The personal blog of P. Kerim Friedman 傅可恩. Short (link) posts are on his microblog. For his academic blogging please visit anthro{dendum}.

November 26, 2021

Five tips for managing pain

If you are over thirty five and spend a lot of your day sitting at a computer, it is a pretty safe bet that you are in pain. Maybe it is only when

November 4, 2019

Online Banking, a One Act Play

Me: [Trying to do online banking] Citibank: We need to verify that you are you. Me: OK, here is my phone number Citibank: … Me: OK, that isn’t

October 7, 2019

Notes for A New Citizen: Registering Your Marriage

This is an update to my previous post about getting dual citizenship in Taiwan, focusing on steps we had to take to update my wife’s resident permit

September 7, 2019

How I Became Taiwanese (While Remaining American)

I am incredibly proud to announce that I am now a Taiwanese citizen! After a year long process (described in excruciating detail below), today I

August 23, 2019

How I started going to the gym

I’ve struggled with hip pain for twenty years. I mostly kept it under control with regular Iyengar Yoga practice, which I started in 2002, but over

June 7, 2019

10 Chernobyl-type reactors are operating today!

My father, whose study of the Chernobyl death count I posted recently, reminded me that he also wrote a piece on the “the sheer number of

June 5, 2019

How many people died due to Chernobyl?

Now that Chernobyl is in the news again due to the HBO series, many people are once again asking this question. About three years ago my dad, a

May 23, 2019

Remembering Ilya

I was asked to write some brief remarks in remembrance of my good friend Ilya 李士傑 whose sudden death last week shocked and saddened so many people.

April 6, 2019

My Digital Toolkit

Some people are happy to use Microsoft Word for everything. Others like to find the right tool for the task. If, like me, you are the second kind of

March 2, 2019

Call Me

Like many people who were active bloggers back when blogging was a new thing, I’m somewhat nostalgic for the pre-Facebook internet. It isn’t so much

January 12, 2019

Talks and Film Screenings Winter 2019

Our winter break in Taiwan starts next week1 and Shashwati and I have a pretty busy schedule of talks, conferences, and film screenings. I thought

December 11, 2018

Can the Yellow Vests Speak?

What is happening in Paris is complicated. Add to that the fact that my French is not very good, and I am far too busy to read everything my friends