Friday, January 16


Ricardo Montalbán died and Rachel and I are really kind of bummed. He was, after all, our favorite Star Trek villain. Also, one of my all-time favorite commercials featured the beloved "Fantasy Island" star: Cordoba, the Small Chrysler. "Soft, Corinthian leather..."

The original:

The hilarious yet loving tribute:

1 comment:

Kimberly said...


Not sure if you'll get this and sorry to do this in a comment, but I didn't see an email address for you anywhere on the site. I'm a former native English teacher (lived and worked in Korea for two years) who is now a Master's student at the University of Glasgow. I found your blog through the Korean Blog List and the reason that I'm writing to you is that I'm hoping that you would be willing to complete a questionnaire that forms part of the research I am conducting for my MSc Information Management & Preservation dissertation.

My dissertation will examine the role of blogs in helping to form and shape a sense of community identity amongst expats living in South Korea. This is being done in order to determine the archival value of these blogs and examine if, and how, they should be preserved. It seems that you have perhaps stopped updating your blog, but this means that I am particularly interested to hear your views, since among the issues that I'm examining is what happens to Korea-related blogs when their authors stop updating.

Basically, I believe that today’s archives are rife with personal diaries and papers which allow us a glimpse into the past. But, what of the archives of the future? How many people today actually keep a pen and paper journal or write letters home? More and more native English teachers living in Korea have replaced diaries and letters home with blogs. Furthermore, due to the nature of the native English teacher community in Korea, much of the information about this community can only be found on the Internet on sites such as blogs (like yours). Therefore, a failure to preserve blogs may create a black hole of information for future generations of archives users.

You can read more about my project as well as fill out my questionnaire by visiting I’d really appreciate it if you could find the time to complete the questionnaire.

(And, if any of your readers want to complete the questionnaire that would be great too, since I'd love to hear from them as well.)

Thank you,