Saturday, December 9, 2017

Kakao Taxi goes Star Wars for "The Last Jedi"

Today I used the Kakao T app to take a taxi. It popped up with yet another promotional event poster, this time for something about Star Wars. I usually just dismiss them without really reading them, but today's was pretty neat.

Kakao T Star Wars event promo. Image: ziness

When you order a taxi, the progress map changes your location icon to the BB-8 droid, and the taxi icon changes to the Millennium Falcon. Here's a screenshot from my trip today.

Screenshot from Kakao Taxi, with promotional Star Wars icons

Sorry for the poor blur job there. I tried to do this quick. I don't want the First Order knowing where I live and work.

Anyway, when you click that bottom banner, it takes you to the event promotion page located here:
🔗 스타워즈: 라스트 제다이 카카오내비, 치즈, T택시, 맵 프로모션 이벤트

Here's the event info, which suggests that simply taking a Kakao Taxi trip during the promotion period will enter you to win a ticket to the The Last Jedi.

Screenshot of Kakao T / Star Wars promo event. Image: ziness

Some other Kakao apps are participating in the event, such as Kakao Cheese and Kakao Navi, but it looks like you should upload proofshots to your SNS for those.

And if you want even more Star Wars fun, you can add some flare to your Kakao Talk profile, like this person did:

I haven't seen any other screenshots out there, so I wonder if other Kakao Taxi users see other Star Wars icons? I sort of hoped by driver's profile image would have been a Kylo Ren mask.

Speaking of Kakao T, my first driver texted me insisting there was a "problem" and I should cancel the request. When I did, Kakao gave me the option of reporting why I cancelled, and one of the options was "Driver called me and told me to cancel" which I chose. This is apparently a growing problem. Even in the virtual world, they can still drive on by you.

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Sam Hammington chats with Mark Hamill for Star Wars promo

Sam Hammington, that famous Korean-speaking white Aussie comedian you see on every Korean reality TV show, recently sat down with Mark Hamill (Luke from Star Wars, like you didn't know that) in Japan to conduct an English/Korean interview with the actor.

Sam Hammington and Mark Hamill chatting it up. Image: Disney Facebook 

They had a nice chat, promoting the latest Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie which comes out in Korea on December 14 and playing a few goofy talk show type games. Summer or winter? Mark or Luke? He even gets him to do the Korean "heart fingers" gesture and of course, it wouldn't an interview with a foreign celebrity without getting him to say something in Korean. In this case: 기대해, "look forward to it, anticipate it!"

You can watch the interview on Naver's V Live streaming video service here:
🔗 V LIVE - 마크 해밀 X 샘 해밍턴 <스타워즈: 라스트 제다이> V라이브 '<Star Wars: The Last Jedi> V LIVE'

 I'll embed it here too:

Disney also has a promo post up on their Facebook page with some nice still shots that sum up all the fun bits (embedded below):

And finally, Sam has some images from the interview up on his personal Instagram:

A post shared by 샘해밍턴 Sam Hammington (@samhammington) on

Maybe because it's a Saturday, but I was surprised not to find any info about this in English language news. Anyway enjoy the chat. And see kids, if you study Korean hard, someday you can meet Luke Skywalker.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Links for Nov 2017

It's time for another link round-up. Stuff I was interested in this month.

Links for November 2017

Tech stuff

Welcome back, North Korea Tech!

This Korean life

Google vs. Naver / Int'l Internet stuff

Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics stuff

Juicy clickbait

Honorable Mention

Nagoya is not necessarily a popular city for tourists. World War II (1939-45) left the city with few historic landmarks and other interesting traces of the past, putting the city at a major disadvantage in terms of attracting visitors. Over decades, the city developed a reputation for its soullessness, with one local paper even calling it "the most boring city in Japan."
Why visit Nagoya? Why not?

That has got to be one of the best headlines I've seen. Flawless logic. Why visit? Why not? Well shoot, you got me there! Bonus points for what I will call "clever use of reverse psychology" in the opening paragraphs. I clicked, didn't I?

Thanks for reading. See you next month.

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