Sunday, March 7, 2010

Loose change for March 7, 2009 (Part 2)

 Economic news 
 Other Korea-related stuff 
  • Hyundai Rotem's high-tech, crash-resistant trains that will be used in Southern California's MetroLink have started to arrive and are ready to be assembled.
  • I missed this before: the launch of the world's largest cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas, built by South Korean company STX's recently purchased European shipbuilder, formerly Aker Yards.
  • Some moderate to very interesting K-blogs I've run across: a food blog by the Ginger Ninja (I guess that rhymes in some countries), Kristina in Korealand, and PushTheLimitz.
  • The Korea Times compares the shopping meccas of Myŏngdong and Tongdaemun.
  • This has already been on several blogs, but here are some very cool pictures of Ch'ŏnggyech'ŏn [Cheonggyecheon] in the 1960s, before the river was paved over and when some people lived in buildings on stilts over the riverbank. 

 Americana and miscellany 
  • Tom Hanks has become our historian-in-chief.
  • And speaking of history, some folks claim Obama is not our first Black president. A whopping six have had some significant amount of African blood in them, including Dwight Eisenhower, whose mother is shown below.

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