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Recently, I noticed a lot of change in many of the Harry Potter Characters. I will show Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Malfoy in this post.

First, lets start with Harry. Harry grew up pretty nicely…Although these pictures seem better than what he appears to be in the movie.

Looks exactly like the Harry from the book

Growing

Growing

Now

Although he doesn’t really match the “Harry Potter” now, Harry grew well.

Ron

Pretty normal too, but again, depends on the photo.

Malfoy

Really popular. Looks evil.

OK. Looks a bit thin.

Looks like a loner.

GG

Hermione

Cute

Godess

Godess

Godess

Anyways, overall, Hermione grew up to be the prettiest. Although all of the characters started from a perfect match from the character inside the book, they all grew up very differently from their characters. Malfoy…I shouldn’t say this, but this guy failed. I think it is interesting to see all these characters, who are of similar age as me, change.

On March 26th, the Korean ship, Cheonan, sank, killing 46 people in the process. There are countless rumors concerning how the ship actually crashed. Because these rumors aren’t entirely unsupported by evidence, we will briefly talk about the evidence that currently exists and two popular scenarios of the the tragedy.

The First Scenario

We take what the government is telling us as the truth. As the government implies, the Cheonan Ship was patrolling the coast. Suddenly, an explosion occurred in 9:16 PM. Due to this unknown explosion, the ship split in half. Although the front of the ship floated long enough for some crew to escape, the rear end of the ship sunk too fast for the rest of the crew who were resting in their rooms. The ship sank for a total of 6 minutes. There were a total of 104 men on the ship. 58 crew survived and were rescued. Many people presume that it would have been a torpedo that caused this explosion. As a torpedo explodes, it creates a mini-vaccum as the water is pushed away from the explosion site. Because there is an area of no water directly underneath the ship, the ship’s weight does not hold, and leads ultimately to the ship’s destruction. This meets all evidence that the government has released to the public. For example, the Korea Natural Resource Laboratory sensed a vibration of magnitude 1.5. They state that this vibration would most likely have been a response to the explosion beneath the ship. Included with this scenario is the question: “Who shot the torpedo?” Some people state that this may have been caused by the North Koreans and that a war may break out in the near future. This caused uninformed citizens to become blindly fearful of the situation.

A student of KIS stated, “I’m just afraid that if a war breaks out, all males of Korean citizenship in Sophomore year up will have to participate.”

However, there are many people who doubt this scenario. First, the government keeps talking about calculations that makes the statement about a North Korean torpedo accidentally drifting into the Korean Coast. However, although it may be possible, they do not seem to take into account that the probability is nearly 0. In addition, the government is keeping the survivors hidden from the media. What might be the explanation for this?

The Second Scenario

Others believe that this whole incident may have merely been an accident entirely because of bad maintenance. Due to constant pressure and little maintenance, the ship went through what is commonly called a brittle fracture. This explains many of the observed happenings, as well as reasons why the government would want to cover up the story. When the 1200 ton ship started leaking, it would have had increasingly more pressure on its tail. As the tail sunk and the front rose, the force on the center of the ship would have been immense; it explains perfectly for the ship splitting into pieces.

If the parents of the soldiers who died find out that their sons’ deaths were due to the neglect from the government to fund the maintenance, they would be simply enraged. There are numerous evidence supporting this scenario as well. For example, the American-Korean military were doing practice drills on water nearby; if there was a signal from the ship, the ships nearby would have undoubtedly heard the transmission.

The reason for this dispute for the truth is because the government-released details are very weak at the moment. There is not enough truth and enough contradictions that people are becoming increasingly doubtful of the facts released by the government. Although the truth cannot be found at the moment, it is clear that both sides of the scenario have their pros and cons.

I’ve always known Square Enix as a video game company. Their most popular games including Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts are immense projects that have been played by an indefinite number of people throughout their history. Along with me, a majority of the people know and encountered this company as a video-game company. However, one day, I noticed that the Square Enix logo appeared on one of the Japanese animations I was watching. Although it didn’t register at first, after several encounters with the company’s logo on various media, not limited to magazines, manga, and anime, I started to wonder how big the company is. So I googled it.

Square Enix was formed as the result of a merger between Square Co. and the Enix Corporation on 2003. The company also possesses the Taito Corporation and the Eidos Interactive (Which has been absorbed into Square Enix Europe).

Although a vast number of people would disagree, I would say that their best games are in the Final Fantasy series. The series began in 1987 as an eponymous video game developed to save Square from bankruptcy; the game was a success and spawned sequels Although most Final Fantasy titles tell independent stories with various different settings and main characters, they feature common elements including: themes, names, and mechanics. Plots center on a group of heroes battling a great evil while exploring the characters’ internal struggles and relationships.

FFI (The game that saved the company from bankruptcy)

The most recent series, the Final Fantasy XIII, Square Enix astounded gamers in the world with its fascinating graphics. The game, released on the PS3 and the XBox 360, was developed with the Crystal Tools of Square Enix. The game sold 1.7 million units on its first day of sale in Japan. In total, it has sold over five million units currently.

Yes, this is a game

Other popular media that Square Enix is famous for includes: Full Metal Alchemist (Anime+ Manga), Souleater (Anime+Manga), Final Fantasy (Movie+Anime+Game+Novel), Black Butler, Bamboo Blade, and etc.

Upon becoming aware of the influence the company has on my everyday life, this research was interesting for me.

That concludes my 4th blogpost….6 left.

One day, Jerry’s Macbook soundcard decided to kill itself. I REFUSE TO WORK. The terrified Macbook, unsure of what to do, displays an X sign on the volume adjustment button while shooting a lazer beam out of its earphone jack. Jerry, shocked at this chaos, runs to the Genius center, or the IT office and asks, “WTH is wrong with my Macbook???” The Tech guy answers, “Your sound card is broken, you have to pay $100 to fix it.” Depressed at both the absense of his Macbook and the money lost, Jerry walks home, after a depressing day.

This is a frequent issue that occurs with Macbooks. More than enough of the times, the technician would demand time and money to fix a sound card issue. However, unless the issue is terribly serious, there is a simple, nonprofessional way to fix it. So lets go:

Materials: Soundcard-Broken-Macbook, Earphone

1. Fully reboot your Macbook

2. (If the soundcard error continues) Get an earphone ready.

3. Gently wiggle the earphone plug in the jack (as if to straighten the path) <- Try numerous times, continuously checking with F11 and F12 button.

4. If its working now, congratulations. If it isn’t, repeat step 1.

5. Finally, If this wasn’t enough to fix your soundcard, Now, go ask a technician.

On March 1st, the Korean holiday, the Korean Blue House site was attacked by the Japanese forum community 2ch. Though many people are aware of this issue, not many are aware of why such a thing happened.

The issue started with the 2ch forum about a Korean killed in Russia. 2ch is an anonymous Japanese Internet forum, often thought to be the largest forum in the world. The 2ch-ers wrote derogatory comments under this forum. “Award the Russians!”, “Why is this on the news? It’s just a dog.” Although this fired up some people for revenge, these derogatory statements were common, and others ignored this discrimmination. However, to worsen the situation further, they created the rumor that the Korean figure skater Kim-Yu-Na bribed the referees (Scorers) during the Vancouver Olympics. Enraged at the 2ch-ers, the Korean netizens of DC inside and many other online communities gathered to terror the 2ch site.

A cafe formed in Naver to terror 2ch. The member count of this cafe skyrocketed, reaching more than 110,000 by the time the attack was launched. Programs were distributed, and plans were formed quickly under a person with the nickname “The Leader”. These distributed programs did not use any form of illegal codings. It just caused an infinite page refresh. By using the page-refresh-technique, these “Online Warriors” planned to overload the traffic of 2ch.

On March 1st, the members of this cafe rushed into the various servers of 2ch and started terrorizing it. The result was devastating. Within 5 minutes, half of the servers crashed. Although 2ch recovered itself at an astonishing speed, it was met with even a stronger opposition;  soon, every single server of the 2ch site crashed.

The enraged 2ch-ers attacked the Korean Blue House site.

Although both sites recovered fully shortly after, this event got the attention of the Interpol. If such an event reoccurs, it is bound to get a serious investigation by the Interpol.

Although people started criticizing both sides for wasting time on such a pointless issue, people became more interested as the situation progressed; they cheered the sides with comments like “If winning makes you an idiot and losing makes you an idiot as well, be the winning idiot.”

What is yellow dust? and how do you prevent the yellow dust from making us sick?

During the change of seasons, people are especially vulnerable to illness such as the common flu because of sudden change in environment. Yellow dust is one of these sudden change. During spring and winter time, when yellow dust is the worst, students must be especially careful to avoid being getting sick.

The yellow dust is a phenomenon that affects much of Eas

t Asia sporadically during the springtime months. The dust originates from the deserts of Mongolia, China, and Kazakhstan and are carried through strong winds that produce intense clouds of dust.

These clouds of dust are capable of producing acid rain, carrying toxic pollutants, bacteria, and viruses. Areas affected with concentrated dust experience decreased visibility and stain buildings and automobiles yellow. On the human body, it is known to cause deteriorating effects including sore throat, asthma, and o

ther various health problems. Although the Korean government is trying their best to aid the Chinese in restoring these yellow dust originating regions, this has not alleviated the problem yet.

Another popular Springtime illness is the common flu. Here’s a list of how to prevent yourself from getting the flu:

1. Wash you hands often.

Washing your hands frequently is probably the most important method to prevent the common cold. It is the most important method, simultaneously, the most effective. Even when outside, regularly washing hands, by even using a sanitizing hand wipes or a sanitizer, can be helpful.

2. Wear a mask.

Especially during winter and spring, when yellow dust is at its worst point, wearing a mask can prevent much of the dust going into the body.

3. Don’t smoke.

Smoking can often damage airways and increase the vulnerability. Even second hand smoking can be harmful. Smoking can bring the similar effect of inhaling yellow dust.

4. Throw used tissues right away

Don’t leave used tissues lying around desks and other surfaces. The viruses can be left on the surface and contaminate others who touch it. Leaving used tissues around can be another cause of spreading the virus.

6. Wear glasses, not lens.

Wearing glasses is better for the eyes than lens especially during the yellow dust season. Wearing contact lens can make the eyes more exposed to dusts because it provides no protection

7. Drink a lot of water!

Water makes up 75% of human body. The amount of water people drink is critical. Dehydration can cause tiredness, constipation, muscle cramps, irregular blood pressure, kidney problems, dry skin, etc. Drinking water is important in maintaing homeostasis the body, preventing cold.

8. Create a healthy lifestyle.

Last but not least, living a healthy lifestyle and acquiring good habits are important factors of preventing cold. Exercise, eat well. and sleep well. Physical activities and getting enough sleep will enhance the immune system.

Don’t let the yellow dust effect you! Remember these tips and stay healthy!

I came upon this topic in a conversation with Hyunwoo for some reason and thought it would be………a bit interesting to list the greek alphabets and their common usages. So here’s your list of letters and usages. <NOTE: There are definitely more usages for these alphabets. I will just be mentioning few real common ones.>

Αα (Alpha)

One root of a quadratic equation (with β being the other), α-helix protein structure, α particle (He2+), angular acceleration, the linear thermal expansion coefficient, Thermal diffusivity, alpha carbon (First carbon in an organic molecule).

Ββ (Beta)

one root of a quadratic equation, β- particle (electron), β+ particle (positron), sound intensity, velocity/speed of light, elliptic latitude.

Γγ (Gamma)

Euler-Mascheroni constant, gamma rays, photon, specific weight, Lorentz factor

Δδ (Delta)

Change, distance to Earth, Heat, partial charge

Εε (Epsilon)

Axial tilt of Earth, an empty string, emissivity of a blackbody radiation, dielectric permittivity, Small positive quantity

Ϝϝ (Digamma)

Don’t know any

Ζζ (Zeta)

relative vertical vorticity, damping ratio, Reimman Zeta Function, coefficient of viscous friction

Ηη (Eta)

absolute vertical vorticity, index of refraction, viscosity, efficiency

Θθ (Theta)

Angle, potential temperature,

Ιι (Iota)

Donno man

Κκ (Kappa)

Kappa Graph, dielectric constant, thermal conductivity, spring constant, heat capacity ratio

Λλ (Lambda)

The Cosmological Constant, wavelength, latent heat of fusion, linear density, elliptical longitude

Μμ (Mu)

Coefficient of friction, muon, micro (10-6), chemical potential

Νν (Nu)

Frequency, neutrino, Stoichiometric coefficient

Ξξ (Xi)

?

Οο (Omicron)

?!

Ππ (Pi)

Archimedes’ constant, type of covalent bond, pion,

Ρρ (Rho)

Density, resistivity, momentum

Σσ (Sigma)

Sum, uncertainty

Ττ (Tau)

Torque

Υυ (Upsilon)

Φφ (Phi)

Magnetic Flux, Work Function, electric potential, golden ratio

Χχ (Chi)

Electronegativity

Ψψ (Psi)

?

Ωω (Omega)

Resistance, angular velocity
Sighhh that was long. This showed me how much the Greek alphabet is being used in everyday life. By going through each one of the alphabets I knew,  I was both able to organize my mind and see for myself how much it was being used.

Try adding your own usages of these symbols!