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Art Life

12 Sufficitary

In 1999 we went on a school trip and I saw architectural models by Jože Plečnik. Some of them were never built, only dreamt. Here was fantasy made wood, and sometimes stone and glass and steel. I was seventeen and I wanted very much to be an architect. Father got wind of this. Not surprising, […]

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Cooking Design Life

11 Design and Korea 2: Scissors

“Where are your scissors?” “In the stationery drawer, why?” “I need to cut the meat.” “Huh?!?” In creative and design and lateral thinking workshops one of the oldest tricks in the book is the brick. Master comes into room. Master places brick on table. Bits of fired clay crumble onto table. That will leave ochre […]

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Cooking Life

10 Food in Korea III: Weird Food

“Write more about weird food,” they said. They being friends of mine, curious about a far off land they may well never visit. I filed the idea away and went about my day. Days passed. With YL we completed some Exciting Bureaucratic ManeouversTM, bought a comfortable office chair, visited the street of second hand books, […]

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Design Life

8 Design and I

I hate design. There, I’ve said it. To be precise, I detest working as a graphic or ui or ux designer. As a web designer, even more. The work process is about 5% creativity, 50% routine pixel-pushery and 50% puffery. And yes, the bad maths is part and parcel, too. Don’t get me wrong. I […]

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Life

7 Europe’s Esperanto

One. Two. Tree. I was so proud of those first three English words I carried to my first day of International School. A few months later my first grade ESL teacher complimented me on correctly using “circling.” I fell in love with the English language and soon it was my home. But Slovenian class.

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Life

6 Our Golden Age: Podcasts

Ours is a golden age. I know. It’s hard to believe. We have orange goblins and secret policemen and climate cooks and kooks. Bear with me. I listened to the BBC World Service on shortwave radio in Dar es Salaam in 1990. The radio ran, I drew, and I thought received pronunciation was normal. In […]

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Cooking Life

5 Food in Korea II: exoticization

Early in our relationship YL had a great fear. We met in Lausanne, the edgiest and most crime-ridden city in Switzerland. This means that the city is very safe. Old ladies with manicured dogs dominate the promenade and three night-clubs stay open late on weekends. This also means local taste is adapted to saucissons, choucroute, […]

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Life Play

4 Dungeon, dragon, table, troll

I play and run and create tabletop role-playing games. Things like Dungeons & Dragons. They’re fantastic. Many of my friends have made fun of them. Some, perplexed, asked “but, what are they?” A few play them. I’ve tried to explain TRPGs many times and floundered every damn time.

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Life

3 Europe like air

I was at university in 2004 when Slovenia joined the European Union on Labor Day. That’s the 1st of May. Some people complained, some people cheered. I got on with the life of a know-it-all student. Years passed and Europe was there. Slovenia joined the Euro and the biggest news was the price of a […]

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Cooking Life

2 Food in Korea I: specialists

Food is an amazing cultural artifact. I love food. I love meals with friends. I love the magic of raw ingredients becoming cooked. The very essence of what it means to be human is bundled into every meal. But I’m getting carried away. Backpedal. When I travel, I try every single thing I get my […]