Sunday, October 25, 2009

so men, some men, some people, some day say that they could once do something. this something is usually something that they note they did well, especially when compared with others. 'i used to play a mean rhythm master' an old jazz cat thinks as he merges columns in an excel document. this something, this thing, for me is 'i used to clean a mean bathroom.'

my first wife (i like to assume) said to her family's maid--which, surprisingly, i was not related to--'kevin can clean a bathroom better than you.' this was when i was living with my mother. we lived just west of nowhere, and from my room i could view a silo and black smoke from when the reservation was protesting state tax policies by burning tires. how these condos were ever built, well, how is rather simple, tho it involves a long process with surveyors, architects, town planners, construction workers, electricians, etc. why they were ever built, well, why is rather simple, to make profit. i ask horribly stupid questions.

i think the reason i used to clean a mean bathroom is twofold: one, to impress girls (my mom and my first wife (i like to assume)). two, because other people's dirt truly disgusted me. i feel awful for having had this thought. i came out coated in my mother into this world. perhaps it is that drama, that reminder of debt, that reminder of mortality, that made me want to have a sterile environment as i tried in vain to clean myself at least five times a week. humorously enough, i believe it was around this time that i began to not wash my hair as much so as to have a 'just woke up' look about me.

to stop looking at the past, as long as that is possible, is a noble goal. it is also what i am going to try and do presently. now, i still can clean with great abilities--i tested in the 98th percentile--but it happens with much less frequency. this began after i moved out of the house i owned with my wife. it all just became my dirt. i should mention, i am relatively bald. i havent had a hairstyle that requires me, or even asks me, to use a brush or a comb in years. all hair that falls is hair that falls from my body. it falls in legions. there is a toupee in my bathroom drain. i look at the refuse in my bathroom, for example, tho this does extend to my apartment at large, and i think 'meh'.

it is fascinating how we can so quickly distance ourselves from what was once part of us. the most clear examples is feces, of course. of course, i am a male writing about feces now. jesus christ. i used to also be progressive. there may be a curiosity as to when i no longer was progressive, but that would be in the past and try as i may, i am typing about the present.

i start off thinking 'meh'. a week goes by. perhaps more. i begin to worry about how effective my drain will be in my shower. time passes. i have reached a point where i am disgusted at what once was mine! oh, existential crisis! i dont know if i should weep, mourn, simply clean, burn, or not even bother with these thoughts, but, oh, they are indeed there!

my apartment now smells of bleach, i have cleaned, scrubbed, and gathered the pieces of my body. i am scared to take a shower and begin the process all over again.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

sorry to see he has changed tense. this was an eerie read tonight.

Monday, September 21, 2009

ron silliman looks like santa claus

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Elephant under police investigation

Bewildered police, for the first time, are to investigate an elephant on charges of assault on a person.

The unprecedented case was reported to the Gwangjin Police Station on Monday in which a 48-year-old woman surnamed Kim claimed to have been hit with large stones, thrown by an elephant, according to police officials yesterday.

Kim was talking a walk on Monday morning in the Children's Grand Park Zoo in eastern Seoul, when she was knocked down by a blow to the back of her head.

When she recovered from the initial shock, she found two stones close by, each the size of a grown-up's fist.

The only potential aggressor that she could see in the perimeter was the elephant in a nearby cage, she said during police questioning.

Despite the dull pain in her head, Kim went back home after reporting the incident to the zoo's control office

However, as her pain intensified, she decided to visit a hospital in the evening and was told the injury was worse than she thought, for which she decided to hold the elephant responsible.

"No one else other than that elephant could have thrown those stones at me," Kim said to the police. "The park should take responsibility for neglecting to supervise the animal."

The police are checking CCTV tapes and questioning zoo officials, in response to this unprecedented case.

The Korea Herald September 16th, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

my job suddenly feels a bit justified. this is helpful for me existentially. also, i am under the impression i am getting better at it. i am learning korean. at least taking classes. when a language has a grammar that is drastically different--subject object verb--bringing in native speakers makes sense. further, it seems the criteria to become an english teacher in korea, for koreans, is different than has been my experience with foreign language teachers in primary, secondary, and university. in the US, all of my teachers seemed to be (?) fluent. all of them had spent time in a place with native speakers of that language. this is not the case for the people i teach with. this isn't a knock on them, necessarily. it just is. i have had a korean english teacher who has never left asia who has a firm handle on english (listening, speaking, writing). back to my korean class. the fact that any languages translate is amazing, but, again, when the grammar is different, it blows my mind. for example (literal translation)
케빈씨: 용씨가 예기 있어요? Yong here is?
미현씨: 아니요. 없어요. No, not here.
케빈씨: 그렴, 용씨가 어디에 있어요? Then, Yong where here is?
미현씨: 용씨가 권주에 있어요. Yong Gwang-ju (a city in Korea) is.
obviously, my korean is v basic. when the grammar gets more complicated, and oh it will, things will even be further away from my native grammatical structure. right now, it has sort of a cute yoda effect.

other things of note

in august i went to viet nam, good country. haven't been to a place where i am clearly am more wealthy than the majority of the population before, which caused some discomfort. in korea (at least urban korea) i am nothing special economically. not rich, not poor. people with my job in viet nam live in a bubble. it is attractive in some ways (and the variety of food, and the skill with which it is prepared, not to mention the coffee), but i am not sure i could do it for longer than 6 months or so. luckily, that is about how long it would take to get certified should i choose to do so.

i am taking the month of september off of drinking and i like it. i miss having *a* beer, but i also know that moderation and i aren't pals. not that i need to get *wasted* but if i am to drink, i usually will have 4~6 beers. kev 6 pack. last wednesday i went for a night hike with a small group. some of that small group were drinking. christ, booze can make one obnoxious, or at least irritating. one thing that was a frightening realization is that since 14 i have been at least smoking cigarettes. this is the first month, then, in 18 years that i am absolutely clean.

a touch nervous, i am headed to taipei october 1st which is the soonest i can have a drink. i am a big fan of cuisine, which includes local alcohols. but i cant read or speak chinese at all, so think it may be disastrous, riotous, or memorable, or or or getting drunk in taipei on chinese spirits especially as i will lack a tolerance.

kinda skipped over the culture i've been swallowing lately. lots of good art up now as fall starts. miru kim has been a highlight. the world brought me to her show since i received emails about her work, people on facebook mentioned her, and i read a newspaper article about her in the korean herald.

okay, there is more to type, but i am getting tired. hopefully i will be back soon.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Hello Teachers,

If you are traveling outside of Korea for break, You will be
quarantined at home for a week before you can go back to school.
Please try to stay home and give yourself time to see if you have
symptoms of any illness/sickness.

If you do feel sick, please rush to the nearest hosptial for

During this week, we advise you to stay home and try to avoid being in
crowded areas. You will not be deducted vacation days nor will this
count as sick leave. During this quarantine week, you will not be
deducted from your pay. No makeup is required. (Only from normal work.
22 Hrs per week. Special clases that has to be made up will be
determined by your school)

We send out offical documents to all the public school in the Seoul

Thank you,

Jon Pak
Program Coordinator

Friday, August 21, 2009

kevin! The thing which when comes in the world Oh!? The quickly friend and the beer has a

drink and wants and the gruel should! Vietnam is stylish like that thing Oh!? I will forget and as

i will throw away the beggar who is playing fun? some time goes to your house hotly but Oh and the soccer

which hits to you in Vietnam is many awareness buying soccer flaw Vietnam sees the Adidas

factory the new product ~ healthily knock-down place together many many anyhow plentifully, play fun and come ^^

Thursday, August 6, 2009

when i read about what striking (factory) workers threaten and/or actually do in other countries (china, korea, france to name a few) i wonder if workers in the US are more civilized or more complacent

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sunday, July 19, 2009

if yer interested, i have work in 'a sing economy'

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Kevin is not small puts out? This newspaper inside us becomes too and long like also the alcoholic

beverage to have a drink the wants....Me beggar ^^; Kevin to be sorry Oh and Vietnam goes and thing preparation is small but?

Is born but travel wants going…. where When is time, like rice eating adrink beverage glass flaw, ^^


oh? article 1
Experts say it is very difficult to get a girl who has sold sex to more than 100 men to go back to ordinary schoolgirl life.

oh? article 2
In Korea, a person is not guilty of any crime for having sex with a minor aged 13 and over unless it is paid for or forced. Sex with those under the age of 13 is punishable even if it is carried out under mutual consent.

Monday, July 13, 2009

interesting take on the US journalists being held in n korea

Let them get a teeny tiny taste of what likely happened to those who have been caught when that part of the porous border was plugged up. Let them get experience a little of what they condemned others to. I mean, geez, it's not like these three accidentally crossed the border: It was a deliberate act that any reasonable thinking person would know was putting others at risk. Others that they were ostensibly there to help by highlighting their plight. Except that's not really what it was all about for these three. Ultimately, I believe in my heart, true motivation was to get that scoop, do the thing all the other journalists had not done.

read the rest here

my ear infection

i am on anti-biotics for the 2nd time, carrying over into a 3rd week
the first time was simple enough, i had a throat infection, couldnt speak, 3 day anti-biotic, all better this time is much more devious

maybe three or four weeks ago when i was laying in bed trying to go to sleep a bug flew into my year i had a quick adrenaline sweat, paced around my apartment, stuck scissors in my ear, rinsed my ear out, debated going to the hospital, got to experience the incredibly unique sensation of a bug vibrating in my ear, and somehow managed to fall asleep

the following day i told two people about this: a canadian in her early 20s, and a korean in her mid 40s. the canadian told me since it wasnt bothering me, i should do nothing and that my body would naturally expel such an intruder, but i should never put scissors in my ear again. the korean simpy kinda laughed, offering no advice. having only one option, i went with the canadian's opinion

as mentioned, i then had a throat infection

last thursday (9.7.09 or 7.9.09) i was out with a friend, and by the end of the night my ear, left, the one that a bug flew into, felt a bit tender i simply hoped i could ignore it friday morning when i woke up, i realized that was not an option my ear hurt and/or itched internally when i arrived at school i informed the same korean woman in her 40s, she advised i go to the hospital recalling that a bug was involved with my ear just a little over a week before

i recently watched 'kill bill vol 1' and 'kill bill vol 2' i prefer volume 1, tho both are good the problem with volume 2, if it is in fact a problem, is that it gets very talky at the end, and really wants to wrap everything up taratino (quentin) is a fine director and often jabs conventions, wouldnt say he over-turns them tho anyhow, if the purpose of all the talking, and the down playing of the actual killing of bill (it is not an epic battle) is to upset the conventional revenge pic, well, that wasn't enough there is a scene in 'kill bill vol 1' wherein bride is buried alive inside of a coffin a classic fear she scratches at the cover before she recalls her training and ruptures the wood in order to free herself i want to focus on the scratching

the insect scratched at my ear canal as it was dying, this caused an infection perhaps the very 'unique sensation of a bug vibrating' in my ear is when the scratching took place there is no way to know

Friday, July 10, 2009

Topic: How would you like to kill that twat?

Displaying all 14 posts by 13 people.
Post #1
Hasnat Abul (SKBZ Bangladesh Islamia School) wroteon July 3, 2009 at 6:17pm
1. Stab his neck
2. Cut his balls off,if he has
3. Drive a truck over him
4. Stick a cactus up his shithole

more options are appreciated
Post #2
Jordan James Henry wroteon July 4, 2009 at 2:01am
Beat him to death with his own football boots.
Post #3
Frank Andersson wroteon July 4, 2009 at 6:35am
i would take great pleasure in punching the cunt to death
Post #4
Anthony Foster wroteon July 4, 2009 at 6:24pm
cut his eye lids off so he can't blink, then deep fat fry his eyes
Post #5
Hasnat Abul (SKBZ Bangladesh Islamia School) wroteon July 5, 2009 at 12:39am
thats really thoughtful Ant
Post #6
Keiran Lavelle wroteon July 5, 2009 at 12:56am
Anyway As Long As He Is Dead
Post #7
Leah Douce wroteon July 5, 2009 at 1:12am
get 10000000000 guns and 10000000000 people and shoot the twat!x
Post #8
Liam Speck wroteon July 8, 2009 at 5:05am
next time he dives ill make sure theere is a huge spike where his head will land
Post #9
Bradley Fowler (Alder Grange High School) wroteon July 8, 2009 at 7:11am
crash his ferrari in a tunnel lol
Post #10
Hamdi Kumbaraci (Ockendon School) wroteon July 8, 2009 at 9:08pm
Castrate him then (at gunpoint) make him 'dive' off an cliff head first. :)
Post #11
James Button (Kent Uni.) wrote19 hours ago
Refer to SAW movies I-V.

Anything from any of those looks tame compared with what I'd do to him.
Post #12
Bethan Thornton (Bristol) wrote15 hours ago
def torture him slowly.....start by making him watch all the great f'k ups he made that we all love but he prob stills cries to him mom about!!

then dress him up like the lil girl he is and stick him in a prison cell for a week with the biggest bloke there is to make him drop the soap!!!

as for the rest, i cant print it on here, id get locked up for sure and prob put in an asylum coz it is so sick id make make quentin tarontino look tame!
Post #13
Sam Nicholles wrote16 hours ago
Punch the fucker in the face for a bit , then tie him up and torcher the twat
Post #14
Margaret Mcnally wrote3 hours ago
hide all his mirrors

Thursday, July 9, 2009

N.K. refugee center open to public after 10 years

North Korean refugees under protection at a South Korean resettlement center told their stories as Seoul opened the facility to the public for the first time yesterday in commemoration of its 10th founding anniversary.

Hanawon, meaning the "House of Unity" and located in Anseong, just an hour's drive south of Seoul, is the first stop for North Koreans who enter the South.

The facility, surrounded by hills and monitored by security guards, is a restricted area under South Korean law where photographing and disclosure of the trainees' personal information are limited.

The facility provides a compulsory 12-week education program to help defectors better adjust to life in the capitalist South.

More than 16,000 North Koreans have fled to the more affluent South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War to escape hunger and oppression. The number of new defectors has been on the rise annually, from 1,138 in 2002 to 2,809 last year. Over half of all defectors are women.

The government expects some 3,000 more arrivals this year.

"A truly advanced society is where minorities are protected and humanitarianism and human rights are cherished," Unification Minister Hyun In-taek said in a video message sent to the anniversary ceremony yesterday.

"The issue of North Korean refugees is not simply a matter of providing support for their resettlement here but is becoming a touchstone for national advancement and unification."

About 400 members of the government, National Assembly, former unification ministers and vice ministers, local government leaders, volunteer groups and those who have completed the training course at Hanawon attended the ceremony yesterday.

The North Korean refugees currently staying in Hanawon entered the South in the first half of this year.

"I was sought after by (North Korean) authorities for criticizing socialism when I got drunk near the Daedong River in April last year," a 62-year-old former laborer surnamed Kim from Pyongyang and current trainee of Hanawon told reporters yesterday.

"People told me if I get arrested now, I would die in prison, so I fled."

Female defectors in Hanawon are mostly from the northern-most provinces of Hamgyeong where the shortage of food is suspected to be the most severe.

"I have a five-year-old child in the North and I cried endlessly for a year after fleeing in late 2005," said a 37-year-old former laborer surnamed Lim from North Hamgyeong Province.

"But then I thought crying wouldn't help me get my child back and decided to focus on moving on with my life and arrived in the South in February this year."

Lim said she lost favor with the North Korean authorities after getting caught watching a 1998 South Korean romance film named "The Promise."

After the defectors complete the 12-week cultural orientation and career development programs in Hanawon, they are given state stipends of 19 million won per person in monthly installments to live on their own - 13 million won of which is for housing.

Still, defectors generally say employment is their biggest challenge in the competition-driven South. Coming from different academic systems centered on the cult worship of leader Kim Jong-il and socialist ideology, most defectors settle for blue-collar jobs that don't require advanced education - working in the manufacturing sector (30 percent), lodging facilities or restaurants (19 percent), construction (12 percent) and retail (12 percent), according to government data released in March.

Manual laborers (paid by the day) accounted for 43 percent of employed North Korean defectors, compared to the 9 percent recorded for South Koreans.

The newcomers from the North earned an average of 937,000 won ($741) per person a month, about one-third of what South Korean workers earn.

Although a majority of the defectors struggle adjusting to life here, there are many who lead successful and happy lives in their land of dreams.

Thirty-five-year-old pianist Kim Cheol-woong, who graduated from a major music school in Pyongyang and arrived in the South just six years ago, is now a professor of an arts college here.

Kim Chul-yong, 35-year-old North Korean college graduate who left Hanawon in 2001, worked as the assistant director of the 2008 movie "Crossing" on North Korean defectors.

Well-educated women from North Korea find it easier to adjust to life in the South.

Yoo Hye-ran, 45-year-old former doctor in the North now works as a vicar at a church in Gangnam. Yoo left Hanawon nine years ago and undertook graduate courses in theology here.

Some 14,000 people who fled the North - 9,900 of them women - have completed the cultural orientation courses at Hanawon, which opened in 1999.

The main Hanawon facility in Anseong now has the capacity to house 750 refugees. A second Hanawon for male adults only officially opened last Friday to house another 250 people.

Hanawon is now looking to extend its three-month orientation to offer life-time support for the newcomers, who face a string of daunting challenges including unemployment, stereotyping and cultural barriers, said Youn Mi-ryang, the center's new director-general.

"Hanawon is now 10 years old and I believe it's time for the center to draw a bigger picture," Youn told reporters last week ahead of the 10th anniversary.

Youn said language is an unexpected major barrier for North Korean defectors, who often have distinct accents and aren't familiar with the slew of English words that have fallen into regular use here.

The demographics of North Korean defectors has drastically expanded - from borderline soldiers in the Cold War era to diplomats, party officials, fishermen, farmers and other working-class people who began to stream in during the mid-1990s.

They were mostly male at first, but 80 percent of new defectors now are female.

As their numbers increased, South Korean state incentives for defectors decreased. New defectors used to receive a hero's welcome in the 1960s and 1970s, and were often awarded luxury housing and hefty stipends.

Financial support has since been cut, but the number of defectors is now well over 16,000.

Despite all of the challenges, Youn said she is seeing small improvements, and believes Hanawon is a kind of litmus test for how South Korea could reunite with the North.

"I sense that there is a stronger will among the newcomers to stand alone. There is a better attitude to get a job rather than live off welfare," she said. "I hope our society will become more tolerant to embrace people who come from different cultures."


By Kim So-hyun

4th of july

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

i commit ceasless sex crimes

the chosun ilbo has printed the following article:

With ceaseless sex crimes committed by native speaker instructors working in foreign language hagwons, two more were recently arrested for sexual molestation.

The “Anti-English Spectrum Cafe” (불법 외국어 강사 퇴출을 위한 국민운동) announced on the 30th that an American and a Canadian currently teaching children at a famous language hagwon in Seoul engaged in lewd acts towards female elementary students at the hagwon.

According to the internet organization, the native speaker instructors in question repeatedly committed lewd acts towards the students, of course, and also touched their genitals to the buttocks of female Korean co-workers, also instructors, both in the teacher’s room and while at company dinners.

The native speaker instructors denied the accusations of parents and the female instructor by saying, “this is a simple misunderstanding of skinship due to cultural differences,” and the hagwon, concerned about damage to its image, staying uninvolved and not reporting the matter to police.

The instructors moved to another hagwon when the accusations grew fiercer, but currently are being paid and treated even better than at the previous hagwon, Anti-English Spectrum Cafe announced. The Korean female instructors who were the victims of their molestation had to leave the hagwon due to continuing nasty rumors.

Similarly, the native speaker instructors have not ceased to engage in sex crimes such as molestation and rape, and with no way at present for them to stopped or punished their crimes will continue to increase.

The biggest problem is that the victimized women prefer to keep the crime a secret, not reported to police, because of the prevalent view that “that’s what happens when you hang around with foreigners.” Thus once the affair dies down, their victimizers are able to move on to another hagwon and commit the same crimes free of a criminal record.

39-year old Lee Eun-eung, operator of the Anti-English Spectrum Cafe, said, “foreign instructors of low character frequently toss women away without compunction after attaining their goal of meeting them for money and sexual relations, so many of the women have their lives ruined by abortion or, of course, sexually transmitted diseases.”

Mr. Lee has created on the website a discussion forum for women to share stories of being victimized by foreign instructors, and such tales have been pouring in without end. The victimized women all tell dark stories of suffering sex crimes at the hands of foreign instructors.

Recently, 33-year old Tanzanian Mr. S, who taught students at a hagwon in Seoul, caused a great shock in Daejeon by entering in to a sexual relationship in 2007 with an underage female student (just 18 years old at the time) at an English hagwon. The crime was revealed when the student went on the internet after they had had sex to discover if she was pregnant or not.

Mr. S introduced himself to the female student as “a child of Tanzania,” asking her to keep secrets and telling her many lies and tricks. In the end the illicit relationship became known to the the hagwon and to the girl’s parents, Mr. S left for Seoul, and the family came near to ruin.

In December of last year a native speaker instructor attending a foreign language program run by a local government in Seoul was caught placing his hand into the underwear of a girl in the first grade of elementary school and was sued by the family of the victimized girl. The case is currently underway.

of course these things can possibly happen, but note the hagwons aren't at fault at all? mr lee seems to me a zealot of the rush limbaugh variety, but with more scare power. not even right-wing radio could have 'the anti-immigrant spectrum cafe'

i'm not crying oppression, but it is interesting that korea is trying to see itself more and more as a multi-cultural society, yet can't help but cast anything multi-cultural as intellectually, morally, or financially bankrupt

thankfully, my interactions with this type of idiocy is relatively minimal (tho the swine flu, known locally as 'pig sick', outbreak had some silliness come my way from a co-teacher)
i have numerous emails from june 18-22 that i will most likely never read, but i hesitate to delete them yet

Monday, June 29, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

ronaldo, zidane, beckham, thurston

i never thought i would use this expression, but my legs are shredded. in the past 8 days i have payed more futball/football/soccer than i have in my previous 32 (or is it 31?) years combined. my friend played semi-pro in germany and, since we both agreed to quit smoking (2+months for me, 12 days for him), we decided i should learn the international language of males.

my first match was last saturday, at world cup stadium. i was already quite worried, having never even practiced, but the addition of 20 korean men and, again, world cup stadium, was enough to make me seize. i was a substitute, which was a good idea, and i also played goalkeeper where i performed admirably. but, i decided that my friend was going to have to give me lessons.

day one was very much day one, learning more than anything else, how to feel the ball with your feet. i should mention, all i originally asked to know how to do was to bend the ball. i can throw a curve-ball, and simply wanted to have the same ability with my feet. the first time we were (i thought) going to do this, instead he took me to world cup stadium.

i am thinking about hiring a film crew as i have received 3 hours of futball instruction, and i imagine it has to be rather amusing to watch
'what is, kevin?'
'no, what is?'
'오른쩍, right'
'no (slaps leg)'
'reg, okay'

yesterday i ended up playing in two matches, and then some extended playing time. i can barely walk. the first match happened by fluke. the night before i was out late, and knowing i was going to play last night, decided to go warm up, get the first round of sweat out of me. while i was there, practicing my dribble, etc, a group of korean men asked me to play with me. well, motioned for me to join. it was fun, but i was terrified. there was virtually no english, and these men had clearly been playing all their lives (see international language of males) and i was playing in my 2nd match. it was okay, i just stayed back on defense mostly. i need to get proper football shoes as this was a grit pitch (as most of them are at schools) and i nearly gave myself a hernia training to stop quickly in my sneakers. i did feel a bit bad, as it was clear i was uncomfortable and not fully able to assist my teammates. nice guys, tho. turns out one of them is "korean playboy" and we are all scheduled to drink soju as a group. also, one of them can be my friend, as we are the same age.

the second match was back at world cup stadium. the guys were happy to see me again, it was alot of fun. we got there a bit late, then had our quick warm ups. i started the game on defense (there were to be no substitutions this night) playing pretty well--getting in the way, disrupting passes, blocking a shot or two, clearing the ball out of our end. things really picked up when i got my first assist. prior to that point, all of my clearing efforts were lacking any sort of touch, just booting the ball out of our end, not concerned about where it ended up. this is okay in a pinch, but doesn't allow for break-aways, etc. this time, a simple chip over the other team and i hit my coach on the fly who finished it off. i had three shots on goal yesterday. one was a solid strike that even bent a bit, but the keeper had a perfect look at it the entire time so was able to stop it. the second missed the mark, but the third went right inside the goal-post for my first goal. funny part was this one happened very quickly (the first two i was shooting to challenge the keeper, this one was a rebound that was then passed to me to one time) that i didnt really see it. good times.

Friday, June 5, 2009

a nice surprise

i got two mentions, for two different projects, in third factory's annual survey of poets and poet-types (mostly, if not all, americans) and what they've liked (?) over the past year

here and here

i'd like to thank steve zultanski, gina myers, lauren bender, nick schwartzmyer, and rob read

Sunday, May 31, 2009

lately my students, and some of my friends, have compared me to this cartoon:
We must act now. If we don't stop North Korea from delivering a nuclear device into South Korea, the world of professional StarCraft as we know it may forever be altered.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

officially lying

in korea parents spend millions of dollars each year on private academies (학완) which are similar to japanese cram schools this is a hot issue as not every family can afford to send their child(ren) to private lessons also, if you attend academy your day begins at 730 or so, you go to school until 330 then from 5~1130 or so, you are at academy then go home and do your homework

with parents this interested in their children's education, there are also questions about how effective people who have my job are i work at a public school so am paid by the state am i good use of taxes last week kbs (korean broadcasting system) was in my classroom my school was nuts knowing that they were coming in classic korean style i was not told they were coming, and it happened to be a day i didnt shave i didnt look disgusting (it wasnt the one day a week i decided to wear jeans) but a warning wouldve been nice especially as i was told at the beginning of class to find something exciting to do

they film me and the class for a few minutes, then comes the interview the girl has been practicing what she is supposed to say, 'her opinion', since i walked into class she looks into the camera and says (in english):

kevin and miss cheon's class is fun and useful we learn everything from easy conversation to difficult grammars so we don't need to attend expensive academies

she says this a few times, eventually the camera people leave i give her a few candies and ask, 'you go to hagwon? (academy)'

63 years later/9 years later

notice only one person smiling

this is all over a week ago, so i won't remember details with accuracy, but would feel bad if i didnt mention the documentary 63 years later the japanese government found out that the vast majority of a regimen they had sent to eastern russia had caught an std this would obviously pose a problem for a government that had larger military ambitions so they began to try and find a solution there eventual solution was "comfort women" the japanese took this on as an official policy, using it to monitor the women the soldiers slept with and as a reward for soldiers who showed valor

where the comfort women were varied from in-town brothels to on-base sights the estimates seem to be between 200,000-500,000 women the majority of the women sent all over the japanese military empire were korean women this made sense as korea was colonized very early by the japanese war machine the other countries that contributed significant amounts of women were the phillipines and taiwan, tho any country that was conquered by japan added to the totals

women were held in horrible conditions, often not being fed, and were raped nightly one women (of the 5 interviewed) tells of how she was beaten because she became pregnant when the japanese soldiers were refusing to use the government issued condoms

the movie itself is well done and is aiming for a western audience to add pressure on the japanese government as they have never really fully apologized to the victims and the international community there is a 'michael moore moment' when the president of japan issues a kinda apology to george bush (the 2nd) who then accepts it

the whole thing is unsettling and makes you cry i dont have too much to add if you want to read more about the apology and how japan views things, read this

to learn more about what is being done in korea, read this

an article dealing with Lila Pilipina, the group set-up in the phillipines (no website) read this

i was gonna write about bamboozled (2000) which i recently watched again maybe i will another day let me say this, the movie is still good and relevant

Sunday, May 17, 2009

someday i hope to say to someone "you don't exist for me". sadly, i am not the

art n life

this friday went to see glen hansard and the frames, the mostly played songs from the movie 'once', however they had an excellent cover of astral weeks. when they encored i said to the person with me and said, 'i hope they play something loud from *fitzcarraldo*'. they then played *fitzcarraldo*. how easy was that? i think it was in part because they are known as being a better live band than on record (and this album version isn't as good as they one they played live).

actually, let me say this about a change i am having in aesthetic pleasure. i no longer need to like something aesthetically to enjoy it. what i ask in the performance is that it couldn't be done any other way. that is, some type of necessity or compulsion needs to be present in the presentation. if, however, i find that necessity or compulsion *and* i enjoy it aesthetically, then i am thrilled.

anyway, here is the song:

and here is a clip from the movie:

soon, more to be blogged about movies--bamboozled and 63 years later. couldn't find much on-line in my quick search for 63 years later, but there was this, so as to give you an idea:

Another documentary - 63 Years Later, directed by Kim Dong-won (Repatriation) also moved viewers with its interviews of former comfort women including a Dutch woman from Indonesia and Filipinas.

With the Japanese government refusing to acknowledge responsibility for the comfort women, the film has a near Michael Moore-esque moment when US president George W. Bush claims satisfaction from a Japanese prime minister giving a non-apology. Made for TV, the film is narrated in English and aims for overseas distribution.

Friday, May 15, 2009

game set match

brian kim stefans:
Actually, I have made this point in my writing about Language Poetry -- that, for the most part, they strategically ignored a whole slew of continental precedents for their work, including near contemporaries like the Situationists, or Ian Hamilton Finlay, etc., which is just what I think happens in literature -- minor renaissances when old, forgotten ideas become fresh again (usually because the "traditionalists" want to clamp down on anything they see as deviant, but in this case because an avant-garde wanted to state a unique case). [emphasis added]

Actually, Lautreamont is seeming more like Kenny the more I learn

kenneth goldsmith:
I would say Lautreamont "sampled" rather than plagiarized wholesale, a mistake as well often attributed to Acker.

sports medea

If you haven't heard the news, Terrell Owens will be shooting scenes for his upcoming VH1 reality show in Buffalo this weekend. However, #81 has used his Twitter account to hint he might even join his new team in Orchard Park for organized team workouts. Paul Hamilton will be on the scene at One Bills Drive to cover the OTAs starting Monday.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A School Girl Sues Her School

A straight-A student got a C in cooking class and didn't like it. She didn't like it so much that her dad filed a complaint in federal court about it. He alleges that the teacher, who is white, discriminated against his daughter, who is black. He seeks to have her grade changed from a C to an A and asks for unspecified financial damages.

Virginia Brown is in the ninth grade at Ashley High School. Since her first year in school, she has had perfect attendance and all her grades have been A's. Virginia's father said her heart was broken when she got the C.

"She cried the whole weekend," he said. "She wouldn't come out of her room. Her eyes were red and puffy. My little girl hasn’t been this upset since her cat got run over by a car when she was 6 years old."

Virginia is a model student. She's the class president. She's on the swim team, the volleyball team, and the track team. She belongs to the chess club. She is a member of the Girl Scouts and sings in her church choir.

The home economics teacher is 28-year-old Jessica Smith. This is her first year teaching. Ms. Smith said that discrimination was absolutely not the issue. “Some of my best friends are African-Americans," she said. “This isn’t a black and white problem. Everybody in America wants to sue everybody else. I’m going to sue them for defamation of character and whatever else my lawyer comes up with.”

The school principal, who grew up in India, said that he supported Ms. Smith 100 percent. He said that Virginia is an excellent student who would have no problem getting into the best universities even with a C in cooking. “She won’t have any difficulty finding a great university, but she might have problems finding a husband,” he laughed. “She’d better look for a man who likes to eat out a lot.”

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

i lost my ipod (long weekend)

got back into physical fitness this weekend, time to keep it up, even without an mp3 player
friday night went dancing at a place called m2 havent been to a giant club in a long time was fun and frustrating in that i forgot sometimes, even in a huge crowded club, people who do not want to dance will push their way through the dance floor to just stand there also, we were out for maybe 6 hours all told, and i drank a whole 5 drinks, so i got home at 3am or so, but was up at 10am with a clear head v refreshing
saturday i play basketball in the rain, then ate the spiciest fish dish in my life (아구찜):

i mean, i am a sweater, but this was beyond what my body normally does it was also delicious then played some billiards and pocket pool (getting a bit better at billiards) followed by sake then a street fight which i didnt partake in but was there for watching a stranger deliver a flying jump kick out of the blue kinda shakes you up a bit
sunday was a wash, did nothing in particular besides take a gigantic walk and watch yojimbo
yesterday, bought groceries, cleaned, dry-fried some tofu (to be eaten tonight most likely), went for a run and a light workout--most parks in korea have exercise equipment in them, its a great idea--found out tomatoes in korea are tasty, and then watched some improv

oh improv,
god knows people know no embarrassment
you are geeky
and the best line
was the real line
'ladies and gentlemen,
one of our members had a seizure
so we will be starting in about 10 minutes'

today, more basketball, and coming up with a goddamn lesson for the first graders

Monday, April 27, 2009


should you want to see how tight the drug-laws are here, and people's reaction to a few celebs getting busted for taking some e once or twice in a night-club, may i suggest the following article and comment stream
stuck but content
when i clean i simple moves piles throughout my apartment and clean what was underneath the piles
have thought about art, and hope to firmly commit to someday thinking 'thinking about art is art'
weird little jobs and their potentials are springing up, all of which thus far require a computer
went and bought some clothes recently, also lost a friday night to sake
looking forward to a few days off from school, have a bit of the burnout
prolly gonna travel in the ol korea and see some new places, be good to get out of seoul for a few days
i may, but more likely will not, post 30-32 pictures of my 30th year, i can give you locations and people likely to show up
(buffalo, washington dc, baltimore, new york city, chicago, milwaukee, toronto, seoul)
(buck, kristin, rod, family, divya, steve, nick, michele, aaron, geoffrey, gina, sarah, andrea, mel, gregory)
actually, i will stop this list now as it occurs to me i may have to do some drafting to figure out how i would reduce my year to 30-32 pictures, also it kinda amazes me that some people that i was hanging out with alot last april/may have kind of vanished, even by the time i moved to seoul. it doesnt make me sad, but it does leave me a bit confused.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

i just got an email attachment from a korean friend that is 567.8mb

Sunday, April 12, 2009

this was one of the better things i have ever stumbled across a man next to me looked to see what i was recording, and he nodded his head at me at approximately 1:40 one of the men gets salty with the ass shake

Thursday, April 2, 2009

study habits

my 3rd grade (8th grade) lesson this week was pretty boring, "good study habits". after a tedious list i then asked students to write a letter to the 1st grade students about good and bad study habits. most of the students did this task, but these are some stand outs:

Dear 1st grade student,
Hi, I'm sixteen and a middle school student.
I like rice and candy If you give me candy,
I will love you
I don't know you you too? ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Dear First Grade Student.
Hello. I'm third Grade Student.
New leaves come out, Animals wake up and begin to
move around.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

i am now a korean toddler. my big verbs (as opposed to 'to sleep', 'to eat', etc) are a few different versions 'there is/is there', 'to want', 'to be', etc. this week i cemented my toddler status as i learned how to ask 'what is this?' and 'what is that?'. luckily, like a toddler, i am cute, so when i ask people these questions over and over (and even worse, when i tell people things they already know like 'that is a spoon') they smile and tell me. but i am also a 30 year old man, with a literary/tragi-comic bend so i try to make jokes. last night i made a joke that seems to be successful. i think other professions would have more wonder as to the source of the laughter. did they laugh because it was entertaining to see a foreigner fumble through a joke in korean? did they laugh to be polite? did they laugh because they didn't even understand what i said? so many questions. thankfully, these are things that with koreans i do not think about. this may explain some of my happiness here.
young recently showed up to my house with a bike
'oh, when do you get a bike?'
'ahh, kabinkabin, job. walk home. fucking cold. and, my job, drinking, drinking, drinking. so, fuck. and then, walk by school, no money taxi, and then, thank you jesus heungnim (older brother--a joke i have introduced into korean) whoooaaa, no young makes cylindrical motion with hands you know?'
'no no no'
young repeats cylindrical motion with hands
kevin begins to laugh
'yes, rock. no rock, so'
young makes peddling motion

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

a charming, but powerless man stands in front of his classroom

'everyone say 'nig-ga''
'okay, now this is a form of the word 'nigger'. do any of you know the word 'nigger'? it is the worst thing you can call a black person.'

'good. now this is slang for friend.'

'now this is 'blazed'. everyone say 'blazed'.'
'no, BLAZE-D'
'good. this is the past tense of 'to blaze'. it is a verb. do any of you know what marijuana is?'
befuddled looks
'can i see your english to korean dictionary?'
types in 'marijuana', shows it to a student
'tell them that word.'

Monday, March 23, 2009

book recommendations

a student has asked for some book recommendations. she says frankenstein and potrait of dorian gray to be easy reads, but currently finds sherlock holmes difficult (which i get given the puns and clever talk). she specifically then says this:

I really like fantasy novels like twilight or pendragon but I want to read other kinds of books as well.
It can be non-fiction or fiction.. I don't really care.
But please don't recommend something too easy (something 4th or 5th grader would like)
or too hard (something too philisophical or anything involved with advanced politics and economics)

any thoughts would be good. i keep thinking the stranger, but that seems somehow ridiculous (tho an easy enough read).

Friday, March 20, 2009

japan has a new 'female' robot that will be appearing in a fashion show soon--nude. how close are we to bukkake with robots as the sponge?

Monday, March 16, 2009


banned from japanese girls, korean ROTC, last train home, cold night, racist cabbies, who *are* you/what have you done with kevin?, have an english accent, GOMORRA, liking 'webispodes/webisodic' but finding the name moronic, drunk dialed at 3 from ireland, what completely single person has sex sober before 10am, 강남>남부>강남>express>강남, pepperoni pretzels and kathy acker, everyone has shaved, UNI GLO, trinkets trinkets trinkets,, improv practice being better or worse than actual improv, spice smoke smoke walk, dr fish, these fish are bigger, shopping in korea: cell phone, socks, back scratchers, crab in bucket, bad chinese, learing the yong hand massage (마사지), garth marenghi's darkplace

in honor of j sirois. check out his blog, which includes his delicious new book cover design

Friday, March 6, 2009

back to our regularly scheduled programming

school resumed this week, and, as always, i was the last informed of many significant things. to help combat this problem, i have started asking questions as otherwise i will never have *any* advanced warning of anything.

my classes seem pretty good this year, with only one or two dead classes where the students just look at me. i thought dead air was only a concern for radio.

my schedule is a bit nasty, i only have two classes on tuesdays which means i have 5 on wednesday and thursday. by thursday, students were comfortable with saying hello again, and it turns out that one of my first year students (i just met them this week) is already in love with me. sadly, 'all' of the people in love with me are western age 12-15, so it isn't very helpful.

today as i walked home, tired from my first week back to work, a high school boy called me over and asked me to buy him some cigarettes. while i have been in this boy's position before, what made the whole thing unique and exciting was that he asked all of this in korean AND I UNDERSTOOD. excitement got the best of me, i asked him 'how many packs?' and when he said four, i told him i would buy him two. then i asked what kind, 'mar-a-bo-ro-red-uh'. these kids are tough.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

poem for my ex-wife


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

4' 33" -- the video game

Petri Purho of Crayon Physics fame went for the ‘That’s pretty unique’ with a large dollop of ‘What the hell!!’ for his effort, called ‘4 Minutes and 33 Seconds of Uniqueness’. The object of the ‘game’ is to keep the program up for 4 minutes and 33 seconds, allowing the white to engulf all the black. The catch is, if anyone else in the world loads up the game, your game will end. I know… what the hell, right?

Petri explains:

“It’s an exploration to what actually defines a game. You can win or fail in the game, but there is no user input or interactivity of any kind. I was tempted to leave the graphics out completely, but I figured that the white progress bar is abstract enough.”

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Friday, February 20, 2009

Sunday, February 15, 2009