April 2006 Archives

April 27, 2006

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DSC00177, originally uploaded by Leftsider.

About two years ago, my fiancee (now wife) was invited to a party her coworker was having in Roslyn, Virginia. Even though it snowed just before we kept our promise to attend.

Once we found the place we looked for parking, which was a good distance away. Stepping out into the frigid air, I noticed a photo on the ground. This is that photo.

Because I found this photo particularly ironic since I was bundled up and freezing to death, I tossed it into the car instead of back on the ground. I thought about posting the photo to my site, leftsider, or to craigslist to find the owner.

But I forgot and a week later, to remind myself, put the pic on our refrigerator. A few people noted the absence of females in the picture and had a few jokes at this poor soul's expense. As a result of one of those jokes, his name became "Ben."

Ben stayed on my fridge for a year. I left with my new bride for a 1-year assignment to South Korea. One week later, my roomate died. All my stuff I had left was either thrown away, given away, or lost, save a few choice things my father managed to retreive.

I thought about Ben once, but only because I was thinking about the fun times with my deceased roommate. I wished I had actually done what I had intended for Ben, or whoever took this fabulous picture of him.

Today, I've been back in the US for a month or so. My wife went through some containers of crap we had yet to sort and, lo and behold, there was Ben. She put him on my laptop, where she knew I'd see him as soon as I got home.

I couldn't stop smiling.

So, internet, this is Ben. I don't know Ben, but he's on my fridge right now. If you know Ben, tell him I've got his picture, and that I'd love to give it to him. If you don't know Ben, ask someone if they do--particularly if they live(d) near Roslyn Metro.

I think if I ever meet Ben and return this photo, it may be a bit awkward. There's a lot that has changed in my life since that frozen night, and this pic embodies a lot of memories. But it's something that I said I'd do, and I feel that it would bring some happiness and closure to the whole deal.

I'm hoping the internet will do it's magic for me and find Ben. Flickr seems like a good place to start.

April 25, 2006

And You Thought Abercrombie &

And You Thought Abercrombie & Fitch Was Pushing It? - New York Times

Talking from his cellphone, he was adamant about the rightness of his cause. "American Apparel is the new normal," he said. "It's fun to say, 'He's wild and crazy,' but I'm not wild and crazy. This is the way the adult generation is going to live. They're not preoccupied by monogamy. Exciting things can happen. They're mobile; they can travel; they're willing to take chances; they're open-minded and ready for change. That's what the boomers presented for America, and that's what this new generation presents for us. I want to be in business with them."

Wired News: Surf to Your

Wired News: Surf to Your Heart's Delight

Saying surfing the web is equivalent to reading a newspaper or talking on the phone, an administrative law judge has suggested that only a reprimand is appropriate as punishment for a city worker accused of failing to heed warnings to stay off the internet.

More bi-racial kids being born

Blind Rage - New York

Blind Rage - New York Times

...I started to think about the guy I yelled at on the street. I had been riding my bike crazily. I should have left early enough to walk to eye surgery. And I shouldn't have called him that in front of his mother.

And now, because of the bad karma this had no doubt engendered from the Universe, I was going to be blinded in one eye. No more playing catch. Only one option for winking. For my birthday, people would give me parrots....

Goliath Braces for David, Part

Goliath Braces for David, Part 24

The croquet match held every spring on the lawn of St. John's College in Annapolis is a perennial inside joke. Long ago, the commandant of the U.S. Naval Academy challenged a St. John's freshman to find an athletic contest the bookish, hirsute Johnnies could actually win. And win they have, virtually every year since 1983.

36.8% More Househusbands in 2006

36.8% More Househusbands in 2006

The number of househusbands, who abandon their job pursuits to take care of household chores and child care while living off the wife's income, is rapidly growing [in Korea].

Yeah Ji Hoon, that's what we'll call it. ;)

INSIDE JoongAng Daily CDMA strikes

INSIDE JoongAng Daily

CDMA strikes back.

April 23, 2006

The Morning News - Do

April 21, 2006

David Weiss: A Tour of

April 20, 2006

On my advice: pobi: yours

On my advice:

pobi: yours is always very realistic
pobi: very easy to follow
pobi: i like that alot
leftsider: I think its because I'm a really good liar
leftsider: So it makes it really easy to tell the truth plain too.
pobi: hahahahaha
leftsider: liar has to make everyone understand his lie and believe.
pobi: so fuuny
pobi: right
pobi: you are good
pobi: i need to take some lessons from you

April 19, 2006

Daring Fireball: Several Asinine and/or

Daring Fireball: Several Asinine and/or Risky Ideas Regarding Apple's Strategy That Boot Camp Does Not Portend

"Remember too that
Apple's current business model is bootleg-proof; unlike Mac OS X
installer DVDs, you can't burn copies of MacBooks or iPods."

Absolute genius. And so bloody simple. I'll never look at Apple the same way after reading this article. I'm converted.

The Morning News - How

Ian's Shoelace Site - Shoelace

The Engadget Interview: Sky Dayton,

Wired News: S.F. Unready for

Wired News: S.F. Unready for Next Big One

The report released Monday calculated that a repeat of that 7.9-magnitude temblor would cause 1,800 to 3,400 deaths, damage more than 90,000 buildings, displace as many as 250,000 households and result in $150 billion in damage.

MoCo Loco: Turntable Now this

MoCo Loco: Turntable

Now this is the type of table I need. Fantastic.

CNN.com - Man using Web

CNN.com - Man using Web to barter paper clip for house - Apr 17, 2006

"If you say you're going to do something and you start to do it, and people enjoy it or respect it or are entertained by it, people will step up and help you." True indeed.

문근영, 국민체조 전파하는 '여자 주성치

문근영, 국민체조 전파하는 '여자 주성치

For me to read later. I forgot about this girl and how funny she, well, looks. I've never seen her on anything but commercials, but her overly expressive face and actions always conjure a snicker. Little things I miss about Korea.

April 18, 2006

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April 17, 2006

For Iraqi Students, Hussein's Arrival

For Iraqi Students, Hussein's Arrival Is End of History

For the purposes of instruction at Mansour High, and most schools across Iraq, history ends in 1968, before the bloodless coup that swept the Baath Party to power.

April 16, 2006

Mr. Vengeance - New York

Wired News: A Sour Note

Wired News: A Sour Note on Modern Times

Why does this remind me of fight club?

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports

Wired News: Hell Is Other

For Immigrants and Business, Rift

For Immigrants and Business, Rift on Protests - New York Times

This is not news; this is expected. And it's also a common outcome of a boycott. Duh. They should be happy with the relatively low percentages of this occuring. Also, media should recognize that this can also be affected by an employee's prior performance/attendance.

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Well that's it. It's not much, but we call it home. The view looks nice at night, but it still hasn't made me forget my beautiful Daegu sunsets.

Hope you enjoyed the tour.

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One of the reasons that I tried to get back into our old community is because I fell in love with our corner location overlooking the community pool and recreational area. The sound of kids playing, lots of grass and trees; I dug that.

It was an added bonus that our apartments have two large windows and a balcony that extends to both sides. A bonus which I additionally have fallen in love with.

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DSC00151, originally uploaded by Leftsider.

Our second bedroom, re-titled the work room, also has had major changes. This is, honestly, where I spend most of my time. I guess that's not much of a surprise. I'll probably have another pic of this room up eventually, so be sure to take a look at my photostream.

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DSC00150, originally uploaded by Leftsider.

Now I will expose you to my private sanctum. The lights are dim for your protection. heh.

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DSC00147, originally uploaded by Leftsider.

The living room can also be accessed by taking the first left after the kitchen. We actually hve a sofa now so this picture is a bit inaccurate.

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DSC00148, originally uploaded by Leftsider.

That dining nook still hasn't gotten a proper purpose yet. Maybe we'll put bookshelves there or something. As you can see, walking through will bring you around to the living room.

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DSC00145, originally uploaded by Leftsider.

To your left you'll see the kitchen. Nothing special, but quite enough for just the two of us. There's also a dining nook that we haven't taken full advantage of--korean living has completely put us off the traditional western dining conventions.

Useless bit of trivia, this apartment is the mirror of the apartment we had before we left for Korea. So in our old apartment this would have been on the right.

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DSC00144, originally uploaded by Leftsider.

As soon as you walk in, you'll see two directions to walk. Straight ahead you'll see the bath and various closets and doorways, all urging you take off your coat and stay a while.

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DSC00143, originally uploaded by Leftsider.

Long overdue and already slightly outdated, here's your very own blogtour of our new pad here in the states.

April 15, 2006

To the person who reached

To the person who reached this site looking for skate parks in Daegu: There are none. But there is a ramp in front of the ceremonial bell at Gukchaebosang Park. Otherwise, be content to rollerblade in a circle at world cup stadium and various spots around the city.

To the person who reached this site looking for obese koreans: There are none. That's it. But if you stay long enough, you'll find people that you think are grotesquely overweight; then you'll come back the the US and remember that, like Leftsider told you, there are no obese koreans.

April 12, 2006

Today I ate lunch with

Today I ate lunch with a friend at a chinese resturaunt I've only been to previously with Joey. At the end of the meal, we received our complimentary fortune cookies and the bill. I always open my fortune cookie, and today I was met by this phrase:

The only good is knowledge and the only evil ignorance

My brain is mush most of the time now due to my reintroduction to cubicle life, so I pocketed the slip of paper for later. Now, looking it at it, I'm still no more sure than I was at first glance.

Although it's hard to actually quantify, it could be said that most evil exists as a result of ignorance. If a sucker wasn't born every minute, a lot of opportunities for evil would cease to exist. In that sense, knowledge would prevent evil as much as it would prevent ignorance. In addition, we could probably eliminate the section of evil done "because they didn't know any better."

But I still hesitate to confirm the other half, that knowledge is the only good. What about kindess, love, and, well, innocence? are these things not good? can these things not exist without knowledge?

Perhaps a clearer and more valid interpretation would be that knowledge exposes the good, while ignorance begets evil. Still not completely true, but one could argue that good would never be discovered without a knowledge of what good actually is. Conversely, even evil things seem good to unknowing eyes.

It's good to find something to mull over like this (and no, I'm not done mulling). With the exception of V for Vendetta, this might be the only thing I've found in the US sofar that really has requested my thought. Speaking of which, I started back on the korean study and my brain zaps out faster than ever these days. Help me stay in mental vigor; what's your take on my fortune cookie?

April 8, 2006

Gaming now and then

Conversational Ebonics - Becky's T*Blog

Colleges, Awash in Applications, Turning

April 7, 2006

Samsung's SGH-T509 gets official for

Samsung's SGH-T509 gets official for US T-Mobile launch - Engadget

Dit I mention I already have a T-mobile number? The only thing better is if the aforementioned chocolage phone shows up in T-mobile's stable too.

LG's Chocolate phone coming to

LG's Chocolate phone coming to the US - Engadget Mobile

Don't make me wait too long....because there's another phone....

April 6, 2006

Bootcamp on Macbook Pro -

Bootcamp on Macbook Pro - a photoset on Flickr

Good Greif! Apple announces Boot Camp today and there's already a flickr photoset. Talk about being on the ball....

April 5, 2006

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2Spare - Top 87 Bad

On the Road with Condi

Borders to Sell Sony

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IMG_5410, originally uploaded by _Katsu.

Wired News: The Best Internet

BBC NEWS | Middle East

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Kuwaiti women vote for first time

Two women are also among eight candidates running for the seat in the Salmiya district, south of the capital

Plastic: I Got A Gold

Plastic: I Got A Gold Star At School Today!

"The only thing I found out today is that I don't want to be Jewish."

Fuji TV videotapes Korean

On IM, Keeping Tabs and

On IM, Keeping Tabs and Keeping Up Appearances

Slow dat at the Post? An article that talks about how you can learn someone's schedule and broadcast your own by your IM away messages. I suppose the next article will give us the scoop on invisible status! oooh!

April 1, 2006

Apple vs Apple - O'Reilly

Apple vs Apple - O'Reilly Mac DevCenter Blog

And that's why the two companies came to a trademark agreement in 1991. Apple Corps said Apple Computer could continue using the Apple name, on one condition - that it never go into the music business.

Plastic: 'No Wonder Durham Hates

Plastic: 'No Wonder Durham Hates Us'

These were Duke men's lacrosse players after all %u2014 the cream of the east coast prep school crop brought together in one place to represent one shining institution in the most gentlemanly of endeavors. Then, on March 13 it all exploded in one brutally violent, alleged gang rape. That is when %u2014 according to police reports %u2014 three white members of the team beat, sodomized, choked and raped a black exotic dancer who had come to entertain approximately 40 members of the team at a private, off campus party.

The Sartorialist: On The Street...Nolita,

The Sartorialist: On The Street...Nolita, New York

Everyone seems to be deciding whether her look is hot or not, but I'm probably the only one that looked at her and immediately thought "korean schoolgirl."

And for that, she gets an A in my book.

Roxanne Wars - Wikipedia, the

Roxanne Wars - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wow...this happened when I was really small; I can only remember a few of the things personally. Memories....

Maniacal Rage. This isn't my

Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) :

KoreAm Thinking: Asian American &

KoreAm Thinking: Asian American & Pacific Islander Numbers 2006

Good look for posting this information...I was recently talking to echo about gathering information regarding Asians (specifically Koreans), so this is especially handy.

Julian Bream - Wikipedia, the

Julian Bream - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

If you've never heard Julian Bream, you've really sold classical guitar short. Such and amazing and inspiring classical guitarist.

Dock on Top - O'Reilly