Thursday, January 28, 2016

Google's AI vs. Korea's top Baduk player, coming this March

It looks like Google will be bringing their A-game to Seoul in March for an epic man-vs.-machine match. SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY.

UPDATE: The match will be held March 9, 2016. See more here:
 - AlphaGo creator remains confident-INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily
 - Historic Go match set for March 9-INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily
"FloorGoban" by Goban1 - Own work.
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In a blog post today, Google highlighted the achievements of some artificial intelligence program called AlphaGo, designed to play the ancient game of "Go" or "baduk" as Koreans call it. The machine has already beat some hotshot player in Europe and in a small blurb about the next step, Google will bring the tech here to Seoul in March to face off against some local Korean hotshot. But why not hear it form the horse's mouth:

What’s next? In March, AlphaGo will face its ultimate challenge: a five-game challenge match in Seoul against the legendary Lee Sedol—the top Go player in the world over the past decade.
[Official Google Blog: AlphaGo: using machine learning to master the ancient game of Go]

Mr. Lee is ranked 9-dan in the game, which is apparently good. Fans of "Reply 1988" (응답하라 1988) may notice that the baduk-playing character Choi Taek (최택) is also ranked 9-dan, as was the real-life inspiration for the character (maybe).

Anyway it'll be interesting to see how the match goes, and whether any nationalist (Korea vs. USA),  corporate (Naver/Samsung vs. Google), or humanist (man vs. machine) sentiments appear. I hope they do, frankly, because excitement.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Reply 1988's Hyeri is girl from Korea Times' comments section

I was reading an article over on the Korea Times about the next moves for the stars of the very popular and recently-finished Korean TV drama "Reply 1998" (응답하라 1988) or "응팔" for short. At the bottom I notice a familiar face in the KT's always-classy comments section:
Hye Ree, encouraging me to reach for the stars and post the best comment on the KT

Well I'll be damned. I've seen this box for years now, and it didn't dawn on me until tonight that this is the same "Girls Day Hye Ree." It's the same girl: now she goes by the spelling Hyeri, but is still a member of Kpop group Girls Day in addition to having acted in Reply 1988. 

I was curious about what era that photos is from, because it's Sunday night and hey I don't have work in six hours, right? Biggest size I could find was this:

Looks a bit weird. Like her dress was just drawn on in Microsoft Paint. But that was big enough to lead me to what looks like the original of that shot:

Heyri from the "Everyday" promo. Image: Girls Day Daily

Huh, well there we go. This photo apparently came from the promo material for Girls Day's mini album "Everyday". Wikipedia tells me it was released in 2011. So I'm guessing that around 2011 is when the face of Hyeri, or "Hye Ree," started gracing the end of every KT article. 

If you're interested in Hyeri, check our her official Instagram, or this exhaustive fan-made tumblr that has a lot of shots of her from back in the day, or this pictorial that you shouldn't look at while at work. 

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Force Blogger "Dynamic Views" to ignore mobile templates

Dynamic templates  "Mosaic" view on a mobile device
10wontips in "Mosaic" view on a mobile device
Today I'll show you how to get desktop, non-mobile templates working on mobile if you use Blogger's "Dynamic Views".


Blogger's "Dynamic Views" templates can be very lovely and useful.  But previously, one limitation was that you were limited to using the "Classic" view for your mobile audience. This could be fine for some, but I suspect that the whole reason people would choose to use a Dynamic View template is to highlight more of their collection of posts, rather than just the newest. Using a Dynamic View on mobile, especially the "Mosaic" or "Flipcard" view, actually works quite well, as it is automatically responsive to the size of the screen.

It makes sense, then, to use these "dynamic views" (hence the name) on all screen-sizes. Sure, not every View looks great on a mobile screen, but some look and function fabulously. Just for an example, you can see here what the "Mosaic" view looks like for this blog on a 5-inch screen smartphone, in the Chrome browser for Android.

This has always been possible by appending the URL with a "/?m=0" suffix, forcing it to use the non-mobile template. But what if you want your visitors automatically directed to the non-mobile view when browsing on a mobile device?

Blogger supposedly gave you the option of disabling any special "mobile" by choosing "No. Show desktop template on mobile devices."

However, it was clear that this didn't work when using a Dynamic View template. It would only revert your blog to the "Classic" dynamic view for mobile viewers, no matter what view was applied to the "desktop" version.

Solution Intro

But don't worry. You can utilize these Dynamic Views even on mobile devices with a simple change to your blog's template code. There are basically three ways, and all involve editing basically one line of code. Go to your blog's template settings and choose "Edit HTML". Hit Control-F inside the code box and do a search for "MobileRequest". That should bring you right here to this section of code which we'll be using:
 <b:if cond='data:blog.isMobileRequest'>        <script expr:src='data:blog.dynamicViewsScriptSrc + &quot;/js/classic.js&quot;' type='text/javascript'/>      <b:else/>        <b:if cond='data:skin.vars.blitzview'>          <script expr:src='data:blog.dynamicViewsScriptSrc + &quot;/js/&quot; + data:skin.vars.blitzview + &quot;.js&quot;' type='text/javascript'/>        <b:else/>          <script expr:src='data:blog.dynamicViewsScriptSrc + &quot;/js/sidebar.js&quot;' type='text/javascript'/>        </b:if>      </b:if>
I list 4 methods below, but honestly, I think #4 the best choice. I'll keep the others here for your information, but hey, if you're busy, just scroll down to #4.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Using Naver Office on Android to open/edit/convert Hangul (.hwp) files

Naver Office
Today I'll highlight a surprisingly very easy method of converting Hangul (.hwp) files to other formats like Word .docx or Adobe .pdf that you can do right on your phone, using the free and no-account-needed Naver Office app

Also see my other posts on opening Hangul (.hwp/.hml) files.


Until now, I had been pretty content with using Netffice 24 to manage my Hangul (.hwp) files. The Android app seemed convenient for previewing .HWP files and the desktop web interface was simple enough. But one big limitation had always been that Netffice didn't let me easily convert file-types. I could always just copy/paste the text, but it was a huge problem when the file included charts, images, tables, or complex formatting. I'd have to wait until I was back on a computer with the full Hancom Office software suite.

I knew that several coworkers were using Naver Office to manage their files. I guess I was just lazy and once I'd discovered Netffice I stopped looking for a better way. But the other day a friend showed me Naver Office on his phone and I decided to give it a shot. Boy, was I missing out. Let me show you how easy it is to convert a document from .hwp to a different, more universal format. Screenshot tour follows.

Test Case: Converting an .HWP file to .Docx on Android

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Monday, January 11, 2016

KEB's new English customer support email

Just a quick heads-up: the email address for KEB's English customer service has changed. This was posted on KEB-Hana's Facebook but might have gone unseen by many:
< An Important Notice >
There's a new email address when writing to the bank's Foreign Customer Department:
It replaces
Thank you.
- The KEB Hana Facebook Team

Post embedded below:

< An Important Notice > There's a new email address when writing to the bank's Foreign Customer Department: It replaces Thank you.- The KEB Hana Facebook Team
Posted by KEB Hana Bank for Expats on Monday, December 14, 2015

UPDATE 2016-02: the phone number extensions for English customer service have also been updated.
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