Category Archives: Background Noise

Caveat: 보았던 거니까 like dejavu

지금 듣고있는 것.  보이콜드, “Youth!” This song is the most completely, fully bilingual bit of Khiphop (Korean hip hop) that I’ve run across. Completely at ease in both languages, with constant code-switching. 가사. Yeah, alright, I’ll go… I’m trynna … Continue reading

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Caveat: to the post office via rainbow

We went into town today – Thursday is shopping day. We saw a rainbow leading to the post office. Later, some difficult stuff happened. Arthur insisted it was time to clean the gutters. I’ll perhaps provide more information later. [daily … Continue reading

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Caveat: You can’t use a bulldozer to study orchids

We went fishing again today. But Arthur failed to attract the attention of any fish. So we just drove the boat around. This is Caldera Bay, on the south side of Trocadero, about due south of Craig. Here is another … Continue reading

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Caveat: This ain’t for the best

Being in the US again is weird, sometimes. I have a bit of reverse culture shock. Seeing US television and flipping through radio stations as I drive my rental car can be slightly disorienting. This song was on a radio … Continue reading

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Caveat: I’m gonna make it out

I spend my mornings trying organize, pack, and clean my apartment. Since my apartment will be taken by my succussor teacher, whom Curt has officially hired, I feel even more obligated to leave the apartment in good condition than I … Continue reading

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Caveat: Impendingness

It's a huge moment in my life – after 11 years in Korea, I am leaving the country, and not sure if I'll be coming back (except maybe to visit). I must say goodbye to the rice fields, the pointy … Continue reading

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Caveat: Sometimes I lay Under the moon

This heartwarming little video appeared in my facebook feed the other day (h/t my own dad – heh). Given that I'm recently returned to facebookland, despite ambivalences, right? I was curious about the song's provenance, because it seemed a good, … Continue reading

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Caveat: I’m an apostrophe

As mentioned before, we have this thing at Karma called "CC" class – a somewhat opaque name for what are essentially focused listening exercises using English-language pop songs. Mostly, these days, I can proudly say that my initiative to have the … Continue reading

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Caveat: on the desirability (or not) of movement

I have a student named N__. Because the current "test prep period" for middle schoolers (colloquially called "내신") is just now ending, a lot of students are still absent, so much to N__'s dismay, she found herself stuck with me … Continue reading

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Caveat: Mi vida empieza desde adentro

This is a scheduled (automated) blog post, which will go through in the event I'm lacking an internet connection tomorrow when I might normally post. What I might be hypothetically listening to – I'm really into that oldschool Mexican hip-hop … Continue reading

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Caveat: harta de sentir

Lo que estoy escuchando en este momento. Control Machete – De Perros Amores. The video is weird, creepy, and borderline NSFW. That said, it's a scene from the eponymous movie for which this song is the title track. La calidad … Continue reading

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Caveat: The best part of my family is…

We were doing short-speech responses to speaking questions. The question was, "Do you like your family, or not? What are the best and worst parts of your family?" 6th grader Jaehyeon, incorporating a very long pause as he groped for … Continue reading

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Caveat: Foki Afa Galande

What I'm listening to right now. Heilung, "Krigsgaldr." This looks like part of some weird Scandinavian neo-Paganist thing. But it is interesting. I find these "back-to-roots" European nativist movements culturally intriguing, but feel it's regrettable the way they get coopted … Continue reading

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Caveat: I’ve become impossible

Today is "Buddhamas" (Buddha's birthday, observed, in South Korea, as a single middle-of-the-week holiday). It's a day off from work, but in the middle of such a busy period, with the talent show coming up and putting in extra hours … Continue reading

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Caveat: Everthing okey dokey 참지마 그냥 욱해

So busy. Burnout mode… What I’m listening to right now. 블락비, “닐리리 맘보.” 가사 Ha Ha Yeah BBC follow me Bounce like this eh eh Bounce like Block B in the House Z and pop time Muzic is officially over … Continue reading

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Caveat: We all came out to Montreux

I recently learned that the famous classic rock song, "Smoke On The Water," by British rockers Deep Purple, was written about events at Montreux, Switzerland, which took place there in 1971 at the same time that the famous Russian-American author … Continue reading

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Caveat: Party just for you

Childish Gambino (AKA Donald Glover) has a new song / video out. It's quite remarkable, and has received high critical praise from important media™. There is a detailed parsing of the video and song at Huffington Post, for example. It's … Continue reading

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Caveat: One day when the sky is falling

Not much to report. The Karma Talent Show is coming up. A group of elementary students selected this song to sing in the show – I made them choose the song, so that when they complained about it later, I … Continue reading

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Caveat: break and burn and end

Well I guess I'm having a hard week. No further comment. What I'm listening to right now. Taylor Swift, "Begin Again." She's really quite a talented lyricist, in my opinion. Her language is both contemporarily authentic yet still meets a … Continue reading

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Caveat: Now I’m living in Korea Town

I don't have much to say. I'm going through a rough spot, in terms of lack of creativity and overall poor affect. I'll just plug along with work, which is busy enough. Meanwhile, what I'm listening to right now. Neko … Continue reading

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