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. …