I haven’t used the computer much lately, so I didn’t see this video until today. It’s shows the recording of IU’s cover of Sanullim’s (산울림) song 너의 의미 together with original member Kim Chang-wan. The song appears on her cover album 꽃갈피.

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I really like this song! It gives me such a good feeling. This album is a must-buy. Just my style.

The song starts at 1:18 in the video and there are English captions available.

You may recognize Chang-wan from the drama 별에서 온 그대 (My love from the stars), where he played Kim Soo-hyun’s “father”.

 

IU is so cute in this interview where she talks about how she likes to watching movies before going to bed. When she’s asked if she pays for them she turns to her manager “You paid for them, right?” :lol: “불법 다운로드 진짜 아니죠!” (I’d never download illegally) XD

That question comes up at 1:43.
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You can activate English captions in the video.

I also wish I could get that vinyl LP she’s talking about.

 

IU recently held a series of concerts in a more intimate small theatre setting. I wish I could’ve been there! I love IU’s acoustic stuff and it would have been amazing to see her at a smaller venue like this.

1theK has uploaded a few clips from the concert to Youtube and they all have English captions.

The first two songs are from her new cover album 꽃갈피 and the last one is from the re-packaged version of her previous album Modern Times (Epilogue).

나의 옛날이야기 (My old story)
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사랑이 지나가면 (When love passes by)
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금요일에 만나요 (Friday)
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I would beat myself up for not knowing all the lyrics though XD.

 

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Last night I played through the game Brothers for PS3. The game was developed by the Swedish Starbreeze Studios and the director is Swedish film director Josef Fares.

The game is a platformer/puzzle type game where you play as two brothers at the same time. The left analogue stick controls the big brother and the left controls the little brother. You travel through a mythic Nordic/fantasy landscape, inhabited by trolls, giants and the like, where you have to make your way to the tree of life to bring back a cure for your sick father.

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In order to progress you have to find a way to get by a number of obstacles. The two brothers have different traits that you’ll discover as you try to solve the problems presented to you. … Continue reading

 
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I’ve been interested in the Naniwa 純白 (Junpaku/snow white/pure white) 8000 grit sharpening stone since I got my first Naniwa Chosera stones. The Snow White is not a part of the Chosera line, but it’s considered to be the poor man’s Chosera 10,000 grit stone, coming in at less than half the price of the 10k Chosera. It’s even cheaper than the Chosera #5000.

The problem was that the stone wasn’t available in Europe, so I asked knivesandtools.nl (where I bought my Chosera stones) if they would consider importing it. They did, and also sent me a stone for review! Knivesandtools.nl is their Dutch site. They also have an English site.

I’ve tried out the Snow White together with my 1k and 5k Chosera. It feels a lot like a Chosera stone in that it’s hard and fast cutting. I understand why people call it “the missing Chosera”. It’s of course smoother than the coarser stones, but it also feels much harder than the 5k stone.

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Last week, a couple of days before the Vixx concert, I went to a non K-Pop Korean concert that the South Korean embassy was arranging. Some musicians played classical western instruments, like piano and violin and others played traditional Korean instruments (gayageum, haegeum and daegeum). There was also a vocalist and a guitarist. They were all extremely good!

I really like the sound of the gayageum. The haegeum also has a frail but nice sound.

They performed both classical and traditional Korean pieces. The piece I liked the most was 바다의 사람들 (People of the Sea). You can check it out in the video below. It’s the same artist, Jung Ji-eun, that I saw.

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At the end they performed Arirang, which feels pretty standard at a Korean culture event, mixing piano, violin, guitar and the traditional instruments. At first it sounded pretty plain, but after a while it turned into an upbeat fusion piece. Really good.

 

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A week or so ago I got my Looney Tunes Golden Collection and the complete Death Note DVD box. One is pretty violent. I’m talking about Looney Tunes, of course ;) . No, really, it’s extremely violent. Death Note has nothing on it.

With this Looney Tunes box I got the classic Roadrunner and Coyote shorts that I wanted. And a ton of other classics. I’ve only watched a few – there are four discs per case. Not all are good, but it’s all quality animation. The one with the Coyote trying to steal sheep under the nose of the sheepdog is hilarious.

I actually re-watched Death Note recently, but it got me thinking that perhaps I should see if it’s available on Blu-ray. … Continue reading

 
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Last Saturday I attended Korean boy band Vixx’ showcase in Sweden. It was the first K-pop concert in Scandinavia! There was a strict “no photography” policy, so I didn’t take any photos. Sorry.

When I got the ticket I felt a bit guilty, since I hadn’t followed Vixx before and fan-girls were desperately trying to get a hold of tickets after they sold out.

The concert was held at a pretty small venue, Oscarsteatern. I’ve been there before for musicals. Even though the seats were numbered a queue formed outside the theatre before they opened the doors. It was pretty funny how many passers-by stopped and asked what we were queueing for, because there was no sign for this event and they couldn’t believe that we (mostly girls) were queueing for the show that was playing there other days.

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Back in January, I needed to buy a headphone amplifier for the excellent headphones I got as a birthday present. I ended up getting the Objective 2 (O2) amplifier, which is an open source design that you can build yourself if you want. It had great reviews and the design goals appealed to me. It was basically designed to prove a point: that you could make a transparent amplifier that measured well (hence the “objective”) with fairly inexpensive parts.

The same guy who designed the O2 also designed a USB DAC (digital-to-analog converter) called the Objective DAC (ODAC) following the same principles. I wasn’t really in the market for a DAC, but since I was ordering from the US, I bought both. I got the stand-alone ODAC (it’s the tiny box on the top in the picture) so that I could connect it to what I wanted via the line-out. At first the DAC felt like overkill and I didn’t use it much. When I eventually started using it, I was impressed with the improved sound quality.

The other day I read somewhere that the ODAC might work with Android devices, so I thought I’d give it a shot and bought a USB OTG (on-the-go) cable and hooked up my Galaxy Note 8 to the ODAC. And it worked right away! :D Now I can get “raw” digital audio from my Note and let the ODAC take it from there.

This makes me appreciate both the fact that the ODAC designer opted for a chip that doesn’t require proprietary drivers, but uses standard protocols instead, and that Android follows these standards.

If you’re curious about the headphones, they’re Beyerdynamic DT880’s (premium, 250 ohm). Love them.

 

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Things are happening in K-Pop Sweden. In a few weeks we’ll have Scandinavia’s first K-Pop concert when VIXX come here to perform and yesterday Simon and Martina (Eat Your Kimchi) were here for a fanmeet. Needless to say, I went there.

The fanmeet was held at a school in Stockholm near where I have my Korean classes. The whole thing was pretty well coordinated with tons of information on Facebook leading up to the event. A lot of people came. About 700!

I went there with a friend of mine who also likes EYK, but I saw several people I know from the Korean school and my teacher was there as well. After passing through a very elaborate queueing system we came into the room for the fanmeet. … Continue reading

 

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