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Sep. 3rd, 2008 | 02:57 am
posted by: gnome_dooms in kirezov_english

Конкурс "Представь себя музыкантом!"

Классная работа на конкурс "Представь себя музыкантом!" в unlim_imagine

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neologisms from the blogosphere

Apr. 1st, 2007 | 11:56 am
posted by: faustin in kirezov_english

A neologism is a new word. A word that has just recently been invented and found wide usage in a language.

Blogosphere is, itself, a new word. The blogosphere refers to all the people who are writing and reading blogs, or web journals.

I wonder whether, because of technology, because of higher rates of efficiency and productivity, because of the low costs of sharing and distributing and thus the much higher speeds of transmitting "viral" ideas, we can now see the spread of new words happen much more quickly.

Here's an example of a new word from the blogosphere: fisking.

Here's a wikipedia article on fisking: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisking

fisking = A point-by-point refutation of a blog entry or (especially) news story.

The story behind the origin of this particular word is especially interesting, because it comes from a reporter's last name --- Robert Fisk, and specifically from a story in which he retold his experience of being stoned by Afghani civilians who were angry over the US' war in Afghanistan. Fisk is basically a post-modern anti-western idiot, and his article attracted strong, critical responses from many pundits, who proceeded to tear his article apart point-by-point.

To heighten the irony: Fisk has never used a blog or even email and, as of 2004, didn't know what a blog was, nor what the term "fisking" meant.

Another colorful line from the Wikipedia article: the British newspaper The Observer defined fisking as "savaging an argument and scattering the tattered remnants to the four corners of the internet"

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Karl Rove's top-secret presentation on Republican legislative representation strategy

Mar. 31st, 2007 | 10:26 pm
posted by: faustin in kirezov_english

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The Sudan Crisis: discussion by Kristof and Prendregast

May. 19th, 2006 | 04:14 pm
posted by: faustin in kirezov_english

Experts discuss the crisis in Darfur (This link will open page on the NPR web site; the "Listen" link will open an audio file, for which you will need Windows Media Player or Real Audio player.)

Journalist Nicholas Kristof and Sudanexpert John Prendergast talk about the continuing crisis in theSudanese region of Darfur in Africa.

Kristof recently won the Pulitzer prize for his New York Timescommentary on Darfur. Prendergast is special adviser to the president of the International Crisis Group. He has 20 years of experience resolving conflict in Africa, and shaping U.S. foreign policy towardthe region.

Prendergast has traveled with celebrities Angelina Jolie and Don Cheadle, with whom he is now co-authoring a book about Darfur.

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Prepodovatel returns from hike to Kazan

May. 11th, 2006 | 02:59 pm
music: Pimsleur - Russian II - Lesson 07
posted by: faustin in kirezov_english

I'm eager to see all my students again.

Meanwhile, for your entertainment:

This was entered in learn_russian:

Anyone who wants to have a good laugh:
go to http://www.translate.ru/text.asp?lang=ru, enter the following phrase in the upper text window: "Our cat gave birth to three kittens - two whites and one black.", press the red button and enjoy the result.

(Okay, here's the result: Наш кот родил трех котят - двух белых и одного афроамериканца )

(My Russian isn't so good that I actually understand this, but I am trusting that it is amusing.)

Also, from my brilliant friend Joel. Joel was a PhD student in Mathematics before he went to work for Microsoft. He hated Microsoft, and he quit and become a PhD student in Economics at the California Institute of Technology ("CalTech"). Then he quit, moved back to Seattle, Washington, and is now managing billions of dollars with the former financial managers of Microsoft.


Please note the technical comments in the "comments" section.

Actually I'll put the image right here behind this LJ-Cut linkCollapse )

This image amused me, though it seems rather trivial / simple... nonetheless I like it:

One of my thoughts regarding my trip to Kazan:

NOTE: "uncivilization" is not a word in English. The artist / author created it for this cartoon, which adds to the humor...

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Apr. 27th, 2006 | 12:23 am
posted by: faustin in kirezov_english

If you haven't.... you MUST!!! Terrific fun.

Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: ftp://ftp.oldbore.com/anon_ftp/pub/Douglas%20Adams%20-%20The%20Hitchhiker's%20Guide%20to%20the%20Galaxy/

...audiobook, and text.

I may find a way to use the text for classes, so I'm happy to have that, too. Here's the link for the text only.

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religious adherents in the United States

Apr. 18th, 2006 | 04:54 am
posted by: faustin in kirezov_english

...as a percentage of the population:

See here for more maps and information: American Ethnic Geography

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recommended viewing: South Park

Apr. 7th, 2006 | 03:38 pm
posted by: faustin in kirezov_english

You should watch this South Park episode: 1003, "Cartoon Wars".

Available here: http://www.mrtwig.net/ and here: http://www.southparkx.net/

I cannot find a script (text) yet.

I'm not a big South Park fan, but many of my friends are, and some of my students have asked about it. Perhaps I would be a fan if I watched more of it.

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Chapter 1, The Moral Animal

Apr. 7th, 2006 | 01:14 pm
posted by: faustin in kirezov_english

A. Vocabulary: for everyone

 Provide definitions, synonym, and/or use in a sentence, the following words:

     * warrant, warranted   p.29
     * wane, waned, waning  p. 30

     * scoff,  p. 29
     * finicky, p. 30

     * disclaimer,  p. 31

     * fortified, p. 32

     * hereditary,  p. 23

     * chastise,  p. 23

     * venture, ventured  p. 22, line 33


You have to choose one of the following two exercises. You only have to do one.


1.1. P. 23, line 11, What was Darwin considered unlikely to be?  (In your own words.)

1.2. P. 25, What is the price paid by trial and error?

1.3. P. 24, Darwin summarized natural selection in 10 words. Summarize natural selection, IN YOUR OWN WORDS, in less than 100.


2.1. Describe and explain, in your own words, the Madonna-Whore Dichotomy.

2.2. Describe and explain, in your own words, the sexual double standard.

2.3. What seems to have been the environment of human evolution?  (p. 27)

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Tipping Point vocabulary

Apr. 3rd, 2006 | 09:33 pm
posted by: faustin in kirezov_english

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Vocabulary-Reader: Preview this page before reading the text.
Most important: Please write down any words or phrases you don’t understand!

brushed-suede замша
crepe sole a soft, synthetic material, like rubber; sole = bottom of a shoe
baffled confused, puzzled
phasing out no longer producing, getting rid of
accessory jewelry, belts, scarves, socks – little extras worn with clothing
staple Main item (eg. Bread, milk, eggs, meat, rice; in clothing = jeans, t-shirt)
exploded got very large, very fast
"Ma and Pa stores" Small store managed by the owners with a single location
fad Popular, short-term trend
haute couture French for “high culture”
precisely Exactly; “for exactly that reason”
“all but dead” not being used, not popular anymore.
backwoods outlet a retail store in a rural area, not in the city
adjoining adjacent; next to; connected to. If two offices are physically connected, they are “adjoining”
gutted Removed the “guts” from; removed everything that was inside
deliberately SYNONYMS: intentionally, purposefully, “on purpose”Специально, умышленно
hipster A person who is very stylish and trendy

“desperately poor” very poor
“ghost towns” empty towns, like nobody lives there anymore
“ubiquitous” everywhere
“ran rampant” widespread, spreading very fast, unstopped
“with the weight of those crimes falling hardest in places like…” = most of the crime, and the worst of the crime, was happening in places like…
“conceivable” Imaginable

What are:

  • Impulse buying?

  • Word-of-mouth?

More vocabulary from pp. 5-6:

· Stoops = front of house; porch
· Old folks = old people
· Dusk = time after sunset, before it’s completely dark
· Gang warfare = hordes, like the mafia, fighting with each other
· Chatter = talking
· “beat officer” = policemen on the street, patrolling, walking through neighborhoods
· “dispatcher” = police on radio, communicating with “beat officers”
· “sidewalks filled up again” = revival, became crowded with people on the sidewalks
· “rapid fire” = automatic weapons firing, eg. Machine guns
· precinct = Police precinct, means a district or area
· decline = decrease
· gradual = slowly, piece by piece, bit by bit
· plunged = very rapid decline
· “puzzling gap…” = mysterious difference between the changes, and the effect they produced; it’s puzzling, or mysterious, means it really needs an explanation
· ebb = отлив
· plummeted = plunged; fell down very fast
· indices = indexes, or measurements, or collections of measures

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