Episode 10: The Brain Deutschland Show

Episode 10: The Brain Deutschland Show

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Beef.  It’s Not What’s for Dinner.

 

PANELIST
Brian Deutsch (Brian in Jeollanam-do)

MAIN TOPIC
Does Korea care what we think?

NEWS AND STUFF
PD Notebook’s bout of Yellow Journalism (The Marmot)

Turns out much of the arguments in the TV show that scared Koreans about U.S. beef were faked. But correct the errors and apologize? Are you nuts?

Korean Supermarkets Won’t Sell US Beef. Time To Be a Dick. (The Marmot)

Photo of the Day: Cow Something (Serious Eats… from China)
   

Beware the Virus of American Culture! (The Marmot)

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO WHAA?

Cute. Very Cute. (The Marmot)

A Korean blogger and online artist has created some characters to represent “the outrages committed by foreign teachers in Korea after they’ve smoked pot and drank.”


More of the same.

Brian weighs in on the cartoons

When Sexual Violence Prevention Education Goes Wrong (Korea Beat)

One professor in the Suwon area appears to have a serious case of foot-in-mouth disease. The Hankyoreh also covered this story and I love their illustration.


“It doesn’t apply to murders over the age of 13. Sex criminals should be killed.”

“carry a small knife or scissors with you and stab a sex criminal’s eyes. Practice on a doll,” and “if it seems like you’re going to die then start screaming that you have a lot of boyfriends and take off your clothes.”

Korean Cops Not Taken Seriously By All (Korea Beat) aka, More Excuses for Drunk Old Men

 

But you can fake drunkenness to go to a job interview (Through Whitey’s Eyes)

Lamest excuse EVER. (A Geek in Korea)

(A better excuse, I guess, would have been that he was drunk.)

The Colors of Seoul (Korea Beat)

Seoul now has 10 official colors

(Now, someone had to have been drunk to come up with this)

ENTERTAINMENT

Choi Hong-man’s “Special” Friend (The Joshing Gnome)

The Good, the Bad and the Weird at Cannes (PopSeoul)

10-minute standing ovation. Like the term “kimchi western.” Will be in Korea on July 17th.

EX-PAT COMMUNITY

Welcome Foreign/er!

Foreign/er–a blogger who has been blogging for months leading up to her move to Korea has finally actually arrived in Korea itself

ATEK vs. KAFLA (Brian)

More Visa Options for Foreign Professionals? (Metropolitician)

TIME WASTERS OF THE WEEK
What’s that smell?

OMG!!! Hilarious song on Junior Naver.

Biggest drawing in the world: GPS-generated self portrait


Drawn by taking a GPS device in a briefcase all over the world and tracking its progress.

BBQ Donut Pontoon Combines Rafting and Grilling (Serious Eats)

Frikkin’ Awesome!When are these coming to Korea?You know this is the right market for that.


PLUGS
Ex-Pat Living (The Korea Herald)
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NEXT WEEK
Topic: Starting a Family in Korea
Panelists: Cathy and David Harris (SeoulLife.net)

MUSIC CREDITS
Main Theme and Teaching Tips — Ben McPherson – “2wksnyc”
News — satya – “Silk Route Album Mix”
ExPat Community — Deyo – “Retro90210fun”
Entertainment — George Wood – “8 BIT Junkie”
Things That Make You Go Whaa? — cjacks – “Candyland”
Jen’s Teachin’ Tips — Ben McPherson – “2wksnyc”
Time Wasters of the Week — EV Boys – “Kickin’ It in Geumchon”
Jacques Grant Rewired
Uma Floresta
Conconquidore Truidore
Deyo
George Wood
Ross Crean
Mike Davids
curious hands
El Soter
Joe Sibol
Outside
Robin Stine
Bit Rationale
Pan

Episode 9: Lao-Ocean-Girl

Episode 9: Lao-Ocean-Girl

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The Korean Police Force

PANELIST

Soutthida (aka lao-ocean-girl)

MAIN TOPIC
Lao-ocean-girl – need you more?

NEWS AND STUFF
Korean Beef Under Scrutiny

Korea slow to qualify itself as mad-cow-free

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Jeju Bus Crash Causes Investigated

 

Memorial service held for Hyocheon HS students killed on their field trip.

Why are students destroying the floral arrangements?

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Russians Arrested for Dealing Marijuana in Busan

Foreigners Can Use Korean-Only Sites Now?

IMMIGRATION ALERT

Smell the Fear!

Immigration allowing more flexibility in employer choice for E-2 visas?

Korea Association of Foreign Language Academies complain

Spiking English Teacher Costs, Cheap Gyopo the ‘Next Best Thing,’ and Throw the Sex-Crazed Pot Smokers Out

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO WHAA?

From the lazy police files…

How Not to Deal With a Problem

Instead of Police, Why Not Subcontracted Muscle?

Young guy smacks around old woman selling kimbap at a rally, caught on tape.

 

Commemorating the Gwangju Democratization Movement

Bad taste

Not to be outdone , the Hankyoreh gives us this cartoon, from May 17

Gwangju in Comparison

Matt’s (Gusts of Popular Feeling) 2005 trip to the Gwangju commemoration vs. Brian’s (Brian in Jeollanam-do) trip.Hint: a lot more pictures of American flags and cows.

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Celebrity scandal tests South Korean adultery law – International Herald Tribune

ENTERTAINMENT

A beef with online porn (Gusts of Popular Feeling)

Noting ironies over the concern of children and for children over U.S. beef and pornography while ignoring the fact that traffic fatalities account for 46 percent of deaths for children ages 1 to 14.

Seoul’s War on Porn (Marmot)

The government is putting together a taskforce that would force Internet portal sites and P2P businesses to block porn and other illegal information.

Controversy Brews Over Forged Artwork
The painting that the back of the 1,000 won bill is based on is a forgery.

Wonder Girls Nearly Cause Deaths by Stampede

TIME WASTERS OF THE WEEK

still love you (Elyse Sewell)

Cheese milk and the pushy chocolate coating cake

This is AMAZING. (A Geek in Korea)

VIDEO: An arrow through an arrow!

Escape of the 비상구 Man (Korea Beat)

Image result for The Solar Power Bra

Finally — The Solar Power Bra (East Windup Chronicle)
The green, high-quality cotton bra features a waist-mounted solar panel that powers a small, chest-mounted electronic billboard or any other electronic device you choose to connect. A pair of reusable drink containers attach to the bra cups, allowing the wearer to reduce consumption of aluminum cans and plastic bottles while increasing bust size. When not in use, the containers can be collapsed and stored in small pockets in the cups.

I Want a Varsity Letter in Cheese Racing (Serious Eats)

Fun game to get you kicked out of a galbi restaurant.Place processed cheese slices in their packaging on a grill and see which one explodes first.The plastic wrapping is surprisingly resistant to the heat.

The Lobster Claw Game, Right Next to the Gum and Diet Sodas (Serious Eats)

The Most Awesome Ice Cube Tray Ever (Serious Eats)

4th Annual Expat Beautiful Garage Sale

From lao-ocean-girl

PLUGS
Ex-Pat Living (The Korea Herald)
SEOUL Magazine
ZenKimchi.com
KOTESOL

NEXT WEEK
Panelist: Brian Deutsch (Brian in Jeollanam-do)

MUSIC CREDITS
Main Theme and Teaching Tips — Ben McPherson – “2wksnyc”
News — satya – “Silk Route Album Mix”
Immigration Alert – midliFeCrisis – “Space Gunn”
Things That Make You Go Whaa? — cjacks – “Candyland”
Time Wasters of the Week — EV Boys – “Kickin’ It in Geumchon”
Bit Rationale
DJ Topshelf
High Alert Status
Jack Jeffrey
Musicos Unidos de Latino America
Little Red King
V__R_4_3va
daveski
Kathy Reynolds
Ledbetter
Blue Valentine
David Gielan
Outside
Tea Leaves
Crush
Joe Sibol
Chris Townsend
ISON
The Kokoon

Special: A Mother’s Worst Nightmare — The Tale of Michael White

Special: A Mother’s Worst Nightmare — The Tale of Michael White

(Recorded Tuesday, May 20, 2008)

This is a special edition of the SeoulPodcast. We talk to Stephanie White, the mother of Michael White, who died recently under suspicious circumstances at a sauna near Daegu.

For more information:

Facebook page

www.mightiemike.com

www.mikewhitesmom.blogspot.com

If you knew Michael and want to write a memorial to him, or you want to write a letter to the editor, here are the email addresses:

Seoul Times – seoultimes_at_gmail.com

Korea Herald – khooran_at_heraldm.com

Also write to the editors of your hometown newspapers and any media outlet you have a connection with. The Korean press tends to pay more attention when their international colleagues are looking over their shoulders.

UPDATES: A web site has gone through the trouble and posted a transcript of the interview.

A group is working hard to translate it into Korean.

Episode 8: Tales from the Dark Side

Episode 8: Tales from the Dark Side

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Korean Baseball

PANELIST
Rowan Hall, Director, ESL-Planet Recruiting

MAIN TOPIC
“Tales from the Dark Side” – Being a recruiter in the Korean ESL market

NEWS AND STUFF
Achoo! *Cough* *Cough* *Chirp* *Tweet*

Some advice and warnings from the New Zealand embassy on how to handle bird flu.

Foreigners Arrested With Yaba

“THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO… WHA…?” KOREAN SOCIETY AND POLITICS
Branding the mad cow

Matt at Gusts of Popular Feelings examines the branding (the 미친소) of the whole mad cow thing and its effectiveness.

Reporter: “Expel the Foreign Jackasses”

Korea Beat translates a Korean sports writer’s diatribe against foreigners rushing the field at games. He says it’s “racist” and then goes on a racist diatribe on how foreigners should be punished.

Elementary Teacher to Student: “Thank Me For Beating You”
Read the comment section on this one.

TIME WASTERS OF THE WEEK

Rain gets mistaken for Karl Yune

Comment from Ranting Englishman Says:
May 11th, 2008 at 11:58 pm e

Hi guys, loving the podcast just thought I would unravel the mystery of the Sexy Mong!

My wife (Korean) was listening in. Apparently, Mong also means “dream”, so I guess Sexy Mong is the Korean for Wet Dream! 

Way To Conflate, Seoul Subway System (Joshing Gnome)

Closeness on the Seoul Subway 001

Translation: Extreme physical contact makes everyone uncomfortable! * Over-the-top public displays of affection make others grimace [in disgust]. * Intentional physical contact may even carry a legal penalty. The ad goes on to label begging, ped

UBLove’s bad idea.

A TV show for one of the more notorious dating sites in Korea

And if you can’t get a date, how about…

A Refreshing Big Screw

Image result for big screw ice cream korea

PLUGS
**New podcast subscription features**
Ex-Pat Living (The Korea Herald)
SEOUL Magazine
ZenKimchi.com
KOTESOL

NEXT WEEK
Topic: lao-ocean-girl
Panelist: Soutthida (pronounced: suh-tee-da)
(aka lao-ocean-girl)

MUSIC CREDITS
Main Theme and Teaching Tips — Ben McPherson – “2wksnyc”
News — satya – “Silk Route Album Mix”
Things That Make You Go Whaa? — cjacks – “Candyland”
Time Wasters of the Week — EV Boys – “Kickin’ It in Geumchon”
WeakLazyLiar
Shannon Richardson
Everyday Jones
Adam Schmitt
David Gielan
ellis reed
Ledbetter
Sharif
Dave Gwyther
Blue Valentine
Kathy Reynolds
V__R_4_3va
REGGAE FAR EAST
Little Red King
Guinea C
Bit Rationale
cjacks
Devin Anderson
DJ R-Qubed
High Alert Status
daveski
Hop On Pop
ISON
Joe Sibol
megaphone
Tea Leaves

Episode 7: Amanda Takes Off…

Episode 7: Amanda Takes Off…

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Haechi!

PANELIST
Amanda (Amanda Takes Off…)

MAIN TOPIC
Amanda Takes Off…

NEWS AND STUFF
AI Reaches Seoul

We now have an outbreak of avian influenza at a bird farm in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul. Authorities have confirmed it to be the H5NI strain that can be fatal to humans. The lesson of this story? Chicken and beef can kill. Eat dog — it’s good for you. And s

FAN DEATH! It’s What’s for Dinner…

MBC and its “in-depth” reporting scares the Korean public even further about mad cow, claiming that 94-percent of Koreans have a “special” gene that makes them more susceptible to mad cow disease.

Cattle Farmer Commits Suicide After Attempting to Beat His Family to Death

Korean media tries to connect it to beef imports

From Western Confucian:

The 41-year-old farmer, who is only identified by his surname Lee and lives in the town of Wolbong-ri, Nasan-myeon, Hampyeong County, was found dead in his home after drinking herbicide at approximately 4:40 a.m. on May 5. Immediately before his suicide, Lee allegedly attempted to kill his 36-year-old wife, who is from the Philippines, and his three children by beating them with a farm-machine implement. The four members of his family were sleeping at the time.

But then I read this: “Local residents said that, Lee, who started raising cattle some 10 years ago, had been aggrieved over the loss of all 18 of his cattle since August last year, when the spread of brucellosis forced him to slaughter 14 of the 18 and sell the remaining four.” The article later states that “[a]fter South Korea agreed to fully resume imports of U.S. beef, the prices of Hanwoo fell by 300,000 won (US$298) in a week to 400,000 won per animal.”

Korea To Tighten Visa Regs for Chinese Students (Marmot)
The Foreign Ministry says it will tighten entry visa regulations for Chinese students entering Korea:

“We are going to talk with the related authorities over steps to toughen the issuance of entry visas for Chinese students and other Chinese people,” said Moon Tae-young, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The tough stance comes as public anger shows little signs of subsiding over violence committed by Chinese demonstrators on South Korean activists protesting Beijing’s crackdown on Tibetan separatists, and its treatment of North Korean refugees.

Investigations into Group Sexual Assault Case at Daegu Elementary School (Marmot)

“THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO… WHA…?” KOREAN SOCIETY AND POLITICS
Seoulites, Meet Your New City Symbol

Syphillitic Haechi on Wheels

Boys Will Be Boys… Even When They’re Provincial Officials Overseas
The incident where Gyeonggi-do officials molested a nude female statue at Nike headquarters in Portland, Oregon.

Don’t fear the sculptures

Maybe this is where the Gyeonggi-do officials at the Nike headquarters thought they were

Foreign Investment in Korea Continues to Plummet (Korea Law Blog)

From Michael Hurt: The first thing that Korean slogan and campaign planners need to figure out is that Korean automatically being the hub of anything was only a truism before there was international plane travel. Because now, people can fly OVER Korea wit

Survey: Korean Women Have Low Sex Drives

4 in 10 women aged 20 to 39 in our country have been found by a survey to be suffering from low sex drive. According to the internet survey of 504 women aged 18 to 52 conducted by a research team led by urologist Son Hwan-cheol and obstetrician J

Maybe this would help…

Constitutional Court to Review Criminal Adultery (Marmot)
We can thank Ok So-ri for something other than providing tons of quality blog material — the naughty actress’s petition to the Constitutional Court challenging the constitutionality of Korea’s criminal adultery law will be heard Thursday.

TIME WASTERS OF THE WEEK
From Skinny Steve:

By the way, two big events this

weekend are the Seoul Wine and Spirits Expo and the Seoul Friendship

Fair. I’ll hit the wine expo on Friday and Friendship Fair on

Saturday. Both were great events last year. In fact, I’d call them the

“must see” events for… well… uh… fans of good alcohol, so you

have a couple of excuses to come up to Seoul for the day if you feel

like it~^^

Who Feels Like Gettin’ Used for PR?

2nd BBB International Friends Day at Cheonggye Stream. Dress code: Red (Asia), Blue (Europe), Yellow (North America), Green (South America), White (Oceana), Black (Africa)

Rain dance-off with Stephen Colbert – rain, bi –

rubbish mate

More strange garbage in the plastic bags at Elyse Sewell’s shared home

Risqué Japanese Boob Pudding (Serious Eats)

20080505-jboobopen.jpg

PLUGS
Ex-Pat Living (The Korea Herald)
SEOUL Magazine
ZenKimchi.com
KOTESOL

NEXT WEEK
Topic: Tales from the Dark Side
Panelist: Rowan Hall, Director, ESL-Planet Recruiting

MUSIC CREDITS
Main Theme and Teaching Tips — Ben McPherson – “2wksnyc”
News — satya – “Silk Route Album Mix”
Things That Make You Go Whaa? — cjacks – “Candyland”
Time Wasters of the Week — EV Boys – “Kickin’ It in Geumchon”
Deyo
Kathy Reynolds
DJ R-Qubed
Bit Rationale
cjacks
Platinum Life Productions
KlassicK Productions
curious hands
Joe Sibol
ISON
Father Rock
Jack Jeffrey
Kaveh
Little Red King
Adam Schmitt
Darryl
Blue Valentine
ellis reed
Dave Gwyther
Everyday Jones
Musicos Unidos de Latino America
antardhyan
Shani
Vegitation
High Alert Status

Episode 6: Do Something (Steve Ward)

Episode 6: Do Something (Steve Ward)

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Chinese Students for a Free Autonomous Tibet

PANELIST
Steve Ward (SeoulSteves.com)

MAIN TOPIC
How do you find something new to do?

VoteFromAbroad.org

NEWS AND STUFF
Olympic Torch Wrap up

Oh, Those Wacky Chinese Demonstrators
Good rundown of everything

YouTube – Chinese Violence to Tibet People in Seoul

Videos of Chinese Protesters’ Violence in Seoul

The Olympic Rock Throwing Competition Winner: China

Korean Government to Deport Violent Chinese Protesters

So, Six Pot-Smoking English Teachers, a Korean Drug Dealer and an Illegal African Alien Walk into a Bar…
Yep, we have another public bust of dumb fucks in Ilsan.Expect repercussions.

Sungnyemun Arsonist Gets 10 Years | The Marmot’s Hole

“THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO… WHA…?” KOREAN SOCIETY AND POLITICS
No More Taking Photos of HS Girls’ Thighs, I Guess

Unless you’re the…

Sports Chosun, Epitome of Class
A story on U.S. soldiers raping high school girls is headlines with suggestive pictures of schoolgirls’ thighs

Korean Cops: “Raped? Not Our Job”
Disgusting case of Seobu cops ignoring a family’s report on their teenage daughter being reportedly raped by a 30-something year-old ajosshi.They said it wasn’t in their jurisdiction and sat on it for three days before handing it over to the Ilsan police, who took swift action and arrested the guy.

This on top of the cops ignoring the Korean-American guy being beaten by a gang for protecting his wife from being raped by them.

A Year in Mokpo: Parade of the Stereotypes
A lesson in using the right plastic bags for your trash

Seoul Audiences: or, How to Buy Seats for a Classical Music Concert in Seoul, and What I’ve Seen of Late
From GordSellar.
– Concerts in Korea tend to play more conservative music (nothing beyond 1890)

The people dressed to the nines are the most likely to be rude and loud

Super enthusiasm from the audience, even between movements (and especially if a Korean is soloing)

Comparison to pansori shows, where people are encouraged to have less inhibition and shout encouragement during the performance (sounds like 15th century Globe Theatre)

Buy tickets online, and choir seats are the best

Hehe – I Called It!
Rain’s second attempt to become an international star—learns (very stiff) English for Colbert.Also, gets introduced as his Japanese character instead of his real name at an event for the Speed Racer movie (
Hahaha, all look same.)

TIME WASTERS OF THE WEEK
Hard, On English
A diary from a while back (September 2007) from Stafford at The Chosun Bimbo.

Annalog: Tips for Dudes Visiting Seoul

Shoppers – Gmarket in English

Budae Jjigae recipe

Wolfhound

Gecko’s

Smokey Saloon

Thunder Burger

Sh-wing video

Jonathan Coulton (not Coulson)

PLUGS
Ex-Pat Living (The Korea Herald)
SEOUL Magazine
ZenKimchi.com
KOTESOL

NEXT WEEK
Topic: Amanda Takes Off
Panelist: Amanda (Amanda Takes Off)

MUSIC CREDITS
Main Theme — Ben McPherson – “2wksnyc”
News — satya – “Silk Route Album Mix”
Things That Make You Go Whaa? — cjacks – “Candyland”
Time Wasters of the Week — EV Boyx – “Kickin’ It in Geumchon”
Crush
curious hands
ISON
David Gielan
ellis reed
Blue Valentine
Pan
Bit Rationale
Platinum Life Productions
Kathy Reynolds
Jack Jeffrey
antardhyan
Kaveh
Little Red King
REGGAE FAR EAST
V__R_4_3vA
Vegitation
Devin Anderson
DJ Topshelf
High Alert Status
Heather Sullivan
Shannon Richardson
Sharif
The Kokoon
Adam Schmitt
Circle in a Square
Darryl
Ledbetter
KlassicK Productions
Tyson Emanuel
Shani
Jonathan Coulton