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Get Lucky – Russian Style

The Red Army (Police?) Choir version of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky.
A real hoot … I couldn’t stop laughing for the first few times I watched it.

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The Handmaiden (2016)

Just finished watching the 2016 Korean film The Handmaiden.
It is a beautiful film to watch and the soundtrack is very well done, particularly: IMI ONEUN SORI (임이 오는 소리) The Sound Of You Coming

The Sound Of You Coming from The Handmaiden (2016) film

IMI ONEUN SORI (임이 오는 소리) The Sound Of You Coming

(Gain)
Like the sound of you coming
I hear something from somewhere
A sound that pinches my heart
(Gain)
임이 오는 소리 같이
어디서 들리는 소리
내 가슴을 조이는 그 소리
(Minseo & Gain)
But you’re not coming, even when the night passes
My sad heart doesn’t know how to stop
Just waiting for the sound of you to come
Just waiting for the sound of you to come
(Minseo & Gain)
그러나 오지 않네 이 밤이 지나도록
안타까운 내 마음은 그칠 줄 모르고
임이 오는 소리만 기다려져
임이 오는 소리만 기다려져
(Minseo)
In my waiting heart
Joy overflows
You have found me, you’re coming over there
(Minseo)
기다리는 내 마음에
기쁨이 넘쳐 흘러라
그대 나를 찾아서 저기 오네
(Minseo & Gain)
Holding onto blue dreams, holding onto happiness
My heart that is waiting is blooming
Hurry and come, I’ve been waiting
Let’s dream a happy dream, just like long ago
(Minseo & Gain)
푸른 꿈 가득 안고 행복을 가득 안고
기다리는 내 마음에 꽃을 피우네
어서 와요 그대여 기다렸어요
행복한 꿈을 꿔요 옛날 같이
Holding onto blue dreams, holding onto happiness
My heart that is waiting is blooming
푸른 꿈 가득 안고 행복을 가득 안고
기다리는 내 마음에 꽃을 피우네
Just waiting for the sound of you to come
Just waiting for the sound of you to come
임이 오는 소리만 기다려져
임이 오는 소리만 기다려져

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Jonathan Coulton – Shop Vac Music Video

A great video from one of my favourite singers. The animation for this video is wonderful. The hours that must have been put into it.

Shop Vac from Jarrett Heather on Vimeo.

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Fracking great

Battlestar Galactica Queen Bohemian Rhapsody mashup

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My new iPod Nano


iPod Nano
Got myself an iPod this week. Earlier this year one of my students stole my iPod Mini. As you can see it is pretty small.

So I was on the lookout for a new iPod. It seems the student did me a favour. Since his mom paid me for the stolen iPod I essentially got a new Nano for 40,000 won.

I was looking for an iPod in Ulsan. But stores selling Apple products are pretty scarce on the ground in Korea. It’s not Japan or an occidental country where iPods are really popular.
I couldn’t concentrate so I went window shopping at Lotte Department store and what did I find?
All the new iPods right there on display in their basement, near the supermarket !
Bummer … I could have purchased it right here in Ulsan.

Apple Service
Instead I had to deal with Apple directly in Seoul over the telephone.
I was impressed with their service. The person on the other end of the line spoke excellent English and was very well informed about their products and their competitors. He even picked my accent as non American. He thought I was British, but that’s OK.
Buying stuff over the phone
If you buy something in Korea over the telephone you can’t use your credit card.
So to buy the iPod I have to transfer money from my account to Apple’s. This sort of thing is very common in Korea, but not in western countries where we tend to use credit cards for online/phone transactions.

In Korea they have a National ID card where every citizen and Alien (that’s me, not ET) has a number identifying them.
To buy something online, you use some software from your bank which encrypts the transaction based on your account info and your national id.
In western countries we don’t have National ID’s. So when we buy something over the phone or online they verify who you are by the addreess you give. The idea is if someone knows your credit card number they won’t know your address and without the address they can’t use your card.
The info asked for when you use your credit card is:

Name on credit card
Address on your credit card statement
Card Number
Secret number on the back of the card above the magnetic swipe area.

The Korean system is probably more secure, but a big hassle for foreigners.
Oh! Did I mention it doesn’t work for foreigners?
When you type in your National ID it tells you that it is an invalid number. What has happened is that the computer only checks it against the range of numbers used for Korean citizens. Aliens have a different number range, so it doesn’t work.
This situation has been going on now for about two years! Back home companies would probably get sued or get in trouble with the government for discriminating against aliens. But not here!
Given time this will change, but I am not going to hold my breath.

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Apple’s new iPod’s

With the recent release of the ever so small, every so scrathable iPod Nano and the new iPod capable of videos I was curious about how much they were ripping us off here in Korea and Australia.
The answer is, not much, unlike our poor cousins in merry old England.

iPod Nano

2gb – 230,000 won AUD$ 299 US$ 199
4gb – 290,000 won AUD$ 359 US$ 249

iPod ‘Video’

30gb – 350,000 won AUD$ 449 US$ 299
60gb – 470,000 won AUD$ 598 US$ 399