Thursday, November 23, 2017

Some 2018 (really 2017) Suneung 수능 English questions


Today was Suneung day again here in Korea (although 2017, this test is for the upcoming Spring 2018 college entrances so it officially gets called the 2018 test). This year's test was remarkable for being delayed a week after the Pohang earthquake - the first time in history it's been delayed. Here are four of the questions from this year&…

Monday, November 20, 2017

Naver Whale browser "snows" for first snow of the year


Today the Seoul area experienced its first snow of the season , and Naver's web browser Whale celebrated by making it snow on the new tab page.  I tried it this afternoon to confirm. If you run the mouse cursor around the screen, the snow will respond with a sort of hover/get-out-of-the-way response.  Some users on Twitter (including the offici…

Naver Whale browser Linux version released


Naver has released the Linux version of their Chromium-based web browser, Whale. You can download it either as a .deb package installer file (63 MB) from their download page alongside the Windows and MacOS versions, or from their repository.  The direct link to the current version is: http://update.whale.naver.net/downloads/installers/naver-whale-s…

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Naver opens Papago Gym, rewards for contributing translations


Naver's translation program "Papago" has opened Papago Gym, in which users can contribute translations to improve the system, in a gameified way. To try it, visit  https://papago.naver.com/gym/training and log in with your Naver account. Right now it's only available on desktop. You'll be shown a text in Korean or English and …

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

High Noon: Korean English levels meme


To celebrate the first ever delay of the Suneung , here is a funny meme picture that humorously illustrates many Koreans' perceptions of how English gets used. As the level goes "up," a simple statement like "It's high noon." becomes so convoluted and abstract that it's nearly impossible to comprehend. The drawing to…

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Korean government moves to Open Document (.odt) standard


That's right. The Korean government is going to start using the Open Document format (.odt) for official government documents and archives. Say goodbye to .hwp files! Sort of. Individual public servants can still use Hangul Office to make all the .hwps or .docs or .ptts they want in their line of duty. Plus this idea's been floated for 3 y…

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Recommended: "US Marine's love in the time of war"


Recommended read : US Marine's love in the time of war I always enjoy Robert Neff's history articles. This one gives a small glimpse into one soldier's life. I couldn't help but imagine this same scene playing out again today if the North ever really does strike. Sure, Seoul has more bridges now, but it also has vastly more people. …

Monday, November 6, 2017

Praise for "Train to Busan" from big names


Randomly I came across this Tumblr post that highlights some big name praise for the Korean zombie film Train to Busan and its director Yeon Sang-ho. I didn't know Stephen King, Guillermo del Toro, and Edgar Wright had enjoyed it so much. Here's that post embedded below: https://yesrazorbladecupcakes.tumblr.com/post/164644510409/train-to-bu…