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Misc. Update [25 Apr 2006|04:08pm]
[ mood | Under The Weather ]

I've chosen not to take mid-tour leave this year. For those of you playing the home game, that means I won't be back in the US until mid August. But when I do go back, it's for keeps.Yes, this is motivated by the expense of travel and the need to finish my current course of study, but if anyone asks, it's sheer laziness.

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Chicago White Sox, World Series Champs n/t [27 Oct 2005|01:17pm]
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Damn You Unsecure Korean Netblocks! [13 Sep 2005|10:54pm]
[ mood | Hulk Smash ]

Korea appears to be on every IRC net's shit-list. I doubt it'll end up being a big problem, since even when #ev was fairly active, I still rarely participated in conversation. Still, it is annoying.

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SitRep 131004 [13 Oct 2004|06:08pm]
[ mood | 괜잖다. ]

It has been a long time since I have put anything new here. I suppose it's about time to update.

Quickly getting up to speed, I was back in Chicago for a week in early July, saw friends and family but not much else. Got back and returned to school here at DLI. I started my third and final semester of Korean in August, and my projected graduation date is now getting rather close.

Korean becomes more and more difficult by the day. Not only due to the intesity of the course, but also the atmosphere of the school. It seems that everyone who comes here becomes more and more disillusioned as time goes by. This is partly due to the fact that the leadership here tends to be somewhat on the incompetant side and creates unneccesary stress for the prospective linguists. There are many factors involved, but of all of them, that is the one that raises my ire by a notch everyday. At least until I can get away for a while and forget this place ever existed.

Such as last weekend. I had the pleasant fortune of getting to drive 8 hours north to camp amongst the Redwoods of northern California, about an hour south of Oregon. For 3 days I camped out in a tent with friends and my girlfriend and forgot about relaxed. Although there were some things that were... unpleasant; Meth addicts who invaded our campsite, the irascible drunk friend of mine who thankfully sobered for the second day of the trip; in all I spent time enjoying the beauty of the surrounds and the company of friends. As one of my teachers is fond of saying 불행 중 다행이에.

Just previous to that last event, my class participated in 한글날, The celebration of the invention of the Korean Alphabet in fourteen hundred something by King Sejong. The school was having a competition of video and live skits, so we as a result of having a teacher who enjoyed making video skits chose the former. We quickly pieced together a skit we called 김정일의 공포의 뺑뺑이, or Kim Jongil's Wheel of Terror. Featuring Kim Jongil as North Korea's "Best and only game show," contestants were those who had caused a disruption in the harmony of North Korean existence in such ways as not smiling during a performance of one of North Korea's propaganda songs. The contestants would come on the show and face the "Wheel of Terror" on which several punishments were listed; Death by fan, a korean cultural myth still believed by some in which a turning a fan on in a room with the doors and windows closed would suffocate you, boxing a bear, getting sent to the Gulag. There was also a tiny strip on which you could win your freedom to South Korea, but the Vanna White character made sure that wheel wouldn't stop in that position.
We spent a week getting ready, writing a script, creating props and costumes and getting more and more excited before filming it one Friday afternoon over the last two hours of the day. It was a lot of fun to film and I leapt whole heartedly into my task, editing the sonofabitch into a movie. Little did I know I had signed on to a frustrating project that would consume 13 hours I did not have to spare over the week it took to put the thing together. Ultimately, it was increadibly rewarding as day by day the work would become more and more complete and my class made me play the unfinished cuts during every break period during the day. Finally last Wednesday, the whole school assembled to watch everyones efforts. There were 8 video skits and although most of them were conceptually bad, the few that were good simply could not compete in terms of production value. Of all the films shown ours was the only one in which everyone was continually laughing and enjoying all 7 minutes and 40 seconds. I was also extremely proud when we were given First Place and I was allowed to be among the three people who went on stage to recieve the award as recognition for my time contribution.

Prior to these events, my memory starts to get a little hazy, but what stands out very clearly is the Labor Day weekend over which my parents and sisters visited. It was very near to my birthday as well, so we celebrated that at the same time. We ate well at several restaurants in the area, visited Hearst Castle, and I finally managed to get the TV I'd been salivating over for months, A nice 16:9 26" HDTV from Samsung. However of all my memories, I think my favorite is our last night together. We were in the hotel trying to decide what to do, when my sisters suggested we play cards until we figured it out. We wanted to play poker, but having nothing to bet with, we decided to buy big bags of M&Ms and use those to wager. We all ended up playing Texas Hold'em for hours, M&Ms being won and lost and eaten, and as the amount of money on the table diminished, we all came away feeling sugared and happy. My sister finally won against me as we were playing high stakes, and on a rash move went all in on a decent hand, only to be trumped on the turn.

My final coherent memory, is about two weeks prior to those events. My girlfriend and I, after having discussed going for months, went kayaking. There isn't much to tell, because the experience was not particularly notable in a literary way. However, as an experience it ranks very highly and I recommend it to anyone who has the means. The kayak is very easy to control after only minor toying with using the paddle, and the feeling of sitting on the open water is far better than you can really get with a canoe or smiliar boat. We paddled through the tops of the kelp forests, saw a sea otter and were tailed by an inquisitive sea lion. The view of the shore was extrodinary and all in all was an exceptional experience.

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Movies [24 Jun 2004|05:31pm]
[ mood | Excellence ]

Underline the movies you own, bold the movies you've seen, put those you've only seen part of in italics. Then add three movies to the bottom of the list. Also, put the movies you've seen and hated in red.

198 moviesCollapse )

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문법을 제일 좋습니다! [05 Jun 2004|04:32pm]
Grammar God!
You are a GRAMMAR GOD!

If your mission in life is not already to
preserve the English tongue, it should be.
Congratulations and thank you!

How grammatically sound are you?
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재 친구 Begemotike [02 May 2004|08:02pm]
[ mood | Korean ]

재 친구는 쓴 사람이 아주 멋있어요. 늘 이야기하고 십지만 저는 너무 바빠요.

I just felt like writing something in Korean.

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Irony (n.) [23 Mar 2004|10:32pm]
[ mood | heh ]

Heard on an 80's radio station.

"If you don't know what a (engine type, something retarded sounding) is, then turn on the 80's station and get back to work, the real men have something to talk about."

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Only the second ever [08 Mar 2004|10:36pm]
[ mood | What would Brian Boitano Do? ]

Because my sister used this quiz, and because I don't think it's all that awful, and ignoring the fact that the picture is of a chick; It's not a bad assesment.

You are one of the few out there whose wings are
truly ANGELIC. Selfless, powerful, and
divine, you are one blessed with a certain
cosmic grace. You are unequalled in
peacefulness, love, and beauty. As a Being of
Light your wings are massive and a soft white
or silver. Countless feathers grace them and
radiate the light within you for all the world
to see. You are a defender, protector, and
caretaker. Comforter of the weak and forgiver
of the wrong, chances are you are taken
advantage of once in awhile, maybe quite often.
But your innocence and wisdom sees the good in
everyone and so this mistreatment does not make
you colder. Merciful to the extreme, you will
try to help misguided souls find themselves and
peace. However not all Angelics allow
themselves to be gotten the better of - the
Seraphim for example will be driven to fighting
for the sake of Justice and protection of those
less powerful. Congratulations - and don't ever
change - the world needs more people like you.

*~*~*Claim Your Wings - Pics and Long Answers*~*~*
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Dreaming of a Mid-Summer's Day in Chicago. [19 Feb 2004|01:34am]
[ mood | worn out ]

Posted originally on everything 2

1. There is a pervasive quiet. A garbage truck rumbles down alleys and side-streets. A few lights flicker on here and there. Pre-dawn is the smell of coffee and fresh baking breads. Isolated strangers stalk the last hours of night. A siren blares, and the tone falls of steadily in Doppler shift. The sky glows a bloated and heavy purple falling away to shades of reds and pinks. The city turns softly in a light slumber.

2. The sun rises pale and clear, stretching warm tendrils across the urban sprawl. The city stretches, raising itself skyward. The cacophony of alarm clocks sings silently through brick and steel and glass. Eggs, bacon, sausage all sizzle on skillets. Torrents of hot water sheet down on stiff, groggy citizens. Fleets of buses and trucks rattle through the city streets. Fare boxes and parking meters clink and whirr with the sound of coins. The melody of dozens of overlapping languages weaves it's way into the atmosphere. A thousand garage doors groan open, ten thousand cars growl to life. The pavement warms, reflecting the smell of exhaust at the pedestrians. A hundred thousand phones ring, a million voices reply "Thank you for calling..." "Please hold" "I'm sorry. She's not in right now. Would you like to leave a message?" The streets are alive and dance with teeming White, Blue, No collars, weaving between taxis, cars, trucks, buses, bicycles. Ten million souls vibrate in harmony, a symphony of life.

3. The city stands, tall and proud, with glistening windows, reflective steel and glass pushing ever upward. It staggers wildly, reeling this way and that, wildly and crazily as it's tenants scurry about it's feet. The smell of every type of food imaginable rises all the way to the highest levels of the tallest buildings. Hordes of people explode from buildings to the summer greens, carrying brown paper bags and colorful plastic ones bearing the insignia of some restauranteur. The parks of Grant and Lincoln, Burnham and Addams, the parks of presidents and visionaries writhe with crowds basking in the sun. The frenzied winds diving and looping through the narrow channels of city streets tug at their clothing. The beaches crowd with people traversing the bike and pedestrian paths aboard bikes, inline skates, skateboards. The waters of the lake reflect the startling blue of the sky, broken by the agitation of waves plying the warm sands. The buildings reach for the high midday sun, casting short shadows, allowing sunlight to reach the streets far below. Airplanes scream through the sky, chewing the air and pushing themselves outward. The city extends it's arms wide.

4. Frantic and calm, the city sits with a sigh of relief on it's lips, not yet able to express it. The financial district is settling down, the last push for the day approaches. Northward, across the river, the Magnificent Mile gears up for the evening venues and sales. The relaxed crescendo of energy, the city is in juxtaposition. The bridge at Michigan Avenue, the corpus collosum of the city's distinct halves, jam-packed with those transversing from the strict to the abstract. The city is split along it's axis. One half prepares for sleep, the other is just waking.

5. Joy. Energy. Peace. Happiness. Love. Divinity. Exultation. Relaxation.

6. The crowds and traffic swirl through the store lined streets, bright displays and loud music whimsically drawing them in. The odd tint of low angle sunlight reflected off the glass of the buildings casts a surreal glow over the strolling pedestrians. The sidewalks are casually lined with those unknowingly participating in the celebration of life. The city bears a contented smile and gently pulls itself around the revelers, swaddling them in it's tranquility. An unvoiced melody reveals itself in their minds, as all are bound together, unawares. The sun begins to set. The sky s l i d e s through the most majestic shades of blue possible as everything dims and the lights come on. Time slows to a halt as an eternal evening sets in. The people frolic in an endless bliss, as slowly the light ends and the city pulls in close around those who remain. The last few depart unhurriedly, basking in the profound beauty of the final hours of the day, sad to leave it's comforting aura, yet inexplicably enraptured by it's intoxicating intensity. The city settles into rest.

7. There is a pervasive hum of silence. All sounds damped in the dark. The lonely strangers wander once more. The third shift arises, safeguarding the sleeping innocents. Everything is serene. The city falls into dreams. Dreams of passion. Dreams of strength. Dreams of nobility. Dreams of benevolence. Dreams of the tomorrow's mid-summer's day.

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Renaming the letter W [11 Feb 2004|10:04pm]
[ mood | Everything and Anything ]

Of all the letters in the English (and many Romance) languages, the letter W is perhaps one of the strangest. With all other letters, the name of the letter can be pronounced by combining the sound of the letter with a vowel sound.

However, the letter W is pronounced by calling it what it looks like, or rather, what it used to look like, "Double U". This break in the naming convention of letters is intolerable and reflects a lazy attitude towards language. Therefore, the letter W, and all of its equivalents in other languages must be renamed.

However, the renaming of a letter is not a task to be taken lightly. If we ignore the naming conventions of the other letters, we will simply be recreating the folly we are attempting to correct. A quick survey of the English letters reveals the following conventions in order of frequency:
• by adding an e after the consonant (8 occurrences B, C, D, G, P, T, V, Z)
• by adding an e before the consonant (6 occurrences F, L, M, N, S, X)
• are vowels themselves (5 occurrences A, E, I, O, U)
• by adding an a after the {consonant] (2 occurrences J, K)
• are sub-vowels (2 occurrences H, Y)1
• by adding an a before the consonant (1 occurrence R)
• by adding a diphthong after the consonant (1 occurrence Q)2

Except for the special cases of H, Q, and Y, all the letters follow a simple letter + vowel pattern for their pronunciation. Even in the cases of H, Q, and Y, the sound of the letter appears at least somewhere in their name. W, then, should be renamed to follow this convention. Of the possibilities presented above, the applicable cases are to add an e or an a before or after the letter. This results in:
• wee
• ewe
• wae
• awe

Of these choices, I submit that the best choice for the letter W would be "wee". The way the W sound is made by the mouth is most similar to the consonants that take a following e. "ewe" is too close to U, and "awe" is awkward between V and X. "wae" would be fine, except that W has little in common with the way the J and K sounds are made.

So join me in my crusade. Write your congressperson or equivalent. Demand that the slipshod attitude towards the naming of letters has gone on far too long. Demand change for the betterment of the English language and ourselves.

1 H and Y are vowel-like in their pronunciation, resulting in their odd pronunciations. However, this does not exempt them from being changed and I think changing H to "Hae" and Y to "Ya" would be proper. Incidentally, I believe this also proves the group OutKast agrees with these changes, given the name of their hit song.
2 Q cannot be pronounced the same as any of the other letters because of the nature of the sound. It can never occur without an accompanying diphthong, unless it is sounded as a different letter, usually K.

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Everything2 [11 Feb 2004|09:59pm]
[ mood | 줌을 제일 잘 잡니다 ]

After having used Everything2 for a years, and always never quite getting around to contributing, I have created an account there under the name KahMyungAe. More than likely things from there will appear here, but you can of course always look yonder to see what flecks of wisdom maynot transfer to LiveJournal so well.

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Tailsteak is the coolest [08 Feb 2004|11:24pm]
Heh, this was interesting

Vanilla is kind and caring
Vanilla is kind and caring
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Random Korean [29 Jan 2004|10:15pm]
[ mood | Ought to study ]

For Orestes:

Sissy boy:
여자같은 사람이 있어요 (Yo-Cha-Kat-Un Sa-Ram-E E-So-Yo)

Your mother is a goat:
너어머는 염소입니다 (No-O-Mo-Nun Yum-So-Im-Ni-Da)

For tina:

Basic Korean verb conjugation, the verb to exist (e-da).
있다 (e-da) - Dictionary form, Verb Stem (있 - et) and dictionary ending (다 - da)

있습니다 (e-sum-ni-da) - Basic present tense V. Stem + 습니다 (sum-ni-da) in this case because the V. Stem ends in a consonant. If the V. Stem ends in a vowel add ㅂ니다 (m-ni-da)

있어요 (e-so-yo) - This is the informal ending for present tense. V. Stem + 어요/아요 depending on the which vowel appears in the verb stem. Also, because the final sound of the first syllable is a consonant (ㅅ - s which when taking the final postion is usually sounded as a t or d) and the first sound in the following syllable is vowel, the final sound in the first syllable moves over to the next syllable.

있겠어요 (e-kay-so-yo) - The future tense, V. Stem + 겠 (kayd)+ 습니다

있었어요 (e-so-so-yo) - The past tense, V. Stem + 었/았 (od/ad depending on the vowel in the verb stem) + 어요

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Weekends [25 Jan 2004|10:58pm]
[ mood | avoiding homework ]

I suppose I should probably actually use this journal considering I did pay for it.

Weekends are actually getting good now. Previously the yo-cha-chin-ku and I could not find anywhere to go on weekends - Monterey is boring when you have no car and hate bars - and therefore they seemed almost as stressful as the weeks themselves. But for the last two weekends, we've gone over to a friends house, one who's married and is able to live off post. It's been great, we stay there all weekend, eat good food, play games of both the card and video variety, talk, watch movies. And the weekends feel so much longer as a result. My only complaint, I have a hard time getting enough sleep...

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안녕하십니까? [28 Dec 2003|02:59am]
[ mood | curiouser & curiouser ]

저는 미군입니다. California주, Monterey시 Defense Language Institute에서 한국말학생으로 다닙니다. 한국말을 좋아헤요. 말하기가 어려와요. 읽기하고 쓰기를 쇱슴니다.

안녕히 게십시오.

I am aware that much of this is probably incorrect. This is due to the fact that I haven't done much with Korean in the last week or so, and I've never typed it before. If anyone who knows Korean reads this, I would welcome corrections. I'll fix it up after I get back to school in January on my own, but I would be willing to do it earlier if someone wanted to correct my errors.

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Quick update [14 Sep 2003|02:44am]
2 weeks until I start Smart Start classes, 2 weeks of that and then 75 weeks of Korean. Almost there.

In other events:
Good luck Nate, let us know how everything turns out.

-AB3ICAS2C (Airman Basic 3rd In Charge Asian School 2 Casual) Meyers
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Back sort of [12 Jun 2003|12:30pm]
I've graduated Basic Training and am now in Monterey, CA. No access to the internet outside of limited use at public computers. In about a month I should be back on a regular schedule, although not as frequently online as in the past.
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I'm leaving [21 Apr 2003|12:42am]
[ mood | Excited and Anxious, Nervous and Eager ]

Tomorrow is my last day at home, I leave my house at 9:30 AM, 9 hours from now. I won't be back here until December. I'll be online sometime in the next few months, possibly in June/July. Talk to you all then.

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Things to do before I go [02 Apr 2003|11:30pm]
[ mood | Talk to me ]

  • See Blue Man Group
  • Take a Last Walk of Chicago
  • Finish Xenosaga
  • Watch Berserk
  • Re-watch Kenshin
  • Clean my room out
  • Write farewell post for The Resistance
  • Visit my aunt, uncle, & cousins in Michigan (long shot)
  • Read the Studs Lonigan trilogy
  • Get a 100% completion on Rez
  • Watch Infinite Ryvius and Burn to CDs
  • Disassemble the LEGO Star Destroyer and organize by step in bags

Will be updated as I complete/add tasks.
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