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to be straightforward

March 30, 2010



March 25, 2010

casse-tête – головоломка

  • casse – поломка, повреждение
  • tête – голова

chantra pas

March 25, 2010

«– …Он только и мечтает, как бы скорей попасть в каталажку и начать объедать полицию! Это не настоящий преступник, а шантрапа с пустыми карманами. Что с него возьмешь, когда у него даже на обед денег нет?..» (Н. Носов «Незнайка на Луне»)

Не все французы добрались до Франции. Многих, взятых в плен, русские дворяне устроили к себе на службу. Для страды они, конечно, не годились, а вот как гувернеры, учителя и руководители крепостных театров пришлись кстати. Присланных на кастинг мужичков они экзаменовали и, если талантов в претенденте не видели, махали рукой и говорили «Сhantra pas» («к пению не годен»). Дальнейшая история этого слова, думаю, ясна.

cher ami

March 25, 2010

Да, да, почтеннейший мой книжник!
Заткни фонтан и не рюми –
Ведь косолапый шаромыжник
Произошел от cher ami.

(В. Князев «Патриотическая филология»: Русская стихотворная сатира 1908–1917-х годов»)

Short in English:
The Russian word sharomyzhnik (a beggar, a sham) comes from French cher ami (“dear friend”), as the soldiers begged the locals for help during the unusually cold winter.

1812 год… Ранее непобедимая наполеоновская армия, измученная холодами и партизанами, отступала из России. Бравые «завоеватели Европы» превратились в замерзших и голодных оборванцев. Теперь они не требовали, а смиренно просили у русских крестьян чего-нибудь перекусить, обращаясь к ним «сher ami» («любі друзі»). Крестьяне, в иностранных языках не сильные, так и прозвали французских попрошаек – «шаромыжники». Не последнюю роль в этих метаморфозах сыграли, видимо, и русские слова «шарить» и «мыкать».

The French layout

March 25, 2010

I have tried some variants  of using French layout in order to write French..  without needing to use (write) addition software, physical keyboards or using standard (but not very conformable for me) French layouts, like Canadian one, for example. So, the decision for (Windows) users who is normally use English layout is to use an extended English layout instead of using another ones.  It called United State International layout. Here is the screen-shout how it looks like in the settings.

As you can see there are only two layouts – not separated French one. This is good isn’t it?

There are some samples:

  • To type accent grave (à, è, etc), type ` (to the left of 1) then the vowel.
  • Accent aigu (é), type ‘ (single quote) then e.
  • Cédille (ç), type ‘ then c.
  • Circonflexe (ê), type ^ (shift + 6) then e.
  • Tréma (ö), type ” (shift + ‘) then o.
  • To type French quotation marks « » use ctrl + alt + [ and ], respectively.

Note: The minor (i hope) disadvantage of the international keyboard is that when you want to type the “helping” character (e.g., single or double quotes) by itself rather than above a vowel, you have to type the symbol then hit the space bar. For example, to type c’est, type c then then hit the spacebar then type e s t. It takes a little while to get used to typing that extra space when you just want to type ‘ or ”

Of course we may do the same settings in Ubuntu (Linux).

the great idea to learn languages over the net with people

March 20, 2010

The other day I discovered for myself the new great resource to learn the language (in my case it is French, but it has many languages to learn there). This resource is here:
The main great idea is that, that any people may be a student and a teacher in the same time!
Just try it, I’m sure you will be surprised (if you haven’t seen it before) how it works and how simple this (business) idea is.

The changes in your life or Nothing is near

March 19, 2010

Do you afraid to meet changes in your life? Do you afraid to stay alone? Do you think everything is so real that it should be so bad and nothing good could happened at all? Maybe because of the crisis that takes place in the global world’s economic system or maybe because you have not enough money to be able to avoid these thoughts which are coming in your mind again and again? “Penny for your thoughts!” How to buy the own appeasement in poor, crazy country to live here being happy knowing that now you should buy a car in order to ride among the crazy people who bought their drive permission. And then… you should buy a flat for your children? Do not forget!  “You should do it”. Maybe you should put a reminded on the wall in the flat which you are renting now then? If you think about that in the same time again and again – and again and again (repeat it 10 times), then maybe you should take a vacation 1 year long in the mountains somewhere in Tibet. It should help. (The idea here “It is bad”).

Have you ever tried to learn new languages by yourself? Or you just did it because of your school.. system asked you to do that? Did you realize why did you do it? Why did you want to learn this fucking English language if you don’t want/plan to use it in the real live. Do you like Ukrainian language but you don’t like people who live over there, I mean on other side of your country? (Is it nice do not like people? hm..) Then maybe you don’t like this language and the Country? Think about it carefully. Then maybe your thoughts are not sorted out well? Then maybe you are wrong? Think about it. Or, no – do not think for a while and after that – think.

Real life makes us conflicting for other people and for yourself as well. We think one thing but, do another think, thinking, though, that “it would be better to do first one, actually, but it is not that time for now”. Time didn’t come yet!? Maybe you are happy when you are drinking your tea sitting near TV or Internet doing nothing for couples of minutes? Maybe you don’t afraid staying alone and lie to yourself? I guess this is a sublimation of something, the regression type of that somehow related to the unconsciousness that led to the lie (if this type of sublimation is exist).

If you are in that state, then maybe you should rely on someone’s decisions, and do not try prepare the shell hole? If you are sticked up there, in the state and you think that there is no way to change it now, then you should plan when and how you are going to change it – the date, the steps. And these are those things, which you should think about and nothing more. But when you got it, when you decided “when and how”, then, and only the,n you may try to think about further things to do.

Never ask questions if you do not know variants of the answers!

This post is not about me (I feel good, this was just a local, private observation), it was made to be strange and understandable for random reader. So, “don’t worry and be happy about it” (R). Please!

postgres on ubuntu

March 17, 2010

I like postgres more than mysql database, not only because Oracle bought Sun and Sun bought MySql 🙂 but because of… accuracy that takes place in term of feelings while working with that database. So.. in any case you may love something else, but I like it 🙂

So, here, on this page I’m going to store some useful commands which might be forgotten (like I do time to time and then look for that through the Internet to find them again and again..). So I just decided to put them here to be comfortable to find that next time. It’s possible, though, that I will put some new commands/comments later, updating this page periodically. If you gonna use this blog and use this page, You, my dear visitor, may suggest me which commands I should add here. Here I do not try to say how configure Postgres for a server machine (will not say about security and so on) but only for developer stations or laptops – to provides the the actions which lead to abilities to start the work with the database from developer point of view, not system administrator’s one. If you want more – you, probably, may read postgres documentation or try to find addition information in the Internet regarding that. So, some useful commands related to postgres are here:

  1. installing the postges server and client ui (pgAdmin)
    sudo apt-get install postgresql postgresql-client postgresql-contrib
    sudo apt-get install pgadmin3
  2. change password for default user ‘postgres’
    sudo su postgres -c psql template1
    then in postgres shell type the following:
    template1=# ALTER USER postgres WITH PASSWORD 'password';
    template1=# \q
  3. people suggest to install addition packages in order to let pgAdmin abilities to use addition features like logging and monitoring. (pgAdmin tells you about that if you didn’t do it)
    sudo su postgres -c psql < /usr/share/postgresql/8.4/contrib/adminpack.sql
    (here as you can see use postgres v. 8.4, if you have another version please type your number then)
  4. In order to restart server, you should use this (general for any service in Linux) command
    sudo /etc/init.d/postgresql-8.4 restart

take on

March 8, 2010

take on – приобретать  (форму, качество и т.п.)

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