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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.
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…)
Some of you already know, but I’ve accepted a job as the Evening Host of Busan’s English Radio station eFM. The station is at 90.5 on the FM dial and the website is http://befm.co.kr (where you can also listen off the Internet).
I’ll be starting on Monday, July 6th (2009). It’s definitely not something I had planned on doing for this juncture in life, but it’s a welcome change to the relatively stressful life that I was living the past 3 years with Chungdahm Learning (in the Busan region). I may blog about my time at Injoong Education (the parent company of the Busan+ branches of Chungdahm Learning & April English), but that will take a bit of time to write…
I’m looking incredibly forward to this experience and thus far, I’ve learned:
- I have some REALLY cool coworkers like my sweet & awesome Producer Hana Jo and stylish and kewl writer Ji-wook. Other cool foreign coworkers like Matthew, Petra and Dennis also prove I’m simply lucky in finding quality coworkers. Sohee & Haejin along with our cool Team Leader Mikyung also make the days extra special and of course our Executive Director Mr. Koo (General Manager) as well who seems very cool for Korean management. Continue reading
I’ve heard his name a bunch of times, but actually had no idea he was still alive. To be frank, I thought he was as long gone as Hemingway or one of his contemporaries. However, I just noticed he passed away a couple days ago on the 27th of January. His most famous work was his Rabbit series (Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest; and Rabbit Remembered).
Rest in peace Mr. Updike.
I have to admit since it was always a very publicized television show when I was younger & I was a TV junkie growing up, I did see a lot of Ms. U.S.A. or Ms. America pageants. I haven’t watched many since, but as usual, the pageants and their winners are some of the top stories in the news. Perusing through Yahoo news as I usually do, I just noticed 2009’s winner was recently crowned in Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino (wasn’t this the Alladin?). It’s interesting that I can keep up with this info with no problems despite being in Korea. I’ve also watched most popular flicks that premiere in the states within days of their release. I watched Valkyrie & even the History channel documentary about it (not bad, by the way). Anyway, this year’s winner of the pageant is Katie R. Stam & wants to be what most contestants want in life: “to be a TV reporter/anchor.” She’s 22 and comes from Seymour, Indiana. The article about her winning follows with a picture gallery of Ms. USA 2009 Katie Stam from the pageant. Continue reading
Well, if economics can predict the future, there will definitely be an addition to the supply of English instructors in Korea for the next 2 years through 2010. The following story shows how the Korean government decided to open up the Immigration standards to allow Indian citizens to teach English in Korea as long as they have an English related degree or have a teacher’s license. In the past couple of years, there has been a decrease in the number of applicants from the normally accepted countries of the U.S., Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa due to heightened Immigration requirements which include a somewhat difficult to obtain (in some locations) Criminal Record check. (the check isn’t always the difficulty, but sometimes the Apostille or official notarizations have complicated matters) Continue reading
As of the 2nd week of November 2008, Korea and the USA have entered into agreement to allow each others’ citizens to visit “visa free” up to 90 days. Americans don’t have many restrictions, but Koreans have to check with the U.S.’s Homeland Security 72 hours before they depart. More about the changes below (originally published in the Korea Times): Continue reading
…was searching for video footage of the Beijing Summer Olympics that took place this past Friday. However, my search has been somewhat fruitless. It looks like there was little recorded off of t.v. or the videos haven’t floated to the top yet of search engines. One very interesting discovery though were these images collected on Boston.comfrom the ceremonies. These images are spectacular. I’ve only provided 6 of them here. For more, go to the site here.
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On Google’s official blog, one of their most recent posts thanks Randy for being the good man he was. It says: he was “a good friend of Google, passed away last night. In addition to being recognized as a pioneer in virtual reality research, he became widely known as a gifted teacher and a mentor to many…” More here.
Thu Jul 17, 12:19 AM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York and are the United States’ most walkable cities, according to new rankings from a website that evaluates how easy it is to live in the nation’s cities and neighborhoods without a car. Continue reading,
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I’ve been using gmail for quite some time now. I started with an account with my full name to it reversed to now where I use the first 3 acronym letters of my company’s name in front of my name as my email address. We also created an email account with gmail to use for our recruiting needs and use it until today. Fortunately, they’ve increased the storage space allotted for the accounts because we may have used the entire space by this point if they didn’t. Thanks Google ! Continue reading