Thursday, October 18, 2018

Tribute to Jo O-ryeon


You may know about "Marine Boy" Park Tae-hwan, the darling South Korean Olympic swimmer. But you probably haven't heard of the godfather of Korean swimming, the "Asian Seal," Jo O-ryeon. Tribute to Jo O-ryeon (1952 – 2009) So I got curious after typing up an off hand comment in my last post , and did some quick googling abou…

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

How big is Korea? Maps of South Korea on top of other countries


Tonight, instead of catching up on sleep, I was playing around on  The True Size Of ...  which lets you drag outlines of countries on a world map to see how they compare. All the sizes are apparently accurate and whatever and it gives you a pretty good idea of how these places stack up relatively. The takeaway of course isn't how small Korea is,…

Simple fix for natural (reverse) scrolling in Lubuntu 18.04


Here is a simple fix for enabling natural (reverse) scrolling in Lubuntu 18.04 Background The default trackpad scrolling behavior in Lubuntu was driving me crazy. When I scroll my fingers up, I want the content to move upward, i.e. I want to scroll down the page. The default on Lubuntu, even in 18.04 is still the opposite. I feel like a fighter pi…

Friday, October 12, 2018

Naver reveals cleaner new home screen, with voice assistant access and content reorganization


It looks like the Naver homepage refresh is almost done. Naver released a promo video showing how the app will look. Nice and clean. Here's a more upclose view: Here's the short video. Watch for yourself. [Direct link  or embedded below] You can see in the video that in addition to quick access to all basic Naver services, that cute little …

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Google Maps Street View car schedule in Korea


Google has a page that shows current worldwide street view coverage . Here's the map for Korea. It's interactive, so you can zoom all around the country to see if your area has been covered. Here's an upclose shot of the capital area. You can see little dots of coverage elsewhere even out in the sea, usually where special collections we…

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Seoullo 7017 to get major 7-leg expansion


This is pretty amazing. The elevated pedestrian walkway over the Seoul Station area is due to be massively expanded, with 7 new legs branching off into neighboring areas off from the main original portion. Soon you'll be able to walk up in the sky around a huge portion of downtown Seoul. Here are the details from a Seoul City press release: Th…

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Naver and Google logo doodles for Chuseok 2018


As usual, Naver's homepage will feature some cute doodles to celebrate Chuseok. This year (2018) they'll be from an artist that goes by "Kimi & 12" (pronounced "Kimmy and ill-ee"). They're all cute and of course the good old rabbit and moon trope shows up again. Here's a preview of this year's logo doodl…

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Naver Blogs get fresh new default theme skins for 2018


Naver is releasing a whole set of new updated and responsive blog templates for their service Naver Blog. This is hot on the heels of their refreshed Google Blogger-style theme updating  from 3 months ago. They use the same sort of minimalist and clear style. Here's how some of them look: They look pretty nice. I like this design style that Nav…

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Lookalikes 4: Na Ah-reum and Lee Mi-Do


Asian games gold medalist in cycling Na Ah-reum looks a little like actress  Lee Mi-Do. I think it's the eyes and eyebrows. And as far as I know they're both Jeollado people so maybe that has something to do with it. Congratulations to both on their recent achievements: Cyclist wins monumental gold; baseball team reaches final Actress Lee Mi…

Monday, September 10, 2018

Warning: KakaoTalk 8.0 update kills Groups feature


KakaoTalk recently got a big update to version 8.0 which is supposed to include the "delete sent messages" feature and a big revision of the UI (mainly by placing the menus at the bottom now). However some guy on Reddit pointed out , and I just confirmed on my own phone, that the Friends Group feature has been removed from this update wit…

Recommended: "Life at a Korean law firm"


Over at the Korea Times, they've been running a series the whole year so far called "Life at a Korean law firm, or at least my journey to it" (now simplified to "My life at a Korean Law Firm") by longtime expat Jacco Zwetsloot. As of right now there are 32 parts and counting, where he recounts his memories of coming to Kore…

Banking Tip: change password to keep Korean account active


Since my shtick here is offering tips, here's a useful one that popped up in my feed last week I felt deserves some more attention. This from KEB Hana Bank Facebook page. Our online banking system suspends your online transfer service if you do not make any online transfers for 12 months. You can prevent this service blockage by just logging i…

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Bookmarklet for getting RSS feeds from Blogger labels


All labels on a Blogger blog have their own corresponding RSS feed . This makes it a great way to subscribe to specific topics on a blog rather than the entire blog. Unfortunately Blogger does not natively make these feeds discoverable by most RSS readers. So I always felt annoyed to have to go manually edit the URL to get at the feed. So instead I…

Prevent text flowing under image in Blogger mobile templates homepage


I currently still use a variation of Blogger's "Awesome Inc" template. If you use one of these slightly older themes too, you may notice that the post summaries on your blog's mobile version tend to have the text bleed under the image. It looks a bit ugly. You probably want the text to stay to the right of the image, as in these …

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Links from August 2018


Time for another good old link roundup. Interesting stuff I read about Korea in August and a little bit from early September that you might be interested in too. I've been swamped this week and don't have time to go through and add my usual hilarious and engaging commentary to these links so I'm just providing a big fat list of links. …

Friday, August 24, 2018

Costco Korea to exclusively use Hyundai Cards starting May 2019


Big news for long-term expats: Costco Korea has officially announced that they will switch from Samsung Card to Hyundai Card starting next May. Previously, Costco customers were required to pay with Samsung Cards (or cash) but following speculation that Costco were considering switching to Hyundai Card , they announced today via their website and a…

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Naver widgets affected by new Android API changes


Real quick FYI, I noticed a few posts from Naver recently about changes they're having to make to a couple of their apps due to new stricter guidelines for background services running in Android 8 Oreo and beyond. I noticed three apps so far have had changes made to accommodate: Naver app's home screen widget which was basically access to m…

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Naver Map features updated Joseon-era palace imagery


Naver Maps is featuring some updated high-quality indoor streetview-type imagery to celebrate Liberation Day. Several palaces and museums from Chosun times can be examined in full 360 panorama mode in Naver Map. Most imagery is from the last month or so and is highly detailed, so you can zoom in. Here's one of several promo images Naver highli…

Korean Liberation Day (광복절) 2018 commemorative logos from Daum, Google, Naver, Nate


Today is Korean Liberation Day (광복절), celebrating the kicking out of the Japanese and reinstatement of a Korean nation after the colonial period. Or what we call " V-J Day ." Just for fun, here are some of the commemorative logos the portals have put up for today. This day has a partisan divide of course. Right-wingers tend to favor this d…

Sam Hammington's son William in LGU+/Naver commercial


Your favorite foreigner-in-Korea, Sam Hammington, is in a new commercial promoting a collaboration between LG U+ TV service and Naver's translation service Papago. You can use a special smart-TV version of the Papago app to get translations if you're a U+ customer. The name of the service is " U+tv 아이들나라 2.0 " (Kids' Country 2.…