Caveat: 찰 거머리 정

I found this aphorism in my book of Korean aphorisms.

찰 거머리 정

chal jeong

sticky leech passion

A sticky leech’s passion

There’s not much grammar going on here. It’s just a noun phrase. It refers to the excessively clingy lover – I suppose that’s what the parallel usage is in English: clingy. The word 정 [jeong] is complex and even problematic, but here I think passion is acceptable translation. I blogged about 정 here, many years ago.

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Caveat: Tree #1464 “San Juan Bautista”

This tree was near a little notch in the trees at the top of the 10-mile hill. Down in the notch you can see in the distance the flank of San Juan Bautista island.


The island was named by Spanish explorers, and when the Russians and then the British and Americans came through, they were using the Spanish-made sea charts, so a lot of the Spanish names stuck in southeasternmost Alaska. You can tell who among the locals is a xenophobe because they will use the English translations of the names, though the Spanish versions are on the official charts. Thus “Saint John”, not “San Juan”, and “Saint Ignace”, not “San Ignacio”. Etc.

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Caveat: MundoMar

[This is a cross-post from my other blog]

My low-effort geofiction bragpost for the week is a theme park called MundoMar in the country of Ardesfera.

I’m not  as good at what’s called detailed or micro-mapping, but I thought this was a good effort. It’s a maritime-themed theme park, maybe somewhat modeled on Sea World – though I haven’t visited Sea World in about 50 years.

The surroundings to the theme park are not as well mapped, and the farther afield you go, the more embarrassed I am by the work. Much of this mapping is from my first year on the opengeofiction site (2014), when I was still learning how to use the tools and figuring out what was possible in the realm of “slippy map geofiction”.

Here is a screenshot of the spot:

Screenshot of the map window on the OpenGeofiction site, showing an area mapped of a theme park called MundoMar with lots of detail.

The area shown is here on the map server:

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Caveat: Tree #1461 “Patien(ts/ce)”

This tree existed.


You can see the treehouse in there. It’s still structurally sound, though it suffers a leaky roof, which I need to fix sometime when things dry out and I feel a sufficient motivation.

It’s been weirdly warm the last few days. Highs in the low 50’s. Though still quite drizzly-rainy. More typical of July, here, than January.

Along with our weekly Thursday shopping trip, today, I went to the dentist. I hate the dentist. Not personally. I hate the experience.

My jaw hurts. In fact it’s hard for me, post-cancer, to keep my mouth widely open. Too many cut tendons or missing nerves in my mouth and jaw for things to work quite correctly. So that’s a layer of unpleasantness for dentist visits that maybe sets it apart.

I survived. And for once, Art had to be patient and wait around for me, rather than the usual other way around.

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Caveat: Tree #1460 “A wintery haze”

This tree is a guest tree from my past. I took this picture in January, 2016, as I walked home from an appointment at the National Cancer Center, through Jeongbalsan Park.


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Caveat: Tree #1458 “A blur”

This tree saw its view blurred by heavy rain.


The rain was so heavy that the leak-catching bucket in my treehouse overflowed, even though I’d emptied it yesterday.

There was a small flood in my treehouse.

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Caveat: Quelepa

[This is a cross-post from my other blog.]

For this week’s low-effort bragpost, I’m sharing my pre-modern ceremonial capital, Quelepa. The plan that I had, long ago, was to create this circa 1400’s city, in the style of maybe a Mayan or Aztec city, and then overlay a modern city over it, using a historical mapping process. But I never got around to it, so the city is still there, in a kind of anachronistic reservation within the otherwise modern country of Ardesfera. That explains the bit of railroad seen in the lower left of the screenshot.

I was especially pleased with the city because it conformed to the already-drawn contours (topo) for the region. I also did some minor work on a conlang for the culture involved, which I used to name all the various temples included.

A screenshot of the zoomable map on the website, showing a pre-modern ceremonial city with detailed buildings and walls, and a background showing the contour lines of the area's physical topography.

Here is a link to the zoomable map:


Caveat: Tree #1453 “A new spring”

This tree is a guest tree from my past. I took this picture in May, 2011, near my apartment in Ilsan (Goyang City), South Korea. I had just moved to my new neighborhood to start my new job at Karma Academy, where I stayed working for 7 years – the longest I’ve ever had one job.


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