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“Traveler’s Lodestone” out in Hard Copy!

15 Nov

Celebrations abound! At last, “Traveler’s Lodestone” is officially out in hard copy — a great universal translator ready for use!

After a great deal of time and effort, we have put together this great resource for anyone working with foreign languages. Whether that be while traveling abroad or when dealing with non-native speakers in your own backyard.  “Traveler’s Lodestone”  is a point-to-speak book. It uses picture-based communications to cover the basic things a person would need when conversing in any foreign language. The idea is that when the words aren’t at the tip of your tongue, the pictures are at the tip of your finger. Everything from groceries to clothes to hotel amenities to weather, directions, and more is available instantly with this easy to use book. It’s quick and universal!

Right now it’s out on CreateSpace, but coming soon to Amazon and other booksellers near you. At 5×8 and 100 pages, it’s small enough to stick in your purse or bag and carry around, easy to pull out and use. Check out this great universal translator! Now tested in Korea, Japan, and China–it worked perfectly! (the Bathroom/Toilet pic is apparently very popular 😛 )  Trust me; I’ve tried the dictionaries, translation books, etc. and this is the best tool I’ve found so far.

Great for students abroad!

Pick up Your Paperback Copy By Clicking Here

If you are interested in the E-book Version, that’s available here.  The e-book is actually broken up into 3 short Volumes for easier use.

We’re also working on a Android/Apple app. As soon as I figure out how to attach buttons to links, we’ll be adding that.


Seoul International Book Fair

21 Jun

Seoul Book Fair

The 2013 Annual Seoul International Book Fair

Yes, all you English Majors in the world out there, be very, very jealous. For today, I was placed into a HUGE auditorium filled with books, and authors, and publishers, and it just keeps going! It was reader’s heaven!  So many books out there that I had never heard of (mostly because the vast majority were in foreign languages 😛 ).  

First opening in 1995, the Seoul International Book Fair has been going strong ever since.  Every year the Korea Publishers Assn.  hosts the event, which this year is at the COEX Exhibition Hall from June 19- June 23.  You can by your ticket at the ticket booth next to the exhibition hall, and then enter into a book-lover’s (and child’s) wonderland.


Instead of being one of those places where children with sticky Continue reading

How to Install Line (A step-by-step guide)

18 Apr


Line is a kind of messenger system, like Skype only it’s not based out of the U.S.  It’s kind of a weird cross between Twitter, Tumblr, and Skype really, you’ll find pictures, chat message, phone services, and you can join in on live chats as well. Anyway, a bunch of people have been looking for directions on installation, so here you go!


You can try just searching for “Line” in your smartphone app store.  It usually brings it up as the first or second result.  It’s a green button that says “Line.”  Just remember, you have to set it up on your smartphone/I-Pod before you can put it on your computer.  Line requires it.

Line Official Website

  1. Go to the official Line website at

Line Download

  • Click theGreen “Download” button.  You will have to set it up on your ipod/iphone/smart phone before you can install it on the computer.  I put it on my Ipod, so I went through the Iphone process.  I’m assuming it is similar for other mobiles.


  • Click the Green button for your mobile choice.  It will take you to I-Tunes for Apple products and GooglePlay for Android products, ditto for the other app programs.  From now on I’ll approach it from the I-Tunes version.


  • Once it locates “Line by NAVER Japan Corporation,” click the Blue “View in I-Tunes.”


  • Off you go to I-tunes where you download it like any other app and transfer it over onto your I-Pod. I’ll upload a post soon on how to do this if you don’t know how. Open the Program on your Mobile Device.
This is what the app looks like

This is what the app looks like


  1. Now, you will have to enter in an email address and password (Keep these, you’ll need them to install it on your computer).  Then go through the other set up processes, this will include your profile fic, username, terms & conditions, and verification.  The Phone number should  be something you’ll get text messages on since they send you a passcode for human verification purposes.  Enter in the number from the text message when it asks.  Once it is installed, you’re good to go here.
  2. To install it on your computer go back to the official Line website at
  3. Click the Green “Download” button and pick your computer.  Download the file, enter your email address and password when it asks, and you are set!


I haven’t tried this on a Blackberry, but I’ve been told by trusted sources that this is the process (It’s also the advised directions from LINE).

1. Tap More > Add Friends > Official to open the Official Accounts list.

2. Tap the Official Account you wish to add to your Friends list, and tap Add.

These directions can also be found here

How to Find Super Junior’s new Official Line (A step-by-step guide w/Pictures)

17 Apr

Also applies to all other Official Line Accounts 

Super Junior

Other fans of the KPOP band Super Junior have been asking how to locate their Official Line link, since most of the sites tell you it’s up but not how to locate it.  So here you go! Enjoy!

You can also find directions on locating JYJ’s line Here

P.S. Line is a kind of messenger system, like Skype only it’s not based out of the U.S.  It’s kind of a weird cross between Twitter, Tumblr, and Skype really, you’ll find pictures, chat message, phone services,and you can join in on live chats as well. Continue reading

New Tool on Facebook

9 Apr

New Tool on Facebook–The Smiley-Face!

So, I didn’t really notice this before, but apparently there is yet another new addition to the Facebook experience.   If you look at the box where you insert your status updates (i.e. “I’m totally ready for Spring!”–>My post today :P)  you will notice a new smiley-face button.




If you click that smiley-face, you will see the options pictured below.  There you can choose from a long list of things including “I’m reading such and such” or “I’m feeling wonderful” to your status.  I’ve seen this option on other journal software programs (DeviantArt, Livejournal), but it is new to FB!  What do you think?  



Poem of the Week: How Did You Die?

8 Apr

I had a  very bad week last week,  so I’m hoping this one has some better stuff ahead. Ergo, in honor of what is going to be an amazing week (I so decree it; ergo it must be), here is one of my favorite poems! It really does cheer me up–mainly because it makes me draw back my shoulders and say “Bring it On!” 🙂  

How Did You Die

by Edmund Vance Cooke

Did you tackle that trouble that came your way
With a resolute heart and cheerful?
Or hide your face from the light of day
With a craven soul and fearful?

Girl hiding

Oh, a trouble’s a ton, or a trouble’s an ounce
Or a trouble is what you make it.
And It isn’t the fact that you’re hurt that counts,
But Only, How Did You Take It?
Man kneeling with head between knees

Hurt by Mrs-Alphabet
Click on the image to go to her page

You’re beaten to the earth? Well, well what’s that?
Come up with a smiling face.
It’s nothing against you to fall down flat, 
But to lie there? That’s Disgrace.
girl kneeling in shower

“We All Fall Down” by AutumnforAlways Click image for link to artist’s page

The harder you’re thrown, why the higher you bounce!
Be proud of your blackened eye!
It isn’t the fact that you’re licked that counts,
But how did you fight, and why?
Knight kneeling before his lady
And though you be done to death, what’s then?
If You battled the best you could.
If you played your part in the world of men,
Why, the critic will call it good.
girl with ball of light

“Today, It’s You” by Sarasmunilla Click the image for the artist’s page

Death comes with a crawl, or comes with a pounce;
And whether he’s slow or spry,
It isn’t the fact that you’re dead that counts,
But only How Did You Die?

“Fighting the Grey” by MyArms-YourHearse
Click the image for the artist’s page

How to Type in Pinyin Chinese on Windows 7

6 Apr


How to Type in Pinyin Chinese on Windows 7


You can enlarge the images by clicking on them

  • Go to your Windows “Start” button on the task bar at the bottom of your screen.

Windows 7

How to Type in Korean on Windows 7

2 Apr


How to Type in Korean on Windows 7


You can enlarge the images by clicking on them

  • Go to your Windows “Start” button on the task bar at the bottom of your screen.

Windows 7


Deactivating Your Pinterest Account

25 Mar
Account Box

Pinterest Account Drop-down Menu Box

Under the new Pinterest format, it’s really easy to deactivate your Pinterest account.

1. Go to the Your Account’s Home Page.

2. Click the drop-down menu on the top right.

3. Click Settings.

4. At the bottom of the Settings Page, you’ll see the “Deactivate My Account” button.

5. Walk through that process, and you’re done! 🙂

Changes to the Pins on the New Pinterest

24 Mar

You can find Changes to the Pinterest Account Tools Here.

This post will run through a few of the new changes established to the Pins themselves.  I actually think this part is a lot more convenient than Pinterest’s old pin format.  The new ones allow you to go straight to the website, see other pins from that site, etc.

The Pin Itself


A picture of how the Pins now look

The pin itself doesn’t actually look all that different.  It still has the image, and if you click the image it will take you to the linked URL.  Nonetheless, there are a couple changes to note.

1. The greatest change to the pin itself is that you can no longer open it up and edit your own pins here.  The edit button no longer appears unless you are on the Boards or Pins main page on your account. Continue reading

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