Monthly Archives: October 2007

Blogging = Journalism? This scares me…

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I don’t know what to make of this story…

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20071031-can-bloggers-be-journalists-federal-court-says-yes.html

I mean, do I have to start worrying about who I’m linking to or if I’m defaming someone now because this court case set the precedent? If so, there are going to be an awful amount of cases involving random people all throughout the world with all the blogs that are now being published. If it is a risk now to blog, I wonder what will happen to traffic moving forward. Will people still write their candid opinions at the speed which they do? Continue reading

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The lack of dryers in South Korea — a cultural phenomena where they like to hang dry

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One thing some foreigners have a hard time getting used to is the fact their units sometimes don’t come with a dryer. In the states, we ALWAYS had a dryer next to our washer. However, in many Korean households, they ONLY have a washer. It’s because they like to “hang dry.” On many balconies in Korean apartments and even in the villas or officetels, you will find the clothing of many Koreans hanging out to dry. It’s accepted. It’s common. Continue reading

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Dedication to my best friend Sun

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…his dream has come true:

http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200710/200710220021.html

Number of Korean Househusbands Grows by 40%

The number of Korean husbands who stay home to raise the children and do the chores has leaped by 40 percent over the past three years. With more and more mothers working outside the home, a growing number of husbands are becoming full-time stay-at-home dads. Continue reading

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I feel for these guys…

And if you’re any of the 4000 teachers who were laid off by Nova and read this, email me or comment here & I’ll do my best to find you a job in Korea.  I know it’s not Japan, but it may be a nice year off and I’ll do my best to find you a job that you WILL get paid in your year here.  Unfortunately, my company is lacking jobs down my way since we seem to keep people happy (more or less) & there’s only so many jobs , but other branches might need some teachers. Continue reading

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“Learning Korean” becoming popular?

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Thinking about adding another project to my long list of them…creating a blog about learning Korean. Well, my first step always is to see what are the popular search terms that people are looking up to find websites on the topic. Continue reading

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Globalization = Global Warming?

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Sometimes I wake up with a profound thought unable to erase it out of my head until I splatter the thoughts here…

While this may not be the first time someone’s thought of it, I wonder how many people have been thinking of the negative repercussions of globalization. A majority of what I’ve seen and read says globalization has done this planet wonders including sharing one anothers’ cultures, increasing the GDP of countries that used to be poor, and possibly placing the world back on a track where we can hopefully some day solve the worlds’ environmental problems. However, did we realize that it may be the main cause of the latter? Did we realize that “sharing” would actually help the world undermine its’ own self? Continue reading

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…too much recycling in South Korea?

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I’m not talking about the recycling that’s typically associated with the “r” word, but rather when I see Korean dramas, I see the same faces over and over and over… Continue reading

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The difference between Taiwanese and Koreans…

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Went up to Seoul for a wedding this weekend & started to do the normal “small talk” with people I have no idea if I’ll ever see again, but thinking “why not” since what harm will it do, right?  Plus, most the others weren’t willing to talk anyway…so I thought I’d take a chance. There’s a lady about my age 2 chairs away who’s reading a children’s book in English & I’m thinking she’s gotta be a mother of a young kid & potentially can speak English since my friend went to Seoul Foreign School (SFS) or a name like that which educated kids born outside of Korea for the most part to be educated in English in Korea. I say some stupid comment in English & she retorts back in Korean…I’m caught off guard, but she’s friendly enough & we strike up a good conversation so I’m no longer bored. Continue reading

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Halloween 2007 in Busan, South Korea

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So, Halloween this year was fun…in Busan. I was never big on Halloween in the past, but it’s been a great year so far and when you have great friends both in and outside of work, you have less problems dressing up in a ridiculous costume — like I did. Honestly, I had no idea what the heck I was, but it cost me 6000 won (about $6) and so why not? Actually, it was a little more with the cheap-o belt and, the funky hat and shoes, but not much more than $15 total — can’t beat that! Continue reading

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Maybe we should start considering this for our ESL programs in Asia…

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On another WordPress blog, I noticed this link to a report called the “Language Report” which an account of the state and use of the English language published by the Oxford University Press (OUP) in 2003. It was compiled by lexicographer Susie Dent, best known for her regular appearances on the television word game CountdownI guess it’s a regular publication produced every year now even though I can’t seem to find it online yet…it did land me on an Oxford web page which keeps track of the “word of the year.” I’ll post the 80’s through 2004 here & put the link for the rest below… Continue reading

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Rage: I almost killed somebody tonight…rather, I almost was killed…

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I was just minding my own business eating some fried vegetables and “oh-dang” which is the equivalent of “fish cake” boiled in “oh-dang” broth. Never would have I thought ever I would of gotten into a brawl at one of these stands, but tonight was almost my first. A guy, about 50 lbs heavier than me and about 1/2 foot taller starts spitting my way, “What are you looking at, you asshole?!” The interesting thing was I wasn’t even looking his way. He just wanted to pick a fight. He repeated, “Hey bitch, what are you looking at, I said!?” All of this is in Korean, by the way… Continue reading

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Degradation of customer service — one problem with the Internet

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Just finished my taxes about 2-3 weeks ago — filed for an extension & then waited until the last minute AGAIN to file them. Fortunately, I got them out before October 15th, the due date. At least that’s what I think… Continue reading

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Did you just grope me? Shall we head to the police?

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Alright, I admit that I love Japanese culture…so my fellow conservative brethren may not be so accepting of this fact, but we have to admit they (the Japanese) have figured things out like perfecting the manufacturing process, keeping cities relatively clean despite being large (i.e., I jogged through Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward & it was incredibly clean despite it’s density), and let’s not forget they’ve taken one of the most taboo subjects in the world starting with an “s” and spelled with only 3 letters to a new level. I have to hold back on saying the exact word/subject despite writing about it indirectly a few times here. My students ranging from high elementary to middle school sometimes read this from my Academy. Right kids?

Nevertheless, I saw this article and just started laughing to myself. Continue reading

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In life, does it matter “who you know?” — I would normally say “yes”, but recently thought otherwise on some levels…

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Watching an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, the doctors on the show were fighting for the life of Meredith, one of the main characters of the show. Typically, the show has 3-4 or more stories that develop over the hour episode. For some reason, I think this episode only had 3 focusing a lot on saving Meredith and her mom’s impending death. Very little was focused on her mom since to be frank, her mom seemed like a bitch…until she died. However, Meredith constantly struggled inside and finally at the end of the show she survived. Continue reading

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Global warming = hype? Just a random thought…

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I’m a huge believer in protecting the environment. I was deep in reading all the profiles in Time magazine’s recent issue profiling the “Heroes Of the Environment.” I’ve recently decided that protecting the environment will be a part of everything I do moving forward. I’ve always knew I would in some way…even though I was sort of sidetracked for a few years there thinking NOTHING could help the environment including even getting frustrated with out recycling works in the U.S. Nevertheless, I’m reinvigorated & believe for the sake of all the future children of the world, we need to really fight to protect mother nature. Continue reading

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