Merry Musical Christmas and a Happy New Year!
A special thank you to Prof. Desmond Wee for inviting myself and James Turnbull to give a special lecture to his Sociology students. James spoke about sexual imagery in Korean advertisements and I spoke about cults and in particular the JMS cult, the subject of my other website:
Ever since I first encountered the JMS cult back in 2003 I have always wanted to give a presentation on the subject, so it was with particular relish and enthusiasm I prepared my presentation which ran way overtime as a result^^. But the feedback was all very positive with most students hearing about JMS for the first time.
Thursday, December 1: December began with a quick chest, shoulders, and triceps workout after work. With a presentation on cults to prepare for Saturday my gym time was severely and unfortunately limited.
Monday, December 5: Back exercising after an enforced break due to that cult presentation which went well but left me exhausted! An intense and heart-pounding cardio workout between work and Korean class:
Tueday, December 6: A quick twenty-minute legs and core workout after work.
Wednesday, December 7: A quick twenty-minute back, lats, traps, and biceps workout that left me very very sore the next day.
I began the month by listening to John Williams' 1999 score for the first Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace. Perhaps one of the most anticipated scores in movie history, which unlike the horrid film it was written for, fulfilled all expectations with several stunning new themes, numerous new motives, and references to much-loved themes written for the original trilogy. Here's Mr. Williams talking about his return to the Star Wars universe 18 years after his last visit:
John Williams War Horse (2011) is one of those scores that makes me feel lucky to be alive and blessed to have discovered the music of John WIlliams:
More new John Williams music followed in the form of his score for The Adventures of Tintin (2011) which was released last month. Slowly but slowly its rhythms, harmonies, timbres, and melodies are planting themselves in the part of my brain that memorizes such things:
I'll never grow bored of playing music^^.
Tuesday, November 1: I started exercising before the month of November was 7.5 hours old. It was hard to get up early after a long day in Seoul yesterday, but I managed to do just that and I arrived at the gym on campus just after 7 a.m. for a pretty good all round weights session in which I exercised my thighs, hamstrings, calves, sides, abs, lower back, back, traps, lats, and biceps.
Wednesday, November 2: Up early again and at the gym by 7:15 for a 4.5 kilometer treadmill session which included a lot more jogging than usual:
OOps, I just emptied my gmail spam box and just as I clicked delete I saw an email that wasn't spam. I just glimped the subject just before it disappeared. It read "Dear Mr Daley, I really enjoyed reading your blog about working at Keimyung"
If you see this, please email me again. I think that's the first time Gmail has misidentied spam. Sorry about that.