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Stolen from mayene

Leave me a comment saying anything random, like your favorite lyric to your current favorite song.  Or your favorite kind of sandwich.  Something random.  Whatever you like.

I respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.

You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
You will include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in the post.
When others comment asking to be asked, you will ask them five questions.

mayene asked me:

  1. What's your favorite Korean dish?

    Varies from time to time, but right now it's gotta be naengmyeon (cold noodle), enhanced with Dave's Insanity.  Makes me sweat.  Leaves me euphoric, unable to think anything else.  Still got about 7 servings left in the fridge, ready to be cooked.  Oh yes.  ♥

  2. Which is more convenient for you: long or short hair?

    Definitely short hair.  Although I kinda miss having long hair.  :D

  3. If you have kids in the future, what do you want to name them?

    Nothing particular.  Um, ideas come and go, but none stuck around long enough so I can pull it in response to questions like this.  XD

  4. Who is your favorite celebrity?

    Changes from time to time as well, but for now I would say either 김동률 (Kim, Dong-Ryool) or 윤상 (Yoon, Sahng).  유재하 (Yoo, Jaeha) is a close match too.  I've yet to grow tired of their music.  ♥♥♥

  5. How do you sleep? XD

    Sideways, slightly crumpled (unless it's sizzling hot), half-naked (unless it's freezing cold).  Oh and I am known to be able to snore well, clear and loud.  XD

zqfmbg asked me:

  1. How the heck did you end up on this continent, anyway?

    Family immigration.  My aunt, who immigrated to the states around the time I was born, had filed the petition in or around 1979, and the petition got approved right before I turned 21.  We (my family) weren't sure if we would settle in the states or not, but it's always better to have more options, so we blazed through the immigration process and landed in Los Angeles on July 10, 1996, me being 5 days shy of 21.  :D

  2. Would you permanently settle in the Bay Area? Or do you ultimately want to go back? (Or would you want to end up somewhere else?)

    Well, I'm still not 100% sure, but at this rate I will probably end up settling in the states.  Going back to Korea is practically not an option, now that I've become accustomed to the corporate atmosphere here, which is very different from Korea.

  3. How many languages do you speak? o_o;;

    Korean and English.  I can understand tiny wee bit of Japanese.  Wanna learn it more, but it's hard to make time to do so.  XD

  4. After you make your millions and retire from the software industry, what would you do?

    This is an easy question, hehehe.  Music.  Maybe playing in a band, or composing random music for K-dramas and maybe get into film scoring, which was the original goal when I moved to the states.

  5. How many miles a year do you put on your car? (And how much of that is in pursuit of Pump?)

    Umm.  Right now I've raked up around 85K, and it's been a bit more than 4 years, so I'd say 20K an year.  Well, PIU didn't contribute much towards it though, at least until this year, when UC Davis got PIU NX.  Right now a better (read: brand new) NX machine is in Brentwood, so I only have to drive 70 miles one-way, as opposed to 100 miles to Davis, but still that's a lot, and that means PIU will contribute more and more for the time being.  XD

noonereally asked me:

  1. Speaking of: Recursion or iteration, and why?

    Being an enterprise server application programmer, I would say recursion.  Makes the code easier to read (thus easier to maintain) in many, if not most, cases.  However, if I were to put something on an embedded Linux or FreeBSD machine, I would say iteration, 'cause every clock cycle counts on, say, Intel 80486.  XD

  2. What is your least favorite part of "American culture", and why?

    That people don't care much about anything but what is directly pertinent to earning their daily bread.  For one, most people don't care about being politically aware, 'cause in their opinion, they will still make enough money to pay rent and shit no matter who becomes the president.

  3. What is your favorite anime of all time (AND WHY AHAHAHA)?

    See my icon.  XD  And that's because it's about classical music!  ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

    Oh, and I can click with the girl so much, 'cause to a certain degree I used to be exactly like her.  I won't elaborate on details 'cause that will spoil your fun in case you haven't watched the series yet.  XD

  4. You are (at least to me) ridiculously good at piano. Is there a piece that you've wanted to be able to play that is beyond you, and what do you like about it?

    L'Isle Joyeuse by Claude Debussy.  That's about 5 years (of full-time training) away from me, but every time I listen to it, I have an ear-orgasm:

    • (Almost ab)using chromatic and whole-tone scales, it has a very rich texture.

    • As you know, Debussy is a master impressionist, so it triggers tons of different mental images.

    • Written when Debussy was lovestruck, it is very, very vibrant in expression.

  5. If your mp3 music playing method has some sort of play-count measure, tell me what song on your list has the highest play-count, and tell me a little about it. Otherwise, pick your "current favorite song", and tell me a little about that.

    Well, 95% of the “dynamic playlist” on my MP3 player consists of songs by 윤상 (Yoon, Sang).  He is one of few K-pop musicians who actually know to work with synthesizers.  Most others use them as just a library of sound; Yoon doesn't stop there, but actually creates his own texture of sound, programming vintage synths from 70s and 80s.  As a result, the overall color of his music is very unique.  Also, he tries to employ a lot of non-conventional harmony/chord progression, especially in minor modes, and that adds to the expressiveness.  Well, 황성제 (Hwang, Sung-Je), who composed Atlantis Princess for BoA, is much better than Yoon in harmony, but Hwang's sound texture is meh at best.



I think my favourite lyric to my current favourite song is obvious. XD

"oh got you stink!"
  1. Suppose you are taking the best one-week vacation trip ever.  What would you be doing, and where?
  2. Your job: Do you plan to remain on the tech side, or do you want to eventually move onto the management side?
  3. When you are ronery, how do you get out of the slump?
  4. Who, besides yourself, do you respect the most, and why?
  5. Pick three favorite hobbies of yours; now suppose you have to give up one of them for the rest of your life.  Which one goes, and which ones survive?
"Something random"
  1. So what's your favorite pastime these days?
  2. What is the color that best summarizes your personality, and why?
  3. Suppose you were given a magical chance to adopt a foreign culture as your second nature, without effort.  Which country would you pick, and why?
  4. Which musical instrument do you play the best?
  5. Last but not least, when are you coming back to NorCal?!?!!  ;___;
  1. What would be the three most important elements in the personality of your dream girl, and why?
  2. You are forced to pick one, not both.  Bulk, or strength?  (I know they usually come hand-in-hand, but let's just say they don't, for the purpose of this question.)
  3. Given a chance to learn a new type of dancing style for free, what would you pick?
  4. Who is your favorite film director, and why?
  5. When you are done with all the education and training, move to NorCal and be my personal trainer, won't you?  (Hey, it's still a question, and it even says “personal!”  XD =3=33)
Most of the answers to my questions don't surprise me, but the first one did -- I figured you finished school and found a job that pulled you over here as an H-1B. Which puts the second question in an entirely different light.

I'll have to find L'isle joyeuse. Reflets dans l'eau did wonderful things with textures, too, so I'm looking forward to more. :)
L'isle joyeuse is very beautiful, thank you, and thank you for all the answers. ^_^

I don't know what anime your icon is from? o_O
You've mentioned it enough, I probably should have guessed. Please mark it down to brain-freeze? ^_^
Just watched the first episode.

Dammit blue^, I didn't need another anime to watch! ;-)

I'll give it one week until you being to use interjections such as “Ukya!” or “Gyabo!” in your daily conversation.  XDDD