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  • Kyndo
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11100 on: December 24, 2019, 09:10:07 am »
Can anyone recommend any bluetooth headphones that are the same shape as the original airpods, ie ones that don't have the rubbery tip that go inside your ear.
    I do a lot of running, and always get snared up in wires, so I use bluetooth head phones quite a bit.
    I also find that in-ear buds are constantly falling out, especially after some sweating, so I'm a huge fan of bone-conduction head phones.
The latest models have active noise cancelling that can be turned on or off, which is great for both running (when you still need to hear oncoming cars etc) and for sitting on transit (where the noise cancelling function suppresses engine noises nearly entirely. Many of them are also water proof, so they're good for swimming too.
     I have AfterShokz Air, which aren't too ridiculously expensive, but if you want all the new functions and stuff, there are newer models that you can use while SCUBAing, and that can store several gigs of music in the device itself without any additional weight etc etc.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11101 on: December 24, 2019, 09:58:11 am »
Someone at my MOE has no idea what's going on.

As part of my EPIK contract, I'm allowed 11 sick days per contract year and am required to submit a doctor's certificate should I take 3 or more days sick leave, in a row.

Since my contract renewed, in May, I've taken 3 sick days, all spaced out.

Last month, my CT got a call from the MOE saying that I've exceeded my sick leave and that I need to send a medical certificate. I explained that they'd made a mistake, I had a record of all my sick days and that you couldn't get a medical
certificate for being sick in the past. Apparently, she relayed the message.

Today, a different CT gives me exactly the same message.

Exactly what are these monkeys doing?


  • alexisalex
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11102 on: December 24, 2019, 10:11:38 am »
Lol yeah they're definitely wrong, you don't need a note for three days.  But yeah it's a bit worrying that it's the actual MOE that's asking for a note and not your coteachers  :huh:


  • Colburnnn
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11103 on: December 24, 2019, 10:15:33 am »
iPhone 6s. No problems whatsoever.
Haven't you got some pictures of birds to be jacking off to, son?

Colburnnn: Complains a lot, very sassy. Has a loudmouth.


  • oglop
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11104 on: December 24, 2019, 10:41:33 am »
why does every single tv advertisement in this country have to have

1. celebrity endorsement
2. a shit song and dance


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11105 on: December 24, 2019, 02:35:26 pm »
why does every single tv advertisement in this country have to have

1. celebrity endorsement
2. a shit song and dance

Whoa, wait.  You're telling me that Kim Tae Hee doesn't drink French Cafe Coffee mix? 


  • oglop
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11106 on: December 27, 2019, 03:22:00 pm »
went to the MG insurance place today. ALL i wanted was to set up a direct debit (so i don't have to manually pay into it every month), figuring it would take maybe 3 minutes

i had to:
- delete my entire account with them and sign up again
- write/sign my name over 20 times (lost count at around 20)
- write my address over 7 times
- go back and forth to the ATM (for some reason they would only give/take cash)
- talk on the phone for 20 minutes, despite being in the actual MG branch
- the process took around 2.5 hours

wtf korea... why is ANY of this necessary? and all for the simplest of requests..


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11107 on: December 28, 2019, 03:35:12 pm »
"dealing with the japanese" and acting like an adult aren't mutually exclusive
Just because YOU think it's a trivial issue doesn't mean it is one. We have a multitude of various boycott novements going on around the world, some on far more trivial issues thsn the admittedly politically roused issue of wartime sexual slavery.

In 2015, Japan paid 1 billion and again apologized to South Korea in exchange for a promise for the issue never to be brought up again. Seems like it should be settled. But what if later some decide they want more money and more apologies? People have to keep giving money and apologies for something that happened long before they were born for the rest of eternity?


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11108 on: December 28, 2019, 04:34:54 pm »
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In 2015, Japan paid 1 billion and again apologized to South Korea in exchange for a promise for the issue never to be brought up again. Seems like it should be settled. But what if later some decide they want more money and more apologies? People have to keep giving money and apologies for something that happened long before they were born for the rest of eternity?

Agreed.


  • VanIslander
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11109 on: December 29, 2019, 01:20:05 pm »
That's the nature of hush money.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11110 on: December 30, 2019, 02:24:48 am »
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People have to keep giving money and apologies for something that happened long before they were born for the rest of eternity?

Germany does it well, why can't the Japanese do it?
incumbo studiis


  • zola
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11111 on: December 30, 2019, 07:35:43 am »
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People have to keep giving money and apologies for something that happened long before they were born for the rest of eternity?

Germany does it well, why can't the Japanese do it?
You hear this a lot. What people fail to understand is that what Germany has done post war is more or less unprecedented in human history. It is not common for the vanquished to repeatedly fall on their sword publicly offering these mea culpas at every turn. Japan isn't Germany. Surely you've lived in Korea long enough to understand that guilt, especially admission of guilt, remorse, forgiveness are seen in a completely different light in this part of the world. Also the denaizification process in Germany was far more thorough then what the Americans did in Japan. You can't leave large portions of the state apparatus in place and expect it to self correct itself completely.

The fact that Japan hasn't aggressively rearmed, has gone out of its way to be a model global citizen, has kept it's pacifist constitution and has by and large refrained from openly glorifying it's actions during its imperial phase, would be good enough in 99% of situations. But then Germany had to come along and perfect the "we were terrible people, we did terrible things, there is no excuse for it" show (and i don't mean that in a pejorative sense at all) and made Japan look like remorseless animals.

I'm well aware 50,000 American military being stationed in Japan since occupation ended has been a big motivating factor for Japan not to act like pricks again, but the fact remains.

Kpip! - Martin 2018


  • Kyndo
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11112 on: December 30, 2019, 07:55:35 am »
You hear this a lot. What people fail to understand is that what Germany has done post war is more or less unprecedented in human history. It is not common for the vanquished to repeatedly fall on their sword publicly offering these mea culpas at every turn. Japan isn't Germany. Surely you've lived in Korea long enough to understand that guilt, especially admission of guilt, remorse, forgiveness are seen in a completely different light in this part of the world. Also the denaizification process in Germany was far more thorough then what the Americans did in Japan. You can't leave large portions of the state apparatus in place and expect it to self correct itself completely.

The fact that Japan hasn't aggressively rearmed, has gone out of its way to be a model global citizen, has kept it's pacifist constitution and has by and large refrained from openly glorifying it's actions during its imperial phase, would be good enough in 99% of situations. But then Germany had to come along and perfect the "we were terrible people, we did terrible things, there is no excuse for it" show (and i don't mean that in a pejorative sense at all) and made Japan look like remorseless animals.

I'm well aware 50,000 American military being stationed in Japan since occupation ended has been a big motivating factor for Japan not to act like pricks again, but the fact remains.

    Some good points.
    But I'd like to point out that while some people might consider Germany's contrition to be excessive, the sincere abhorrence of their own past has allowed Germany to reemerge as one of the preeminent nations - economically as well as culturally - in their area.   Germany's contrition has essentially allowed them to orchestrate an economic Blitzkrieg of all their neighbours... with Europe's blessing. Japan was by far the most powerful post-war Asian economy, and it was only the deep mistrust and dislike by... well... everyone that prevented them from leveraging that huge advantage to a powerful tool for regional dominance.


  • zola
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11113 on: December 30, 2019, 08:00:48 am »
Again, I absolutely in no way feel Germany's  contrition excessive, at all. It's just they have done it so well that they will forever be the yard by which others are measured. Many would not be able to live up to that.
And I agree Japan would have done themselves a lot of favors, had they apologized more thoroughly and sincerely.
Kpip! - Martin 2018


  • oglop
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11114 on: December 31, 2019, 11:56:50 am »
has anyone seen the korean tv show 구해줘 홈츠? it's a show about some celebrities going to these "nice" apartments and showing of where you can live. the apartments are usually garish or tiny or with a shit layout. the celebrities do that weird over-acting thing where they act like they've just won the lottery, when all they are doing is going into a cramped, undecorated bedroom.

"WOOOOOOW! look it has a tiny rooftop area!!!" -> cuts to studio with more celebrities. "OH MY GOD LOOK AT THAT IT'S A TINY USELESS ROOFTOP AREA" -> insert canned cheering sounds and lots of onscreen text

then it shows the price: one billion, trillion, gazillion won



  • oglop
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11115 on: December 31, 2019, 12:00:27 pm »
i just hate all korean tv. not sure if i've mentioned that before


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11116 on: December 31, 2019, 12:48:49 pm »
has anyone seen the korean tv show 구해줘 홈츠? it's a show about some celebrities going to these "nice" apartments and showing of where you can live. the apartments are usually garish or tiny or with a shit layout. the celebrities do that weird over-acting thing where they act like they've just won the lottery, when all they are doing is going into a cramped, undecorated bedroom.

"WOOOOOOW! look it has a tiny rooftop area!!!" -> cuts to studio with more celebrities. "OH MY GOD LOOK AT THAT IT'S A TINY USELESS ROOFTOP AREA" -> insert canned cheering sounds and lots of onscreen text

then it shows the price: one billion, trillion, gazillion won


You mean a Seoul version of MTV's 'Cribs' only in a place where rent is sky high due to population density and lack of arable land?


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11117 on: December 31, 2019, 12:52:32 pm »
as with any TV/reality tv show....they are all scripted to make them interesting and I do not understand Korean humor/entertainment at all. I don't like reality tv in general, no matter what country, but I do tend to like travel/food/cooking shows. I think the US equivalent of that show it House Hunters on HGTV, minus the celebrities.


  • oglop
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11118 on: December 31, 2019, 02:10:14 pm »
has anyone seen the korean tv show 구해줘 홈츠? it's a show about some celebrities going to these "nice" apartments and showing of where you can live. the apartments are usually garish or tiny or with a shit layout. the celebrities do that weird over-acting thing where they act like they've just won the lottery, when all they are doing is going into a cramped, undecorated bedroom.

"WOOOOOOW! look it has a tiny rooftop area!!!" -> cuts to studio with more celebrities. "OH MY GOD LOOK AT THAT IT'S A TINY USELESS ROOFTOP AREA" -> insert canned cheering sounds and lots of onscreen text

then it shows the price: one billion, trillion, gazillion won


You mean a Seoul version of MTV's 'Cribs' only in a place where rent is sky high due to population density and lack of arable land?
i don't know what cribs is, but they also show places outside of seoul. if they show really amazing houses or unique, quirky places, then cool. or if they helped actual couples/families find their "ideal" home. but they seem to show nothing but celebrities, who do nowt but look through these bog-standard apartments. but it's the weird fake reactions that annoys me most tbh


  • stoat
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11119 on: December 31, 2019, 03:46:39 pm »
Sounds like the total opposite of escape to the sun where you see ordinary British couples turn their noses up at amazingly cheap places with swimming pools in Spain. Just watched an episode where they were looking at places for 300 grand in Cosra Rica. 'Yeah, we like the 6 acress of land, 3 en suite double bedrooms and open plan dining/living area the size of a church hall but the 4th bedroom's a bit on the small side and the pool's the wrong shape ' etc..