Beanie level: Unemployed slacker in a sparkly tracksuit
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    And she’s still so stylish! #ageinggoals

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    I heard this on the radio on my way to work just now. It’s bringing me all the feelsss.. Thanks, Paka!

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    She’s seen it all!

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    http://i.imgur.com/FlWd6nd.jpg
    (This is one of the only times I use memes). She’s so sassy. I love her.

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      @artgirl ship-happens,
      ROFLMAO! Thank you!

      I used to work in a French bakery about 10-15 years ago. It had an ancient bread slicer that I thought had a patent date that was earlier than 1927 — about 1900 — but I could be wrong. (It’s possible that it had been made in Germany.) I used it with trepidation, as there were no finger guards, but once I got the hang of it, it was okay. I’ve used band saws and other power wood-working tools, but this was in an intimidating class by itself. And it was really loud. I’m amazed that OSHA didn’t outlaw the things. — But it was also heartwarming to see a well-made piece of equipment still doing its thing so well after so many decades. They truly do not make ’em like they used to. A pox upon planned obsolescence.

      How well I recalled a similar device slicing freshly-baked loaves of pumpernickel and rye with caraway seeds on Sundays after church when I was a squirt.

      See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_Frederick_Rohwedder#Career

      Rohwedder’s bread slicer in operation:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LHZO57RDi4

      This is much larger than the machine I used, and intended for use in a factory bakery.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C76XrTXFZY

      This is more like it, if you can envision something bigger, more dangerous, and with more late Victorian / steam punk flair. πŸ˜‰

      I’m willing to bet that one of the big selling points of pre-sliced bread — aside from fitting into the slots of those newfangled electric toasters — was the uniformity of the pieces, which would have been welcomed by home economists and dietitians. For busy parents making lunch for kids to take to school, sliced bread would have been a godsend, especially in big families.

      From a nutritional standpoint, pre-slicing bread is not so great because it speeds staleness. It also increases the surface area for colonization by airborne bread mold, which is great if you’re into culturing penicillin. Case-hardened crust protects loaves from spoilage, which is why I still prefer to buy whole loaves and cut them myself.

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PEOPLE WITH FLAWS, Ep. 15 BGM

Ed Sheeran: “Perfect” official MV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vv-BfVoq4g

@02:10 as Seo-Yeon returns from bathroom, hopeless romantic Kang-woo has it on the stereo.

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Hawaiian music

“Kanikapila Sunday” with Derrick Malama, Sundays 1-4 PM on HPR-1
https://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/programs/kanikapila-sunday

Check out his playlists.

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RIP 02/17/2018

Peter Moon Band: “Cane Fire” (title track, 1982)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlgEr1MalvU

Korean-Chinese wizard of ukulele & slack-key guitar, & 25 years of Kanikapila @UH-Manoa.

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2019 ArsTechnica TV Roundup: KINGDOM

Zombies over-run medieval Korea in Kingdom
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/12/tv-technica-2019-these-were-our-favorite-shows-and-binges-this-year/

Daebak!

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ArsTechnica reviews KINGDOM

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/01/kingdom-mixes-zombie-outbreak-with-political-intrigue-in-winning-combo/
by Jennifer Ouellette – 1/30/2019

Ddabong!

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    I remember being really freaked out at how fast the zombies are, too.

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      @bbstl,
      The zombies in TRAIN TO BUSAN were terrifying. They were the Usain Bolts of the zombie realm. And so many of them glommed onto the end of the train that it visibly slowed down until something gave way and they lost their grip on it — and the locomotive shot forward.

      The Dongnae zombies moved like a lahar cascading down a volcano — and just as unstoppable. And as terrifying as a force of nature.

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        I keep forgetting that I should watch Train to Busan. Because I don’t do zombies hahaha.

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          @bbstl,
          I don’t normally watch zombies either. But I was willing to give TRAIN TO BUSAN a shot because of Gong Yoo — and was pleasantly surprised. Korean zombies are different from other zombies, perhaps because you can still see traces of who they used to be even after they turn. Screw your courage to the sticking place and just watch it. There’s a lot more to the movie than mindless terror and adrenaline rushes. And be sure to watch all the way to the end. It killed me dead, in the best possible way. Aloha. πŸ˜‰

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            Yes, I was willing to do zombies for Hyun Bin and for Joo Ji Hoon so it’s only right that I include Gong Yoo in the mix 😂

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I-Man Signs Off

WNBC 66 New York – Right Rev. Dr. Billy Sol Hargis – Don Imus – November 1972 air check
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aty3LiGxgAE

Music from “One Sacred Chicken to Go.” RIP, Imus.

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Hungnam evacuation, Christmas Eve 1950

The US Ship of Miracles that saved 14,000 North Korean refugees
By Laura Bicker
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-50805106

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Jung Il-woo

Why Ilwoo had to rest for years [Star’s Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant 2019.12.09]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpKa4fwVm1c

HAECHI’s Lee Geum Seja is another gifted cook. (MORE)

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    IIRC, the cerebral aneurysm resulted from injuries incurred in the 2006 car accident that also seriously injured his childhood buddy, Lee Min-ho.

    Jung Il-woo had been one of my faves since I first saw him as The Scheduler in 49 DAYS, and later in THE RETURN OF ILJIMAE / MOON RIVER and THE MOON EMBRACING THE SUN. He was terrific in the early 2019 sageuk drama HAECHI, his return to acting following military service. Hwaiting, JIW! <3 <3 <3

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      Liked him too in Haechi! He looks like a well-rounded person and has real-life skills, that’s amazing! I had already seen some of his Camino de Santiago pictures on his Instagram, but it’s just so cool to see footage of him in places that are familiar to me 😍

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Uigwe [State Rites]

Introduction to the Uigwe Royal Documents of the Joseon Dynasty
by Yi Song-mi
https://eall.columbian.gwu.edu/sites/g/files/zaxdzs1721/f/downloads/Yi%20Song-mi%20Paper.pdf

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    Well,that was interesting! I especially like the part about Secondary Sacrifices to the God of Wind since it reminded me of our

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      Oops.
      Our @yyishere.

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        @bbstl,
        We’re never gonna let @yyishere live down her epic aeolian performance as the wind chasing its own tail. Bwahaha! πŸ˜‰

        I got a kick out of all the horse-related ceremonies. πŸ˜‰

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          I was trying to make a connection between the horse stuff and what I remember of Arthdal but I don’t think β€œmasa” was used in the show. What was the name of that horse-man god, anyway?

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    What a great find, thank you @pakalanapikake! It looks like Yeongjo was a big fan of reviving ancient rites (pp.12-13). I had no idea there was a Royal Archery Rite. Maybe he just wanted to show off as well as strengthen military power?

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      You’re most welcome, @wishfultoki. I don’t recall how I stumble across some of these discoveries. πŸ˜‰

      I didn’t read the entire document this time. I usually do, which is a drag when a monograph runs to 120 pages. O.o

      I’m not surprised that there was a Royal Archery Rite because archery was such an integral martial art in Korea. I think I read that it was included in the state military exams until the armed forces were reformed (or the gwageo was abolished?) in 1894 or so — well after modern firearms and machine guns came into use.

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    I hope so.The writer has confirmed she is working on the script but we have no news about the air date or the cast . Fingers crossed it works out!

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      @ayaan,
      I’m in the “I’ll believe it when I see it” camp. After reading that there’s a third season of KINGDOM in the works as well, I fear that SIGNAL 2 will be bumped even further back in the queque. On the other hand, if it means we end up with a truly worthy successor to the original show that picks up where the first left off and fills us in on what Detective Lee Jae-han has been up to — and why — in the intervening years, I’ll be more than happy to have waited during its gestation. I hope they see fit to recycle some of the music to help us slide back into the past. πŸ˜‰

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        But I think all three seasons of Kingdom were planned from the start? Like they wrote all the scripts, it was just a matter of having the seasons greenlit for production? Because I remember when they announced Kingdom seeing something about how it’ll have three short seasons and then the writer wanted to do Signal 2. I mean, I assume the Kingdom scripts will need a bit of tweaking here and there, but for the most part my skepticism is more about whether the actors/PD will all make it – Signal was so great because it was one of the few dramas that hit the trifecta of great writing, acting and direction. I worry that if even one of the latter two elements changes it won’t have the same feel.

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          I wouldn’t want the show to go ahead if the cast had changed, or the production team. They should wait to have everyone on board.

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            @ayaan,
            Here’s hoping that they get the band back together. Having waited this long already, what’s a little longer if it means getting all the ducks in a row? πŸ˜‰

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          @snarkyjellyfish,
          It’s been so long that I’ve forgotten about KINGDOM’S 3 short seasons. I could be confusing it with ARTHDAL CHRONICLES. It would be great if the scripts were all done, and it is just a matter of getting the go-ahead to film the final season of KINGDOM. I’ve been rewatching it while doing a bit of research, and it’s excellent. Amazingly, there really is a frozen valley near Miryang! KINGDOM is head and shoulders above ARTHDAL, which got carried away with bombast.

          As for SIGNAL 2, I agree with you about that golden “trifecta.” The cast and director/production crew were integral to bringing the script to life. My fingers are crossed that everyone makes it back to continue the alchemy.

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            I didn’t watch Arthdal – it looked like a hot mess before it aired, so I’m glad I never committed despite the great pedigree there. I don’t think they announced it as a multi-season show (except in the sense that this series was divided into three “seasons”) so I think that was a bit of a cop-out on their part.

            I actually have no problem with multi-season shows as long as they have an endgame in mind and are OK with saying no to excessive/unnecessary seasons. For procedural shows, I definitely don’t have an issue since it works well with the format and allows for characters to come and go with fewer issues since those shows are more fluid in terms of cast. My big problem is that this season formatting doesn’t work well with genre shows that haven’t got a full story-arc planned ahead. Kingdom was planned this way, and they were up front about it, so I’m not mad at it. Arthdal was allegely planned this way too, but not being up front about it seems pretty underhanded and and unfair to its audience. I haven’t watched Kingdom yet because I knew it was going to be multi-seasoned and I wanted to wait since the seasons were short. (Though I may break soon because I’m watching Matrimonial Chaos right now and I suspect I’ll need more Bae Doo-na as soon as it’s over.) What Arthdal, and it seems Vagabond as well, have done seems like a cheap way of justifying more episodes if the audience was there.

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            @snarkyjellyfish,

            I’m really looking forward to season 2 of KINGDOM come March. I was so overloaded with sageuks early in 2019 that I couldn’t give this one the attention it deserved when it first premiered. Having watched NOKDU FLOWER and MY COUNTRY in the interim, I can better appreciate KINGDOM the second time around (e.g., “sabal tongmun” circular signatures on covenants; yangban ministers vs. absolute monarchs in Joseon dynasty).

            I usually prefer dramas to films because there’s more opportunity for character development over 16+ hours versus 2 hours. Seja and his bodyguard make quite an interesting pair. His Highness has a dry sense of humor that slays me.

            KINGDOM feels very cinematic, with gorgeous production values. It moves at a good clip, and never drags. It reminds me of some of the BBC’s shows that have relatively few episodes per season. But it also manages to pull off some nicely-nuanced character development, and packs a lot of action into each episode — which clock in at an hour or less.

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        Yeah I don’t mind waiting for a great storyline. Even if it is not a full length drama, a film or 4 ep epilogue would be amazing.

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They call the wind YY-ah…

CRASH LANDING ON YOU / PAINT YOUR WAGON

Harve Presnell: “They Call the Wind Maria” (1969)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByqYEzugleE

(MORE)

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The Nuts 2.0?

https://www.allkpop.com/article/2019/12/actor-ji-hyun-woo-preparing-to-make-a-comeback-as-a-singer-with-a-band-next-year

JHW is a great guitarist. “Love Fool” is one of my faves. MORE

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ROMANCE ZERO, Ep. 13 BGM

Edison Lighthouse: “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)” [1970]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqcDG_xLWPY

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Grows_(Where_My_Rosemary_Goes)

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ROMANCE ZERO, OST Track 2

Lee Tae-sang: “Cheoeum cheoreom” (Like the First Time)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p8rw7x8Wfc
https://wiki.d-addicts.com/Romance_Zero_OST

Beautiful singing voice.

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WHEN THE CAMELLIA BLOOMS

Kang Ha-neul: “I’m a Butterfly” (naneun nabi), 2014 SBS Awards
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB26AU9g9To

Still not over Yong-shik yet. πŸ˜‰

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From Baseball to Acting & Singing

Lee Tae-sung & Yoon Hyun-min: “I’m a Butterfly” on IMMORTAL SONGS 2, 2016.12.10
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLlUcmYskWg

2 friends hit it out of the park.

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