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Open Thread: the Year of the Snake Edition

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  • http://www.facebook.com/bobbymc Bobby McGill

    Year of the Snake, as I slither my way into first. Happy New Year ya’ll!

  • http://www.gofundme.com/1k98a8 Jakgani

    The Chinese are a little afraid that the Year of the snake might bite!

  • keyinjpop

    That one for the snake seems legit.

  • keyinjpop

    Anyone got any plans for Valentine’s Day? I’m just going to buy some chocolate and say I got it from a co-worker.

  • http://twitter.com/Sinister_Seoul Sinister

    Happy Lunar NY holers. Anyone watching the Rugby later? Should be a cracking game between England and Ireland tonight.

  • Cloudfive
  • pawikirogii

    robert, wont you please consider getting rid of nested comments? i now most of my time here trying to find new posts. that means this place is work now instaed of entertainment. please get rid of nested comments

  • yangachibastardo

    North East Asia (and not only North East Asia) nightime in 1992 and 2010:

    http://www.corriere.it/Primo_Piano/Esteri/2013/02/10/pop_cina-luci-1992-2010.shtml

    Notice not only the exponential growth of China but also Korea, which seems to be by far the most illuminated country in the area

    (once i read somewhere Korea was in the top 15 worldwide in terms of night lights)

  • Horace Jeffery Hodges

    Sad news in the NYT about some North Korean doctors in Nigeria: “Attackers Kill 3 North Korean Doctors in Nigeria.”

    I was surprised to learn that North Korea sends doctors abroad, particularly to a poor, dangerous part of Nigeria, especially dangerous because of the Islamist group that calls itself “Boko Haram,” which means “Western Learning is Forbidden.”

    Westernized? North Korea? I guess the North never saw that one coming.

    My condolences to the families.

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • yangachibastardo

    Could it be some kind of doctors-for-oil agreement ? Cuba and Venezuela put up a similar scheme

  • mickster2

    Chinese are celebrating the New Year with fireworks, some named Tokyo Big Bang, tweets like ‘send PM2.5 to Tokyo’ etc. Though we’re sorta used to this kind of thing here in Japan, I’m wondering if the pollution is coming to Korea? Or are you safe from its impact due to wind direction or whatever?

  • weiguk

    Look, just because comment levels have dropped like 90% doesn’t mean disquss isn’t a good choice. Disquss is perfect, there are no problems, the sun is shining. Have some kool-aid.

  • weiguk

    oh look..comments disappearing again.. great system..

  • Horace Jeffery Hodges

    Good question. I did a quick check for the possibility by Googling “doctors for oil” and “North Korea,” but found nothing. I didn’t search very long, though.

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • SomeguyinKorea

    With so many streetlights along the highway, even in the middle of nowhere…Not surprised one bit. Heck, you can barely see any stars out in the sticks.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    That’s one of the first steps in becoming a stalker.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    So vague and even counter-intuitive, it baffles the mind that people still believe in such nonsense in this day and age.

  • keyinjpop

    Are you sure? because I’m not interested in people other than myself.

  • jk641

    I don’t know about pollution, but every spring Korea gets hit by dust clouds from China/Mongolia.
    It’s called 황사 and covers everything in fine yellow/orange dust.
    I would suspect that some pollution from China reaches Korea as well.

  • jk641

    yes, it is becoming a chore..

  • bumfromkorea

    I tried using the find function, but it isn’t responsive to the Disqus comment. Is it just me that’s having this problem? Using Chrome, btw.

  • bumfromkorea

    I remember thinking back in 4th grade (in Korea) that it’s just hard for me to accept that there’s only 12 types of fate in this world, and that every single one of my classmates (hell, the entire 4th grade) shared the exact same types of fate.

    Of course, now that I’m an adult, I’ve seen the truth. May the Great 12 God-Animals give you great blessings this year.

  • Jang

    With rice consumption down in S. Korea it’s important to remind everyone of “The Rich Goodness of a Plain Bowl of Rice” http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2013/02/11/2013021100089.html
    “Today, nutritionists appreciate the goodness of steamed rice. It is nutritionally superior to wheat, the staple in the west.”

  • jk641

    It works for me, in both Firefox and Chrome.

  • Arghaeri

    Then why not just say you bought them yourself!

  • dlbarch

    Since “Top Gear Korea” is pretty much the only Korean show I watch these days, I thought I’d share this pretty amazing footage:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EsoWpTO2qg

    On the other hand, I gotta say, if the first thing one utters upon witnessing a helicopter crash is an effeminate “어떻게,” then someone on that show needs a shot of testosterone pronto!

    DLB

  • pawikirogii

    1. sorry for all the errors. i really need to start proof reading more.

    2. you know, you can really get a very jaded view of the expat if you only come to places like this place where the expat is constantly complaining about koreans this or koreans that. i’ve mentioned this guy before but i want to bring him up again so as to provide some balance because not all expats are malcontents. the guy’s name is mike aronson and he’s made quite a few interesting videos about korea. he even writes korean pop songs! the korean government has taken note and thus made him an honorary citizen of seoul. i found his videos dealing with his increasing awareness of korea to be quite interesting ie no interest in korea until he stumbled onto a k-pop song. that song would ultimately take him to his current home somewhere in seoul. have a look.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/p00lman

  • http://www.sperwerslog.com/ Sperwer

    Top Gear Korea? Please. A wan imitation of the real thing. (Ditto the US version). I do hope they are paying the BBC a hefty fee for “borrowing” the concept.

  • http://www.bcarr.com/ Brendon Carr

    They do.

  • jk641

    Perhaps b/c you want to pretend like you have a valentine?

  • http://kuiwon.wordpress.com/ Kuiwon

    Breaking News – U.S. Geological Survey reports a seismic disturbance in North Korea, centered near the site of two prior nuclear tests.

    According to CNN

  • http://www.gofundme.com/1k98a8 Jakgani

    Tuesday 11:57am (1 hour ago) http://tiny.cc/ozldsw

    SEOUL (Reuters) – Seismic activity has been detected in North Korea with an earthquake measuring 4.9 magnitude registered by the U.S. Geological Survey, in a move that South Korea said indicated that Pyongyang had carried out a third nuclear test.

    The quake occurred at 11:57 a.m Korean time (0257 GMT) and South Korea’s presidential office said that it was “likely” a nuclear test, according to the South’s Yonhap news agency

  • Cloudfive

    In other news, Bill Gates AMA on reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/18bhme/im_bill_gates_cochair_of_the_bill_melinda_gates/

    redditors are so much wittier than youse guys…T_T

  • Jieun K

    Anyone got any plans for Valentine’s Day?

    Figuratively (or literally if you like) uplift your valentine with a serenade.

  • http://kuiwon.wordpress.com/ Kuiwon

    In other news, Korea has no cardinal eligible to vote in the next conclave. Cardinal Nicolas Cheong Jin-suk, the only Korean cardinal, is above the age of 80. The current Archbishop of Seoul, Andrew Yeom Soo-Jung, has not yet received the red hat.

  • dlbarch

    Well, you know the field of Korean Studies is maturing when a sociology professor at U.C. Berkeley decides to turn his attention to K-pop:

    http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/ieas/event_ID=?event_ID=62542

    It used to be that Korean Studies were focused on pretty much three areas: security, economics, and history. Not any more, I guess.

    Oh, and yeah, Prof. John Lie is Korean. Interesting transcription of that last name.

    DLB

  • http://www.sperwerslog.com/ Sperwer

    At least, Lie looks to connect the subject with more substantive ones; most of the kpop culture stuff is a farrago of jargon-laden po mo / gender studies / “literary” studies rubbish – not to mention the tired old nationalist triumphalist cant

  • cactusmcharris

    Alright, people, you know you haven’t had enough Psy to put you completely over the edge, have you? No, I thought not. So, public service time, since Spring’s some months away and you need to make the winter blues be gone.

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=218840454907759&set=vb.274667072581834&type=2&theater

  • cactusmcharris

    I guess you could make the argument that this is more evidence of my quadrophenia (past). I’m catching the 5:15 now.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v124/cactusmcharris/DSC03707_zpsef060be6.jpg

  • nannasin smith

    I guess the North never saw that one coming.
    NE5532

  • http://perthairporthotels.net.au/ calvin kelly

    last year was year of the snake and yes, people are much wiser than before. so many things happened and you cannot deny the fact that the society has grown that far.