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i am korn.

i am korn.

I know I’ve been neglecting this site. Truth is, I just didn’t know what to do with it anymore. So you’ll find the new site over at iankorn.com. This one will remain for a while as I slowly migrate things over there, but for anything new, you’ll need to look to the new domain.


Jikoin: The Tea Ceremony Temple

Jikoin: The Tea Ceremony Temple

About a 45-minute train ride from central Nara is the temple of Jikoin. Sited at the top of a hill, this temple was founded around the time of the unification of Japan by a nobleman interested in spreading the ideas of the tea ceremony. Because of this, most of the temple is devoted to tea […]


Koyasan: The Holy Mountain Town

Koyasan: The Holy Mountain Town

Yesterday, I wrote about visiting the cemetery at Okunoin. While that’s certainly the highlight of a visit to Koyasan, it’s hardly all there is to see. It’s a beautiful little mountain town, with lots of historic and beautiful places to visit. If you take the scenic route up the mountain, like we did, you ride […]


(Another) Computer Problem, A Flood of Japanese Instagram

(Another) Computer Problem, A Flood of Japanese Instagram

You may be wondering why, after I went to the trouble of making a post about being in Japan and taking tons of photographs, I didn’t post anything. Well, about a week or two into the program, my computer died. Why I always have major computer issues while I’m abroad is beyond me. My poor […]


Six Weeks in Kyoto!

Six Weeks in Kyoto!

The website lives! I have a reason, and, hopefully, time to post regularly this summer. I am currently in Kyoto, Japan, on a six-week study abroad program in landscape architecture. We are living in a 350-year-old temple in a much larger temple complex. Other than emphasizing becoming better designers, we will be learning how to […]


Re-Envisioning South Willamette

Re-Envisioning South Willamette

In the Spring Term, my studio was about redesigning (or re-envisioning, if you will) South Willamette Street here in Eugene. The city is already involved in this process as they gear up for their next 30-year plan (an Oregon state requirement) and a possible expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary. South Willamette Street, despite having […]


The Best Model Shot

The Best Model Shot

It’s Spring Break! Thank God! I’ve been working to update my portfolio so I can start the hunt for a summer job. So I’ve been going through a bunch of photos of models I took over the last two terms, thinking about including them. This is, by far, my favorite: a close-up of the laser […]


The Zen of Spam

You wouldn’t know it, but this site gets a ton of spam. Thank God WordPress has a fantastic spam filter. Every now and then I like to wade into the spam bin and go through to make sure it’s not actually catching something legit. I think that’s only happened once. But the other reason I […]


ARCH 610: Digital Media

ARCH 610: Digital Media

I’m going to start doing something a little differently here, at least until March. Right now I’m taking a class called Intro to Digital Media. As part of the class, we need to create a web journal to post our assignments. I figure, why create an entirely new site when I’ve got a perfectly good […]


More Martos

More Martos

I really just wanted to post something about where I am and what I’m doing these days, which will hopefully explain the randomness of updates. But how could I leave you without photos? Since I’m feeling a little nostalgic, I’ve decided to include a few parting shots of Martos as well. I left Spain in […]


Brussels: The Capital of Europe

Brussels: The Capital of Europe

This will be the last post relating to my Christmas adventures. Promise. When I last left you, I was in Bruges. But it was Brussels, the so-called “Capital of Europe,” that I got to first and where I ended my trip to the Low Countries. Like Bruges, the city is charming, but it’s a much […]


Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, Belgium

Here’s some more from the Christmas-New Year’s Holiday trip. Leaving Holland, I worked my way south to Belgium. I started in Brussels, but took a side trip to see the town of Bruges – a much cooler city, in my opinion. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t inspired by a certain movie to […]


In the News!

In the News!

There haven’t been a lot of updates here, because I have been both incredibly busy (deciding where to study for the next three years, preparing a presentation for the kids on Canada, etc.) and incredibly lazy. Yes, it is possible to be both. But there was one thing that I wanted to share: I was […]


Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Just got back from a week-long road trip across the north of Spain with Dietrich, from Barcelona to Santiago de Compostela. Good times! We got back to Martos just in time to see the Easter procession. Plenty more photos where that came from… on my computer desktop. (Gimme a break, I’m relaxing today!) This song […]


Holidays in Holland

Holidays in Holland

After Ronda, the next stop on my travels was the Netherlands. I landed in Eindhoven and was there for three days over Christmas (overall, a miserable place). Then I spent a day in the unpronounceable city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, home to medieval painter Heironymous Bosch. The highlight, however, was a week spent visiting friends in Utrecht, […]


The Grass is Always Greener

The Grass is Always Greener

Woke up this morning thinking this to myself, and with the urge to mess around a bit in photoshop. Here’s what I came up with. Just a little reminder to be happy wherever you are. The background photo is Drew__’s “Grass in A Minor.” This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 […]


Los Hermanos Carvajales

Los Hermanos Carvajales

I hope you like stories. Specifically, I hope that you like legends. I’m kind of a sucker for tall tales. They tell you a lot about a place. Spain is absolutely full of them, once you start looking. I guess it comes from being such an old country with an already romantic history. A lot […]


Spanish Commercials: Football, Monsters, Musicals, and the Battle of the Sexes

It may seem like a tontería to be posting about Spanish TV ads, but you know what, not everyone gets to see them. Particularly most of the people who are reading this blog… because you don’t live in Spain. So, want a taste of what we see in between shows on TV – that is, […]


An Upgrade and an Update

An Upgrade and an Update

You may notice a few changes around here. I just finished a much-needed overhaul of the website to streamline everything. Edit one: The site looks a lot better (I think, I hope) because I didn’t design this template. Edit two: It works in Internet Explorer. Welcome, people stuck in the past! Edit three: The blog […]


Quick Notes

A few housekeeping notes that will be of interest to you: My old laptop (that is, my 8-year-old Dell), the only computer I had here, has been officially declared dead. I’ve ordered a new one which should be here sometime near the start of March. Thankfully, it was only a power issue, so I didn’t […]


Spanish Music

Spanish Music

El Guitarrista. Image by Landahlauts. Last night Dan and I were treated to a live Sonic Youth concert on La 2. I doubt I will ever get to see them live, so it was pretty cool. I miss being able to go to shows and take photos…. Damn you economy! Anyhow, I realized that while […]


MLK Day: Letter From Birmingham Jail

MLK Day: Letter From Birmingham Jail

Today is Martin Luther King Day. They don’t celebrate it here; in fact, many of them don’t know that it’s an actual holiday. I’ve prepared a few activities in English for the kids that are tangentially related, but only because they are preparing to celebrate their version of the holiday, Día de la Paz, on […]


Up La Peña

Up La Peña

I had hoped to be posting some pictures of my holiday trip right about now, but, well, read my last post… Instead, I will bring you some photos of Martos I had waiting to be posted. It’s an apt subject, actually, because I’m tired of traveling and it’s nice to be home. (Ok, maybe it’s […]


News… Then Bad News

First of all… Gelukkig Niuewjaar, everyone! (That’s Happy New Year in Dutch.) I am done traveling and back home in snowy/rainy Martos. It’s nice to get back to something normal after being away for so long, no matter how awesome that vacation was. Much more to come on that, but it will take me quite […]