Saturday, April 21, 2018

Nice Day At The Ballpark


I made it to my first Samsung Lions game of the season yesterday.  The weather was great, the fried chicken gizzards were on fleek, and Samsung lost 5-4 to the kt Wiz, a new team in the Korean Baseball League.

For the uninitiated, Samsung actually won four consecutive titles between 2011 and 2014, but it's been downhill ever since.

Still, with the weather being perfect, it was a Friday evening well spent.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

I'm In Love With A Busan Air Flight Attendant

Sometimes you just have to quote the whole fucking article:
"A flight attendant of Air Busan, a low-cost carrier, apologized Tuesday for disrespectful comments and photos posted by one of its flight attendants on Instagram.
The flight attendant, on a Busan-Jeju flight on Saturday, took photos of the passengers from behind and posted them with comments such as 'looking all the same' and 'broccoli farm.' 
It was an obvious reference to the hairstyle of the middle-aged married women or 'ajumma' in the photo. 
One of her colleagues commented, 'The plane heading to China.' 
After the post went viral, the attendant, 'I sincerely apologize to the people who may have felt hurt.'
The supervisor of the Air Busan flight promised no repeat of such inappropriate behavior by its employees.'"
What's funnier than funny?  There is no native Korean language word for broccoli -- it's a loan word (bu-ro-kol-ri).

Please marry me, obstreperous Busan Air flight attendant.

Delight And Instruct

In over 15 years of teaching I have never literally strangled a student.

I have this sinking feeling that might change soon.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Antifa Is Winning

It's sad and infuriating that circa 2018, with the victory of Cheeto Hitler, literal Nazism and Fascism are on the rise in America.  And while destroying these cancers will be messy, there's reason to be optimistic:
"The bottom line is that coordinated anti-fascist action like this has made it incredibly difficult for the 'alt-right' to organize. Major figures like Spencer have had their events turned into platforms for mass opposition, and his speeches shouted down. In 2016, he was able to host a sold out National Policy Institute conference at the famed Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC, but last year, the organization got booted from the unheated barn they were forced to rent. All of the tools they had — online outreach, public events and private meetings — have essentially been stolen from them, and an entire infrastructure of doxxing and protest action have made consequence inevitable. This is not how they build 'the movement of the future.'
In a YouTube video shortly after the Michigan State debacle, Spencer recapped this failure, admitting that anti-fascist organizers had won and they cannot have public appearances anymore.
'I don't think that it's a good idea for me to host an event that is wide open to the public,' Spencer said, lamenting the pressure from anti-fascist groups. 'Things are difficult. We felt that great feeling of winning for a long time. We are now in something that feels a lot more like a hard struggle.'"
To channel the great philosopher Grumpy Cat, good.

The debate over "Free Speech" with Nazis isn't as much about the "Free" as it is about the "Speech."  Cretins like Spencer aren't interested in debate, they simply want to start a shit-storm.  Universities are under no obligation to indulge him or his Stormtroopers.  And good on the various Antifa groups for shining light on the various rats and making them scurry and cry.

Monday, April 16, 2018

What Are Years?


Wye Oak, "Lifer"

There used to be a really great concert promoter here in lovely South Korea called SuperColorSuper.  I guess there still is, but they've really cut down on the number of acts they bring over from America.  (And I can't blame them.  I can't imagine how much money and time and heartbreak it took to get even one decent act over here for just a few shows.)

Anyhow, Wye Oak has a new pretty great album out, and it reminds me of this show from five (!) years ago.

Oh Daegu, you change so quickly.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

"they do share good looks and a warm personality"

Tired of the same old package tour of Seoul?  Why not rent an oppa (big brother / boyfriend) instead?  To wit:
"The term oppa is a Korean word that means older brother that women use to address older male family members, friends or romantic partners. Often used as a term of endearment, many female fans of Korean actors or singers from around the world refer to their favorite stars as oppa.
Although the oppa that tourists meet up with may not appear on popular television dramas or be a powerful stage performer, they do share good looks and a warm personality. 
This special tour service, which officially launched in April after running a successful pilot service for about a month in December, targets foreign visitors hoping to meet an oppa like the ones they have seen on TV or in music videos."
I guess this strikes me as -- mostly harmless?

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

How Times Change