November 2005 Archives

November 30, 2005

18 Tricks to Teach Your

A public apology

I'd really like to apologize to who ever came to this site looking for ways to make Apple Salad. I'm not always so bad; I promise.

Tandem Efforts

This morning is the second morning that Frulwinn came running with me. There are a couple reasons why I think this is fantastic--and worth reporting.

The first and most pertinent reason is that Fru loves sleep. Love is not an overstatement here. On more than one occasion we have discussed her affinity for sleep and whether or not it rivals her affinity for me, her husband. I go to run around 5:30 in the morning, and that means a serious sacrifice on her part. For that alone, I'm impressed.

Another thing is that she's a bad runner. I'm a par runner, but I'm a great pacesetter; that's bad for a bad runner. We tried running together before back in Berwyn Heights but the hilly terrain had me practically running circles around her. This time, on a simple flat course, I started from the very beginning pointing out important techniques and she complied with real sincerity.

This second run I could see so much improvement. I'm still practically running in place on her behalf, but she has almost completely adopted my tempo (which I did not alter). This means that now all we have to do is stretch out her stride and she's ready to run*.

Frulwinn is a real athlete, for more capable of these things than I am. I wince a little when I see her adopt new things and develop skill so rapidly. But I'm happy to see her progress as a progress of my own. And I'm eager to find a reason to play catch-up.


*As opposed to jogging, which I friggin' hate.

ZoukOut 2005 > ZoukOut

> ZoukOut 2005 <

Why? Two weeks before I'm there....Why?

November 29, 2005

Travelling by wiki

Lorem ipsum (kottke.org)

Using a wiki to find something I don't know? I've been doing it for a while and have found it very useful.

Using a wiki as a reference in an assignment? I was a little leary at first, but these days it's a real, valid resource.

Now Kottke shows me another excellent use for wikis--travel planning. First time I using TravelWiki but it gave me great info for the trip I'm currently planning, our Christmas vacation to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur*.


*Yes. Philippines has been officially removed from our Christmas plans. We have friends there (sorry!) but Frulwinn's parents were successful in making us question our personal security. So we're going somewhere with relatively lower chance of harm.

we make money not art:

we make money not art: Korea develops smart arm-wrestling robot

The usual mildly interesting story; until Professor Kang tries to rationalize it. Grandma wrestling a computer? Yeah.

November 28, 2005

How long will a great TAN last?

The Assimilated Negro: Make Some Noise Cause TAN Is For The Kids

TAN keeps it hot; so when he says holla back I gotta represent.

I felt a need to respond since my meager spike received a spike in new visitors (4) who were searching either Google or Technorati for "assimilated negro." Guess trackbacks really do work; thanks for the blog contact high, yo.

And now for something completely different...

Originally uploaded by froodmat.



SI.com: First Person: Hines Ward,

SI.com: First Person: Hines Ward, Steelers Wide Receiver

An old article, only because there's a more recent write-up of him in a Korean newspaper (in Korean, obviously). Stolen from The (relocated) Marmot's Hole.

The Korea Herald : The

The Korea Herald : The Nation's No.1 English Newspaper

Jin, now we both can make a TV show!!!
Are you still reading me, by the way?

whatikilledtoday Sometimes you run across

whatikilledtoday

Sometimes you run across a website that totally thows you off of your usual balance. Add this one to the list.

I initially read the entires with just a passing interest, but you get sucked in. Wow. Short posts whith such a powerful impact.

MasaManiA = %u9053%u5FB3%u904A%u622F: Japanese business

MasaManiA = %u9053%u5FB3%u904A%u622F: Japanese business man's vomiting life

Another (long overdue) instant classic by none other than my only Japanese culture source (heh), Masamania.

WARNING: There are pictures of people and their drunken upheavals.

The Lost Nomad: The first

The Lost Nomad: The first Korean astronaut

Posted not for it's "interestingness" but for having the absolute corniest korean joke I've EVER heard. EVER. You get so much love for that, 'cause I love corny jokes. heh.

November 25, 2005

Universal Docking Being Worked Out

Universal Docking Being Worked Out - Gizmodo

While we're on things I'll regret when I return to the States. Um, hate to rain on your parade, but here in Korea I can charge my (korean)Motorola with almost any charger.

Mas, I can run into many convenience stores and get a quick 10 minute charge when my battery dies. For a small fee, of course, but when you need the call....

This is the second post today where I feel like responding to Gizmodo. I now realize; I need to be a commenter. Anyone have an invite?

Outsourcing outrage / Indian call-center

Outsourcing outrage / Indian call-center workers suffer abuse

While we're on the somewhat race-related thing. This is another one of those things that I was mildly sensitive about before leaving the US....now I'm gonna have so much trouble dealing with coming back. One of the reasons I can't stand Americans.

Oh wait. I'm American. huh.

WSJ.com - The New White

WSJ.com - The New White Flight

Oh man this is great. I don't know what makes me like this piece more:

  • Whites in the minority underachiever role

  • Whites worried that their child is focusing on test scores more than sports and optional activities

  • Whites looking for schools witt LOWER test scores
  • Seriously, the thing just keeps getting better. I gotta say that I love this.

    I have a hard time understanding a logic that condems parents for pushing their kids to be academically stellar--even when they push too hard--yet still looks down on families who don't guide and direct their kids to be responsible and assertive. Where exactly do you stand?

    November 24, 2005

    www.tokyotimes.org � Robotic relief I

    www.tokyotimes.org � Robotic relief

    I have absolutely no use for this. In fact, I'm not sure even what it is? someone care to explain??? :D

    Scientists show we%u2019ve been losing

    Scientists show we%u2019ve been losing face for 10,000 years - Sunday Times - Times Online

    Science tells you your head is getting smaller. But I tell you that your head is like a rock; any thing that's disappearing is eroding. :)

    FREE computer! Need I Say

    FREE computer! Need I Say More? - Gizmodo

    If you've had a recent conversation with me....that narrows you down to about 3 people....you know I'm really passionate these days about giving opportunities to those less advantaged. I have a soft spot in my heart for those who don't even have the tools to dream.

    That being said, this and the $100 computer really make me excited. And yes, the first commenter says what I really hope will happen. I can't wait to see some little illiterate einstein totally blow our minds away once he gets his hands on something new.

    Prolly crappy by my standard, but it's better than nothing. And that's a good place to start.

    Xbox 360 Screenshots Oh yes,

    Xbox 360 Screenshots

    Oh yes, I know we don't have one yet, but we can lust my friend. We can lust. Props to MS on finally making a pretty GUI....

    Here comes the motherload

    Get ready; the content is on its way. Been a long time coming, too.

    Another chapter in a very sad saga...

    If you're interested, a letter I just sent to Jim Pharo.

    Jim is the father of my roomate, Joey, who died a week after we left. Jim is dying from cancer.

    Continue reading Another chapter in a very sad saga....

    November 22, 2005

    It's definitely not 15 minutes of fame

    Is it me, or is China all over the news right now?

    In the last two day's worth of NYT Headlines:
    Bush, in Beijing, Faces a Partner Now on the Rise - New York Times
    Brazil Weighs Costs and Benefits of Alliance With China - New York Times
    China Wages Classroom Struggle to Win Friends in Africa - New York Times

    ...with more coverage of the Bush asian tour's Chinese and Mongolian segments in todays headlines. Maybe it's a good thing I'm putting the Korean into high gear for the remainder of the year....I'll need those Korean characters as a headstart on everyone learning Chinese.

    November 21, 2005

    Where Korea’s Rich Live Well....they

    Where Korea’s Rich Live

    Well....they don't live near me. :(

    Daegu does it right this time!


    Man detained for arson attack on subway in S. Korea

    I'm so proud of my city. Most people would kinda expect this type of situation to play out this way, but Daegu has a horrible track record.

    This time, however, arsontist nutjobs only set us back six minutes. Sweet.

    Frulwinn just got her citizenship

    Frulwinn just got her citizenship a while back; I wonder if she remembers anything?

    As for me...

    You Failed the US Citizenship Test
    Oops, you only got 6 out of 10 right!

    November 20, 2005

    Ready2005.Com 홈 I can't believe

    Ready2005.Com 홈

    I can't believe thais is actually on a Microsoft website (thatnks for the heads up, Ed); not because it's offensive, but because....well, it's so terribly Korean.

    If you can't understand the song, the lyrics are transcribed further down on the page.

    November 18, 2005

    I don't know why I like it...

    Originally uploaded by djpop56.



    ...but maybe you will too. :)

    November 17, 2005

    PSP/RCA A great project involving

    PSP/RCA

    A great project involving one of my favorite objects of desire.

    the cool hunter - PEE

    the cool hunter - PEE & POO TOY

    So Sweden is vying for the title previously given to Germany....ok, nice try. The judges will reconvene. :)

    Pub crawl

    Last night I went on an impromptu pub crawl. Plans for dinner with some associates fell through, so I decided to pay a visit to a friend of mine who co-owns a bar. I hadn't seen him in a while, so I felt like it was a good opportunity to pay a visit.

    Caught up with him, sat back, enjoyed my non-alcoholic cocktail (they know me well there) and enjoyed the environment. I found myself in conversation with a German-born Korean who teaches English here. We struck up a good rapport, and when he asked me to accompany him to another bar, I said, "why not?"

    I'm interested in the nightlife scene because I made a map of downtown a while back that I've really been neglecting, mainly because I need to go out and find the places that are worth identifying. So when asked to check out another popular spot, I have to agree for purely academic purposes. heh.

    Anway we went to a bar called Itaewon Crew Pub. This is amusing because the place in Seoul that is known for foreigners is called Itaewon. Sure enough, everyone here was expat or very expat-friendly. The music was all American rock and folk with a little hiphop thrown in for good measure. The area was laid out nicely and, except for a few odd quirks, made a pretty nice place.

    I had a soda and played some pool with my new friend, Leo. He introduced me to some other foreigners and we struck up more interesting conversation.

    Finally it was last call at ICP. Our two new associates, Chris and John, suggested we check out another bar called Commune. At this point, my plans for catching the last train home were long gone, so there was nothing to restrain me. Off we go.

    Lonely Hearts Club Commune ("Commune" for short) was a basement bar that made me feel like I had just stepped out of Korea and into 1997 all over again. Kurt Cobain pictures on the walls, a guy on the mic singing barefoot to his acoustic guitar, and virtually no Koreans. Ok there were a few: The bartender, his friend who played busboy, and a handful who were either Gyopo or dating a foreigner. By that description, this was not a place I really wanted to be.

    As it turns out, the barefoot strummer was a guy I met before who teaches English at Daegu Catholic University. I chatted with him for a bit after ordering a ginger ale and greeting the friends of my (now three) new associates. Then the bartender threw on an eclectic mix which included beach boys and van morrison as well as smashing pumpkins and chef(from South Park) as well as theivery corporation and portishead. I was quelled. Perhaps this wasn't a hippiefest after all.

    Well after meeting a few more people, exchanging a few numbers and watching the crowds dwindle, it was time to move on. Chris and John called it a night, but Leo was still ready to go. We headed to Bubble, a happening nightclub, but I parted ways at the door. It was after 3am and my initial intention was to be home by 11.

    While nervously overseeing my sleepy taxidriver's attentions, I thought about my night. It reminded me a lot of those days long ago when I used to slip out at night and just wander and explore. I've always said that I wanted to do that here, but I never have. There's always been some excuse to keep me--and now I see that perhaps being "kept" had created some unvalidated opinions in my mind, particulary toward the expat crowd.

    Maybe I'll venture out again. I imagine that if I ever get a call from any of those people I met I'll head down again and see if last night's pleasant crawl was a unique thing. Or maybe I'll just make a night of it myself. We'll see.

    November 15, 2005

    The podcast is back up

    The podcast is back up to date. Check out the latest episode....I'm going solo host from now on. Maybe.

    November 12, 2005

    Powazek: Just a Thought: Muni,

    Powazek: Just a Thought: Muni, Red Zones, and Faith in Humanity

    Wow, a little deja vu today; happened across both Megnut and Powazek today, and suddenly it was 1999 all over again. I really like Powazek though, always have. I'll have to give his site a looksie.

    Better yet, what ever happened to Evany?

    November 11, 2005

    A step-by-step to turn your

    A step-by-step to turn your iBook12" into a PowerBook12"-killer

    If anyone is willing to sponsor me with some parts I'll sacrifice my iBook. Donations, anyone?

    Where Babies Come From in

    Where Babies Come From in Germany

    This may be my best post ever. This is so great. I'm speechless.

    November 10, 2005

    Fluency of English not enough

    Fluency of English not enough to be successful at global firms - The Korea Herald

    Well duh. If that were all it took then all these English teachers currently in Korea would go home and work. heh.

    I hope now that a Korean has said it some people will actually take this to heart. Koreans are extremely resourceful and hardworking, but there are a few more ingredients necessary to play in the international game.

    BBC NEWS | Education |

    BBC NEWS | Education | Illiteracy 'hinders world's poor'

    "Literacy is the fertilizer needed for development and democracy to take root and grow." True indeed.

    November 9, 2005

    Coudal's "Copy Goes Here" on

    Coudal's "Copy Goes Here" on the LCD screen - Signal vs. Noise (by 37signals)

    A cute one for all you graphic designers. Just so you know that I wasn't the one who leaked your dreadful secret. :)

    November 8, 2005

    Asses of Fire

    If only this could be a funny post, like the movie-within-a-movie with the same name. Maybe then I could think of something witty to say; instead, my only thought rignt now is don't scratch, don't scratch.

    I don't know what I did or how long I've been doing it, but my butt has started itching progressively for the past few days. Today I did my business only to exit the bathroom feeling like I wiped with fiberglass. A feeling like never before.

    Anyone have any suggestions? remedies? ideas? I'm looking for answers like crazy. I know this post is way in "overshare" territory, but yo--I'm desperate at this point. Help a brother out.

    A dose of eco-responsibility?

    Watching an outdated public service announcement this morning on MTV Korea, I started thinking about the environment. Yeah. I don't know what that was all about either.

    As long as we are makin' babies, we're going to be using more and more natural resources and taking up more space, right? Is that the way it has to go--absorb and sprawl? Living here in Korea has me rethinking that. Maybe there's another way.

    Ninety-nine percent of the people that I've met in Korea do not have a yard. I've met some poor people (who generally live off the land more), a few rich people (who tend to have more expansive living habits), and a whole bunch of people in the middle. Only one couple out of all of them have land for actual landscaping, and they're dreadfully embarrased about it (I haven't actually seen it).

    It makes sense. In a country that is around 70% mountainous, inhabitable space is at a premium. Having large unused areas of land insinuates a kind of decadence (an insinuation that is untrue in that couple's case). You don't have land and not use it; it's not efficient or economical. Rather than spreading out, the housing schemes mimic the mountains themselves--going up instead of out. Is this something that we can develop on a global scale?

    I'm just thinking briefly here; would it be feasible to start redesigning our cities to accomodate larger amounts of people in smaller spaces? From the living room window, I can see the homes of easily 5,000 people, with additional accomodations for at least half that in construction.

    Some of these apartments aren't that great, but some of them are absolutely fantastic. The new ones are top scale and easily surpass half-million dollar investments. At the base of the mammoth units are restuarants, services, educational institutes, grocers, and small shopping centers. People move in and out using freight elevators or trucks that have an lift-like ladder to unload furniture and items through the balcony window.

    It's really nice when you become accustomed to it. It'll be hard for me to go back to the dream of a house and a backyard for a daily life option. I'd rather free up land for beautification of our world, for farmland, for wildlife protection. I feel like a homeland hippie now; I think I'm going to take a shower.

    2005 Yo-Yo Champion: Takayasu Tanaka

    3.2 Success

    Finally got around to updating MoveableType. I mentioned it long before, but I dread the upgrades.

    As it turns out, I had some dead ends on this installation as well, but most of them ironed out pretty smoothly. A big word of THANKS goes to whoever was involved in the vast overhaul the manual and knowledgebase was given; that thing is vastly easier to use.

    November 6, 2005

    The Shy, Egg-Stealing Neighbor You

    And Sometimes, the Island Is

    Now we're talking...

    Singapore Airlines - Executive Economy Class

    I think this is a good idea, especially for fledgling travelwarriors (like me) who do their share, but not enough to earn regular bump-ups. The airline known for the best service consistently seeks out new ways to make a better experience.

    I'm most excited by the passenger lounge. Sure they tell you to take time on long trips to stretch and stand, but there's rarely anywhere in economy to accomodate that. What generally happens is an uneasy mingle around the lavatories--people loitering, and people wondering if the loiterers are in line for the bathroom.

    Here, there's a space specifically allocated for this, complete with complimentary snacks for social lubricant. Genius; I imagine the atmosphere of the entire cabin improving by this single addition.

    What would you do if you to improve your in-flight environment?

    November 4, 2005

    Raise up, black man!

    The Assimilated Negro: The Benefits Of Converting From A Negro To An Assimilated Negro

    I been reading this gut a lot, and I have to say when he's good, he's darn good. From the profile picture he looks like this guy I went to elementary school with name Lamont Johnson. But there's no way that guy got that smart. He's probably still in Delaware somewhere, in dire need of this article. And so for you, Lamont--and everyone else who hasn't assimilated yet--I make this post.

    November 2, 2005

    More Useless Everyday

    I understand the principle of a TrackBack, but they have little to no relevance to me on my site. In fact, they've become more than a slight nusiance.

    On monday I deleted 89 trackbacks from Leftsider. Today, wednesday, I deleted 50. These trackbacks had descriptions and links that made my stomach turn. I mean really; I had to stop eating after clearing that crap out.

    What good is a trackback? Especially if you're not frequently read, it's just an opportunity for misuse. Someone please tell me why I should let this madness continue.

    November 1, 2005

    BostonHerald.com - Lifestyle: The dark

    No One More Deserving

    The Cult of Mac Blog: Steve Jobs, Dark Lord of the Sith

    If you happen to be the type who unwittingly celebrates spirits and demons, disheveled clothing and vagrant begging, this will be my post for you. I prefer civil human celebrations but I don't want to alienate my legions of readers.

    The rest of Forbes' list of Halloween costumes are equally appealling. Have a look.