Shelf Life

Has anyone already done research on how long the “average lifetime” of a Facebook friendship is?

Whenever I see the “On This Day” section (well, every day as a matter of fact), I keep wondering how many people who had been tagged in my photos and with whom I thought I had never quarreled — just deleted me.

16 Novembris 2017. — Petropolis (Rusthenia)

Surprise

 

I never thought I would be able say something good about the Russian bureaucracy one day. Since Gogol’s times Russia’s bureaucrats are the model for the whole of our good old globe. Now I see that the joke about the EUSSR is starting to come true.

A PhD student now doing his research in Finland (non-EU citizen) decided to visit me in Saint Petersburg.

He has:
— valid passport;
— henkilökortti issued by the local police in Finland;
— student card.

But. His residence permit expired in September 2017 or around, so, pretty much in time and before the deadline, he applied for extension. Somewhat in July 2017. Now (after half a year) he is still holding an absolutely invalid sheet of paper called roughly “a certificate of documents being processed” and which would be referred to in colloquial Russian as “filkina gramota”.

Because priority is given to refugees. OK. Refugees is an important issue, given the fact that it is Russia who partially provoked the crisis. But what do students have to do with that? Why that trouble checking their documents on the same level as refugees’?

And now the tastiest piece of the pie.

He shows up in the Russian visa center to ask whether he can apply for a Russian visa to come to Saint Petersburg.

-It’s a tricky question, – answers the lady in the center looking at the documents he has, – will send a question to our consulate in Lappeenranta.

The answer arrived today. After only two working days (absolutely not Russian approach; why not three months?):
-No trouble on the Russian side.

What? “No trouble on the Russian side”? Since when?
Shock.

-If a non-EU citizen can prove he has aready stayed for at least 90 days in Finland, welcome. What he needs is his passport, henkilökortti, student card + application fee. Will get his visa in 7 working days.

What? Seven days? Not half a year?

The trouble, however, is the “filkina gramota” certificate: he will not be able to get back.

Academic ambassador of the free intellectual world contributing to spreading and multiplying the knowledge?
Syrian refugee waiting for approval and confirmation he is no terrorist?

Same thing, you know.

7 Novembris 2017. — Petropolis (Rusthenia)

Archivist at work

My mocking 30-seconds documentary. Tim (Тимофей Степанов) at work: going over recently received old books. Checking pages. Restoring title pages.

Archivist at work My mocking 30-seconds documentary. Tim (Тимофей Степанов) at work: going over recently received old books. Checking pages. Restoring title pages.4 Novembris 2017. — Colpinium (Rusthenia)

Опубликовано Aleksej Czernoreczeński 4 ноября 2017 г.

4 Novembris 2017. — Colpinium (Rusthenia)

Две версии

 

Николай Олейников:
И мне не дороги теперь любовные страданья: меня влекут к себе основы мирозданья.

Моя версия:
И мне не дороги теперь любовные страданья: куда острей стоят вопросы пропитанья.

4 Novembris 2017. — Colpinium (Rusthenia)

One more turning point

A new phase is definitely starting in my life right now. Apart from switching mostly to English, I will have to diversify my active languages. And the means of encoding and broadcasting my artistic and scientific ideas in general.

As things now stand, in November – December 2017, I will mostly concentrate on systematizing and labeling all the documents in my personal archive collected during the 20 years of work.

And then… We’ll see what comes next.

1 Novembris 2017. — Petropolis (Rusthenia)

CityLine PoeTry: “Some criminals are still alive…”

Лизе Саволайнен из Дзержинска к её сегодняшней дискуссии в “Мемориале” о выставке “Канал имени”.

CityLine PoeTry: "Some criminals are still alive…"Лизе Саволайнен из Дзержинска к её сегодняшней дискуссии в "Мемориале" о выставке "Канал имени".5 Octobris 2017. — Dertinscium (Rusthenia)

Опубликовано Aleksej Czernoreczeński 5 октября 2017 г.

5 Octobris 2017. — Dertinscium (Rusthenia)

Городской Лев хочет выболтаться. 4 октября 2017. 18.00. Москва

Городской Лев хочет выболтаться. Москва, Воронцово Поле. 4 октября 2017, 18.00msc

В размытых и мокрых чертах. Мединский и трындец науки. Вопрос самоорганизации на ближайшую субботу.

Городской Лев хочет выболтаться. Москва, Воронцово Поле. 4 октября 2017, 18.00mscВ размытых и мокрых чертах. Мединский и трындец науки. Вопрос самоорганизации на ближайшую субботу.4 Octobris 2017. — Moscua (Rusthenia)

Опубликовано Aleksej Czernoreczeński 4 октября 2017 г.

4 Octobris 2017. — Moscua (Rusthenia)

Математик и актер

 

В конце сентября 2017, оказывается, мне прилетело два дивных отзыва на латинскую работу. Аудитория Степика меня приняла (а) математически и (б) актерски.

Йееееее: “математическая строгость” и “терпеливо ждать продолжение любимого сериала”!

Чашечка вдохновения к французским съемкам. Где мой чай? Где мой ободряющий вечерний гул Литейного?

2 Octobris 2017. — Petropolis (Rusthenia)