What type of laptop does the daughter of Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt own? A 15″ Macbook Pro. Odd. I thought the daughter of Google’s King would avoid Apple.

I know about Sophie’s computer love because she told me in this write-up on her recent trip to North Korea with her father.


The layout is funky, but the commentary is priceless. In case you didn’t know, North Korea is that odd separationist state tucked north of, coincidentally, South Korea. There was a big war fought over the two Koreas.

Unlike a lot of other commentators, I knew that North Korea has the 4th largest standing army in the world, and the Korean Demilitarized Zone is the most heavily militarized border in the world.

I find North Korean customs, practices, and behaviors very fascinating.

You can find a ton of videos on YouTube about North Korea, including this documentary from National Geographic Channel:

Or this 3 part series:

It’s certainly not all fun and games in North Korea, though. There are plenty of political prisoners who face hardships and maltreatments because of any number of reasons. If you want to read more, check out these books, available on Amazon:

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kafantaris · January 20, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Hiding from the world is proof enough that the North Korean and Iranian regimes cannot withstand scrutiny even from their own people — less they find out that their regimes have completely stifled economic development.
Yet North Korea and Iran could just as easily have excelled economically as well as technologically — for the greater good of their citizens.
As things stand now, Iran has abandoned all paths to the country’s Persian greatness, and daily North Korea has to face the glaring economic disparities with its sister state.
Exactly how long will it take for these regimes to realize that in today’s world a country’s might is measured in economic terms?
Indeed, even if the North Korean and Iranian regimes on their own somehow managed to amass Russia’s military might, neither would be further ahead economically.
So what’s the point in trying?

    Jeffrey Taylor · January 21, 2013 at 7:20 am

    George, that’s absolutely correct. You see true juxtaposition between NK and SK or China (though China is still lagging). I think people are fascinated that countries can remain so isolated for so long. Thanks for the comment.

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