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  • yirj17
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2620 on: January 17, 2017, 02:51:10 pm »
In a school setting, perhaps they want to deter any potential source of distraction and it just bleeds over into adult life as normal.

I remember being in high school math class and gazing out the window. I observed a particularly fat squirrel leap from one branch to-- well, it didn't quite make it.

My schools like leaving the blinds up and even opening the windows on warmer days for air circulation. Usually we have to draw the blinds down if watching a video due to the glare on the screen. All my schools are out in the country though, not sure if location makes a difference?


  • Pennypie
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2621 on: January 17, 2017, 03:10:34 pm »
Why do Koreans always close the curtains and blinds and close out the outside world?  I went to the English room now and the blinds are all closed and the heating is on while they are studying.  It isn't massively bright outside and it is the same in the teachers room, blinds closed so no natural light.  Just seems strange to me as my wife does the same thing.  I love a nice sunset, sunrise and general natural sunshine, but the majority of Koreans I know are the same, like it is not interesting or pleasurable to see.  Just musings....

My co worker does the same..it drives me mad. It makes it so dingy and the students end up getting sleepy.


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2622 on: January 18, 2017, 12:16:41 pm »
Yeah, they don't really know what good pasta is here. xD ESPECIALLY if the sauce is tomato-based.

There are a few really good places in Noksapyeong, Seoul. If you're ever in the area, give one of them a try. One restaurant is actually owned and run by an Italian man, and his stuff is legit. Can't remember the name of the place, though. If anyone else knows of what I'm talking about, please drop the name.

I'll follow-up if I can remember the name.
« Last Edit: February 06, 2017, 06:02:40 pm by Chinguetti »


  • yirj17
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2623 on: January 18, 2017, 12:27:47 pm »
There are some pretty nice italian restaurants here but there are also... "Italian" restaurants. I once tried a "lasagna" that was pretty abominable. I haven't had much red sauce here as I'm partial to cream based sauces (and I also don't like eating spaghetti without garlic bread and am very disinclined toward the sweet variant often found here lol).

I've had some pretty good cream and carbonara pastas though.


  • kyndo
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2624 on: January 18, 2017, 01:32:01 pm »
Looks like wstewi17 is trying to pull an AgentScarn!
 :smiley:
« Last Edit: January 18, 2017, 01:36:12 pm by kyndo »


  • yirj17
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2625 on: January 24, 2017, 01:49:07 pm »
Anyone else have to do multiple "sign-in" sheets for deskwarming? I think it's weird since I didn't have to do this last year at all and am now being told that it's normal.

Makes me think that someone played hooky and got caught and/or the office of education is being paranoid.  :shocked:

And where would I even go?? It's a friggin' island, lol. There's not even a cafe to bum around.


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2626 on: January 24, 2017, 02:56:33 pm »
Anyone else have to do multiple "sign-in" sheets for deskwarming? I think it's weird since I didn't have to do this last year at all and am now being told that it's normal.

Makes me think that someone played hooky and got caught and/or the office of education is being paranoid.  :shocked:

And where would I even go?? It's a friggin' island, lol. There's not even a cafe to bum around.

Me too...but, its just a list of dates on my desk. Pretty easy to fake  :laugh:


  • L I
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2627 on: January 24, 2017, 03:21:46 pm »
But you're supposed to sign in and out daily...because a higher up can stop by a school at anytime unannounced to check is what I heard. It's better to be honest and follow the rules.


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2628 on: January 24, 2017, 03:29:02 pm »
Yes of course you're right, but Im just saying it seems a bit silly to do it that way.


Its interesting that its in other areas too, i thought it was because this year our POE said definitely definitely no staying and "working from home" for anyone. Whereas in the past they left deskwarming up to the principal.  Is this the same in other places?


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2629 on: January 24, 2017, 03:33:01 pm »
I'm pretty sure I heard the same thing, at least for EPIK teachers, but I'm not 100% on that. In any case, my school expects me to stay at the school for my entire deskwarming period. Which I'm actually okay with because I have a ton of materials I can work on, and the internet, Hulu and Netflix are there for me for when I need to take a break from that.

And I'll also be the only one in the office, so I'll probably end up doing yoga and stuff in between, too.

My home away from home.
« Last Edit: January 24, 2017, 03:39:07 pm by Chinguetti »


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2630 on: January 25, 2017, 07:40:23 am »
First day back to deskwarming.  According to cool messenger there is only one other person in the whole school so far.  And I'm okay with that - I'd prefer to be left alone.

I have no sign in sheet, but I think cool messenger logs when I log in, so they have that way of checking I guess. 

I made a list of things to do during deskwarming (constructive or school related).  It's not a long list.


  • yirj17
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2631 on: January 25, 2017, 09:25:51 am »
I just had to fill out sign-in sheets for last year's deskwarming periods. Lol. Apparently these are for calculating my salary and my school didn't know so we're doing them now.


  • yirj17
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2632 on: January 25, 2017, 02:54:44 pm »
Saw Lalaland. Funnily today I saw a good many posts on my FB feed about how it was "overrated."

I didn't go in with any expectations other than to have a good time. It was like cotton candy fluff-- an enjoyable treat but not a substantial meal nor would I expect it to be.


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2633 on: January 25, 2017, 03:44:19 pm »
Saw Lalaland. Funnily today I saw a good many posts on my FB feed about how it was "overrated."

I didn't go in with any expectations other than to have a good time. It was like cotton candy fluff-- an enjoyable treat but not a substantial meal nor would I expect it to be.

I haven't had a substantial meal since Interstellar TBH.

Any big ones I've missed these days?


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2634 on: January 26, 2017, 12:45:28 am »
I haven't had a substantial meal since Interstellar TBH.

Any big ones I've missed these days?

Nocturnal Animals. Great performances, great cinematography and a compelling story. Tom Ford can direct the shit out of a movie.
The joys of fauxtherhood


  • yirj17
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    • September 16, 2015, 02:23:16 am
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2635 on: January 26, 2017, 11:22:40 am »
I need to catch up on some newer films. Interstellar is still on my to-watch list. Lately I've been rewatching old stuff. I really like Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Perfect Blue, etc) and Terry Gilliam. The former died too young and the latter doesn't appear to have been very active in a while.


  • yirj17
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    • September 16, 2015, 02:23:16 am
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2636 on: January 31, 2017, 02:02:41 pm »
Random coworker showed up to work today! Bearing gifts from vacation! I received a nail clipper from Singapore (got a fun merlion design) and a woven cup (pencil holder?). Super practical, I dig it.


  • JahMoo
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    • May 11, 2016, 12:55:18 pm
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2637 on: February 01, 2017, 09:13:31 am »
Random coworker showed up to work today! Bearing gifts from vacation! I received a nail clipper from Singapore (got a fun merlion design) and a woven cup (pencil holder?). Super practical, I dig it.

I got lazy with my gifts for my co-workers.  Before I'd buy in the country before departing, now I get them in the airport, or the transfer airport I go through.  No one knows the difference.  :wink:  With two of my old co-teachers we have a 'buy a t-shirt from the country you go to', so I have loads of t-shirts from countries I've never been to.

My coworkers at my main school all got lipstick cases from my trip to Bali. Hopefully they never find out how cheap these little things were.


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2638 on: February 01, 2017, 10:06:30 am »
Anyone else have to do multiple "sign-in" sheets for deskwarming? I think it's weird since I didn't have to do this last year at all and am now being told that it's normal.

Makes me think that someone played hooky and got caught and/or the office of education is being paranoid.  :shocked:

And where would I even go?? It's a friggin' island, lol. There's not even a cafe to bum around.

I didn't have to do a single day of desk-warming for either summer or winter vacation. Today is my first day in after over a month of vacation. Guess I got lucky.

It has made me spoilt, though. I only have 8 working days left, and probably will only have classes on 6 of those days, yet I have no ambition to prep or do anything. I just want this silly February "semester" to be over with so I can get out of here.


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    • March 31, 2016, 10:32:14 am
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2639 on: February 01, 2017, 11:28:40 am »
Today started disastrously but somehow it seems like everything's going to be okay.

I woke up at EIGHT THIRTY for no good reason at all; my alarms went off but I somehow managed to ignore all of them. Immediately freaked out, called my coteacher because that's what I was told to do the time when I was an hour late, she didn't pick up, I texted her, called the principal, she didn't pick up, texted her too. Couldn't put my files onto my usb fast enough so that meant I'd have to do prep at school except I was late so I had no time for prep. Was definitely gonna get yelled at by JB.

....But I arrived at school and the schedule's been pushed back a half hour, so I have time to prep, and JB isn't at work today, so no getting yelled at, and the principal just wanted to make me tea, and one of my classes was cancelled.

How?