Tag Archives: North Korea

Things I Learned this Week

Among the things I learned this week:
* The value of a RAID array is significantly diminished when tied to on-motherboard RAID controllers. (Courtesy: Personal experience)

* Whatever you say about dictators, it seems as if they usually marry for love (even if they aren’t faithful). Their wives certainly aren’t lookers. (Courtesy: History)

* Platform shoes were the fourth most sold consumer good in DPRK during 2011. (Courtesy: Arirang News)

Things I Learned this Week

Among the things I learned this week:
* What it’s like to survive the Ring Cycle. (Courtesy: The Met)

* Horse events continue to be fun. (Courtesy: Virginia Gold Cup)

* The history, evolution, and nuances involved in DPRK portraiture. (Courtesy: AsiaTimes)

* DPRK is joining the Paralympics. (Courtesy: Yonhap)

* Sri Lanka has tons of cool historic markers: oldest continuously documented tree, first female ruler in Asia, first dedicated hospital, and the oldest democracy in South Asia. (Courtesy: Wikipedia)

Things I Learned this Week

Among the things I learned this week:
* In the late 19th century, women wore posy holders. There was a lot of variety, but the ornate ones are beautiful and many had ring attachments so they could dangle. (Courtesy: Smithsonian Gardens)

* The joy and amusement of watching people who have never played Pac-Man before trumps my desire to play. (Courtesy: Smithsonian American Art Museum)

* GMail searches don’t auto-stem. I’m shocked and appalled (that I just learned this). (Courtesy: Personal experience)

* 1982 Bordeaux wines are historically important for the evolution of the wine market. (Courtesy: The New York Times)

* General Ulysses S. Grant’s relationship with Jews, including General Orders No. 11, which expelled them from areas under his control during the Civil War, and his, later, assistance in eastern Europe. (Courtesy: The New Republic)

* Pyongyang’s subway system is more extensive than I expected, although it does not appear to be expanding. Plus, it has significance in the context of world subway systems (other sites with good information or photos: Unofficial Pyongyang Metro). (Courtesy: North Korean Economy Watch)