Merry Yuletide Season

Until one feels the spirit of Christmas, there is no Christmas. All else is outward display – so much tinsel and decorations. For it isnt the holly, it isnt the snow. It isnt the tree, nor the firelights glow. Its the warmth that comes to the hearts of men when the Christmas spirit returns again.

– Author Unknown

via The Best Holiday and Christmas Quotes — Yuletide Season Quotes.

Russian Culture

Russian Culture
By Lindsay Kosarev

Introduction

Russia is not something you understand with your mind. To have any understanding of the logic or culture of Russia, you need to feel her soul, her history, and her people.

Living the Russian Way is designed to give the student a glimpse at a completely different life perspective and way of thinking. I am not focused on historical or political debates, as many Russians are not. Part of Russian thinking is that these things cannot really be answered. Plus, it is better to make such discussions in the privacy of your home with a couple of good friends and a bottle of something intoxicating.

In other culture classes there is a focus in polite and “cultural” Russian culture, but this not such a course. I will not be talking about the Bolshoi Theater or traditional singing, but rather real people and living culture. This course will be challenging, not necessarily in the material, but it will challenge your perceptions about life. This challenge is the point behind cultural adaption. It will be challenging because you will begin to enter into and try to feel out the elusive and mysterious Russian soul.

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The View from my Front Door Today

This morning I heard a police siren and ignored it. We hear them now and then as they head to some location in our small city. We live in the almost suburbs, a quiet area with four elementary schools on the same street I live on. Traffic is limited to 40K through the school area and only goes up to 60K farther along. This street has young families and older couples with empty nests. It’s not the street for turning up 20-something young women dead in a dumpster.

I wish I could talk to my Grandfather. He thinks the way I do, he doesn’t judge people too easily and he thinks well of everyone, expects people are basically good and care about each other. I’ve had some cynicism creep in over the years but, essentially, I still think the same way too.

My Mother is assuming the young woman was troubled, the type to be out drinking and screwing around. I don’t assume anything about her and I don’t feel like judging her or making any decisions/ predictions about who she was. I’m mostly angry, deeply, tremendously angry. I’m so angry I’m trying not to think about any of it too much.

I wish I could ask my Grandfather what he thinks about the world today, the “war against women”, the type of lives young women lead these days, the type of lives young men lead these days. I wish my Grandfather could tell me what he thinks. But he’s been dead a long time now. Cancer. So he can’t tell me a thing.

I don’t want to think about the women in my family, our experiences with violence against women. My own, personal experience. My sister who was raped and saved from being murdered and having her body dumped somewhere only because someone heard a noise and came to check. My sister has four children now, two of them are daughters. What will their future be like? In our family (my Mother, myself and two sisters) only one of us has escaped violence or predatory experiences by men. Not a great statistic for my sister’s two daughters. It’s not wondering which of them will be molested, raped or worse. It’s wondering if both of them will and will one of them be killed.

Like the girl, the young woman, in the dumpster today. Just three or four houses up from my house. I watched the police car parked to block the street all day. They left after 8:00PM. It was a long day to leave a car running with lights flashing. I wonder how they keep the battery from dying.

I don’t want to think too much more about it tonight.

Nude Men in ASCII Art

I recently posted Naked Ladies in ASCII Art. While working on that post I found several very nice ASCII art creations with nude and scantily clad men. It seems only right to give the men a post too.

Why does it seem more daring to post nude/ naked men than nude/ naked women? Have you noticed how often a woman is shown mostly nude or fully nude in movies and on TV and yet the most they ever dare to show (when it comes to men) are their butts?

Seems unfair. But, unfair to the men or unfair to the women? Unfair to the people watching or the people who would rather not see quite so much?

When the ASCII art group (now on Google Groups) were active some of the men would post nude women in ASCII Art. They would also post nude men, to balance things out a bit. Plus, we had a mixed group in age, sex and viewpoints. The ASCII art naked men were posted with light humour. Sometimes the post of one or two would lead to tweaking of the original images, adding better versions, more features or just getting silly. Nude ASCII art was fun and I don’t think I ever saw the more sensual art posted to the ASCII art groups. But they were not very hard to find online.

Links to Naked Men in Text Art

MathCool ASCII Art Collection: Couples


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