Beanie level: Unemployed slacker in a sparkly tracksuit

Hello, world!

I am about to go on a hiatus because:
a) I’m going to go to Europe and have some fun and also, less fun
b) I’m not enjoying much and I”m cynical and bored and I’m a hair’s breath of attacking bunnies with knitting needles or at least of grumping too much about things people seem to be enjoying for some reason and I feel it’d be too obnoxious to drop by and go, “But why?”

Me and the next 18 inevitable webtoon adaptations and their shallow cliche-ridden corpses

This does also mean I’m putting the blog on hiatus as well. I have recently moved it from WordPress.com to temporarily stave off the AIpocalypse and I was planning a GRAND REVEAL but in lieu of that I’ll just post the new link and hopefully clean it up when I get back. All the content should be there anyway but, due to my technological incompetence, I lost most of my media.

Invisible Pink Dragon

See you here and there but mostly in May when I will hopefully be rested, relaxed, and less likely to attack random passersby with sharp objects.

Stay pressed, Beanies!

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I can’t believe I have to duck far right conspiracies and Qanon talking points even here.

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    It’s so nuts. I saw the first tendrils of the associated anti-Semitic talking points creep into a recent one, and it’s really challenging my efforts to ignore it.

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      Wow, that’s a new one. 🤣🤣🤣 Funny! I wonder what’s next! Can I take a guess?

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Is it important that this isn’t a chicken nugget?

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    Also, this is a fail on the CGI, this does not look like Dakgangjeong but like a raw brain with seeds on it. No wonder nobody eats her.

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      I swear that this is obviously a fake chicken nugget ends up being a plot point in the final episode… But I’m not ready to do any deep intellectualizing of this drama 😅

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      I’m so glad I’m not the only repulsed by the brain-like meatball. No wonder I dropped it. If I’m gonna root for a chicken nugget, it better be darn cute.

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        It is cute compared to the alternatives. I’m telling you…it’s a plot point.

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          Ooh. I am torn. I will put it on my watchlist. Your comments have been tempting me.

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            I’m going to post this somewhere more public too, but…did you ever have one of those movies in high school that was a cult-classic for its lines and (if we had had them then) memes?

            That’s Chicken Nugget. I keep remembering scenes and lines and smiling, and I know exactly which gestures and facial expressions I’d gif if I had the time and the community who cared to laugh with me.

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            Sadly, no. You know of my peripatetic (and other things) childhood in the days before the Internet…

            If you gif the future-classic moments, you know those who love the show will come. Do it!

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            @attiton I’d name some of said cult classics but then I’d date myself in a big way. Ok, maybe even admitting we had numerous, quotable cult classics is probably dating me 😜

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    It looks like sauerkraut being made into small balls.

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I know this, it’s a pocket universe.

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I don\’t know what emotion I expected A Killer Paradox to elicit but it wasn\’t boredom.

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QUESTION: All Beanies

Was there once a drama with Jang Nara and Taecyeon where she was a cop who could see ghosts? Or did I imagine the whole thing?

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This character in Knight Flower makes me laugh every time. His subtle instinctive Westernisms are so well done.

I can excuse Knight Flower almost anything because it\’s genuinely funny.

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Truck of Doom now taking out entire shows
R.I.P. Marry My Husband

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Explain what?
That this woman is not his fiancee?
What is going on here?
Why is she outraged that somebody he isn’t engaged to anymore wants to speak with him?

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Never a truer words was spoken
Like Flowers in Sand

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Forget all the satisfying things about this week, Marry My Husband was worth it for this look alone

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    Internal monologue:
    Does he… not know what the word means?
    Should I define misogyny for him?
    It is possible he doesn’t know what it means.
    Or does he know but just not realise he is one?
    Should I give him examples of…

    One beat later… no.

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    It was worth it for that.

    My internal monologue: should I look up the Korean word?
    No, just fire his ass!

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    You know, “gynaecologist”? That’s like, a doctor who specializes in ladies’ parts, and and that’s because gyn… women-something.
    And the Miso … in this case, it does not mean “lovely soup”, so I get how that can be confusing. It actually has a Greek origin, (not to confuse with latin minus makes part of e.g. “misunderstanding” or North Europian misse meaning “bad” ) , so, from Greek origin and the verb misein , “to hate”.
    So, misogyny means “to hate women”, and misogynist is someone who does that. Usually used about people who subscribe to women having less full human, individual value than men, – and among that kind of misogynist there are a good deal who sincerely believe that is not hateful towards women.

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I have two episodes of Numbers left to watch and I know some have \”enjoyed\” my breathtaking watch of this classic psychological thriller involving accountants and their high-speed car chases, murders and falling file boxes of doom.

Nonetheless, having attempted the penultimate episode of the show, my eyes have rolled back so far into my head that I can no longer see.

Maybe I inhaled methanol dust. Maybe I came too close to the singularity causing the temporal anomaly in the office\’s elevators.

Hopefully it\’s just temporary and I can resume normal programming soon.

I\’m terribly worried about *checks notes* this evil accountant taking over the entire Korean economy and causing another International Monetary crisis.

Truly when a private equity fund uses an accounting firm they can DO ANYTHING.

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    I found it helpful to think of the final episodes as a condensed two-hour movie version of the rest of the series. That makes it denser than a black hole, sucking all sense and reason inward, never to appear again (in the show, at least).

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    I’m so glad I didn’t watch this because your posts and the subsequent beanie comments are clearly vastly more entertaining than the source material 😂

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How does this villain have the time to hang out in the elevators all day anyway? Where is he going? Where has been?

I’d just take the stairs

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    Potential plot threads never borne out:
    – He has CC cameras trained on every employee and a remote controller for the elevator so he can always jump in right before – or right after – his target does.
    – He cloned himself so he could be in every elevator at all times.
    – He literally lives in the elevator. Don’t look too closely in the corners.

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      I have another theory. There’s a scene early in the where Han Seung-jo is reminiscing about his time with Joyce Jang and he misses New Year’s Eve and she turns back the clock and declares its actually midnight.

      This, combined with the Escher stairs of the office suggests an alternative reading. That time is relative and subjective and therefore the accounting firm is a black hole warping spacetime around it. Thus Han Je-gyun as the nexus point of the anomaly can be both in the elevator and not in the elevator simultaneously. In fact, he is always in the elevator despite never being in the elevator at all.

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        This makes more sense than all of my proposals in the sense that it makes less sense than any of them. And let’s not even talk about how bendy gravity gets when it comes to structural engineering (because I don’t know if you’re there yet or not, or are both there and not there).

        I agree that the set designer was the only person clued into the theme of this show.

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          Gravity is so bendy and Han Je-gyun such a powerful gravitational force that he alone is responsible when all buildings collapse, despite just being the accountant.

          I guess this is what they mean when they say the Pen is Mightier Than the Sword. Numbers brings the roof down. Literally.

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        Here are my Numbers gifs–including the first gif I ever made! It is terrible (you can recognize it because I made it again…better). I made it on demand for @elinor. So, I guess you could say she “started it.”

        Anywho, many of these are in, or near, elevators.

        https://imgur.com/a/2DOuzzH

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          Oh that’s not working for me for some reason, it says the page doesn’t exist

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            Ha. I think all the albums I made before my infamous, “Tae-min from LYOL in the shower” image got me marked as someone who posts explicit content, got taken down. Weekenders are SEXY HOT. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

            I’ve remade the album…it’ll ask you to confirm that you won’t find someone throwing a wad of paper at a subordinate erotic. I promise, unless you DO find that erotic, well actually–there’s some ogling of a younger man by an older man in an elevator. It’s pretty erotic.

            OK. New tactic. YOU DO need to be over 18 to see the images in my Numbers album!

            https://imgur.com/a/x0miS2B

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            I was disappointed at the lack of erotic images, although I did only just watch the elevator ogling the other day and it was… um, yes. Taken out as a gif, it is even more amazing.

            I am over 18, this is now confirmed. I know it will be a surprise.

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What the hell is this place?
Some kind of weird harem pool?
Why are people standing in it, not swimming? Why are there beds?
Why is she wearing a nightgown?
So. Many. Questions.
Numbers

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    There are indeed a Number of questions for each episode. 🤔 *ponders seriously*

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    Fear not, NONE of them will be answered.

    2023 was truly an epic drama year for swimming pools.

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      Oh I missed the Year of Swimming Pools.
      What were the other epic pools?

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        They were practically a supporting character in See You in My 19th Life. King the Land, Park’s Marriage Contract, Twinkling Watermelon, and The Kidnapping Day all had memorable pools and pool scenes, although in the latter two their interactions with the other characters were significantly affected by being empty.

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          That is some high-level recall @elinor! I watched every one of those dramas but could only remember the first one with the swimming pool.

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            Former competitive and life-long recreational swimmer here. 🤭 I love pools – in dramas as well as in real life.

            This is going to sound ridiculous, but I probably would have dropped 19th Life if it didn’t have such pretty pools. I feel sorry for Koreans apparently being required to swim fully clothed once they’ve reached adulthood, though.

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            ^^ Absolutely amazing memory.❤

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    I remember this being the hotel where she was staying at. I’m guessing this is the “VIP pool area” complete with outdoor daybeds for lounging (except they’re not outdoors here). She’s in loungewear and I have no idea what the people in the pool are doing. My question is, in the first picture, what is the person on the far left doing? Snacking? I can’t tell.

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    your local pervy swimming pool. Some pay to swim. Others pay to watch.

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I can’t get over it. Everything about Numbers is so laughably terrible. Why is this one thing SO GOOD?

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All jokes aside, this set is amazing

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Due to popular demand, I started watching Numbers and this show is breathtaking. Absolutely breathtaking.

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    So the evil accounting firm is engaged in a little somethin’ somethin’ shady and has liquidated the construction site that our orphaned hero’s adoptive father Saint Ahjusshi works at.

    So he shows up at the site to find the thugs that seem to turn up at these things that in Korea are, like, legal or something?? (Why does nobody call the police about masked men beating up people?). Anyway they’re beating up the old guys who seem to be the only people who work at this construction firm idk maybe it’s bankrupt because all its employees are retirement age.

    So he joins in and starts whacking away before THE ACCOUNTANT shows up and villain monologues all, “The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword”, son but this kid is just like a teenager who works in the canteen. Why is he talking to him about this? Why is he handing the papers to this unrelated child?
    “See, I have the paperwork here, you… random teenage person, so now back off with your coordinated protest that has nothing to do with you”.

    It’s such Lead Character nonsense and L’s acting is so bad that at this point I’m basically laughing uproariously. It’s so unintentionally funny.

    “I WILL BE AN OBSTACLE” he declares histrionically and I’m on the floor over here.

    This is so so bad.

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    I know this is a 12 episode drama but they’ve now dealt with about two hours of backstory in a grand total of *checks notes* 20 minutes and it’s as thin and headscratching as you imagine it to be.

    Why did… oh you know what, it doesn’t matter.

    L is ensconced in an accounting firm without an accounting degree like this is some truly cut-rate version of Suits. Boy I’m glad getting a job at a top accounting firm in three weeks without a degree is so easy, why are Koreans complaining about the job market? It’s a steal!

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Park Min-young looks like she’s going to snap like a dry twig before a gentle breeze

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Today\’s PMO is on revenge time slip plotlines…

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I don\’t even know where to start on the stupid that is Death\’s Game so I suspect it\’s best not to.
But the acting! The acting!

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    This show is so bad that it almost seems like it took effort to make it this bad.

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    All other issues aside, the show’s treatment of female characters was so terrible that it alone would fill an essay, if I could be bothered writing one. Which I can’t. This piece of nonsense isn’t worth it. Save me from male writers, this is what I came to kdrama to get away from.

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      Yes! I loved the overall premise of deaths game but the execution fell so incredibly short. And the treatment of female characters – ugh. I feel like I’m watching Japanese shounen yet again.

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    LT, I think majority watched it for the cast and if there was one smart move that was done by whoever wanted to adapt/produce the webtoon into a drama was zeroing in on this set of exceptional actors who are not just pretty faces.

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      The acting was amazing, truly just a succession of Korea’s best (at least best male) actors. At least they allowed a woman one good part, but of course she was a mother.

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        Of course, Kim Mi Kyung is nation’s mother, so even if they butcher her part (given what we have seen with writing, they might have done more blunders than wonders), she would have patched it up her immense talent and loads of “mom character” experience.

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    Oof. Thank you for convincing me to take it off my least. Was’nt looking foword to sigining up with amazon prime anyway

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