March 2006 Archives

March 30, 2006

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ice fishing, originally uploaded by WaveSpire.

March 29, 2006

MoCo Loco: Bubble in the

AT&T Worldnet Service - Science

March 28, 2006

So you wanna hear music?

So you wanna hear music? Glad you asked.

You know I've felt bad that my podcast show has been silent for over a month now, but my external hard drive with all my content was left in Korea and is just now being shipped (hopefully) carefully (hopefully!!!) back to me here. So even I've been struggling with a lack of tunes to live life to.

Well, until the next podcast, feel free to listen to guys so much better than I. Although it's not Korean, my all-time most lovable DJ, Mr. Scruff, has a online radio show I just discovered that you might find interesting. it's called hot pot radio--have a listen.

If it's a little too wacky for you, there's a much wider range of stuff available from milkaudio's archive, spanning back to way back when....2000!

Ok, enjoy...and don't get spoiled and stop looking for the podcast.

March 27, 2006

Transcript - A load of

Transcript - A load of C.R.A.P. - At The Whiteboard -

More and more people are becoming less tolerant of "crap" like this. Thanks to echo for the link.

March 24, 2006

I'm sluggish. I'm not easily

I'm sluggish. I'm not easily excited. I'm sleeping a lot more (and, subsequently, surfing a lot less). I can't seem to get up to full speed. My mind is constantly cloudy for no apparent reason. My theory? Ironically, I think I may be experiencing culture shock.

Before I went to Korea I read a book about differences in culture and etiquette between the two countries. One thing it noted is that it can be detrimental to push yourself too hard; you are encountering a new world, and even at the subconscious level you're already working on overtime. The signs around you, the people talking as you pass--all that your mind would have recognized subconsciously in your country, now it's having to acquaint itself with something uncharted. They said this to make you aware that even though you feel like you're lagging behind, you're really going 100%.

That's kinda how I feel here. Even though I clearly understand every word on a sign or most going past me (there's a lot of different languages going on around here), there's still the fact that no one here understands anything that I've done in the past year. A month ago, everything I was doing made sense to everyone; now it's so hard to explain.

Friday my father was nice enough to suggest eating at a Korean restuarant. The food was okay, but what got me was that we all ate separately. Everyone relegated their eating to their own plate. Even the gochu pajeon! That dish made me....homesick(?), thinking about all the good times I went out with friends and acquaintances at places like Mu Dae Po (sorry, no korean fonts at work yet).

I say I need to stop thinking so much about Korea, but the more I try to ignore it the sadder I get. Some might call it Hostage Syndrome :P I think Fru is feeling a bit of it too; she said she's been spending time looking though old photos since she's been back.

I'm not sure what I want to do now. I hope this rough patch will be done with soon. If anyone has any suggestions, let a brother know.

March 23, 2006

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DSC08544, originally uploaded by petritent.

C'mon can do it!

OS X Sudo vs. Root:

South Park - Scientology Episode

South Park - Scientology Episode - The Superficial -

This is the entire Scientology episode of South Park that Tom Cruise tried to force off the air and made Isaac Hayes quit as Chef.

How to Run Windows on

How France Is Saving Civilization

Ruminations in Korea : The

Ruminations in Korea : The Plight of English Institute Teachers in Korea.

Does this sound like something I'd say or what?

"I personally do not frequent places many places where English teachers hang out. One of the reasons is that I get easily frustrated watch�a bunch of�grubby, unkempt, long greasy-haired men and other people that look like they crawled out of the shallow end of the gene pool and into Darwin%u2019s waiting room gripe about how they are treated badly at work.� They should be lucky they are allowed to work looking like that.� I think all institutes should have strict dress codes.� However, suggesting a written dress code is unnecessary as every Korean knows how to dress for work.� It%u2019s just the foreigners how walk around with the attitude of %u201CI%u2019ve just got to be me.� What does it matter how I look if I do my job well?%u201D� The short answer is that to Koreans, it matters A LOT what people look like.� You as a foreigner are more noticeable and should therefore be trying extra hard to get the respect you so desparately want, but so seldom deserve.� Appearance and attitude go a long way to help avoid problems and to help resolve problems that do occur."

Locker Works as advertised. Simple


Works as advertised. Simple but very useful.

Mind Hacks: Can you read

Dell Snaps Up Alienware

Dell Snaps Up Alienware - Computing News - Designtechnica

I knew I'd never buy an alienware PC, but somehow I still don't feel good about this.

Samsung launches 32 GB

Samsung launches 32 GB Flash disk for mobile computers | TG Daily

Could I use that? Yes I could. Thanks for asking.

Helio Could it be the


Could it be the answers to my prayers? Or, more likely, one more new wave I realized a second too late?

March 20, 2006

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Official Website of the National

Official Website of the National Cherry Blossom Festival - Washington, DC

Don't forget the cherry blossoms this year! The 2006 festival marks the 94th celebration of the original gift of the 3,000 cherry trees�from the city of Tokyo to the people of Washington, DC in 1912.

Princess Caraboo | MetaFilter This

Princess Caraboo | MetaFilter

This is another one of those stories that proves fact is way more interesting than fiction.

March 18, 2006

Recently Leftsider met with Bryan

Recently Leftsider met with Bryan Collick, who has just returned to the US after living in Korea since late 2004. this is the second part of the conversation:

LS: So are you glad to be back?

BC: No, but with explanation.

LS: Please do.

BC: When I left for Korea, I didn't know what to expect. I had no idea what we were getting into, and we had to face a lot of challenges to come to the level of enjoyment that we did. Coming back, I had the same feeling--it's a good feeling. But unfortunately, nothing new or challenging is here; we literally are "back," with no progress on the homefront. It's a bit disheartening.

LS: Ah, I think I understand. But are you sad because you feel that there's no growth here? Or is it because you're having to come back to that environment?

BC: Well I'm a selfish guy; so naturally the latter is very important to me. Still, when you come back to good friends and family, you want the best for them too.

LS: So why did you come back?

BC: It's my fault. Still dragging along on this higher education thingie. We had to come back to finish that. That's really what made us come back to Maryland, too.

LS: So you don't like the DC area either?

BC: Oh I love the DC area. But like I said, we're into moving forward; doing something new. But since I'm enrolled at UMUC I kinda need the instate tuition so here we are.

LS: Well apparently there's something left in Korea that you feel you can move forward in.

BC: Korea, yeah. Asia, absolutely. And it's easier to get around asia with Korea as a hub than it would be from eastern US. And as you know, I'm studying korean language and have aspirations for chinese. I'd really like to get the full experience as I discover these cultures.

You know I recently fell in love with Singapore, and our visit in Japan was really nice as well. Then there's still Philippines, China, Taiwan....the list goes on and on. Actually, there's a lot of America I haven't visited too, but right now what's pertinent is that I finish this degree. I'm considering some masters' programs on the west actually, so who knows.

--To Be Continued--

March 17, 2006

Mind Hacks: USA Memory championship

KoreAm Thinking: Korean Studies Workshop - Local News -

FORTUNE: Trapped in cubicles -

The Asia Pages: White Day,

March 16, 2006

There's a ton of links

There's a ton of links just waiting to be posted. Really. If I could measure a link, I'm sure this collection that I've collected while being tortur....uh, without internet would weigh well over 2000lbs. I'm so far behind on the feeds that I'm tempted to just chuck it all and start at today.


Hahaha that was real funny. Whooboy I sure know how to tell a big one. Leftsider pass up information? Man, that's a gas.

Miss Deaf Texas struck by

Miss Deaf Texas struck by train, killed

Don't laugh. Don't even smile.

Recently Leftsider met with Bryan

Recently Leftsider met with Bryan Collick, who has just returned to the US after living in Korea since late 2004. Here are some excerpts from the conversation:

LS: Welcome back, Bryan. Are you finding your reception pleasant?

BC: Absolutely. Between our families and my's almost like I'm a football hero.

LS: Co-workers...Are you working already?

BC: Yep. Today is day three. Really nice having a schedule again. It's not the best job I could have gotten but it's decent and it pays the bills. I've got an apartment to pay for after all. And Fru isn't working yet...

LS: So you have an apartment already as well! Wow, how long have you been back?

BC: Well...(looks at watch) tonight will make exactly one week. And before you ask, no I'm not suffering from jetlag. I have a routine I follow which usually leaves me 80% adjusted when I arrive in a new time zone. Coming back I had a lot of things to accomplish in a short period of time, so I had to ensure that I was up and running as soon as possible.

LS: Yeah that was my next question. I guess a lot of people are asking the same things.

BC: Yeah. Ironically, I think Korea prepared us for coming back from Korea. In Korea everyone you first meet usually asks how long you've been there, if you like it, what's your favorite food, and if you miss home. When you get back everyone asks, "Wow! how long have you been gone?" "How was Korea?" "Do you like Korean food?" and, of course, "Are you glad to be back?"

LS: Never thought of it that way, but yes. So are you glad to be back?

BC: No, but with explanation.

--To Be Continued--

March 2, 2006

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DSC05148, originally uploaded by Leftsider.

So they're cutting off the internet today. You know leftsider has left the building when there's no more connection.

Good bye Daegu. I'll never forget the beautiful sunsets you gave me.

March 1, 2006

So I got a little

So I got a little weepy about leaving today. Even though we don't actually leave until saturday morning. While it seems a little ahead of schedule for tears, actually works out well since I'll be less likely to be all sobby getting on a plane.

For the record, I did not cry at all in the week before leaving the US. That's profound. The week before I wept, but that was because it was the last time i would see the house I grew up in; it got sold the next month. That's the last comparable weeping session; next session would be when they took Iva. And I can't remember weeping before that.

I like the word weeping, and I think it's underused. I wasn't injured or in pain, there was nothing that I was particularly frustrated about or anything like that. That's what I associate with crying. Something that is seemingly not of your intention. Weeping implies thoughtful sorrow; something recognized, accepted, yet still solemnly sad. Yeah, that's what it was.

I've got a lot of memories here, good and bad. I've got some accomplishments, some uncompleted goals, and some things I never got around to. I've grown an enormous amount of respect for a people. I'm leaving a lot of that behind. I'm not happy about it, so I let one go, semi-privately. Frulwinn was around and kept following me around, sensing someting amiss. But you know, a guy needs solitary time to reflect on these things. There was nothing wrong; instead I was making everything right within myself.

I feel a lot better mentally now. Unfortunately, I'm feeling pretty weak otherwise. Perhaps my body is physically objecting to the exodus. I hit the 사우나 and 찜질방 this morning with mixed results. Tried staying warm but i'm still nursing a head and body ache. maybe I'll call it an early night.

Korean blog- My life in

Korean blog- My life in Seoul

Ok it's not my life but it's a great website that will be ending soon. Such creative writing; I'm sad to see such a funny blog come to an end but I guess everyone has a summer.

Just scroll down and read some of the earlier posts and you'll see why this guy's un-navigable, feed-less, plain ol' blog is so darn popular among the korea folks.