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A somewhat profound story from “Genghis Khan and His Falcon”

Genghis Khan & Falcon

Genghis Khan & Falcon

I really like this short story/journal entry by Paulo Coelho in his book “Like the Flowing River.” Coelho is the author of “The Alchemist.” It really supports the two quotes at the end of the story. I think they are two ideals people should definitely consider in life when friends seem to be “funny” and “when we make decisions while we’re angry.”  (if you don’t have time to read the whole post, skip to the italics where the meat of this short story starts…)

“On a recent visit to Kazakhstan, in Central Asia, I had the chance to accompany some hunters who still use the falcon as a weapon. I don’t want to get into a discussion here about the word ‘hunt’, except to say that, in this case, Nature was simply following its course.

I had no interpreter with me, but what could have been a problem turned out to be a blessing. Unable to talk to them, I paid more attention to what they were doing. Our small party stopped, and the man with the falcon on his arm remained a little way apart from us and removed the small silver hood from the bird’s head. I don’t know why he decided to stop just there, and I had no way of asking. Continue reading

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King of Pop dead? Charlie’s Angel’s Queen of the blond hair do dead too?

Micheal Jackson Dies?

Micheal Jackson Dies?

UPDATE: Looks like multiple sources are now saying the King of Pop is dead.  CNN reports “Pop icon Michael Jackson has died in Los Angeles, according to multiple reports” and the New York Times says “Michael Jackson, 50, Is Dead.”

Thanks to my best friend’s sister Shirley, I just saw her status saying that TMZ.com reported Micheal Jackson died.  I looked on ABCNews.com and it says he’s suffered from a cardiac arrest, but hasn’t confirmed he has passed.  CNN reports the same and so doese the NYTimes.com.  Micheal Jackson (actually spelled “Michael” Jackson, but mispelled here just fyi) passing would really rock the music industry despite his lack of success in recent years.   I think he was trying to do a tour or something to make up for all his losses and lack of funds, but of course, he’s not the same as he was at his height.

CNN though has confirmed or reported that Farah Fawcett (rather Farrah Fawcett) of Charlie’s Angels fame has died.  She was 12 years older than Jackson.  She died of anal cancer. She was also known for literally having the blond hair do that every woman wanted at the time (which I believe was in the 1970’s).  She was THE sex symbol at the time.  She probably helped continue if not start a new wave of people LOVING blonds in the United States.

Farah Fawcett Passes

Farah Fawcett Passes

Two HUGE icons passing really makes this an interesting & sad day for the entertainment industry.  Not sure what to think of these two passing…(if it’s true that Michael Jackson died…)

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Are the selfless really selfish?

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selfishnessAt lunch with the other executives the othe day, we were sitting around after finishing our food for a few minutes discussing some work issues.  However, the issues sort of diverted onto a tangent about “doing things for the sake of one’s needs.”  So, I asked something that I’ve thought numerous times in life: “Do people who help others actually do it for themselves? …or for the others?”  What do you think? Continue reading

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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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I helped Facebook drop 10% last month

So, the following Mashable Social Networking News story says Facebook is down 10% in April.

http://mashable.com/2008/05/20/facebook-traffic-decline/

I have to admit that I’m part of the problem.  I haven’t been visiting Facebook as often as I was at the beginning of our romantic affair.  At first, it was a pain getting to know her and making friends with her friends.   After I got to know all her social network, i was in love.  She had everything I wanted.  However, just like my first affair with Friendster, I’ve sort of fell out of love.  I did call Friendster up the other day, but I found that all of her friends have been peaking at pictures of me since January — when I supposedly last really visited.  I may have snuck a glance in between then and now to see her and her friends, but there’s definitely no more than just curiosity with her.  Like Friendster, I’m growing tired and bored with Facebook.  I’m sorry Facebook.  I know your Daddy Mark liked me a lot, but it’s not just about your family.    Continue reading

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Buy me! How much am I worth?

Saw this recently despite the age of the article:

Takinga gamble on human capital

Firms invest in students’ potential

By Roxana Popescu
Published: SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2005

 

The pitch goes something like this: Imagine investing in business superstars when they are just starting out, the way people do with athletes or music celebrities. What if a scout had spotted Bill Gates when he was 18 and given him money for books and college tuition, in exchange for a cut of his later earnings? Continue reading

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A Facebook forward I can support ;)

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O.K., I can respect these Facebook forwards. 😉

Generally I hate the warnings that get sent around, but I must admit this one is important:

If a man comes to your front door and says he is conducting a survey and asks you to show him your bum, do not show him your bum.

This is a scam – he only wants to see your bum.

I wish I had got this yesterday. I feel so stupid and cheap!!

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Some Foreigners Bash Korea Unjustly, Unfairly

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http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2008/01/177_17342.html

By David Thiessen
Contributing Writer
I have been involved with Korea and Koreans for a very long time. And over the years I have noticed that many people make criticizing Korea a national sport with the majority of the comments unfair, unjust and untrue. Continue reading

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Coconut water? A drink for the brain?

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Well, I’ve been listening to lectures from iTunes U. recently on my iPod. I was listening to a talk this past weekend by the founder of Zico which is a brand of Coconut water and thinking to myself “Coconut water? What the heck?” I remember seeing scenes in some movies where people were on an island desperate to drink something and cracking open coconuts. At the time, I thought it was simply the milk from the coconuts they were trying their best to suck from the coconuts. Continue reading

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New visa rules may force some to return home

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English teachers to be required to furnish their criminal record

originally found here: http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2883449

December 03, 2007

Spurred by the arrest on child molestation charges of a Canadian who taught here, the Justice Ministry has announced that starting in less than two weeks foreigners who teach English will be required to provide their criminal record and undergo a medical checkup to renew or receive a visa. Continue reading

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Shipping companies and Bezos better start finding ways not to gouge customers…

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…before e-books put a HUGE dent into their wallets. While shipping & handling may not be Amazon.com’s bread and butter, it definitely is for UPS, Federal Express and several other large shipping and domestic freight companies. I don’t have the exact numbers in terms of how much money they make off of book sales, but if e-books starts to give the consumer the ability to download their books IMMEDIATELY, then why wait for a hard cover or even soft cover edition that will take at bare minimum several days PLUS the shipping costs. Continue reading

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JoongAng Daily turns out to be much more reasonable…

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I wrote previously about a call I made to the Korean Herald about getting the paper delivered to my front door. Well, I complained that it was shocking how much it was. Now, I’m thinking the gal I spoke to must of quoted me the wrong price because after I called JoongAng Daily, the Korean newspaper which is called “JoonAng Ilbo” in Korean & is partnered with the International Herald Tribune (IHT) quoted me only $20 or so for delivery. The caveat is that it’s a day late since it’s published in Seoul. Continue reading

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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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Look at the funny things I see daily in my job…

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OK, this is the most ridiculous requests I have seen in all my time (3.5+ years) in English Academies in South Korea.  I see a bunch of applications for jobs and resumes for our positions and many are o.k., but many are also very UNprofessional given that they are applying for a job.  Can I repeat?  A J-O-B.  Do these people do this back home applying for jobs at Microsoft or Apple Computer? If they do, I’m sure they’re not getting replies from the recruiters. Continue reading

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Anti-social Koreans? It’s possible…

In a country where television dramas reign “Queen” (as opposed to “King” — women really have strong influence in this country), you would think that all that television watching and less social interaction as a result would decrease peoples’ ability to be social.  However, it won’t be all the television watching that will probably do it.  It will most likely be the way they communicate these days instead of calling each other on the phone.

From 1st graders to most 6th grades and almost every living person over the age of a middle school student, South Korea has cell phones in each of the hands of its’ consumers.  Continue reading

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