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Every now and then I read a couple of journals in Russian with the help of Google Translate (see here). This started right after I joined LJ five months ago and struggled to find journals in English which were not friend-locked and not about fandom or fanfic. Unlike the English LJ, the Russian version seemed to have heaps of interesting public journals where people posted regularly with long discussions in the comments, sometimes very heated and often uncensored (hurrah).

I decided to share some of the Russian journals I found, which I believe could be interesting for non-Russian speakers without the need to resort to Google Translate. I will share three in this entry and more in the coming weeks.

1. [ profile] vmenshov shoots amazing macro photos of little creatures and explains how he does it too. You need to use "macro" tag to find the entries in his journal. Here, I'll make it easier for you:макро

For example here is a shot taken with an iPhone.

[ profile] vmenshov also explained the setup he used to make this shot. There are many even more interesting shots taken with proper cameras in his journal.

2. Laura Williams, [ profile] llorax grew up in Colorado, and earned a bachelor's degree in international environmental policy from Cornell University and a master's degree in conservation biology from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Here is what Laura's profile says:

It is hard to believe that it has been 20 years since I “traded” my home state of Colorado in the US for Russia. I have already lived half my life in a foreign country – essentially my entire adult life. I came here for work and stayed for love – love of Russia’s vast expanses, its wilderness, and the people who protect it. But it was for one special person that I not only left behind my homeland, but all the conveniences of civilization and city life, and moved to a small village in the Bryansk Forest. You probably already know Igor Shpilenok – the nature photographer, blogger, founder of the Bryansk Forest Nature Reserve. To me, he has become family, the father of my children, and has won over my heart. So that I wouldn’t miss the amenities of the civilized world, he created them all here for our family in the land of Bryansk. So that I wouldn’t miss my Rocky Mountains, he introduced me to Kamchatka. Now I live among these three worlds – the U.S., Bryansk Forest, and Kamchatka, but I spend most of the year at my home - under the storks' nest - in the small forest village of Chukhrai (population 10) near the Bryansk Forest Nature Reserve.

Some of Laura's entries are both in Russian and English (I wish there was a tag to help readers find the entries in English). I enjoyed Laura's entries on Chukhrai village life ("village life" tag), here is one for you if you want to give it a try (English version is under the cut): Once upon a bottle there lived three drunks…

Laura is also really into horses.

3. Igor Shpilenok [ profile] shpilenok (Laura's husband) is an amazing award-winning wildlife photographer (2006 BBC Wildlife Nature Photography Competition). He is also a member of an elite group of photographers committed to nature conservation - the International League of Conservation Photographers and the founder of the Bryansk Forest Nature Reserve. His wildlife photos are stunning. His specialty probably is Kamchatka with its bears, foxes and unique wildflowers. Igor tracks bear and fox families over the years, he names the bears and foxes and lets his readers follow the stories of their lives. Here is his "foxes" tag, but check out the rest of his journal too.

Please feel to suggest interesting public journals to read in the comments (even if it is your own journal).
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As many of you know, after I joined LJ slightly over two months ago I was surprised how strong the Russian segment of it was. I could barely find active journals in English but there seemed to be an ocean of super active journals in Russian. I got interested. Many of you also know how much I am into Google Translation. I read Russian journals via Google Translate sometimes, you might remember these.

Today I was looking at a couple of their top journals and saw a post about Prince. I got curious what the Russia's top blogger's take on it would be. Below is that post Google Translated from Russian with some minimal tweaks only to the bits which did not make sense at all after GT. I had to make those using a vocabulary.

I thought you might be interested too.

Google Translated from this post by [ profile] miss_tramell, Russia's top blogger.

Prince’s Mad Money

Prince left an estate of $800 million.

-Photo of Prince-

He did not leave a will. The money will go to his nearest relative - his sister - a former drug addict and prostitute.

Here she is:

-Photo of Prince's sister-

And this is one of Prnice’s villas:

-Photo of Prince's lavish villa-

I absolutely do not care that the amount that can not even be comprehended (so huge it is), will go to a former drug addict and prostitute. It is absolutely none of my business.

What absolutely infuriates me is: why the singer Prince is worth nearly a billion dollars?

What he has done for mankind? He wrote a dozen hits in the '80s? Not just hits, but super-hits? OK. More than a dozen? Accepted. But is it really worth that huge amount of money?

Humanity is insane. I realized it a long time ago. It is unjustifiable for songs - no matter how good they may be - to pay millions. Showbiz Workers do not produce anything that moves humanity forward. They do not save lives. Their relatively light work should not be paid so obscenely high.

Every day 22 thousand children die in conditions of extreme poverty.

-Photo of a kid covered in flies-

In 2011, 6.9 million children under 5 died of hunger and thirst. Every hour took the lives of 800 children. They did not have enough food. They did not have enough water. They did not have enough basic medicines.

At the same time the singer Prince amassed a fortune of $800 million.

Showbiz in our world is severely overvalued, and human life is sorely underestimated.

Madness. Cruelty. It is, but it should not be. This is not even the way to the Apocalypse. This is the Apocalypse.
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"And Boromir, overcoming death, he smiled."
Translation by Muraviev, A. Kistyakovsky.

"The shadow of a smile flickered on his pale, bloodless, Boromir's face."
Translation by N. Grigorieva, Grushetsky.

"The mouth of Boromir touched a faint smile."
Translation by Kamenkovich M., V. Carrick.

All three Google Translated back into English from Russian.

"Boromir smiled."

Made me smile too.

Taken from aveleen here and Google Translated from Russian.
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I read Mayakovsky's "A Cloud in Trousers" today in all four translations I found. I am sure that there are more. Then I translated the original from Russian into English via Google Translate. Microsoft and others did not work for this, they left some Russian words untranslated. You may remember that I do quite a bit of Google Translate, and in the last two weeks mostly from Russian, thanks to LJ's heavy Russian presence and Pamela Anderson:

Below is the ending of the prologue, first by Google Translate then from all four translations I found. Which one do you like the most? Can you mix and match or change into something better?

Note that one line is the same in all five, including Google Translate, it is "not a man, but a cloud in trousers!".

Google Translate

Do you want to -
will rabid meat
- And as the sky, changing colors -
want -
I will be perfectly tender,
not a man, but - a cloud in trousers!

I do not believe that there is a flower Nice!
Me again thanksgiving
men, stale, like a hospital,
and women, ragged as saying.

Andrey Kneller

If you wish--
I’ll rage on raw meat like a vandal
Or change into hues that the sunrise arouses,
If you wish--
I can be irreproachably gentle,
Not a man -- but a cloud in trousers.

I refuse to believe in Nice blossoming!
I will glorify you regardless, --
Men, crumpled like bed-sheets in hospitals,
And women, battered like overused proverbs.

Do not know A

If you wish,
I shall rage on raw meat;
or, as the sky changes its hue,
if you wish,
I shall grow irreproachably tender:
not a man, but a cloud in trousers!

I deny the existence of blossoming Nice!
Again in song I glorify
men as crumpled as hospital beds,
and women as battered as proverbs.

Do not know B

If you prefer,
I'll be pure raging meat,
or if you prefer,
as the sky changes tone,
I'll be absolutely tender,
not a man, but a cloud in trousers!

Flowery Nice doesn't exist!
Again I sing to praise
men used as hospital beds,
women worn out as cliches.

Jonathan Brent and Lyudmila Sholokhova

If you want—
I’ll rage from meat
—and, like the sky changing its tones—
if you want—
I’ll be irreproachably tender,
not a man, but—a cloud in trousers!

I don’t believe there’s flowering Nice!
Again they praise themselves through me,
men stale like a hospital,
and women worn out like a proverb.
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I am new here and since I started on LJ I noticed that most journals are either dead or friends only. And most posts in the Top are community posts. I also noticed that there are a lot of open journals in Russian here. I had a look at the Russian LJ Top 15 and translated it via Google Translate out of curiosity, sharing the translation below.

There is only one community post in the Russian top (no 9). There is nothing fanfic related in the top 50 there. There are a lot of comments and there seem to be long discussions in the comments. The Russians seem to be not only more active and open on LJ but also seem to use it differently.

Is it true? Why? Was it always like this?

And yeah, about Pamela Anderson. As much as I could understand from post no 8, she will be promoting some new video content feature for LJ users in Russia I think.

Russian Top LJ (Google Translated)

1. Miracles after the demolition !
Demolition of trade pavilions has given us a miracle ! On Wednesday at the station " Novoslobodskaya " for a few hours it was organized ground move with the traffic lights across the street Dolgorukovskaya. It is incredibly good news: do not be the demolition, no one would ever put a new light and would not draw a new zebra. 297 comments

2. Sex- ONLY
About a death trap for men - frendzone I wrote. Let us now about the death trap for women - sex ONLY. Why is this black spot just for women? Very often, women write "he proposes sex without commitment" and they do not understand why you need to give. 34 comments

3. England and Russia: According to the law will live or concepts?
I really liked the post Tatyana Solovyova on Facebook. Since LiveJournal and Facebook rarely intersect, to quote it here. Tatiana has long lived in London, and her present buzz about the demolition of unauthorized construction - looks like a wild cry of people who are not accustomed to live in a civilized world. 68 comments

4. Again required a woman's hand
When I think Skrynnik, it was the Minister of Agriculture, my first association - BUSH's LEGS. When they started in mad quantities imported into Russia, and ... no, no, I'm not even on their questionable quality! - And virtually destroyed the country's poultry industry, which could not in the complex ...71 comments

5. False marital happiness in the 90s
Yesterday was taking his sister with training and has witnessed a disgusting scene. From rocking the neighborhood came out little man, judging by his gait, good legs shook. He rushes to intercept the lady and such a cry breaks my ears in the first seconds refuse to distinguish between sounds. The reason for hysteria ...202 comments

6. What happens if you send in a weightless flight attendant ?!
What happens if I cancel the gravity ?! We live in a world of conventions, high speeds, and the gray of everyday life. Maybe gravity - just a habit ?! We are accustomed to the 3D world, special effects and computer graphics. We were so difficult to surprise some visuals, but what you see today - definitely ...58 comments

7. Cannabis
How snowfall helps police in Europe to seek clandestine cannabis producers? Comments concealed answer tomorrow upd subtleties of cannabis cultivation even know all the answers to the previous puzzle All puzzles in the journal can be found on the tag puzzle 483 comments

8. Pamela Anderson and Livejournal: what was it?
I love sex symbols. Even if they are - former. Pamela Anderson - the undisputed sex symbol. Sex-symbol does not happen. In Russia, few people watching "Baywatch", but the red-Piece Swimsuit traveling on the waves Pam know everything. 124 comments

9. Episode reckless femininity
How often we hear that we are responsible for what myself dressed: whether it is fitting dress or a stunning heels. Women, they say, almost always to blame for their misfortunes: first outfit, and only then think. It is no coincidence sandals high heels look to me ...28 comments

10. But the neighbor - worse!
Whatever dirt and not ruin our people lived, it warms the soul that there are places where still dirtier and destruction. It is faith in the fact that his neighbor is even worse, allowing a blind eye to the garbage under his window. Neighbor can be anyone, but now it's about Ukraine. Yesterday… 201 comments

11. A look at Mars from Mars Express
In a Mars orbit thirteenth year continues its work the European Mars Express satellite. This product was launched in cooperation with the Russian Space Agency - gave our rocket and put some scientific instruments and satellite built the European Space Agency. Mars Express flying by ... 13 comments

12. Why give birth in Russia is not just scary, and very scary ....
Why bomzhihi, drunkards, outcasts give birth in batches, and we are normal, healthy and educated women who do not want to? The truth is bitter. Even now, in my life everything is good, the second I'm not going to give birth under any pretext. And it is this: since the two cherished strips ...146 comments

13. What Danelia disliked Jean-Paul Belmondo
For the filming of the movie "Tears dripped" needed a car "Zaporozhets". This car stopped by the hero in a puddle and fell into the pit. The crew decided to buy a car at a thrift store, but after taking lead in order and surrender back. They were told that this "Mosfilm" director must ...54 comments

14. PR on other people's misfortunes
Is it possible to "put pressure on the mold" and make political points on the mountain the people once, literally, put up with things in the cold. Especially when he was directly involved in the organization of this lawlessness. Today, sitting in a comfortable chair by the fireplace in the role of ...36 comments

15. Who has earned on the squatter
With regard to the demolition of illegal buildings more and more interesting facts are revealed. The fact of the first. Total owners demolished the entire property - 12 people. That is a dozen. Well, not bloody. The 13th in the case is not allowed. Why share? It is interesting, is not it? Basically, it is the representatives of the diasporas. 186 comments


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