Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Election special: Funny candidate names on Korean campaign posters


Today is an election day in Korea. A lot of people have the day off, so why not enjoy it with some humorous campaign posters? These are funny mainly because of the candidates' names. Let's take a look. First up we have candidate 강남구 (Gang Nam-gu). Literally his name is "Gangnam District." I really hope he's running to represe…

Twitter emoji for the Trump-Kim summit


Twitter has a special emoji during the meeting this week between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jongun, which shows two hands wearing each country's flag on their sleeves high-fiving each other. 내일(6월 12일) 싱가포르에서 열리는 #북미정상회담 에 전세계의 관심이 집중되고 있습니다. 회담의 성공적 개최를 기원하며 트위터에서 영어, 한국어, 중국어, 일본어로 특별 이모지를 제공합니다. #북미회담 #TrumpKim 해시태그를 활용해 여러분의 바람…

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Map of population distribution of South Korea


Via Reddit, here's one of those neat "every color has 1/4 the population" maps, this time for Korea: Population distribution of South Korea [OC] from r/dataisbeautiful [Embeded from Reddit, so click through if you don't see it] I'm actually pretty surprised by two things here: That they had to include Incheon in the Seoul metro …

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Naver "Alpha" website for experimental apps, labs, designs


Naver has a site, alpha.naver.com , where you can test and play around with new experimental concept apps, leaving feedback and helping to participate in the development process. A little bit like Google Labs, where if the feature is useful and feedback is positive, it can be "graduated" into a fully deployed part of the Naver ecosystem. …

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Links for May 2018


It's time for another link roundup. Stuff I read in May that interested me. Links for May 2018 This Korean life Tourists Fascinated by Korean Freeway Rest Stops  - I've been here a number of years and these places still delight me. Coming from the US, first of all the quality of Korean rest stops is amazing and immaculate compared to the shi…

Friday, June 1, 2018

Korean news loves a good "grilling"


Korean news outlets seem to love to use the word "grill" to describe a hearing or police questioning. I felt like I'd seen this word over and over lately in English language Korean news. It turns out it wasn't just me day-dreaming about sizzling pork.  News sites have used this word a lot lately. It looks like the latest usage wa…

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

2018 English guide to enrolling your kids in school in Korea


Here's a handy English language guide to enrolling your kids in school here in South Korea. I'm sure some of you expat dads and moms with school age kids might find this useful. Per a recent Korea Times article: The Ministry of Education recently released a school admission and transfer guide book in 10 languages ... Among 109,387 multicult…

Friday, May 25, 2018

Using Naver News search RSS feeds (with customization)


Similar to how Google News provides RSS feeds for news topics, Naver News also provides feeds. This can be a great way to monitor a wide variety of Korean news portals and sources for mentions of your company, brand, or interested topic, all from just one simple RSS feed (or several, each of which can have different customized search parameters). …

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Display ordered lists with Hangul numbering


Did you know you can automatically convert your normal numbered lists into a Korean style list, with numbers replaced by the Hangul alphabet? It's pretty simple and adds a neat touch to your Koreaboo image. Forget listing things by 1, 2, 3 and start listing by 가, 나, 다. Here's an example list I just made. milk eggs bread cereal beer cheese kimchi …

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Right click, copy, highlight, etc on Naver blog sites with just Chrome's dev tools


Many Korean sites, especially blogs hosted at Naver or Daum, block a user from right-clicking to open the context menu or from highlighting text to copy or translate. Here is my preferred way of getting around this, which uses only Chrome's built-in tools. No third-party bookmarklets or extensions needed. Just plain old Chrome. The short answe…

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Map your Blogger posts' locations by coordinates


Here's the correct syntax for correctly plotting a Blogger post location by specific known coordinates. If you frequently use the location tag on your Blogger blog posts (whether it's to automatically display a map along with the post, or to showcase places you've been or sites you've blogged about), you may prefer to input a set o…

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Papago site translator now open


Papago , Naver's very decent online translation tool, has finally perfected their site translation. Now you can just paste a link to any site into the box, and it will translate the entire site for you.  It translates in-line in real-time, making it just as smooth and useful as Chrome's built-in translation tool. You can get the same built-…