Saturday, June 17, 2017

Google rules Korea's cloud storage market

This was interesting. On smartphones, Google seems to dominate by double the cloud storage usage in Korea. Well, by number of users anyway.

You can see (below) the number of people having installed the app in the top numbers, and the amount of data in megabytes transferred through the app per month in the lower numbers. Looks like a lot of people are using Google Drive and Google Photos. 755만명 for Drive is 7.55 million people, or two Busan's worth. 

Smartphone cloud storage usage in Korea. Image: Platum

Or are they? If you want my opinion, two things jump out at me.

  1. Drive and Photos are installed by default on most Android phones. Maybe people just lazily use them instead of downloading a local app like Naver Cloud (in 3rd place here).

  2. Look at the amount of data. 37MB for Google Drive? Seems on the average a lot of people are transferring just a few simple files. Naver Cloud is at 372MB/month. That's either some heavier duty usage, or maybe some users are storing videos there and streaming them to the phone (once in the cloud, the resolution may auto-reduce for streaming depending on the connection). Or maybe a few super heavy duty users are being drowned out by the masses who don't store cloud data at all. I don't see the survey details here and I'm too lazy to look it up. 

A similar survey was done last year with similar results but greater discrepency (just 17MB for Google Drive, up to 578MB for Naver Cloud).

That survey revealed something else not entirely surprising. People who use Google Drive tend to stay in the Google ecosystem, and Naver Cloud users in the Naver ecosystem:

Google Drive & Naver Cloud: other often-used apps. Image: Platum

No surprises there. Anyway take all this with a grain of salt.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Crossed Flags emoji 🎌 is pro-Korean in Korean, Japanese elsewhere?

I came across this description of Unicode character U+1F38C:
Two Japanese Flags, crossed at the base. Except on Samsung devices, which display two South Korean flags. [Crossed Flags Emoji]
Sure enough, the page demonstrates the differences among manufacturers:

"Crossed flags" emoji by manufacuter. Image: Emojipedia

You can't accuse Samsung of being unpatriotic.

However I couldn't duplicate the Korean flag on my Korean (KT) Samsung S5 Prime. Nor could two coworkers on a Korean Galaxy S6 or a Note 4. Pasting it into KakaoTalk showed the usual Japanese flags. Same result in any app I tried. I wonder if anyone else can get the Korean flags here? Because all I'm seeing is the Nisshoki instead of a Taegukgi.

What do you see here?: 🎌 

Mildly related: Find the Missing Gay Emoticons on Samsung's Galaxy S8 | ké radar

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Some Naver Dictionary humor

Naver Dictionary draws on many sources, usually legitimate, for both its Korean and English definitions. But a friend pointed out to me that Urban Dictionary is one of those sources. So you can search for all sorts of dirty things and get results right alongside other more tame definitions.

Here's an example search for a "Cleveland Steamer."
'Cleveland Steamer' 의 검색결과 : 네이버 영어사전

Naver Dictionary results include Urban Dictionary definitions. Image: Naver

What seemed interesting was the "Related Meanings" section on the right which included a Wikipedia link to "corprophilia" (love of poop, but you knew that already). It's likely just getting that automatically from Wikipedia, since doing a Naver Knowledge search for this term brings up the Wiki article for Coprophilia which itself includes the term.

It even cites a "real usage" of the term from an ancient 2008 comment on a BoingBoing post:

Wigwam Jones says:
September 26, 2008 at 11:45 am
Guy was into Cleveland Steamers. Then he gave himself a Filthy Sanchez and fled into the woods, screaming.
[Wade Davis: an Inuit elder and his shit knife / Boing Boing]

Fascinating stuff, for sure. I'm actually not against including Urban Dictionary content here, although the average Korean might have to translate the definition. Still they'd get an idea of what a phrase means. I do that myself sometimes on WikiTree, with a grain of salt of course.

By the way, Naver has its own Open Dictionary. It's mildly similar to Urban Dictionary but vastly less vulgar. Although also vastly more cheesy. I think some people are just making up words to define just to boost their own ratings.

I mean who is going around saying "clawsome," which it claims is "cool + awesome"?

Image: clawsome : 네이버 영어사전

The example sentences they give for it are even funnier.

That movie was clawesome!
Your girlfriend was clawsome!
It is clawsome to go to swimming pool.
My car is clawsome!

Maybe winning a prize out of one of those claw machines could be "clawsome" but I sure wouldn't call someone's girlfriend clawsome, unless I was Pierce Brosnan from this Bond scene.

Or maybe I'm just some old fogey, because it does appear on Urban Dictionary. It also seems to be the name of a K-pop dance cover group, "Dance Team Clawsome" (댄스팀 클라썸). You can oogle them at their Facebook 여성댄스팀 클라썸 - Clawsome. Looks like another Waveya knockoff.

Thanks for reading. Have a clawsome day.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Links for March 2017

I can't make up my mind how to share links I find interesting. I've been posting them to my Twitter sporadically, but I'd rather just do it here. Maybe I'll keep this up, maybe not. What do you think is best for a blog? Monthly/weekly link roundup like this? Treat the blog feed like a Twitter timeline: one link = one post? I like other blogs that do this. We'll see.

 Anyway here's some stuff I found interesting over the past month or so.

A funny blast from the past now, all the way back to 1988. I'll let you decide if much has changed:
The litany of complaints about pushy pedestrians, boorish Korean photographers and reckless bus drivers who seem to harbor a death wish for anybody and anything not on their bus, has reached encyclopedic stature in the days since the Games opened.
South Koreans Win The Gold Medal For Rudeness - tribunedigital-chicagotribune
A lot has changed, at least in English usage. Who would ever say today things like:
  • I thought people in the Orient were supposed to be so polite.
  • appears to be a general indifference to one`s fellow man
Sounds almost classically poetic now.

And one of the most interesting reads of the month here:
Lee invites South Korean voters to consider Moon’s rhetoric: “Let’s take a look at Moon’s past utterances and even what he said recently. As a defector and representing a human rights organization made up of defectors, it’s chilling listening to these remarks and feeling the glances of those who share Moon’s views. We defectors feel like we are standing before an executioner. That’s why we are trembling.”
Lee said, “If [Minjoo] takes over this time, we have a ‘murderer’s row’ of candidates that will succeed Moon:  Ahn Hee-jung; Lee Jae-myung; Park Won-soon, etc.  We will reign for the longest haul and conservatives will surely be totally exterminated.” At the time, some conservatives did react to Lee’s half-threatening language. Liberty Korea’s presidential candidate Hong Joon-Pyo said, “That gives me chills. That reminds me of Cambodia’s Killing Fields.”
Defectors Claim At Least 3,000 Will Seek Exile if Moon is Elected: Full Text of Defectors’ Statement for Seeking “Collective Asylum” | Noon in Korea
I tried looking up on both Naver and Google news to see if 이애란 박사 has followed through with the promise to leave South Korea if Moon was elected, but there seems no articles with her mention after May 22. Probably just a symbolic statement.

Still, it always seems interesting to me that when people discuss how the South should treat North Korea, the opinions of actual defectors is almost never mentioned.

And something cute:

"LaLaLand in Seoul"

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Cute Korean Lego sets

Recently I saw an advertisement for a cute promotional Lego set of a KT (Korea Telecom) phone store.

KT Phone Store

KT phone store Oxford blocks set. Image: KT Smartblog

I like the various little phone cases you can choose from hanging there on the wall. Here's a better looking short video that shows off the set:

These aren't "Lego" exactly, but cute knockoffs from Oxford Blocks (yes, a Korean company). They put out a lot of cheaper sets, though the quality is decent (important when you see the prices of actual Lego here). What I like though is that they put out all sorts of cute Korea-specific block sets.

It got me thinking about some of the others I've seen, and I had the bright idea to show some of them off here. These are some of my favorites. Click the caption links to see more, usually including builds.

CU convenience store set

Image: BGF Retail

SK EnClean gas station

Image: SK엔크린 옥스포드 블록장난감 3천포인트 특권 선물받기~ : 네이버 블로그

Kyobo bookstore

Image: 듀듀 : 교보문고레고 옥스포드블록 교보문고 콜라보레이션 블럭 교보문고 미니샵 

Real Men military barracks set

"Real Men" (진짜 사나이) was a popular military reality show, which included unofficial White Male Ambassador to Korea Sam Hammington among its cast.

Image: [옥스포드] 진짜사나이 : 네이버 블로그

I like how in this upclose shot you can see that they're watching some kind of K-pop girl performance in the barracks. Talk about authenticity:

Image: [옥스포드] 진짜사나이 : 네이버 블로그

Traditional Wedding ceremony (전통혼례)

Image: 옥스포드 블럭 여름방학 갖고 놀 블럭~~ : 네이버 블로그

Gyeonghoeru Pavilion (경회루)

Image: [옥스포드/경회루KH3363/한국문화유산시리즈/경회루/소블록]

CJ "Healthy Ham" picnic set with with cherry blossoms

Image: CJ 더건강한햄 옥스포드 블럭 3탄 벚꽃놀이 획득 : 4.27 부터 선착순 5,000개 : 네이버 블로그 

LG Twins baseball team locker room

Image: [옥스포드블럭] LG Twins 라커룸 블록 : 네이버 블로그 

Kakao Friends camping set

Image: English Play :: 카카오프렌즈 스토어 오프라인 매장을 다녀왔습니다

Korean traditional house "hanok" (전통한옥)

Image: 영계남편 사랑이야기

These are just the tip of the iceberg, really. There are lots more out there, many of which were only produced for a short promotional time. But most you can still buy, either direct from Oxford, or the tie-in company, or various online sellers on G-market for example.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Politicians get funky for Pres. Moon, and other Korean election leftovers

This was a pretty wacky campaign video that ran in support of Moon Jae-in (yes, I'm a little late on this). It features a few fairly prominent politicians busting some dance moves, or trying to anyway. If you ever wanted to see the in-his-60s mayor of Seoul breakdance (yes, breakdance), now's your chance, at around the 0:52 mark.

The roster of people appearing is:

  • 안희정 - Ahn Hee-jung - Governor of Chungcheongnam. Also now known for his kissing Moon in that wacky photo (below). If memory serves, he also actually ran against Moon in the primaries. Just don't ask your doctor for a 충남주사 [The pun seems to come from combining 충남지사 "Chungcheon Governor" with 주사 "drunk behavior"].
  • 박원순 - Park Won-soon - Mayor of Seoul
  • 안민석 - An Min-suk - National Assembly member
  • 진선미 - Jeon Seon-mi - National Assembly member
  • 이재정 - Lee Jae-jeong - National Assembly member
  • 고민정 - Ko Min-jeong - former KBS TV newscaster
  • 박기량 - Park Ki-rang - Cheerleader with Lotte Giants baseball team
  • 김부겸 - Kim Bu-gyeom - National Assembly member. I believe he also ran against Moon in the primaries.

충남주사 안희정, 세계적 스타 됐다 | 2MOON好.COM

🗹 Election leftovers 🗹

Now for a few completely different things (mostly links I put on Twitter).

Facebook's reminder to vote

Failed conservative candidate Hong Jun-pyo aka "Hong Trump" (홍준표 aka 홍트럼프) and CNN presenter Richard Quest. I can't be the only one who sees the resemblance, am I? 

Google had an extensive blog post about all the Korea-election goodies they produced, including their Now cards, election info, and of course that YouTube logo.

And of course they had an election doodle:

2017년 대한민국 선거

A TV channel here in Korea called Super Action had a movie marathon this afternoon, the theme of which was "굿프레지던트" (Good President) which I can only assume was a nod to President Moon's straight-to-work approach, distinguishing him I guess from the former "Bad President". To celebrate, movies featuring "good presidents" aired. When I tuned it, it was Air Force One followed by Independence Day. Moon is no Harrison Ford... or is he

Finally, just a photo I feel sums up my feeling about this whole Park-Trump-Moon season:

A worker sprays water onto the statue of King Sejong for a spring cleaning at the Gwanghwamun Plaza in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, April 10, 2017. King Sejong, the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), created the Korean alphabet, Hangul, in 1446. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). Source: Pictures of the week — AP Images Spotlight

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Display blog title image in Blogger's new floating header bars

Here's a simple way to display your Blogger blog's logo image in that floating header bar that appears as you scroll down in your blog (if you're using one of their new 2017 templates).

Blog title in floating header bar: text vs. image


Right now, even if you add a header image to your blog (via the Layout page), the floating bar thing that appears when you scroll down will show just the name of your blog in text - not the logo image you love [Compare the blog title in the two images above]. Note this only applies to the four new themes: Contempo, Notable, Soho, and Emporio.

So this post will show one way to display an image in that floating header bar. It doesn't even have to be the same image. You could have one larger logo for the top of the blog page itself, but a different thinner logo to fit nicely in the floating bar.

This is adapted from an old trick for showing the image in Dynamic Views templates. Basically I will just set the background of the floating header element as an image. That way I can do it all via CSS rather than messing around with the blog template.

Let's start.

All the following code should be pasted into (Theme → Customize → Advanced → Add CSS)

Step 1 - Remove the blog title text 

We start by hiding the blog name text from the floating bar. Otherwise it will cover the image and look ugly. 

.centered-top-container.sticky .widget.Header h1 {display: none;}

Step 2 - Add the image

I'll assume you have your image already uploaded somewhere. The best way is just to insert the image into a Blogger post, and grab its URL by switching to the "HTML" compose view. You don't even need to post it; just uploading it once to a post draft is enough.

Your image should have a URL like:

Pay attention to that number. To get the best image size to use here (i.e. the smallest that's still clear enough to read), adjust that number manually first. For me in my example, s280 was the best size.

Hold on to that image URL.

Now paste the following into your blog's CSS:

.centered-top-container.sticky .blog-name, body.item-view .blog-name {
    background: url( no-repeat center;
    height: 65px;

Replace the URL there with your own image URL.

Also check the height size. 65px looked best for me. Change the number to whatever size suits you and your chosen image. 

Step 3 - Remove the subscription button

So far it will look like this:

Subscribe button still there. Let's remove that.

We could either move the subscribe button, or just hide it completely. I think it's better to remove it. Add this code to hide it:

.centered-top-container.sticky .blog-name .subscribe-section-container {display: none;}

You could just move it down, in which case you would get this:

Subscribe button moved below the logo image

But I preferred just hiding it (as above), and relocating the blog subscription widget to the sidebar.

Step 4 - Padding (optional) 

This isn't necessary, but if the image spacing looks weird at all, you can also try just changing the padding (the white space around) with this:

body.collapsed-header .centered-top-container .blog-name {padding: 30px;}

Play around with the number until you find a good look. If you do this, you could also just remove the "height" portion of the Step 2 code.

Final look

Again here's what it would look like before and after:

Before: text title
After: Image title 

Those of course are mobile views. Here's how it looks on desktop:

Desktop view with image header

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Move Blogger's "Subscribe" widget to the sidebar in 2017's new themes

Here's how you can move your blog's "Subscribe" widget from the top of the main page into the sidebar on Blogger's new 2017 templates.

Moving the blog "Subscribe" button from the top floating header to the pop-out sidebar

Why do this?

The main reason I see for doing this is for when you customize the floating header bar to show your blog's logo image instead of its default behavior of showing just the blog's name in text. With a logo in the floating header bar, it can become cramped and take up too much space, especially on a mobile device, to have the "Subscribe" button sitting there. Or you just might like to reduce the clutter in the main viewer. Either way, we want to move the "Subscribe by Email" feature into the expanding sidebar thing. 

The problem is that the widget is locked by default. You can't just drag it over there. OR CAN YOU? (Hint: You can.)

So let's just unlock it and move it over.

Step 1 - Unlock the widget

Edit your blog's theme/template (Theme → Edit HTML).

From the "Jump to Widget" menu, find "FollowByEmail1"

Follow By Email widget (aka "Subscribe" feature): the highlighted line

You'll see that its "Locked" setting is "true". Change that to false. It should look like this:

 <b:widget id='FollowByEmail1' locked='false' title='Follow by Email' type='FollowByEmail' visible='true'>

Now save the template. Refresh the page completely after that. Otherwise the Layout page may not reflect this change.

Step 2 - Move the widget

Super easy now. Go back to the Layout section of your blog. You can see the Follow By Email card/box can now be dragged.

Follow widget is unlocked and ready to move

Just drag that sucker over into the sidebar. 


One more time, here's what the end result will look like:

Email Subscription sign-up form moved to the sidebar

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Move post thumbnails to the right in Blogger's Notable template

The "Notable" theme (one of Blogger's new 2017 templates), displays post thumbnails on the right by default, on your blog homepage. However it's very easy to move them so they display on the left side instead.

Notable theme default, with thumbnails on right

Thumbnails on left

Just go to the CSS box in the Blogger design editor (Theme → Customize → Advanced → Add CSS) and paste this single line of code:

.post-outer .snippet-thumbnail {order: 1;}

That's it. 

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Moon Jae-in was at Operation Paul Bunyan

This is a neat fact of history that I didn't know about. Current Korean presidential candidate Moon Jae-in (and come Tuesday's election, likely Korea's president), was one of the ROK soldiers accompanying the US Military in Operation Paul Bunyan of the infamous DMZ Ax Murders incident.

Moon Jae-in during his army days. Image: Yonhap

From Time magazine's recent profile of Moon:

On the morning of Aug. 18, 1976, two American soldiers set off to trim a poplar tree in the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ). The tree was obscuring the line of sight between U.N. and North Korean guard towers on the narrow strip of land that has separated the peninsula's communist North from its capitalist South since an armistice effectively ended the 1950 — 53 Korean War. Both sides had approved the pruning, but North Korea sent soldiers to order the work to stop. Captain Arthur Bonifas and First Lieutenant Mark Barrett refused, and were promptly hacked to death with their own axes.
General Richard G. Stilwell, then commander of the U.N. Forces in South Korea, ordered the tree completely cut down as a symbolic act of resolve. Among the troops sent to help fell the tree was a young South Korean soldier named Moon Jae-in. Tensions were dangerously high, he says today. "If the North had tried to interfere, it could easily have triggered war."
Moon Jae-in: The Negotiator |

I'd known about this incident, but never knew of Moon's involvement. Pretty amazing. Here's a brief idea of the show of force Moon would have been part of:

The North Korean army was put on full-alert. War seemed imminent. What came instead was, the aptly named, Operation Paul Bunyan three days later. South Korean and American military vehicles streamed into the Joint Security Area on the morning of August 21. U.S. soldiers began removing the tree with chainsaws, as twenty-seven helicopters hovered above, daring the North Koreans to do something. B-52s and fighter planes rumbled in the skies a short distance away. It took 42 minutes to cut down the tree, though a stump was left as a memorial to the fallen Americans.
When two Americans were axed to death by N. Korean soldiers | NK News - North Korea News

It sounds like some of those ROK soldiers involved wanted some action:

In addition, a 64-man South Korean Special Forces company accompanied them, armed with clubs and trained in Tae Kwon Do, supposedly without firearms. However, once they parked their trucks near the Bridge of No Return, they started throwing out the sandbags that lined the truck bottoms, and handing out M16 rifles and M79 grenade launchers that had been concealed below Several of the special forces men also had M18 Claymore mines strapped to their chests with the firing mechanism in their hands, and were shouting at the North Koreans to cross the bridge.
Axe murder incident - Wikipedia

Heck maybe Moon was this wacky guy talked about here:

A few of the ROK marines with us unbutton their shirts, showing that they have claymore mines strapped to their chests and they have the clacker (firing mechanism) in their hands. They start yelling and waving at the KPA to come on over. One of the ROK’s is laying on his side, on the ground, supporting his head his his hand, looking all casual and care free.
Memories of the JSA, Sept '75 - Oct '76

In all seriousness, it seems like the reality was a bit less exciting as far as Moon is concerned. A quick search suggest that he was part of the back-up unit standing ready to rush in and defend the units assigned to actually get in and remove the tree:

(문재인 상병 우리가 알고있는 그 문재인이 맞다.)
공수부대원으로 도발작전에 동원된것은 맞으나 후방 예비부대에 있었던 것으로 전해지며 북한초소를 쳐들어가서 때려부수는 일엔 관여되지 않았다.
세계 3차대전, 핵전쟁 위기를 불러온 판문점 도끼만행 사건과 문재인 : 네이버 블로그

Here's what he had to say about the operation:

“상병 때 ‘판문점 도끼 만행 사건’이 일어났다. 그 사건에 대한 대응으로 미루나무를 자르는 작전을 우리 부대가 맡았다. 한국전쟁 이후 처음으로 데프콘이 상향됐다. 준전시 사태였다. 나무를 자를 때 북한이 제지하거나 충돌이 일어나면 바로 전쟁이 발발하는 상황이었다. 그런 상황까지 대비해 부대 내 최정예 요원들이 미루나무 제거조로 투입되고 나머지 병력은 외곽에 배치됐다. 다행히 북한은 미루나무 자르는 것을 못 본 척 아무 대응을 하지 않았다. 그때 잘라온 미루나무 토막을 넣은 기념물을 국난(國難) 극복 기장이라고 하나씩 나눠줬다.
문재인 傳奇 (2/4) : 조선pub(조선펍) > 칼럼 > 정치

I ended up finding some photos I hadn't personally seen before by searching the Korean name of the event, 판문점도끼만행사건 (lit. Panmunjeom Ax Brutality Incident), on Google and also Naver which has a color version of the photo below, along with some surprisingly good looking action figure dioramas of the event.

Finally here's a line that I thought was pretty funny that sums up the incident:

I remember looking back at what’s left of the tree and thinking, “It’s not much, but it got their attention.”. Later, I try and rationalize with myself about the oriental, or at least Korean, culture. Saving face is very important; being bigger is better, etc., and that day they not only lost face, we proved to them that we were much bigger than they were, though for us it was still a letdown.
Memories of the JSA, Sept '75 - Oct '76

Engineers from the 2nd Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division start to cut down the infamous tree while soldiers of the UNC Joint Security Force and ROK Army perform security around the operation. Caption: VFW Post #7591. Image: Wikipedia

You can read plenty more on the Panmunjom Ax Murder incident over at the ROK Drop archives.

HT: Reddit

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Bill Nye's new show segment on K-pop

Bill Nye, the former "science guy," has a new show out. In one segment when he talks about fluid gender identities, he sends Derek from the YouTube pop-sci channel Veritasium to Korea to discuss gender fluidity in K-pop with a few industry figures, including the adorable Amber from girl group f(x).

There have always been rumors of Amber's sexuality, since her style is tomboyish. He also talks with some other K-pop star I've never heard of, but I'm not exactly the fandom type. Anyway here's a clip from the chat with Amber, who I forgot was born in the USA but real quick remembered when she opened her mouth. She always has a sort of humility to her in interviews, like she's worked hard to get this far and knows what it really takes.

If you want my opinion, I think this clip is a little patronizing. Maybe I'm just getting old, but I'm bored of these "Korea's ridiculously out of date cultural ideas are finally catching-up to the West" concepts. You're right, they don't actually say that. But it sure feels like a hint of that old Orientalism is lingering here. There's definitely a judgmental aspect to this kind of discussion, where the norms of the Westerner are presumed to be superior, and praise is heaped on those who appear to be most embracing them. But that's an old story that started long before K-pop.

Hey, I'm just here to share links. Don't look to me for gender theory.

HT: Amber and NCT's Johnny appear in Bill Nye the Science Guy's New Show — Koreaboo

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

YouTube Red releases K-pop reality show "Run, Big Bang Scout"

YouTube Red's premium production for Korea is ready to watch. "Run, Big Bang Scout!" (달려라 빅뱅단) is pretty much the same fare as your average "reality" show where the cameras just follow along some K-pop artists as they do stuff.

Image: YouTube Korea blog

It's slick and has spot-on Korean production value. You truly won't be able to tell that this was a YouTube production and not an actual broadcast show. It has that feeling like someone just uploaded the episode ripped from TV.

It's just another Korean reality entertainment TV show. Unless you're an especially huge Big Bang fan, this type of show is a dime a dozen. I was going to watch it through while eating dinner but couldn't take it. I'm no K-pop fan girl.

Bonus Pro:
The show is subtitled by YouTube into 22 (count them: 22!) different languages. Actual human made subtitles, not computer generated.

YouTube Red is 7,900 won/month in Korea, but new subscribers get 30 days free.

There will be six episodes of this show, with new ones coming out each Thursday. Here's the whole playlist, but remember just the first episode is free to watch:

More info on the YouTube Korea blog where you can find the full episode schedule/synopsis, and it even got a write-up in Variety, which said the same thing I did but in a nicer way:
The six-episode series, “Run, BigBang Scout!”, is a lighthearted reality show in the vein of popular Korean variety shows that place celebrities in unfamiliar surroundings.
BigBang Reality Show Premieres on YouTube Red | Variety

If you ask me, a Korean audience isn't the actual target here. Koreans can watch these shows on TV, on VOD, on NaverTV, anywhere, basically free. Why would they pay an extra $8/month to watch it on YouTube? I suspect the real demographic market here is the international K-pop fandom, who are always desperate and ravenous for these "candid" portraits of their favorite stars in subtitled form. Google must want a slice of that hysteria. I can't blame them: As I've admitted before, this blog's top post of all time was basically a link I posted to a Naver V downloader. But hey, if they're bringing decent content to a wider audience, why not?

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Naver shows real-time Incheon airport parking congestion status

Naver now shows you the real-time, current parking situation at Incheon Airport. Just search 인천공항 주차장 on Naver, and it will bring up a card displaying how many spaces are available in each section of the airport parking lots. 

Naver screenshot showing number of empty parking spaces at Incheon airport

If you're in a rush during a holiday, like this week's golden holiday, I guess this could help you plan the best parking area to try first to increase chances of finding a spot. I've never had much problem finding parking there, and actually think the parking situation is a huge part of what makes Incheon Airport so great. 

If you scroll down a bit and expand the next section you can see parking fee rates. 

I like this instant card-like info. Recall that Naver does the same for checking passenger terminal congestion too:

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KEB card suspension for May 5, 2017

KEB users take note: April 29 and May 5, 2017 card use was/will be restricted.

From the KEB Hana Facebook page:
< Holidays Heads-Up >
Our branches will be closed on the following days in early May. Please make appropriate plans for your banking needs before or after the holidays:
May 1: Labor Day (Banking holiday)
May 3: Buddha's Birthday (national holiday)
May 5: Children's Day (national holiday)*
May 9: Special Presidential Election

< Important Information >--
On April 29, from 4 am ~ 9 am (5 hours), KEB Hana credit card services will be suspended due to the relocation of Hana Card's IT center. Only credit card services will be affected on this date.
-- On May 5 from 3 am ~ 8 am (5 hours), most banking services will be suspended due to the relocation of the Bank's IT center. This includes Internet, Smartphone, Phone Banking, check cards linked to a KEB Hana account, and ATM services. Credit card services will not be affected on this date.

KEB Hana Bank for Expats - Posts

Sorry I'm late on this. Hope nobody had issues on April 29. I was going to post about this last week when I got an SMS with this info in Korean, and then immediately forgot about it.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Facebook wants you to vote in Korean election

Facebook put an item in my newsfeed today reminding me to do my duty and vote in the upcoming Korean presidential election (which is Tues., May 9, 2017 and is a holiday for most people).

Facebook's reminder to vote in the 19th Korean Presidential election

The two options there are to share the election pledges (L) and to learn more about them (R). The share option didn't work for me (perhaps because I was browsing mobile, not via the app) but the right worked, linking to where you can view nice infographics about the candidates and their positions. 

Sadly I am ineligible to vote, but thanks anyway Zuck. 

By the way, Korea has not had 19 different presidents - they just count each individual term. So although there will have been 19 'terms served' some candidates served more than once (whether by legitimate vote or otherwise). By that counting, Donald Trump is serving as the 58th presidential winner, though he's president #45. 

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Show labels on Blogger's Contempo theme

Here's a simple way to show the post labels on your main blog page if you're using Blogger's new Contempo theme. This uses the theme's default styling so they blend in pretty well.

For regular posts

Just edit your blog template (Theme → Edit HTML), and find this:

<div class='post'>

Somewhere below that line, paste the following piece of code:

<b:include data='post' name='super.postLabels'/>

You can choose exactly where you want the labels shown. I think they look good just below the datestamp, so I put the code there. For for example, this section should now look like this:

<div class='post'>
<b:include data='post' name='postMeta'/>
<b:include data='post' name='postTitle'/>
<b:include name='headerByline'/>
<b:include data='post' name='super.postLabels'/>


Here's what your homepage of posts looks like now. They keep the default styling of this version of the theme, in soft gray boxes.

Post labels shown on Blogger's Contempo theme

Labels shown in Contempo theme mobile view

For featured posts

The way above will show labels on all your normal posts, but may not show the labels on the Featured Post. For that, find:

 <b:widget cond='data:view.isHomepage' id='FeaturedPost1' locked='true' title='' type='FeaturedPost' visible='true'>

And scroll down to:

<b:includable id='headerByline'>

Then paste in the same code from above once more, right after this line (or elsewhere if you prefer).

Adding labels to other themes

To add the labels to the rest of Blogger's four new themes, check out these related posts:

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Show labels on Blogger's Soho theme

Here's a simple way to show the post labels on your main blog page if you're using Blogger's new Soho theme.

Currently no labels are displayed on those post card snippets on the main blog page. Post labels are only shown on individual post pages. I wanted to display those Here's one way to show those labels.

For regular posts

First we'll display labels on all the regular posts on your blog homepage.

Open the blog template editor (Theme → Edit HTML), and find:


Then scroll down to find:

<div class='post-footer'>

(You might need to expand the listing for <b:includable id='postFooter' var='post'>)

Then just below that line, paste this:

<b:include data='post' name='super.postLabels'/>

That's it!

You can also just immediately jump to the 4th instance of <div class='post-footer'> which might be faster. That 4th instance is for normal blog posts, and the 3rd instance is for the Featured Post, which we will deal with below.


Labels displayed below each blog post's subject line, in desktop view

Labels appear in mobile view too

For the featured post

The part above will add labels to the normal posts on the blog homepage, but not the top Featured Post. We need to add the code in one more place for that.



Scroll down a few lines to find:

 <div class='post-footer'>

(Again, you might need to expand <b:includable id='snippetedPostContent'>)
(Or again, just go right to the 3rd instance of the post-footer code)

Just below it, paste in the same line from above:

<b:include data='post' name='super.postLabels'/>

That will display the labels on the Featured Post, like this:

Labels added just below the snippet text of the Featured Post

Adding "Labels" label

If you want to include the word "Labels:" (or whatever you specified them to be called in your blog settings), you can add this line of code just before the label-showing code:


Removing redundant labels

By adding the labels to the blog posts on the home page, the labels will be shown there on the individual post pages too. But the theme already shows labels on individual post pages. So you'll have two label lists right next to each other. You can remove them from the template completely, but I think hiding them via CSS is just as good. 
Add this CSS code to remove them (Theme → Customize → Advanced → Add CSS):
#Blog1 > div > div > div > > > > span {display: none;}

Adding labels to other themes

To add the labels to the rest of Blogger's four new themes, check out these related posts:

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Make labels stay visible in Blogger's Emporio theme

Here's a very simple way to make post labels stay visible on your blog's main page if you're using Blogger's new Emporio theme.

Since the labels are already present at the top-left of each post on the home page, but don't become visible until you hover your mouse over the entry, you can just add a single line of code to make them permanently visible, whether your mouse is hovering or not.

That will work for the desktop view, but then we will add a second line of code to make them visible on mobile views.

Here are the two lines. Go to  (Theme → Customize → Advanced → Add CSS) and paste them:

.labels-outer-container {opacity: 1 !important;}
body.feed-view .post-labels {display: inline-block;}

That's it! All labels will be listed on each post. It will look like this:

Labels displayed on Blogger's Emporio theme

Post labels made visible on mobile Emporio theme

That's it!

Adding labels to other themes

To add the labels to the rest of Blogger's four new themes, check out these related posts:

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Show labels on Blogger's Notable theme

Here's a way to show the post labels on your main blog page if you're using Blogger's new Notable theme.

There are several ways of doing this, but I like this method because it's simple and looks decent.

Labels on regular post snippet boxes

Open the blog template editor (Theme → Edit HTML), and find:


Then scroll down and find the following:

<div class='post-footer'>

If you don't see it, you might have to expand <b:includable id='postFooter' var='post'>

Then just after that line, paste in the following:

<div class='post-labels'><b:include data='post' name='postLabels'/></div>

That's basically it.

(Another faster way of getting here is just finding the 3rd instance of <div class='post-footer'>)

Labels on the Featured Post

That will show labels on the normal posts' snippet boxes, but not on the Featured Post. To show the Featured Post's labels, paste the same code we copied just below the 2nd instance of:

 <div class='post-footer'> 

or you can find it manually underneath


Style the labels

The labels might not look great, and may be lacking commas between terms, so you can set them to be styled by adding this CSS, either to your template directly or by going to (Theme → Customize → Advanced → Add CSS)

.post-footer .post-labels a:not(:last-child):after {content: ', ';}


The end result will look something like this:

Blogger Notable theme with labels displayed for Featured Post and regular posts

Labels shown in mobile view

A post with multiple labels

Adding "Labels" label

If you want to include the word "Labels:" (or whatever you specified them to be called in your blog settings), you can add this line of code just before the code already pasted:


Removing redundant labels

By adding the labels to the blog posts on the home page in this way, these labels will be shown on the individual post pages too. But the theme already shows labels on individual post pages. So you'll have two label lists right next to each other. You can remove them from the template manually if you want, but I think hiding them via CSS is easier. 

Add this CSS code to remove them (Theme → Customize → Advanced → Add CSS):

#Blog1 > div > article > div > div > > > > span {display: none;}

Note that this is very messy and may break easily in the future, so replace it with your own better code if you'd like. For now this works for me.

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