People forgotten to the pages of history

11 Jul

The other day, between one of my many emotional breakdowns via Dreamweaver, I went looking through my external hard drive, just to reminisce through the Good Ole Days. 2009. Good times.
Before I moved to DC, I called Waipio Gentry, Hawaii home. Waipio is a suburb of Waipahu, which is one of Honolulu’s many, many branches. All of Leeward Oahu is Honolulu, and I won’t be convinced otherwise. And I suppose I should knock this out-of-the-way too: no, I don’t hula; no, I don’t speak Hawaiian; no, I didn’t go to the beach every day–I actually really don’t like the beach; no, I did not ride my pet sea turtle to school every day; yes, I did go to school.

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Remember when I said it was the summer, so my posts should be more consistent?

9 Jul

Remember that? I do. And I’m really sorry, guys.

I know that I’ve totally dropped the ball here, and that I’ve been gone for almost six weeks now. (Six weeks? Holy hell!) Truth of the matter is, building a website and a marketing strategy is really, really, really hard, and doing that while watching my little second cousin has been exhausting. So exhausting that the only thing I’ve been updating is my tumblr because all that really requires on my end is clicking a button that says “reblog.”

So where does that leave us? Well, first of all, I owe you all one last article for Cold War Stereotypes month, but I honestly don’t think that’s going to happen. I’ve got some book reviews I can do. I’ve been doing a lot of reading on the side since there really isn’t a whole lot to do in Waunakee, Wisconsin when you don’t have a car. I also have some really interesting things I’ve found through tumblr, WP and my own external hard drive, if you can believe it.

I just got my itinerary for St. Petersburg, and I’ll officially be leaving DC on 30 August to return on 18 December. I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. I will not fail you, my dear readers, followers and lurkers. While I’m abroad, I will update every week–since updating will probably be my only access to the English language that I’ll have. So, please, bare with me while I try to wrestle some decent coding for my cousin’s business and watch my other cousin’s kid. I will be back with a short article this Wednesday, and that is a promise!

I see that I haven’t lost any followers, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for not giving up on my sporadic updates and my rather esoteric topics.


What’s more Cold War-ian than the mid-1950s?

30 May

About a month and a half ago, I saw a musical at the Russian embassy called Stilyagi.

The next week, I found myself in a conversation with my history professor about hipsters, both in the United States and from the film. I said, “I would just love to read an article that compared the stilyagi to real American teens. Something tells me they missed something. Obviously with the whole Iron Curtain and everything.”

My professor paused a moment and looked at me over the ridge of his glasses. “Why don’t you write it?”

We had a 10 page paper due at the end of the semester. I wanted to write about World War I, because outside of Russia, that’s kind of my schtick. But at his behest, I chose to do just that. Six weeks, two full Russian-to-English translations and thirteen pages later, I had my analysis of these two subcultures.

So, for our second-to-last article in Cold War Stereotypes month, I turned my paper into a (hopefully) easy to follow along PowerPoint. I even included my bibliography.

If you have any questions or need any clarification, please ask away!

EDIT: Video links fixed.

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