Sunday, May 29, 2016

Radiolab's episode on K-poparazzi

A bit late, but this weekend I was catching up with some podcasts I like, and by chance found that the well-known Radiolab did a show back in February on K-pop. I gave it a listen. There's certainly nothing new there if you're familiar with Korea at all. You can get a decent text summary of the show  here .  Here are just my two-cents of re…

Friday, May 27, 2016

KEB banking app will change to Hana app

Alongside the banking service suspension coming up real quick (June 4~7), the smartphone apps will be changing over to Hana too. Here I'll let them tell it: The existing KEB Smart Bank app will be discontinued June 4 at midnight (00:00). It will then be replaced on June 7 by a new multilingual 'Hana 1Q Bank Global' app. Note: 'Hana 1…

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Black reaction faces on Facebook are cute

If you use the Chrome extension Dark Reader  (which I highly recommend) to apply a dark theme to your browsing, Facebook's new reaction faces emoji change to darker colors also. I actually think they look cuter this way.  Yes, this is what I do on a Saturday night.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Gas explosions got me all fired up

Not sure if this was intentional or not, but looks like "gas explosion" was the phrase of the day today. Multiple gas explosions took place at a United States military base in South Korea's southeastern city of Chilgok on Thursday, local firefighters said. The incident took place at around 2:30 p.m. inside Camp Carroll, located some 3…

Heat wave alert SMS today

Real quick, if you live in or around Seoul, you might have gotten this alert today. [국민안전처] 안전안내.20일10시 서울,경기일부 폭염주의보,노약자 낮시간야외활동 자제, 충분한 수분섭취등 건강에 유의하세요 It's warning that there's a heat wave, so stay indoors and stay cool and hydrated, etc.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Feedly vs. Inoreader, Part 5: Google News is a pro feature?

Here is an addition to my series (which even I thought was finished) on  Feedly  vs  Inoreader  as the RSS reader of choice. I look for areas in which one objectively excels over the other. This time I get all high and mighty about what RSS means, and why I see one reader moving in a direction I don't like. This is Part 5 . For more, see this serie…

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

K-porn pushes Chrome

At a fairly well known Korean site of ill repute (don't ask), something caught my eye, more than the grainy motel footage from 15 years ago, in the side banner: That's right. Of all Korean websites, it is this one that is actively promoting the use of Chrome. It reads 재생이 안되는 분들 크롬으로 감상해주세요 동영상 로딩에 2초 가량 소모. In other words, if the videos a…

Monday, May 9, 2016

Handsome murderer?

This guy stabbed his roommate to death and wildly mutilated the body. We could definitely talk about whether it's right or not to release his identity to the public . But what else are netizens talking about? How incredibly handsome a murderer he is, calling him, for example , 토막오빠 "Mutilation Boyfriend". Ah netizens...  I guess there&…

Sunday, May 8, 2016


Something is just funny about this. Oh I know what it is: I'm 14 years old. Officials from taekwondo bodies pose for a photograph during the signboard hanging ceremony for the World Taekwondo Federation Central Training Center in Muju, North Jeolla Province, Friday. From left are Lee Kyu-seok, Asian Taekwondo Union president; Ivan Dibos, WTF v…

Friday, May 6, 2016

KEB banking service suspension, June 4 ~ June 7

Just a heads up that all you KEB / Hana Bank customers won't be able to use ATMs or debit cards during a 3-day period next month. Proper credit cards will be fine. Here's some of the more important parts of the information, which your buddy Sam kindly and lazily copy/pasted from the official announcement: Details of Temporary Suspension of …