Saturday, April 23, 2016

Hani RSS feed back online


If you read the Hani regularly, you'll be pleased to know that they seem to have solved the issues with their RSS feed. Previously, their feed directed to a host at Feedsportal ( http://kr.hani.feedsportal.com/c/34762/f/640643/index.rss ) which was constantly triggered as an attack page by Google's Safe Browsing feature: Status of:  http://kr…

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The yellow ribbon 🎗 is "Remember 0416" in Unicode


Somebody snagged the 🎗character in honor of Sewol-ho . A remembrance ribbon which commemorates the deadly ferry sinking that took more than 300 lives two years ago was designated as a computing text standard, the Unicode Consortium said Wednesday. ... The yellow ribbon, previously called the "reminder ribbon" under the code "1F397,&qu…

EPIK fail, part deux: Photoshopped white girls in EPIK promotional imagery


UPDATE April 22 : They actually photoshopped out an perfectly decent white male teacher to replace him with a cleavagey white female stock model. See below.  This post is really just a response to Matt over at Gusts of Popular Feeling. In his latest entry , he pointed out (and correct me if I'm wrong, because I'm going to paraphrase using my,…

Sunday, April 17, 2016

NYT: Seoul Celebrates the Home of an American Hero


This isn't normally the kind of thing I would post, but it's an interesting story and I hadn't seen much about it in the K-blogosphere. It's a NYT article from last month about the nearly-forgotten house of an American man in Korea back during the Japanese occupation period. Pretty interesting read and not too long either. Here'…

Friday, April 15, 2016

Use "Save to Google" in Korea


Real quick here, if you're in Korea and want to try Google Save, or "Save to Google" (a currently still semi-official bookmarking and saving service -  read more here ), you may notice that although the Chrome extension works here, the actual page for managing your saved items ( google.com/save ) is giving you a 404 Not Found. I even tr…

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Nice Pojangmacha Pic


I know this is a weird thing to post during a nice cherry blossom springtime, but I wanted to take a second to give a shout-out to  Paul in Uijeongbu , who took the photo that is my current desktop background. There's something about this scene that really puts me at ease every time I close all my windows and tabs. Such a warm, quaint, inviting-…

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Fix Korean online banking, shopping character-encoding problems


If you try to use online banking in Korea, or to buy things from online using a Korean debit/credit card, you might sometimes find that the pop-up messages and purchasing windows have some jumbled garbled text that looks like gibberish. Obviously you need to know what to click or what it says. For example, you might see something like this: This u…

Sunday, April 3, 2016

The School of Life, in Seoul


I just noticed this, but if you're in Korea and you're a fan of Alain de Botton then you're in luck. He's opened a Seoul branch of The School of Life , which features workshops and classes on better living, mental wellbeing, a cafe, and of course School of Life merchandise and books. Here's his announcement video on the opening …