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SeoulPodcast #30: Hole-y Marmot, Fatman!

SeoulPodcast #30: Hole-y Marmot, Fatman!

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Adobe Photoshop – North Korea Edition

Put a healthy Kim Jong-il in all your pictures.  See?  Look.  He’s healthy.

Everything’s fine.  Really.

PANELISTS
Robert Koehler (The Marmot’s Hole)
Kim Hogg (Socius)
Derek (The Midnight Runner Podcast)
Robert Wicks
Jennifer Flinn (Fatman Seoul)

MAIN TOPIC

Have the baffling headaches in Korean English education gone unchanged in forty years?  Are schools reliable windows into Korean society?

A must-read: an account of teaching English in South Korea in the sixties.

Wall Street Journal on South Korea’s college entrance exams.

Admission test omission

Exam Hell Is Over – for 2008

EXPAT COMMUNITY

 

Dong-A Ilbo: Xenophobia on the Rise

Major Crackdown on Foreigner ‘Slums’

Foreigner Taxis?

Americans can stay here visa-free for 90 days. (Wow, I feel almost Canadian)

Seoul High Court: HIV Not Justifiable Reason for Deportation

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO, “WHAA?”

Anonymity fail. Moon Geun-young’s much talked about secret Santa behavior

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NEXT WEEK
Topic: 크레지!
Panelist: Grace Park (Crazy Korean Cooking)

MUSIC
Main Theme — Ben McPherson – “2wksnyc”
Job of the Week — Bit Rationale – “Orthodox Pleasure”
ExPat Community — Deyo – “Retro90210fun”
Things That Make You Go Whaa? — cjacks – “Candyland”
Bit Rationale
Brolax Bones
Byron Scullin
DJ Topshelf
Conconquidore Truidore
Darryl
Jennifer Logue
Mark Jungers
Kathy Reynolds
Michael Martin
Michael Stephens
Outside
Sundown Caffeine
Tea Leaves
Crush
Seraphic Panoply

SeoulPodcast #29: Riding Lespos and Anyang Prostitution

SeoulPodcast #29: Riding Lespos and Anyang Prostitution

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(Translation)

Apples 3,000 won

Fresh Oysters

Squid 5,000 won

PANELIST
Joe (Joe Seoul Man)

MAIN TOPIC

The Life of a Seoul Man

Melamine Scandal Kills Pepero Day

NEWS AND STUFF

Telegraph: Obama Ate Dog

Korean Negotiator: FTA Renegotiation Would Harm Confidence in US

See It Now: Christmas In Korea Video – CBSNews.com

South Korean side won’t renegotiate the KORUS FTA.

Candle-Light Vigil Organizers Arrested

Canada & South Korea Begin Beef Import Talks

EXPAT COMMUNITY

Hangul Reader Download

More difficulties for Canadian English teachers in Korea.
Some interesting remarks from the Canadian Embassy on the controversial VSS required for E-2s.

Gyopo to Submit Criminal Records, Drug Tests?


 

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO WHAA?

Whacked out crime news
Gwangju boy pushes toddler from 13th floor of apartment.

Man kills teacher over beating he got 21 years ago.

 

Prostitution
Jangan-dong Prostitution Crackdown Produces Suicides
Korean Feminists Call Out Newspapers for “Encouraging Prostitution”
Chosun Ilbo: How to Have Sex in a Bar in Korea

Korean sexy bars are weird

What Do Korean Tourists Do In Uzbekistan?

Sex offender bracelets not really working
Sex offender at it again.
Well, That Was Fast

How Not to Propose to Your Girlfriend

Old Boy Hollywood remake??
Ask a Korean! News: Hollywood to Cure Oldboy’s Deficiency by Removing All Asians
Will Smith and Steven Spielberg attached to Oldboy remake?

[POPho] Kang Dong-won is ready for a picnic « POPSEOUL!

 

TIME WASTERS OF THE WEEK

Laughs | Comedian Brian Aylward!

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Topic: Super Party Blowout 2
Panelists:
Robert Koehler (The Marmot’s Hole)
Kim Hogg (Socius)
Derek (The Midnight Runner Podcast)
Robert Wicks
Jennifer Flinn (Fatman Seoul)

MUSIC
Main Theme — Ben McPherson – “2wksnyc”
News — satya – “Silk Route Album Mix”
ExPat Community — Deyo – “Retro90210fun”
Things That Make You Go Whaa? — cjacks – “Candyland”
Time Wasters of the Week — EV Boyz – “Kickin’ It in Geumchon”
ISON
The Suicide Denial
Tea Leaves
REGGAE FAR EAST
Deyo
Joe Sibol
curious hands
cjacks
Devin Anderson
DJ R-Qubed
hairclub fo men

SeoulPodcast #28: Super Party Blowout

SeoulPodcast #28: Super Party Blowout

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America.

We’re back.  Sorry for the wait.

PANELISTS
Stafford Lumsden (The Chosun Bimbo)
Regina Walton (Where the Hell Am I, Look to the Stars)
Soutthida (aka lao-ocean-girl)
Rob Ouwehand (Roboseyo)
David Harris (SeoulLife.net)
Luke Martin (ROKetship)

MAIN TOPICS

Is there a disproportionate conservative bias in Korea ex-pats and bloggers compared to other places?

One of the last fronts of the Cold War (similar to Miami?)

Does Korea’s cultural conservatism come into play?

The economic environment – other than English teachers, the other major ex-pat groups are in finance/trade and the military

Post-election rundown

WTF? 6 Days in Customs?!!!

How did voting and this campaign work out for you?

SBS said Obama was a muslim??

The economy

Won soars 16.5 pct on currency swap deal

Gov’t to ‘Help’ Foreign Media Better Understand Korean Economy

Fashion Week

Stylecaster : Posts by Maisie Wilhelm

Dazed Digital | Seoul Fashion Week S/S 09

Seoul Fashion Week S/S 2009 « Always in Wonderland

Where The Hell Am I?: Seoul Fashion Week, S/S 2009, is kind of blah.

Seoul Fashion Week Lost Some Sparkle

Can this be applied to many situations here?

Group Pride Rooted in Insecurity – Yahoo! News

New education “reforms”

Hagwon Tuition Regulators Step In

Six English hagwon franchises fined.

EPIK essay contest: deadline November 21.

“Korean Middle School Students Study A Lot But…”

Competition Vs Creativity

OTHER RANDOM STUFF

Byuntees

Spider guy (Constant Crafter)

Apocalyptic visions on College Humor

“If the Other Party Wins”

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NEXT WEEK
Panelist: Joe (Joe SeoulMan)

MUSIC
Main Theme — Ben McPherson – “2wksnyc”
Job of the Week — Bit Rationale – “Orthodox Pleasure”
Things That Make You Go Whaa? — cjacks – “Candyland”
Pan
Devin Anderson
DJ R-Qubed
George Wood
High Alert Status
Kathy Reynolds
Ray Sr.
David Gielan
Dave Gwyther
Shannon Richardson
Mark Jungers
Conconquidore Truidore
miEki
one blue nine
WeakLazyLiar
Vegitation
Deyo

SeoulPodcast #27: The Life of an Artist

SeoulPodcast #27: The Life of an Artist

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Starcraft.  The national sport of Korea.

PANELIST
Luke Martin (ROKetship)

MAIN TOPIC

Making the most of being an artist in Korea

NEWS AND STUFF

South Korea cuts rates record amount to tackle crisis – Yahoo! News

The ratio of debt to disposable income has risen sharply, especially debt to non-bank lenders, which charge higher rates than banks.

US Beef Accounts for Nearly Half of Beef Imports

Gov’t Urges Swift US Inspection of Korean Food Exports

Labor violations at Kiryung Electronics Factory.

Court to Rule on Constitutionality of Adultery

It’s Official: Melamine Has Ruined Everything

Chocolate-flavoured Body Spreads Contain Melamine:

The Food Standards Agency has issued a food alert about novelty food products from China, including chocolate-flavoured ‘willy spread’, containing melamine.


THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO WHAA?

VANK to lose government support.

Singaporean Textbook Shows Korean Homeless Guy, World Stops Revolving


Korean Textbooks “Also Wrong on Dokdo”

Korean Schools: “Stay Right There! Don’t Move!”

Korea Beat’s comments at the bottom are good

Residency restrictions for international schools.

Nobel Obsession (II) (Seoul Searcher)

Most-Read Naver Stories of the Week — October 26, 2008

3. A group of particularly mindless netizens are criticizing Korean entertainers who – gasp! – spent a lot of money visiting China during the Olympics, and even took pictures of their trip and posted them on their Cyworld pages. Horrifying, I know.

Porn… It’s Bad for You

Ye Olde Chosun warns of the horrors of porn addiction:

Pornography addiction was once seen as a problem for adolescents, and it was only cyber nannies aimed at the young that screened out “adult” content. The sites also usually require customers to prove their age. But is porn just a danger to children? Experts say no.

One of the worst aspects of porn addiction is that it can discourage the normal sexual relationship between couples. Prof. Kim Sung of Korea Bible University, a counselor at the Center for Internet Addiction Prevention and Counseling, said, “The porn addiction cycle gets shorter and shorter as addicts look for ever stronger thrills. Inevitably they become numb in normal relationships.”

There are physical problems associated with porn addiction, too:

Porn addiction can also damage your health. For many it is difficult to watch porn in the daytime when other family members are around, so people usually watch it in a dark room late at night, and as a result suffer from lack of sleep, fatigue and deteriorating eyesight.

Which is why your Uncle Marmot says you should always watch your porn in a well-lit room.

If addiction becomes serious and leads to paraphilias like voyeurism and exhibitionism, it can result in legal punishment or require psychiatric treatment. It also makes it difficult for the addict to live a normal social life at school or work. The images linger in the mind and often distract addicts from concentrating on work. They sometimes leave the office to go to adult-only cyber cafés, and some serious addicts turn to sexual violence in trying to imitate what they have seen.

Oh my!

Luckily, there is a cure — straight out of “A Clockwork Orange”:

Like many other addictions, porn addiction is not easy to cure. The most widely accepted treatment is telephone counseling, often accompanied by cognitive behavioral therapy. For example, doctors create an unpleasant atmosphere around the experience, such as making the patients smell garbage or giving them mild electric shocks while watching porn. This is intended to program their brains to remember watching porn as a negative experience. Diverting the patients’ attention to other things such as sports and music also helps.

More about Jeju’s foreigner ghetto.

Vietnam War Memorial Village opens in Hwacheon.

Meetings Open On Designating DMZ A World Heritage Area

Seoul Police Failing to Uncover Child Sexual Abuse

EXPAT COMMUNITY

::A Geek in Korea:: » Blog Archive » Nightmare Wedding.

My Halloween Costume: Korean Parking Security Guard!

What are some good Halloween costumes?

The 35 Most Insane Halloween Costumes from Around the World | Cracked.com

So I went on a Korean Game show

TIME WASTERS OF THE WEEK

Banpo Bridge Dancing Fountains (Ask a Korean)

YouTube – Nirvana’s Lithium covered by Korean Punk Band No-Brain

Oooh, I’m gonna get some.


Looks like some massage parlor in the US used the lovely Ha Ji-won in its advertisements.

GoodBeer

What to get me for Christmas

MillerCoors Discontinues Zima

Never-Say-Neverisms

Packaging Fail

2008 서울의레스토랑 Guide Out

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NEXT WEEK
Roundtable discussion

MUSIC
Main Theme — Ben McPherson – “2wksnyc”
News — satya – “Silk Route Album Mix”
Things That Make You Go Whaa? — cjacks – “Candyland”
ExPat Community — Deyo – “Retro90210fun”
Time Wasters of the Week — EV Boyz – “Kickin’ It in Geumchon”
Adam Schmitt
Anomie Enemy
Blue Valentine
Kathy Reynolds
Jeremiah Fleming
Robin Stine
Byron Scullin
Victor Stellar
Kaveh
REGGAE FAR EAST
El Soter
Sleaze Patrol
curious hands

SeoulPodcast #26: What’s So Funny?

SeoulPodcast #26: What’s So Funny?

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The Korea 2008 Halloween Carnival

Come to the 2008 Korea Halloween Carnival!Fun for the whole family!With new rides, attraction and food, we promise the scariest Halloween carnival ever!

Ride the Korean won freefall and drop almost as fast as the currency!

Have a celebrity makeover (trendy suicide not included)

Eat at the American Mad Cow Burger Barn

Enter the raffle to receive a year’s supply of Chinese made milk products

Or dare your friends to enter the Haunted Hanok.Can you stand the horror of..

The enclosed room with a fan

The Korean mother-in-law

The standardized college entrance exam

Screams, thrills, spills and chills, complete with stumbling drunk ajosshis!Come join the fun!

PANELIST
Roger Fusselman, Stand Up Comedians Korea (SUCK)

MAIN TOPIC

What’s so funny?

NEWS

Korean Won Biggest Loser to the US Dollar


Fire, Stabbings Kill Four in Nonhyeon-dong

Great Moments in Korean Journalism


Anyang Child Killer Given Death Sentence

English Teacher Gets 10 Months in the Slammer (HA!Not a foreign English teacher.)

OK, You Don’t Read Crimes Like This Everyday

Police in Cheonju have asked for an arrest warrant for a 50-year-old man they believe tried to rape his mother-in-law while in drag.

Speaking of Korean Passports…

The Bushmeister will announce today — if he hasn’t already — that Korea would enter the US Visa Waiver Program, allowing Koreans to stay in the United States for up to 90 days without a visa.

Man Fined ,000 for Urinating Over ATM

“We would have ignored the case if he had not broken the machine. But we had no choice but to report it to police so as to get the eight million won needed to repair the ATM,” said a bank official.

Police Beat Down Disabled Man

The “negotiations” fell through, so it’s being investigated.

Crackdown on Korean Designers Ripping Off Foreign Designers

Hey! We are more a like than you think!

It seems that as many as 100 of rice “farmers” who needed protection from the evil Americans were simply Korean bureaucrats lining their pockets.  Remember this the next time they want to trot out poor weather-beaten “aboji” and his straw hat and how the evil American cows want to kill him off.

Itaewon Considered Loudest Place in Korea

“Nothing Suspicious” On Itaewon’s Hooker Hill

Korea’s Integrity Level Still Lags

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO WHAA?

Great… Nobel Nationalism

The state-run Seoul National University (SNU) said it will launch a project to nurture a Nobel laureate from the school.

More Nobel nationalism.

In other news, a Korean jazz artist has planned to release a CD internationally next year, prompting the Chosun Ilbo do write the only natural thing: is this the beginning of a Korean Jazz Wave? See, stuff like this is why people here enjoy seeing Koreans fail.

Korean Slogans Comical to Foreigners

Unfortunately, egotistical government officials, when often making off-the-cuff decisions, seem only in retrospect, if ever, to understand the damage they are doing to Korea.

The good news is this kind of problem is not part of the “Korean DNA.” Private industry has shown itself to more likely to pay sincere attention to outside professionals’ advice.

It is no wonder. Private companies properly understand how hard it is to earn money and generally invest more wisely than many government officials. That is why brand names like Samsung and Hyundai are now globally respected. In contrast, consider the frequent giggles generated by ads touting “Korea Sparkling” and “Hi Seoul.” (Tom Coyner)

Bae Yong-jun in New Ambassador Role

Branding Korea: the REAL Recommendations

David Kilburn, a journalist with 20 years of experience in advertising, wrote one of the articles which have been appearing in the Korea Times, discussing the problems with Korea’s national brand.

The Power of Branding « Hermit Hideaways

Read David Kilburn’s comment on what they cut from his article—most all of his suggestions on how to improve Korea’s branding.

Oh Jesus Tapdancing Christ, are you serious?


Notice something about this picture?(Hint: Look at the faces.)

Who the fuck is doing the cartoons over there?

Yeah, okay, the guy was extreme, but on what planet is this Korea Times cartoon titled “Austria’s Far-Right Leader Joerg Haider Died at Car Crash” appropriate?

As the title indicates the Austrian politician died in a car crash, on October 11th. More on him from Wikipedia.

Who is more full of it?


English Zone Allowed in Apartments

Partly because the English villages are hemorrhaging money

Disney to start opening up hagwons in Korea?

Somebody Owes Me “Dinner”

In a “shocking” move, and I mean we are all “SHOCKED”, KTF will not roll out the iPhone handset in Korea anytime soon. And in a similar ”shocking” development one issue is Apple’s failed adherence to the WIPI industry standard (not a trade barrier we are assured). Even more “suprising” is the effort so dependant on one guy that nobody is there to take up the slack when he is “unexpectely” under an invesigation for bribery (again just “shocking”).

EXPAT COMMUNITY

Foreign professor at SNU does a runner?

English Teacher Sites Demean Korean Women: Chosun Ilbo

Got an immigration question? Here’s the meeting for you.


TIME WASTERS

Lisa Kelley (Notice anything different?)

Exhibit A

Exhibit DD

JOE’S NOTE (2017-04-02): I have since met and have become good friends with Lisa. She has NOT had any enhancements. I’m just a stinky old pervert.

A E I Love U

CHICKEN F-I-I-IGHT(ing)!!

ROKetship

Cool comic strip written by a local English teacher


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NEXT WEEK
Topic: The Life of a Cartoonist
Panelists: Luke Martin of ROKetship

MUSIC
Main Theme — Ben McPherson – “2wksnyc”
News — satya – “Silk Route Album Mix”
Things That Make You Go Whaa? — cjacks – “Candyland”
Job of the Week — Bit Rationale – “Orthodox Pleasure”
ExPat Community — Deyo – “Retro90210fun”
Time Wasters of the Week — EV Boyz – “Kickin’ It in Geumchon”
Jim Tetlow
Persian Palapin
Brolax Bones
cjacks
Phillip Flathead
Robert Anton
Naomi Yohani
Little Red King
hairclub fo men
daveski
Kathy Reynolds
Fortune for Tune
Sleaze Patrol
The Suicide Denial
ISON
Outside
cat-o-nine-tails
Hop On Pop
Tanya Witt
Postmark Twain
Sumo Sisters
Don Rudnickes
Jonathan Coulton
Conconquidore Truidore

SeoulPodcast #25: AfterKorea

SeoulPodcast #25: AfterKorea

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The Organization of Out-of-touch Ajosshis

PANELISTS
Andrew and Michelle (former long-time ex-pats)

MAIN TOPIC

Making your Korea experience work for you

NEWS

S.Korea won extends gains, up 9 pct vs session low

The Incredible Shrinking Won…

I Guess It Really Is a Crisis — Gov’t Bitches About Foreign Press

More on the Korean Won (Iceberg)

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO WHAA?

1% of Europeans Know Anything About Korea

Why Korean Tourism Campaigns Fail, Fail, Fail (Metropolitician)

One Sidedness

Nationalism

Misunderstanding

Cheese

Symposium on Korean Food — October 16

Yanggu-gun | Gangwon-do | South Korea


EXPAT COMMUNITY

ABC News: foreign English teachers are contributing to increased drug use in Korea

A little more on Cho Joo-hee, including a hell of a KBS write-up.

“This is what I realized I should do: correct biased views on Korea by the foreign press, which is unaware of the actual reality here, and make it my duty to accurately and objectively report issues and affairs in Korea,” she says.

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NEXT WEEK
Topic: What’s So Funny?
Panelists: Roger Fusselman

MUSIC
Main Theme — Ben McPherson – “2wksnyc”
News — satya – “Silk Route Album Mix”
Things That Make You Go Whaa? — cjacks – “Candyland”
Job of the Week — Bit Rationale – “Orthodox Pleasure”
ExPat Community — Deyo – “Retro90210fun”
Chris Townsend
Crush
curious hands
Gray Martin
The Kokoon
Sundown Caffeine
Tea Leaves
Seraphic Panoply
Frenz
STEVE RED BAND
deadpan
one sound
Platinum Life Productions
KlassicK Productions
Kathy Reynolds
Bit Rationale
Devin Anderson
Pan
Roger Bagula