The Interview – Pondering the Tale of North Korea

I recently watched the movie “The Interview” and found it exactly what I thought it would be. I found it unfortunate that the controversy around this film rose to such heights, but I’ll get to that bit later.

It’s immature and crass and if you like this kind of movie, you’ll love this one. Like many of the movies featuring this duo, it runs the comedic gambit ranging from funny to awkward and downright over the line. And as expected the chemistry between Franco and Rogen seem natural and play extremely well on screen.

Playing the protagonists they headline a tabloid show and are dealt a fateful hand by somehow landing an interview with the world’s most infamous man, Kim Jung-Un.

It’s got some funny moments as well as quite a few jokes that just didn’t work, but as a pair of guys in way over their head, it’s decent. Sadly most Americans won’t get to watch this however, because of a few feeble Internet threats.

Just look at this moron.. you can't help but laugh.

Just look at this moron.. you can’t help but laugh.

The recent events revolving the terrorist threats brought my thoughts back to my native land. While I was born in South Korea, my parents and grandmother fled North Korea over 60 years ago in the dark of the night.

I never knew the fact that my family was North Korean until about three or four years ago. Up until that time I had never given much thought to the plight of the North Koreans, until I found out. Something I’m not particularly proud of, regardless of my family’s heritage.

Since then I’ve been almost non-stop watching North Korean videos and pondering just how the chapter of North Korea’s plight will play out. And in this regard, I’ve found myself in a weird kind of dilemma about how I should feel when watching North Korean videos and seeing people who look just like me suffer to such lengths.

I find the way in which North Koreans, especially those in the intellectual sector speak the language very enjoyable. It’s almost pleasing to my ears and I could listen to it endlessly for hours. In a weird kind of way, after watching so many interviews and videos I can understand their love of structure and uniformity.

So when the defectors or even people interviewed in North Korea speak, I can’t help but feel a great sadness come over me. Not only in the fact that these people could be my own mother or father, but that I’ve never really cared before now.

I feel shameful saying that this ridiculous comedy inspired such thoughts, but I can’t get enough of North Korean coverage. Sitting where I am now I see the incredible suffering that somehow I diminished in my mind, which is unspeakable on so many levels.

Reports of cannibalism and fathers killing their own children strike a note with me unlike any other. Looking at the innocent smiling faces of my own children beaming back at me provide a chilling backdrop when I read or hear about these acts.

And the list goes on and on, from concentration camps to torture and the lack of human rights that many of us take for granted. Seeing this struggle and incredible suffering and yet seeing the noble sacrifice and hard work that goes into every North Korean household both inspires me and shakes me to my core.

Hearing these beautiful speaking voices in my native tongue, cursing the US and blaming them. Listening to stories of kids getting a bowl of rice for their birthday. The child sexual abuse and prostitution that are everyday occurrences, the struggle for food and simple living. It’s almost too much to bear and watch, and yet I can’t tear my eyes away.

Which makes me ponder just how this story could possibly play out. There’s no easy way or solution to this problem and there will be generations of impact from the fallout.

I pray and hope that the North Koreans continue to seek out information and the truth, no matter the price. There’s been signs of cracking in the wall of North Korean propaganda, and it can’t come crumbling down fast enough.

Kim Jung-Un doesn’t look like he’s going to back down anytime soon, and Sony’s reaction to the threats only give this idiot more power. If they want to give in to terrorist attacks, Sony should instead use it’s power and help break down the barriers that shield North Koreans from what’s really happening.

You watch some of these propaganda videos and it’s hilarious comedy. They make Americans all look like we are on heroin and sleep in huts, while fornicating with our pets. To think these educated people actually believe this is truth only makes it that much more ridiculous.

Instead of pulling your movie Sony, help North Korean defectors come to light like the cast of “Now on my way to Meet You” a show comprised of North Korean women.

The least Sony can do after empowering this feeble minded buffon of a “dictator” is help bring more attention to these kind of defectors. North Koreans just like the ones still there, that can help relate, educate and inform the people of North Korea to rise up and take action.

Sony won’t be doing that however, because instead of creative integrity or courage they chose to give in. Yes, it’s just a stupid comedy but it’s one more thing that brings our social focus more on the most backwards country on this planet.

One more bootleg video that maybe could make it over the borders from China to North Korea, that shows them; maybe, just maybe all this bullshit our Leader is pushing isn’t real.

This movie did a good job at poking fun at the state of DPRK, and if nothing else it should be commended for bringing it to the forefront of our conscious, if only for a bit.

How To Fix Your Cracked Samsung Screen

Smartphones have redefined our culture and society in many ways and through many layers. It’s shaping how we live our lives, spend our time and even teach our children. Manufacturers are pushing the limits and providing new features and advances that are changing our lives.

Unfortunately a side effect of having such a device is of course wanting a bigger one. The Samsung Note II is one of those phones, and that’s the phone I’ve been using for many years now.

Bigger phones of course lead to dropped ones, and the damage that can occur to the screen. I’ve cracked my screen several times and had to replace them, so I wanted to share how to fix your cracked Samsung screen.

Keep in mind that this is to replace the glass only, if you damaged your digitizer you are pretty much out of luck. There are Youtube videos that show heating up the phone using a heatgun but I prefer a hair dryer to preventing any damage to the digitizer screen. Don’t ask me how I know.

There’s several tools you will need to perform this job. You can find these kits on many of the online retailers and it’s not expensive at all.

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My particular part number is the ATT version and it’s the Samsung Galaxy Note II. My model is a XX although yours will be similar in build and assembly / disassembly. Let’s get started.

To begin learning how to fix your cracked Samsung screen, you can begin by flipping the phone over and removing the back cover.

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Now unplug the SIM card and the memory card from your Note II and set them to the side. Remove your battery to begin taking your Samsung Note II apart.

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Remove your S Pen from the phone and then you can begin unscrewing the screws that hold the middle plastic body to the phone.

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Now using the tool shown below, carefully pry up on the inner tabs that hold the middle shell in place.

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Once this is done you can carefully pry up the plastic middle casing, which will allow you to start removing the daughterboards on the phone.

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Now with this casing removed you can begin removing the smaller screws that hold the daughterboards in place. Begin with the speaker, which is in white shown above.

 

 

You should now have something that looks like the image above once you have the speaker unit removed from the Samsung Note II.

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Now carefully pry up the backing connectors and the antenna that snakes upward towards the top daughterboard.

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Now that you’ve got this far, it’s time to carefully remove your camera lens and disconnect from the phone. Unscrew the rest of the screws that hold the upper daughterboard in place.

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Circled above is the one black screw that’s shorter than the rest, make sure to save this one and put it back in it’s rightful place.

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Now remove the upper daughterboard which should leave you with the digitizer and your cracked screen.

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Now it’s time for the fun or not so fun part of the job, removing your old broken glass. If you are lucky the glass shards are bigger and not so small, which will make the job much easier to remove. Using the tool carefully pry around the glass of the Note II, separating it from the body while applying even and low heat using a hair dryer.

If this is your first time taking your phone apart, you will want to use fishing line or wire to remove the glue and not damage the face of the digitizer.

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Once you’ve got the glue removed, clean the face of the Samsung and clean away the edges to ensure a firm positive contact with your new adhesive.

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Take extra care when cleaning your Note II, if your kit came with a wipe use it now to clean the face of the digitizer.

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There’s two metal brackets that must be removed from the broken glass before you discard it, and one is the home button fascia. Carefully remount the home button and set the lower home button trim to the side along with the earhole trim.

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Aforementioned bracket trim and home button, along with a Hello Kitty bow to match. Clean up the back button and the menu button to either side of the home button and take care not to disconnect the LED backlight connections.

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Get your replacement Samsung Note II glass ready and remove it from the cover. Clean it before installing the metal trims you removed from your old glass.

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After re-inserting the metal trim, get your new Samsung Note II adhesive ready.

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If your phone has been apart quite a bit like this one has, I like to use two Pro Kit adhesive sheets back to back to make sure no dust crawls under your replacement glass. Because the glue is no longer there, you will have to make extra sure you seal the outer glass.

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I prefer to apply the adhesive to the replacement glass ahead of time, try to make sure that the adhesive is flat and you maximize contact with the edges of the Note.

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Press evenly and firmly to make a positive seat with your adhesive, if you are doubling up on the adhesive press the edges but don’t overdo it.

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Finish up the job by lightly and evenly heating the edges of your replacement glass on your Note II with a hairdryer.

Congratulations! You’ve saved yourself some money and don’t have to buy a replacement Samsung phone now that you know how to fix your cracked Samsung Note II screen.