Beanie level: Eunuch in drag

Warning: this post is going to be whiny.

I do most of my drama watching via the Viki app on my tablet (Android, Lenovo Yoga 3).  I paid the big bucks for Pass Plus as a) I seriously dislike Kocowa’s player, not to mention their search alogrythms, b) I seriously dislike the Cow’s subs, Viki subs are totally worth waiting for, and c) Viki has enough nonCow content that I would still need subscriptions to both in order to watch all my shows, and Pass Plus is cheaper than Pass + Cow. 

Well, a few weeks ago, I started getting “The video failed to load, try again later” errors.  Sometimes the video would play if I kept refreshing.  Usually not.  Updated my app; didn’t help.  Checked Viki’s Help section, and got the following:

“We’ve recently partnered with Kocowa TV (a collaboration between three main Korean TV networks – KBS, SBS, and MBC) to bring the best drama viewing experience to our community. Shows that are licensed via Kocowa are served by the video platform company, Kaltura.

At times, Kaltura might have issues that result in shows being unable to load. We’re unable to take any further action on this unless fixed by Kaltura.”

Which seemed to be what was happening, as upon exploration I discovered that only Cow shows were Failing to Load. But the weird thing? I can play videos from the Kocowa app (I do have the free account there). I can play the videos from the Viki website (on both tablet and laptop). I can play the videos from the Viki app on my phone. I updated Android on my tablet to see if that would help. It wiped my tablet, but the videos still won’t play.

Am extremely frustrated and grumpy about this. It’s been weeks! I do have work arounds, but they are annoying and inconvenient. So I’ve been watching nonCow shows and catching up on Netflix shows. But, dang it, I paid to be able to watch My Fellow Citizens, and I darn well want to watch it! Through my Viki app on my tablet! Which I bought specifically to watch dramas on! grump grump grump

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    Viki’s customer service has been greatly lacking. Have you tried complaining to them on Twitter?

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      I have not. That’s a great idea. With the not-our-fault bit from the Help FAQs, I didn’t follow up. But they should take responsibility since they took my money, dang it.

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        Kocowa takes most of the money actually. I wish they come out with a subscription that excludes Kocowa content already. I’m only interested in the tvN and Jtbc dramas anyway.

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          Doesn’t the regular Pass exclude Kocowa? That was my understanding, but I could be wrong as that’s not the tier I have.

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            When I joined, the regular pass didn’t include some premium non-Kocowa content. Did that they changed it? But I paid annually so I’m stuck for few more months.

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            I have Viki Pass and it gets everything BUT Kocowa.

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Tripping and falling on your love interest: standard romcom hijinks.

Him having a giant makeup smear on his jacket afterwards: surprisingly realistic and kind of awesome.

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    LMAO you have smarter eyes than me

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    at first i was confused what it was and then on 2nd watch i realize it to be realistic… and i loved it

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    I saw it right away and knew it was from her makeup – ugh.
    But, what I loved especially is that neither one of them made any kind of big deal out of it. Instead, the next shot he had the jacket off.
    This show is really hitting all the right spots for me.

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    Yes, I noticed it right away! Very realistic makeup problem.
    Glad they did not have him yelling at her or drawing attention to the fact that his jacket got dirty.

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    I know, right? I think this is the first kdrama that shows makeup stain on the man’s cloth after the execution of that trope. I’m proud of the writer/director.

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So. I have posted screeds on the non-drama forums I belong to. I have left complaints on AT&T\’s and Warner Bros\’ Facebook pages. Tomorrow I am going to see about switching our business cell plan from AT&T to T-Mobile. Is there anything else I can do? Short of flying to Texas and egging the main offices? (Although that is a delightful fantasy . . .) (Yes, I googled where AT&T\’s main offices were so as to see if picketing and/or egging would be possible.)

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    If you want AT&T out of your life ASAP, I understand… but in case if you’d be okay with waiting for a month to switch, I wanted to let you know that T-Mobile usually offers their best incentives for people to switch from another carrier in November (around Black Friday/Cyber Monday, but sometimes before). They usually have BOGO deals on phones, and sometimes offer bill credits (like $150/line) for switching, and sometimes (like last Nov.), they do an “activate two lines and get two lines free” promotion. (Though they probably wouldn’t run all three promotions at the same time, they do sometimes have two promos running concurrently.)

    Maybe you can stick it to AT&T and get a great deal, too.

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      My boss wants to go with Verizon, and I have started talking to them, but that is a very good point about waiting for Black Friday. Thanks!

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        Good luck wherever you end up and may you get some sweet revenge-satisfaction from leaving AT&T!

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    i live in Texas, i should go egg them!

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      Do it! Do it! Do it!

      (No, not really. I don’t want you to get in trouble for those jerks. But I am having fun fantasizing about it.)

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I feel like I should be watching Mr Sunshine to reward Netflix for finally getting the memo that I want my dramas simulcast. But I keep forgetting because it is on Netflix. And now it is almost over, so if I start watching now I will be sending the wrong message . . .

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    lol.

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    Lol!

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    That is a dilemma. While I’m over here diligently watching every episode as it comes out, but abruptly stopping last week, and haven’t watched it this week yet. So, that probably tells them that I’m bored with the show? Or maybe that I dropped off the face of the earth. I think we’re overthinking this.

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    what a problem. 😂

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Omo! Netflix is now putting names in their proper order!
Oh. I guess they must be working their way through manually.

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    Yay! It always confused me so much when they put the names backwards. I’d be staring at the screen thinking “who’s Minho Lee???” Then read it the proper way “oooooh! Lee Minho!”

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    I hoped they would figure this out.

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    As someone whose name keeps getting flipped around whenever I sign up for accounts that require my name—my name is in Chinese, so it follows the family name-given name format—this makes me really relieved.

    If we don’t swap Western names around and start calling Johnny Depp “Depp Johnny”, I simply don’t see why Western sites have to do it to non-Western names, except stubbornness to fit every other culture to their own conventions.

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I still want to figure out how to post pictures in comments, but meanwhile, this is my phone wallpaper. It’s from the how to be romantic book in W.

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I have been trying to post a photo in the comments and I keep being told I am using an inapproriate word. What am I doing wrong? Help!

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Every time the evil controlling dramaland parents try to make the hero marry the delulu second lead, I want him to threaten no grandbabies.

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I\’ve never noticed This Is a Work of Fiction disclaimers on dramas before, but when I was checking out new shows on Sunday, I saw them on three seperate dramas. And oddly enough, they were all fantasy dramas. In case you were wondering:

Drawing sketches of future events? Not real.
Getting sent 30 years in the past via a car crash? Not real.
Aliens from a distant star that live among us for hundreds of years without aging and only eat flowers? Not real.

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    Which drama is the alien? At least he doesn’t eat kitties like Alf

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      Moonshine and Valentine. aka The Love Knot: His Excellency’s First Love.

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    Aliens from a distant star that live among us for hundreds of years without aging and only eat flowers? Not real.

    The “this is a work of fiction” disclaimer on that one amused me as well. Especially after they started randomly “devolving” into literal foxes and killing people with their mind powers.

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    I don’t know about the alien one 😂 but for the other two they could be talking about the cases and not the fantasy part.

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It cracks me up a bit when shows have a star rating before ever airing a single episode. I mean, I’m as excited about Secretary Kim as the next girl, but I’m planning to watch it first.

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I got Dr Thorn by Anthony Trollope from a recent Audible sale, and it\’s absolutely delightful. This is my first Trollope, but I am definitely reading more of his books after this. The squire\’s son falls in love with the doctor\’s niece, and hijinks ensue.

Why am I posting this here? Because after listening to Dr Thorn all day, I came home and watched Pretty Noona. And was boggled at how similar the mothers were in both works. Lady Arabella disapproves of her son\’s lady love for all the same reasons Jin-ah\’s mother disapproves of Joon-hee: lack of money, disgraceful family connections. And she tries to seperate them using all the same tactics and arguments. It was uncanny.

Half a world and 150 years apart, and people are still people.

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    Did you see the series on Amazonprime I think? I really liked it and I read the book after I saw it. Frank!😍

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      No! There’s a series?!?!?!?! I totally need to check this out. Thanks! 😍😘

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    You would love the series. I might have to do a rewatch. It’s been ages since I originally saw this.

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      I’m giddy to check it out!

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        It’s one of those shows where you wish they would have just kept going with the series, even if the books ended, the actors were so good.

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My grandmother was killed in a car accident when my dad was 15. His father started dating someone new not too long after. My dad says he was against it at first, but kept his mouth shut as he knew he\’d be going off to college and didn\’t want his dad to be alone. As an adult he is so glad he kept his initial feelings to himself. The new woman turned out to be wonderful. She was the grandma I grew up knowing and loving.

I\’m watching Shall We Live Together/Marry Me Now, and we have adult kids freaking out because their widowed father has the gall to date someone. I just don\’t get it. What is their beef? Why do they want Dad to be alone forever???? It\’s not like he\’s having an affair. He\’s been widowed for over 20 years. Grow up, kids! My dad was more mature as a teenager than you are at over twice his age!

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There is an excellent Korean restaurant down the street from my house. I had been craving their clam tofu soup, so I dragged my brother with me there for dinner as we were out and about anyway. And a few tables over was a large group discussing dramas. I wasn\’t eavesdropping, exactly, but would now and again catch phrases like \”Master\’s Sun\” and \”Uncontrollably Fond\” and \”Do you have premium?\” You know, the sorts of phrases you would only use while discussing dramas. So after my meal, I worked up the nerve to approach them and ask if they were a drama fan group. And they were! And they invited my to their Facebook group!

That\’s right! I now have local peeps to fangirl with! Yay!

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Every time I am filling out an online form and have to check the I\’m Not a Robot box, I smile to myself.

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    Thank you! You just turned many of my future frowns upside-down!

    There used to be an I’m-not-a-robot box on Dramabeans, and while checking it, I often thought, “What if I were a robot who enjoys discussing k-dramas?”.

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Signs your boss might be evil:

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Step 1: look at the road, not the girl next to you.

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If you have to ask . . .

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That’s right. We’re defeating the bad guy with the ultimate Mother image. (Apologies for the poor screencap. The moment was epic, and I couldn’t do it justice.)

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Sam Jang’s TRUE super power: Able to pick up glass shards with her bare hands without the benefit of a Y chromosome.

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Do kids in Japan have more freedom/autonomy/self-sufficiency than kids in the US? Or is this a literary device, like the popularity of orphans and boarding schools in English stories? Kill off the parents (literally or figuratively) so the kid can have adventures.

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    Not sure which show/books/manga you’re referring to; but as far as I know (cred: I speak simple Japanese, read some literature, have visited; and have a few Japanese friends from my year in the UK):

    the answer to that is both yes and no. Because Japan is considered safe, yes you will see small children commuting to school etc on their own on the metro, on buses. They are also – universally, I hear – expected to clean their schools and so on. But their mothers are stay at home moms (usually) and like in most Asian cultures, it is acceptable for children to continue living at home even once they start working (but again, my friends “pay rent” or “pay back growing expenses” in that they send 30% of their income to their parents every month, more if they live at home)

    So the point of my meandering answer is that – yes they are more independent in some aspects; less so in other aspects. ^^

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      I relate so much to Yuji Sakamoto’s dramas because it reminds me of my own culture and childhood.
      I grew up in a small town and it wasn’t uncommon for us kids to be left at home alone at a very young age, even at 5yrs old because it was safe.

      I learnt at an early age to be responsible for myself. Cook, clean, do homework after school etc before going out to play with the neighborhood kids till my mom comes home.
      Those friends I still have to this day.

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        That is so cool! And very helpful in your adult life, I would think.

        I had a fairly free-range childhood, and my mother had me responsible for my own laundry, room, various chores, and of course homework. But we were rarely left to fend for ourselves completely. Not that young, anyway. By the time I was a teenager, I would babysit my younger siblings for a few hours at a time on occasion. And we never had the autonomy and responsibility kids in Japanese entertainment seem to have.

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      Fascinating! Thank you.

      I had noticed this before, but what prompted the question last night was that I have been watching Good Morning Call on Netflix, and we have 2 highschoolers who are living on their own. Renting their own apartment. And no one bats an eyelash. Well, there was a fair amount of blinking and eyebrow raising when it comes out that a boy and a girl are living together as roommates, but that was because of the boy/girl thing. Not the living alone thing. Which I found very strange.

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    I have been working here for two years. Kids here are more independent because they’re expected to go to school on their own. In the first few years in Elementary, they clean their own rooms and serve their own food. Almost all Moms here are working so they usually leave their children at daycares from 3 years old until 5 (before they’re required to attend school) so there. Also, it’s quite common to see 1st graders having their own house keys (as I see with my students).

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      That is so impressive. As I said above, I feel like my mother was good at teaching us responsibility and how to take care of ourselves. But nowhere at the level and the youth of the kids I see in Japanese entertainment. And apparently art is imitating life here.

      This is why I love watching international television. It broadens my horizons. And I’m very glad to have people like you guys to let me know what is real and what is fiction.

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