TV drama


Be forewarned—spoilers scattered throughout.

(For those of you who are just interested in LET THE RIGHT ONE IN,
go towards the middle of this post, right above the little blurbs about BUFFY and DARK SHADOWS.)

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My web addiction is not just with Asian dramas. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I had the chance to submerge into my inner darkness (not the DEXTER-esque dark passenger type of darkness) by viewing vampire flicks online.

Bromance is brewing in DEXTER.

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For the life of me, I cannot stomach the undead in the form of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, nor the TWILIGHT movie franchise.

I liked Kristin Stewart in SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN because waiting for some Prince Charming to get the ball rolling is just so… 50s. So yeah, I had no problem with Snow—taking a page from Joan of Arc—leading her troops to take back her kingdom (same grrrl power vibe when Dexter’s little sis, Deb, made lieutenant in charge of her police unit).


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It was the first time I’d seen Stewart (not counting when she played Jodie Foster’s kid in PANIC ROOM) and I liked her so much that I tried the TWILIGHT movies. Two-thirds of the way in on the first one and I just couldn’t watch it anymore, despite the ample eye candy flickering in and out of every scene.


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Then I tried the TWILIGHT SAGAs. I pretty much fast forwarded all of the first one. I get that a human-vampire mutt is unprecedented but a whole movie of her coming to term? No matter how visually startling it was to see Stewart morphing into a near death state, a story would’ve been nice. Even just flashing back to how similar but failed scenarios might have occurred in vampire history would’ve done it, but no, we’re stuck with staring at Stewart all film long. The second part of the saga looks promising because it seems they’re letting her lead the pack but again, it seems based on the flimsiest of story lines.


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I figured vampires deserved the more drawn out television format so that their history or myriad levels of hellish existence could be fleshed out. I took a peek at THE VAMPIRE DIARIES because they have a bunch of seasons, so it must be good, right? Wrong. I could not get past the first episode—heck, I couldn’t even get to the end of the first episode and it’s not the first time I tried to do so—enough said.

Well, vampire lovers, fear not, because there is good vampire viewing to be had in the form of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. It’s a Swedish flick that is “sweet” but not shy in showing the savage ferocity and ugliness of a vampire kill. It also gives you an idea of how “reality” can affect vampires in their day-to-day lives. Human fallibility comes into play. There’s no false justification that makes it okay for humans to coexist with certain vampires if they attack or kill just the bad and evil people who deserve to die. The vampires in LET THE RIGHT ONE IN don’t have the luxury to make that distinction, which of course, makes it all the more heart wrenching.


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I didn’t watch BUFFY, THE VAMPIRE SLAYER this weekend because I’d seen it all when it aired so long ago, but you can’t talk vampires without mentioning BUFFY. It has the look and sound of a stupid teen flick and then it dawns on you how absolutely brilliant the dialog is. BUFFY has a way of highlighting social issues (bullying, peer pressure, GBLT, domestic violence, addiction) that’s not shoved down your throat. It’s not just your typical cute gal falling for a cute guy/vampire (which is so VAMPIRE DIARIES and TWILIGHT).


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I also didn’t watch DARK SHADOWS this weekend, again because I’d seen enough of it some time ago. I vaguely remember it as a TV soap from way back when. I don’t remember if I liked it but it’s certainly more interesting than your average daytime soap. I didn’t realize it until writing this post, but the vampire, Barnabus, didn’t even show up until one year after the soap aired when all I had remembered was him.


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Likewise, I don’t remember if I liked the movie version with Johnny Depp. What I remember is that it was kinda fun and had great 70s music (the TV version was set in the 60s) but after seeing LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, everything pales in comparison. You could say SHADOWS (the movie) is a different genre because it’s comedic but so was BUFFY. The thing that elevated BUFFY to a similar stratosphere as LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is how it tackled social issues. I think SHADOWS attempted that but didn’t make as deep an impact as the other two.


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There’s actually a whole lot of other vampire movies I didn’t even touch on like the film adaptations of Anne Rice’s VAMPIRE CHRONICLES, THE LOST BOYS (which was wicked good), BLADE (great comic-y take on vampire killing), UNDERWORLD (great grrrl powered vampire/werewolf flick), not to mention all the vampire movies from other countries, but then this post would just go on and on, eternally, like some vampire wearing out its welcome, so I’ll just put a stop to it now…


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[0]DEXTER/Dexter : I Just Want to Talk, Published on Nov 19, 2012 by SHOWTIME: The trials and tribulations of a man with a darkness who tries to assimilate into society

[1]Snow White and the Huntsman/Snow White and the Huntsman Full Trailer 2, Published on Mar 19, 2012 by FilmsActuTrailers: a feminist take on the old fairy tale that casts Snow in the light of Joan of Arc, battling her stepmother, brilliantly evilized by Charlize Theron

[2]Panic Room/Uploaded by lookforalaugh: A mother and daughter fend for each other in a high tech panic room against two very persistent home invaders

[3]Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2/Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 Trailer 2 (HD), Published on Sep 8, 2012 by FilmsActuTrailers: newly minted vampire, Bella, protects her new clan when a misunderstanding brings on the wrath of the Volturis

[4]Let the Right One In/Let The Right One In – Official Trailer [HD], Uploaded by trailers: This 2008 Méliès d’Or “Best European Fantastic Feature Film” is about a young boy having problems at home and at school, comes of age when he meets a vampire

[5]Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1 Trailer, Uploaded by vampirechuck: Writer/director Joss Whedon’s unparallelled, award-winning TV series about a high school teen chosen to slay vampires, demons and other creatures of darkness

[6]Dark Shadows (TV)/DARK SHADOWS—Some favorite moments, lines and flubs, Published on Mar 27, 2012 by marquisdd: Long running TV soap that ran for five years with 1,225 eps featuring werewolves, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks, time travel, and a parallel universe

[7]Dark Shadows (movie)/DARK SHADOWS – Official Trailer 2012 [HD-1080p], Published on Apr 5, 2012 by OHtrailers: Horror comedy based on the TV soap of the same name, directed by Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp



00 – introduction
01 – pick your ePoison
02 – plug in or be obsolete
03 – eJunk in the trunk
04.1 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 1: IN THE BEGINNING
04.2 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 2: STRANGE MISSILES
04.3 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 3: HUNGER
04.4a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 4a: ANOTHER DIMENSION
04.4b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 4b: SPOTTED!
04.5a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 5a: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
04.5b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 5b: SEE WHAT I SEE?
04.6a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 6a: DARKNESS
04.6b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 6b: LIFE AND DEATH
04.7a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 7a: LIFE IS SUFFERING
04.7b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 7b: FREE WILL
04.8 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 8: LAY IT ALL OUT/FINALE
05 – kDrama: Arang and the Magistrate/Reply 1997/The Great Doctor
06 – jDorama: Iki mo Dekinai Natsu
07 – the evil that lurks behind the web curtain
08 – back to the future: The King of Dramas 드라마의 제왕
09 – of turkey and vampires: Let the Right One In vs Twilight


Be forewarned—spoilers scattered throughout.

A blog can be like a diary. Or if you’re Doonesbury’s Rick Redfern, it’s your non-paying, disrespected gig after being tossed out of the hanging-by-the-skin-of-their-teeth traditional news outlets. Either way, you’re blogging to reach the masses (if not, your posts would be all private, which indeed, some of you may be doing—not me, though).

So in looking at my stats, even though the comments area is still a vast, wasteland yet to be explored, it seems it’s my previous post about Korean drama that gets the most hits, and pretty much one of the few posts where anyone bothers to click outgoing links.

In any case, watching online kDrama is one of my biggest web addictions, so I’m pleased as punch to blog about a new series that tickles my kDrama addiction with no end in sight because it only just started airing in Korea…

So without further ado, I bring you: THE KING OF DRAMAS (this post is writing itself)


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Disclaimer: my previous excitement over ARANG AND THE MAGISTRATE proved to be premature—it started out with a glorious, bright, beautiful bang that about a third of the way through, petered into a hiccup making me sadder by each subsequent, excruciatingly deflated episode. It was definitely watchable but the latter part of it most certainly didn’t match up to the beginning part.

Maybe KING OF DRAMAS will go down that same route, but for now, I am wearing my ear-to-ear silly grin seeing KIM MYUNG MIN (김명민) sparkle like a sharply cut diamond, with his seething, snarling delivery that’s as razor sharp as it was back in the day when he played the sadistic conductor, cut-you-at-the-knees, torturer role in his other starring kDrama, BEETHOVEN’S VIRUS. (Hard to describe his anti-hero charm; you have to see it for yourself.)


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In KING, Myung Min plays the egotistic, arrogant producer, Anthony Kim, of a Korean entertainment production company who eventually must go against a seemingly sweet, mild mannered, assistant writer, Lee Go Eun, played by JUNG RYU WON (정려원), who’s proving to be a pretty good comic actress. She had a hysterical scene in her previous kDrama, HISTORY OF A SALARYMAN, where she’s talking on her cell in a coffee shop and her sweet, innocent face suddenly contorts into a non-stop tirade of coarse, street gutter swearing you usually hear coming from big, tough cops or gangsters (she’s anorexic petite).


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In KING, Go Eun has a job that’s on the lowest level on the totem pole in the entertainment industry. When Go Eun tries to get an extension on a bank loan, the bank employee sneers at her insisting an assistant writer (transliterated as secondary writer) was as good as being jobless doing no more than gopher type tasks.

The beginning of the first episode gives a nice—albeit brief—overview of kDrama segue-waying into an actual shoot in progress (for those of you who know PARK SHIN HYE (박신혜) from YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL (silly fluff), she does a hilarious cameo in a boring scene that has the director snoozing, not to mention the leading guy who’s so bored, he falls asleep while holding Shin Hye dripping drool on her face while she plays dead, a burning car wreck in the background).


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I salivated over the scene between the CEO and his minion about a production’s main screenwriter who, right before the final filming of a series in progress, balks over the ethics of having to write the final scene with a product placement: (the subtitling is not professionally done but I leave it as is since I don’t know Korean, ergo I don’t know the intention of what’s being said)

Anthony Kim (CEO): So how much percent of a probability to miss the broadcasting time?

minion: Well, I’m not so good at math… I majored in Literature, so…

The scene immediately cuts to the crazed screenwriter (not naming her because she has a short role), a 20-year veteran, who gets paid 20 million won per episode. Over the phone, she verbally spars with Anthony, who insists she write in a segment where orange juice in a carton is the drink of choice just before the main star of the drama dies.

In the end, the screenwriter refuses to compromise her integrity as a writer and submits the screenplay of the hero’s death sans the orange juice in a carton.

Without a hint of scruples, Anthony concocts a whopper of a lie on the spot convincing the assistant screenwriter, Go Eun, to revise the crucial death scene adding in the orange juice (that’s helping fund the drama production). To the low-on-the-totem-pole assistant writer, the authoritative figure and demeanor of a very convincing CEO plus the temptation of writing an important scene is too juicy to pass up.

Anthony is a hands on CEO; he changes bits and parts of the scenes as Go Eun feverishly envisions and types out the drama finale on the fly, typing on a laptop in a van en route to the production site, minutes away from the actual “lights, camera, action.” When she questions his direction, Anthony spits out specifics and statistics of the ever important ratings (in kDrama, screenwriters change elements of the plot/script on a daily—if not minute-by-minute—basis to boost ratings) that has the CEO’s majored-in-Literature minion looking up at the ceiling trying to comprehend the math. This is a devilishly delightful turn for JUNG MAN SHIK (정만식) casted here as the bumbling minion when most folks will remember him as the k-pop girl band’s evil manager in THE GREATEST LOVE.


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It’s an adrenalin rush to see screenwriting in action as Go Eun is pushed and pulled by Anthony’s spur of the moment scene changes, the corresponding ripples of change reflected in the hectic, running around like headless chickens of the production crew and actors filming the up-to-the-moment revised scenes while the background music swells with the sounds of church choir music you hear in satanic horror movies.

The brazen absurdity of the hero walking along the beach towards the ocean, waves lapping near his feet, a gun in one hand and a carton of orange juice in the other, is ridiculous yet satisfying.

It’s a wrap.

How the CEO negotiates with an oblivious, earbud plugged, head bopping courier to get the tape into the studios in time for the show’s last broadcast compounds the consistent notion that everyone’s dealings with Anthony is like making a pact with the devil.

By all appearances this is a comedy, but a kDrama is not a kDrama if it doesn’t have its gut wrenching moments. Anthony is not just a devil stand-in, nor is his verbal bile simple excesses of Machiavelli—he shows a hint of a soul that understands human pain although we are not clued into the specifics of it yet.

KING is absolute wicked fun. Whether it will continue to have high caliber writing and acting remains to be seen but the first episode has been a heart pounding rollercoaster ride that leaves a suspicion of trouble brewing for Anthony; whether you hate him or love him, it’s motivation to see more of KING.

Myung Min didn’t get the girl in BEETHOVEN’S VIRUS but neither did the other lead guy, heartthrob JANG GEUN SEOK (장근석 wasn’t the lead in HONG GIL DONG but I liked him best in that kDrama where everybody was rooting for the bromance between Geun Seok as Prince/King and Hong Gil Dong); it didn’t matter because the spectacle of watching Myung Min chewing up the scenery in that gargantuan way of his is more than satisfying.


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Getting the girl may be equally elusive in KING seeing as Super Junior boy-band idol, Choi Si Won (최시원 of ATTACK ON THE PIN-UP BOYS, a super fun movie where the boy-band makes fun of themselves), is set to make his appearance in episode 3, playing himself as a male diva (divo?).


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If Go Eun ends up being Anthony’s eventual love interest (more satisfying since they’re intellectual equals and watching them work together is intense) that’s just icing, if it comes to pass; right now, their tenuous partnership/enmity is enough cake to keep this kDrama addict satisfied.

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[1]THE KING OF DRAMAS/[Teaser] The King Of Dramas – Korean Drama 2012, Published on Oct 22, 2012 by Jungryeowon Yoana: A drama about the entertainment business that revolves around the life of Anthony Kim, a brilliant CEO of a drama production company who does everything and anything for money; Lee Go Eun, an aspiring assistant screenwriter; and Kang Hyun Min, the egoistic and arrogant top star of the series Kim produces

[2]BEETHOVEN’S VIRUS/Beethoven Virus Trailer – Korean Drama starred Jang Geun Suk, Kim Myung Min and Lee Ji Ah, Uploaded by Vindy Defansha: Kang Gun Woo is a world renowned orchestra maestro, a perfectionist feared by all his players; his world is changed when he meets first violinist, Du Ru Mi, and a young cop who turns out to be a musical genius without any formal training

[3]HISTORY OF A SALARYMAN/샐러리맨 초한지.wmv, Uploaded by SBSNOW1: One night, Yoo Bang enters a dark, mysterious villa with nothing but a flashlight, only to find an executive of the Chunha Medical Group, Jin Ho Hae, slouched in a chair, dead, and his niece, Yeo Chi hiding behind a curtain; this is a whodunit, whose cast of characters revolve around rival pharmaceutical companies competing for a formula for eternal youth

[4]THE GREATEST LOVE/The Greatest Love – Preview 11, Uploaded by Veronica Fernandez: Ae Jung, once the most popular member of girl-band, The National Treasure Girls, is now blamed for the group’s demise at the peak of their popularity; while trying stay in the entertainment industry, Ae Jung meets up with Dokko Jin, a top movie star at the height of his career, and Yoon Pil Joo, a popular oriental medicine doctor who is persuaded to do a dating show—both men fall for Ae Jung, on and off screen

[5]YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL/You’re Beautiful – funny clips, Uploaded by LittleAnny94: The management company of boy-band, A.N.JELL, adds a new singer, Go Mi Nam, to the group as lead vocalist but just before signing the contract, he goes missing; his agent persuades Mi Nam’s twin sister, nun-in-training, Mi Nyu, to stand in for her brother until he is found; initially an outcast by the band’s original members, they each end up falling for Mi Nyu as Mi Nam, the guy

[6]HONG GIL DONG/Hong Gil Dong DVD teaser (Jap Ver), Uploaded by coogoocoogoo: Hong Gil Dong, the illegitimate son of a high ranked minister, fights against the injustice that divides people into the upper and lower classes of nobility and ordinary citizens; Gil Dong encounters free spirited Heo Yi Nok, who makes a living on the streets, and Lee Chang Hwi, rightful heir to the throne usurped by his half brother, and the three are entangled in love, hate, loyalty and betrayal where only one side can win

[7]ATTACK ON THE PIN-UP BOYS/Uploaded by mimzZ89: High school flower boys (heartthrobs or pretty boys) are the target of poop attacks; student Kibum decides to investigate the matter, covering the attacks on his blog which becomes a hot topic at one high school, causing the next potential victims: Siwon, president of the student body, Heechul, president of the dance club, and Kangin, the captain of the Judo Team, to vie for the prestigious poop windfall



00 – introduction
01 – pick your ePoison
02 – plug in or be obsolete
03 – eJunk in the trunk
04.1 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 1: IN THE BEGINNING
04.2 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 2: STRANGE MISSILES
04.3 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 3: HUNGER
04.4a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 4a: ANOTHER DIMENSION
04.4b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 4b: SPOTTED!
04.5a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 5a: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
04.5b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 5b: SEE WHAT I SEE?
04.6a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 6a: DARKNESS
04.6b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 6b: LIFE AND DEATH
04.7a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 7a: LIFE IS SUFFERING
04.7b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 7b: FREE WILL
04.8 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 8: LAY IT ALL OUT/FINALE
05 – kDrama: Arang and the Magistrate/Reply 1997/The Great Doctor
06 – jDorama: Iki mo Dekinai Natsu
07 – the evil that lurks behind the web curtain
08 – back to the future: The King of Dramas 드라마의 제왕
09 – of turkey and vampires: Let the Right One In vs Twilight


Disclaimer: be forewarned–spoilers scattered throughout.

jDorama feeds my web addiction in a different way from kDrama. kDrama sinks its fangs into the jugular of emotions; you end up craving cliffhanger after cliffhanger episodes of the k-series. jDorama goes for experimentation: different plot lines, unexpected characters, out of this world silliness–you just don’t know what to expect which makes for a mind rousing time spent. The only thing you might count on is a reasonably happy ending and a moral lesson learned. Enough said–I’ll just get to the review of a jDorama I’m currently watching.



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Iki mo Dekinai Natsu 息もできない夏 / trailer (a Polish commercial preceeds the trailer)

The premise of this kDorama is the Japanese family register (koseki 戸籍) which may seem weird to western eyes. How can something as innocuous as a family register wreak havoc? Well, for Tanizaki Rei (Takei Emi 武井咲), a young budding patisserie chef wannabe, it becomes a harrowing journey when she finds out through an unfortunate chain of events that she’s not in her family’s register. It means she can’t apply for full-time work, access medical services (unless she pays full price on her own), get loans; she can’t even claim citizenship of her own country. All sorts of everyday existential amenities are now no more than pies in the sky for Rie.

I like this dorama because I get to learn new things about Japan–the bomb that drops on the koseki in this jDorama is an antiquated Civil Code 772 enacted in the Meiji Period in 1898, that says any child born to a woman within 300 days of her divorce, legally belongs to the ex and consequently, his family registry even if the woman remarries and her new husband is the biological father. In order to get the child entered into the new family’s register, the divorced woman has to go to court with the ex’s blessings to make this request.

Domestic violence perpetrated by the ex, Ayukawa Hiroki (Kaname Jun 要潤), drove the mom, Tanizaki Yoko (Kimura Yoshino 木村佳乃), to flee; she never told Hiroki about Rei, birthed after the breakup. She never registered Rei because the birth fell within the 300 days and keeping Hiroki out of the loop was crucial to Yoko’s new life, but now she has to get him to agree to come to court or waive his paternity “rights” beforehand?

Yeah, right…

Japan’s controversial Civil Code 772 has bounced in and out of the courts with plaintiffs trying to take out the discriminatory practice propagated by government old fogies that deter women from divorcing; the code attempts to constrict women into a narrow and unrealistic concept of sexual morality that preserves patriarchal order (shades of Confucianism!). I’m always hating on the predominant portrayals of meek Asian women but apparently, you can’t get away from it–not only is it deeply ingrained in the culture, it’s institutionalized.

Like I said earlier, I can’t stomach meek Asian women so I really can’t stand Rie at first but she adds sprinklings of spunk to the mix, increasingly so, as the story goes on so I’m slowly appreciating her character. Yoko plays right into the stereotype and more so under the brutal hand of domestic violence. It’s hard for anyone to know how they will react under violent circumstances but you can’t help to want so much for Yoko to face her fears for the sake of her daughter.

For those of you who know Kaname Jun, it’s intriguing to see him villanous (the only other time I’ve seen Jun play bad boy was in Ashita no Kita Yoshio, あしたの、喜多善男, a really good dorama about a man on a journey to meet his maker). Jun’s scenes of actual physical violence seem awkward but he pulls off the bad guy scheming/sneering/I’m-gonna-get-you-my-little-pretty personas as needed (still, I prefer him playing fun and frivolous).
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Another victim of the Civil Code 772 debacle, is Kusano Kota (Nakamura Aoi 中村蒼). He pops in and out of this dorama playing the darker, pessimistic flip side to Rei’s more optimistic take on their off-the-koseki-radar status. He gets just enough screen time at strategic points of the story–bowing down to the darker side of his tenuous existence in society–that makes you think that he’s gonna have some sort of impact when things are bound to go south for Rei.
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A lot of the blurbs about this jDorama mention the May-December romance but that’s neither here nor there for me, since that’s so prevalent everywhere, not to mention the guy, Kiyama Ryuichiro (Eguchi Yosuke 江口洋介), doesn’t look that old and Rei doesn’t look that young (despite her babydoll dress in the dorama poster). Speaking of the guy, Ryuichiro is supposed to have some mysterious background as a top notch journalist gone wrong; you only know this when his previous colleague brags about it but so far, we see him only in the role of the government paper pusher who helps Rie through the family register process and ending up as the apple of her eye (did I mention Rie’s specialty is apple pie? By the way, there’s more to the apple than meets the eye as you will see if you watch this dorama). I haven’t finished watching the whole series so I dunno if his previous life resurfaces or if the two really get it on but honestly, his story and the romance don’t do much for this dorama. The more interesting angle is Civil Code 772’s impact on koseki, but since Iki mo Dekinai Natsu is only 11 episodes long, I’m not really complaining.


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CREDITS:
[1]Philip Brasor, “LDP fuddy-duddies’ social engineering hits women and the birthrate,” The Japan Times
[2]Yoshio Sugimoto, “Gender Stratification and the Family System,” in An Introduction to Japanese Society, 159
[3]not_shikibu‘s photobucket still photo of Kaname Jun
[4]boonorbane‘s tumblr photo of Nakamura Aoi

VIDEOS:
[1]Iki mo Dekinai Natsu 息もできない夏 / trailer (with the Polish commercial)
[2]Ashita no Kita Yoshio, あしたの、喜多善男



00 – introduction
01 – pick your ePoison
02 – plug in or be obsolete
03 – eJunk in the trunk
04.1 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 1: IN THE BEGINNING
04.2 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 2: STRANGE MISSILES
04.3 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 3: HUNGER
04.4a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 4a: ANOTHER DIMENSION
04.4b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 4b: SPOTTED!
04.5a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 5a: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
04.5b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 5b: SEE WHAT I SEE?
04.6a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 6a: DARKNESS
04.6b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 6b: LIFE AND DEATH
04.7a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 7a: LIFE IS SUFFERING
04.7b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 7b: FREE WILL
04.8 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 8: LAY IT ALL OUT/FINALE
05 – kDrama: Arang and the Magistrate/Reply 1997/The Great Doctor
06 – jDorama: Iki mo Dekinai Natsu
07 – the evil that lurks behind the web curtain
08 – back to the future: The King of Dramas 드라마의 제왕
09 – of turkey and vampires: Let the Right One In vs Twilight


The continuation of a story told through YouTube videos…
(click on the green video links)

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RECAP from previous Episode 5b:
I’m getting ready to let out a nails scratching on chalkboard, hell raising scream only I get bonked bigtime on my head.


Episode 6a: DARKNESS

C’mon, not my head again…

So now whatam I dead? I can’t tell. I didn’t see any bright white lights. No scenes from my life flashing before my eyes. For the life of me, I can’t open my eyes. And what‘s with this, like, two-ton deadweight on top of my chest?


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[1]C’mon/C-Mon & Kypski – More Is Less, Uploaded by cmonandkypski: C-Mon & Kypski is a four man band that composes/produces their music in their own home studios; their music goes from funk, rock to polka, some hip-hop flavour with a heavy dose of turntablism by Holland’s six times national turntable champion Kypski
[2]my head/Dans la tête AKA In The Head – Uploaded by talantischannel: Talantis Channel is made for animation and special effects lovers; Talantis Films is a French production company
[3]So now what/April Lockhart – So What, Uploaded by aprillockhartmusic: April Lockhart is a singer/songwriter/musician from “Jersey”; born with UBS, uterine band syndrome, she plays piano and guitar without a left hand
[4]am I dead?/Zombie Experiment NYC – Published on Jul 30, 2012 by putzombiesback: Dish recently dropped AMC’s programming, including The Walking Dead, Mad Men and Breaking Bad so AMC did the experiment dressing up some willing New Yorkers as zombies and having them stumble through the city among unknowing pedestrians to prove that zombies don’t belong on the street, but on television
[5]tell/Tell on Me: The ballad of US agents – Published on Jun 15, 2012 by LatmaTV; Latma is Israel’s premiere satire group created by a group of journalists who, in one mock news show, stated in Hebrew, “this is the newscast that reaches conclusions long before the facts are known”; “Stand by Me” is a song written by Ben King and originally performed by him; the song was inspired by the spiritual “Lord Stand by Me,” plus two lines rooted in Psalms 46:2–3
[6]white/OK Go – White Knuckles – Official Video, Uploaded by OkGo: OK Go is an American alternative rock band best known for their often elaborate and quirky music videos; the band is originally from Chicago, Illinois, now residing in Los Angeles, California, comprised of Damian Kulash (lead vocals, guitar), Tim Nordwind (bass guitar and vocals), Dan Konopka (drums and percussion) and Andy Ross (guitar, keyboards and vocals), who joined them in 2005, replacing Andy Duncan
[7]scenes/Tony Jaa Chase Scene (Ong Bak) – Uploaded by dookie666mufc: Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior (องค์บาก), aka Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior is a 2003 Thai action film directed by Prachya Pinkaew, featuring stunt choreography by Panna Rittikrai and starring Tony Jaa, the actor hailed internationally as the next major martial-arts star in a movie with high speed action fight scenes shot without wires
[8]flashing/Som Sabadell flashmob – Published on May 31, 2012 by BancSabadell: Banco Sabadell is the fifth-largest banking group funded by private Spanish capital that arranged a flashmob to celebrate their 130th anniversary with the participation of people from the Vallès Symphony Orchestra (the only self-governing Spanish symphony orchestra based in Sabadell, Spain), the Lieder (Cambra Lieder Càmera is a choir that cultivates Catalan and international choral music), Amics de l’Òpera (opera fans promoting opera in all of the Valencian autonomous community) and Coral Belles Arts (an association of singers aiming to cultivate universal Catalan choral music) choirs to perform Ode an die Freude (Ode to Joy) Beethoven Symphony No.9
[9]my eyes/Sungha Jung ~ Can’t take my eyes off you, Uploaded by janlau311: Seongha Jeong (정성하) is a South Korean professional acoustic finger-style guitarist who has risen to fame on YouTube and other sites; “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” is a 1967 single by Frankie Valli, a song that has had a major cultural impact, with hundreds of cover versions, many of which have been on the charts themselves in different countries; the Valli version was also used by NASA as a wake-up song for a mission of the Space Shuttle, on the anniversary of astronaut Christopher Ferguson
[10]life/Life – Coming Soon – Trailer, Uploaded by DiscoveryNetworks: Life is a nature documentary series made by BBC television, first broadcast as part of the BBC’s Darwin Season, taking a global view of the specialised strategies and extreme behaviour that living things have developed in order to survive; what Charles Darwin termed “the struggle for existence”
[11]I can’t/2PM – I Can’t MV, Uploaded by iekanzaki: 2PM is a six-member South Korean boy band managed by JYP Entertainment, comprised of Junsu, Nichkhun, Taecyeon, Wooyoung, Junho and Chansung; 2PM found their start under Korean musician Park Jin Young, who formed an eleven-member band known as One Day but eventually, the band was split into 2PM and a similar but independent group known as 2AM
[12]what/One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful (5 Piano Guys, 1 piano) – ThePianoGuys, Published on Jul 18, 2012 by ThePianoGuys: The Piano Guys is an American music duo consisting of Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson who became “famous” through YouTube, where they posted videos of renditions and mashes of popular songs accompanied by professional-looking video clips; in December 2011 they released their first album
[13]like/People Like Us Trailer – Published on Mar 30, 2012 by peoplelikeusmovie: People Like Us is a 2012 drama film directed by Alex Kurtzman in his directorial debut, written by Kurtzman, Jody Lambert and Roberto Orci, starring Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mark Duplass, and Jon Favreau with music composed by A. R. Rahman, about a man who finds out his dead father had another family
[15]deadweight/DEAD WEIGHT – Uploaded by dumbfoundead: Jonathan Park (박성만 Park Sung Man), aka Dumbfoundead, is an Argentine born American rapper of Korean descent originating from the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles, California
[16]chest/How It Should Have Ended : How Dead Man’s Chest Should Have Ended – Uploaded by HISHEdotcom



00 – introduction
01 – pick your ePoison
02 – plug in or be obsolete
03 – eJunk in the trunk
04.1 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 1: IN THE BEGINNING
04.2 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 2: STRANGE MISSILES
04.3 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 3: HUNGER
04.4a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 4a: ANOTHER DIMENSION
04.4b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 4b: SPOTTED!
04.5a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 5a: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
04.5b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 5b: SEE WHAT I SEE?
04.6a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 6a: DARKNESS
04.6b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 6b: LIFE AND DEATH
04.7a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 7a: LIFE IS SUFFERING
04.7b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 7b: FREE WILL
04.8 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 8: LAY IT ALL OUT/FINALE
05 – kDrama: Arang and the Magistrate/Reply 1997/The Great Doctor
06 – jDorama: Iki mo Dekinai Natsu
07 – the evil that lurks behind the web curtain
08 – back to the future: The King of Dramas 드라마의 제왕
09 – of turkey and vampires: Let the Right One In vs Twilight



Eun-oh (Lee Jun-ki) realizes the ghost, Arang (Shin Min-ah), has something of interest to him, so instead of letting her get caught by a grim reaper, he races to help her.


Korean Drama

Be forewarned: I’m making liberal use of the word “great” in this post because this is one drug whose high is nothing if not great.

If you’re one of the lucky ones who don’t have a clue what Hallyu is or what’s the significance of the Endless Love series, then good for you and quickly, quickly, QUICKLY–get the heck away from this webpage! (For those of you who just want to find out more about the three kDramas listed in this post’s title, look below for the reviews.)

If there’s one thing that can and will suck up all your time into the web black hole, it’s Korean drama.

I had meant to avoid this topic altogether but after trying to wean myself off of these time sucking 80-proof web intoxicants that is Korean drama, I’m back in full force watching three Korean dramas simultaneously: Arang and the Magistrate, Reply 1997 and The Great Doctor.

I’m also shameless in trying to get others hooked on these things, bad as they are for your health (in particular, your circadian clock).

Korean dramas have been subject to distinct stereotypes and must-haves:

brother and sister love (not the brotherly/sisterly/family type of love but the kind where any offsprings from this type of attraction will be so royally messed up)
amnesia by car accident or near drowning
nose bleeds
some form of cancer diagnosis (most times preceeded by nose bleeds)
love triangles/quadrangles/or more
couples bickering like crazy in the beginning ending up liking each other at the end
male lead shower scenes
fist(s) clenched meaning someone’s upset
men using brute force to grab women by their arms in order to swing or drag them around (truly, think cave man)–all done without incurring bruises or dislocating shoulders
getting drunk on soju
men giving women piggyback rides (most times done after drinking lots of soju)
leaving for America
coming back from America (where they went to school or had a business but no matter which they’ll mostly speak the kind of English that’ll make you cringe)
needing to pull over to the side of the road which can always be done because there’s never any cars parked whenever there’s a need to pull over…

. . .
I could go on forever but kDrama is not always about the stereotypes.

There are great series like Sand Glass 모래시계, a fictionalized account of true events during the 70s and 80s, following a handful of students during the time when then South Korean president, Chun Doo-hwan, sent in the military to quell a student uprising at the Chonnam National University ending in a full scale massacre with casualties estimated at upwards of thousands of students and residents of the university city of Gwangju. About a decade later, Doo-hwan was sentenced to death for his crimes against humanity during what was to be known as the Gwangju Democratization Movement. Like some bad screenplay though, he beat the rap and to this day can be spotted swinging the club on some of the most elite fairgrounds in South Korea.

Another great series is The Great King Sejong 대왕 세종, about the fourth king of the Joseon period during the 1400s, who oversaw the renaissance of the sciences and technology, advancements in military warfare, the development of the Korean alphabet, Hangul (한글), that opened the door to literacy for the lower classes, and what I consider his crowning achievement, breaking class barriers. Against protests from officials and the noble class Sejong brought Jang Yeong-sil (장영실) who was from the slave class into the royal palace. Sejong recognized the talents of Yeong-sil, who eventually became a prominent inventor, scientist and astronomer.

I could go on and on about great Korean dramas like Slingshot 남자이야기 (aka Story of a Man), a great story showing the nuances of good and evil starring Park Yong Ha (박용하) in what would be his last kDrama before his suicide; Family’s Honor 가문의영광, a modern take on Confucian values and the class divide that showcases the way kDrama can rip your guts out and cut you to the knees with scenes to get you crying whether at the police station or at a funeral (male lead, Park Si Hoo (박시후), plays angst like nobody’s business) and makes your jaws drop like when the lead girl gets up on the stage and sings like somebody crawled into a cat’s hairball that’s about to be puked out and the lead man is flabbergasted and lovin’ it all at once.

Okay, I should stop.

But before I do, I really should say a little something about the three kDramas I’m watching now that caused me to dash off this post.


. . .
Arang and the Magistrate 아랑사또전 / trailer (trailer subs from kpopandasubs @kpopanda.wordpress.com)

I found most of this from Wikipedia but I gotta tell you, there’s some spoilers here so just stop reading already.

The story is based on a folktale about Arang, a young, beautiful, kindhearted magistrate’s daughter raised by an evil caretaker who hatches a plan to have her raped and ruined by a servant, only Arang puts up a fight and ends up getting stabbed and left to rot in the woods.

Her dad thinks she eloped with the lower class guy so he slinks off with his tail between his legs thinking only of the shame, the shame. How the heck can he continue being a magistrate, oh, the shame.

Subsequent magistrate wannabes take office but whenever Arang, now a ghost, shows up to tell them her sob story, they keel over and drop dead outta fear of the dead getting all up in their faces.

So one day, this young guy comes into town looking for his mom. As it turns out, he’s used to talking to ghosts and doesn’t keel over at the sight of her. And it’s not out of the kindness of his heart that he takes on the mantle of magistrate to help Arang avenge her death; no, there’s another reason behind it…
. . .

. . .
Now, the first reason I’m all excited about this series is because the lead actress, Shin Min-ah (신민아), hasn’t done any projects since her 2010 My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox 내 여자친구는 구미호 gig also based on an old folktale; here she plays a fox that can turn into a human form. Min-ah played it so well she was awarded Best Actress for it. If you’re new to all this, you may be thinking what’s with all the fantasy and folktales–first the fox and now a ghost. Well, Min-ah isn’t a one trick pony. She’s had her share of drama in the sense of bring-out-your-box-of-tissues like when she starred in the series, The Devil 마왕, or the movie, A Bittersweet Life 달콤한 인생. She can play characters that feel real whether in indie films like Sisters on the Road 지금, 이대로가 좋아요 or beyond belief, offbeat movies like Volcano High, so she’s got solid, all around acting chops. In Arang–as in My Girlfriend–she’s all spunky and mischievous which is way, way better than a lot of other Korean actresses who get stuck in or don’t know how to venture out of the meek, model Asian women stereotype.



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The second reason I had to watch this series was lead actor, Lee Jun-ki (이준기), who, like Min-ah, plays goofy here. Like Min-ah, Jun-ki has been around the block–a lot of noise, favorable noise, was generated when he took on his first leading role in the movie, The King and the Clown 왕의 남자, which became one the highest grossing South Korean movies where our pretty boy, Jun-ki, played an effeminate street actor/clown during the Joeson period who along with his other troupe members are arrested for treason for mocking the king but as luck–or unluckiness, really–would have it, the king falls for our pretty boy which doesn’t go well with the Queen and concubines. The king’s character was based on a real king, Yeonsan-gun (연산군), who was violent and sexually depraved so you can probably guess the movie’s not going to go down well for Jun-ki’s character; it was one of those “not a dry eye left in the theatre” types of movie. His first lead in a series, action drama Time Between Dog and Wolf 개와 늑대의 시간, netted him a Best Actor award. So you know where this is going–he’s the kind of eye candy that can act.

The third, fourth, fifth and so on reasons I’m watching this series is because it has an ensemble of solid actors that give it more substance; several of the actors have starred in their own series, good ones at that.

I really hate long posts so I’m going to stop here (didn’t I say that already?).


Oh the heck with it, I’ll just give you some tidbits about the other two kDramas I’m watching (all are still airing in Korea as of this post date):

Reply 1997 응답하라 1997, is another great ensemble drama–this time with young, fresh actors, several of them k-pop singers trying their hand at acting for the first time and doing a good job and I’m not just saying it. I especially like the lead gal, Jung Eun Ji (정은지), who’s kind of like a bully here in her singleminded idolatry of boyband H.O.T. in this story about extreme K-fan culture that emerged in the 90s.



I’m not too sure The Great Doctor 신의 is all that good–I’m only watching it to see if the modern day doctor, Kim Hee-Seon (김희선; she played the Korean Princess in Jackie Chan’s The Myth) who time travels back 700 years to the Goryeo dynasty will cause any disturbance in the force and make some solid contributions to medical history or if she’s gonna continue being just plain annoying. Lee Jun-ki was originally cast for the lead but he had to do his mandatory military stint so Lee Min-ho (이민호) of Boys Over Flowers 꽃보다 남자 fame lucked out got the role, but so far, I’m not enthralled… then again, it’s only been 2 episodes out of 24 so we’ll see (update 9/30/12: seen more eps and thank the powers that be that Lee Jun-ki is in Arang and the Magistrate instead of this trainwreck; notice how I struck through “lucked out” because this will not be something Lee Min-ho should be bragging about).



00 – introduction
01 – pick your ePoison
02 – plug in or be obsolete
03 – eJunk in the trunk
04.1 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 1: IN THE BEGINNING
04.2 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 2: STRANGE MISSILES
04.3 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 3: HUNGER
04.4a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 4a: ANOTHER DIMENSION
04.4b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 4b: SPOTTED!
04.5a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 5a: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
04.5b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 5b: SEE WHAT I SEE?
04.6a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 6a: DARKNESS
04.6b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 6b: LIFE AND DEATH
04.7a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 7a: LIFE IS SUFFERING
04.7b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 7b: FREE WILL
04.8 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 8: LAY IT ALL OUT/FINALE
05 – kDrama: Arang and the Magistrate/Reply 1997/The Great Doctor
06 – jDorama: Iki mo Dekinai Natsu
07 – the evil that lurks behind the web curtain
08 – back to the future: The King of Dramas 드라마의 제왕
09 – of turkey and vampires: Let the Right One In vs Twilight



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Sand Glass 모래시계/fictionalized account of the Gwangju Democratization Movement

The Great King Sejong 대왕 세종fictional depiction of the fourth king of the Joseon period during the 1400s

Slingshot 남자이야기 (aka Story of a Man)/Park Yong Ha’s (박용하) last (and best) kDrama before his suicide

Family’s Honor 가문의영광/a modern day take on Confucian values and the class divide in South Korea

Arang and the Magistrate 아랑사또전/based on a folktale about a young woman who is unjustly murdered

My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox 내 여자친구는 구미호/based on a folktale about a fox who can turn into a human

The Devil 마왕/a detective investigates murders that seem linked to his past

A Bittersweet Life 달콤한 인생/existentialism in the Korean mob

Sisters on the Road 지금, 이대로가 좋아요/estranged sisters meet after the death of their mother

Volcano High/8-times expelled student finds equally troubled peers where off the charts, sans reality based superpower martial arts determines who survives and rules at a dystopic high school

The King and the Clown 왕의 남자/based on King Yeonsan-gun (연산군) and a fictional relation with a street performer

Time Between Dog and Wolf 개와 늑대의 시간/about the trials and tribulations of an undercover cop

Reply 1997 응답하라 1997/about the extreme K-fan culture that emerged in the 90s

The Great Doctor 신의/a modern day doctor time travels back 700 years to the Goryeo dynasty

Boys Over Flowers 꽃보다 남자/Korea’s take on the Japanese hit series about one girl’s relationship with an elite school’s gang of bullies

The continuation of a story told through YouTube videos…
(click on the green or blue (for iPads) video links)

. . .
RECAP from Episode 1 and Episode 2:

When me and the three birds flew to the moon, it felt like we were in heaven on account of the tree dripping with lollipops/lollipops and Blackberries but the big action was when the bobbleheads popped out of bubbles that came crashing down shattering into millions of pieces that regrouped, morphing into…


Episode 3: HUNGER

…giant strips of turkey bacon using their wrinkly wavy bodies to spring up and down in lock-stepped organized lines. Like marching ants encircling an object, they took great care to avoid us (unlike some kamikazi bobbleheads we know).

Seeing as all this time me and the birds didn’t have a bite to eat we jumped at the chance to get some bacon down our throats. It wasn’t easy because they’d been carefully avoiding us but after a couple of tries we each were able to jump up (or fly atop of, for the birds) onto the darn things sinking our teeth (beaks for the birds) into the bacon.

Obviously, these weren’t normal bacon strips (as normal as turkey bacon can be) so the moment we bit into them…

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[1.1]Playing For Change – Three Little Birds
[1.2]Julie London – Fly Me To The Moon (1964)
[1.3]Emeli Sandé – Heaven, Choreography by Dominic Lawrence: Sandé
[1.4]How to Draw Trees – How to Draw Trees
[1.5a]Immortal – Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows, Uploaded by wickedchild86
[1.5b]Dragon Lollipop With Caramel Art ! – Uploaded by NEWSofNOW
[1.6]My Blackberry Is Not Working! – The One Ronnie, Preview – BBC One

[2.1]Bobblehead-landia – Published on Mar 27, 2012 by cat5surfphotos
[2.2]3d Stereogram Animation 3dw100522.mpg – Uploaded by xyoureyes
[2.3]Dry Ice Bubble – http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/
[2.4]|| MWS || Your World is Crashing Down! – Published by MangaWorksStudio
[2.5]”Shattering Time and Space” – Original Music – Uploaded by i1ikerice
[2.6]Lego Star Wars – For the millionth time, i didn’t make this
[2.7]Janis Joplin – Piece of My Heart (live with Big Brother & The Holding Company)

[3.1]TURKEY DUBSTEP – Published by willanderson0
[3.2]Episode 16: The Bacon Brothers – Go My Way, recorded with and in Daryl Hall’s home
[3.3]WRINKLES – Ignacio Ferreras – Spain – trailer
[3.4]Springing Cards – Uploaded by ImproveYourMagic
[3.5]No Problem_United Future Organization, vocal by Mark Murphy
[3.6]Ky-Mani Marley – The March (Live Performance) – Ky-Mani Marley performs “The March” at the Apple Store in Aventura for Black Music Month, 6/17/11, uploaded by amadueno
[3.7]Fire Ants (Tim Hawkins)
[3.8]Coffee: The Greatest Addiction Ever – Uploaded by CGPGrey
[3.9]Kamikaze Girls Trailer
[3.10]Paper Lantern – “Never Saw It Coming”
[3.11]The Rocky Horror Picture Show- The Time Warp Dance
[3.12]Iraq: Bird is the Word – Uploaded by JJTanen, with background music of “Surfin’ Bird” performed by The Trashmen
[3.13]Money Hungry Chicken (Hunter College 2009)
[3.14]University of Wisconsin Jump Around – Uploaded by greenday316
[3.15]All Hail the Bacon Weave – Uploaded by dirtydirtygrills
[3.16]TWILIGHT SUCKS! Emo Vampire Song : The Key of Awesome #3 – Uploaded by barelypolitical
[3.17]Big Easy to Big Empty – Uploaded by GregPalastOffice, a film about the aftermath of Katrina that devastated New Orleans in 2006
[3.18]结界师 kekkaishi – get away from here
[3.19]Mario, Vidis, Jazzu Give It A Try Video
[3.20]Day 285 – Jump Up and Get Down – Uploaded by SOTC365
[3.21][MV] Epik High – Fly
[3.22]Ahmad Jamal Trio – Darn That Dream 1959 – Uploaded by audiotape
[3.23]Jimi Hendrix Hey Joe teeth solo
[3.24]Ode to Joy – Transcendental Beaker – Uploaded by fejy002
[3.25]Gittin mi – Normal – Published by michel desailly
[3.26]Driving down the Las Vegas strip in HD – Uploaded by dustinmcgrew
[3.27]Los Desperados live in Poland ,W.A. Mozart -“Turkish March” – Uploaded by gitarnik777
[3.28]FM Static – Moment Of Truth (Cover) – Uploaded by dubnvw, as played by Nick & Zacky



00 – introduction
01 – pick your ePoison
02 – plug in or be obsolete
03 – eJunk in the trunk
04.1 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 1: IN THE BEGINNING
04.2 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 2: STRANGE MISSILES
04.3 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 3: HUNGER
04.4a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 4a: ANOTHER DIMENSION
04.4b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 4b: SPOTTED!
04.5a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 5a: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
04.5b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 5b: SEE WHAT I SEE?
04.6a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 6a: DARKNESS
04.6b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 6b: LIFE AND DEATH
04.7a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 7a: LIFE IS SUFFERING
04.7b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 7b: FREE WILL
04.8 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 8: LAY IT ALL OUT/FINALE
05 – kDrama: Arang and the Magistrate/Reply 1997/The Great Doctor
06 – jDorama: Iki mo Dekinai Natsu
07 – the evil that lurks behind the web curtain
08 – back to the future: The King of Dramas 드라마의 제왕
09 – of turkey and vampires: Let the Right One In vs Twilight


What you do on the web is nobody’s business but your own.

Not.

Unless you purposely go into hiding, everything you do on the web is up for grabs. Ad blocking, cache clearing, private/anonymous browsing and other under-the-radar methods can only cover so much. But let’s save all that for another chapter.

For now, let’s just say your web comings and goings aren’t being used by shameless data gatherers testing the limits of the law while trying to make a buck, and cops won’t be coming anytime soon knocking on your door for some nefarious online activity that would put your mother to shame.

For now, let’s slip on rose colored glasses and just see what’s out there without a shadow of the dark side.

Like…
– Researching that obscure but eye opening factoid that may put your paper over the top for the class that could be just the thing to get a leg up on your future prospects

– Looking for a job out of the millions of job search sites listing billions of jobs that don’t seem to make a dent on unemployment

– Finding a diagnosis your doctor missed since you weren’t able to go into all the details of the symptoms during the visit that went by in a blink of an eye (even though waiting in the waiting room was way long)

– Catching the latest next-best-thing/drama on TV (programs from all over the world and you get to do subtitling on the fly in any language, even Esperanto) that can now be viewed on the web from sites that increasingly show ads though still not as many as on TV

– Listening to music you otherwise would never in a pre-www world listen to

Hanging out with folks to chat, get tips, or play voyeur to the stupidest (self proclaimed) and coolest things people do all over the world who want the whole world to see them do it whether it be on YouTube, Facebook or other social nooks and crannies of the web

– Gawking at all kinds of paintings, sculptures, photography, whatever the heck they call art without all the pretense

– So many other things: news, answers to all your questions, reviews on anything under the sun, you name it…


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This is a work in progress. The links used in this chapter (a links-only list is below) may periodically change depending on the vagaries of the web.

obscure but eye opening factoid/”If you hold your eyelids open while sneezing, will your eyes pop out?” answered by Cecil Adams in The Straight Dope: Fighting Ignorance Since 1973

job search sites/get your dream job… or any job (country listings from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe)

diagnosis/”The Doctor Will See You-If You’re Quick” by Shannon Brownlee for The Daily Beast: Read This Skip That, Illustration by Jason Lee

next-best-thing/drama/Viki was born as a joint class project between Harvard and Stanford graduate students who wanted to remove barriers to popular entertainment, regardless of language or country of origin with a diverse core of contributers including entrepreneurs, technologists and pop-culture fans from China, Egypt, England, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam and the United States

music/King Kapisi – Screems From Tha Old Plantation: of Samoan origin, King Kapisi is the first Hip Hop artist in New Zealand to receive the prestigious Silver Scroll Award at the APRA Awards for Songwriter of the Year for his single Reverse Resistance in 1999, which followed on the popular release of his debut single Sub-Cranium Feeling

Hanging out/Limbless Association provides information and support to the limb-loss community

to chat/Batman Arkham Asylum Eidos Forum

get tips/The Daily Headache: a candid look at managing and living with headaches & migraines, helmed by Kerrie Smyres

stupidest/Episode 9: The Ped-Mouse from Stupid Inventions, the channel where practicality has absolutely no bearing on what they create

coolest/2010 Mavericks surfing competition, Photographer: Shalom Jacobovitz

paintings/Philadelphia Phillies ‘Dream Scene,’ Artist: Jamie Cooper

sculptures/Equation, Sculptor: Andrew Baxter

photographyAn Abyssinian Colobus baby yawns at the Nogeyama Zoological Gardens in Yokohama, Japan (Itsuo Inouye/Associated Press)

whatever the heck they call art/You Call That Art?!-Promo: hosted by Professor John T. Young



00 – introduction
01 – pick your ePoison
02 – plug in or be obsolete
03 – eJunk in the trunk
04.1 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 1: IN THE BEGINNING
04.2 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 2: STRANGE MISSILES
04.3 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 3: HUNGER
04.4a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 4a: ANOTHER DIMENSION
04.4b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 4b: SPOTTED!
04.5a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 5a: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
04.5b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 5b: SEE WHAT I SEE?
04.6a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 6a: DARKNESS
04.6b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 6b: LIFE AND DEATH
04.7a – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 7a: LIFE IS SUFFERING
04.7b – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 7b: FREE WILL
04.8 – once upon a time in YouTube/episode 8: LAY IT ALL OUT/FINALE
05 – kDrama: Arang and the Magistrate/Reply 1997/The Great Doctor
06 – jDorama: Iki mo Dekinai Natsu
07 – the evil that lurks behind the web curtain
08 – back to the future: The King of Dramas 드라마의 제왕
09 – of turkey and vampires: Let the Right One In vs Twilight