Boing Boing guest blogger: Connie Choe!


I'm pleased to welcome our new guest blogger to Boing Boing: Connie Choe! I met Connie last month at Machine Project's krautfest 2009, where Connie and her mother, Granny Choe, showed everyone how to make kimchi. Take it away, Connie!

Good people of Boing Boing, I hope you appreciate the fact that this picture has been censored for your sake. I'm not flashing the camera or anything... In fact, I'd probably be the last person on the interweb to let the girls go out for a public swim. Yes, there's a good chance that I'm the most annoyingly squeaky clean, law-abiding citizen you will ever virtually meet, and if I were half as smart as I used to be, I would take advantage of this by starting a career in politics. Unfortunately, politics makes me sleepy and large crowds of people make me hyperventilate. It's a shame, really. The censorship is due to the fact that I'm wearing a big company logo and I didn't want to offend you with shameless self-promotion. 

I'm a health and culture writer whose work has appeared in Shape magazine and on I'm also co-founder of a burgeoning kimchi empire: the award-winning Granny Choe's Kimchi Co.

For the next two weeks I'll be sharing about the little things that amuse me personally including health/psych news, the cleverness of Asians, and squirrels. 


  1. Welcome to Boing Boing! I look forward to hearing about your kim chi empire & your fascination for squirrels!

  2. If this introductory post is anything to go by in terms of your writing and sense of humor, this should be loads of fun! Welcome!

    …there aren’t really squirrels in the kimchi, are there?

    1. Xopher – I’m pretty sure there’s no squirrels in kimchi, but I’d venture that there is often kimchi in squirrels.

  3. politics makes me sleepy and large crowds of people make me hyperventilate

    So presumably if you experienced both at the same time your brain would start rotating at high speed?

  4. @Lobster:

    That’s a great idea!

    In fact, we could t[CENSORED.CENSORED.CENSORED.CENSORED]ntil it explodes.

  5. Thanks, guys! Yeah, the squirrels are just for looking at- it’s the dogs that are for eating (I kid, I kid).

  6. As a dorky half-Korean, half-Japanese girl who loves BoingBoing I am pretty ecstatic to see you here. Hope there are Kimchi giveaways!

  7. Welcome Kim,

    Chi it is good to see you!

    I have just been to your site, and will have to try your offerings.

    I am grateful that, no squirrels where harmed in the making of you product.

    El Scorcho | October 12, 2009 12:45 PM | Reply

    As a dorky half-Korean, half-Japanese girl

    ……which half? …….and does it hurt?


  8. Usually when I see corporate logos censored out for commercial reasons, just blurring it is sufficient. This photo is a bit of a tease, the big black bar is more prominent than her face, and it invites a discussion that really doesn’t go anywhere.

    (the logo being obscured can’t be more than a quarter the size of the black bar.)

    Anyway, welcome to BoingBoing, and I hope that’s the snarkyist comment you have to endure this week!

    1. This photo is a bit of a tease, the big black bar is more prominent than her face, and it invites a discussion that really doesn’t go anywhere.

      doesn’t it? Naughty imagination is still imagination.

  9. Connie,

    Get a paypal account for your online store! I was just about to purchase some kimchi and was thwarted by laziness at the thought of having to enter all my info.

    Looks delicious

  10. Connie — boing boing post w/ recipe for watermelon rind kimchi. Make it happen. We’re counting on you!

  11. Welcome! If I can get my kimchi from a Boing Boinger, then that is what I will do. I love the slogan, by the way. :)

  12. Everything is coming up Kimchi these days. My wife’s family just started a Kimchi brand in Korea this year.

  13. El Scorcho

    As a dorky half-Korean, half-Japanese girl who loves BoingBoing…

    You had me at “dorky”.

  14. Connie —
    I had a recent experience with the Baby Einstein founders. A few months I wrote (in my weekly column in The Guardian) about a masters thesis that examined the whole Baby Einstein phenomenon. (The column, with links to that thesis, is at ). Not long afterwards, Julie Aigner-Clark’s husband sent me a vaguely threatening letter, and then sent a slightly-less-vaguely threatening letter to The Guardian. Maybe you, too, will receive some delightful mail from the Aigner-Clarks.

    -Marc Abrahams
    Editor, Annals of Improbable Research,

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