Day 238

Monday | October 22nd, 2012


Look at that sexy printer (top). Why Samsung couldn’t have pre-fabbed their plastics in these colors, I’ll never know. Although, if I had to guess, the answer would be: because that’s what HP (who we are competing against and slavishly copying at the same time) is doing. If Samsung was a truly innovative company, I’d be able to go out a buy a much cooler looking printer instead of salvaging and repainting an old model. Heck, even if I covered my Samsung printer at work with kimchi and then shellacked it, it would be cooler.

This was my evening project, piecing this not yet dry enough mess of parts back together. The part which looks the best and the cleanest is one of the labels in the back where no one will ever look but me (it’s the thumbnail image of this post). I spent almost an hour masking it, so the results are comparable to time spent. When I put the printer back together, I had an extra screw, I hate that. I also had a very difficult time trying to putting two rollers in properly until I remembered the pictures I took of the printer a few weeks ago and consulted them.

Once the printer was put together it was time for a test print. But, alas, no test print came out. Either the printer got stupid when it was in pieces (likely) or I put it back together wrong (very doubtful) or I shorted something (dubious idea) or the paper is warped and the rollers can’t suck it up to print (where the good money is). I put weights on the paper and resolved to try again another time.

For now, just have a cool looking printer is better than having a dull-looking functioning one.

The Daily Bullet

Today was the first day of Midterm Exams. The halfway marker of the semester has been reached and there are two months left until winter vacation. I’m still deprogramming myself from ten years of hagwons and elementary schools. Summer and Winter vacations in those places mean some extra money but a lot of extra work, not the same money I make now and no work. It just doesn’t compute.

See all those kids in the hallway? They were noisy. Very noisy. Like disrupting my exams noisy. Like I had to strain to hear my students give their conversation-based speaking exams for which 20% of their grade hangs on noisy. Basically, I work with a bunch of lazy assholes who were too bothered to police their students and remind them to not hang around in the hallway during exams. This is something else, which today, just doesn’t compute.

Daily Report

I didn’t sleep last night. I struggled to write or create a script that would grab an .mp3 from a folder, open it, insert markers in pre-determined places, split the audio file into eleven segments based on those

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Out beyond the fake lake (Bomun) for Christmas Day lunch at a place called the Healing Kitchen. It’s all farms and hilltops here. And roads to more farms and hilltops. Except for the noise from the cars, I

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The Fourth Wall

I’m here and alive. Ten days behind the reality of my written life, yet here and alive. TOEIC is the predominant motif of life from the end of the semester until … today. This is the end, after

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This Old Hanok

When we had the bathroom done, we wanted to design our own window for the part of the wall which straddles the storage space along the side of the house. This way we could have clean airflow through

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