Saturday, April 14, 2007

Official Hwang Jin Yi website

Here. Thanks to songhyegyo.net!

Last day of the ASP conference

Dennis O'Brien gave a in-depth presentation of Plotinus and his relationship to Plato and Aristotle with respect to matter and privation.

From a BMCR review of L'Alchimie et ses racines philosophiques: La tradition grecque et la tradition arabe:


Denis O'Brien tackles the complex puzzle of the origin of matter in Plotinus. Taking his cue from some disagreements between the Plotinus' two editors, Schwyzer and Henry, O'Brien decisively states that emanated beings gaze back at the One, rather than engaging in self-reflection; but matter, being lifeless, cannot do this, and therefore must be issued from Soul. Plotinus also picks up a weak point in Aristotle, which he exploits in order to prove that desire, or privation, remains even after form sets in; hence matter remains in a sense non-being even after joined to form.
The lecture was quite good, but I wasn't tempted to pick up Plotinus again; at least not before I master logic.

Korean lady (the grad student at Cambridge) is also Catholic. Great! She is doing her PhD studies on the stoics, and would like to return to Korea to teach.

I talked a bit with the Chinese Catholic--I didn't bring up the Patriotic Association, but I did ask him what he thought of the current situation for the Church. He does think things will improve for the Church; then again, he also thinks that the situation in China may eventually get better; with more economic development, there may be a great push for a change in leadership. He will be finishing up next year, and then starting a post-doc. He plans to be in Beijing during the Olympics, and may even watch some of the events. He is interested in Aquinas and would like to read more of his works one day.

I asked him about the China-Korea historical controversies (I was alluding to Koguryo), and he couldn't understand why the Koreans were claiming Chinese territory as being theirs. I haven't reviewed the historical and archeological evidence, but I tend to give the Koreans the benefit of the doubt, even though there are nationalists on both sides.


On the Underground Church:
Cardinal Kung Foundation
Free the Fathers

Koguryo:
The wiki page has been locked to prevent editing; no doubt this is because partisans of both sides had been constantly editing to "correct" mistakes.

On the drama Jumong

The Forgotten Glory of Koguryo
Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom - UNESCO ...
Complex of Koguryo Tombs - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Complex of Koguryo Tombs - World Heritage Site - Pictures, info ...
Korean History:: A Bibliography :::::: [THREE KINGDOMS - Koguryo]
Asia Times Online :: Korea News - The legacy of long-gone states
Rewriting History
Salon.com Technology The "history war" in Northeast Asia (alt)
Tussle over a vanished kingdom - Asia - Pacific - International ...
KoreaTimes : China's Censorship of Koguryo History 'Mistaken Approach'
Korea in East Asian and World History

Society for East Asian Archeology

Jane Austen Season audio books

at Classical FM

KTH, Andre Kim fashion show

KTH-KRW in Andre Kim Fashion Show Seoul U

another

interview

Arirang TV Showbiz Extra interview


Relativity: Rae Won & Tae hee - Cant We Try?


KTH site

2002 Fashion Show

Photos of Felicity Jones









From the Felicity Jones Placeholder photo gallery:

Alas, I read that this Northanger Abbey adaptation wasn't so good.

BBC Somerset photos of Persuasion

BBC Somerset photos of Persuasion









Regency fashion

The Regency Fashion Page (alt)
her future page, "if she ever gets motivated to move"

Regency Fashion History 1800-1825
The Costumer's Manifesto: Regency and Empire Fashion Costume Links
Jane Austen Centre
A Regency Repository
Pemberly.com
Jessamyn's Regency Costume Companion
women's gown patterns
Period Costuming: How to find that 'Regency Look'
Sense and Sensibility Regency Patterns
Regency Wedding
Eras of Elegance

Regency links

The Bath Jane Austen Festival 2006
Photos: An Elegant Regency Ball
Jane Austen Season on ITV (Persuasion gallery)

Misc:
Ravensgard Costuming and Textiles Page
Elizabethan Costuming Page
Elizabethan Costuming

Fr. Z: Prayer request for Msgr. Schuler

Details
I assume that Msgr. Schuler is close to crossing the threshold and meeting our Lord.

MSGR. RICHARD J. SCHULER
by John Janaro
The spiritual impact of Msgr. Richard Schuler's priestly leadership and example
The Twin Cities Catholic Chorale
Church of St. Agnes
Church Music Association of America (wiki)

Articles by Msgr. Schuler:
"TURNED-AROUND" ALTARS
The Training of a Church Musician
A Chronicle of the Reform
The State of Art and Architecture Reform
Active Participate in the Church's Liturgy by Msgr. Richard J. Schuler

Plus:
Fr. Z's notes on the new book by Joseph Ratzinger, Jesus of Nazareth.

Some photos, Asian Film Awards

from March

Korean actor Song Kang-ho accepts the best actor award for his role in the movie "The Host" at the first Asian film awards in Hong Kong. The South Korean smash hit monster movie has topped the awards show, winning four prizes out of five nominations, including the best film and best actor gongs.(AFP/Mike Clarke)

Hong Kong actor Andy Lau holds his "Box Office Star of Asia" award during the Asian Film Awards, a part of the Entertainment Expo Hong Kong, in Hong Kong March 20, 2007. REUTERS/Paul Yeung (CHINA)

Hong Kong actress Josephine Siao holds her trophy for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Cinema at the Asian Film Awards during Entertainment Expo Hong Kong, in Hong Kong March 20, 2007. REUTERS/Paul Yeung (CHINA)

French director Luc Besson(L) presents an award for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Cinema to Hong Kong actress Josephine Siao at the Asian Film Awards, a part of Entertainment Expo Hong Kong, in Hong Kong March 20, 2007. REUTERS/Paul Yeung (CHINA)

Best actor, Korean Song Kang-ho, for movie "The Host" poses for pictures after receiving his award at the 1st Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong. The awards will honor the best of Asian cinema from the past year including films and film makers from all over Asia.(AFP/Samantha Sin)


South Korean actor Song Kang-ho kisses his trophy after winning the best actor award at the Asian Film Awards, a part of the Entertainment Expo Hong Kong in Hong Kong March 20, 2007. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA)


Hong Kong actor Andy Lau poses with his trophy after winning the award of "Box Office Star of Asia" at the Asian Film Awards, a part of Entertainment Expo Hong Kong, in Hong Kong March 20, 2007. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA)

South Korean actress Lim Su-jeong arrives for the Asian Film Awards, a part of the Entertainment Expo Hong Kong, in Hong Kong March 20, 2007. REUTERS/Paul Yeung (CHINA)

Chinese actress Zhao Wei arrives for the Asian Film Awards as part of the Entertainment Expo Hong Kong in Hong Kong March 20, 2007. REUTERS/Paul Yeung (CHINA)

Chinese actress Fan Bingbing arrives for the Asian Film Awards as part of the Entertainment Expo Hong Kong in Hong Kong March 20, 2007. REUTERS/Paul Yeung (CHINA)

Hong Kong actor Andy Lau arrives for the Asian Film Awards as part of the Entertainment Expo Hong Kong in Hong Kong March 20, 2007. REUTERS/Paul Yeung (CHINA)

Hong Kong actresses and members of the pop group "Twins" Gillian Chung (L) and Charlene Choi arrive for the Asian Film Awards as part of the Entertainment Expo Hong Kong in Hong Kong March 20, 2007. REUTERS/Paul Yeung (CHINA)

Hong Kong actor Tony Leung arrives for the Asian Film Awards as part of the Entertainment Expo Hong Kong in Hong Kong March 20, 2007. REUTERS/Paul Yeung (CHINA)

More photos of Lim Su-Jeong:

South Korean actress Lim Su-jeong (R) and actor Jung Ji-Hoon, also known as Rain, wave during a news conference in Hong Kong March 19, 2007. The gala premiere of their movie “I am a Cyborg, but that’s OK” will be held during the Hong Kong International Film Festival. REUTERS/Paul Yeung (CHINA)


South Korean director Park Chan-wook (R), actress Lim Su-jeong (C) and actor Jung Ji-Hoon, also known as Rain, wave during a news conference in Hong Kong March 19, 2007. The gala premiere their movie “I am a Cyborg, but that’s OK” will be held at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. REUTERS/Paul Yeung (CHINA)

REUTERS/Paul Yeung (CHINA)

South Korean director Park Chan-wook (R), actress Lim Su-jeong (C) and actor Jung Ji-Hoon, also known as Rain, attend the gala premiere of their movie "I am a Cyborg, but that?s OK", as a part of the program for the Hong Kong International Film Festival, in Hong Kong. REUTERS/Paul Yeung (CHINA)

REUTERS/Paul Yeung (CHINA)

Two from Shooting Times

Smith & Wesson M&P: A Semiautomatic Pistol Worthy Of Its Name

Springfield's XD Keeps On Growing

Choi Ji Woo, Andre Kim show

at some Andre Kim fashion show:


(1st) Choi Ji-woo Illui Ads


(2nd)


Some cfs




















Lotte 2007


Other Lotte cfs


The Natural Family Meets the Moral Hazard at National Health Care Gulch

THE NATURAL FAMILY MEETS THE MORAL HAZARD AT NATIONAL HEALTH CARE GULCH

Friday, Apr 13, 2006


by Allan Carlson, Ph.D.*

These problems are real and vast, and much debated. Blame for soaring costs gets cast about widely. Some indict greedy HMO’s. Others point to overpaid doctors. Still others cite excessive liability insurance costs for physicians, driven by trial lawyers. Others blame new and expensive medical technologies.

And yet, commonly forgotten in this debate are the relationships of physical health, health care, and health insurance to healthy marriages and healthy families. Indeed, these are—I will argue today—the missing pieces in the health debate puzzle, and the touchstone for real solutions.

Moreover, the ongoing debate on health care and health insurance coincides with special attention this year to the future of another kind of insurance, old age insurance under Social Security (which is my subject for next month). The historian in me whispers that it is time to step back and ask two basic questions: What has been the historic relationship of insurance, generally, to family life? And, more specifically, how has government-provided, or social insurance, related to the family?

Friday, April 13, 2007

90 Days Time for Love MV



A different song, video looks fan-made?

Monastery of St. John of San Francisco

monastery website
Divine Ascent Press

The monastery is under the jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church of America (Diocese of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and the West).

Fr. Ephraim

Orthodox wiki

He was a disciple of Elder Joseph the Hesychast of Mount Athos and nun Theophano (Monachos.net discussion of Elder Joseph; an article about his spiritual teaching).

Fr. Ephraim is a figure of some controversy who has founded numerous Orthodox monasteries in the United States.

monachos.net discussion of Fr. Ephraim and of the monasteries
A defense of Fr. Ephraim against Concerned POEM: Athos in America
In Response to David Smith concerning St. Anthony's Monastery

I have no competence to judge particular individuals (the theology/spiritual teaching is a different question, but that is better left to an expert on the topic), but speaking from an aesthetic viewpoint, the monasteries look good.

Monasteries of Fr. Ephraim
map

including:
Holy Annunciation
Holy Archangels Monastery
Holy Transfiguration Monastery
Panagia Prousiotissa
Panagia Vlahernon
St. Anthony's Monastery
St. John the Forerunner Monastery
St. Kosmos Aitolos Monastery
St. Paraskevi Monastery
Monastery of the Theotokos the Life-Giving Spring (SF Goarch site down?)


What to know when visiting a monastery

Unrelated:
Not to be confused with Monk Ephraim of Katounakia: Exemplary figure of contemporary Athonite monasticism


A photo of the two Ephraims, Abbot Ephraim on the left, Fr. Ephraim on the right:


On the World and Family by Elder Ephraim
Elder Ephraim on the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad
Elder Joseph the Hesychast and the Teaching of Mental Prayer Which Flowed from His Letters:
A homily by Abbot Ephraim of Vatopaidi Monastery
Elder Joseph the Hesychast on Patience and Endurance

Elder Joseph the Hesychast:


An icon:


Elder Ephraim with Elder Joseph:

Exaltation of the Holy Cross Monastery
Saint Gregory Palamas Monastery

Cross Room at Mount Athos
Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Brookline (HOCNA.info)