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12th-Jul-2013 01:42 am - Турист





Resuming posting photos of art depicting сиськи.

Exhibit of African art from Congo in Shanghai Art Museum.
One thing to note - despite seeming primitivism of the statues, they really took care to show all primary sex organs (contrast with Western art that would put a fig leaf over them)
При всей их пресловутой работоспособности, в Шанхае простой народ любит хорошенько дать храповицкого в обеденный перерыв.
Working men siesting. All photos taken with phone.





19th-May-2013 12:36 am - Beijing Impressions
Overall I kind of expected China to be like one big EU/US Chinatown. Having spent three days in Beijing I have to say it's wrong. Something like expecting all of Russia to be akin to Brighton Beach.

1. Chinese in China are more polite than I had expected

Having come across a fair amount of mainland Chinese in the West I was pleasantly surprised to find them a lot calmer and quieter in China. Maybe it's a North-South division, with Southeners being louder and more obnoxious (we'll see in Shanghai). I use road etiquette as an indicator - in Beijing people are extremely polite to each other on the road (even the Rolls Royce that drove sans license plates followed normal rules of traffic)

2. Like the rest of East Asia, it feels very safe. I walked around past midnight without worry. So far here I did not observe any kind of hostile behavior or aggression towards foreigners or each other.

3. Aside from Tinamen square we did not see any cops. Like - I have no idea what they look like here.

4. Likewise - there is not a single communist sign or logo. Mao's mausoleum on Tinamen square just looks like a building - I only realized what it is by checking the guidebook.

Communist insignia has been replaced with these types of posters (Beijing Airport)

5. Expensive Western food in Beijing is awesome. In our three days in Beijing we visited three top-end restaurants (Dadong Roast Duck, Temple  & Udama Sushi). First was the best Chinese food I've ever had, the second was in the top 3 or 5 French restaurants while the last was just great sushi (it did earn the title for most expensive sushi I've had - 9 piece sushi dinner cost about $100).

It remains to be seen what South China food will be like.


Amazing salad @ Dadong Roast Duck

6. Service so far has been great - everybody is very polite and welcoming.

7. All of Beijing's scooters and tuk-tuks are electric. Apparently the government banned gasoline motorcycles - and the electric ones are fairly cheap (around $1,000). Velo rickshas also run with electric motors.

8. As a result (partially I imagine) the air quality was fine. I did not find it to be polluted - unlike Moscow. But there is plenty of traffic.

9. We found a lot of pleasant green spaces in Beijing. One of them was a park with a very pretty lake where parents strolled with children.


Beijing City Park

10. There I actually saw the one-child policy in person - every family had one kid they dote on. It doesn't strike you right away, but after a while you notice it - nobody is trying to manage multiple kids at the same time.






Beijing Parents Doting Over Their Only Children

11. Communism is dead. There is absolutely nothing we saw that would let one think that China is a communist country. It seems that the ruling elites are keeping the system in place for two reasons:

1. To stay in power. Kind of like kings in the past used to say that they rule because G-d made them kings, current Chinese elite uses its connection to the people who made the revolution (they are all their children or grand-children) as the reason why they are in power. Since that circle of people is fixed (they are not making Mao's children any more), it's as good way as any to stay in power and prevent others from getting in on the action.

2. Social stability - no contest for power means no potential for disorder.

While I am against this in principle, they seem to be much better than Russians - what with regular change of President & cabinet, visible actions against corruption and real economic results delivered.

Will follow up with thoughts on South China later.

20th-Mar-2013 02:39 pm - I feel like physicists in 1905


Вышла новая версия моего Андроид телефона - Samsung S4. Но вроде ничего интересного, ради чего стоило бы менять мой телефон в нем нет. Учитывая геморой по реустановке все програм, rooting it, и покупке чехлов - у меня их два (один резинка, второй со встроенной батареей).
Даже не знаю как реагировать - радоваться что не буду выбрасывать очередные $200 (bid-offer покупка нового - продажа своего) или что прогресс застопорился...

P.S. Наверное производителям стоит подумать о способе перехода с одного телефона на другой без особых потуг (apple backup/restore comes to mind - if it only worked)
1st-Mar-2013 01:25 am - Первый демотиватор
Мы тут беседовали о статье в Time про ценообразование здравоохранения в сша (http://healthland.time.com/2013/02/20/bitter-pill-why-medical-bills-are-killing-us/11/)

Я так обрадовался что с Яшей оказался согласен, что для иллюстрации статья даже нарисовал Демотиватор. Kinda like it.

31st-Jan-2013 01:51 pm - Dune


Прочитал Dune В принципе не очень понравилось:
  • Foundation Азимова было интересней - но мне было 14 лет. Читалось долго, через не могу. Фантастика для меня обычно идет быстрее.
  • Слог не очень - очень часто повторяются одни и те же фрази "Her Ben Seg Training" и тд. Хотелось бы чтобы хороший современный редактор ее переписал
  • Не знаю если это так, но кажется очень много в Star Wars заимствовано из этой книги
  • Слишком долго и нудно описывается 'хождение по пустыне', смахивает Паустовщиной - страница за страницей описаний лугов и полян. Но если Паустовский описывал среднюю полосу России - те landscape нам знакомый, пытаться понять как выглядит Arrakis (хоть я и был в Сахаре) трудно
  • Много "не верю" - все что касается военного дела выглядит нелепо. Бой на ножах с body shields, управление червями (все равно, что муравей будет скакать на лошади), вся концовка и тд.
  • Самое интересное - описание планеты, червей, spice и тд - очень слабое, идет отдельным приложением к книге. В результате, все равно ничего не понял. Например - каким образом человек может управлять червем длиной в километр.
  • Интересно что у Harkonnen (bad guys) - русские имена - Владимир, Дмитрий, и тд.
28th-Jan-2013 12:37 am - Skiing - Chamonix

Spent two weeks skiing in Chamonix - writing down things I wish I knew when I got there. FYI - I will likely mis-spell every french word I use. If you need to know exactly what it is - Google it, it will figure it out. All photos taken with mobile phones.

Lodging

  1. I much preferred to stay in the village of Argentiere about 10km north of Chamonix. It is very rustic, quiet and French. Meanwhile Chamonix is very crowded and touristy, full of gaudy Russians (there were none in A.). In Chamonix  I didn't see a single street / location I would prefer to live on.
  2. The best value to be had is certainly by renting a whole chalet / flat for the family. We rented a 3-br 120m apartment for 180EUR a day. It was right in the middle of the village, huge (3 bedroom, 3 bathroom), had a great view of the mountains, balcony (huge asset if you have an infant), free WiFi,  awesome kitchen with full kit (so I'm told), etc
View from the Balcony





2 Photos Above By Yulya

Skiing

  • The valley is unfortunately broken up into 5 different non-connected areas. So you pretty much have to pick one area to ski per day - as it would take a fairly long time to get from one to the other. http://mappery.com/maps/Chamonix-Valley-Town-Map.jpg
  • Le Tour is located just outside of Argentiere and is the best one for beginners. Long wide gentle runs, very few people. Julia was skiing it on her 3rd day on the skis
  • La Housche is located about 10 minutes south of Chamonix (30m from Argentiere). It's not part of the valley ticket (but included in Mt Blanc unlimited) - so you should just buy a separate day pass there. It's also good for beginners - mostly blues & reds.

Photo By Yulya
  • Brevant - ki lift is right in the middle of Chamonix. It was my least-liked run (but still very good) - a lot more people, not as long
  • Grand Montets - right next to Argentiere. The most advanced run in the valley - good for intermediate skiers. Can start skiing from 2,700m

To See

  • Top attraction is definitely Aguil de Midi. It's a mountain right next to Mt Blanc that you can take a lift to. Ski gondola goes all the way to the top (3,842) where there is a viewing terrace / restaurant with an awesome panorama of 3 countries around - France, Switzerland and Italy. Most people in the gondola are skiers who are going up for the Ville de Blanche - a ski run all the way down to town.
  • If you go up, get the Mt. Blanc unlimitedly day pass - it will provide access to the entire valley ski lifts and only costs a few euro more than a round-trip ticket. Then you can use it if you ski in the 2nd half of the day.

Белый холм по центру - Мон Блан
  • Most important thing about this excursion - weather must be glorious. If it's cloudy - there is no point going up as you won't see anything 4km up. The good thing is that they run a live webcam on the web - so you can check it before leaving.
  • Whole trip would probably take 3 hours - 20 minutes each way, can wait up to 30m each way and plan at least 1-1.5h on top.


  • The pass will also be good for the train up to the Sea of Ice glacier. It's a pretty run - at the end you get to walk 280 steps down to a huge cave dug inside a huge glacier


  • A decent day-trip is the town of Annecy - about 1.5 hours of driving away.


Food

The food is France is amazing. We mostly cooked ourselves since it's hard to go out with a 4-month old.


Cost & Tips


  1. Flat - 2,500E for 2 weeks - used www.abritel.fr/ to find it

  2. Car rental - 500E - found via kayak

  3. Ski Lifts - 40E per day - daily lift ticket is roughly 40EUR for all lifts in the valley. 6 Day ticket was 220 - hardly any savings. So I'd recommend getting a new one every day or buying a set of X nonconsecutive days - this way you could skip a day and not feel bad for losing money

  4. Lessons - 330E per day - I found Anne - she is very, very good (http://www.annebosvieux.com/ ). Definitely better than a random dude from the ski school that gets paid a small % of what you spend.

  5. Ski rental - 120E for 2 weeks. It's crucial to do it online at http://www.intersport-rent-france.co.uk/ - and pick up in store. Same skis in store would cost 2x



28th-Jan-2013 12:18 am - Skiing - Chamonix

Spent two weeks skiing in Chamonix - writing down things I wish I knew when I got there. FYI - I will likely mis-spell every french word I use. If you need to know exactly what it is - Google it, it will figure it out. All photos taken with mobile phones.

Lodging

  1. I much preferred to stay in the village of Argentiere about 10km north of Chamonix. It is very rustic, quiet and French. Meanwhile Chamonix is very crowded and touristy, full of gaudy Russians (there were none in A.). In Chamonix  I didn't see a single street / location I would prefer to live on.
  2. The best value to be had is certainly by renting a whole chalet / flat for the family. We rented a 3-br 120m apartment for 180EUR a day. It was right in the middle of the village, huge (3 bedroom, 3 bathroom), had a great view of the mountains, balcony (huge asset if you have an infant), free WiFi,  awesome kitchen with full kit (so I'm told), etc
View from the Balcony





2 Photos Above By Yulya

Skiing

  • The valley is unfortunately broken up into 5 different non-connected areas. So you pretty much have to pick one area to ski per day - as it would take a fairly long time to get from one to the other. http://mappery.com/maps/Chamonix-Valley-Town-Map.jpg
  • Le Tour is located just outside of Argentiere and is the best one for beginners. Long wide gentle runs, very few people. Julia was skiing it on her 3rd day on the skis
  • La Housche is located about 10 minutes south of Chamonix (30m from Argentiere). It's not part of the valley ticket (but included in Mt Blanc unlimited) - so you should just buy a separate day pass there. It's also good for beginners - mostly blues & reds.

Photo By Yulya
  • Brevant - ki lift is right in the middle of Chamonix. It was my least-liked run (but still very good) - a lot more people, not as long
  • Grand Montets - right next to Argentiere. The most advanced run in the valley - good for intermediate skiers. Can start skiing from 2,700m

To See

  • Top attraction is definitely Aguil de Midi. It's a mountain right next to Mt Blanc that you can take a lift to. Ski gondola goes all the way to the top (3,842) where there is a viewing terrace / restaurant with an awesome panorama of 3 countries around - France, Switzerland and Italy. Most people in the gondola are skiers who are going up for the Ville de Blanche - a ski run all the way down to town.
  • If you go up, get the Mt. Blanc unlimitedly day pass - it will provide access to the entire valley ski lifts and only costs a few euro more than a round-trip ticket. Then you can use it if you ski in the 2nd half of the day.
  • Most important thing about this excursion - weather must be glorious. If it's cloudy - there is no point going up as you won't see anything 4km up. The good thing is that they run a live webcam on the web - so you can check it before leaving.
  • Whole trip would probably take 3 hours - 20 minutes each way, can wait up to 30m each way and plan at least 1-1.5h on top.


  • The pass will also be good for the train up to the Sea of Ice glacier. It's a pretty run - at the end you get to walk 280 steps down to a huge cave dug inside a huge glacier


  • A decent day-trip is the town of Annecy - about 1.5 hours of driving away.


Food

The food is France is amazing. We mostly cooked ourselves since it's hard to go out with a 4-month old.


Cost & Tips


  1. Flat - 2,500E for 2 weeks - used www.abritel.fr/ to find it

  2. Car rental - 500E - found via kayak

  3. Ski Lifts - 40E per day - daily lift ticket is roughly 40EUR for all lifts in the valley. 6 Day ticket was 220 - hardly any savings. So I'd recommend getting a new one every day or buying a set of X nonconsecutive days - this way you could skip a day and not feel bad for losing money

  4. Lessons - 330E per day - I found Anne - she is very, very good (http://www.annebosvieux.com/ ). Definitely better than a random dude from the ski school that gets paid a small % of what you spend.

  5. Ski rental - 120E for 2 weeks. It's crucial to do it online at http://www.intersport-rent-france.co.uk/ - and pick up in store. Same skis in store would cost 2x



26th-Jan-2013 06:04 pm - Just venting
Вот почему так бывает - встречаешь человека ж ЖЖ - начинаешь читать. Вроде вменяемый, интересный.

А потом он(а) такую ахинею несет - аж обидно становится за неправильно составленое первичное мнение. Я понимаю если бы еще жил человек в каком то Урюпинске - так нет, живет в Англии но верит (или делает вид - хз) в то, что газета Правда бы писала в году эдак 75.

Эффект примерно как если бы человек с интересной внешностью открыл рот и заговорил с ужасным Brooklyn / East End accent. You wish they never had spoken.
22nd-Jan-2013 12:40 am - A Couple Random Thoughts
1. The whole Adam Shwartz story is of course very sad. But we have to keep in mind that reasonably intelligent individuals regularly kill themselves over what may seem relatively insignificant in hindsight or from afar. For example at Cornell we'd have 4-5 suicides a year - probably prompted by bad grades, romantic troubles, etc. I think same sort of statistics are across the Ivies. The chief reason is of course depression - which when coupled with a catalyst may be too much to bear. 

But I think it's unfair to completely dump the whole responsibility on the DA (who's still likely a major douchebag who should be fired). The guy was facing 6 months in jail - maybe even a few years, worst case. But hardly sufficient impetus to kill yourself by most people's standards.

2. On the other hand the suicide of a Russian refugee who was denied political asylum in Holland is very, very bad. He really faced the prospect of being sent back to Russia and charged with treason. I'm appalled and disgusted by EU. What a bunch of scumbags - paying out money to terrorists who spent time in Guantanomo and refusing to take Russian dissenters.

3. I am starting to see a lot of people with Antarctic patches on warm jackets. I guess these are given to tourists who took a cruise there. Not sure if they realize, but they look as cool as ski passes that people used to wear on jackets around town to show how cool they were (Look at me - I ski!). This makes you look like a tool - "Look at me, I spent 30G to take a cruise to Australia on a Russian ice-breaker". You ain't fucking Shackleton, stop posing.
20th-Jan-2013 02:27 pm - The Hobbit Review


Really?


Saw The Hobbit. If you have already spent roughly 9 hours of your life on The Ring Trilogy - I don't see the point (at least in the movies).

I went to see it because one review I had read said how much better 2d version is vs 3d. I knew that I'd hate 3d, so decided to see 2d. And it was still pretty disappointing. I mean it's just visual candy.

Plot-wise it seems an exact replica of the Ring Story:


  1. A band of rugged individuals (dwarfs + 1 hobbit + 1 magician)

  2. Travel across New Zealand

  3. While hunted by a much more powerful evil force that seeks to destroy them

  4. En route, they run into elves, whom they don't trust

  5. But elves end up helping them

  6. We also have about 10-15 minutes of Golum being Golum, prancing around & doing his schizophrenic act with the ring and a few cool CGI scenes with cool-looking creature

  7. The movie ends at the 1/3 point of the trip

I mean I literally could not tell it apart from a Ring movie. Overall - worth it to see on TV.

Maybe if I was 12 years old, I'd appreciate it more. At this point of life it was really lacking in plot substance. And visually it was just the same "Jackson makes a Tolkien movie"

It felt like Universal Studios ripped off a Disney Ride and then this copy of a ride was turned into a movie

15th-Jan-2013 07:36 pm - Calling for cheap when traveling
I usually buy local sim card when traveling. The data allowance are usually sufficient for normal smartphone use. The problem is making calls - you never really know how much they will cost. And if local calls are usually normally priced (at least in developing countries), calling back home is a rip off. 

On my current trip I got an Orange sim card. 10EUR card, 5EUR of credit on it. Then you can buy a 5EUR Internet Recharge which provides unlimited internet for a week. But after making 3 local calls and exhausting all credit I realized that they charge 40 cents per minute to call France. I don't even know what they charge to call aboad - probably one or two EUR per minute. Complete rip-off.

So now I finally figured out a way to completely bypass the local phone company when making calls (works as long as incoming calls are free)
  1. Get an Android phone (there might be an iphone equivalent - don't know. Good luck finding a nano sim card abroad too)
  2. Sign up for Gmail & Google Voice
  3. Sign up with LocalPhone and buy an incoming NY phone number ($1 per month). Add that number to your GVoice account as a number you forward your calls to
  4. Install Voice+ on Android
  5. Buy local sim card with a data package
  6. Set up Voice+ to intercept all outgoing calls
What this will do is route all calls you make via Localphone network (their rates are as low as it gets). For extra credit:
  1. Forward your home mobile calls to the Localphone number - this way you'll receive calls that people make to your number on the local sim
  2. If you want to be especially clever - only use your Google Voice number. Forward it to your current mobile number - but if you travel or just switch phone companies, you don't have to tell people to update their addressbooks.
9th-Jan-2013 10:29 pm - More on Holy Motors
Had a big discussion on FB about Holy Motors. Basically some people liked it and I did not. At the end Alec said something that made me realize why I disliked it - "Unfortunately the majority of the public has been conditioned otherwise, that cinema is a form of light mindless entertainment, another switch to turn our brains off". Now - he was actually arguing talking about a tangential point and ironically enough he found HM to be an awesome movie. But it crystallized why I disliked it. 

The way it is made defies any sort understanding or analysis (that is why I think critics are all gaga for it - very few have the balls to point out that they have no idea WTF is going on & what it's about. But not all). And if I don't understand what is going on, I am exactly articipating in a 'mindless entertainment, a switch to turn your brain off'. It does look cool for a while and many scenes were great - but after a while you realize that it's nothing more then a stereogram that actually has no 3d image in it. Just a bunch of cool-looking dots.

Now - it's certainly well made, just not for me. For example I would not want to live in a house that looks like Versailles but that doesn't mean that it's a bad house :)

Называется 'Ни хуя не понял, но выглядит красиво'. 

Corollary - наверно кто то более умный и хорошо разбирающийся в кино это понял.

Corrolary 2 - люди которые считаю себя умными и хорошо разбирающимися в кино не будут признавать, что они ни хуя не поняли. Просить обьяснить не стоит - можно схватить "Тalking about art is like dancing about architecture".

Пока в список идут:
  1. Moonrise Kingdom (or anything else by same director)
  2. Holy motors
2nd-Jan-2013 06:30 pm - History of Pricing
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Здается мне, тот Окс парень - братэло был.
30th-Dec-2012 11:20 pm - Жаль
Татьяныч в моих глазах упал. Считал его приличных человеком. Как всегда обидно узнать обратное.

Одно дело стебаться над своим противником - другое <npi> подбрасывать полен в костер на который человека водвигают.
28th-Dec-2012 08:36 pm - Tools I started using this year


Password Manager - LastPass. Simply works on all browsers, don't have to think about remembering passwords anymore.

RSS Reader - NewsBlur. After many years of Google Reader I just moved and even paid the guy $12 per year. It's what GR should be if they didn't stop developing it 5 years ago.

Read Later - Klip.me. Anything longer than a page I send to this - then read with a free Android app

Streaming Music - Spotify. Well worth $10 per month. Only wish there was a Russian equivalent. For that, can listen to TuneIn pp to Russian stations.
27th-Dec-2012 05:40 pm - bon sauvage
Иногда читаешь и непонятно - человек по настоящему верит или тролит?

Вот например http://mi3ch.livejournal.com/2217766.html - очень эрудированый чел.

Но он и куча комментирующих, что, никогда не слышали о http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noble_savage? Как никак, явление 350 лет имеет место быть. В популярной культуре уже кучи копьев перебили.
Многие в России считают что список Магницкого очень ефективен потому что США может остановить доларовые переводы по всему миру:

http://d3.ru/comments/395937/
Будут отслеживаться все транзакции в долларах, потому что в какой бы стране вы ни жили... 
Проблема заключается в том, что как только вы переводите свой один доллар в какую–нибудь Намибию или Венесуэлу, или еще куда–нибудь, это проходит через Федеральную резервную систему США и тут же эта транзакция будет остановлена.
Как только вы будете в любой стране Европы, вы попытаетесь чего–нибудь сделать со своим долларовым счетом, я не знаю, перевести это в евро или перевести эти доллары куда–нибудь в другую страну, как тут же, если вы входите в список Магнитского, эти транзакции станут известны ФРС США и тут же они будут остановлены.




This is just not true. But it works with the whole conspiracy-theory mindset (all powerful US government using USD to control the world).

Я решил этот вопрос рассмотреть. 
Во первых - как происходят международные $ Wire Transfers: http://groups.csail.mit.edu/mac/classes/6.805/articles/money/ota-money-laundering/03ch2.pdf (page 28 - CHIPS)


International dollar transfers usually move through CHIPS, operated by the New York Clearing House Association  (а не через Федеральную Систему), whose members are 11 New York City money center banks. There are 115 CHIPS participants representing 29 countries.
CHIPS is the mechanism used by very large banks to transfer and settle international and domestic business transactions conducted by these banks on behalf of themselves, their customers, and other nonmember banks These transactions include, for example, commercial payments; loans; interest disbursements; Eurodollar placements; and foreign exchange sales and purchases, and swaps.
CHIPS now carries more than 95 percent of all international transfers that are denominated in dollars. It handles a daily average of 181,673 transactions amounting to about $1.18 trillion. On January 17, 1995, a record dollar volume was set amounting to $1.957 trillion; the record number of transactions, 367, 142, was reached on February 21, 1995.
About 80 percent of CHIPS transfers are initiated by SWIFT messages instructing CHIPS participants to make a transfer on behalf of another bank that is not a CHIPS participant. A CHIPS participant sends a payment message over leased lines to the CHIPS central computer, where it is checked and authenticated. The CHIPS computer then automatically records the debiting and crediting and sends a “receive” message to the receiving participant. 
A net position is calculated for each participant at the end of the business day, and a final settlement is made. CHIPS messages are required to carry only identification of the sending participant and the receiving participant (both CHIPS members), and the date and amount of the transaction. The sending and receiving participants may not be the originator’s or the recipient’s banks, but intermediaries—the large banks that transmit on behalf of nonparticipants. The CHIPS standard format includes data fields for identifying the originator’s bank and the beneficiary’s bank and other intermediary banks, but many CHIPS payment messages do not use these fields or put in only coded numbers identifying a general receiving or clearing bank account.


Во вторых - вот текст самого закона: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/s1039/text

SEC. 6. FINANCIAL MEASURES.

(b) Freezing of Assets- The Secretary of the Treasury shall freeze and prohibit all transactions in all property and interests in property of a person that are in the United States, that come within the United States, or that are or come within the possession or control of a United States person if the person

(2) REQUIREMENTS FOR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS-

  • A) IN GENERAL- Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Treasury shall prescribe regulations to require each financial institution that is a United States person-

    • i) to perform an audit of the assets within the possession or control of the financial institution to determine whether any of such assets are required to be frozen pursuant to subsection (b); an [<-Struck out]

      ii) to submit to the Secretary-

      • (I) a report containing the results of the audit; an

        II) a certification that, to the best of the knowledge of the financial institution, the financial institution has frozen all assets within the possession or control of the financial institution that are required to be frozen pursuant to subsection (b).

    Результат:
    1) Правительство Америки НЕ МОЖЕТ заморозить (или предотвратить переводы) за ее границами.
    2) Данные меры не предписаны законом.
    Neither is a friend of Liam Neeson. And if you are no friend of Liam Neeson - you're likely dead or seriously maimed. Because he's very good at one thing - playing tough Irish guys who kill Albanians. Or wolves - depends on the circumstances.

    Just saw two movies where Liam Neeson
    1. Crashes over Alaskan wilderness and fights a pack of wild wolves (Grey)
    2. Goes with wife & daughter on vacation to Istanbul & fights a pack of wild Albanians (Taken 2)
    Grey is a much better movie, while T2 is kinda cool because it doesn't try to create a new type of bad guy that has no bearing on reality  (gay blonde Spaniard spy gone rogue on MI6. WTF - really?) but actually works with an existing stereotype - Balkan mafia. The downside is that his 18yr old daughter is played by a 29 year old, but his wife is hot so that breaks even. And then the scene where they decide to get into a US embassy bydriving a taxi through the fortified entrance while being shot by marines defending it. Why they could not just pull over by the curb and walked in is not really explained...

    Incidentally, I think I have a Balkan ex-mafia guy living in my building. Guy is always dressed like a gangbanger, has 2 cars - huge American SUV (with left wheel) and Porsche Panamera and a big scary dog that he dutifully walks around the square daily. I hope I don't run into a shooting with Liam Neeson in my lobby one of these days.

       
    Я конечно считаю что Российская власть перешла все границы приняв закон запрещающий американцам усыновлять российских детей. Границы человеческие, моральные, и тд. Я бы очень хотел чтобы эти люди за это заплатили. Я также полность поддерживаю Америку как гегемон и страж мира во всем мире.

    Но призывать США включить тех кто голосовал за этот закон в список Магнитского неразумно. Америка не может наказывать санкциями всех тех, кто поступает аморально или бесчеловечно - это самый что ни на есть slippery slope. В Саудовской Аравии отрубают руки ворам - в Список. В Африке запрещают гомосексуальный секс - в Список. В стране Х разрешен секс с 12 лет - в Список.

    Должны быть хоть какие то правила (даже as vague as human rights). Вот Магницкого - реально убили. То есть нарушили даже свои, Российские законы. Но накладывать санкции на избирательный орган страны потому что он принимает закон который нам кажется неправильным? Может тогда Европа создаст свой список против штатов в которых есть смертная казнь? Или Шведы сделают список против стран в которых не предоставляются достаточные социальные услуги? 

    Это все конечно так - разговоры. Конечно конгрес закон не издаст и Обама его никогда не подпишет. Я бы скорее желал увидеть  Европу/Канаду/Австралию которые поддержат Список в его данной форме. Пусть вся эта мразь проводит остаток дней в Сочи или Муйне, не Бизантиуме.
    21st-Dec-2012 10:56 pm - Что то есть
    С сегодняшними новостями (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/22/us/nra-calls-for-armed-guards-at-schools.html?_r=0&pagewanted=all) я понял (или скорее получил another confirmation) - бляди они всюду. В России они сидят в думе - ради своих привилегий, не против если тысяча-другая детей згноют в  детдомах. 

    В Америке - те же бляди - NRA. Ну постреляют сумашедшие придурки еще десяток-другой детишек. Но свои деньги надо честно отрабатывать, даже если дело требует нести полную ахинею.

    Наверно это нездорово, но очень хочется чтобы эти проджаные суки сами испытали тот вред который они наносят другим. Чтобы дальная externality стала очень конкретной личной бедой. After all - it would just be karma.

     
    20th-Dec-2012 04:49 pm - Diversity I would approve
    Смотрю российскую программу Голос. Как все reality shows, придумали в Голандии, лицензируют по всему миру. В Америке Voice скоро тоже начнется, формат такой же.

    Так вот - шоу очень интересное, хорошо сделано. Что поразительно - как много участников выходящих в финальные раунды - не русские. Куча армян (per capita их больше всех), грузин, татар, узбеков и тд. Но проходят они не по специальной xachik affirmative action - а по честному отбору. Просто поют и выступают лучше. Пока я не отверг ни один выбор судей или телезрителей - все честно.

    Так вот за такой diversity я двумя руками. Diversity as result of meritocracy - not quotas. 


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