Monthly Archives: March 2009

What’s a “bellend?” The annoying devil uses it a bit…

A friend posted this youtube clip of what it appears comes from a show (?) called the “Balls of Steel” from the UK. A guess there’s a series called “The annoying devil” (clip provided below). The devil keeps on calling people a “bellend.” Well, you can tell it’s not a complement, but what I found searching google didn’t really help that much either. It says it’s the alternative spelling to “bell-end.” Bell-end can mean either “The glans penis” or “A stupid or contemptible person.” You only need to read the synonyms to figure out the real meaning though (dickhead, cockhead or knobhead). This blog’s popular for teaching non Koreans Hangul. Well, I guess today, I’m teaching Koreans or non English speakers some “interesting” English if I can call it that.

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Euro Stranger Rodeo: The creativity of the British blows my mind sometimes…

Oh my gosh this made me cry laughing the first time I saw it…

Neg’s Urban Sports on Balls of Steel

…if the first Youtube video doesn’t work, here’s an alternative:
Big Euro Stranger RodeoWatch the top videos of the week here

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Tough little Korean Kid Rob Cho by Will Ferrell

Actually, Will Ferrell in his typical great impersonation of some random character reminds us how Football coaches appear to everyone.  He preceded Ronnie Lott in the Lott Trophy presentation I think in 2006?  He also mentions there’s another “tough kid”, Rob Cho’s Korean brother “Rick Cho….”  Ha!

I think it’s somehwhere around 1:35 he starts joking about the Cho’s. He of course stick’s with the “cho” theme and starts blurtin out stuff about Na-cho’s which in High School I was made fun of a bit by my debating team members when one of the partners I had at the time was Susie Cho. We were called Nacho by this annoying classmate Marty McGuirk.

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Not being able to access Google…

Wow, but the other night was really (virtually) painful.  It also showed me how much I am reliant on Google as a search tool.  Basically, I think it was on the 13th when for some reason every time I did a search on Google, I got the following message returned to me: 

 

we're sorry virus check spyware remover message from google

we're sorry virus check spyware remover message from google

And an additional pop up message saying “TypeError x0 is undefined” as well attacks my browser like this: 

 

TypeError x0 is undefined

TypeError x0 is undefined

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Six letters. Many combinations. Possibly the cure to all the world’s problems.

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Six letters.

Many combinations.

Possibly the cure to all the world’s problems.

In Korea, this one word makes or breaks peoples’ lives. Without these, many go homeless. With these, many have a roof over their head. For many foreigners or expatriates who date Korean women, it’s our biggest hurdle in getting to know them. However, after we get to know them, our bonds can be tighter than superglue with the Korean women we might love. Continue reading

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This looks like a bit of fun…

I think I’ve heard of the “South by Southwest” (aka SXSW) event before, but was just reminded of it after noticing it on a friend’s facebook page.  It’s going on right now until the 18th…with Music, Film and Interactive emphasises…

 

south by southwest

south by southwest

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It took a little preserverance, I mean perseverance to find this word…

poor-spellling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was about to complement my mom recently in how perseverant she was with our family over the years.  It’s one of the reasons why our family is successful.  Without her perseverance, I definitely wouldn’t have many of the opportunities I have now along with my Dad’s hard work — have never seen someone work harder in my life.  These two are a testament at what two people who were never a match from the beginning and even up until now can do in an English speaking country without strong English skills.

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Definitely not a sundae…

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I thought this was HILLARIOUS when I read it for the first time.  A friend on Facebook sent me some “Korean food” via the Facebook app.  I look at all the options for food:

korean-food-options

Korean Food Options

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What’s the opposite of salutation? What do you call that the greeting at the end of a letter/email?

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What is the antonym of salutation?

This is totally random, but today I was trying to tell someone how I failed to end the email properly.  Immediately, what popped into my head was “salutation” which of course means: “a word or phrase serving as the prefatory greeting in a letter or speech.”  As you can see, it is how we start the letter vs. ending the letter.

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Oh, forgot by the way that the shortest month of the year broke my all time blog views record

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After breaking my daily blog record a week ago, I then carried on to break my monthly views record at the end of February which I failed to post earlier:

Blog views in a month record

Blog views in a month record

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Doing a little spring cleaning on the blog…

cleaning up

cleaning up

Please excuse the mess here including all the excess categories for links, topics, etc.

I just added a few other blogs I had failed to keep up to date – unlike The Real South Korea.  As a result, it does a bit of “adding” verses optimizing which is what computers have failed to learn how to do thus far.  We can thank technology for the fact it can never do what we do well as humans.  😉

Anyway, if you see anything a little too messy or what not, feel free to comment.  Thanks for visiting!

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My blog’s feeling like a slumdog, but milk does a blog good

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Raw Milk

Raw Milk

Just a week ago, I was blogging about how the Slumdog Millionaire was literally driving crazy traffic to my blog.  However, the traffic dropped heavily due to Google’s randomizing of their positioning of the Images used in their Google Images division/product.  For a good week+, I was number 2 for phrases like “slumdog millionaire”, but as soon as google decided to rip it out of my search traffic clutches, I shot down a thousand views down to close to what I was averaging before all the crazy traffic.

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US Embassy information for Expats in the Republic of Korea March 2009

Here’s the latest news from the US Diplomatic core here in Korea for us U.S. Citizens around the country.  By the way, don’t forget to file your taxes before the April 15th deadline! :

U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Seoul
Consular Section, American Citizen Services (ACS) Newsletter
March 2009

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.

In this issue:

1. U.S. Tax Information Resources
2. New IRS Brochure for Overseas Taxpayers
3. New IRS Regulation: Disclosure of Tax Information by Preparers
4. Next Consular Services Visit to Busan, March 17-18
5. A Message to American Communities and Organizations in Korea
6. Foreigners to Get Unified Identification
7. Recent Travel Warnings and Alerts
8. Upcoming Holidays
9. Embassy Contact Information
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1.11 Kgs and the HP Mini 1001 is a cheap laptop dream

While I haven’t bought it yet, I’m definitely a click away from so…

Just saw the HP Mini 1001 yesterday when our “computer guy” brought one in.  The notebook is literally almost as light as a thick ringed notebook and easily tuck’able under your arm.  You can throw it in your backpack with ease and probably do a bit of work on the subway to work or pop it out almost anywhere.

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