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In rather less important news, but I'm so pleased I've got to show it off, I lost almost all my hair at the hairdresser's on Friday. I don't think it's been this short since I have hair, but I've never been happier with a haircut. Should have done this years ago.

crappy webcam pictures )

 

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Hu. I didn't even realise my last update was almost three weeks ago, mostly because I do write, or more precisely start writing entries, but always seem to lose interest before I finish them...


# I'm not throwing away anything again, ever. )

In conclusion, an iMac that is working again and a hugely relieved [livejournal.com profile] solitary_summer, who will never be able to part with anything again in her life, because it might come in useful eventually.


# Minor irritation (hopefully) out of the way, what I'm really struggling with at the moment is that I'll have to find another job in the foreseeable future. Anyone following this journal for any length of time will be bored into a coma familiar with my yearly recurring job crises, but this time it's not me, it's the circumstances, and I really will have to start looking. But looking for what? )

I guess I'll eventually wind up with some sort of office job, because I simply don't know what else I could realistically do.

And the worst thing is, this is a decision that I should have made twenty-two years ago, but am still incapable and apparently not grown-up enough to make now. I suck at life.


# The meta that I don't have time to write, damn it (note to self! job! imortant! focus!), is also driving me crazy. Not just that, it makes me feel stupid, and I really hate that. I thought I'd finally hit upon a structure of a sort, but apparently that was only a first step that helped me sort out my thoughts a bit. The second draft probably won't fare much better. I keep dropping threads, I'm constantly losing sight of the point, and mainly I keep going on the vague, but probably mis-placed suspicion/hope that there is one and it will all come together in the end.


# Last Sunday it crossed my mind that my hiking tours were more fun when they were just walks with a camera, without any pressure. But I decided that this year I'd be pushing myself to regain some sort of basic fitness (that is, at least be able to hike up your average 2.000m mountain in Salzburg with moderate ease), so the camera stays in the rucksack because I don't want to stop all the time, and the whole thing has become a bit stressful. I guess maybe I should just take it slower... )


# On that note, today is a holiday, but I'm staying at home for once. I'm not even feeling very guilty; I'm just so tired, the last days I woke up more exhausted than I'd gone to bed...

 

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Four hours of Tai Chi yesterday, a hiking tour planned for tomorrow's day off, so I'm going to be lazy today, catch up wit lj, maybe try to get some kind of basic structure into my death in RTD-vers meta thingy, and determinedly ignore that what I really should be doing is job hunting.


~*~*~


It's probably a vein hope, but I really wish she'd play somewhere in the not-too-remote vicinity some time, because that's the closest I've come to a fanish crush in years... (♥)




(BTW, in case this is of any interest to anyone on the other side of the pond: Today she's playing in San Francisco, on the 16th in Toronto, and on the 20th in New York.)

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I gave myself permission for a hiatus re. the Russian lyrics translation thing during my Salzburg holiday, and, okay, that stretched out a bit before and after, but since this is actually useful I'm not going to ditch it entirely in a fit of perfectionism only because I missed a few days.

I actually wanted to post these before I left, but didn't quite get around to: Серебро/Serebro/Silver and Полковнику никто не пишет/Polkovniku nikto ne pishet/No one writes the colonel by Би-2/Bi-2.


music & lyrics )

 

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This is just a snippet of... speculation, really, not even meta, that isn't going to fit anywhere else (that would be the 'anywhere else', I'm not sure I'll ever manage to actually write...) about MD:End of the Road, which at the first viewing struck me as anti-climatic and somewhat non-sequitur-ish after the brilliant Immortal Sins. However, on rewatching I started to think about some of the (potential) implications of the episode.

(And while I'm at it, it really is a shame that Angelo wasn't used beyond that one episode. The character is such a lucky combination of script and actor, he comes alive within fifteen minutes in ways the new main characters never really manage to over the entire run of the show. If there ever should be a novel featuring him, I'd almost be tempted to break my rule about tie-in media. Well, almost.)


TW:MD episode 7 and CoE )

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Um, another two-week hiatus; but this time it wasn't just sheer laziness/apathy. I've (finally, finally) made it to Salzburg Thu. evening last week and stayed until Wed., and while I didn't do as much as I'd planned, I enjoyed it a lot.

Personal ramblings and a few photos. )
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(Tue - Sat) Five songs by Сплин/Splean, picked at random: Молоко и мёд (Milk and Honey), Терпсихора (Terpsichore), Романс (Pomace), Тебе это снится (You're Dreaming This), and Совсем другой (Completely Different).


music & lyrics )

Also stumbled across a DW Rose vid using Совсем другой (Completely Different) which fits the lyrics amazingly well... (Lyrics under the cut above the video.)



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I'm waaaaaay behind. These are for Sun./Mon: Воскресение/Voskreseniye, Городок (Little Town) (1979) and Аквариум/Aquarium Город золотой (Golden Town) (1987).

music & lyrics )

 

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*sigh* I almost regret reading the ASoIaF books after the end of S1, because watching the show certainly was more fun when it didn't have the feel of the books on fast forward, plus the sadly inevitable not-quite-how-I-imagined-it effect. (There's also the fact that I started to read them because I wanted to know how the story would go on, and a couple of thousand pages later I'm stuck in much the same position, and probably will be for the next decade(s?), along with everyone else... Damn it.)

So, bookverse wise... )

 

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A few pictures from yesterday's hiking tour up the Schöpfl (Schöpflgitter - Klamm - Wöllersdorf - Forsthof - Schöpflgitter, approx. 7 hrs.), which to be honest was a bit meh. Not as cold as last weekend, but overcast, with a fog starting half-way up the mountain, which, yes, is quite romantic and picturesque and photogenetic, I know, but it's also the middle of April and it felt like being thrown back into November. Around noon it started to drizzle with increasing frequency, so I had to pack away the camera for good eventually. Partly it was enjoyable, but partly just too much walking on roads and muddy forest roads ploughed up by heavy machinery and muddy forest paths ploughed up by (apparently) a gazillion icelandic ponies. Google Images tells me the view is pretty from the top; I had to check the sign over the door of the Schöpfelhütte to make sure I'd actually arrived...


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trees in the mist )


 

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(Fri./Sat.) Grazhdanskaya Oborona, whom I stumbled across on YouTube recently; Вечная весна (Eternal Spring) and Далеко бежит дорога (The road runs a long way)

(Note, just in case that is relevant: The first song is somewhat NSFW if work includes Russian speakers. The video might also be a bit disturbing.)

music & lyrics )

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Still not quite done with the (Ex-)Snipers yet. Diana Arbenina with a cover of song originally by Vladimir Vysotsky (Тот, кто раньше с нею был/The one who'd been with her before) and Svetlana Surganova with a song from Nautilus Pompilius (К Элоизе/For Elise), because I love gender bending cover versions. Plus Diana Arbenina and Evgenij Djatlov with Айсберг/Iceberg (originally sung by Alla Pugacheva), which I've probably watched a zillion times already and still not grown tired of yet, and Diana Arbenina with one of her own songs (Катастрофически/Catastrophically) in a duet with Natasha Gordiyenko on an Ukrainian talent show, because it's just hot.

(That should cover Mon. - today. I think.)

Videos & Lyrics )

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Meh. I was going to take tomorrow, Fri and next Tue. off and drive to Salzburg this evening, but the weather forecast for the weekend is so thoroughly unappealing (persistent rain, possibly snow, cold) that I decided to postpone the trip until the May 1st weekend, because driving 600 km only to sit at home and read a book seems a rather pointless waste of time and energy. Spring has to stay for longer than a fleeting visit some time, right? Right?! On Sunday's walk (Kritzendorf to Purkersdorf, but you can hardly call it a hiking tour if you're never higher up than 500m...) I was wearing a t-shirt, sweatshirt, zipped-up parka, hat and gloves, and was seriously considering zipping on the parka's hood a couple of times. Icy wind, snow (though not much), and all that can be said for that walk is that it kept me on my feet for about 7 hrs. and presumably burned off some calories in the process.

navel-gazing... )



A few pictures from a decidedly un-Easterly Easter Sunday...


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& a few more... )


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Continuing on the note of Friday's post, two songs by Svetlana Surganova. Svetlana founded the Nochniye Snaiperi together with Diana Arbenina, but left the group in 2002 and since than fronts her own band Surganova i Orkestr (Surganova and Orchestra). Белая (White) from the 2007 Album Соль (Salt) and Мураками (Murakami) from their 2003 album Неужели не я (Really not I).


Read more... )
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A few pictures from last weekend's hiking tours. They're nothing much (the photos, that is; the hiking tours were fantastic) since they were all taken in a bit of a rush, because right now I'm more interested in exercise than photography, and giving yourself a pretext for stopping every few minutes isn't exactly conductive to achieving a greater level of fitness, but maybe they manage to capture the mood at least a little bit. Sunday's tour was on the Hohe Wand (for personal reference: Waldegg - Waldegger Haus - Kleine Kanzel - Sky Walk - Packles - Grünbach, almost 9 hrs.) The week before temperatures had dropped again, so when I started out from Waldegg there was snow almost right down to the train-station, and if it hadn't taken me already 90 mins. to get there, I'd probably have been discouraged and turned back. As it is, I'm glad it had, and I didn't, because it was absolutely gorgeous, especially when the sun was out, although also wintery and forbidding with an icy wind and occasional snowfall when it wasn't. I was walking through snow almost constantly until I came to the sun-exposed, slightly lower south-western edge of the mountain in the afternoon, but since it was only a few centimetres of new snow on dry ground, it wasn't icy or slippery, just rather picturesque...


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more... )



Monday morning I had a dentist appointment, which wasn't the best of ideas in my currently, shall we say, a bit emotionally volatile state, because even a routine check-up and the suggestion of dental hygiene in the near future was enough to almost trip me into a panic attack, but after lunch and having calmed down a bit I decided to go for a quick hike after all, took the train to Bad Vöslau and went up to the Eisernes Tor. Sunny and warm enough for nothing but a t-shirt at least on my way up, trees in gardens were already blossoming, and looking out from the train window the landscape had taken on a green hue. Further up it was still pretty brown and bare, although also dotted with primroses, Leberblümchen, pink/purple erica shrubs and other early flowers, and if you looked closer, buds were beginning to open, too. Came down to the train-station in Baden at dusk, tired and a bit sore, but more balanced than I've felt in a while, and something of that has thankfully stuck during the week...

(It was also rather gratifying to note that despite not doing very much during winter, for the first time I really noticed an effect of all that walking and hiking, with less stopping and having to catch my breath on steep climbs... Definitely looking forward to Rax and Schneeberg this summer.)


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more... )

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Ah, well. At least it's less spammy that way, although it's kind of scary how quickly time passes when you actually pay attention to it... For Wed., Thu. and today three songs by the Ночные Снайперы (Nochnyie Snaipery/Night Snipers): Лето (Summer) from their 1999 album Детский лепет (Child's Babble) and Рубеж (Frontier) and 31-я весна (Thrity-first spring) from their 2001 Album Рубеж. (The translations probably suck because the lyrics tend to be fairly... lyrical, but the music is definitely worth checking out.)

Read more... )
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*sigh* So much for well-intentioned resolutions, I should have known better... Three songs by Zemfira (Хочешь?/Do You Want?, Прогулка/Walk and Небо Лондона/London Sky) to make up for Sunday and Monday, when I was busy with/too tired to post after lengthy hiking tours.

videos & lyrics )

 

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Also: because I've neglecting Russian dreadfully since February, but have neither the energy nor the focus to sit down with a vocabulary list right now, I've come up with this plan: I'll pick one song per day, and (try to) translate the lyrics. Something at least should stick that way, even if the translations are faulty. Everything will go under a cut, so I hope this won't be too annoying and spammy, but if I don't do it publicly, I won't do it at all.

Starting with the first Russian (still Soviet, actually) rock group I came across a few years ago almost by accident, but fell in love with almost immediately, one of the most famous groups from that time, KINO. This is from their 1988 album Gruppa krovi (Blood Type), Legenda (Legend); picked mostly because I like the lyrics: YouTube clip, Russian lyrics & translation. )

 

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I give up. It's been almost two months since my last post, I've been trying to write an entry for weeks now, but without success. The problem isn't even so much that it feels like I've lost the mental focus and clarity to put my thoughts into words (although that, too); rather there simply are no thoughts that seem worth writing down.

Nothing much happened in the greater scheme of things; I'm not dead (obviously); Russian was all right, if stressful, and I didn't learn as much as I wanted to, because I simply didn't have the energy. Mostly I'm trying to finally get rid of the winter depression that I still seem to be stuck with/in. There were good days, hiking tours, sunshine and warmth, short sleeves, and my first Greek salad of the year, getting a couple of (minor) things done that needed doing. But every time things seem to look a little brighter for a day or two, I fall back again into lethargy, constant tiredness (I don't think I've ever in my adult life been to bed before midnight that often), crying, job worries/anxiety, complete hopelessness and apathy. Mostly, I just want to be able to feel enthusiastic about something again. Anything, really.

Since I can't seem to be able to put together a coherent entry, I'll just post a few pictures from my hiking tour two weeks ago. The first part (from Pottenstein to the Hoher Mandling) was the same as last November, where I took all those picturesque fog pictures, so it was interesting both to actually see where I was going, and to see the change of seasons. Everything was still very bare and wintery, but with a touch of spring; pale yellow primroses and violet Leberblümchen poking through the pale brown of last year's leaves, sometimes right in the middle of the path, and further up I came across large patches of Christmas roses, which made me happy, because I thought I'd missed them again this year. When we were children, we were always picking Christmas roses on our Suday walks in early spring, but I haven't seen any in the wild (there's a flower shop on my way to work that had potted ones standing outside) for, quite literally, decades. Lizards sunning themselves and scuttling away when I walked past, and a couple of early butterflies.

(I've had Anna Karenina on my iPod recently, and while I still don't much like the religious framework and basic anti-intellectualism of the ending, I sometimes think Lewin/Tolstoy maybe was right re. thinking about the meaning of life vs. just living it...)






& more )


 

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At the rate I'm updating at the moment I guess there isn't much point announcing my absence for the next two weeks, but just in case.

In brief — busy, busy, busy with Russian, won't be around (much). Although if it weren't for the fact that this would mean throwing away € 500.-, I'd be very, very tempted to quit here and now. I feel completely exhausted after all of two days.

I keep reminding myself that I did make progress since summer, that I just finished Master and Margarita, which I think isn't too bad after four years of studying, but it really doesn't help much.

(sigh) No time to whine, homework to do...

 

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