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Korea ranks in the top 15% countries to live in

best place to liveAccording to a new report provided by the UN measuring Human Development in 182 countries, South Korea ranked #26 which would be in the top 15% of all nations studied. Korea ranks above other relatively developed countries which produce more gross income like China (#92), Mexico (#53) and India (#134). Korea still ranks behind many “Very Highly Developed” nations, but is ahead of countries like the Czech Republic, Portugal and Israel.  At the bottom of the list was Niger.

The full list follows and an explanation is provided at the bottom on how HDI or the Human Development Index is measured.

  1. Norway
  2. Australia
  3. Iceland
  4. Canada
  5. Ireland
  6. Netherlands
  7. Sweden
  8. France
  9. Switzerland
  10. Japan Continue reading

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Studying for the AP exams for free? From Korea? Top 5 study tips

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A past student of mine asked for some help studying for his AP Exams: Economics, Psychology and World History. Being here in Korea, he doesn’t have lots of texts he can buy at the local bookstore or at Amazon.com & get it a few days later. Korea also doesn’t have a lot of American texts and the accessibility is pretty sad to be frank. So, I thought up as many solutions he could take advantage of via the Internet and emailed him away.

I thought since he’s probably not the only one studying for the exams abroad, perhaps my tips might be useful to some kid in Ghana or in Fukuoka, Japan. It wouldn’t hurt I thought given there are 37 AP Exams on 22 subject areas and many standardized tests like it that many countries use as Academic standards to gain entrance into the top institutions. So, here they are:

1. Downloading Torrents (I reminded him that this is illegal & that he needs to do it with his parent’s permission & with caution; it was for educational purposes though and so I felt o.k with sharing this resource for now)

  • First you need to download the application at bittorrent.com
  • A good site that many find texts on in .pdf format is isohunt.com
  • He wasn’t familiar with how to do it and so I told him basically you have to “type in “[thing you're looking for] torrents” into google or isohunt.com‘s search” Continue reading

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The Four Most expensive Motorcycles in the world

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Some of my posts come from simply just opening up a browser here in Korea.  Most browsers point to Daum.net or Naver.com here in South Korea when you open them in contrast to Msn.com or Yahoo.com back in the states.  Anyhoo, today, there was this post about the most expensive motorcycles.  I thought I’d share the basic information which is simply how expensive these dang things are.  To be frank, I’m sure each and every one of these pocket rockets are fast!  To an amateur like me, I’m sure all of them would blow my mind … if I was even lucky enough to keep it straight or in control riding these rockets on 2 wheels.  Anyhoo, I was curious about the price…now you’ll know how much they cost.

[Drum roll please...]

Coming in at #4 in the list of the World’s most expensive motorcycles is the 2006 MV Agusta F4CC with a suggested price of ………………….  $120,000 USD:

2006 MV Agusta F4CC

2006 MV Agusta F4CC

Number 3 in the MOST expensive motorcycles in the world is …………………. MTT ‘Turbine Superbike’ which in 2004 was running for $185,000 USD.  Continue reading

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Best Places to Raise your Kids – 2009

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Best Places to Raise your Kids – 2009

Some of my favorites on the list published on Businessweek for 2009

Alaska
Anchorage

Nearest city: Anchorage
Population: 281,070
Median household income: $80,927

Residents of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, have a strong economy, teeming wildlife, low crime, and fresh air.
Runner-up: N/A*
*Only cities with at least 50,000 residents and a median family income between $40,000 and $100,000 were considered.

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Just short of 600 views…

Like I said “porcupines,” “Korean women” and many others like “how to say hello (or thank you) in Korean” are dominating the traffic on the blog these days.  For a snippet of the rest of the popular posts, check out the following WordPress stats for The Real “South” Korea: Continue reading

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75 most respect companies in the U.S.A.

…or should we say “The 75 Most Reputable Companies in the U.S.”  As I’ve stated many times, I love lists…

Reputation Institute Report
The 75 Most Reputable Companies in the U.S.
Matthew Kirdahy, 06.10.08, 12:00 PM ET

Global Pulse Score
Company 2008 Rank 2008  2007 Change
Google 1 85.23 New N/A
Johnson & Johnson 2 83.48 78.80 4.68
Kraft Foods Inc. 3 82.79 81.07 1.72
General Mills 4 81.34 New 0.00 Continue reading

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Slideshows annoy me! Just show me the list!

To capitalize on advertising revenue, the top publications have gone to slideshows to detail long lists of information people may be curious about like: “top places to retire” or “top places for your kids,” etc.  However, I just want to see the list.  I realize the publications need to make advertising dollars, but then why do they charge us subscriptions and make us pay at the airport or bookstore $5 or more bucks an issue?  Yes, yes, I realize they really depend on their advertising dollar… Continue reading

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Top 25 Pages in Facebook: Obama, Victoria Secret’s PINK, and Nutella to name a few

Top three are:
1. Barack Obama http://www.facebook.com/barackobama?ref=pdb
2. The Chris Moyles Show http://www.facebook.com/thechrismoylesshow?ref=pdb
3. Apple Students http://www.facebook.com/pages/Apple-Students/11147074409?ref=pdb

Others include: Victoria’s Secret PINK, Daft Punk, Jabbawockeez, and the Foo Fighters‘s Facebook pages.

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25 websites Time.com (‘s editors) says we can’t live without

1. Amazon.com (true)
2. BBC.co.uk (yah, I guess…well, I’d argue CNN.com)
3. Citysearch.com (I think there’s some bias here, but it has good stuff)
4. Craigslist.org (definitely)
5. Del.icio.us (debateable since there’s lots like it) Continue reading

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Time’s Top 10 Religion Stories

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#1. The Mother Teresa Revelations

Once the shock of Doubleday’s August disclosure — that Teresa’s private letters testified that she could not sense her beloved God for most of her last half-century — had abated, more serious questions could be joined. Did her epic “dryness” make her a greater saint or some kind of self-deceiver? Does faith consist merely of God’s felt presence; and if not, how long can faith truly continue without it? Continue reading

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Time’s Top 10 Underreported Stories

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#1. The Other Darfur

Infighting in Somalia has been so bad for so long that reader — and editor — fatigue set in years ago. Which is why many Americans were surprised to hear that more than 1 million Somalis had fled their homes in 2007 in a refugee crunch whose scope and severity rival that of Darfur. “We have a major crisis,” Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the top U.N. envoy for Somalia, told TIME. “And it’s being ignored.” The violence hampering humanitarian efforts has also kept U.N. forces at bay. It’s a Catch-22, Ould-Abdallah says. “We cannot go there because there is no security, and because we don’t go there, there isn’t security.” Continue reading

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Time’s Top 10 Oddball News Stories

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#1. A Major Head Case

Margret Wegner underwent surgery in August to remove a pencil that had been stuck inside her head for 55 years. The German woman had suffered from chronic headaches and nosebleeds after falling at age 4 with the writing implement in hand. “The pencil went right through my skin and disappeared into my head,” she said. It was too risky at the time to remove the three-inch object, which did not pierce any vital parts of her brain. But thanks to significant technological improvements, this summer surgeons in Berlin were able to remove all but the pencil’s tip. Continue reading

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Time’s Top 10 Returning TV Series (2007)

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#1. The Sopranos
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The show that changed TV drama went out not with a bang — well, famously, it went out with nothing at all — but its final string of episodes were as searing, literate and unflinching as any since its first season. David Chase stripped the show down, one unsentimentally eliminated character at a time, to its dark core: a study of a fascinating, evil man. As brutal in its family-vacation scenes as in its gangland whackings, this final season left us with nothing, and everything. Continue reading

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