June 19, 2008

Euro-2008 1/4 finals

The Russian squad has beat Sweden 2:0 and qualified for the quarter-finals, for the first time in 20 years.

I am wondering if it will generate a renewed upsurge of 'patriotism' (read chauvinism) and eventually be mentioned in the 'victory' sequence, next to ice hockey, handball, Eurovision contest and whatever.

Winning all those is an incredible and rewarding experience. The only thing I regret to be missing here is the connection a) of all these items (the link between Dima Bilan and football) b) to the whole "Russia is standing back up from its knees" rhetoric of the propaganda.

Each of said events is valuable in its own right, without loading them with any extra meanings which somehow devalues them and draws attention away from individual achievements.

June 12, 2008

Yay! Andrey Zaliznyak receives the State Prize of Russia

The State Prize this year was awarded to - among others - Alisa Freindlich, Jacques Chirac, Andrey Zaliznyak, and an unnamed physicist.

It seems to be one of the rare occasions where a linguist's contribution has been acknowledged, with the balance always being tilted towards hardcore science. Now the balance is promising to be restored, although hopefully not reversed.

Another issue here is that person whose identity could not be revealed because he works at some top secret institution or on top secret projects, or more likely - both.

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June 11, 2008


You Should Get a PhD in Liberal Arts (like political science, literature, or philosophy)

You're a great thinker and a true philosopher.

You'd make a talented professor or writer.

Your Brain is 60% Female, 40% Male

Your brain is a healthy mix of male and female

You are both sensitive and savvy

Rational and reasonable, you tend to keep level headed

But you also tend to wear your heart on your sleeve

Whither, then, are you speeding, O Russia of mine

Inflation in Russia has reached 8% since the beginning of this year. Since the beginning of June alone it has been 0.4% which is twice the amount from the same period last year.

June 10, 2008

WTF, or My Take on Pop Sci

I had an appointment with my supervisor today. Someone who has no idea about the research I'm writing about and a way too strong attraction to lay person-like vague statements, like "Oh, they Germans are so punctual, it's just in their mentality to love order and neatness".

Virtually all the literature I am using I found myself; to be fair, she did recommend a book to me once. She said it would suffice for the theoretical part...

Now the papers I have found, based on sound qualitative and quantitative methods with straightforward statistical measurements and conclusions, - now she basically wants me to give it all up. Well, don't give the details of the experiments - just include the results.

But isn't it the methods, the nuances in the set-up what research is pretty much all about?

No, this way it looks like pop sci, she said. It is not the proper scholarly way to write.

I am failing to see how providing details about the studies one is citing makes the paper less scholarly. For me it's just the other way round: it's not the details but lack thereof which turns a paper into endless looping philosophizing.

June 09, 2008

The feat I am about to accomplish

  1. Стилистика
  2. психология
  3. филологический анализ текста
  4. экономика
  5. спецкурс "Современная русская литература"
  6. история языкознания
  7. 1 ия (нем)
  8. 2 ия (англ)
  9. теория языка
  10. контрастивная лингвистика
  11. история образования
  12. рус. литература и культура (*2)
  13. технические и аудиовизуальные средства обучения
  14. социальная психология
  15. психология развития
  16. педагогич. психология
  17. технологии и методики обучения иностр. языкам
  18. основы медицинских знаний
  19. теор. педагогика
  20. практ. педагогика
  21. гос. экзамен по педагогике: "отлично с отличием"
  22. отчет о производственной практике по первому иностранному языку
  23. выпускная квалификационная работа

June 08, 2008

Not just a 1930s one I'm afraid...


As a 1930s wife, I am

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