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.

Unlike today, Haeundae then was a rather remote village, almost an hour by car from the heart of Busan, where I worked as a translator at the Busan Cultural Center of the U.S. Embassy.
Shortly before noon, when we ― about 30 in number ― became a little tired with somewhat hard games under the warm sun and were ready for the picnic lunch prepared by some of the female employees, a police patrolman approached us and started talking with our group's leader.
The leader then shouted, asking us to return to the bus that brought us to the picnic site that morning. We all wondered what had happened and began to leave, some grumbling while others wondered if we had done something wrong.
It soon became clear when we returned to the bus why we had to give up the rest of our long-awaited picnic. Our leader solemnly informed us that earlier in the morning (June 25, 1950) North Korea launched a full-scale armed invasion of South Korea across the 38th parallel, which had divided the peninsula since August 1945.
Sunday clashes developed into full-scale war

According to SKB, there were initially two ways to connect to Facebook in Korea: via a direct connection to Facebook’s server in Hong Kong and via rerouting to a local cache server in Korea operated by local telecom provider KT ... Facebook currently pays KT to use its cache server ... SKB argued that Facebook deliberately cut off its link to KT’s faster cache server last December and has since been clashing over network maintenance issues. KT is currently the only Korean telecom firm that has set up a cache server for Facebook. Others, such as SKB and LG Uplus, have been accessing Facebook’s content using KT’s network. SKB has argued that Facebook blocked SKB from KT’s cache server, diverting its users to the slower Hong Kong server.
[News Focus] Facebook in dispute over Messenger app, network maintenance costs in Korea

Tip: be careful pronouncing "Easter" (부활). With a lazy tongue it comes out as 불알 which is a very different thing. Shock and laughs result.

SuperAction channel apparently celebrating Korean election with a "Good Presidents" marathon. Now: Air Force One. Next: Independence Day

What's the only drink size they allow in North Korea?
A supreme liter
What's the only drink size they allow in North Korea? : Jokes

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