Autumn colors at their peak, and it rains.
There is no God.
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S. Korea ranks 108th in gender equality
what does japan rank, guyfromjapan?
“Autumn colors at their peak, and it rains. There is no God.”
Hey, c’mon, it’s a weekend! People get time off, why should God work?
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Oh, and first BRO!
First who’s second to say first though not first to say first.
What’s a good source for finding about Korean family names?
God’s on the job in the Ozarks . . .
#4, Japan is at 101st.
Sorry, forgot the source:
Autumn colors at their peak, and it rains.
There is no God.
Well, look on the bright side. It could’ve been worse.
A huge hurricane could have come up and collided with a nor’easter.
I wonder if there will be any foliage left around here after Sandy passes..
And in sporting news Lee Youngpyo was voted Vancouver Whitecaps’ player of the year this week. I saw him play when I was visiting Vancouver last summer (in Vancouver’s ridiculous $400m stadium with a retractable roof but artificial pitch) and he was clearly a cut above the rest. He made idiots out of more than one player a decade younger than him. Were it not for him I think it’s safe to say Vancouver would never have scraped into the playoffs.
I’m with you that there are no gods, but I will take a rainy Saturday over the worst drought in decades (how quickly some have forgotten this past summer) any day of the week.
By the way, for those interested, there is a new television program that just premiered based on the experiences of Lela Lee growing up as a Korean-American in the U.S. Here is episode 1 of “Angry Little Asia Girl.”
If you want to learn more about the fascinating Lela Lee and her “Angry Girl” creations, PBS aired this wonderful documentary a while back.
Another one of my multitasking fails–that’s “Angry Little Asian Girl.”
Hey! Did T-ara rip off Britney???
T-ara (Day by Day)
What do you think?
Pics of least clothing contest for holloween parties in iteawon tonight! Somebody? Some Holer has got to have them!
@15 >What do you think?
To my ear…
T-ara ‘s got a variation on J. S. Bach: Bourree
Britney ‘s has a variation of Greensleeves
or perhaps the other way around?
Loreena ‘s Snow sounds like a combination, with another var. at the end.
Evebn if you are a dog eating atheist, Marmot…believe me. There is a GOD!!!
So I’m up early on a Saturday doing the gym thang and I get a phone call from a kyopo friend who’s also up early doing the Halo III thang. (What a dork.)
Anyway, he’s all excited because apparently there’s this really popular Korean box office hit out there these days called “Masquerade” that’s made it to American shores and is expanding from its initial limited run into additional cities and theaters, including here in SF and in Cupertino.
So I agree to join him and a group of his friends (please let there be at least one or two hotties!) to go and see the movie later this afternoon to see what all the hubbub is about.
Ah, but what exactly does this have to do with MH, you’re asking?
It’s this: Dammit, Bobby McGill, I count on you to keep blokes like me informed on the cultural goings on in Korea. So I totally blame you for me not knowing about this whole “Masquerade” phenomenon.
Is it too much to ask for an occasional cultural update or movie review from time to time? Maybe even a review of the recent BIFF extravaganza?
Dammit, man, some of us cultural illiterates are COUNTING on you!
I tried helping him with some Gaga but he needs some minjok mojo to get the funk in his trunk going. Please get on the beat and find out – I’m interested, too, so you have at least a crowd started. A few more and we could have a demonstration against not being told what the haps is.
Sorry, DLB. Am tied up dissecting the Constructivist Theory approach to relations between Vietnam and China for a PhD program I just started –in hopes that I can someday Masquerade around as someone who knows what he is talking about. I am trying to broaden my Realist tendencies –we’ll see how that goes.
Have now to look to you, ironically back in my hometown Bay Area, to keep me up to snuff for what’s happening in my K-hood.
How bad is it? Didn’t know the Giants were in the October Classic until they won the second game. Now they are three up!
We did run a fine piece on Haps today about the 2nd anniversary of the Busan Book Swap. Great conversation when drinking at The Saloon in North Beach.
With the weather near perfect Jr. & I had an awesome time at Seoul Grand Park taking in the autumn foliage and the animals at the zoo. Super crowded but worth it.
no worries found some
Oh, c’mon Bobby, not the old “I’ve been busy dissecting the constructivist theory approach to relations between Vietnam and China for a Ph.D. program I just started” excuse!
Gawd Almighty, if only I had a nickle for every time I heard THAT one!
Anyway, “Masquerade” turned out to be a very good movie, thank you very much, and one I would definitely recommend heartily. Full disclosure requires that one acknowledge that the theme has been done frequently before, and often better, not least by Akira Kurasawa in “Kagemusha” THREE decades ago.
Nonetheless, a winning flick overall. Observers of the current zeitgeist in Korean politics will have no trouble understanding why this film has taken off in Korea the way it has. The ending is less than accomplished, but the underlying populist bent of the main character is spot on.
Oh, and here in lovely Cupertino, in a late afternoon showing on Saturday, I was the only Causation in an audience of about 200.
Kinda took me back to my early days in Seoul!
P.S. Congrats on your Ph.D. program. I guess it’s gonna be “Dr. BMcG” pretty soon.
Oh, crap…before Jeffery Hodges jumps all over me, I might as well do something I never do and correct the above.
“Causation” should, of course, be “Caucasian.”
Happy now, JH?
Sorry, leguwan, but even The Captain can’t get behind your brainwashed nonsense.
How K-Pop is Taking Over the World:
DLB, I simply figured you were implying the randomness of the remaining hundred and ninety-nine . . .
Man, I spent the better part of my days in Rancho Rinconada –back in the days when Cupertino didn’t want to claim us heathen, when they used to pave our streets with cheap asphalt. My dad is still hanging in there with his faux-Eichler, just off of Johnson.
Air Koryo’s new website for booking flights is so funny –
especially the entry/departure confirmation –
Q, the Korean Wave has crested before it is risen. For the marketing wizards of Brand Korea to think that sophisticated audiences, by which I mean those who are not prepubescent girls or girly boys, in the west will buy into this kitsch, they must be getting paid by the Korean government and it must be their jobs.
For westerners, music is about the music. Gimmicks come and go, and better, the west has seen more sophisticated gimmicky acts that have already came and went. Boy George and Culture Club had much more virtuosity (see the Marmot’s excellent take on virtuosity here and here), not to mention Bowie’s alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust. K-pop is Bananarama, talentless with the help of make-up and baring skin in a made for MTV video.
The west periodically has its flirtations with boy bands, but they (ambiguous pronoun, because I mean both the west and boy bands) grow out of it. If you think The Beatles were a boy band, well they had that thing called virtuosity. Feminine Asian boys will never be accepted by even American middle school males, and American girls will take down their posters sooner than they cancel their subscriptions to Teen Beat
As for the K-wave girl groups, I can wack to them as well as the next perv hiding behind the mask of an educated, professional, father and family man who secretly longs for the days of yore and the lithe bodies that go with the vacuous, compliant faces of submissive Asian fantasies. But once the urge (ahem) subsides, I’m not braggin’ that I listened to K-pop and I’m lookin’ for some place to stash the tissue. Do you hear what I’m sayin’?
In the long-run, the Korean wave will never be more than The Macarena or The Electric Slide.
I know the neighborhood…I have a good Korean-American friend whose daughter goes to Cupertino High (and who’s upset because she wasn’t able to go to Lynbrook).
(For some reason, a lot of Koreans on the peninsula/South Bay seem to have gravitated to Cupertino. I assume it’s because of the good public schools.)
As for your pop’s “faux-Eichler,” I consider him a lucky man. Eichler is one of my favorite architects, and I’ve been angling to buy one of the 100 or so homes he built in Palo Alto for years now. Needless to say, that has been a long-term project.
I believe most Eichlers sell for less than a million, although still at a premium that is not warranted IMHO.
If the stock in Palo Alto is too costly, check out http://www.eichlercma.com
Connection to Korea? Radiant heating was standard – a real rarity in U.S. homes of the era.
East Bay?!?!?! Shudder!
But “Lamorinda” is awesome. My kinda neighborhood!
Well, if one is truly desperate, there are Eichlers in Southern California and Sacramento. I grant you the ones in P.A. are listed for a pretty penny indeed.
Lamorinda is quite pleasant save for the frequent critter incursions and unlike you alas we are not in close proximity to the sea. However, we do get the fog.
paris hilton as the main squeeze in a k-pop video??? just what is this world coming to?
Wow, this is harsh:
Didn’t he meet her parents prior to getting married?
He should have asked to see her childhood photos before getting married.
Remember the allegation that NMH offered KJI 100 trillion won of food aid during their 2007 summit meeting, along with an assurance that there would be no formal objection to the North’s nuclear arms program? Remember how Moon Jae-In said it wasn’t true and that, in any event, no transcripts existed?
Well, it turns out those transcripts exist after all, but the NIS says it can’t reveal them. They do say the NMH administration was given a copy, but – surprise of surprises – they shredded it.
non koreans don’t like k pop? ain’t no white people like it? yeah, right!
btw, i read that that couple from ‘eat your kimchi’ went to the kcon convention in the states and had to have a security detail!
just look at the mayhem in china for one of the members of tvxq. if i were that guy, i would have been scared. just nuts. never thought i’d see tiny korea cause such a stir. my god!
Oh no, people dance Gangnam style amid Hurricane Sandy?:
Trump Extends Deadline on $5 Million Offer to President Obama Due to Hurricane Sandy http://www.eonline.com/news/358462/donald-trump-extends-deadline-on-5-million-offer-to-president-obama-due-to-hurricane-sandy-via-twitter
What’s really twitterworthy is how he is able to extend 15 minutes into 20.
BEHIND THE VEIL: Never-Before-Seen Footage of Secret Mormon Temple Rituals http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6udew9axmdM
Bro, none of this Mormon ritual, other than the secret handshake and the passwords, is a secret. I am not an LDS church member (to my knowledge), yet I’ve been into a newly-constructed but not yet consecrated temple, and they showed us curious Gentiles all of it — the baptismal font, the sealing-ceremony altar, the Celestial Room, the sacred laundry facilities for the Mormon garments, the snack bar and the gift shop — and patiently explained what they do there. All of it. I was earlier given to believe they might have held something back, perhaps the room where they drink the blood of Catholic babies, but this video confirms that the weirdo LDS church members showed us the whole place before they consecrated it.
There’s nothing to it. The Mormon church makes good people and good Americans especially.
Carr must have expert linguist knowledge of ‘reformed Egyptian.’
Why would pathetic Japan sneak into free ride to psy’s popularity, while they have asserted it was youtube fabrication?
They allowed you into the sanctum sanctorum of their gift shop?
holiest holy sh*t! Panasonic records $10billion for the second consecutive year:
I hope it is a gain but it is 10 Billion dollar loss.
Actually “gift shop” was an embellishment. To my knowledge there is no gift shop. But I’ve personally been in all the places visited in this video.
And didn’t they make you wear sanitary booties because you were non-Mormon when you visited? JDense Babatsu notwithstanding, that’s where they get most people.
“But I’ve personally been in all the places visited in this video.”
Yeah, sure, BC, but did they show you the soundproofed torture chambers beneath the sanctum sanctorum where the Mormon faithful torment infidels?
I thought not.
They keep those a very well-guarded secret, so very secret and well guarded that no evidence of their existence has ever been found, making their existence the world’s only perfect conspiracy, but what else could one expect of a religion so devious and deceitful as to construct soundproofed torture chambers beneath the sanctum sanctorum where infidels are ritually tormented?
They made us cover our shoes with some kind of “clean room” shoe coverings. I thought that was because the white carpets were new and they were worried about hordes of people trooping through the place, but now you’re telling me it’s because we were ritually unclean?! The bastards. Oh, how I regret my absentee vote for Mitt Romney now.
Good thing you wore those on your shoes, BC, or it would’ve been off to the torture chambers with you, your very existence forgotten, even by you . . .
While my comment number 56 is being ‘moderated’ . . . let’s keep in mind that it’s a good thing you wore those coverings on your shoes, BC, or it would’ve been off to the torture chambers with you, your very existence forgotten, even by yourself.
There, see? I’ve moderated it myself.
Number 57 is also being moderated! I had no idea I was so immoderate! Well, now that I’m considered the immoderate one, allow me to pose an immoderate question.
Why are we forced to “Submit” whenever we post a comment? I don’t like to submit to anything or anyone. Is this some sort of Muslim conspiracy? Well, I slam everything that calls for my submission!
We should just “Post” our views.
@48. Yes because Hong Kong based Karl Bland is part of an evil plot by pathetic Japan.
Do you even read the shite you put up here, Q, or just think anything that mentions Japan is enough for whatever you wish to twist it into?
yeah they do PR tours bro. too bad it doesn’t change the fact that mormonism isn’t christian and that joseph smith was a pedophile, polygamist, convicted con artist, criminal, and fraud.
mormonism isn’t christian
joseph smith was a pedophile, polygamist, convicted con artist, criminal, and fraud
very christian of you to visit the sins of the father on the descendants, or are you just really the cheap sophist you appear to be
i’m not talking about his descendants bro. i’m talking about him and the outfit he started. we’ve got records on him bro. he was a pedophile, polygamist, convicted con artist, criminal, and fraud.
And he’s not running for president, so who gives a fuck?
his follower is bro.
whether or not people care about it should be up to people themselves. but they should have the facts bro. the media doesn’t expose these facts and make them widely known to the public, just like they cover for obama’s murky background. if it was say huckabee instead of romney running, the media would be hammering him on religion 24/7 bro.
>>”if it was say huckabee instead of romney running, the media would be hammering him on religion 24/7 bro.”
I don’t know that Romney has made statements about his personal religious beliefs that are any more insane than others who believe in a vengeful sky God who requires blood sacrifice because some naked chick ate a stolen apple.
One thing is certain: Mitt Romney has a record as President and CEO of Bain Capital, Chairman of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Committee, and Governor of the State of Massachusetts, and nothing in that record gives one reason to suspect that Romney enforces a religious test on any employee or allows religion to color organizational policies. Has he been lying in wait to spring it on us? Talk about a long game.
Barack Obama has a record, too, alas. That’s why I voted Romney. If Obama had done a good job as President, I’d have been glad to vote for him, but he sucks even worse than I ever would have thought in 2008. I voted against Bush in 2000, but for Bush in 2004, so I’m open-minded that way.
that’s my point bro. if it was say huckabee the media would be going after him constantly about religion. they cover up for mormonism.
all religions and large organizations have a “long game” by definition bro. since their goal is to continue beyond the life of any one man. btw part of the “long game” of mormonism is their belief in the prophecy that they will one day take over the US and establish a theocracy.
I voted against Bush in 2000, but for Bush in 2004, so I’m open-minded that way.
since you voted for that tool gore, i’m guessing by “open-minded” you mean “gay” bro.
#66, Bro: a statement like “Politics are totally directed by worldview. That’s why when people say, ‘We ought to separate politics from religion,’ I say to separate the two is absolutely impossible” is a virtual invitation to the press to shove a colonoscope the size of the Chrysler Building up his ass.
Romney has backed away from and downplayed the influence of Mormonism on his potential presidency.
Gore? Oh no. I voted for one of the fringe candidates that year, based on my disgust at being presented with two dynastic scions on the major party tickets.
at least he’s being honest and transparent bro. as opposed to duplicitous and non-transparent like romney and obama. btw obama has until tonight to finally come clean and meet trump’s challenge.
#70 Jashin Densetsu: “since you voted for that tool gore, i’m guessing by “open-minded” you mean “gay” bro.”
I doubt that he needs someone else to defend him, and perhaps least of all me. If the “gay” comment was meant as some archaic slight, remember he hasn’t attacked you personally.
Have at attacking his views, but if that’s all you got, my bromance is over.
who’d you vote for bro? Buchanan? i didn’t think Bush was that bad in 2000. his platform was pretty good.
The secret ballot is a cherished American right, bro. I’ll give you another hint: It was neither David Duke nor Lyndon LaRouche.
I actually always liked George Bush, but I have a general distaste for political dynasties. If your Dad or husband was President, I don’t care if you get your powers from a yellow sun, you don’t get Uncle B’s vote. Sorry, Chelsea.
It takes a pretty powerful stink to get me off that objection. John Kerry and Barack Obama both do the trick.
so it was Nader or the Libertarian Party guy, right? speaking of 3rd parties, Perot was great. he should’ve won in ’92. he was ahead in the polls but dropped out temporarily because he and his daughter were threatened and that killed his momentum.
“…Perot was great. he should’ve won in ’92. he was ahead in the polls but dropped out temporarily because he and his daughter were threatened and that killed his momentum.
Perot got out of the kitchen because he couldn’t handle the heat. The marathon, meat grinder, iron maiden, knock-down, drag’em out, torture gauntlet that the process Americans run candidates through is the weighing machine; the election is the voting machine.
I intended to vote for Perot until he got out. I thought he would try to get back in, but he had already failed the test.
I intended to vote for Perot until he got out. I thought he would try to get back in, but he had already failed the test.
he and his family were threatened by establishment thugs to produce this effect among the voting public.
Sure, thugs hired by a temp agency that didn’t pay up. They laid off, and he got back in.
he and his family were threatened, he got out, his momentum was killed, he got back in, he slipped in the polls. didn’t need to be threatened again.
Menendez In Underage Hooker Scandal http://www.therightperspective.org/2012/11/01/menendez-in-underage-hooker-scandal/
“New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Menendez has been allegedly caught in a sex scandal involving underage prostitutes, according to published sources.
Senator Menendez, who is divorced, allegedly used taxpayer dollars to pay for the hookers from the Dominican Republic.”
“Senator Menendez would allegedly fly down to the Dominican Republic and have orgies with the underage prostitutes. It is claimed that not only did he have sex with them, but the senator helped direct them to other politicians. It is not known who the others in question are.”
Sure, a multi-billionaire who in ’79 orchestrated the rescue of two EDS employees from Iran and had Secret Service protection as a candidate was threatened by thugs.
Let’s talk something with more credibility: chemtrails and trilateral commission.
obama’s got 6 hours to come clean…..
he and his family were threatened bro. there’s nothing incredible about it.
What was the nature of the threat? Did some thug say “get out, or I’ll cold cock you”?
I remember some nonsense about compromising photographs and his daughter’s wedding. Did those photos have a shelf life of 10 weeks?
He was a loon. He tapped into the dissatisfaction that Americans have with the two-party system, and that was his appeal.
Apple in UK!
I thought Apple ain’t use Samsux parts for iPhone 5:
BTW, I’m planning to switch from Motorola to iPhone 4.
Korean speaking elephant!
Let the fun begin.
Sperwer, this is obviously Korea’s window of opportunity to spread the benefits of Hangul to the animal world by teaching that elephant to write Elephantese using the Korean alphabet, the world’s only scientific writing system, with letters perfectly formed to represent the shape of the mouth as it makes the letters’ sounds.
Critics will object that using Hangul would merely isolate elephants from other species, resulting in the Galapagos effect, such that within a few generations, we would see only pygmy elephants, but these critics should be ignored for their irrational, unscientific bias against Hangul.
Hangul for Elephants!
Elephants know how to paint already.
And according to many, Korean writing looks like a stick-man anyway:
And here is the same stick man being more formal
So that’s the secret to writing formal Korean! I never realized that Jondaemal was so simple. Just wear a hat!
Via an old friend at Cal, let me inform all the good comrades on MH that if you’re interested in this:
but are reluctant to pay the hefty pricetag, the Center for Korean Studies at Cal’s IEAS is having a retrospective on the same subject:
…through February of next year.
Of course, you have to be one of those lucky souls fortunate enough to live in the Bay Area, but….
You must be living outside the U.S. if you think the media has been “covering up” Romney’s Mormonism. Rolling Stone just did a piece on it and the NYT has printed several articles about Romney’s record as a lay church leader. Nothing sinister there, bro — it ain’t Scientology.
Hey, whatever happened to your Ron Paul predictions, bro?
But I grant you were right about Perot, bro.
Great to see the panelists already crankin’ it up.
Coming Tuesday, Americans will elect the next president. Will the majority take a bet yet again, or will they choose a safer route?
Here’s a question: Who do you expect to win (as opposed to who you actually support)?
That BBC clip might play fine in the UK, but all that moaning (“좋아, 좋아”) is bound to turn a head or two if you play it in a Korean office.
Who do you expect to win
Definitely a tough call in this murky election.
Sandy, a strong October surprise, will likely affect voter turnout. In that vein, an economist argues that “not voting may actually be the rational choice.”
Meanwhile, a reader on the National Journal website writes:
I did not vote in 2008 because I could not bring myself to pull the lever in favor in McCain. I think there are/were many voters like me. However, we will be back in the election booths this year and will be voting for Romney. In all the analysis I’ve read, no one mentions this phenomenon.
Saw this and thought of you.
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