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I Got A New Job

I got a new part time job a few weeks ago, and I’m excited about it. I am the English-language marketing manager for Yooii Studios (pronounced You-ee). Yooii is a small startup based in Seoul that produces smartphone apps. The studio was founded by Robert Song, an experienced mobile game designer and former director of EA Games Asia.

Yooii Studios Banner

My primary responsibility is handling SNS (Social Network Service) marketing for the United States and Europe. I’ll spend a lot of time spreading the word about Yooii and our apps to all English-speaking markets. I’m excited about getting involved in marketing! I completed an MBA a few years ago, but this is my first chance to put that knowledge to use in a small business environment.

Most of my work is done over the internet, but I’ve had the pleasure of spending a few hours in the Daegu studio with the designers. The programming and design teams are comprised of students and recent graduates from Kyungpook National University. They are all young, but surprisingly talented. There are some great apps in the pipeline and I can’t wait to share them with you as they come out. But don’t worry, this blog won’t become a running advertisement – I am in the process of creating a Yooii Studios blog for that. There’s not much there yet, but feel free to take a look at my opening post.

Until next time.

-Taft

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Clown Phone

Sorry for the lack of posts today.  I went on a field trip, so I didn’t get any writing time.  On the upside, I didn’t spend any time in the classroom and I got outside.  Feels like I made out pretty well.

I’ll tell you all about the field trip later, when I have more time.  For now, this will have to do:

As we were preparing to leave Daegu University at the end of our field trip, a bunch of the kids started taking pictures.  A few of the girls asked to take a picture with me.  This stirred up a makeshift photo session as the we were trying to account for all of the kids.  Apparently schools aren’t even comfortable leaving one kid behind.  Weird, right?

Anyway, while the girls were taking pictures of each other, one of their phones caught my eye.  It is called the Samsung Tab.  It is ridiculous – basically a clown phone.  I managed to get my phone out and snap a picture while this girl was using her Tab to snap photos of her friends.

MC Hammer couldn’t get that monstrosity in his pocket.  I assume she keeps it in her backpack.  I can’t wait to see someone talking on one.  It’s like the Zach Morris phone reincarnated as a flat-screen.

I guess it’s true – history really does repeat itself.

Until next time.

-Taft

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New Phone

You may have noticed in my last post that the photos are much clearer and brighter than in previous posts.  That’s because they were captured with my new cell phone.  I got a Samsung Galaxy S2 on Tuesday afternoon.  I was a little worried that the iPhone 4s that I had for about a month (before coming to Korea) might have ruined other phones for me.  Fortunately, that wasn’t the case.  The Galaxy is pretty amazing.

You may be wondering how I took this picture. Lots and lots of mirrors - that's how.

No more searching for WiFi to steal in my neighborhood.  No more embarrassing musical ringtone.  No more old flip phone that got me in trouble.  Actually, it helped me get myself in trouble while I was talking to the EPIK Director for the Daegu Office of Education at dinner two weeks ago:

Director: I see you have a phone.  Very nice.  Do you like it?
Me: Not really.  It’s pretty old.
Director: Oh really?  How old is it?
Me: This is the phone my grandfather carried in the Korean war.
Director: Really?  That’s amazing.
Me: …..no.  I bought it used recently.
Director: Oh…I see.  Enjoy your dinner.  Goodbye.

One of these days I will get it through my head that sarcasm doesn’t exist here.  Hopefully sooner rather than later.

Until next time.

-Taft

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