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Recap: SeoulTube2010

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Photo by Hyunwoo Sun

The weekend has come and gone, and with it SeoulTube 2010! I had originally wanted to host a gathering in 2009, but never got around to organizing it. I wanted 2010 to be different, especially since there’s been a surge of great people coming into Korea making videos.

I thought it would be great if 20 or 30 people would come out and mingle. That’s not what happened! Instead over 60 arrived at Banpo Park, including a rep from Google/YouTube Korea.

As with my attendance at the 2008 San Francisco gathering, I opted not to take out my camera and just experience the event. I’m glad I did, since this gathering was quite different from that one and others my friends have attended or hosted. What I mean by this is usually 80% of the attendees make videos and everyone wants to make collaborations. At our event, I figure only 20% of the attendees made videos.

That ratio was surprising, but very cool. Because I really wanted to reach out and meet the viewing audience. As YouTubers, one can see view counts and read/respond to comments, but rarely do you ever see and interact with someone who doesn’t make videos. Having this opportunity to sit down and get to know people made everything worth while.

The other amazing thing about the event, was that we had people traveling from all over Korea to gather. I was thrilled to finally meet people who I’ve been watching for a long time, but were in other cities. I only wished I had more time and the event was longer.

A sincere thank you to everyone who came out and especially to Hyunwoo Sun for making the event a great success.

Check out Youngjun’s Video of the event!

Written by Steve Miller

September 27, 2010 at 9:35 am

Bill

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Two giants under the tower

Now of course the main reason that Jo and I went down to Busan was to meet Bill, a cousin of a friend of ours from Red vs. Blue. Rather than trying to put my thoughts and feelings about meeting Bill into the previous post about Busan, I wanted to take the opportunity to really thank him for contacting me and spending the day with Jo and myself.

Now you can’t tell from the photo on the left, but Bill is on the left and I am on the right. See how he just towers over me???

Anyway… The day before we got to Busan, I had sent Bill a few messages over FaceBook, giving him the basic time table of when we’d be arriving at the motel and that we should be able to meet up at 1pm. Unfortunately, I never heard back from him. I knew he had my mobile number, so I was hopeful he’d call me once there.

He didn’t.

However, at 1pm, he strolled off the elevator and warmly greeted us. Since Jo and I hadn’t had lunch (and neither had Bill), the three of us ventured down the street to a little Chinese Shop. I had noodles and Jo had some black bean dish. I’m not sure what Bill had, only that it looked rather tasty. What wasn’t tasty was the potato kimchi at the table. Everything else was awesome.

The three of us then trekked up to Yongdusan Park to explore. After that adventure, we then tried to make it out to the pagoda we saw up top. Since Bill was in Korea on business, he rented a van. Walking into the parking structure I knew which one it was instantly.

In Korea, most people reverse into parking bays. There was only one van that was pulled in head-first. I’m not sure why Koreans do this, other than the fact that most cars have rear bumper sensors and cameras to make it easier to do so… plus the fact that it makes it far easier to get out of the stalls when it’s time to leave.

After that, we went into the markets for dinner and shopping. Our dinner was great, but what I like best the area (and Korea), is the ability to go into a GS25, buy a beer, and head out and walk the streets. Bill and I both grew up in environments where that was the norm… and had experienced the repressive nature of Blue Laws, so being able to do a little shopping with a bottle of Max was quite refreshing. Bill also got to see first hand the number of people thinking that Jo was Korean. It still amazes me that even when she says she’s not Korean, and I tell them that she isn’t (in Korean), they still don’t believe us.

Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to hook up with Bill on Sunday (he had to tie up some loose ends at work). I’m very thankful that Jack pointed him our way, as it was great to have a connection in a foreign land.

Oh… and Bill… I’ve already put the liquid refreshment to good use!

Written by Steve Miller

January 21, 2010 at 9:13 am

OTB Baby!

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Soju (소주) in a box

Soju (소주) in a box

It’s no secret that I love Mexican food or that my favorite chain in the US is On The Border. The fact that the franchise has two locations here in the Seoul area makes living here even better. On Saturday, September 19th, I’ll be doing some filming in Gangnam and then heading over to the COEX for a little OTB treat. If anyone is in the area and would like to join me for dinner and drinks at 6pm, let me know. I’d love to meet you.

Also, on another front… our school is expanding and looking to hire another Native English Teacher for the December 1st term. If you’d like to teach in Korea, have a Bachelor’s Degree, and n commit to a one year contract… let me know. Our school is awesome!

Finally, I found something interesting while visiting my local GS25 today. I’ve commented on the drinking culture in Korea in the past (and I will admit that I like it). What I sometimes forget to mention is that since open containers and public drinking is a way of life here, most convenient stores have tables out in front so that you may buy your booze and snacks and drink the night away in front for a relatively low cost. But I got a kick out of this… Jinro sells a 200ml version of it’s soju (시주) in a box. It’s about the size of a juice box and is easily transported. The thing that I don’t get, is that per milliliter, it’s more expensive than buying a full bottle. When I get home tonight from school, I’m going to pop the lid and give it a taste… I wonder how good it really is?

Written by Steve Miller

September 14, 2009 at 5:42 pm