[NEWS] 150409 “The Girl Who Sees Smells” Tops the Drama Charts in China


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The new SBS drama “The Girl Who Sees Smells” is riding the Korean wave throughout Asia, and particularly building up a large fan base in China.

The drama tells the story of a girl who gains the ability to see scents in the air (played by Shin Se Kyung), and a detective who is unable to feel anything at all (played by JYJ‘s Park Yoo Chun). It’s a mixture of genres, with elements of romantic comedy and a lot of mystery and suspense.

After its first episode was aired, “The Girl Who Sees Smells” became the highest ranking drama on major portal sites in China. By April 8, before the third episode was aired, the first two episodes had already been watched over 200 million times on the Chinese site Weibo and had received just shy of 500,000 comments from fans!

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Chinese illustrator sends Marvel’s Avengers to the Far East and across the sea


Many fans exercise their imagination and expand the possibilities of their fandoms with crossover fan art. We’ve seen some fantastic illustrations experimenting with art styles as well, re-imagining Game of Thrones characters in Disney animation style, and some of our favorite fairy tales revamped with a Korean twist.

Speaking of which, check out this East-meets-West mashup depicting the superheroes from the Marvel franchise as the Eight Immortals of Chinese mythology!

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Putin’s New York Times op-ed, annotated and fact-checked

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PutinEditorsMax Fisher writes: Russian President Vladimir Putin has an op-ed in today’s New York Times urging President Obama not to strike Syria. It’s a fascinating document — a very Russian perspective translated into American vernacular, an act of public diplomacy aimed at the American public and the latest chess move in the U.S.-Russia standoff over Syria, one in which we the readers are implicated. Putin does make a number of valid and even compelling points, but there is an undeniable hypocrisy and even some moments of dishonesty between the lines.

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DoD Guide Calls Founding Fathers ‘Extremist’

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Defense Department Guide Calls Founding Fathers ‘Extremist’

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Posted By Charles Rollet On 4:22 PM 08/23/2013

A Department of Defense teaching guide meant to fight extremism advises students that rather than “dressing in sheets” modern-day radicals “will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place,” and describes 18th-century American patriots seeking freedom from the British as belonging to “extremist ideologies.”

The guide comes from documents obtained by Judicial Watch and is authored by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, a DoD-funded diversity training center.

Under a section titled “extremist ideologies,” the document states, “In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples.”

Besides a brief reference…

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“Do you know Gangnam Style?” Controversy ensues online over the promotion of South Korean culture


It was amazing how Gangnam Style and PSY’s brand of comedic dance music spread through our hearts making him a household name globally. Well, maybe not Japan for some reason, but everyone else couldn’t get enough of the chubby rapper and his horse dance.

It was a pop culture phenomenon that Korea could be proud for putting out, which leads us to the ongoing debate between Korean net users: How proud should a country be of its culture?

Currently there is a movement on the internet in Korea telling people to stop asking foreigners if they know who PSY is or if they’re aware of kimchi at every possible moment and just have faith that people abroad are aware and like Korean culture.

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You Are Now Less Dumb: Blogger David McRaney on Scoring the Second Book Deal

Interesting read… So I will.

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dmc4David McRaney’s Blog, You Are Not So Smart, led to a book of the same name, published in October 2011 — a book that became a bestseller in 13 languages (we profiled him here when the book was first announced).

A follow-up volume, aptly titled You Are Now Less Dumb, hit bookshelves yesterday. Learn more about the book, the blog, and how David connects the dots between them — and how being less dumb has affected his life and work.

What was the response to the first book?

you are not so smartIt was . . . overwhelming. A whole new audience saw the book in stores from coast to coast and came to the blog. They shared links and started tweeting and putting posts on Facebook. That led to another wave of people checking out the book, and so on, and it kept spiraling.

Soon, I was getting emails from around the world, from…

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