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November 25, 2008 | 01:09pm
Mood: I couldn't see the point.
Music: Veruca Salt - Volcano Girls

I have one class left until Thanksgiving break, bitches! I'll be staying in Kirksville, but my parents are coming down and we'll be having food at my place. Very exciting.

I had a paper conference with Dr. J yesterday, and for a change she liked my paper. Being the blunt person that I am, I went ahead and asked her if my grade in the class is stable enough to not need to revise my paper. She said that it is. Except for reading a few more plays, I'm pretty much done with that class.

For that matter, I know my grade/how much effort I need to put into most of my classes for the rest of the semester. My grade in Stats isn't going anywhere; same thing with Public Speaking (97% WHAT WHAT) and Russian Drama. I don't know what I'm getting in Russian, but I've been receiving fairly consistent B's, so it's safe to assume that I have a B in that class as well. Based on the syllabi, I only have a few finals and one or two more Stats assignments left to do this semester. Be jealous.

Oh, and something interesting: at the end of the paper conference, we talked a little about my Capstone project next semester. Dr. J gave me some insight as to what I can do. Basically, I can do either a translation or a research paper. As far as a translation is concerned, I can translate some obscure short story (any suggestions, native Russian speakers?) or I may translate part of Solzhenitsyn's Cancer Ward, which is otherwise known as one of my top five books of all time. I can also translate song lyrics (Vladimir Vysotsky or Bulat Okujava, navernoe), recipes, or jokes, but I'd have to do some extra research and write up a paper describing cultural/political/historical influences and what not. Another idea I had for a research paper is writing something about some of Andrei Tarkvosky's films, my favorites being Stalker (see icon), Andrei Rublyev, and Zerkalo. I have some time to think about what I'd like to do, so yeah, we'll see.

I would just like to apologize to everyone for not commenting/reading entries/being a good LJ friend as of late. A lack of internet and time has affected my, ah, LJ-friendliness. Sorry about that. In about three weeks I'll have constant internet access, so I won't have to awkwardly post from the library like I have been.

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from: alldigital
date: November 25, 2008 08:00pm (UTC)
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Heh sorry mate, I'm not keen on Russian classic literature :)
However I can give you some Russian on-line libraries where you can download or read books on-line for FREE! :)
There are many books Russian and foreign authors there :)
The problem is my interests is all around eastern philosophy, mysticism, healing, yoga, spiritual practice etc. etc.
So I can give you a topic...lets say Russian paganism :-)
But I guess this is not what you really need (and probably not what your tutor expected to hear) ;-)

As for the Vladimir Vysotsky songs I ve got some mp3, so feel free to ask if you need it :)

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from: aodh
date: November 26, 2008 11:38pm (UTC)
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Ooh, could you give me those links? I've seen lib.ru before (which is where I found Cancer Ward), but that's about all I know about.

Russian Paganism might work, actually,,, I've always been curious about religion in Russia pre-Christianity (or up through the 15th century or so). Hmm.

I'll probably take you up on your offer for Vladimir Vysotsky songs on mp3... thanks for offering, I'll keep it in mind. :)

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from: alldigital
date: November 27, 2008 02:38am (UTC)
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Heh religion for me is like a politics. I'm trying not talking too much about it :-)
But honestly I'm not a Christian (even my parents are, and want me to be) and never support Christian :)
As for pre-Christian there was a Slavdom Vedic religion and traditions.
You can call it paganism, because people worship to different gods of nature and lived in harmony with the nature.

Sorry if any Christians here. :-)
I'm tolerant to all religions....usually ;-)))))))

All libraries in Russian, sorry for that
Some libraries has pop-up banners!!!! Sorry for that too....just some bastards do this :(
So some links to the library:
http://www.klassika.ru/ - classic literature
http://www.lit-klass.ru - classic literature as well
http://www.classic-book.ru/ - classic literature again :)
http://www.koob.ru/ - esoteric, religion, healing, business, man+women etc.
http://www.vbooks.ru/
http://www.kodges.ru/
http://lib.aldebaran.ru/
http://www.universalinternetlibrary.ru/ - focused on esoteric, mysticism, healing, yoga, spiritual practice etc. etc.

So this should be ok for the first time ;-)

If you ve got an ICQ i'll be happy to talk to you online :)

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: December 1, 2008 03:47pm (UTC)
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(Sorry it's taken so long to respond back... I haven't had internet access until today.)

Yeah, I try to avoid religion like I avoid politics - I know my beliefs, and I know I won't be able to influence anyone else's beliefs. I'm an atheist, and my parents are more or less the same.

Thanks so much for the links! I think all of those will be helpful. I don't have ICQ, but I do have gmail. It's atomiller. If you ever see me online, feel free to contact me. :)

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from: alldigital
date: November 25, 2008 08:05pm (UTC)
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Oh, btw there is another topic which you can possibly choose
"Russian superstitions"
This could be relates to Russian folklore :)

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from: aodh
date: November 26, 2008 11:40pm (UTC)
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I like that topic a lot, although I have to admit, I don't know any Russian superstitions (except vodka curing all ills, haha) or Russian folklore. Do you have any suggestions?

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from: alldigital
date: November 27, 2008 02:39am (UTC)
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So I saw a book about it in Russian
I can download it for you and send :)
Do you have an ICQ? :)
Or if you ve got account on Gmail there is a chat as well :)

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: November 26, 2008 11:31pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I think the translation might be kind of fun, depending on what I translate. Hmm.

Haha, admittedly, I am a bit of a slacker... oh well. :P

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from: cloakandswagger
date: November 26, 2008 05:42pm (UTC)
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If you want a fat bibliography and plenty of points to mix and match in your paper, writing about a Tarkovsky film would be pretty prime. I'm writing about his influence on Paradzhanov, and though Paradzhanov seems to have virtually NO literature, the shelves are totally stocked with Tarkovsky "FILM AS POETRY" type books.

And congrats on the grades!

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from: aodh
date: November 26, 2008 11:35pm (UTC)
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ugh, I HATED Parajanov! Like, a lot. I could barely sit through The Color of Pomegranates... which made my Soviet Cinema professor not very happy, haha. Tarkovsky = amaaaazing. And yeah, he's the Soviet filmmaker for hipsters, but I still think he rules.

spasibo bol'shoe!

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from: cloakandswagger
date: November 27, 2008 04:02am (UTC)
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Dude, I feel nearly the seem... but he's growing on me! And hopefully a bit more. The Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors was a bit (a bit) better about, oh, say, giving the audience a fucking hint as to what's up than in The Color of Pomegranates, but I think there's real talent there.

And neecheevoh!

PS. I love having a fellow russkie on my friends list.

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: December 1, 2008 03:45pm (UTC)
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(Sorry it's taken me so long to respond back... no internet access.)

I remember spending the entire class period staring at the screen in confusion when we watched The Color of Pomegranates. Like, seriously? That was good? Hahaha.

I love having a russkiy lover on my friends list too ;)

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from: amandas2006
date: November 27, 2008 07:15pm (UTC)
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so if you do a translation capstone, is it from Russian-English or the other way around? That's strange that you can translate something that has already been translated...for the German capstone it can't have already been translated.

You're getting internet at your apartment?

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: December 1, 2008 03:43pm (UTC)
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It's Russian-English... Dr. J said I could translate Cancer Ward because it's only been translated one time before, but beyond that, I think we can only translate stories that haven't been translated before.

I get internet very very rarely... sometimes I get access to a network that isn't password-protected, but that doesn't happen very often.

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