MontanaRon

Just another ordinary English teacher eclectic expat blog about nothing in particular.

Day: November 18, 2009

More About Blog Maintenance

Since I switched the blog software over, I’ve been going back through the archives, updating links and photos. The code for some of the stuff is different in WordPress than it was in the Greymatter software I previously used, so I have to go back in to all the old posts and edit things. So far, I’m about 20% done–still a lot to do, but there’s no big hurry. Since everything appears to be working pretty good, I’ll probably soon put the blog back on the montanaron.com URL, rather than the montanaron.com/wordpress URL. I’ll let everyone know well in advance before changing the address (again :roll:).

If you’ve only read my old Greymatter blog and no others, you might be wondering what the categories and tags are under each post on the main page. The categories are like the Table of Contents and the tags are like the Index; they’re more specific. Just click on one of the categories or tags and you’ll be taken to a list of all the posts that have that particular category or tag. Pretty neat. I’ll also try to keep you posted about any changes made to the blog. One change is that I added my photo to the About MontanaRon page. It’s not a recent one (about 3 years old, I believe), so I’ll try to put a new one up soon.

One thing I’m noticing about having the new software is that I seem to be more motivated to post new entries to the blog. That’s good! There’s so much more that I can do with WordPress–it’s tons o’ fun to play around with, tweaking and changing and poking around under the hood, so to speak. I’ll try to keep the frequency of the posts up the level that I’ve been doing so far since installing the new software, so keep checking back. More later.

Buddhist temple murals

I’ve been going back through some of my newer and not-so-new photos of Yeosu that I haven’t posted to the blog or in the Photo Gallery, so I’m going to put them up here over the course of the next several posts.

These first ones are a couple of shots of murals at the Hyangiram Temple that we visited a few weekends ago. I just love the colors and detail in all Buddhist temple murals, and I’ve posted a few before, some from Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok and a few from the wat near Nai’s house. Both of the links will take you to the Photo Gallery.

The first one features ocean-blue and -green colors, while the second is done in warmer oranges and reds. Both of the murals have an ocean motif, not surprising considering the temple’s proximity to the ocean. One of the Korean tour guides that were hired for the field trip told us that most Korean Buddhist monks and nuns were forced out of the cities and into the mountains in the late 14th century with the arrival of Confucianism to the peninusula. This wikipedia article goes into more detail about the banishment.

Hyangiram_Mural1

As always, click on the image to get a larger version.

Hyangiram_Mural2

Stay tuned for more photos in the upcoming few weeks.

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