Thursday, March 29, 2012

What's Siheung?

For the time being, Siheung (시흥) is my home. Located just outside of Seoul, the small city is considered a Korean suburb.

But in Korea when you think of "suburb", don't think grass lawns and picket fences. Think tons of apartment buildings and businesses packed in a small area. I hear Siheung pales in comparison to the major Korean cities, but I still love it. The air is cleaner than a big city, and I can find about everything I need just around the corner.

Here are some pictures I took my first weekend in Korea:

Love the snow! San Francisco doesn't get snow.

I live on top of a Math school that's on top of a car shop.

Plaza where you can find my work, McDonald's, Lotteria, and Baskin-Robbins.

Apartments with nature surroundings. I love it!

I don't want to know.

The only public garbage I've ever seen in Korea... no lie.

Giant building at the end of the street is a church... no lie.

Only stray animal I've ever seen in Korea.

Buildings of my town.


This bridge is so Asian.

Love the balance of this view.

Probably looks better if the water was turned on.

Every business has a neon sign.

Fight that broke out. I hear that in Korean fights, nothing really happens.

With all the new stuff I was experiencing, I needed to have something familiar...

Good ol' Western cuisine!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

New YouTube Channel Design = Don't Like

A while ago, YouTube rolled out new channel designs. I tried it out. I didn't like it. And I quickly switched back to the classic one. Now, YouTube is forcing everyone to use the new channel designs. All I can say is "ugh!"

What don't I like about? Hmm, well, let's start with the positive first.

What I like about the new design:
  • It's cleaner, more "modern" looking, and less cluttered.
Okay, that's it. lol.

What I don't like about the new design:
  • Everyone's channel looks freaking the same now. No more color customization.
  • Users are taken away from your channel when they click on a video.
  • Your channel description is half-hidden.
  • Your profile info is almost entirely hidden.
  • Channel comments are hidden under a tab in another tab.
  • Your list of subscribers are hidden.
  • Your list of subscriptions are non-existent.
  • Customizing the layout is very limited.
  • It's harder to navigate other people's channels too.
  • It just plain sucks!

In Summary

Classic YouTube Channels:
Everything neatly all in one page. Highly customizable. Users stay on your channel.

New YouTube Channels:
Sucks fat ass.

Friday, March 23, 2012

I've Moved to Korea

I haven't blogged in awhile. I've just been busy... moving to freaking Korea!

I've lived in one city my whole life so living in another country has been quite an experience. Everything in Korea is different. Not in a better or worse way. Just different. But I like experiencing new things, and so I like the differences.

Overall, living in Korea has been like... living someone else's life.

In the future, I'll tell you more about it. But right now, I'm still soaking it all in.