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Archive for August, 2006

Tux vs. Spire

Posted by Brian on August 30, 2006

I uploaded a cute video of our new kitten playing with his older brother to Youtube. Please a take a look and rate it if you can!

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The show must go on….

Posted by Brian on August 28, 2006

A little something I found at the ESL Cafe…

Apparently, during a recent “live” music show on Korean TV, one of the back-up dancers for a new girl group collapsed into minor seizures during their “performance.” Did they stop the set so the poor girl could get help? Of course not… The DAT’s were running and not even an earthquake could stop the girls from bumping, grinding, and lip-synching on cue. They just went on with the show while the girl writhed about at their feet.

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Koreans in America

Posted by Brian on August 21, 2006

The Everett Herald, our local paper, ran a piece this morning on the boom of international shopping areas around the county, and they spent a lot of time talking about local Korean businesses. For the most part, you find the usual stuff inside… dry cleaners, restuarants, better opportunities for their children, etc. There was, however, one choice quote:

Koreans in the United States and Koreans in South Korea are one and the same, Kwon said. A Korean is always a Korean, regardless of citizenship.

“Koreans keep their heritage, even here,” he said.

This seems like an overly romanticized view of the Korean-American experience in this day and age. Surely your typical Kor-American high school student will be worlds apart from his counterpart in the Korean system.

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Maybe tennis isn’t that bad after all…

Posted by Brian on August 14, 2006

I’m not much of a fan of tennis, but I wouldn’t mind watching this woman play a game.

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-able vs. -ible

Posted by Brian on August 12, 2006

Every now and then I’ll stumble across an English question that leaves me wondering. For example, just today, I wrote “flexable” down on a memo, but then saw it later written (correctly) as “flexible.” So this made me curious… why do we write “breakable,” “understandable,” and “teachable,” but not “flexable?”

Well, after a bit of googling, I found this and this. And yes, like a lot of English, there is no hard and fast rule to make sense of it. 

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Doom 3

Posted by Brian on August 9, 2006

Just played through the first section of Doom 3. My god… it was the most intense 40 minutes of gaming I’ve ever had. If only my little PC were up to running the game with all the graphic options on:(

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Fan Death vs. WMD’s

Posted by Brian on August 9, 2006

In light of what half of all Americans believe, perhaps it’s time to go easy on Koreans for believing the fan death myth:

Do you believe in Iraqi “WMD”? Did Saddam Hussein’s government have weapons of mass destruction in 2003?

Half of America apparently still thinks so, a new poll finds, and experts see a raft of reasons why: a drumbeat of voices from talk radio to die-hard bloggers to the Oval Office, a surprise headline here or there, a rallying around a partisan flag, and a growing need for people, in their own minds, to justify the war in Iraq.

The reality in this case is that after a 16-month, $900-million-plus investigation, the U.S. weapons hunters known as the Iraq Survey Group declared that Iraq had dismantled its chemical, biological and nuclear arms programs in 1991 under U.N. oversight. That finding in 2004 reaffirmed the work of U.N. inspectors who in 2002-03 found no trace of banned arsenals in Iraq.

The experts are “flabbergasted”:

“I’m flabbergasted,” said Michael Massing, a media critic whose writings dissected the largely unquestioning U.S. news reporting on the Bush administration’s shaky WMD claims in 2002-03.

“This finding just has to cause despair among those of us who hope for an informed public able to draw reasonable conclusions based on evidence,” Massing said.

God bless America… and God help America. We’re going to need it.

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