I happened to have my macro filter for the 24mm f/2.8 Pentax 110 lens with me when I took these. It was fortunate given I was able to observe some ants doing ant things on the flowers on the side of the road. Good times.
Oreo Chocolate Brownie fudge brownie chocolate thing. (At Ikovox in Itaewon!)
BTW - My dream job is to be a food photographer. I think this is a pretty good shot. One day....
You can say a lot about Korea. It's somewhat inward looking, maybe a bit racist at times. Maybe you could argue that it is good at copying (cf. Samsung Vs Apple) but one thing it DOESN'T lack is a certain sense of ingenuity when it comes to sticking it to the man.
At the beginning of June this year new regulations came in to force prohibiting smoking in a number of places. Restaurants, schools, and yes, even hospitals (where technically it had been legal to smoke) are all now smoke free areas. One place, nay, institution, also effected by the ban on smoking was the PC Bang (PC방, 방= room).
Since the dawn of time (or at least the 1990s) the PC Bang has been a bastion of smoking and smokers, who fill often cramped spaces, huddled over keyboards, playing Starcraft and until recently, smoking, usually ashing and butting out into small paper cups slightly filled with water.
You can imagine my delight as an inveterate smoker upon discovering that I could smoke in a PC Bang when I came to Korea in the early 2000s, especially since I herald from New Zealand where smoking is all but banned, except under a blanket, in your own house, in the corner, in the dark.
PC Bangs have been on the decrease in the last year or two and the new regulations may well be the final nail in the coffin for whiling away hours at the PC Bang.
But, here's the ingenious part:
[S]ince the smoking ban on gaming lounges went into effect earlier this month, there has been an explosive growth in the number of shops renaming themselves as smoking bangs, now frequently seen at leisure districts
With the new ban on smoking people have been forgoing their lengthy stays at PC Bangs. Quick to adapt PC Bang Owners are having none of it:
...shop owners have been exploiting what they believe was a loophole to keep their guests smoking and spending: just change the name of the signboard to ''smoking bang’’ and continue to charge customers the same hourly rates, but for the ''smoking of course, not for the computers you are now providing for ''free.’’
However all may not be as it first seems, the so-called loophole, may not actually be there.
Now, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is threatening to do something about these businesses. If the loophole seemed too simple to be true, that’s because it really wasn’t, according to Lee Soo-myeong, an official from the ministry’s digital content division.
''According to the Gaming Industry Promotion Act, the operators of PC bangs can’t change the registered names of their businesses randomly without approval. Even if an owner registers a 'smoking bang’ from the start, he or she would be disallowed to have more than two computers in that business space,’’ Lee said.
Still you can't blame a guy whole industry for trying. The article goes on to say that the MCST doesn't actually know how many "Smoking bangs" (흡연방) have actually sprung up, so I imagine the afore mentioned crack-down will go the way of pretty much every other Korean crack-down, in that it will probably amount to very little.
Sometime in the next week or so I might hunt down a Smoking bang, more for nostalgia than anything (I spent my first year in Korea without an internet connection at home), and I will enjoy paying W1000 an hour to smoke - after all... "Free" computers!
Love the guy hanging out the window puffing away. Stolen from here.
More details emerging out of Panama who, earlier in the month, seized a ship headed to North Korea full of missles and....sugar.
Turns out there were also a couple of MiG21 fighter aircraft on board being sent from Cuba to North Korea for "refurbishment".
France 24 gives a brief account of the find here (sorry I'm on my phone), and contributes the photo above. http://www.france24.com/en/20130722-two-soviet-era-fighter-planes-found-n-korea-ship
Meanwhile Business Insider tells us why MiG21s are no threat to anyone thanks to the wonders of modern technology, radar etc. http://www.businessinsider.com/dprks-ancient-fleet-of-migs-2013-7 they also include some sweet pictures if you are in to that sort of thing.
My question is.... why has it taken this long (at least a couple of weeks) to go from "Here's a ship we found full of sugar and LOLs some old ass missle parts..." to "Oh yeah...and a couple of MiGs".