Monthly Archives: June 2008

(K/Gyopo) Korean American In-Bee Park wins the U.S. Open

Gyopo In-Bee Park wins the U.S. Open

“Korean teenager Park In-bee holds the U.S. Women’s Open championship trophy after finishing at 9-under for a four shot victory. At 19, she is the youngest ever champion of the U.S. Women’s Open.”

I watched this Gyopo girl when she was in her teens dominating the Jr. circuit.  She now has achieved greatness already at 19 years of age.  Korean Americans and Koreans have been dominating the professional womens’ tour for quite some time and In-Bee Park adds to the list of winners. Continue reading

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So, it seems…people on the ‘net are addicted to “Korean women”

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My recent experiment called “SEM Experiment: Are people online mostly interested about sexy Korean girls?” seems to prove that my previous post titled “Koreans are the sexiest dressers” was no fluke.  Like the obscenity case in Flordia where Google data is being proven to show that people are quite addicted online to adult material, it’s being proved here on a micro-scale. Continue reading

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(another) AMERICAN CITIZEN SERVICES NEWSLETTER JULY 2008

These can be useful for the expats in Korea…

U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Seoul
Consular Section, American Citizen Services (ACS) Newsletter
July 2008

The U.S. Embassy is transmitting the following monthly newsletter via its warden system as a public service to U.S. citizens in the Republic of Korea.  Please feel free to disseminate this message to U.S. citizens in your organizations or to other Americans you know. Continue reading

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Did you know we only have 30 days to live?

That’s what some critics of the “most powerful atom-smasher ever built could make some bizarre discoveries” when turned on in August.  The story about the $5.8 billion dollar collider was published by the AP on Yahoo here. “…critics fear the Large Hadron Collider could exceed physicists’ wildest conjectures: Will it spawn a black hole that could swallow Earth? Or spit out particles that could turn the planet into a hot dead clump?” Continue reading

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The Karate Kid Redux: Never Back Down 2008

Never Back Down the Movie

…or should we say Karate Kid V?

Right before I grab a meal at home, I check out some of the local video sites to see if there’s a good flick on.  I usually look for a recent movie like a 2007 or 2008 production film…not as much into the classics.  So, I click on the first movie with a reference to 2008 and it’s this movie called “Never Back Down.”  I have no idea what it’s about, but after enjoying the 110 minute movie, I can only think of one thing: “The Karate Kid” for the year 2008. Continue reading

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More proof why Google will continue to dominate…

Competitions for Business Plans or other events like Science competitions that supposedly try to make it fun for people basically to compete & win something actually have some other intent behind these that the competitors sometimes don’t know about.  The VC’s and Angel Investors who want to find fresh business plans like to see what floats to the top.  Science focused or other Corporations who need the scientists will sponsor the science competitions in hopes of finding their future producers for their companies.  And Google is no exception — they really know how to play in this arena. Continue reading

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SEM Experiment: Are people online mostly interested about sexy Korean girls?

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One of the most popular posts on my blog is one about how I rant (real briefly) about Korean women being the sexiest dressers.  For a period of time, I noticed how every younger Korean woman I saw was able to make their outfit look much sexier than needed.  At work, the computer I was using at our previous offices defaulted to Daum.net as the home page & I couldn’t help notice on the site that they tried to ring in surfers with a random sexy Korean girl pic here or there.  Continue reading

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Wondering why the “Wonder Girls” are so popular…

sexy wonder girls?

Borrowing this from Wikipedia, “The Wonder Girls (Korean: 원더걸스) are a South KoreanAmerican girl group.[1][2] They are produced by singer-songwriter Park Jin-Young and are signed to his talent agency, JYP Entertainment.[2] Each of the five original members were selected through auditions. Ye Eun was the last member to be added, in her fifth JYP Wonder Girls audition. Debuting in 2007, they became popular in fall of that year with the song “Tell Me.” Continue reading

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Free hosting & they pay you?

Just tripped over this site when looking for some China Business News sites: http://www.ziddu.com The site has a lot of visitors monthly — like close to a million visitors making me feel like maybe it’s relatively legitimate & possibly sticking around for a while.  I read the terms briefly and it looks like everything’s for the most part free.  It even pays you according to this page: http://www.ziddu.com/howitworks.php – for 1,000,000 Unique Downloads, you get: $1000 USD I guess they just want lots and lots of traffic.  If I sign up, I’ll let you know how it is.  Continue reading

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Top English words translated into Korean (phonetically)

I’ve mentioned this site before, but Wordcount.org keeps track of the top used English words in the world (possibly from an English, English perspective [UK]).  I thought it was be kind of fun to translate these into how Koreans say it phonetically in their language.  The top 10 aren’t used that often (most of them) or there is less of an equivalent in Korean…so I thought I’d focus on the next 10.

1. the, 2. of, 3. and, 4. to, 5. a, 6. in, 7. that, 8. it, 9. is, 10. was

11. I = Na-neun, Neh-gah or more formally Juh-neun, Jeh-gah,

12. for = Wee-heh Continue reading

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Facebook forcing you to be grammatically correct?

That’s an interesting “Nazi” like request.  Rather, who says you MUST be one way or another?  It’s YOUR option to join facebook and it’s your option to write as you will.  Why is now required that people become more grammatically correct when they write on Facebook?  So, they can drive more traffic and business?

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“FIRE!” Can I write this on the Internet without creating a clear and present danger?

The saying that you shouldn’t shout “fire” in a crowded theatre is a common one.  It’s explained here even on Wikipedia.org.  However, there are people or bloggers constantly writing things to spook up controversy or content that they think might be viral.  Is that allowed?  Will the Supreme Court rule that it’s UNallowed?

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More support for Facebook: Facebook pushes past MySpace internationally

Facebook overtakes MySpace globally

By Caroline McCarthy, News.com
Posted on ZDNet News: Jun 23, 2008 9:13:30 AM

New figures from metrics firm comScore show that, in May, the battle of the social-networking sites may have gained a new front-runner: Facebook appears to have surpassed long-time rival MySpace in worldwide unique visitors for the first time. ComScore representatives said that Facebook’s lead began in April, when the site passed MySpace by a hair, and widened in May.

Facebook, according to comScore, pulled in 123.9 million unique visitors in the month of May, beating MySpace’s 114.6 million, and 50.6 billion page views, compared to MySpace’s 45.4 billion. Continue reading

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Google fails to deliver the top websites over and over…

Google is the best search engine right now, but honestly, the best is not enough.

As a consumer, I like to find the “best of…”, the “top websites [in a particular category]”, etc. However, whenever I search for websites like “top 50 retail web sites”, I get websites from 2005. While it’s nice I can get some sort of reference, but in Internet time, 3 years is an eternity.  After 3 years, the websites may be out of business. Continue reading

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One of the most scenic places in Busan: Dong-baek (Island) Park

Dongbaek Island Park is one of the few places in Busan I’ve said these past two years “I must come back here.”

I wish I had my camera with me earlier tonight when traversing through Dong baek Island Park again here in Busan.  It was my second trip this most scenic Busan Park.  The first time was when I ran a 10k run for Breast Cancer thinking to myself, I HAVE to come back to this place when I’m not dying of exhaustion and physical pain some other day (it was my first 10k run & I was INCREDIBLY OUT OF SHAPE). Continue reading

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