Friday, December 12, 2014

Facebook's Korean Top-10 of 2014


Real quick here, Facebook put out a Year-in-Review site filled with Top-10 lists, including two focused on Korea. Nothing special or surprising here, which makes me wonder if it's been edited or filtered at all, because if I were to compile a Top-10 List for Korea 2014, it would certainly include Kim Yuna but where is any mention of Sewol , es…

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Air Quality card in Google Now in Korea


I noticed a new card appearing yesterday in my Google Now stack, an Air Quality card: Must have been that breezy winter storm that cleared the air, because that seems to be the cleanest I've ever seen it. I've blacked out my location, which was accurate to the "-gu" level. I quite like this feature, as I used to have a bookmark …

Monday, November 17, 2014

Korea Times RSS feeds by section


I actually enjoy reading the Korea Times . The articles are sometimes poorly-written, but they do a good job of catering to the dishevelled, wild-eyed expat news junkie. One thing I really do admire in them is that Korean articles my coworkers discuss are, within a day or two, up in English on their site. So it's no surprise that I don't w…

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Feedly vs Inoreader, my thoughts (part 2)


Note: This is Part 2 in my humble series, as I agonize over whether to commit to Feedly or Inoreader as my RSS reader of choice. See  Part 1 ,  Part 3 ,  Part 4 , and  Part 5  if you're interested.  Revisiting Feedly vs. Inoreader It's been a few months since my last post on this topic , so I thought I'd revisit these two fine products. I think…

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Follow allkpop.com with these RSS feeds, never miss your K-pop fix


Everyone knows I'm a big fan of RSS feeds. Last year, the K-pop fansite Allkpop removed their main RSS feed as part of their site redesign project . But don't worry, K-Pop fans, you can still follow them with the simplicity and non-clutter of RSS in a few other ways. Here are some RSS subscription-ready links you can use to subscribe to the…

Monday, October 27, 2014

Turtle dick


A co-worker and I were talking about what kind of animals we had as pets when we were young. He said he had a sort of turtle, but that he felt "turtle" must not be the right name in English. It's not a 거북이 , he insisted: this one is called 자라 . So, naturally, we turned to Naver Dictionary for help .  Here are the results: Fascinating. Le…

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Kim Jong Pig in the Palace of the Sun


If there's one thing I love, it's cultural understanding and harmony. That's why I was so pleased to read the Google reviews for Kumsusan , the "Palace of the Sun" in North Korea were Kim Jong-un lives. Here is a screenshot of reviews in English. Now, let's compare those to the Korean reviews: Some of these gems I've…

Spartan Brass Band at Bupyeong Pungmul Festival


I visited some friends last weekend and we walked through the Bupyeong Pungmul Festival ( 부평풍물축제 ). " Pungmul " is a style of traditional percussion music enjoyed by farmers in old times. It's a bit too clangy for me. My favorite part was actually these guys: Say hello to the Spartan Brass Band, a group from the 8th Army Band out of Yong…

Friday, September 26, 2014

Panda Express now in Korea (in Myeongdong, near Seoul City Hall)


Everyone's favorite Americanized-Chinese food chain, Panda Express, has just opened a branch here in Korea. It's located in the basement of the Lotte Department Store at Euljiro (the really nice one, adjacent to the Lotte Hotel), right between Seoul City Hall and Myeongdong. It looks like the best place for more info is the Panda Express …

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Convert between SRT <> SMI subtitles on Ubuntu linux


I have a Korean cable box (from LG U+) with a USB stick input, which is convenient for watching movies but a pain for subtitles because it seems unable to play the common .SRT format. Instead, only subtitles in the SAMI (.SMI) format are supported. Here's a very simple Ubuntu tool for converting between the two. It uses the command line, but w…

Friday, September 5, 2014

KakaoTalk's new Kakao Blog RSS feed


Kakao has launched a new blog , highlighting new services and some corporate info. You can follow the blog via email, but also through RSS or ATOM, though these links are not listed prominently on the blog site itself. http://kakaoblog.kakao.com/?feed=atom http://kakaoblog.kakao.com/?feed=rss2 RSS is such a great technology. It's a shame that si…

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Feedly vs Inoreader, my thoughts (part 1)


Note: This is Part 1 in my humble series, as I agonize over whether to commit to Feedly or Inoreader as my RSS reader of choice. See  Part 2 ,  Part 3 ,  Part 4 , and  Part 5  if you're interested.  When Google Reader died, I was heartbroken. Luckily, like a rebound lover, Feedly was there to pick up the pieces and make me feel all warm and safe. Howe…

Displaying your Blogger posts' location tag on mobile templates other than "Dynamic Views"


Vanishing Location Information on Mobile I'm a big fan of tagging my Location on Blogger posts, especially on my travel blog, where I review restaurants, document my trips with tips for other travellers, etc. Blogger adds your location tag to the post in the post footer by default, which is great, but more and more people are browsing blogs …

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Blogger Map widget, for showing geotagged blog posts on a map


This post will show you how to add a side-bar widget to your Blogger/Blogspot blog. The map will display pushpins at each of your location-tagged posts' locations. Click the pins, and a small card appears with the title, date, and a link to the post. If you'd like the cards/pins to show the full post entries, click here for my other post . U…

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

RSS feed for Reddit searches


I'm a big fan of RSS and Reddit . I follow all my subreddits in Feedly , and it turns out that you can also follow Reddit search results via an RSS feed. All you need to do is add ".xml" to the Reddit search results URL, right after the word "search". For example, here's a Reddit search query for professional actor Georg…

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Dragnet (1987) Korean subtitles - 드라그넷 한글자막


I'm a fan of most anything with Dan Aykroyd , so I decided to watch the 1987 film Dragnet with some Korean friends. But my usual source of subtitles only provided the Korean subtitles split apart two files (CD1 and CD2) which wouldn't work on my TV. So after some hassle , I was able to combine the files into one. I don't know how exactl…

Saturday, July 5, 2014

How to fix the graphics drivers on a Dell Inspiron 1501 on Windows 8


I use an old Dell Inspiron 1501 that I recently upgraded to Windows 8. Although it's an old computer, most all the features of Windows 8 worked fairly well right after installation. I had had only one problem: the graphics drivers. This laptop has a ATI IGP Radeon Xpress 1150 graphics card, but the Windows 8 system was using a generic driver f…

Thursday, June 26, 2014

How to know if Homeplus or E-mart is open today


If you want to know exactly when Homeplus or E-mart is going to be closed, a very simple Naver search will tell you precisely, and you really don't even need to know Korean to do it. Seriously, it is SUPER simple, and it's what all the Koreans I know do. Don't bother trying to count which Sunday it is today, or if today's a specia…

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

How to save people's KakaoTalk profile photos


To save friends' KakaoTalk profile pictures, you don't have to rely on taking screen-shots. There are actually several apps that can save the photo files to your phone's storage, and they all work basically the same way. What's the best app for this? My vote goes to ProfileAlbum. There are several apps that do this, but my favourit…

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Kakao Story now available on the desktop


KakaoStory now has a desktop version via the web called, not surprisingly, KakaoStory Web (카카오스토리 웹). You can find it at http://story.kakao.com

Kakao Talk blog feed (RSS)


UPDATE 2014-09 : KakaoTalk have now launched a full-fledged English blog. The link below is still active though, and seems to focus more on the "fun/social" aspects of the service, while the new blog is more about features/services.    Kakao have their main Korean-language blog here , with an RSS link here . It has lots of information on t…

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Set Naver as your browser's default search engine


To set your browser to use Naver as its default search engine (i.e. it will bring you to a Naver search results page when you type search terms in the URL bar aka "omnibox"), simply add a custom search engine in your desktop browser's settings using this URL string: http://search.naver.com/search.naver?where=nexearch&sm=osp_hty&a…

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

"21st Century Family" (21세기가족)


I'm usually not a fan of K-drama, but for this I made an exception. "21st Century Family" (Korean title: 21세기 가족) is basically a Korean version of ABC's "Modern Family" and pretty funny. It features that wild old guy with the nice (fake) hair from those health insurance ads as the Jay (wealthy, conservative, cranky grand…

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The eeriness of the Sewol ferry's name (세월)


The ferry that recently sunk in Korea was named Sewol, or 세월 in Korean. I had not thought much about this until a Korean friend pointed out how creepy a name it is, given the circumstances. 세월 literally means "time" but with a connotation of its movement; i.e. the passing of time. I've tried to come up with a good translation. Let…

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Yellow ribbon to support Sewol ferry disaster families & victims


You may have noticed this image appearing as Koreans' KakaoTalk or Facebook profile pictures recently: This is a "Yellow Ribbon Campaign" (노란리본 or 노란리본 달기). The text says 하나의 작은 움직임이 큰 기적을 which means something like: One's smallest movements can make a huge wonder, or The smallest steps can have a huge impact, or If we all do a litt…

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Naver's English-Korean Translator now available


Update 2016-Sept:  Also see my post on Naver's newly released official translation app "Papago". Original post below. Naver has released a Translation program that appears very similar to Google Translate . It operates, much as Naver Dictionary , as a mobile-friendly website at this link: http://m.translate.naver.com Here's what it l…

RSS feeds from Daum Cafes


It sometimes isn't obvious, but most Daum Cafes have RSS feeds available, which follow this format: Homepage: http://cafe.daum.net/CAFENAME RSS feed:  http://cafe.daum.net/xml/rss/CAFENAME

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Google Maps Pokemon found in Korea


Today for April Fool's Day, Google Maps had a Pokemon challenge . As best I could find, there were two Pokemon to be found in Korea. The first, which I found at Gangnam District Office in Seoul (map link), was Raichu. In my excitement to capture him, I only took a screen cap after he'd been caught:  The second was Luxray, which I found whil…