January 2006 Archives

January 28, 2006

news @ nature.com: How to

From TVs to toys, the

From TVs to toys, the best time to buy everything - Jan. 20, 2006

Lost this link before....won't lose it again. I'm all about the deals, man!

Warriors and wusses -

Warriors and wusses - Los Angeles Times

Quite brave. Quite stupid? Perhaps both.

The Morning News - If

January 27, 2006

Wired News: Jobs vs. Gates:

Wired News: Jobs vs. Gates: Who's the Star?

A very convincing argument. Anyone to come to Jobs' defense?

January 26, 2006

오눌 점심때 주목사님이 가르치는 부원마다를한턱

오눌 점심때 주목사님이 가르치는 부원마다를한턱 냈다. 우리의 마지막점심을 같이 하지때문에 툭별한시간 이었다. 또는 라토야선생님의 처음의부원식사가 이었다.

푸레샤에 먹었다. 동아스포즈빌딩 이중에 부패으로있다. 재미있었다! 그후, 모든사람들은 아주행복했다. 그라나 사진을 찍은 잊었다! T_T

Read the translation (or what I was trying to say) after the hump.

Continue reading 오눌 점심때 주목사님이 가르치는 부원마다를한턱.

MoCo Loco: 50 Great Kitchens

MoCo Loco: 50 Great Kitchens by Architects, 50 Great Bathrooms by Architects

If anyone is thinking of a nice housewarming gift for when we return....this would look fantastic on a coffee table....
*/hint*

CNET prizefight: AMD vs. Intel

Korean Language Notes: What's the

Korean Language Notes: What's the opposite of %uB0B4%uB9AC%uB728%uB2E4?

Yesterday's post was really useful. Trying to burn these phrases into memory...

January 25, 2006

Girl, 7, Shot By Boy,

Girl, 7, Shot By Boy, 8, at Day Care in Montgomery

People in US ask me regularly if I'm excited to be returning. Koreans wonder why foreigners are so eager to go home. I look at this story, and I truly don't know. Moreover, I'm not used to that anymore; I've lived in peace for the last year.

I'm so no ready to return to the US if this is what I'll get.

From TVs to toys, the

U.S. Investigators Smash Hopes of

Wired News: Screening the Latest

Wired News: Screening the Latest Bestseller

More information on one of my objects of desire.....the Sony Reader. Be sure to check out the pics.

Get Ready for Mobile TV

Get Ready for Mobile TV - Gizmodo

So...the million dollar question is: If I dish out for one of the nice DMB phones over here, can I use it in US when they finally develop this?

January 24, 2006

Mac mini Lunchbox - The

Mac mini Lunchbox - The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

For Kim--and anyone else with a Mac mini.

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Smokes are Good, originally uploaded by NataMichels.

Plastic: Being Of Sound Mind,

Plastic: Being Of Sound Mind, Let Me Do Something Crazy... Leave My Estate To The Government

Novel idea at first, but then I started thinking...what if she did like Ben Frankin and invested it with instructions on how to use it 100 years or so from now. Much more bang for the buck, in my opinion.

The BEAST 50 Most Loathsome

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | UK ranked fifth best in world green list

Gus Speth, dean of the Yale school of Forestry and Environmental studies, warned that America's performance, ranked 28th, was of global concern. "The lagging performance of the US on environmental issues, particularly on energy and climate change, signals trouble not only for the American people, but for the whole world."

cabel.name: On Brain Training If

cabel.name: On Brain Training

If I can steal a marmot-ism: MUST READ!!!
This really makes you think...about re-thinking everything.

Josh Seeks Godly Wife It

Josh Seeks Godly Wife

It looks like Josh seems to know what he wants. :)

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MIT's stackable concept car -

Eat, Memory: Orange Crush -

Eat, Memory: Orange Crush - New York Times

A perfect example of why I'm such a big short story fan.

BBC NEWS | Health |

BBC NEWS | Health | Beer drinkers 'eating more junk'

Beer drinkers are more likely to buy unhealthy food such as chips and ready meals than people who prefer wine, a study suggests.

The Lost Nomad: One reason

The Lost Nomad: One reason I like Korea

It's a reason why I love Korea as well....although I don't have nearly as good of a deal. :(

Safretti fireplaces hang on a

Safretti fireplaces hang on a wall - Engadget

Oooh I so want this....it'd be perfect for my new apartment! I've always felt that getting your deposit back was so overrated anyway. :P

Shatner Sells Kidney Stone for

Shatner Sells Kidney Stone for Charity - Yahoo! News

I think that William Shattner is one of the media geniuses of our time. This man refuses to go down. Moreover, he always comes up looking like gold--rather than a guy desperate for media attention. How do you do it, Shattner?

January 21, 2006

we make money not art:

Wired News: Japan Grows a

Track shared expenses with iOWEYOU

Mr. Sun!: Sins of omission.

Mr. Sun!: Sins of omission.

"Guess what, Buck Rogers? A telescope isn't the only thing that extends in length when viewing stars."

Another reason why I just can't get enough of Mr. Sun. Genius....pure genius.

The literary thug.: A literary

Singapore ready to cane World

Singapore ready to cane World Ban/IMF protestors

Ahh....each day I love this little city-state more and more. I think it's really time to start looking at this place as my Asian HQ. :D

January 17, 2006

File Your FAFSA Online -

File Your FAFSA Online - Lifehacker

This isn't for you....this is a reminder for me.

BBC NEWS | World |

Shutting Themselves In - New

Shutting Themselves In - New York Times

One morning when he was 15, Takeshi shut the door to his bedroom, and for the next four years he did not come out.

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doodle, originally uploaded by mjoyce.

donga.com [english donga] The Sad

donga.com [english donga]

The Sad Truth: Mixed-Race Attitudes

The Marmot's Hole: Visa waiver

The Marmot's Hole: Visa waiver to be extended to Korea from next year: JoongAng Ilbo

I hesitated on commenting on this, for fear of flaming and rebuke. But then, when business is slow.....generate traffic one way or another....

I'm interested to see what happenes if this really does take place. Let's hope they don't adopt the reputation other asians I happen to know (namely, ones that start with "f" and end with "ilipino").

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature |

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | 'Doomsday' seed bank to be built

Norway is planning to build a "doomsday vault" inside a mountain on an Arctic island to hold a seed bank of all known varieties of the world's crops.

January 16, 2006

A Real Rocket Bike -

Samsung's Sexy New Dual-Core Laptops

Samsung's Sexy New Dual-Core Laptops - Gizmodo

If I don't get one of the new MacBooks, this is my second choice.

52 Projects: 2006 Sick Day

Cantonese Is Losing Its

Cantonese Is Losing Its Voice - Los Angeles Times

Good for folks like me to know....Chinese is a future goal. I always said mandarin, but, spending time in Singapore over the holidays, I can attest to the charm of Cantonese. I love Singlish, so I'm torn now. :9

January 14, 2006

Web Developer's Handbook: developing web-sites,

Web Developer's Handbook: developing web-sites, exploring own imagination | CSS, Color Tools, SEO, Usability etc.

Whoa nellie! Everything your looking for in webdev. This link is worth something....I demand you all send me US$.05 for sharing this one.

I'm not touching it, though.....I've been banging my head against the collective walls of PHP and MySQL for the last few days and am taking the evening off. I bid you adieu.

January 13, 2006

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DSC04884, originally uploaded by Leftsider.

I think so many people are looking for the girl to whom that sticker belongs.
The bottom one, that is.

City temp a regular


City temp a regular on online forums

"'Sassy Sarah' posted on Web 6,622 times"
Wow. Don't anyone ever complain about my internet use again.

January 12, 2006

Play Windows media with Quicktime

Play Windows media with Quicktime - Lifehacker

It's also worth noting that about two months ago, VLC's latest update made itself the default for the .wmv file format--even though it wouldn't render the video. This week, however, it started working for me. Then this happens. Coincidence? You decide.

MacBook Pro Comparison Charts For

MacBook Pro Comparison Charts

For those of you watching Apple's switch to Intel, here's an interesting comparison chart for you.

I'm still up in the air about the whole thing. I'm itching to get back to the US and get reacquainted with XP, but if I can buy a new Apple that runs both......why? I don't hate Apple, and actually I've become rather used to it, using for the last 14 months.

Perhaps this is what Apple had in mind when they planned this whole thing. They're not out to make people hate PC (though there are legions of fanboys who do)-- they just figure if you had a totally open choice to do both, would you really still choose as you do now?

I think it's a smart mentality; I'm nearly sold. ;)

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature |

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Plants revealed as methane source

"If this turned out to be true, it would have major implications for the rules of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, which allows countries and companies to offset emissions from the burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil by funding the planting of new forests or the restoration of deforested areas."

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Philips MiraVision in New Sizes

Philips MiraVision in New Sizes - Gizmodo

Wow this is a great idea! I totally can pitch this to Fru for our new home. Anyone wanna give us a welcome back gift? ;)

defective yeti: Blogiversary Great. I

defective yeti: Blogiversary

Great. I wonder how long it's been since I've been blogging...I'll have to do the math and get back to you. I've never been much on commemorating anniversaries.

Misfortune has brought the churning

Misfortune has brought the churning wheels of Leftsider weblinking to a screeching halt.

I'm trying to start a local web development environment, so I wiped my iBook clean and reinstalled OS X (a nasty Windows habit). But the backup application that I used didn't save my newsreader preferences.....and didn't export my subscriptions. Why would I export my subcriptions when I'm supposedly backing up the entire hard drive?

So there are no sites in my reader now. I'm taking as an opportunity to try out the Google Reader; we'll see how that turns out. In the meantime, you may be forced to sit through my banter. *shudder*

January 11, 2006

BBC NEWS | Education |

BBC NEWS | Education | Schools 'fail one million pupils'

"Almost a million pupils in England are receiving an unsatisfactory education, according to the National Audit Office."

Wired News: The Ultimate Geek

January 10, 2006

BBC NEWS | World |

BBC NEWS | World | South Asia | India 'loses 10m female births'

"More than 10m female births in India may have been lost to abortion and sex selection in the past 20 years, according to medical research."

The Korea Times :


The Korea Times : 61% of Parents Receptive to International Marriage

I find this VERY questionable for numerous reasons. I'll leave it up to you to make your own opinion. Interesting to note, however:

"Females accounted for more than 90 percent of foreign spouses, with 54,533, due to the increasing number of marriages between Korean males and women from Southeast Asian countries that are arranged by marriage agencies."

So much for the "stealing our women" argument. That actually suprised me.

PSPCAVE - Bringing You PSP

Occidentalism � What will Koreans

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DSC05083, originally uploaded by Leftsider.

Here is one of the two pairs of glasses I mentioned recently.

January 9, 2006

Dell's 4.26-GHz Monster - Gizmodo

Dell's 4.26-GHz Monster - Gizmodo

Dell tries to vie for the title of The Joey....but Joey hated Dell. Something about a late shipment on something he was taking to Brazil. Thanks for playing, though.

The Korea Times :


The Korea Times : Foreign Demand for Korean Language Teachers Rising

Good article but I disagree with the opinions viewed at the bottom. What the Korean language needs is exposure; and the format that Koreans use for English is not ideal--it reinforces bad habits that are difficult for native teachers to correct, years later.

Korean Language Notes: What does

Essential Mac OS X applications

Essential Mac OS X applications

For you, Kim. Thanks for stopping by. ^^

BBC NEWS | Programmes |

BBC NEWS | Programmes | Click Online | Chinese revolution turns hi-tech

"It is worth taking a minute to look at the statistics, because they are truly amazing. China is the world's most populous country, with 1.3 billion people.

On size alone, it is fast becoming a technology superpower and it almost has no choice in the matter. For example, even though only 8% of its people have access to the internet, this equates to 100 million people online, second only to the US."

Wow.

Mind Hacks: Artful dodges "...no

Mind Hacks: Artful dodges

"...no man ever understands quite his own artful dodges to escape from the grim shadow of self-knowledge." Painfully true.

The Assimilated Negro: Birds And

The Assimilated Negro: Birds And Bees Tired Of Being "Romantically Linked"

Cute article. I hate to be the party pooper, but it's "the birds and the bees and the flowers in the trees." So what birds and bees do to each other is not even a question; the question is do they know that they both hittin' the flowers in the trees? Cause that's drama just waiting to happen...

The New Yorker: This is

Anil Dash: Dos and Don'ts

Anil Dash: Dos and Don'ts for Beating the iPod (and iTunes)

I'm an Apple user now, but I still like a little competition. C'mon guys...is apple the only company that can produce continuous success stories?

The best paper airplane in

The best paper airplane in the world!

I don't know what's better--flying it or making it. Yes, I actually made it.

크리스마스방학도안에 싱아풀에 내 안경을 잊었다.

크리스마스방학도안에 싱아풀에 내 안경을 잊었다. 실제로 그것은 처방약 것 안이었지만 안경들은 보통좋갰다. 새로운 안경을 사기로 한기 때문이다.

오눌에 시내로 갔어 안경쇼핑을 하기로했다. 이시간데 그것들은 싸기때문에 두개를 살다. 그래서 나는 행복 하고 스타일이쉬를 이다!

Translation (or more accurately, what I'm trying to say) after the jump.

Continue reading 크리스마스방학도안에 싱아풀에 내 안경을 잊었다..

January 6, 2006

Live From CES: The Sony

Live From CES: The Sony Reader - Gizmodo

Oh my goofy gulai I want one of these. Lately I've been doing a lot of reading digitally....mostly technical books but occasionally something of interest to most of you. I've become accustomed to using my pda (sideways, in landscape view), but this would be exponentially better.

The only thing that would make it better, which I doubt will ever happen, would be if it supported CHM files.

GeekPress: best blonde joke I

GeekPress: best blonde joke

I personally love blond jokes, but sometimes you feel sheepish when you can kinda relate, you know?

BBC NEWS | England |

BBC NEWS | England | Manchester | 'Drunk castaway' faces air costs

More and more I'm starting to agree with slapping offenders with a strong reprove. Yes it's ridiculous, but it can totally be avoided by proper conduct.

I'm especially fond of this after my time in Singapore, perhaps one of the most fine-happy countries on the planet.

Joi Ito's Web: Broadband addiction

Joi Ito's Web: Broadband addiction

Because simple internet addiction is so 1999. I love Joi talking about connectivity because he's always where I'm trying to get to...if only the rest of you would get on the bandwagon and support. :P

Nick Denton: Hard Gay --

Nick Denton: Hard Gay -- the Japanese cult TV personality -- pranks Yahoo

For those of you who missed it the first time around. And for those who didn't, well, you know it's still funny.

January 5, 2006

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Honk-Honk Ashoo, originally uploaded by bmc.

Remember to start your new year out happy, nkay?

Gerry Bevens님이 한국말을 찰 하새요.

Gerry Bevens님이 한국말을 찰 하새요. 그는 한국일기를 쓰는 좋라고한다. 나는 책을 공부지만 쓰는 과 말하는 못 한다. 그래서 나는 매일 부로그 한국으로 쓰려고 한다.

당신들은 한국어를 알으면 나의 과오를 정정하십시요. 고맙습니다.

January 4, 2006

A chronicle of Korea-Japan 'friendship'

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The Korea Times :


The Korea Times : Females Outnumber Males

The female population exceeded the male population for the first time in 35 years on a longer life expectancy for women and a declining birthrate.

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DSC05080, originally uploaded by Leftsider.

One day you're on a touristy jungle island in a t-shirt, and the next day you're in a concrete jungle subway, fully clothed and bundled. Alas, there's nothing really we could do about it. We had to come home sometime.

So we're back. And seeing that bright smile made it through the travel back (and even still is shining today!) makes me feel good. Perhaps my vacation planning was a success after all. I hope so; I sure did try.

Thus ends the vacation coverage. You can always see more in my flickr pics, and Fru is adding pics to her flickr as well.

Now back to your boring, graphically sparse, regularly scheduled programming. heh.

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DSC05049, originally uploaded by Leftsider.

Sentosa had beach and touristy attractions, but some parts made me feel like I had just stepped into an Indiana Jones movie. Just waiting for a giant snake to fall on us as we're being chased by natives.

Granted if the natives of singapore were chasing us, you'd definitely see their tribal markings of fantastic highlights in their hair as they brandished their moblie phones and Vuitton bags. This is both the male and female native, btw. :)

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DSC05022, originally uploaded by Leftsider.

After a day of downtime it was New Year's Eve! What to do, what to do??? I had an idea to go to Sentosa Island, and the fact that there were ads everywhere about the Sentosa celebrations made my tentative plan a little more concrete.

Then I talked to an online pal who lives in S'pore and they mentioned that Ministry of Sound (if you don't know, I can't explain) had opened a venue in Clark Quay just a few weeks before. Being the music/dancing freak that I am, all logic went out the window and I was determined this was the best place to spend NYE.

It probably would have been. However, a couple thousand other people had the same idea. New years came with us about 1/3 of the way through the queue, and we didn't get in until nearly 2am. Even so it was a blast--easily the best party I've ever been to--and we had a lot of fun until we dragged ourselves into our room around 6am.

After another day of downtime, we headed out to Sentosa. Immediately I recognized the error in my ways: MoS was great for clubbing, but Sentosa would have been FANTASTIC for NYE. The place is laid out very nice with lots of beautiful things to do and see (check the pics in Flickr). I felt kinda selfish and bad after this realization.

Anyway Sentosa was beautiful with Merlion, the city mascot, watching over us all as we wandered about.

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DSC05013, originally uploaded by Leftsider.

For my finishing act, I chose to make our last hotel very contemporary and stylish--for the designer in Fru. We stayed in Le Meridian Changi Village, a four star, for roughly $75 a night.

Very trendy place with a nice layout, rooftop pool, and far away from the hustle of the city. With great aesthetics and peaceful surroundings, I thought this would be the best way to bring Fru's vacation to a rejuvenating end.