Week Begend – Host Family Chronicles Part 1

Saturday – 2011-07-16
After a 9 hour flight to Seattle, a ~4 hour bus ride to Beaverton, and a 5 minute car ride after Caitlin picked him up Seungkyu made it to our house surprisingly nonchalant toward the ordeal.  He said that he didn’t sleep much either.  He came in and was introduced and we greeted each other; I did my best to get how you pronounce his name during that ordeal.  Sing+cue is the closest English pronunciation comes to it; I’m trying to get comfortable using the foreign inflection.

Caitlin showed him around the house as well as his room. And when he came back down, as is traditional for exchange students, Seungkyu revealed gifts from his foreign land.  For Lorelai he got a nifty magnetic whiteboard and pen with a dog cartoon on it, some booklets with cartoon-ish stickers, and some Hello Kitty crayons that look more like pens because each comes in a Bic-like plastic container.  Caitlin and I got three sketchbooks, some ginseng snacks (tasty!), an and we each got a heart shaped 4GB USB flash drive that’s connector slides in and out.  Pretty nifty stuff.  Also over the course of the last 24 hours Lorelai has obtained a 1000 won note (1000₩ = 94¢ according to Google) and a fingernail care kit from him; I’m not sure he planned to give those up.

The rest of the night we introduced him to our cat, Pixel and various things in the living room that may interest him.  We exchanged phone numbers and Caitlin told him about lots of things like the potluck picnic with all the students and families the next day and things in the area that we can do during his stay.  Lorelai was also cute and entertaining.  Before too long we all headed to bed.

Sunday – 2011-07-17
Morning was pretty normal for our family.  I was up, showered, lightly fed, and doing something worth while on my computer about an hour before Lorelai comes along to get fed and entertained.  I think Seungkyu was up shortly after that wondering what the plans were.  I roused Caitlin about 45 minutes later (8:15am) because she wanted to make breakfast.  We had eggs, bacon, and toast in between chatting about stuff and watching Sailor Moon.

At around 11:40 we head to the potluck “picnic” which got moved into a church because Oregon decided that it was time to act like spring again.  Not many people had arrived yet so I put Lorelai down and energized her by chasing her around the tables and chairs.  Another Korean girl joined in here and there, as well as she could in a skirt and flip-flops; her name was Sea-something.  I think Caitlin and Seungkyu were watching us while chatting with some other Koreans a bit.

People roll in, the place gets packed with people, Caitlin and I get approached by various Beaverton students scheduled to travel to other countries before promptly loosing interest when they realize that we’re just a really young host family.  I’m pretty sure that two Russian girls planned to hit on me before realizing the situation, exchanging something between themselves as if I wasn’t there, then walking away without a word.  That was a strange interaction.

Through most of this initial time Lorelai is being adored by Sea-something (I’ll find out her name, I promise) and the other Korean girls.  I guess Seungkyu is the only Korean man in a group of eight or nine; I told him he was lucky, and he laughed saying that he wished there was just one other Korean man. The room got full and eventually it’s time for everyone to get in line for food. People ate and talked, we got info about how Monday would go then it was time to take off.

After the potluck we went to Target to pick up a couple things before heading on a trek to plot out what Seungkyu would need to know.  We scouted the location of his school up by the Nike campus before heading to the nearby Max station.  From there I took him on a Trimet ride home.  We had a chance to talk about various topics making cultural comparisons.  Buses, bus stops, sports, learning new words, that sort of thing.

We made it home without issue.  We set his laptop up on our wifi, I looked over his shoulder and got a Google-like website from him which I’ll be investigating throughout his stay.  They seem to mostly nothing but pop and techno type music popular over there… kind of like here.  We spent a while in the same room on our respective computers until he went upstairs to charge his computer.

Eventually Lore woke from her nap not feeling well so I played ball with her eventually making it up to Seungkyu’s room including him.  He prefers to head-butt the ball.  The interaction ended with Lorelai playing with his handkerchief and practicing folding it.  We had Taco Bell for dinner and Seungkyu went to bed to catch up on sleep.

There you go, two full days… today should be good fun too.

Nerdy: Tolkein
Nerdy: Trek in the Park

Mental Diddy

We’ll be picking up a Male, South Korean foreign exchange student tomorrow. His name is Seungkyu and I have no idea what else to expect.  I just got our family’s entire variety of food, more quantity than we usually get to make sure we find something he’ll find palatable.  Lorelai is curious about what I’m talking about, I don’t think she quite understands the concept of Korea or ocean.  This should be fun for her and we the parents though.  My family had a few Japanese exchange students over (one at a time over the course of years) when I was a kid and I remember the experience for each of them to be special and extremely memorable.  I wish we could have kept in touch more.  We’ll see how it goes.
Lore and I are watching How to Train Your Dragon while Caitlin is out with a friend.  I still think it’s the best movie ever.  I want to fly on the back of a dragon sized ornithopter, that would be terrifyingly sweet.
This diddy has been stuck in my head for a good part of the day, see if you recognize it… a link to it is below.

Moses supposes his toeses are Roses,
But Moses supposes Erroneously,
Moses he knowses his toeses aren’t roses,
As Moses supposes his toeses to be!
Moses supposes his toeses are Roses,
But Moses supposes Erroneously,
A mose is a mose!
A rose is a rose!
A toes is a toes!
Hooptie doodie doodle

**Edit – Same night update@~11:46 – Lore went to bed after the movie around 9:30.  I looked up a couple things on ornithopters and remember I was going to use the night to get a wiimote to work with Linux and officially start my AES idea (Awesome Entertainment System).  I’m a freaking gimp in bash; for those who don’t know what bash is hit Win+R type cmd then enter and it’s kinda like that only different because it’s unix based.  Yeah, I got to the point of connecting the wiimote to the bluetooth device, I supposedly have the utility that makes it control my mouse functions and moved few things in the right place.  For every tumbler I get a new one gives me an error to track down so I’m still not controlling anything with my connected WiiMote.  No documented troubleshooting that I can find anywhere which means I basically play it by ear and learn as it comes.  If it was easy it wouldn’t be fun, right?  We’ll see in the morning.

In other AES news it sounds like I may be able to pick up a busted up yellow old NES chassis at Game Trader for $15, but they don’t have them on hand much so I need to keep trying back.  The yellowing doesn’t worry me because I plan to paint the sucker.

Some site references in case I need them in the far future:
CircuitDB|Connect a WiiRemote to your PC
WiiBrew| List of Working Bluetooth Devices
WMD 0.1.2 (Stands for Wanna Mote Damnit, the app that ties to mouse)

~12:55AM – While I was closing stuff down for lolz I searched for wii in the package manager and what do you know, there are premade apps there.  I was able to get the wiimote moving the mouse based on motion which doesn’t really work too well.  Turns out that I need to make an IR sensor for accurate tracking.  In the mean time I can use the wiimote buttons for testing with D-pad based emulators.

What did it and made it easy: PPA for wiicanteam


OMGWTF LOL!: Picture
Cool: How to Train Your Dragon WallpaperCredited Artist
Gadgets: FaceScanning Glasses
Nerdy: Doing it right
Nerd-Funny: Nathan Fillion, Photobomber
Funny: I know the feeling
Science Geek: deGrasse on Movies