Day 676

Friday | January 3rd, 2014


The first working day of 2014 and the 3rd of 10 days that I must spend in the lab has been put to rest. Things went well for the lab being unlocked at 08.00 as requested, the heater working (warm is good), but not for the recording software I put on the systems last Friday. Apparently the “free” trial period is no longer two weeks, now it is one week. I spent an irritating amount of time uninstalling the software from 23 systems only to install an older version and set it all up again. On 23 systems. It took over an hour. It could be worse. Many a TOEIC camp have been worse—much worse. I need to shut up before the whole thing is jinxed and gets FUBAR.


iOS 7 has a nasty tendency to only want to use infinity as its Camera focal point. I’ve been having lots of trouble taking shot, particularly at night because of this. Today, walking home, it occurred to me that I might not be the only person affected. I got some quick pointers and was able to at last take the shot I’d been wanting to take (above, right). The trick to not getting infinity (above, left) is to hold a finger on the focal point you want and then use a volume button (up or down does not matter) to activate the shutter—trying to do this via the touchscreen will fail. There is also a way to activate the AE/AF lock which is the “feature” change in iOS 7 that is cause the bug odd behavior in the first place. It’s not what I want from my phone camera, but at least there is a way to regain some control over how depth of field is used in my shots.


In photos like above, the damn phone has been focusing shit like the cement wall and not the plant. Using the new approach I was able to get something more like what my eyes see every time I pass this purply plant on the way home. Still, for stuff like this I really want a narrower depth of field.

The Daily Bullet


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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