Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Pyeongchang, not contented with being the best winter holiday destination in the country, is also famous for its unrelenting efforts to host the Winter Olympics. The city has failed twice in bids to host the 2010 and 2014 games, but that doesn't seem to discourage them. Gangwon Province is trying yet again to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, this time with more ambitious and systematic preparations.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Anyway back to GI's post. They want to charge people for posting excerpts? I can understand it if no link is given or citation listed. I even want to charge my own students to drive the rules of plagiarism into their heads. Is there a problem of length? Are some bloggers posting two paragraphs of a three paragraph story?
The New York Times, an AP member organization, refers to this as an “attempt to define clear standards as to how much of its articles and broadcasts bloggers and Web sites can excerpt.” I suggest it’s better described as yet another attempt by a big media company to replace the established legal and social order with with a system of private law (the very definition of the word “privilege”) in which a few private organizations get to dictate to the rest of society what the rules will be. See also Virgin Media claiming the right to dictate to private citizens in Britain how they’re allowed to configure their home routers, or the new copyright bill being introduced in Canada, under which the international entertainment industry, rather than democratically-accountable representatives of the Canadian people, will get to define what does and doesn’t amount to proscribed “circumvention.”
Friday, August 28, 2009
odds are that swine flu will start to spread rapidly through the community as soon as the students get back to campus on Monday. But if we haven't all come down with it before October, my kid and I will get vaccinated. (And I'm going to get re-vaccinated for whooping cough, too.) Because it's not just about the two of us. It's about the herd.
It doesn't do any good to sanitize your hands when everybody projectile sneezes or coughs without covering their mouths. "disease terrorists," I think commenter nb once wrote. Coughing on people is my second biggest pet-peeve here, behind noisy eating.
kimchi-icecream brought up a good point elsewhere. They talk about sanitizing the classrooms every day, but let's not forget cleaning is often left up to the students. The same students who don't use cleaning solution, who don't use hot water, who mop the classroom floors with mops that are stored in the bathroom, and who don't wash their hands. Not only do they seem woefully ignorant about cleaning and sanitation, but if you note the half-assed way in which the classrooms are cleaned now, I don't think you'd put much faith in them being sanitary in the future.
In Korea I've often been told I 'should go to the hospital' (see here for a post about this cultural difference) for things I'd never go to the hospital for back home in Canada . . . and I think that this cultural habit may put too much stress on the medical system in Korea.
"Over 250 outpatients visited the Geoje hospital to get tested for the new influenza on Tuesday this week alone, 40 percent more than a usual day, according to the hospital.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
- the plagiarism-investigations office of any school
- the line at the bank for people with no credit card debt
- Roh Mu-hyeon's gravesite now that Kim Dae-jung has stolen his thunder.
- beaches after Aug 31: "it's too cold!"
- ....your suggestion here...
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
“We supervise and counsel the mentors and mentees and the mentees’ guardians, and we also distribute budgets for the outdoor activities,” said Lee Yu-mi, a welfare worker in the Pungnap welfare center. “We also share information and discuss matters about the activities and the mentors.”...The tutoring is generally done once a week and outdoor activities typically occur monthly. Usually the mentors teach youngsters school subjects they’re having difficulty with.
For outdoor activities, the two participate in activities that interest the mentees, such as visiting ecological parks or observing the lives of insects and plants....Skeptics say most high-school students participating in community service programs activities are simply trying to meet admission requirements at universities, as many universities now like to see community service activities as part of a student’s application.
They grow in swampy water, like lily pads, but the stalk is strong enough to carry the leaf well above the water.
Finally, do these look like frog eggs or the like? I have heard of some frogs that glue their eggs above the water, so that the tadpoles dive into the water upon hatching.
The visit with the in-laws went well, with me managing to not embarrass myself in helping with the farm-work. I helped plant about twenty rows of potatoes, each row around 200 metres long - with the whole extended family, it took around four hours.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I've been playing frisbee with a few friends lately. On the day in question, it was just two of us and my friend told me, "I'm glad [name] isn't here. H[is/er] throws are so accurate that I don't get to run much and it's boring. I don't have that problem with you."
Since my friend reads this blog, I know what you mean and am just happy to play. No hard feelings.
Here is the link.
I will try to write my comments below in white. After the test, highlight the area below to read (AFTER THE TEST!)
I got five wrong (#2,16,22,24,26)
#2 I don't understand. Sure, the side facing the sun is illuminated, but I thought the phases came from the Earth's shadow.
#16 - Am I confused by the 'best describes' part? I thought the sun and the Milky Way would be the same age, and both younger than the universe.
#22 I was wrong and shouldn't have been. I guessed 'b'.
#24 DNA allows cells to run chemical reactions? Well, it creates catalysts, but chemical reactions will happen come what may.
#26 Our ancestors go all the back to the pre-Cambrian and beyond. Go far enough back and we are related to plants.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
At the Hwarang training centre this weekend is a mounted archery contest (Hwarang is the name for Shilla knights of yore). After a short search, I could not find any information about the event this year. A British team attended last year and, at some point, a Korean archer was filmed at the event.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Sunday, August 09, 2009
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
If you want to drag your family to the beach, but want something extra with your trip or a longer stay, head out to Gangwon Province. There are a bunch of things to do in Chuncheon, and there are several areas with pensions near the city, particularly to the southwest along Cheongpyeong Lake. The usual conveniences of a small city - supermarkets, bakeries and pharmacies - are here, and there are options for cycling and other leisure activities by the river.
Day 1: Travel to Chuncheon, stopping off on the way at Petite France - a cluster of French style buildings themed on Antoine de Saint-Exupery's children's book "The Little Prince." Tucked appropriately in the folds of the hills surrounding Cheongpyeong Lake, it's a pretty impressive stab at creating a piece of Europe in Korea.
As an old(er) guy, I like the emphasis on children's activities in the article. There is a lot here that I, a Gangwon resident, would like to do.
If it looks like something you'd want to do later, save it. The Herald has (or maybe had) a policy of archiving material for only a week.