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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #5240 on: May 08, 2017, 04:42:12 PM »
The weather may be nicer but the centipedes are back.  :cry: :cry:

One was on the wall next to my face, wiggling its feelers at me. 

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« Reply #5241 on: May 08, 2017, 06:43:23 PM »
my work computer was barely useable and slower than a potato, so i uninstalled every korean "security" program, and now it works like a charm

what's the deal with the likes of AhnLab anyway? why is it so utterly useless, yet so prominent?

It's spyware. That's its purpose. I joked than when moonmoon wins, no more ahnlab.
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« Reply #5242 on: May 08, 2017, 07:43:34 PM »
my work computer was barely useable and slower than a potato, so i uninstalled every korean "security" program, and now it works like a charm

what's the deal with the likes of AhnLab anyway? why is it so utterly useless, yet so prominent?

It's spyware. That's its purpose. I joked than when moonmoon wins, no more ahnlab.
every time i uninstalled it, it auto reinstalled the next time i restarted the computer. i had to force uninstall it using a particular program i found. insane.

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« Reply #5243 on: May 08, 2017, 08:12:12 PM »
It's spyware. That's its purpose. I joked than when moonmoon wins, no more ahnlab.

He has my vote!


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #5244 on: May 10, 2017, 08:23:42 AM »
I want to watch American Gods, but all of the links have been deleted on the streaming sites I use.

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« Reply #5245 on: May 10, 2017, 08:36:18 AM »
I'm thinking I may want to pack it in half way through my contract.

I can't even anymore.

Also listening to my CT teach the kids, "May I shit here?" is driving me nuts.
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« Reply #5246 on: May 10, 2017, 09:08:37 AM »
Returning to work after that long break was nothing short of having a thorn shoved down one way and out the other.

The struggle has never been more real.

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« Reply #5247 on: May 10, 2017, 09:17:09 AM »
Also listening to my CT teach the kids, "May I shit here?" is driving me nuts.

 :laugh:

one of my coteachers always used to call 'sheets' (as in 'worksheets') 'shits'.

"good morning everyone! has everyone taken a shit today? please take a shit if you haven't taken one yet. Ji-hoon, why didn't you take a shit?"

welcome to the future of english education in korea when the 'useless' NETs are all phased out.

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« Reply #5248 on: May 10, 2017, 09:26:26 AM »
i have no classes today because it's sports day. my office is right near the gym, and because of the rain they've moved sports day from outside to inside the gym.

i'm trying to study for a korean-language test i have in 2 weeks and it is SO. DAMN. LOUD.

and i think i've heard every song by TWICE at least 394 times in the last 90 minutes since school started.

why does everything in this country have to be done at 537 decibels? even in class when we play songs or stuff off the textbook CD my co-teachers will blast the volume so loudly that it literally hurts my ears.

koreans genetically have a higher rate of myopia, do they have a higher rate of hearing problems too? or maybe they just get permanent hearing damage when they're younger from the sheer loudness of everything around them that they can't hear properly for the rest of their lives and thus it's a viscous circle of having to have everything at maximum volume all the time.


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« Reply #5249 on: May 10, 2017, 09:32:04 AM »
i have no classes today because it's sports day. my office is right near the gym, and because of the rain they've moved sports day from outside to inside the gym.

i'm trying to study for a korean-language test i have in 2 weeks and it is SO. DAMN. LOUD.

and i think i've heard every song by TWICE at least 394 times in the last 90 minutes since school started.

why does everything in this country have to be done at 537 decibels? even in class when we play songs or stuff off the textbook CD my co-teachers will blast the volume so loudly that it literally hurts my ears.

koreans genetically have a higher rate of myopia, do they have a higher rate of hearing problems too? or maybe they just get permanent hearing damage when they're younger from the sheer loudness of everything around them that they can't hear properly for the rest of their lives and thus it's a viscous circle of having to have everything at maximum volume all the time.

I find that my wife has the volume up way too loud for any Korean TV channel but instantly turns it down when I watch any western TV show at a reasonable volume because it's too "loud".

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« Reply #5250 on: May 10, 2017, 10:19:58 AM »
i have no classes today because it's sports day. my office is right near the gym, and because of the rain they've moved sports day from outside to inside the gym.

i'm trying to study for a korean-language test i have in 2 weeks and it is SO. DAMN. LOUD.

and i think i've heard every song by TWICE at least 394 times in the last 90 minutes since school started.

why does everything in this country have to be done at 537 decibels? even in class when we play songs or stuff off the textbook CD my co-teachers will blast the volume so loudly that it literally hurts my ears.

koreans genetically have a higher rate of myopia, do they have a higher rate of hearing problems too? or maybe they just get permanent hearing damage when they're younger from the sheer loudness of everything around them that they can't hear properly for the rest of their lives and thus it's a viscous circle of having to have everything at maximum volume all the time.

I find that my wife has the volume up way too loud for any Korean TV channel but instantly turns it down when I watch any western TV show at a reasonable volume because it's too "loud".

My wife does the same thing, but we are both Canadian.

Sci-fi or Period drama.... volume down.
Police or medical drama... volume up.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #5251 on: May 10, 2017, 10:25:11 AM »
i have no classes today because it's sports day. my office is right near the gym, and because of the rain they've moved sports day from outside to inside the gym.

i'm trying to study for a korean-language test i have in 2 weeks and it is SO. DAMN. LOUD.

and i think i've heard every song by TWICE at least 394 times in the last 90 minutes since school started.

why does everything in this country have to be done at 537 decibels? even in class when we play songs or stuff off the textbook CD my co-teachers will blast the volume so loudly that it literally hurts my ears.

koreans genetically have a higher rate of myopia, do they have a higher rate of hearing problems too? or maybe they just get permanent hearing damage when they're younger from the sheer loudness of everything around them that they can't hear properly for the rest of their lives and thus it's a viscous circle of having to have everything at maximum volume all the time.

I find that my wife has the volume up way too loud for any Korean TV channel but instantly turns it down when I watch any western TV show at a reasonable volume because it's too "loud".

That is exactly what happens to me! But I am like "Oh hell naw. This baby is staying at 4".

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #5252 on: May 10, 2017, 10:30:28 AM »
i have no classes today because it's sports day. my office is right near the gym, and because of the rain they've moved sports day from outside to inside the gym.

i'm trying to study for a korean-language test i have in 2 weeks and it is SO. DAMN. LOUD.

and i think i've heard every song by TWICE at least 394 times in the last 90 minutes since school started.

why does everything in this country have to be done at 537 decibels? even in class when we play songs or stuff off the textbook CD my co-teachers will blast the volume so loudly that it literally hurts my ears.

koreans genetically have a higher rate of myopia, do they have a higher rate of hearing problems too? or maybe they just get permanent hearing damage when they're younger from the sheer loudness of everything around them that they can't hear properly for the rest of their lives and thus it's a viscous circle of having to have everything at maximum volume all the time.

It is the same with the volume on the ringtones and message alerts.  On full power.  If it isn't full power on everything, you're not going to hear it or notice it.  Like the supermarkets that have the guy shouting into his microphone about the things on sale, on absolute full whack so much so the feedback makes it almost unintelligible.  I have sensitive hearing and there is nothing more likely to turn me off something than loud noise.  Korea is an unbelievably noisy country.

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« Reply #5253 on: May 10, 2017, 10:48:38 AM »
I feel so emotional right now that i'm not the only one who notices/complains about the noise here. I thought it was just me being me.

When the wife watches anything Korean on her phone it is deafening.

Phones in the office/bus/train full blast KA TALK KA TALK KA TALK.

2 people having a conversation. Sounds like world war 3 is going to erupt but they're actually talking about something pleasant.

Does my head and my ears in.

Try and do a running dictation with your students. They don't understand the concept of whispering.

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« Reply #5254 on: May 10, 2017, 11:22:04 AM »
so i'm bored and actually did some research on this.

this study found that 37.4% of koreans 12 years or older have hearing loss
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28196098

this one found that the hearing loss rate was 22.73%
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25216153

so around one-quarter to one-third of Koreans have hearing loss.

compare that to around 15% for Americans, and koreans definitely do in fact have impaired hearing compared to the US, at least
https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/statistics/quick-statistics-hearing

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« Reply #5255 on: May 10, 2017, 11:27:41 AM »
I mentioned this earlier in thread, but I'll just post another endorsement:

Audio Technica m50x.  Buy them.  Wear them at school, on the bus, at home.  Insulate yourself from the chaotic cacophony that is Korea. 

I also recommend getting earplugs for bed time, I personally need them as I have a lovely ajesshi neighbor who likes to let everyone on my floor know who likes to expel phlegm throughout the night in his bathroom (The echo makes it only worse).
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« Reply #5256 on: May 10, 2017, 11:52:20 AM »
I'm thinking I may want to pack it in half way through my contract.

I can't even anymore.

Also listening to my CT teach the kids, "May I shit here?" is driving me nuts.

"Pleaj, shit down!"

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« Reply #5257 on: May 10, 2017, 11:55:23 AM »
so i'm bored and actually did some research on this.

this study found that 37.4% of koreans 12 years or older have hearing loss
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28196098

this one found that the hearing loss rate was 22.73%
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25216153

so around one-quarter to one-third of Koreans have hearing loss.

compare that to around 15% for Americans, and koreans definitely do in fact have impaired hearing compared to the US, at least
https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/statistics/quick-statistics-hearing

loud noise begets hearing loss begets louder noise begets more hearing loss :huh:

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #5258 on: May 10, 2017, 11:56:42 AM »
so i'm bored and actually did some research on this.

this study found that 37.4% of koreans 12 years or older have hearing loss
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28196098

this one found that the hearing loss rate was 22.73%
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25216153

so around one-quarter to one-third of Koreans have hearing loss.

compare that to around 15% for Americans, and koreans definitely do in fact have impaired hearing compared to the US, at least
https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/statistics/quick-statistics-hearing

loud noise begets hearing loss begets louder noise begets more hearing loss :huh:

and more hearing loss begat aids, hearing aids. and this aid begat battery sales.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #5259 on: May 10, 2017, 12:03:04 PM »
It is the same with the volume on the ringtones and message alerts.  On full power.  If it isn't full power on everything, you're not going to hear it or notice it.  Like the supermarkets that have the guy shouting into his microphone about the things on sale, on absolute full whack so much so the feedback makes it almost unintelligible.  I have sensitive hearing and there is nothing more likely to turn me off something than loud noise.  Korea is an unbelievably noisy country.


Yes i have sensitive hearing too and i hate all the loudness i hear here. So many PA systems at street festivals are ear blistering loud or the election trucks and sprukers in supermarkets selling things. I remember when we used to have Kims Club in my town and they always played the worst unrecognizable western pop music that i had never heard before and had the loudest announcements i have ever heard. People just seemed to be cool with it all.