Celebrating and Surviving in North Korea

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North Koreans have also always enjoyed homemade moonshine, or nongtaegi. For the majority – especially those in the countryside with little or no disposable income – this remains the only option. Typically, homebrewing will be rudimentary, using corn, fruit or ginseng left to ferment in a bottle or jar, and buried under a pile of clothes for warmth.

A world away in the capital Pyongyang, the growing elite means that new bars and restaurants are springing up all the time. There are several microbrewery bars that produce their own lagers and ales on site.

Interviews with defectors also suggest that North Koreans are not serious consumers of marijuana. The drug of choice is, in fact, something much more pernicious: crystal meth. …Meth, known colloquially as eoreum or bingdu (both mean “ice”, a name by which the drug is also known in the US) is a drug unfortunately suited to the…

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Daryl Morey says Rockets more likely to re-sign their own free agents than land a big name

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In the last two offseasons, the Rockets have been major players in free agency. All indications from Daryl Morey are that that’s not going to be the case this year. In 2013, Houston landed the biggest free agent of the summer in Dwight Howard. Last year, they made a pitch to Carmelo Anthony and came close to luring Chris Bosh away from Miami, before the Heat came through with a max contract offer. Now, even with such names as Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge on the market, Morey seems more focused on re-signing the Rockets’ own players who are due for new deals than adding another star.

From Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

The Rockets are “probably likely” to stick with their plan to remain above the salary cap and spend the free-agency period putting the band back together by signing many, if not all, of their…

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Skull Rock (Joshua Tree National Park)

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In Joshua Tree National Park there is a spectacular rock formation known as the Skull Rock. It is right off of the road but there is also a trail that runs through and around the area in the Mojave Desert. It’s a pretty easy trail but since you are in the middle of the dessert and its usually quite hot it is probably wise to stay relatively close to your car – or at least have plenty of water with you.

Skull rock (Joshua Tree National Park)

Skull Rock (Joshua Tree National Park)

I visited Joshua Tree back in October 2012. It was a really interesting place and the trees that make it famous were pretty amazing. It is a place I want to go back to now that I’ve got a few more years of practice with the camera. I think I could make some more interesting compositions of the trees – especially some silhouettes…

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A Chloe Caldwell Reading List

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On Tuesday, author Chloe Caldwell announced her second collection of essays, I’ll Tell You in Person: Essays on Intimacy & Identity, is forthcoming from indie publishers Emily Books/Coffee House Press in 2016. Caldwell is one of those writers who, once you encounter her work, inspires you to read everything she’s written, akin to Leslie Jamison or Cheryl Strayed (who happens to be her friend and mentor). My best friend introduced me to Chloe’s first collection of essays, Legs Get Led Astray, and it’s a book I carry with me when I’m in need of comfort. Caldwell’s second book, a novella called Women, garnered critical acclaim (and an Instagram shoutout from Lena Dunham). She’ll show you her demons if you’ll show her yours–her style is deeply personal, almost confessional, but Chloe never seems to write from a place of exhibitionism. She’s simply honest, and in an age of Internet posturing, that feels important. Chloe…

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Kaleta has spoken to a ‘number of teams’ since window opened on Thursday

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Winnipeg Jets’ pending unrestricted free agent Michael Frolik isn’t the only player who has taken advantage of the opportunity to speak with other teams.

The agent for Sabres’ pending UFA Patrick Kaleta tells PHT that he “talked to a number of teams” regarding the 29-year-old’s services.

Since Thursday teams have been allowed to have dialogue with other team’s pending UFAs leading into July 1.

Kaleta’s three-year, $3.75 million deal is set to expire on Wednesday.

“I know his preference is always to stay in Buffalo, he’s a local boy and he loves it there,” said Anton Thun. “At the end of the day he has to have a hockey career and if it’s not in Buffalo, then we’ll explore elsewhere.”

Due to injuries Kaleta has appeared in just 82 games total over the past three seasons.

Kaleta appeared in 42 games for the Sabres in 2014-15 registering three assists…

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