Sunday, March 29, 2015

Heatmap contrasts old/new Incheon geography


Over on the fabulous blog Kojects , Nikola recently documented some missteps he sees in Seoul's bicycle promotion scheme. But what really caught my eye in his post was the beautiful cycling heatmap he linked to, from Strava Labs . I went exploring on it, and discovered something extremely fascinating. It turns out that, when zoomed out, the unde…

Most popular porn keyword searches in Korea-- or are they?


A couple days ago I was reading an article on KT titled " What do Koreans google most? " which included the following tidbits: Naver is No. 1 and Daum No. 3, according to the Google Trend website, Thursday. Data also showed that people turn to Google for free downloads and porn. Illegal file-sharing and downloading site Torrent was second…

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hyundai Premium Outlets Gimpo (현대 프리미엄 아울렛 김포점) photosphere


Today I paid a visit to the newly-opened Hyundai Premium Outlets , located in Gimpo (현대 프리미엄 아울렛 김포점) just beside the Gimpo Ara Waterway Terminal & Marina (아라뱃길김포터미널). The design was quite nice, and I used the opportunity to try out the "photosphere" 360-degree panorama feature of my phone. So here you can take a look at what it'…

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Extreme Yellow Dust in Seoul, 2015-Feb-22


A couple weeks ago I had posted about the emergency alert message we in the Seoul area received, warning us of a particularly bad bout of yellow dust (황사). And boy was it bad. The period between February 22-23, 2015 was the worst for yellow dust in five years . I was out and about during that time, and if I'm being honest, it didn't seem al…

Download videos from Naver TVcast and other Korean streaming video sites


UPDATES TO THIS POST Readers have suggested various other sites for downloading Naver, Daum, and other videos. I'll collect their recommendations here. JAN. 2017: Readers have recommended even more tools for downloading the videos: Houlo Video Downloader (Windows tool with batch downloading on a wide variety of video sites; untested by me) [HT …

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Best offline RSS feed reader for Android: FeedMe


I want to take a second here to give a huge shout-out to " FeedMe " an Android offline RSS reader app I found and have now been using as my daily go-to feed reader. This thing is a simple, pleasurable, super light-weight client that syncs through either your Feedly or your Inoreader. But where it shines brightest is in its offline support…

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Feedly vs Inoreader, Part 3: Shots Fired, Reddit and Websta RSS feed issues


Note 1: As I continue to agonize over whether to commit to Feedly or Inoreader as my RSS reader of choice, I look for areas in which one objectively excels over the other. This is now a very short Part 3 of that agonizing. See  Part 1 ,  Part 2 ,  Part 4 , and  Part 5  if you're interested.  Note 2: Information has been added as "UPDATES" bel…

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SNL Korea's "Eating Alone" (혼자 밥 먹기) sketch


SNL Korea had a sketch a couple weeks ago about eating alone (혼자 밥 먹기) that was mildly amusing. When I saw these still shots of it on Facebook, I was reminded of it. I think it's not as funny in English. Judge for yourself! Secret 6: Eating Alone  "She's eating alone again..." Do you feel embarrassed eating alone? Now you can eat al…

Open Hangul (.hwp) files in Microsoft Word or HWP Viewer


Opening Hancom Office Hangul (.hwp) files Note: this is one of several methods for working with HWP files. See my other posts on  opening Hangul (.hwp/.hml) files . Let's say a Korean co-worker sent you an .hwp file, but you don't have  Hangul Word Processor  on your computer. Lucky for you, there are a variety of ways of opening the documen…