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This is a good song

Posted in Uncategorized on March 25, 2015 by yujinishuge

 

So one day when I was riding the bus this song came on. I checked the radio station’s website to find out what the song was.

 

It was the first time I’d ever heard of this artist, but I found the song so moving and I kept thinking…. as great as K-pop is… the “Korean Wave” is shortchanging a whole swathe of Korea’s music culture by not marketing stuff like this.

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All of Final Fantasy Takes Place on the Exact Same Planet!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2015 by yujinishuge

Before you read this through I will add a disclaimer that I don’t have any control over the official story of the Final Fantasy series, so this really just amounts to elaborate fan fiction and some really desperate attempts to link together games that are similar but can’t likely be related.

 

With this guide, I will attempt to show how all the Final Fantasies are on the same planet. This will explain:

1. Why topography of the planet is different between games even if they are on the same planet.

2. Why the Gysahl greens are called such even though there is no town called Gysahl in most games.

3. Why multiple different towns called Mysidia were built.

4. How Cid in each game is in fact the same person.

5. Why crystals are so important to the series.

6. Why the character classes are largely consistent through each game.

 

How will I do this? Time Travel!!!!  Read on after the jump!

 

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Taxi driver confessions?

Posted in Uncategorized on December 5, 2014 by yujinishuge

There was once a show on cable TV where taxi drivers in New York had conversations with their passengers and they stuck a hidden camera in the cab so they could get all the drama. It didn’t last long and it was mocked mercilessly by SNL.

But I only bring it up because last night I had an experience where the driver seems to have let me in on a big secret.

 

They're orange, not yellow in Korea.

They’re orange, not yellow in Korea.

I took a cab home along a route that normally takes about 15 minutes, and by cab would cost around 5000 won.

But that’s not what happened. As we got onto the Gangbyeon expressway the cars were only inching along. I thought nothing of it at first. It was rush hour afterall.

But this wasn’t rush hour traffic. This was like, Walking Dead we have to get out of Atlanta traffic. It was Everybody Hurts so let’s all get out of our cars and abandon them on the freeway traffic (for the young or very old, that’s a reference to an R.E.M. music video).


As we moved onward and onward as the snail does, it became apparent that there was an accident ahead. Only that would explain why we were barely moving, and why I would likely be paying more than double.

The driver turns on the radio to listen to traffic updates. It’s confirmed. There’s an accident. I start thinking of other terrible car accidents I’ve seen the aftermath of. The one where the VW bug was upside down; the one where two old ladies were trapped and it looked like EMT was struggling to get them free AND attend to their medical needs; and the one where both cars were ablaze.

But suddenly my reminiscence was interrupted as the cabby begins honking rolls down his window and shouts out probably the most profanity laden tirade I’ve ever heard. It had the 18s, the dog babies, their mother, and probably things I have yet to learn.

“What’s going on?,” I say as I look out the window. We drive by 2 demure ladies who have had a fender bender in the middle lane of traffic on the expressway and simply stopped in the center lane instead of driving to the side or off the freeway. One could hear their conversation. “What should we do? What should we do? One was crying and the other wafting her hands over her face in that annoying motion that accompanies crying and not wanting to ruin makeup.

As we passed, people stopped rubbernecking and traffic began to flow normally.

The driver was still mid tirade when I said, “sir, it’s okay. Those people were thinking only of themselves. That’s why they didn’t consider everyone behind them. ”

And he said “No, it’s because they are Korean, and Koreans are rotten.”

He hits the meter saying he can’t in good conscience make me pay more than what the meter had already run up. We were still only halfway home.

I retorted, “surely not all Koreans are rotten.”

“Trust me, I’m Korean. Enough of us are rotten and our society is going to fall apart.”

He then started talking about how Japanese didn’t loot or fight in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster and were very orderly and most survivors made out alright.

“If that happened in Korea,” he said “You’d see robbery, killing, and prostitution over cup ramen.”

“Well you’re not a rotten guy,” I countered. “You stopped the meter.”

He agrees, but then admits he was contributing to the traffic jam by rolling down the window to scream at the two drivers and didn’t bother to call the police to come help out.

I got out of the cab in front of my apartment and gave the driver more than the fare. He tried to give change, but I tell him to keep it. Another lady gives me a dirty look as I’m gathering my stuff. She hops in and starts screaming at him to go somewhere.

Restoring competitive balance in baseball

Posted in Uncategorized on May 28, 2013 by yujinishuge

Digging for gold commissioner? How about promotion and relegation?

This article was originally penned in February 2005 on my Livejournal. A recent discussion has broken out on facebook discussing the possibility of promotion and relegation in baseball, so I thought I’d just repost it here for reference. – Eugene
I just read a crappy article in USA Today where the GM of the Nats suggests that baseball divisions be divided by payroll rather than geographic location. That’s a horrible idea, because it actually encourages teams to have a small payroll or else face the stiffer competition. The cheap teams will then be eliminated in the playoffs every year, while the expensive team that won it all gets a cakewalk to the championship, while the other three or four “great teams” it beat, don’t get a chance while the “best” bad team does. Suddenly the playoffs are reduced to exhibition games, between largely disparate teams. Now, what good is complaining when you don’t have your own solution to the competitive balance solution?
My solution is to develop a system of relegation.
First, make it so the AL and the NL are both 15 team leagues. (Move an NL Team to the AL)
 Edit – This happened in 2013 as the Houston Astros moved to the AL West!  See? My vision is coming true! – Eugene)
Based on the previous year’s record, the top 10 teams in each league get to be division one of their league. The bottom five get relegated to division two. From then on, the season, playoffs, and anti-playoffs go as follows:
Season:
Division one: The 20 division one teams play two 81 game stages (half seasons) with no interleague play. (Playing each team in their league 9 times per stage). This is perfect for 3 game series. If a team A plays team B six times at home and three away in stage 1, in stage 2 they’ll play team B six times away and three at home.
Edit: I don’t really know what I was thinking with the 2 stage season thing… I guess my idea was to boost excitement in the middle of the season, but in retrospect I’d can that idea. – Eugene
Division two: The 10 division two teams play in two seperate 5 team divisions (based on league) with interleague play (now exclusively a division two gimmick). They play a 154 game season with no stages, playing against the division two teams in the same league either 23 or 24 times* (94). They play each division two team in the other league 12 times (60).
If there is a rainout, the game(s) will be played as double headers or on the most convenient off day to be decided by the league.
There are two trading periods in division one: From one week after the World Series until after all teams have played game 40 of stage 1. From the start of stage 2 until all teams have played game 41 of stage 2.
Rosters never expand. There are no trading deadlines in division two. Trades between teams in division one and division two are allowed.
Post Season:
Division one:
Championship:
A)In each league, the winner of stage 1 plays a 5 game LCS against the winner of stage 2. The team with the better cumulative record gets 3 home games (home field advantage). (See B)
B)If the winner of stage 1 and stage 2 are the same team, then the second place team from stage 1 plays a one game playoff against the second place team from stage two, at the home of the team with the better cumulative record. The loser must play in the relegation bracket. The winner advances to the LCS, where all 5 games are played at the home of the first place team. (See C)
C)If the first and second place teams are the same for stage 1 and stage 2, The second place team plays all 5 LCS games at the home of the first place team.
The 7 game World Series is played between the two LCS winners, 4 home games (home field advantage) awarded to each league on alternating years.
Brutal Relegation Tournament: (to be played before the LCS) Division one: The 8 teams in each league which take NO part in the LCS are seeded 1-8 into the relegation bracket based on cumulative record. Single elimination tournament style play begins. The losing team advances to the next round. The team that loses three times is automatically relegated to division two. The team that loses two times advances to the relegation series. The games are played at the home of the higher seeded team. (To risk relegation, relatively good teams would have to lose at least twice at home, against lesser ranked teams, to avoid relegation, horrible teams need to win on the road against higher ranked teams)
Edit: Perhaps it’s not such a great idea to have relegation based on single elimination.  Any team can have a bad 3 games.  I’d change it to 3 game series, though this would possibly push the World series into Novermber.
Division two: In each league, the first place team is automatically promoted to division one. The second place team qualifies for the Promotion Series.
Promotion Series: A 3 game series played at the home of the division one representative in each league. The winner gets to be in division one, the loser must be in division two.
——- Tiebreakers Any ties between two teams in their regular season record are to be decided by a one game playoff if and only if the winning team advances to the post season and the losing team either is demoted to relegation games, or is not included in the post season. (example, a tie for 2nd in division two, a tie for first in division one.)
Edit: Am I speaking English here? This much time devoted to tiebreakers?
Any ties that pertain to seeding or home field advantage (Example, a tie for fourth in cumulative record in Division one)are to be decided by:
1. Average stage results Example: Team A got 3rd place in stage 1, 5th place in stage 2 = avg of 4th place; Team B got 4th place in stage 1, 3rd place in stage 2 = avg of 3.5th place. Team B wins the tiebreaker.
2. Common games (Team A played team B 18 times during the year, and Team A won 10 of those, thus Team A wins the tiebreaker.)
3. Run differential: Team A scored 850 runs and gave away 700, their RD is 150. Team B scored 860 runs and gave up 800, their RD is 60. Team A wins the tiebreaker.
4. Runs scored: Team A scored 950 runs and gave up 800 (RD 150) Team B scored 700 runs and gave up 550 (RD 150) Offensive baseball is encouraged, so Team A wins the tiebreaker by virtue of having more runs.
5. Wins by starters: Logic: Superior team has better starting pitching.
6. Saves: Logic: Superior team shut the door in close games.
7. Wins within 9 innings: Logic: Superior team would go to extra innings fewer times.
8. Walk off wins: Logic: Superior team wins dramatically at home more often.
9. Run differential in common games
10. Runs scored in common games
11. Wins by starters in common games
12. Saves in common games
13. Wins within 9 innings in common games
14. Walk off wins in common games
15. Then a coinflip. Logic: the very liklihood that a tiebreaker would come this far is minimal at best. When this is being used to decide something as insignificant as seeding, stop bitching and call heads or tails. ——–
This is good because it’s a situation where crappy teams still have something to play for. In order to avoid being relegated, horrible teams can’t trade away their best player to a contender and give up on the rest of the season. Mediocre teams still have reason to improve immediately or risk being seeded low in the relegation tournament. This way, having tons of cash won’t necessarily allow you to use the crappy teams as your farm system, making your offseason that more important. There will be no such thing as a rebuilding year for division one teams. The division two teams meanwhile have no chance to win the championship that year, and they never will win until they get out of division two. The chance to be promoted to division one should attract fans at the end of the season.
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Edit: That seems overly complicated… let me simplify it for you.  I am writing the following on May 28, 2013:
1. For the 2014 season organize the league so that the 5 worst teams from the AL and the 5 worst teams from the NL are relegated into a respective second divisions.  These 2nd divisions are still Major League Baseball teams and retain control of their minor league farm system.
2. For division one teams, there will be no interleague play and a balanced schedule.  For division 2 teams there will be interleague play but they will play more games against their own league than from the other league.
3.  Division one and Division 2 teams never play each other except in the promotion-relegation series. (see 6)
4. The winners of each league in division 1 advance to the World Series.. (we can add playoffs if necessary)
5.  The 10th place team of division 1 is automatically relegated.  The 1st place team in division 2 is automatically promoted.
6. Promotion-Relegation Series: The 9th place team in division 1 must play a 3 game series vs the 2nd place team from Division 2.  The winner gets to spend the next season in Division 1, and the loser must be in division 2.

A K Food Party?: Why Korea is terrible at marketing itself

Posted in Uncategorized on May 22, 2013 by yujinishuge

Yes, I’ve come out of blogger semi-retirement to pen my first article in nearly 6 months… and this one is good. Why?

Well.. watch this video…

Did you enjoy it? Doesn’t it make you just want to go out there and eat Korean food? (actually who cares if you eat it as long as you spend money on it?)

The obvious answer is no…. and this video came to my attention from another blogger who I met recently. He writes Scribblings of the Metropolitician. Well, anyway why am I coming out of blogger semi-retirement for this post?

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Sparse Posting

Posted in Uncategorized on August 18, 2012 by yujinishuge

I know I have not written here for a while. The reason is because I actually have two writing jobs and they both take all my creative juices away. My readership has dwindled because I don’t update as often…

Sorry.

It also appears that I’ve gotten a lot of traffic the past week thanks to my Dokdo posts. Leave it up to the controversy over Dokdo to drive traffic to my blog. Not complaining of course, but I think it is high time that people realize that it is time to talk logically about Dokdo. I’ve gotten a lot of complimentary comments that I don’t want to publish because they seem to be very ignorant. Let’s just say I don’t really like it when people say to me “Yeah, Eugene! Stick it to those no good dirty Jerps!” I can’t get down with that..

By the way that’s an extremely mild version of what most of the comments say.

And another thing. If you’re Korean and you’re calling Japanese people monkeys…. how do you think that non-Asians view you? I guess the retort would be “I don’t care what non-Asians think.”

But if that were really the case then why are you trying to convince non-Asians that Dokdo is Korean?

BRAIN EXPLOSION!

How do I make Monopoly fun again?

Posted in Nerdy Stuff, Uncategorized on August 18, 2012 by yujinishuge

Actually, Monopoly is still fun, for me anyway, but a lot of people complain that it takes too long and nothing ever happens. Well those people simply do not know how to play. Youre supposed to make deals with other players to get a color group and bankrupt everyone else instead of just going around and around paying 22 dollars here and there.

Another problem is the house rules people play by whereupon the Free Parking space gives y $500 and too much money is infused into the game.

So if you eliminate those rules then the game should just go smoothly.

 

But that’s not necessarily fun.

 

If you want to have a different Monopoly experience, try these house rules.

The everyone is rich game…

1. Start with $2000

2. Get 400 for passing go, 800 for landing on it.

3. Free Parking collects fines and taxes and starts with $500 which is replenished when anyone lands there.

Analysis: With this game, you will see for sure that it really does come down to statistics. The reds triumph over all, but having the reds and oranges while your opponent has the entire rest of the board, you will still have a higher chance at winning.

 

The everyone is poor game

1. Start with $1000

2. No salary for passing go

3. Auction all declined properties starting at $1.

4. No free parking

Analysis: The only way that money can be infused into the game is by chance and community chest cards, thereby necessitating that some things get auctioned off cheaply. I got Boardwalk for $35 when I played this way. Railroads become the best properties. The 4th side of the board is practically worthless because nobody has enough money to build anything over there.

The Utilities matter rule

1. If you own one utility you get 5 percent of all rent collected on properties with houses or hotels. (That’s $100 if someone lands on Boardwalk with a hotel.)

2. If you own both utilities, you get 20% of all rent collected on properties with houses or hotels (That’s $400 if someone lands on Boardwalk with a hotel.)

3. If there are no houses or hotels in play, you get the standard utility fee if someone lands on your utility.  If there is a house or hotel in play then landing on utilities is free.

This rule applies even if you land on someone else’s property with houses and hotels, in effect giving you a discount.

Analysis: It might not seem like much for some properties, but you’re basically getting rent for other people’s stuff.

Actually riding the railroads

1. When you land on a railroad, you may travel to another railroad space owned by the same person. You only have to pay the fare for the first railroad, because you are getting off at the second one.

Analysis: This makes the game a lot less about statistics, because people will ride the railroads to get past dangerous monopolies. Purples become huge in this game, especially if Boardwalk and Park Place are developed, because people will go to Reading Railroad to avoid that one.

 

If I think of more I’ll write them.