• WMunny

    First! (When I should be out and enjoying the weather)

  • TopHatandTails
  • Sumo294

    Do I need a special permit to put up a moderately sized wind turbine–about 40 feet high? Does my wind turbine have to be insured?

  • Sumo294

    Another question: I located my limequat trees–how do I obtain permission to get the trees into Jeju? Place of origin: Spain.

  • redwhitedude

    Robert I enjoy looking at your photo blog but I notice a disproportionate number of them are taken around Gwanhwamun which are nice. Would it possible to get more variety such as photos of the eastern coast of Korea. Photos about places like Jeonju and Gwangju in Jeollado. I think this will make your photo blog much more interesting.

  • Sumo294

    Has anyone heard of Jindo dogs guarding chickens? Or is giving them the care of chickens a very bad idea?

  • http://www.rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    Of course a disproportionate number are taken in and around Gwanghwamun. I’m doing a 365 Project, and I work in the Gwanghwamun area.

  • redwhitedude

    What’s the 365 Project? I noticed that you work around there you alluded to it in the photo blog. But it would be nice if you had a chance to go to other cities more frequently.

  • Koreandumbdumb

    The US showed strong anti-China stance. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-warns-china-to-avoid/1128082.html

    I do not think it is wise. Is the US heading toward another VietNam? Is Korea the place? Would SK fall just like VietNam? Should the US soldiers die for a lost cause?

    A lot to ponder. VietCongs had chinese weapons. Many believe China was behind VietCong. Can China start a war against the US using NK? I certainly believe it is not only possible but a certainty. In a very near future.
    The US will delay the wartime command and the decision will be announced in October. But nothing is certain till the announcement comes.
    Very exciting summer for sure. The world cup to boot.

  • A Korean

    Jindo dog guarding chickens, eh…

    Sumo, your project sure sounds interesting. Please keep us posted, with lots of photos if feasible.

  • A Korean

    Those of you who can watch (and understand) Korean TV talk shows, have a look at the latest 썰전 episode. It’s hilarious when they talk about election candidates with criminal records (thanks JW).

  • JW

    Candy Koh, proud Korean-American, is making a big splash in Korean news. You can directly read her open letter to the citizens of Seoul right here:

    https://www.facebook.com/kohrea

    I’m not sure if this would have been possible if she was raised in Korea. What do you think?

  • JW

    That show is da bombs. You’re welcome!

  • Koreandumbdumb

    Don’t misunderstand me. I am no Chinophile. I believe SKs should line up with Fuji monkeys. But most SKs along with all NKs seem to prefer China. It will an interesting situation when NKs armed with Chinese weapons attack SK. What should the US do? What Monkeys will do? Would the Chinese win (and prove they are the rulers in this neck of the woods)? Would they use nukes if they are cornered? WWIII to come. Soon.

  • Koreandumbdumb

    Different from most SKs, I am glad that Japan is becoming a military player in this region. When NK backed by China attacks SK and young people run, the Japanese should land in Korea and fight to save SK. So, SKs should embrace Monkeys. With Yaskuni and all. Otherwise, SK will be swallowed up by China. The US even with tough talk will not fight another VietNam war. Very smart people, Americans are.

  • eddienj

    40% of them. Although to be fair, they are on the list even for minor violations such as driving with a suspended license, etc.

  • JW

    If we include those that didn’t get caught, I’d say it’s safe to say 50% or a little more. Remarkable stuff.

  • eddienj

    Just a “little bit” right of center are we?

  • redwhitedude

    “Fuji monkeys”??? Are we resorting to racial slurs now? The problem with Korea is that a lot of the historical emotion leads people to side with China however anybody who can think clearly without letting emotion get in way knows what China stands for.

    The problem with those Koreans is the fact that the US is using Japan as the center of the deterrent against NK and China. So emotionally certain Koreans will not be able to see past that. Which creates problems in getting Korea to line up with Japan and US against China and NK.

  • redwhitedude

    Japanese troops in Korean soil may not be a good idea.

  • silver surfer

    Beautiful pictures. It’s nice to see some decent countryside in Korea.

  • JW

    Here are two sentences which are very very scary for breadwinners and new parents to reflect upon:

    “As the price of computers drops further and as firms have [already] done a lot of substitution of skilled labor for unskilled labor, the substitution of computers for skilled labor will start to dominate. That is the period we are entering now and it will start to put wage and employment pressure on skilled labor which until now experienced a lift from computers.”

    Better get cracking on saving more of what little disposable income I have (thanks to the hell of American daycare). Yay.

    http://continuations.com/post/86367478145/computers-and-skilled-labor-substitutes-or

  • JW

    And here’s a good article on the hell of American daycare — titled The Hell of American Daycare.

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/112892/hell-american-day-care

  • brier

    Yesterday was hot. Got my brain baked in the noon day sun out at Hangang park. Not sure about other parts of the park, but the Yeouido section sure could use some trees planted throughout the broad lawns. Nobody is playing sport where a field would be needed. The locals clearly like to picnic and avoid the sun at the same time. Large shade trees dispersed in random every 50 meters or so throughout the lawns would serve the purpose, save the grass from looking withered by the sun plus the trees would look great after 50 years too.

  • JW

    BTW, anybody who wants to can view the episode at the dabdate link below. This site is legal (at least for all the korean shows and drama). They are currently having a temporary period of no charges for all of their material (but it’s practically free anyway otherwise — they charge like 3 bucks for a month’s worth of viewing or more)

    http://dabdate.com/player.php?idx=37004&pr=1

  • GerryBevers

    My catalpa tree is now in full bloom. I mowed my yard yesterday, and then soon afterwards the blossoms started falling like snow in a cool breeze we had yesterday afternoon. You can see them there on the ground.

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/t1.0-9/10438524_10204100920422779_537296623696726773_n.jpg

  • cactusmcharris

    This important cultural milestone can and should be noted.

    http://gawker.com/gangnam-style-video-breaks-youtube-record-with-2-bill-1584186931

  • Sumo294

    I am trying to get the land fertile again–its basically land that has been stripped of all its intrinsic healthiness. Free ranging chickens on the land for about three years should put some bounce back into the land. I asked around and got land permission on two other plots that I intend to raise organic egg layers on–fed on alfalfa and buckwheat. Renting a small backhoe runs about 400 bucks a day. I can fence in the chickens with raised earth beds that rest on harvested small trees and brush. Having Jindo dogs guard them would make it a productive project–plus I get to play with the dogs for time to time and its gives them a job to do instead of being bored.

  • bigmamat

    I refuse to ever click on it again. I’ve watched it twice. Once was On Demand so that didn’t help the uptick. I don’t hate it. I just don’t get it.

  • bigmamat

    The pics are gorgeous. I need to leave the house. We had a marsh walk just a few miles from home. It had fallen into disrepair and I haven’t been there in several years. I’m going to check it out. The weather has been perfect.

  • Sumo294

    Poor Yuna–she was likely heartbroken when she read that her hero the “god of study” is a jerk.

  • redwhitedude

    Looks like the prime suspect in the ferry disaster wants to play where’s waldo. Maybe he got pointers from north Korean spies on how to go into hiding.

  • redwhitedude

    “The problem is my music video is more popular than I am,” he said. “So I’ve got to overcome my music video first.”

    Duh! That is the whole purpose to be remembered for the music video first and foremost.

  • redwhitedude

    The music video is parodying the rich.

  • redwhitedude

    Looks like chaebols are donating to help out the victims of the Ferry disaster. Maybe they heard my complaint about them.

  • RElgin

    Politics always seems to bring out the worst in everyone.

  • RElgin

    A smart Chindo dog could do it so long as you don’t pay him in chickens.

  • RElgin

    Those damn weasels will tear up chickens if you don’t keep some dogs around so I think that is a sound idea.

  • pawikirogii

    he’s made over 20 million dollars from that song. i’m sure he’ll enjoy getting over it each time a royalty check arrives! btw, that guy from ‘you from the stars’ has made near 18 million dollars in the last few months just from endorsements of chinese products. being a k wave star can be lucrative.

  • RElgin

    . . . lucrative only if the artist owns their product.
    Music chabeol take most of the profit and their artists can not even do concerts for money since their sponsor will either prevent this from happening or take the money.
    Busker, Busker is a good example of this. They can not perform the songs that have become popular with CJ Entertainment getting the money.
    People have to realize that few artists get the money if they are under a lousy contract and most are.

  • pawikirogii

    most artists make money from endorsements.the figures i cited are accurate. about ten years ago, i saw an interview with the members of 80s boy band, new kids on the block. they sold hundreds of millions of records but made little from all that. they said they made most of their money by endorsements. the same is true of korean stars today.

  • cmxc

    Judge aquits man accused of rape because his penis is too-curved to have been inserted without help:
    http://asianewsweekly.net/2014/05/30/south-korean-court-acquits-rape-suspect-curved-penis/

  • bigmamat

    I understand all that, but is it worth a billion views? Like I said I watched it twice that was enough. I certainly didn’t have to go out of my way to see it.

  • brier

    Today’s rain is sort of fizzling out. Just off the KMA website looking at the rainfall data for the year thus far. (geeky, I know) Comparing the 30 year average of rainfall (1980 to 2010) for the months from January through May to what has actually fallen this year, we are down about 50% (number applicable to Seoul’s chief weather station). Dry, but mostly still green in Seoul. Sure we will make it up in July and August with pounding downpours.

  • WMunny

    Korean stars get their money from fried chicken commercials.

  • redwhitedude

    Only over 20 millions?? I was expecting a bit more considering how big it got.

  • redwhitedude

    Nope. But it must have struck a right chord with a lot of people.

  • redwhitedude

    So this means you have free rein with Korean women as opposed to other women??

  • bigmamat

    It was funny even if you didn’t know what he was singing about.

  • http://kimchilaw.com/ Kimchi Law Blog

    In case you’re interested in seeing North Korean business laws online updated as of summer ’12:

    http://kimchilaw.com/north-korean-laws-2/

  • MikeinGyeonggi

    I’m gonna shamelessly jump in here to note that I just started using Tumblr for my photos as well, so in case anyone is interested – http://mjhphotos.tumblr.com/ Still having trouble deciding on a theme.

    I do like Robert’s page as well. I don’t mind the Jongno emphasis. It’s one of the most photogenic parts of Seoul.

  • redwhitedude

    I found it amusing.

  • JW

    So Obama traded 5 high value militants for an American POW who went AWOL or maybe even deserted his unit as first hand witnesses are claiming? I’ll be charitable and say this is probably a part of a bigger strategy being implemented, but man, it looks pretty awful.

    http://time.com/2809141/bergdahl-veterans-deserter/

  • redwhitedude

    Will it come back to bite Obama? That’s the question.

  • eddienj

    50,000 police looking for him and they can’t find him. Sad.

  • redwhitedude

    No it’s actually 49,999 police napping and only 1 actually looking for him.

  • A Korean

    So KBS (News?) labor went on strike, and the management seems to be playing hard ball.

    And the public don’t give a rat’s ass. Hm…

  • Seoulgoodman

    Yes, I think the days where the public could be easily swayed to support the unions may be long gone.

  • Seoulgoodman

    Well, I had an experience today that doesn’t make me regret one bit my decision to leave Korea after having been here nearly 20 years. I’m suffering from a terrible migraine today, so I thought going outside to get some fresh air would help. So, there I am, waiting for the elevator, when I hear a family a few floors up, grandma, kids, parents. They were loud. You’d think they had just won the lottery. Well, I told myself, they’ll probably quiet down in the elevator. But, no. They were just as loud. It’s as if I wasn’t there. Imagine being struck in a 6X6 metallic box with half a dozen screaming banshees while you’re suffering from a migraine.

    Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that Koreans in general are rude, it’s that given the population density, you’re more likely to run into people who are, and that can ruin your day.

    I’m counting the days. It’s getting so close, I can almost taste the airline food.

  • Seoulgoodman

    That or some old codger will steal your dogs and chicken.

  • Seoulgoodman

    Get into an accident with someone who’s 1) driving with a suspended license and 2) uninsured. You won’t think it’s just a minor violation then. My wife could have been killed by one of those criminals. By some stroke of luck, she was uninjured (the cops told her they had never seen someone walk out of a wreck like that). To add insult to injury, its our insurance that had to pay for the repairs on our car (since he was uninsured) and the damage was so extensive that be basically got peanuts for the car when we sold it a couple of years later (and it wasn’t some old beater, either. We had bought it new).

  • redwhitedude

    Plus nowadays there are many different sources of news. They should just privatize this channel.

  • brier

    It’s a cake and eat it to society.

  • Sumo294

    I am worried about that–tasty chickens and a tasty dog for the old man.

  • Seoulgoodman

    The problem isn’t that there are other sources, but rather that KBS is no better than the alternative.

  • redwhitedude

    So. Just privatize it. There are more sources and despite being no better than KBS it shouldn’t hurt.

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  • RElgin

    Most Korean boy bands do not control their endorsements either. They see little of that revenue since the bulk goes to management.

  • Seoulgoodman

    Maybe they could try to improve KBS so that it’s in the same class as the CBC or the BBC…

    Just kidding. That will never happen.

  • GerryBevers

    What happens if more Americans are taken prisoner before we leave Afghanistan? We have already given away five of our best bargaining chips.

  • Bob Bobbs

    Driving while suspended in BC will get you a $200-2000 fine and/or up to 6 months in prison. It’s not minor.

  • redwhitedude

    If they had brains that is what they should be thinking instead of political BS that goes on. Maybe they need to team up with foreign news outlets like AP, Reuters, CNN, BBC, ITN and so forth to help them out. It’s about the “truth” and “accuracy”.

  • Seoulgoodman

    Here, too. The guy ended up in jail because he couldn’t pay for the damage to our car and the other car he hit, an Equus.

  • Seoulgoodman

    If only KBS was just news. Don’t forget, there’s other programming, which isn’t always great…not that there isn’t very little worth my time on other stations, too.

  • redwhitedude

    Just fix the news.

  • cmxc

    Hal-abeoji (Korean very old man, or grandfather) Menace to Korea Continued

    Child molester nabbed near a school
    http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=2990121&cloc=joongangdaily|home|newslist1

    This fucking psychopath Hal-abeoji is a previously convicted sex offender and proceeds to go on a rampage sexually molesting 4 young girls from an elementary school playground. He not only molested them, he also took pictures with his phone.

    What kind of penalty does such a bastard deserve?

    But this is Korea, so what kind of penalty will he get?
    A slap on the wrist, if that.

    We must understand his “unique culture”

  • A Korean

    Actually, it looks like the people don’t care one way or another, sympathize with neither the labor nor the management. Many of the Naver comments telll them to shut the whole operation down along with all the drama and stop collecting fees.

    Not entirely surprising. KBS has been, and is seen as, the water-carrying dog for the sitting administration. People expect no better from the management, and they laugh at the union for complaining all of the sudden about dancing to the administration’s tune, as if it’s something new for them.

  • GerryBevers
  • Bob Bobbs

    Fair enough.

  • Seoulgoodman

    New Kids On The Block were created by Maurice Starr (the same guy who discovered New Edition). He was their manager, choreographer, producer, and he also wrote most, if not all, of their songs. So, yeah, the band members made more money from endorsements than from “their” songs.

  • dlbarch

    Well, if exit polls are any indication, it looks like Mayor Park breezed to an easy re-election in Seoul after all, and Korea’s resilient democracy shows there are still some things Korea’s chaebol can’t quite buy.

    Or to be less charitable, like father, like son!

    DLB

  • redwhitedude

    Just privatize KBS. Or have a foreign broadcaster take it over. Sell it to disney 😀

  • redwhitedude

    An assist should be credited to Chung’s son with comments about Sewol victim.

  • Tapp

    He’s not a deserter until he’s tried and convicted. Absentee trials are illegal in the US. He was also given a promotion while in custody which seems to combat the belief that the military did not even consider him to be a POW.

    My personal opinion is that these 5 targets were not prosecute-able for whatever reason. Maybe they don’t want a challenge to the use of torture or they don’t want exposure to other aspects of their detainment. There are very few ways for the administration to release prisoners that some say have been been illegally (at least inhumanely) detained for a decade. “Trading” them allows the government to sidestep the toxic-as-hell Gitmo conversation once again and still release prisoners that they couldn’t prosecute in the first place. All of this is speculation, of course, Obama might have just completely dropped the ball.

  • JW

    “He’s not a deserter until he’s tried and convicted.”

    Going by that logic, OJ isn’t a murderer. And it looks like POWs get promoted in the same manner as non-POWs.

    ” POW personnel continue to be considered for promotion along with their contemporaries. ”

    http://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil/Home/Benefit_Library/Federal_Benefits_Page/POW__MIA_Entitlements.html?serv=147

  • Tapp

    Yep, you are correct. In the eyes of the law, OJ is not a murderer. The promotion thing was to point out that it would seem strange to give a promotion to someone who you considered to be a deserter. I didn’t mean to insinuate that no POW would be promoted. The military’s hands might also have been tied because of a lack of conviction. I don’t know enough about the system to say if promotions are guaranteed with time served. I know there’s a process to deny a rank, but I’m not sure how much evidence is required, how high is the burden of proof.

  • JW

    Promotion was probably granted as a matter of course due to time served, and because there wasn’t an official change in his status. It really doesn’t bear upon the question of whether he was a deserter as people normally define the term. And we know that the correct definition of “deserter” is being used here since the people who are most vocal and angry about this guy are fellow soldiers who are supposed to be prejudiced in his favor.

  • eddienj

    Yes and Chung didn’t fool anyone by going around taking photos of himself cleaning public toilets. People aren’t that stupid. How many billionaires since they were born have EVER cleaned a toilet?

  • redwhitedude

    He should have visited the victims. That would have been a much smarter PR than silly toilet cleaning.

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  • Sumo294

    This is indeed serious. The man needs to die.

  • Sumo294

    Pawi–sushi was originally kimchi–they stole it from Koreans! You are right on. Modern sushi is only a two hundred year old tradition. I did not know this fact till now. But now–white guys in Cali are making sushi–Americans are stealing from the Japanese who stole from the Koreans who share a lacto fermentation food culture from proto KievRus Viking culture. Sigh–so much to learn–so much reading left to do.

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  • Sumo294

    There is a gardener’s tool called ‘rooting hormone’ does anyone know what that is called in Korean?