.

Flight to Seoul and Staff Retreat Day

June 24, 2005

Thus far the trip has been wonderful and without incident (at least for me). Left home at 4:30 AM CDT and went to sleep at about 7:30 AM CDT the next day. Did manage to sleep on the plane some, thankfully. And surprisingly well fed through the journey.

Yellow Journalism and the URI

June 14, 2005

A recent article on George Lucas, the Presidio, and the URI in the Canada Free Press is an excellent example of the yellow journalism that now plagues the Internet, particularly in the blogging domain. Instead of providing the courtesy of a link to the article, I'll just talk about it instead. Some might say I'm engaging in a yellow tactic myself &mdash but then again, I don't claim to be producing news at Conscientia.

Intel + Apple = Microsoft Killer?

June 10, 2005

PBS's Robert X. Cringeley thinks Intel is poised to buy Apple, saying "Apple's Decision to Use Intel Processors Is Nothing Less Than an Attempt to Dethrone Microsoft. Really." What is a fan of upstart competitors to do when his favorite upstart (Apple) might merge with one of the upstarted (Intel as opposed to AMD)? Course its sheer speculation at this point, but Cringley makes fascinating observations. Since a friend mentioned two days ago not wanting to replace his broken Powerbook, as it would be obsolete in a year or two, I've wondered why Apple would make such a big announcement and risk major sales losses. Hm...

16 Days from Seoul

June 6, 2005

Getting mentally prepared for a trip to Seoul, South Korea in a few weeks... I'll be there for the URI Global Council meeting. Arriving the same day as an important diplomatic meeting between North and South, also in Seoul. And I'll be there for the 55th anniversary of the Korean War, the 60th anniversary of the UN, and the 5th anniversary of the URI. It promises to be an amazing and intense time.

Over 80 degrees

June 2, 2005

OMG, its over 80 degrees in St. Paul for the first time since... September? Just share my enthusiasm, alright!

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