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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on March 1st, 2012 at 3:00 am

Korea Finder 09-12

So who knows what this is a picture of?

Korea Finder Leader’s Board:

1. Kushibo – 3

2. Ut Videam – 2

2. Sturgee – 1

2. Leon Laporte – 1

2. VAGN – 1

The person with the most points at the end of the year of the weekly Korea Finder contest will be rewarded with a book or DVD of their choice from Amazon.com. Also note that if you have a picture that you think would make a great Korea Finder feel free to send it in to me

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  • kushibo
    2:06 am on March 1st, 2012 1

    Greek Korean War Memorial

  • kushibo
    2:13 am on March 1st, 2012 2

    Evidence here and here, and full name is 그리이스군 참전 기념비 (Korean War Monument to the Greek Expeditionary Force).

  • ChickenHead
    3:39 am on March 1st, 2012 3

    With a gaping black hole, it certainly looks like it was done… er… Greek Style.

    What’s next? The Canadian monument will look like a big diick?

    Hah hah hah haaa… oh… it does?

    http://eng.koreanwar60.go.kr/50/2006000200.asp?cat=home&kind=&zone=&sWord=&page=1&uq=659

  • Jinro Dukkohbi
    4:27 am on March 1st, 2012 4

    Yeah…CH has a way of finding the phallus-sies is all of us… :lol:

  • Teadrinker
    4:57 am on March 1st, 2012 5

    #3,

    That’s only one of the Canadian monuments. The others one I’ve seen are much more elaborate.

    #4,

    Yes, and why Canadian ones, too?

    PS. That one is true to size. ;-)

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    5:37 am on March 1st, 2012 6

    Yes Kushibo got it. That was quick I figured it would take you a little longer to figure this one out.

  • kushibo
    1:23 pm on March 1st, 2012 7

    I visited this briefly when down in that part of Kyŏnggi-do for the tojagi festival. For work and for pleasure, I’ve been a lot of places (or had to look them up).

  • kushibo
    1:24 pm on March 1st, 2012 8

    That it took me six minutes instead of two was because I initially got it confused with a different monument with a similar theme.

  • Glans
    3:26 pm on March 1st, 2012 9

    In kushibo’s evidence there’s a link to larger image, which shows Greek script at the bottom of the monument. It’s not completely legible, but I can make out the last word – taphos, i.e. burial, grave, or sepulchre. GI Korea’s small image was more challenging for y’all. Of course, I wouldn’t have had a chance with an image of any size.

  • Fanwarrior
    11:07 pm on March 1st, 2012 10

    it might just be me..but.. how about posting the korean finder at random times, it seems to always be posted at the same time, just so those sitting there hitting refresh when it comes out get less of an advantage and/or require them to hang around much longer to get it.

  • kushibo
    11:10 pm on March 1st, 2012 11

    fanwarrior, it’s the same time for everyone, and a predictable time at that. It’s waking hours in Korea and the middle of the night in the US mainland, where I often am (and in Hawaii it’s just a few hours before I have to get up again). How much more of an advantage does one need?

  • Fanwarrior
    11:33 pm on March 1st, 2012 12

    I know it’s the same time, that’s the point. I’m not talking about it being an advantage by being the middle of the day somewhere, I’m talking about it being an advantage because it’s always at the same time and certain people are always right on top of it each week. If you haven’t answered it 5 minutes after it’s posted that means it’s a really hard one. By posting it at various and random times during the week it might give someone a chance, by virtue of your not seeing it immediately.

  • kushibo
    11:41 pm on March 1st, 2012 13

    If it’s at the same time every time, then the advantage is to the quickest, which you seem to think is unfair. Having it at random times so that the non-quickest can get have a chance is basically undermining the spirit of the contest. Would you start a running race or a ball game at random times so that the losingest team might have an edge by getting onto the file faster when the game starts at unpredictable times?

    It’s not as if there’s a monopoly on people answering this: the “quickest” has been five different people over eight weeks, hardly a situation where there’s obvious dominance. Last year, even though I won, I think I lost three times more often than I won. And that was the only time I’d won the contest.

    Having it at an announced time is the fairest possible way (though an announced time doesn’t have to be at the same time every week). It allows for the quickest and most knowledgeable or cleverest about finding things actually get the answer. It’s the way a contest should be. It allows for more participation, not less, which is what the case would be if it’s a random time.

  • Fanwarrior
    11:58 pm on March 1st, 2012 14

    5 different people during which you admitted you took a couple weeks off.
    Since participating you’ve taken 4/7, and there have only been 3 users take points during that time.
    The vast majority of the points were held by a couple users and I think it would provide a little more variety to post it randomly so that victory doesn’t always go to the guy with the fastest refresh.

  • Glans
    12:12 am on March 2nd, 2012 15

    Fanwarrior has awakened kushibo’s inner conservative.

  • kushibo
    12:17 am on March 2nd, 2012 16

    You are wrong about those numbers. Despite my bluster and game face, I missed only one or two of the eight up on the leader board there. In other words, there were three or four of them where I was trying to get them but didn’t.

    Even if the points are held by a few, that’s a good friendly match. One or two or three are in the running, while the others can play spoiler. It’s all in good fun.

    1. Kushibo – 12
    2. Leon Laporte – 8
    3. Mr. Chips – 4
    4. Chickenhead – 2
    5. Cloying Odor -2
    6. Regulate – 1
    7. Max – 1
    8. JoeC – 1
    9. Jeffrey Miller – 1

  • kushibo
    12:18 am on March 2nd, 2012 17

    Fanwarrior has awakened kushibo’s inner conservative.

    No one here suffers from a lack of a level playing field.

  • Fanwarrior
    12:40 am on March 2nd, 2012 18

    http://rokdrop.com/2012/01/19/korea-finder-03-12/

    Thanks! I decided to be a good sport and give everyone a two-week head start.

    That was
    #3 Kushibo
    #4 Leon
    #5 Kushibo
    #6 UT Videam
    #7 Vagn
    #8 Kushibo
    #9 Kusbibo
    4/7
    4 users took points, sorry, not 3, that was the only wrong number, the other numbers were just fine.
    one of the ones you didn’t get out of that was the only finder to be posted 3 hours late. You may have gotten tired of refreshing that day.

    Even if the points are held by a few, that’s a good friendly match.

    See, I would expect a good friendly match to be all over the place, which its not. Good friendly matches are often ruined by someone going at it a little too intensely. If it were just a friendly match you’d have no real objection to the finder being posted randomly throughout the week to mix things up a bit.

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    5:07 am on March 2nd, 2012 19

    I used to post the Korea Finders at random and then people complained that it would be fairer to have it post at the same time so everyone has an equal shot at answering. I post the Korea Finder at 0300 Pacific Standard Time which no one has had an issue with. Are there any recommendations to post it at a different time?

  • Fanwarrior
    6:33 am on March 2nd, 2012 20

    I can’t see how. It’s only “fairer” if everyone were equally available at the agreed upon time.

    On the other hand if it’s posted truly randomly throughout the week (perhaps via a script)
    there is no one user that would have any real advantage to coming across the question, no one would be sitting there right on top of it the second it is posted.

    Something like this:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/schedule-random-post-time/
    But that would let you add a range to the date. That one seems to just pick any old time out.

    On the off chance that someone besides Kushibo or Leon knew what the picture was, they’d have at least an equal chance of coming across the blog post first without needing to set aside a specific time for it and refresh the blog until it comes up.

  • parker
    9:51 am on March 2nd, 2012 21

    There’s no way everyone would ever agree on a fair way to post these whether at random or on any schedule.

    No matter how they’re posted, I’m amazed at how quickly anyone, Kushibo or otherwise figures them out. I’ve lived in Korea for almost 8 years, consider myself pretty well traveled and still have a hard time getting any of them.

  • kushibo
    2:01 pm on March 2nd, 2012 22

    There are some that took me as long as it took to open the page, there are others that took a few minutes of fact-checking, and there are those that took an hour or more of scouring the Interwebs, while a few took days and required hints. There’s no pattern.

    And I don’t sit there hitting refresh over and over again. I know the time that it’s supposed to come up, and I open up ROK Drop at that time, if I’ve remembered that it’s Thursday and I have the time to sit and do it. Anyone can do that; it’s no advantage I have over anyone.

    The only way to “randomize” it in a way that might be fair would be to pre-announce a changing time that is different week to week. But it should be known ahead of time. But that’s more work for GI Korea.

  • Fanwarrior
    4:19 pm on March 2nd, 2012 23

    There’s no way everyone would ever agree on a fair way to post these whether at random or on any schedule.

    That’s the point of random. We all couldn’t ever agree upon a time when we’d all be available. So having the computer pick a random time to post it during the week ensures no bias for anyone. If you’re available at the time it comes, you are, if you aren’t, you’re not, but at least you know that next weeks will be a totally different time and you might have another shot at it.

    Anyone can do that; it’s no advantage I have over anyone.

    If they’re available at that time they can, that’s the point. It’s only fair for people who aren’t otherwise engaged at that time.
    Posting it at the same time every week ensures anyone who may be at work or something of that nature would never be able to ever get a shot at it.

    The only way to “randomize” it in a way that might be fair would be to pre-announce a changing time that is different week to week. But it should be known ahead of time. But that’s more work for GI Korea.

    Announcing it is the problem, let it show up when it does.
    That makes it fair. No one knows when it’s coming everyone more or less has an equal chance of being here when it shows up. If no one knows when it’s coming it actually has a chance of sitting around for a little while before someone solves it, rather than it being solved in first 2 minutes its here.

  • kangaji
    5:00 pm on March 2nd, 2012 24

    Since we’ve had previous AAR comments showing that a constant time is more beneficial I would have to say sustain having a constant time also.

 

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