Saturday, June 06, 2020

Saturday Poetry Corner 37: The Highwayman


Today, a story. Maybe not of the highest artistic value, but enjoyable.

BBC Blue Planet Revisited 1/2: A Sharks Tale (2020)

There be sharks. Lots and lots of sharks.
They also explained that the chance of getting killed while taking a selfie is higher than being killed by a shark.
And during the time that it takes to watch this episode, 11500 sharks will be killed.

Friday, June 05, 2020

Kdrama Trailer Part 1: My Country

Some people know I am a slightly unhinged consumer of trailers and openings. And one of them suggested I should maybe post them. 
Blame Mexochi.
Ano no, the first one isn't Tale of Nokdu. I will strike the least everyone expects.

Friday, May 29, 2020

2020 Sageuk

This is a list of expected or rumored sageuks in 2020. Some may not start this year because we are in the middle of pandemic, but I tried to compile a list of every sageuk drama I know of that is scheduled for the second half of the year.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

BBC South Pacific 6/6: Fragile Paradise (2009)

In this episode we did not get as many calming scenes as in the previous parts, mostly because of the fact this episode deals with how fragile the south Pacific actually is, about solutions to preserve what we are left with and dangers looming with population grow. However, we met a sea snail, called sea butterfly that uses elongated leg to well, kind of fly in the sea (it's nicknamed as: potato chips, because it's so widespread and eaten by almost everything bigger than itself), a female tiger shark nicknamed Scarface that's inquisitive but doesn't bite the spectators.
In the whole - it was a really nice, informative series. 
Beware - there be sharks.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Saturday Poetry Corner 36: A Ballad of Dreamland

Today - a poem by Algernon Charles Swinburne. Who, like some others, was nominated again and again for the Nobel Prize.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

BBC South Pacific 5/6: Strange Islands (2009)

In this episode we got: a kangaroo that lives and thrives on the treetops, a white bird with deep amber-red eyes, the method of fishing involving a spider's web, a tuatara - a reptile that lives very very slowly (can take one breath per hour), a festival involving pig debt on Vanuatu (I need to read more about it, it's fascinating and I already have found the book that, I hope, can mention that: Living Kinship in the Pacific (Pacific Perspectives: Studies of the European Society for Oceanists) [Christina Toren, Simonne Pauwels]) and a penguin.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Remembering Gwangju - 18.05.1980

Picture from here.

Our story starts October 16th, 1979 in two cities - Busan and Masan, where the demonstrations against the so called "Yushin Constitution" were held (1). "Yushin" was an authoritarian constitution promulgated in 1972 that gave executive and legislative powers exclusively to the President Park Cheonghee, extended the presidential term to six years an nullified the limits on re-elections. Above all, it turned the presidency into a legal dictatorship. 
Now, this is not going to be a detailed post about everything that happened during those 9 days when Gwangju was nearly besieged, this is rather a reminder that something like that happened only 40 years ago and through majority of those it was buried deep under the false statement, cover-ups and outright lies.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

BBC South Pacific 4/6: Ocean of Volcanoes (2009)

In this episode we had many many islets and atolls that were once domineering volcanoes and now they are slowly sinking under the waves. 
There was also a marvelous scene of penguins swimming just under the surface filmed from below the whole and they truly looked like a flying squadron of tiny fighters. Surreal.