Wednesday, August 30, 2017

How many people have visited Seoullo?


Just how many people have visited Seoullo 7017 - the horribly named elevated garden walk near Seoul Station constructed from an old overpass? It depends on which news outlet you ask. Looks like either 3.6 million visitors, according to Yonhap and the Korea Herald's reprint: Number of visitors to overpass-turned-park tops 3 mln since opening Numb…

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Mastodon in Korea


Real quick here, I was just surfing around a bit checking out Mastodon (open source decentralized Twitter alternative) . I wondered what the Korean adoption of it was like. Is it popular in Korea? No, no it's not. But its popularity has slowly risen over the past year.  Numbers in Korea seems to fluctuate between 700~900 users. Compare that to…

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Kakao PLAIN blogging app shut down


Awhile back I made a post about a simple, lightweight blogging app by Kakao called "PLAIN."  It was a decent app and had some nice social features, but never really caught on. Who blogs anymore? Unsurprisingly, PLAIN (I write it uppercase because that's how they style it) has shut down. The official announcement says it already happen…

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

MacGyver returns to Korea as "MacGybeer" in Tsingtao ads


This is actually pretty funny, but it's going to take some background, so stick with me here.  MacGyver If you're a gentleman of a certain age (like I am), you will remember watching a late 1980s TV show called  MacGyver . MacGyver could get his way out of all kinds of difficult situations with his cunning genius and practical know-how. Mac…

New Kakao Friends store open in Busan


The first stand-alone Kakao Friends store outside of Seoul is now open in Busan (부산 플래그십 스토어). I say "stand alone" because there are other Kakao Friends store branches inside various department stores , but only Gangnam and Hongdae in Seoul, and now Busan, have their own fully-stocked, self-contained "flagship" stores. The store…

Monday, August 21, 2017

Lookalikes 2: Lee Hyo-seong and Jean-Luc Picard


Chairman of the Korea Communications Commission Lee Hyo-seong (이효성) looks like Captain Jean-Luc Picard . For more on Mr. Lee: [Photo] Dismissed reporter’s return to work is starting point of media reform : National : News : The Hankyoreh President vows to reform broadcasters Images sources: 이효성 방통위원장 후보자 "방송통신 활성화에 관심" Captain Jean-Luc Picard…

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Twitter shows 안중근's bloody hand emoji for Liberation Day 2017


During this week, any tweets containing certain hashtags related to Korean Liberation Day will trigger a special emoticon to display: the bloodied hand of extremely famous Korean independence activist An Jung-geun. Here's that hand image up-close: Ahn cut off a portion of his own ring finger (the "잘라진 약지") as part of the "signin…

Monday, August 7, 2017

Links for April-July 2017


It's time for another link round-up. As always, if you follow me on Twitter, you probably already saw most of these. I should post these more often. This is a monster list. Yang Young-Soon Comic Dump (104) - Album on Imgur Great large collection of translated Korean comics. Hamburger Teacher — It’s always good to have awesome students. My... Cut…

RSS feeds for the Korea Economic Daily


Here's a list of RSS feeds from The Korea Economic Daily (한국경제), a Korean English-language newspaper that focuses primarily on, you got it, the business/economics/IT. Latest News http://rss.hankyung.com/english/latestnews.xml Economy http://rss.hankyung.com/english/economy.xml Finance http://rss.hankyung.com/english/finance.xml IT http://rss.hankyung.…

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Naver's "X-eye" will filter adult content from live broadcasts


Real quick here. You know, Naver has a lot of neat tech projects going behind the scenes. I read a bit about them but honestly most are too dull to write about here or just not of general interest to an English-speaking audience. But here was something that caught my eye. Naver uses an AI technique called X-eye to filter adult content from image s…

English tutoring gigs on a map


Update : Looks like the site has unfortunately closed down . If you're looking for a part-time English tutoring gig, here's a neat site called  KocoTutor . It displays current listings for English tutor positions in and around the Seoul metro area, but does it on a nice clean minimal Google map. You browse the map, you click the pin, you read …

Friday, August 4, 2017

Naver Whale browser now in English


Naver's web browser "Whale" is now available in English. As of the latest beta version, the browser interface is nearly 100% in English. I'm talking menus, settings, everything. Not only that, but the Whale Store is in English and the formerly-defunct English version of the Whale download site is back and totally revamped. If you…