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Analogue Cultural Ambassador

While waiting for paperwork to go through the system I went searching for a particular mall, which I heard had one of the last surviving film processing labs in Indonesia. There were three malls in the neighborhood, and I had … Continue reading

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A Hidden Museum in Jakarta

One of the things I’ve found hardest to understand about Indonesia as a state is its deep love of administrative structures. I mean that in both ways: there are ministries (kementerian) for everything, many of whose missions seem to overlap, … Continue reading

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Garbageways of Ujir

Archaeologists (and other anthropologists) think a lot about food. This shouldn’t be surprising; after all people in general think a lot about food. Food, eating, and nutrition are also pretty easy to observe with scientific methods: skeletal chemistry can tell … Continue reading

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Island Style

13 October, Dobo. Last time I was in Ambon, it had been something of a shock. Coming from Bali, the chaos and pollution stood out, and the attention that the locals paid to foreigners was almost alienating. Now, though, I … Continue reading

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Mister Tinggi

10 October, Ambon. Yesterday was all eating and talking—so much talking that I may have worn out my ability to put words together. Writing it all down as a straight narrative would be boring for everyone, so what should I … Continue reading

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Perilous Language

8 October I’m writing this in the air above western Java, on my flight from Jakarta to Ambon. I was a bit skeptical about dragging this little laptop halfway around the world, but it has already proven its usefulness in … Continue reading

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Life in Transit

7-8 October, Jakarta I have been in the air, or in airports, for almost exactly 24 hours. The trans-Pacific flight was, true to type for EVA Air, grimly efficient with a Hello Kitty twist. The announcements were curt and to … Continue reading

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Escape Velocity

Headed to Indonesia again. On these pages, I haven’t even returned to the States yet. In fact, my life in the US is sometimes worth writing about, but it tends to happen in a crowded multi-tasking sort of way that … Continue reading

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Memories from a Night in Old Java

A while ago I went to an unusual performance in Seattle, at the Cornish art school’s auditorium. An ensemble of baroque musicians and a local gamelan orchestra took turns playing pieces from their repertoires, to explore the similarities and differences … Continue reading

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Modern Life in Jogja

My last week in Indonesia was a testament to how diverse the country is. The ancient city of Yogyakarta, or Jogja for short, was a different planet from Maluku province. The language sounded different, even when people bothered to speak … Continue reading

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