Coming Out of Hiding

Well, it’s been a busy weekend.

My computer went freaky-poos and I spent a lot of time trying to get it back into workable shape. I think it’s okay, though I won’t know until next time I have to reboot it. I think I ought to reinstall Windows but I’d rather not do that for another week, so I can finish downloading some files in my Emule queue and back up all the files I’ve crammed onto my M3.

I’ve posted a couple of times on the new 한국언어 습득 weblog, mainly diary-like things. I may discontinue the posts in Korean on my own website, I’d not sure. I may also copy and crosspost them here. I’m thinking about which would be better. If you go look there, you can see which posts are mine by the funky pictures posted by each. You can even practice reading Korean if you like, by looking. Gotta add a link to my sidebar for this page. Gaaa.

I rested a lot, which I needed to do. I also read all of the Jeff Noon novel Vurt (and here’s a funky Vurt-related site), and started in on Bruce Sterling’s most recent novel, The Zenith Angle (here’s a decent review, and another by John Clute). Gotta do something while the backup CDs are burning.

I also read an interesting-but-infuriating book on Korean religious history. Very little in the way of interesting historical figures were mentioned, mostly just theology; but I did find a hilarious defense of Confucianism as necessary to the ordering of industrial societies, as well as a few interesting things on more obscure Korean religions, such as the practice (apparently widespread at some point) of worshipping the Big Dipper, and the Tonghak rebellion, which seems a lot like the Taiping Rebellion in China with which I am much more familiar.

2 thoughts on “Coming Out of Hiding

  1. Gord,
    It’s great to see all the action on over at 한국언어 습득. I realize now that almost everyone there can kick my butt at Korean. But it is definately good practice and very motivating which is the whole purpose of starting it for me.

  2. It’s better to think of it not as butt-kicking, but as something that offers you examples of new intermediate (and I think it mostly is intermediate, with the possible exception of Joel’s stuff) grammar, things it’s good to start encountering now so that the bits are floating around enough when you formally learn them, and you can say, “Ah, that’s what that means!”

    And by the way, I don’t think I’m all that advanced. I think I’ve only studied for about half of the time I’ve been here, and not so hard for about half of that. So pretty soon I think you’ll be surpassing me, at the very least!

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