Adultery law: a necessary evil?

Less than a couple of centuries ago, it was natural for Korean men to have more than one wife and women to accept polygamy since they had to depend on their husbands.

In recognition of an increasing awareness of women’s rights, several National Assembly lawmakers came up with a bill in 1951 to provide for lawsuits on adultery, although the main purpose was to eradicate polygamy and establish gender equality.

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Korean Dictionary in real time.

Ever read a web page in English and come across a word and wondered what it means?
First you have to reach for your dictionary and find the word. It sort of kills the fun of reading.

Well now there is an easier way. You can simply place the mouse cursor over the word you are having trouble with and a little box (tooltip) will pop up and explain the word in Korean.
This takes less then a second!

Showing the Korean definition of a highlighted word on a web page

So, how do I do this?

You need the Google Toolbar (
Google describes it as:

Ever need to translate words on English web pages into another language? Don’t bother looking up words one by one – just hover your mouse cursor over an English word and Toolbar’s WordTranslator will tell you what it means in your own language. WordTranslator currently supports translation from English into Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Japanese, Korean, French, Italian, German and Spanish.

The other features offered by the toolbar are described here

What does it take to become financial hub?

Interesting post on Korean attitudes to foreign investment.

What does it take to become financial hub?

A heated debate has been set off by a recent Financial Times article criticizing the rise of neo-nationalism among Koreans, but the author failed to point out that the 5 percent rule for which Korea alone is being criticized for enforcing is a global standard.

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English Korean Buddhist website – Site in English about Korean Buddhist temples

Web site offers rich information in English on Korean Buddhism
Among favorite spots for foreign tourists are Buddhist temples. Their serene, nature-oriented atmosphere and rich selection of cultural artifacts are always a great tourist attraction.
One major problem, however, is that information about these temples in English has been almost non-existent – until now.

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Korean ATM’s expanding opening hours

When I first came to Korea I was suprised when ATM’s (Cash Machines) closed at 10 pm. I thought “What the F$#%#$?”

From the article below it appears the blame for this lack of service lies squarely with the Korea Financial Telecommunications & Clearings Institute (KFTC).
Does anyone know if this is a government body? A inter-bank body? or something else? And why arn’t they letting ATM’s open 24 hours a day? Its not like they have to pay their computers overtime.

Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About Korea
Kookmin Bank is spearheading a belated revolution in Korea’s automated teller machines, moving back opening of its ATMs by a full hour to 7:00 a.m. They will continue to shut at 10:00 p.m.

The move comes after the Korea Financial Telecommunications & Clearings Institute (KFTC), which controls the cash machine network of all banks, decided to extend operating hours. Most ATMs around the world open 24 hours

Crime and Punishment lesson for Adults

Adult ESL teaching: Crime and Punishment.

One of my adult classes was studying a chapter about Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Seeing as I’ve purchased Crime and Punishment with every intention of eventually finishing it despite repeated attempts, I decided to bring it along as a prop. I also cooked up another interesting activity that I called “Crime and Punishiment” in honor of the book.

It works like this. On a paper introduce that you have been given the power to make new laws about anything you want. All you have to do is state the crime, the law, and the punishment below and anything you want can be made into a law. Try to have the students think up things that aren’t already illegal, but are more annoyances, and try to have the punishments fit the crimes.

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Hot SATA drive

Seagate Baracoda 200 GB SATA vs Western Digital 200 GB IDE Drive

The seagate drive has good reviews for performance. But the review often note it runs hot.
No problem I thought. I got two !
Big mistake I think.

I recently lent the drive to a friend. it was hanging out of the side of the computer in the open air and it’s temperature was 40 degrees !
The Western Digital was mounted in the drive bay of the computer, and it was only 29 degrees.
That is over a 10 degree difference. When you think that the OS and the swap file is on the western digital it is even worse. It is working much harder in a hotter enviroment and it is not just a little cooler, but over 25% less.