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One summer my mother had broken her foot and I was tasked with watering her tomatoes. I hauled the hose to the backyard and stood for what felt like hours pouring water on the plants. It was hot and humid and I just wanted it to be over. However, tiny visitors changed my perspective.

Tobacco Hornworm (Manduca sexta)

These charming little worms enraptured my attention. Luckily, my overindulgent parents let them live as long as I kept them away from the tomatoes.

Moth (Manduca sexta)

Ever since that moment I have been obsessed with these little guys. I have kept Wagner’s guide close and have sought out as many species as possible. Recently, I have been trying to culitvate more species of caterpillars by planting host plants.

Early instar of Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)

The relationships between the caterpillars and their host plants are some of the most fascinating to study. The plants influence their developement to such an extreme degree that the life cycle insect cannot be separated from the plant.

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

These little worms are an indispensable part of the ecosystem. For example, 96% of terrestial birds rear their young on insects.  Breeding season for the birds conicides with the emrgences of caterpillars making them a primary food source for breeding pairs.

Caterpillars come in so many shapes, sizes, and colors that their beauty and interesting behavior is inexhaustible.

Monkey Slug (Phobetron pithecium) Puss Caterpilllar (Megalopyge opercularis) Saddled Prominent (Heterocampa guttivitta)

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I remember being a small child and forcing everyone I know to watch Top Secret!. This film is formational to my sense of humor and my dumb videos.

Rewatching it, I couldn’t how often I quoted it without even realizing it. It apparently crawled up into my brain and lodged itself there.

Here is a wonderful discussion about the film:

Top Secret - re:View - YouTube

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After years of careful study and relflection, I have finally done it. I have crafted the dumbest video in existence.

Peter Griffin - YouTube


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You’re scared if something happens. You’re scared if something doesn’t. If you are going to be scared anyway you might as well do something.

Failure is still something.

Nothing is what you are scared of. That’s what you are going to get if keep procrastinating. Procrastinting isn’t quite what you’re doing, is it?

You’re running.

Nothing will catch up with you eventually unless you actually create something.



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2018 was a good year for photography! Here are my favorite photos that I took in 2018. I hope you enjoy them.

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Out of all the media I have consumed, nothing compares to the roller coaster of excitement that is seeing a new film out of Korea. After a turbulent 20th century (and even during the 20th century), the pennisula has produced some of the most celebrated films of recent memory.

My aim is to create a short guide that you might benefit from viewing first as you delve in to Korean Cinema. These films are often the most accessible foreign language films available and simply wonderful to watch.

The Good The Bad The Weird directed by Jee-woon Kim (2008)

Who doesn’t love a good Western? The Good the Bad the Weird is a Korean Western set in the 1930s in the former Japanese province of Mantruria. Two outlaws, a bounty hunter, and a whole host of others set out to posess a treasure map.

THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD - Official Trailer - YouTube

This film has got it all! Shoot outs, fight scenes, epic chases, Barbarians with hammers, you name it!

The Good the Bad the Weird succeeds in delivering a classic genre film in a truly unique way. It is funny, supenseful, and full of heart. I would recommend starting with this film first because it perfectly encapsulates what is so great about the Korean New Wave.

Train to Busan directed by Sang-ho Yeon (2016)

When is the last time you were actually emotionally invested in a Zombie movie? Wait no longer! Train to Busan is the story of a group a passengers survining the outbreak of the Zombie virus while stuck on a train from Seoul to Busan.

Train to Busan Official Trailer #1 (2016) Yoo Gong Korean Zombie Movie HD - YouTube

At its core, the film hangs on the relationship between the two leads, a father and young daughter. It keeps you emotionally involved throughout the entire film. It is very touching and saying more would ruin the film.

The zombie stuff is still awesome! It is the only film that I know of where you can watch someone puch Zombies to death!

Joint Security Area directed by Park Chanwook (2000)

Joint Security Area is the story of an investigation of a shootout in the DMZ between North and South Korea. Instead of uncovering malice and hatred, they uncover the tale of tragic friendship.

JSA: Joint Security Area - Trailer - YouTube

Joint Security Area is one of the best dramas I have ever seen. It is poignant and eternally relevant. The film is powerful and stays with you forever.

You can read more about my thoughts on it here.

I hope this will serve as a useful guide to start on your journey with Korean Film. There are still many wonderful films premiering every year, so don’t miss out on the fun of the Korean New Wave!

Thanks for reading!

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Positivty.

Everyone wants to be a optimistic person full of happiness and kitschy inspirational quotes. While there is nothing wrong with positivty or optimism, it doesn’t provide you shelter from the storms that blow through our lives.

True adversity shatters this view. While it is easy to maintain an optimistic attitude when things go your way, what do you when things do not?

Premeditatio malorum

“Premeditatio malorum,” is a Latin phrase that means “the pre-meditation of evils.” It was a practice championed by the Ancient Stoics. Instead of minimizing the bad things that can happen in our lives, the Stoics argued that we should periodically meditate on what could wrong and losing what we now have. The practice has found a resurgence, in more recent times, under the more concise name, “Negative Visualization.”

The Stoics, despite advocating thinking negatively, did not spend all their time brooding in the dark being sad. Instead they became more grateful of the things they had and more prepared when adversity faced them.

“It is not that we are given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it.”

– Seneca the Younger

Gratitude and Joy

As someone who suffers from OCD, I understand your natural reservations on negative visualization. No one likes to imagine the worst befalling themselves.

Since consciously practicing, I have experienced nothing, but good results. The natural restlessness that usually accompanies me has softened, I feel less bored, and I have take more interest in surroundings. Instead of feeling dissatisfied with my situation, I feel grateful to be alive.

“By contemplating the impermanence of everything in the world, we are forced to recognize that every time we do something could be the last time we do it, and this recognition can invest the things we do with a significance and intensity that would otherwise be absent . We will no longer sleepwalk through our life. Some people, I realize, will find it depressing or even morbid to contemplate impermanence. I am nevertheless convinced that the only way we can be truly alive is if we make it our business periodically to entertain such thoughts.”

-William B. Irvine

Thanks for reading! I hope you all have a wonderful 2019.

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2018 was a pretty mediocre year for film. Luckily, it was not all bad and there were some diamonds in the rough. I present to you my favorite films of 2018.

Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs is another charming entry in Wes Anderson’s career. It is a technical marvel with a heart. Read more of what I thought here.

ISLE OF DOGS | Official Trailer | FOX Searchlight - YouTube
Hold the Dark

Hold the Dark is Jeremy Saulnier’s latest and most brutal film yet. It reminds me a lot of Cormac McCarthy’s writing with its sparse dialogue and harsh landscape.

The performances were excellent. A lot of restraint was used and I appreciate that.

This film has the most intense scene that I have seen in along time (you will know it when you see it) and had me at the edge of my seat.

The film would have looked great in a theater, but it still looked good at home. I’m not heartbroken with the way distribution is moving. Not everyone lives in LA or NY and it is nice to be able to watch things closer to the release.

Hold The Dark | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix - YouTube
An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn

As you may or not know, I am an evangelist for Jim Hosking. I’ve forced The Greasy Strangler on far too many people at this point. When I heard that Hosking made another film, I couldn’t be there fast enough.

An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn is not what you would expect. It is still weird, awkward, and vulgar, but it is also sweet and heartwarming. At its core, the film is a touching love story. It just happens to be with a bunch of weirdos.

I applaud of Jim Hosking for doing something different and surprising me!

AN EVENING WITH BEVERLY LUFF LINN Official Trailer (2018) Aubrey Plaza Movie HD - YouTube
The Favourite

Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman in the film THE FAVOURITE. Photo by Yorgos Lanthimos. © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

The Favourite is undisputedly my favorite Yorgos Lanthimos film. It has everything you could want in a film and then some. The dialogue is amazing, the shots are magical, and the actors are at the top of their game.

Rachel Weisz please call me.

THE FAVOURITE | Official Trailer | FOX Searchlight - YouTube

Thanks for reading! I know I probably left out some stuff. Check out my Letterboxd list (which will be updated) and subscribe to my blog for email updates!

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Playing in the creek has been one of my favorite activities since I was very young. The trickling water and the area around it are full of little mysteries to solve and things to learn. 

For the past week or so, I have been rekindling my relationship with my creek and capturing images that interested me. 

Salamanders have presented a new puzzle to solve. I have not studied them, but I look forward to learning more about them.

I feel grateful to have an endless source of entertainment just out of my backdoor!

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Mastery by Robert Greene is one of the first books I read this year and it will shape how I will approach the rest of my life. Honest, thorough, and engaging, Robert Greene instructs you how to truly devote your life to your inner calling.

Real World Examples

“Darwin could have played it safe, collecting what was necessary, and spending more time on board studying instead of actively exploring. In that case, he would not have become an illustrious scientist, but just another collector. He constantly looked for challenges, pushing himself past his comfort zone. He used danger and difficulties as a way to measure his progress. You must adopt such a spirit and see your apprenticeship as a kind of journey in which you will transform yourself, rather than as a drab indoctrination into the work world.”

– Robert Greene

I discovered Robert Greene (like most people) through his book The 48 Laws of Power. I quickly fell in love with his writing style and sought out more of his work.

Greene tends to collect his ideas into a “law” or principle that he has observed during his own personal experience or through his research. Then he codified it with a historical example of that law being played out either in that person’s favor or to their detriment.

The real world examples add an extra dimension to the idea being presented, helping it to be digested, as well as helping the principle stick with you. The laws come alive in his writing with the historical characters acting them out.

In Mastery, Robert Greene pulled from historical examples as well as contemporary sources that he interviewed himself. The figures featured in this book that have stuck with me the most are Hakuin Zenji, Wolfgang Von Goethe, The Carolina Islanders, and Cesar Rodriguez Jr.

Practical Advice

It is not a matter of studying for twenty years and then emerging as a Master. The time that leads to mastery is dependent on the intensity of our focus.”

– Robert Greene

The advice in this book is immensely practical regardless of your interests. Greene stresses that you achieve mastery through hard work and constant improvement. To gain mastery in a field, first you must master yourself.

Robert Greene: Achieving Mastery | Big Think Mentor - YouTube
Conclusion

I would recommend Mastery to anyone who is interested in self-discipline and wants to achieve something great.

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