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Doctor Who Quiz NoteBook

This is my first paper craft how-to kinda. Please excuse the poor quality photos and please learn from my mistakes.

I bought something I’ve been wanting for awhile: a wire binder. Mine is called the Zutter Bind-it-All.

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I did a quick play with it and my first “notebook” was very bad (I think I know how to use it now). but this is my first real project. I have the Official Doctor Who Quiz Book. I’ve had it for a while, but I never really did anything cause I didn’t want to mark in it. I had decided to buy a blue notebook to put my answers in, but when I got the Bind-It-All, I decided to do one better. I made a custom notebook for it. Not only is the cover custom, but so is the content. I scanned in the table of contents, and OCRed it to extract the titles of the quizzes.

I had to clean up the OCR, and since I was in a hurry, I didn’t do that great. (missed a few misspellings).

Then in Word, I formatted it so the title of each Quiz was at the top of the page, and each page had 15 lines. I had originally formatted it in Word (during lunch break)  for an 8.5×11 page, but when I got home I changed it to 5.5×8.5 in OpenOffice. I didn’t bother with too much reformatting so the quiz titles bounce around a little (e.g, they don’t all line up the same because of the titles of the sections etc). Here is a sample page.

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If I thought about it, I would have originally formatted in Word for the smaller paper, and also forced pagination where I wanted it, so there would be no “bouncing.”  I was in a hurry, so it’s not perfect, but it’s OK.   I wanted a title page, so I did this. It’s boring as all get out, but it’s OK.  I also punched all the pages.

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But the fun part is the covers:

This is Tennant’s TARDIS, because 10 is my Doctor. 😀

I think I’m most proud of the inside covers, it is the rondels. It took me about 3 hours in photoshop to make this.  My first print out was too pink, so I adjusted it to this which I think is pretty perfect. I decided to keep my pinkey cover for the back (more on that later) because I didn’t want to waste the paper & ink.
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I had originally intended to make the TARDIS outside covers out of craft paper (and then construction paper when I couldn’t find “Bluest Blue” craft paper), but I realized I’m nowhere near crafty enough for that.  I had created a TARDIS binder cover years ago, but I couldn’t find the PSD file. (that was several computers and hard drive crashes ago). I was going to recreate it (I was so dreading it) when I found this: someone had created a TARDIS PSD for other fans.

I only have Photoshop Elements, so I can’t tell you how fully how cool it is but it is very very cool. I flattened it, cropped it, covered the St. john’s ambulance seal because it wasn’t on Tennant’s TARDIS (and the lock – just cause), added a blue background and ended up with this.

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Because I’m inept at anything crafty, I also bought lots of gadgets for this project. the key piece (other then the BIA) was a Xyron Creative Station to turn the paper for the covers into a giant sticker.  (I knew I’d make a mess with glue.) I was going to make the back first so I could mess up a little.

I had already cut the chipboard into cover size pieces, I also cut down the covers pieces and sent them through the Xyron. (I don’t have pictures of this because I was having difficulty with the machine)

I had previously marked on the white side of the paper where the TARDIS was so I could line it up perfectly. I then removed the protective cover from the adhesive, carefully placed it down. then I folded down the corners and all four sides. I should have clipped the corners but I forgot so the corners are bulkier then I had wanted.

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Now for the inside cover,  I carefully placed my oops rondel paper and smoothed it. IMG_0703

Then I went to punch it. Oops, I had punched it the wrong way so it was going to have to be the front cover. 😦 (Remember place front towards the handle)

I repeated the steps for the back cover and then I made my big problem. I had decided to modpodge it for protection. I had never used modpodge except for a quick test to see which one I wanted to use (I got a sampler). Because my printer is an inkjet, the ink ran some. and in a few places, it even came off. I decided it was almost OK because it looked like it came through a time war. 🙂

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I did a better job on the inside covers because I was learning as I went. and the backs are more forgiving.

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Now to Bind it. I remembered to place the back cover on the front to make it look nicer. (I got white rings on sale (100 for $17 – so I’ll be using them a lot)

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This is so cool. I think it came out pretty great. (other then the modpodge failure). But next time, I think I’ll pay to have it printed on a laser printer instead of my little inkjet.

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US TV Culture Survey

If you’re not in America (or before you came to America), I’d love to know what non science fiction/fantasy shows set in the US you watch. And also, what ideas, assumptions or questions you have about the US because of (or in spite of) US TV.
This is for a series I want to do about learning culture through TV and I need more info.
EDIT: I had excluded science fiction & fantasy shows because the culture is usually specific to that show, but it appears people are getting ideas about the US from them so let me know those as well. 🙂
If possible, let me know what your culture is (what country/city you think of as home or live in or were born in).

Seoul 2012 – Day 1, Palaces

My Day

I walked over 11000 steps today which translates to 5 miles.
I went to sleep around 7 am (never taking sudafed again – I think I rather hurt on the plane for a few hrs from congestion then be up literally all night), woke up at 9 & then 10. I went to ChangDeokGung palace & the secret garden. Took the guided tours of both. (came back and put my souvenirs away in between).
kept feeling like it was gonna storm – so that’ll be interesting.
I just had my first meal in Korea. A BLT & a lemonade. I was too tired to deal with trying to figure out a lowsodium Korean meal (and I was really beat). but since I didn’t know Korean for Mayo – I hoped they wouldn’t put it on – so I scraped off the bacon/mayo combo (didn’t need the salt anyway).

The lemonade was good – very tart. (meal wasn’t worth 10,500 won), but I had to eat.
right now I just want to crawl back in bed, but it is only 4. Jet Lag is evil.
in theory, I could go get on the tour bus and see Seoul – but I’m afraid I’d fall asleep on it, instead I think I’ll go tomorrow. and also find the tourist information center to get more info.
I’ll probably go out again in a couple hours and find that cafe my landlord told me about. with the English speaking owner. 😀 right now – I’m gonna rest – but not sleep
jet lag is still evil

Viki Boycott-Cancelled

UPDATE: Cancelled! I spoke with Viki & they said they weren’t blocking me, nor did they see the unblock button. They followed me & then I was able to follow them.
They are going to talk to twitter because I might have discovered a new bug! Lovely.
I know I’ve been giving netizens a run for their money, but I’m glad it is over. I don’t like being mad as I’m a very easy going person.
I’ve left my rant below so you can see how netizeny (is that a word) I was.
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I’m boycotting Viki because they don’t know how to treat people with respect. How do I know they don’t know how to treat people with respect? Because they blocked one of their biggest fans.

That’s right. They blocked me on Twitter.

I found out last night when I went to Viki and saw that they had my favorite show: Running Man. “How did I not know this?” So I tweeted about my excitement (since deleted because I don’t feel like advertising for them). I noticed that their name didn’t come up automatically when I started typing. I wanted to see why, so I went to their profile and saw that I wasn’t following them. I thought “that’s weird,” but I had heard about a random unfollow bug, so I tried to refollow. I got this:

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I was stunned. I couldn’t imagine would I could have done to deserve being treated like a spammer or a major cursing jerk (can’t think of a clearer, non-profane term, sorry). Even though I don’t use profanity or mean speech, I searched my tweet history, and nothing. Most of my tweets were along the lines of “watch Viki; their subs are better” and “Viki has great subbers.”

The most recent conversation I had involving them was I agreed with someone that the recent “10 watches and you must sign in” thing was annoying. I have a Viki account, but I thought they should have been upfront about it (“please” implies a choice), but I was respectful. And the others in that conversation weren’t blocked, so I still don’t know why they blocked me. Besides, blocking someone for politely disagreeing with you doesn’t make sense.

I can’t find any reason why I should have been blocked. I even researched to see if there is a random blocking bug, couldn’t find one.

I’ve recommended them so many times online and in real life. For crying out loud, the people at the Korean grocery store thought my name was “Viki,” I recommended it so much. I’m not recommending them anymore, quite the opposite.

As for the vikipass, while I was considering it, I’m not anymore.

I wonder how many other people this has happened to; If this was deliberate, I can’t be the only one. Are you blocked? Have you checked?

I’ve tweeted many times about this (giving the story in teeny increments), but no reply from VikiSupport, so I think I’m being ignored.

I’m boycotting Viki and not giving them one single click until I find out why this happened, and I’d like an apology. Since experience has taught me no one listens unless you add a hashtag, I’m using #VikiBoycott. So far, it is a boycott of 1.5 (Unnie rarely has internet).

This is what I want:
An explanation and/or an apology and Viki assuring me that they don’t make a habit of blocking fans for no reason. (Got all 3)

I’m angry and upset and frankly, a little hurt. You only block someone if they are a real dirt-bag. I’m not a dirt-bag.

I love my Kdrama Tweeps

Note: I have no idea if Tweeps is a real word or not, but I’m going to use it.
Today, I asked my friends on Twitter if anyone knew where I could find the history of Goong that wasn’t subbed on any version I could find.  This chunk from the beginning of every episode & several minutes at the end of ep 10.

My curiosity was killing me and I had looked for several days, but neither part was capped or recapped.

Within an hour, Jules of http://koreandramareviews.com/ had posted screencaps from her DVD Boxset for Ep 10.  She’s 대박!  She also suggested I share the screencap above & it was general consensus that there is nothing plot worthy about it.

This is just a taste of how people who don’t know each other and even live in different continents are still connected.

I never got the point of twitter before I got into kdrama & met all my friends.   I can’t imagine liking kdramas without my online friends to chat about it with. 😀

Open Letter to the Korea Herald

Apparently the Korea Herald (or at least the writer) thinks that the best way to build up Korean mothers is to tear down all other moms; and I won’t stand for it.
So I emailed this to author and the Korea Herald and now I’m sharing it with you.
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I just read the article noted above.

I just want to thank you for insulting all moms except Korean moms.  Apparently, you don’t realize that Americans have a saying, “Don’t mess with my mom.”  And this very filial (yes, Americans can be filial), American daughter won’t stand for it. 

Your entire article was insulting, and since it was in English, I guess you wanted to insult us.  Well, I’m a lot nicer then you are. I will give you some constructive criticism of your article.
 
First – this rewrite is just as applicable (see note below):
To the American people, however, “mother” means much more than that; Americans think of their mother as a very special, angelic being who, like Mother Nature, endlessly nurtures, embraces and comforts them when they are hurt, confused and alone. Indeed, “the mother figure” serves as a life-saving force and has a special place in American literature and culture. And an American would never forget his mother as long as he lives.
In America, the image of a mother is closer to a bird. A mother bird, when raising children, does not eat anything all day; she is busy catching worms and feeding her babies in the nest. Like a mother bird, American mothers are willing to sacrifice themselves for their children. In America, therefore, the word “mother” always evokes the sweetness of care and affection, mercy and sacrifice, home and nostalgia.
When Americans are homesick, therefore, they intensely miss their mother. In America, a home without a mother is not a home. Americans easily become sentimental and nostalgic whenever they think of their mother. Indeed, there is an everlasting, tenacious bond between a American and his or her mother. In American, therefore, mothers continue to live inside their children’s sweet memories even after they are deceased. 
 
Second – while my command of Korean is very limited, I can give you some tips on writing in English.
Never, Always, All, None – this type of “no exception” words should be avoided at all costs. I am sure that there are evil women in Korea who happen to be mothers just like there are in every other country. I know bad American moms, and I have heard of bad Korean moms.  
 
Third – Different doesn’t mean bad. Korean parenting, American parenting, German parenting, and ____ parenting are different, but that doesn’t mean one is right and the other wrong.
 
Fourth – Your anecdote regarding sending kids upstairs at 8 PM. Aren’t many, many Korean children in hagwons or already studying in their rooms at 8 PM? How is that any different?
Side note: I have never met an American mother who sent her kids to their rooms so she could have some time to herself. I do know many American mothers who can’t even use the bathroom without a child saying “Mom, Mom, Mom.” Sometimes, the kids even go into the bathroom while she is using it. Time for themselves? Most American moms don’t have any. However, I acknowledge that “sending to their room at 8 solely so she could have time to herself moms” might exist.
Fifth – You get your insight  into American mothers from the Big Bang Theory. Should I get my insight into Korean mothers from the mothers in law I see in Korean dramas. I didn’t think so.
Sixth – How many American mothers have you met  (not seen in a TV show) that have given you such an all-encompassing view of American mothers? I’m betting: 0.
Would you like me to continue? I’m sure I could. But I’ll leave you with one final thought.
This article shows a lack of research, tack and humility.  Before you write another article regarding American motherhood, or any aspect of American culture (or any nonKorean culture), please talk to someone. Or at least Google (I choose Google instead of Naver because the results will probably be more accurate.)
Karen D
Peeved daughter of an great American Mom