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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11200 on: January 10, 2020, 07:20:54 am »
My coteachers probably think I'm rude because I refuse food that they eat in the office all the time.  But there are some things I can't bring myself to eat (I might have tried it before or I might not). 

The "You're an adult" works both ways.  Because I'm an adult does that mean I have to try everything that's put in front of me even if I don't want to?  Or because I'm an adult haven't I earned the right to make my own decisions lol.

If people think I'm rude for not wolfing down their cold rice cakes and gwamegi in the office then that's ok.

I"m with you on that.

Of course, there is a polite way to go about it. 

Korea food is not that exotic or great.  Sure, some things are good....just, "good".  Bet hat as it may, being adult, you have the capacity and freedom to make up your own mind, to decide if you want to try the fish-poop soup the Korean teachers are slurping on. 


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11201 on: January 10, 2020, 08:13:34 am »
Marmite is ace, love it.

w r o n g

If I agreed with you, then we'd both be wrong.

Marmite is f%^king disgusting. And that is putting it nicely. :p


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11202 on: January 10, 2020, 09:45:47 am »
Marmite is ace, love it.

w r o n g

If I agreed with you, then we'd both be wrong.

Marmite is f%^king disgusting. And that is putting it nicely. :p
Marmite ain't shyte! I mean, it might not be an absolute delight, but it's still quite alright.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11203 on: January 10, 2020, 10:19:38 am »
Actually, VEGEMITE is better...but I'll go with Marmite in a pinch!


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11204 on: January 10, 2020, 10:24:01 am »
Marmite is ace, love it.

w r o n g

If I agreed with you, then we'd both be wrong.

Marmite is f%^king disgusting. And that is putting it nicely. :p

You people have no soul, marmite is great.    :)
There is no known medical cure for stupidity!


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11205 on: January 10, 2020, 10:33:24 am »
Actually, VEGEMITE is better...but I'll go with Marmite in a pinch!

Both taste like vomit. D:


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11206 on: January 10, 2020, 10:58:16 am »
Actually, VEGEMITE is better...but I'll go with Marmite in a pinch!

Both taste like vomit. D:

It's a love or hate thing. Personally, very few things are as sublime as a breakfast which includes Marmite spread over freshly buttered, crispy toast.
I tried Vegemite, it tastes like a crappy imitation of the real deal.

It's certainly divisive, but very iconic to British and South African food culture. 


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11207 on: January 10, 2020, 11:05:47 am »
It's like when Scots rave about haggis and it makes those from farflung cultures want to hurl.

Or like how my father made Hungarian headcheese (an expensive item in a Canadian deli) yet my friends ew the thought of eating parts of a pig's head (yet they eat hot dogs) or my dad's half beef brains, half lean ground beef burgers.

Some of us rave, some rant.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11208 on: January 10, 2020, 11:11:24 am »
Does the pollution really depress anyone? This is my first year here and it's really getting to me emotionally. The air has barely been good since I got here (Aug), and it's just going to get worse in spring. I'm definitely not sticking around next year but I feel so depressed and trapped by the atmosphere. I've made plans to hike for 3 weeks in a row and had to cancel every time because of the air.
7 more months  :sad:
Does the pollution really depress anyone? This is my first year here and it's really getting to me emotionally. The air has barely been good since I got here (Aug), and it's just going to get worse in spring. I'm definitely not sticking around next year but I feel so depressed and trapped by the atmosphere. I've made plans to hike for 3 weeks in a row and had to cancel every time because of the air.
7 more months  :sad:

I think there has been plenty of low pollution days since august last year. I remember think how much better it has been from past years.  There have only been maybe 5 or 6 extreme pollution days this winter and many days in Autumn and winter have been windy or rainy with low pollution.  I remember other years being much worse actually.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11209 on: January 10, 2020, 11:28:28 am »
Does the pollution really depress anyone? This is my first year here and it's really getting to me emotionally. The air has barely been good since I got here (Aug), and it's just going to get worse in spring. I'm definitely not sticking around next year but I feel so depressed and trapped by the atmosphere. I've made plans to hike for 3 weeks in a row and had to cancel every time because of the air.
7 more months  :sad:
Does the pollution really depress anyone? This is my first year here and it's really getting to me emotionally. The air has barely been good since I got here (Aug), and it's just going to get worse in spring. I'm definitely not sticking around next year but I feel so depressed and trapped by the atmosphere. I've made plans to hike for 3 weeks in a row and had to cancel every time because of the air.
7 more months  :sad:

I think there has been plenty of low pollution days since august last year. I remember think how much better it has been from past years.  There have only been maybe 5 or 6 extreme pollution days this winter and many days in Autumn and winter have been windy or rainy with low pollution.  I remember other years being much worse actually.

If this a good year, then yikes. I guess it depends on what AQI you deem "polluted." For me, AQI approaching 100 is not great... I got bronchitis for a month when I didn't wear a mask for one day and the AQI was only 85. Either way I'm struggling rn : /


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11210 on: January 10, 2020, 11:43:36 am »
I think there has been plenty of low pollution days since august last year. I remember think how much better it has been from past years.  There have only been maybe 5 or 6 extreme pollution days this winter and many days in Autumn and winter have been windy or rainy with low pollution.  I remember other years being much worse actually.

Pollution is pollution.  By Aqicn, if anything is over 100, then it's shit and there has been a lot of days since August.  You can't split hairs with how damaging low levels of pollution actually are.  Since August last year, it's been crap.  Once you notice the pollution and now that there are enough apps for following how bad the PM2.5 and PM10 are, then you can compare easily.  The last four years have been the worst and are getting worse.  The 'yellow sand' in spring has all but died out, but the PM2.5 and PM10 is much much worse.  I will add that where you live in Korea will matter.  Seoul, Gyeongi-do and Chungnam and Chungbuk bear the brunt of the shit air. 


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11211 on: January 10, 2020, 01:13:07 pm »


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11212 on: January 10, 2020, 01:33:42 pm »
https://aqicn.org/city/seoul/

Yikes!  :huh:

Yep. And the BBC is posting articles like this about the air in London: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-50119981

Everytime I've checked the air quality in the UK, London is almost always green (there have been a few yellow patches in London here and there, but even then London is mostly green). Meanwhile in Korea, if it's yellow it's considered good  :cry:
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11213 on: January 10, 2020, 01:42:16 pm »
There are so many variations in pollution aps though.  My ap now says 65 for 2.5 pollution. The other one says  132 for 2.5 pollution.  Which one is right? I live in Gwacheon.  I can usually tell by a visual check how bad it is. It says  yellow here today.  I do remember plenty of blue days too. 


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11214 on: January 10, 2020, 01:42:40 pm »
https://aqicn.org/city/seoul/

Yikes!  :huh:

Yep. And the BBC is posting articles like this about the air in London: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-50119981

Everytime I've checked the air quality in the UK, London is almost always green (there have been a few yellow patches in London here and there, but even then London is mostly green). Meanwhile in Korea, if it's yellow it's considered good  :cry:

I had to laugh at this bit...  :laugh:

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In London, high-pollution days would see an extra 87 cardiac arrests per year, an extra 144 strokes, and 74 children and 33 adults ending up in hospital with asthma-related issues.

In Birmingham the figure would be 12 more out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, 27 additional admissions for stroke and 26 more for asthma.

Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford and Southampton would see between two and six more out-of-hospital heart attacks and up to 14 extra hospital admissions for both stroke and asthma.

Only in Derby would there be no apparent increase.

What does that say about Derby?   :laugh:  They're immune to pollution because it's already a crap hole full of mingers?  Maybe in Leeds, the life expectancy is longer from pollution, as it improves their lives.   :wink:  I will add that I lived in the High Peak which kind of divorced itself from Derbyshire yonks ago.   :laugh:



Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11215 on: January 10, 2020, 01:55:22 pm »
There are so many variations in pollution aps though.  My ap now says 65 for 2.5 pollution. The other one says  132 for 2.5 pollution.  Which one is right? I live in Gwacheon.  I can usually tell by a visual check how bad it is. It says  yellow here today.  I do remember plenty of blue days too. 

I think you may be getting a little mixed up with the AQICN app, where 132 is the total of PM2.5+PM10+Ozone and some other things. Just the PM2.5 in Gwacheon is about 65, which is 30 above a safe level.  Still very very bad.

I usually use...

http://aqicn.org/city/korea/
https://tenki.jp/pm25/
https://search.naver.com/search.naver?where=nexearch&query=%EB%AF%B8%EC%84%B8%EB%A8%BC%EC%A7%80&sm=top_hty&fbm=1&ie=utf8

and my eyes. 

I trust AQICN more than the Korean one, and the Japanese one seems to follow the airflow rather than having sensors on the ground, but useful nonetheless. 


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11216 on: January 10, 2020, 09:29:21 pm »
imagine that every single day in the uk, there was a tv program (or programs) dedicated to watching people eat fish and chips. and every single episode, the "cast" and audience acted like it's the first time they've ever seen fish and chips, and that it's the most delicious thing they've ever eaten. every single day. and people actually tune in specifically to watch it.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11217 on: January 11, 2020, 08:47:27 am »

imagine that every single day in the uk, there was a tv program (or programs) dedicated to watching people eat fish and chips. and every single episode, the "cast" and audience acted like it's the first time they've ever seen fish and chips, and that it's the most delicious thing they've ever eaten. every single day. and people actually tune in specifically to watch it.

And then, when people weren't at home passively watching the TV, they used their commuting time to watch YouTube videos of people talking through mouthfuls of fish and chips.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11218 on: January 11, 2020, 08:55:57 am »
I was in Fukuoka for a few days last month and every time I turned on the hotel TV, there was some variation of that format (also popular in Korea) where the commentators live in a little box in the corner of the screen, often saying nothing, and eventually react to something completely mundane. There were only about 12 channels available, and at one point at least half of them had shows in this style.

Channel 1 - People sitting on a stage commenting on a video of someone eating noodles.
Channel 2 - People sitting on a stage commenting on a video of someone eating grilled fish.
Channel 3 - People sitting on a stage commenting on a video of someone walking around their apartment.
Channel 4 - People sitting on a stage commenting on a video of someone making a really basic dish like packaged udon.

And so on...

The most surreal moment came when there was a flashback to an earlier episode, and the guy in the corner of the screen was commenting on a video of himself sitting in the corner of the screen, commenting on some video.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #11219 on: January 11, 2020, 09:20:44 am »
imagine that every single day in the uk, there was a tv program (or programs) dedicated to watching people eat fish and chips. and every single episode, the "cast" and audience acted like it's the first time they've ever seen fish and chips, and that it's the most delicious thing they've ever eaten. every single day. and people actually tune in specifically to watch it.
I dunno, imagine if back home there were the same comedy shows endlessly mocking the President while the audience laughs and thinks its getting something done instead of them, I don't know actually doing something about it instead of laughing and having repeated candlelight vigils weekend after weekend to protest them eventually leading to their ouster.

You ever stop to think that their "mindless" noodle shows and lack of "sophisticated" political comedy shows are why they were actually able to get off their asses and make a real change instead of tweeting clips of Colbert and applauding themselves for how smart they are?