return to justinsomnia

as i am writing this, it is 4:59am on my bedside alarm clock. and it is especially alarming that though i joke around midnight about having 5 or 6 good hours left, 4 and a half hours later i am…

white stripes, gap creek

one of the bands i find most alluring, but haven’t been listening to much of lately, is the white stripes. i found an excellent bbc radio interview of the jack and meg white where they discuss (among other things) the…

i love that it is raining

i love that it is raining. i don’t love that the forecast calls for isolated thunderstorms for the next seven days. i’m supposed to be doing this lit review for my last final project. and nothing in me wants to…

calm

and then just one day, just mere hours later, i was relaxed. thinking gleefully about finding a new place to live. watching movie trailers online. shopping around for lcd tv’s. thinking about flying to siem reap to see angkor wat…

HOLY MOLEY!

i just got back from an *awesome* concert at cats cradle. schneider TM, les savy fav, and the faint ROCKED! i can’t even put into words how great this show was except that i seriously shook my booty and came…

hello from bangkok

last night (which corresponds roughly to the middle of the day in chapel hill) i slept in a bed in a hotel in bangkok. it’s hot and muggy here, though I really haven’t been outside, except for that brief moment…

work

it is impossible for me to send a meaningful email from work. i am in cambodia for work. i am working. i am permanently in a work state of mind. i wake at 6am. eat breakfast at the hotel. get…

how i feel about work

sometimes i forget the power of words. like sometimes there’s a difference between my description of something and how i actually feel about it. and apparently my last post has triggered a bit of concern for my emotional well-being. what…

i love cambodia

of course i’m a total tourist and only see the superficial beauty of this place. but i love it anyway. i love the colonial french architecture (picture french quarter new orleans), the way people are always milling about everywhere, and…

the news (from cambodia)

traditional news media has failed for me because it tries to appeal to too broad an audience. or maybe it’s just rotten because it doesn’t try to be interesting. (obviously if you’re here reading this or other blogs, then you…

phnom penh street scene

not much has been happening this week except work, so there’s not much to tell. very early saturday morning i fly to siem reap to see the ruins of angkor wat, and i’ll be there until monday evening (memorial day).…

i am now in austin texas

i arrived yesterday, straight from cambodia, a day earlier than everyone was expecting. some stats: # of days in cambodia and away from chapel hill: 17 # of days in austin and away from chapel hill: 5 # of hours…

Second trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia

In May of 2003 I traveled back to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to continue some work I had started there in January. The trip was two weeks long, affording opportunities to visit the genocide museum and the killing fields, as well…

The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and The Killing Fields

During my Second trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, I had the opportunity to visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and The Killing Fields just outside of town. View of the Tuol Sleng compound

Angkor ruins of Siem Reap, Cambodia

During my second trip to Cambodia, I had the rare opportunity to visit the Angkor Archaeological Park near Siem Reap with a UNESCO-trained guide and a driver all to myself for three days. The south gate of Angkor Thom, the…