29 Jun 2001, 10:15 a.m.

Compare and Contrast...The World!

George Orwell wrote 1984 after reading We and Brave New World. (I'm reading We right now -- or I guess I should call it Mui, since I'm reading it in Russia and it was written …

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29 Jun 2001, 2:07 a.m.

Obtuse Angling, and Conjugating Imaginary Verbs

Classes here in St. Petersburg have been actual work. And I'm not just talking about homework. Every day it's exhausting to go through six hours of struggling through it all in bad Russian. At least …

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27 Jun 2001, 10:05 a.m.

OK, OK, Catholicism, my bad.

I went to Tsarskeyoe Selo today. Rather fun. I find the gardens more enjoyable than the herd experience through the gilt-trip palace itself. I'm off to the LUG meeting really, really soon. More on Catholicism …

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26 Jun 2001, 12:35 p.m.


Went to the Marinskii Theater and slept through the odd-numbered acts. Good naps! And, I'm taking a course on the Russian press. Today we read an article from 1997 on "khackeri" and "freakeri" and intellectual …

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25 Jun 2001, 8:40 a.m.

Short -- books and religion, basically

Yesterday I finished reading Angela's Ashes and started reading We. Catholicism appeals to me, in the same way as I imagine it appeals to a lot of people, what with the unconditional redemption and state …

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24 Jun 2001, 11:55 a.m.

Kak ckazat po-russkie, "Windows blows"?

A question for the ages, asked by John, whose computer at an Internet access facility locked up. More about cafes I've been to here during my eight or nine days in St. Petersburg, and -- …

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24 Jun 2001, 10:29 a.m.

The Tale of the Seven Bookmarks

Reciprocal linking frenzy! And, my Segfault story made it to the top twenty of all time. Bookmarks I visited a bookstore the other day, and what caught my eye? Bookmarks, for a ruble each! Twenty-nine …

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23 Jun 2001, 7:56 a.m.

"I need a syllabus to listen to you talk!"

I continue my previous entry, which was quite rudely interrupted by the end of my chas na internyete (hour on the internet) here at the International/Intercity Telephone Office in St. Petersburg. Quote in title is …

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22 Jun 2001, 10:33 a.m.


Alexei, a friend and an unbelievably cool guy, is also an expat for the summer. In fact, about a week before I left Berkeley, I was in a car with him and his friend Nicole. …

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21 Jun 2001, 11:39 a.m.

Choco Popov

Still in St. Petersburg, still writing. Since the weblogs I read have made no updates, I have more time to write. Whoopee. Here are some comments I've made that you might find interesting, on the …

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