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Blog template dilemma

As you’ve probably guessed, I’d like to change my blog template for 2015.

Now, WordPress has provided a new default theme for the new year, Twenty Fifteen, which is nice enough but looks a bit odd on mobile platforms.

I liked the Editor theme, which I tried for a couple of days, but the size of the font and the blockquotes didn’t really do it for me on anything other than my really big iMac screen.

I really, really like something like the Blink or Literatum themes, which are a lot like the layout used by, including War is Boring. I’ve been using a “classic” layout like Andrew Sullivan for as long as I’ve been blogging, but a lot of the cool kiddies nowadays are adopting themes like Medium, Gawker or Vox. Now, I’m tempted to go in the direction of big feature images and nice topography (like Medium), but at the same time, I’m not sure if those layouts suit my style of blogging.

Of course, if I take this blog in a more long-form blogging direction, a Medium-like them might be good.

Anyway, if you’ve got advice (including “Keep the damn theme you’re using now!”), feel free to offer it.

Photo by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid.

Note to cobloggers: When you post, I’d appreciate it if you could add a feature image (see here). I get a lot of my feature images from Flickr’s creative commons.

Merry Christmas

Just wishing this blog’s readers – and, heck, even people who don’t read this blog – a very merry Christmas.

New Blog Theme

Don’t try to adjust your monitor – I’ve adopted a completely new blog theme.

I rather like the simple layout, with big feature images and plenty of focus on content. It also looks good on mobile devices – and displays the author of each post, too, which the old layout did not on smartphones.

The only thing I’m not really sure about is the blockquote style, but I’ll probably get used to that.

Anyway, tell me what you think.

New blogs for blog roll?

I’ve just given the sidebar blog roll a much needed cleaning.

Now I need to add newer blogs on there, so if you’ve got suggestions, please, let me know.

Happy New Year, folks


Wishing you all the very best in 2014.

Regular posting to restart from tonight

UPDATE: The good news: GTA V has been released in Korea. The bad news: be prepared to wait in line.

ORIGINAL POST: Sorry for the lack of activity here over the last week.

With the Chuseok holiday coming, I’ve been a bit busy. But I guess you already knew that.

Anyway, there’s a lot of news to cover, and I hope to begin getting to it from this evening.

In the meantime, I’ve posted plenty of photos over at my photo blog. Not all of them completely suck. Or maybe they do.

Commenting problem

It’s come to my attention that about 100 comments were sitting in moderation due to some improper settings with Disqus, including some comments from long-time commenters (Wedge, Baduk, Nulji, Hodges, etc.).

The situation has been resolved, so post away.

Apologies for that. If anyone runs into similar issues, just drop me an email (

Looking for a Korean financial blogger

A friend of mine is looking for a blogger specializing in Korean financial affairs for an upcoming conference.

If this sounds like you, shoot me an email (with your blog link) at

Life as a travel writer

John Bocskay of the Outsider Looking In blog, has an interview with Lonely Planet Korea writer Rob Whyte.

For those of you who fancy becoming a travel writer, keep in mind, it’s a tough, less than glamourous gig.

I don’t know if people know this or not but most travel writers never eat in the restaurants they write about, and they never sleep in the hotels they write about, because they can’t afford to.

And don’t expect that after you publish you will then be able to afford it either.

Frankly speaking, the pay isn’t really worth it anymore. It’s really just about keeping that cachet going. The publishing world – the print publishing world – is undergoing great changes right now, and so, frankly the money just isn’t worth it. It’s more like, if it’s fun, OK, but it’s not for the money, that’s for sure.

You can read the rest here.

Open Thread: June 1, 2013

Enjoy the weekend, folks.

Oh, and concerning the lack of content here recently, I will restart posting regular content here from Monday. I’ve been a bit busy recently, and truth be told, I’ve been directing a bit more energy towards my Tumblr photoblog. Things should be getting back to normal from next week, though.

Yes, I’ve switched back

Having given Disqus a thorough trial, I’ve decided that I prefer things the old way.

Don’t like the way Disqus worked on mobile devices. Too buggy. Too tedious.

At any rate, I missed my old blog template, which doesn’t play well with Disqus.

I know some of you will not like this. By way of compensation, though, I provide you with a cover of The Maytals’s “Pressure Drop” by Robert Palmer.

Jeju World Wide

With the New Year comes a new site that I am sure many of you will find interesting.   It is Jeju World Wide.

It wasn’t too many years ago that it was really difficult to find anything in English about places outside of Seoul.  Now there are several including Busan Haps, Daegu Pockets and, of course, Jeju World Wide.  These online newspaper/magazines have a lot to offer but, for the most part, seem to be relatively unknown to people outside of their immediate area.  Hopefully this posting will help them gain some well-deserved interest.

Jeju World Wide is a must for anyone thinking about or planning on visiting the island.  Even if you are not going to the island there are a lot of articles that readers on the Hole might find interesting such as Dr. David Nemeth’s recollections as a Peace Corps volunteer on Jeju Island in the 1970s.

In addition, there are maps to the various historic and natural sites, interviews and cultural information.

As this will be constantly updated and added to – in the words of a dreaded first sergeant from my past – “It would behoove you to keep your self acquainted” with the Jeju World Wide.

RIP Bill Sakovich

Some sad news—Bill Sakovich, the man behind Ampontan, reportedly passed away from cancer on Dec 21.

Bill was one of the first bloggers I followed, initially when he was with Japundit and later when he started Ampontan. I didn’t always agree with his commentary about Korea, but he was witty and he knew his shit. Above all, it was clear he loved and respected his adopted homeland, and his strident commentary about Japan provided a refreshing contrast to the bitching and moaning you sometimes read in the Western press and blogosphere.

Bill, you will be missed.

Merry Christmas

We here at the Marmot’s Hole would like to wish you all a merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah or joyous (add favorite winter celebration HERE).

Sunrises-none. Major spills walking down-three so far.

At least it’s a white Christmas.

Disqus issues and blog theme

It’s come to my attention that Disqus might not be working on Firefox, at least on some mobile devices.

Shoot me a head’s up if this is the case with you, too.

Oh, and I think I’ll be sticking with this theme. It’s responsive (i.e., changes automatically to fit mobile screens), lightweight, easy to read and lets me use banner images.

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