Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Thank you Nikolai Bezroukov for your marvelous gem of a website

Occasionally one comes across a blog with a whole bunch of unexpected combinations of things. SoftPanorama is one of those. It is a vast, practical and, in many cases, if one needs that information, a life saving resource. It's not especially beautiful to look at, has some quirky Russian-English grammar/misspellings but is seriously worth exploring, bookmarking and sharing with friends.

It was created by Nikolai Bezroukov. Among the many things I love about his website is that it is not just academic information, it's based on his practical experience. It's not just full of wisdom, science, knowledge, links, it has plenty of humor as well as some really entertaining video links too.

First there is the excellent and very useful

Classification of Corporate Psychopaths

Then there is this page with ideas about coping with lousy bosses

Coping with the toxic stress in IT environment

There is this brilliant and very useful page

Communication with Corporate Psychopaths

NewsBooksRecommended LinksRecommended PapersNegative politeness
Diplomatic communicationSocratic QuestionsFive Points Verbal Response TestRules of Verbal Self DefenseCopying with anger
Communication with MicromanagersThe psychopath in the corner officeCoping with the micromanagement induced stressHumorEtc

Surviving a Bad Performance Review

NewsBooksRecommended LinksThe psychopath in the corner officeSteps for Decreasing Toxic WorryBurnoutLearned helplessness
AuthoritariansUnderstanding Borderline RageAnger trapUnderstanding Micromanagers and control freaksBully ManagersAuthoritariansNarcissistic Managers
Office Stockholm SyndromeRules of CommunicationRules of Verbal Self DefenseFive Points Verbal Response TestDiplomatic CommunicationHumorEtc

Then there is a fascinating essay exploring the political manipulation of science under the malignant narcissism of a political 'leader' such as Stalin. The author calls this a technocult, Nikolai Bezroukov's Short Introduction to LysenkoismThe term "Lysenkoism" denote a very dangerous phenomenon: an effort to suppress and/or outlaw a field of research or opinions when they conflict with a dominant political agenda.

It's included in a group of links called

Science, PseudoScience and Society

Then there is a great resource, all connected with Information Technology and computers

Then there is a strange and delightful collection of Russian Oldies, wonderful to explore.

Were you curious what the Russians were up to during The Cold War? Well, here's some of what they were listening to before the monster, post-Soviet business oligarchs took over, the Berlin wall came crumbling down and the USSR broke into many pieces. Warning: Amusing Soviet kitsch ahead as well as some amazing singing.

Russian Music Oldies on YouTube

NewsPop MusicRecommended LinksSelected SongsSelected female singersSelected male singersWaltzChoirsRussian interpretation of foreign hits
RomancesSongs of the wartimeDuetsOld Russian Rock GroupsBardsRussian Basso ProfondoClassic Ukrainian songsSongs from Famous Russian CartoonsBalalaika Hits
Russian TangoFemale Vocal GroupsSongs from Popular Russian FilmsRussian ShansonEmigration songsEugene OneginQueen of Spades
SinyavskayaNetrebkoAnna GermanRotaruPugachevaTolkunovaShulzhenko Edita PyehaElena Kamburova
GerelloHvorostovskyYury GulayevNicolai GeddaBaskovAntonovAlexander VertinskiMuslim MagomaevLetshenko
 My StarThose Were the Days Foggy MorningThe last word Dark EyesMoscow NightsFigure skatingRussian musical humorTetris music

These are a few examples of Russian Oldies:

ВИА Верасы "Люблю тебя" Песня года - 1979

My Address is the Soviet Union

VIA "Flame" Song of Friendship

VIA "Verasy" I live with my grandmother

На сопках Манчжурии / The Hills of Manchuria
(With English subtitles)

Then there is the basso profundo collection. Wow. I never heard any human voice that low! (Except for the Gyuto Monks Tantric Choir)
check this one out. Knocked my socks off.
Vladimir Pasjukov - Do not reject me in my old age

Basso Profondo LOW G CAGE MATCH!

Whoa! This is lowwww!
lowest note Vladimir Pasuik & Viktor Wichniakov

Another bass singer: Bass Eugene Orlov sings Rachmaninov Cavatina Aleko

The Largest bass voices

Russian Red Army Choir - Song of the Volga Boatmen (1965)

Evening bells - Вечерний звон - Abendglocken

Charming to think of a flea as having a song. Aww.
Mark Reizen sings Song of the Flea

Drug Dealers vs. Software Developers

 Drug dealers                  Software developers
Refer to their clients as "users"Refer to their clients as "users"
"The first one's free!""Download a free trial version..."
Have important South-East Asian connections (to help move the stuff)Have important South-East Asian connections (to help debug the code)
Strange jargon:  "Stick," "Rock,", Joint," "Dime bag," "E"                 Strange jargon:"SCSI," "RTFM,", "Java," "NAS"
Realize that there's tons of cash in the  14- to 25-year-old  market                        Realize that there's tons of cash in the  14- to 25-year-old  market  
Job is assisted by industry's producing  newer, more potent mixesJob is assisted by industry's producing  newer, faster machines
Often seen in the company  of of pimps and hustlersOften seen in the company of marketing people and venture capitalists
Their product causes  unhealthy addictionsDOOM. Quake. SimCity. Duke Nukem
'Nuff said.
Do your job well, and you can sleep with movie stars who depend on youDamn! Damn! DAMN!!!

Then there is a whole page of economic crisis humor
which includes these gems: 


Ok, saved the charmingly likable for last. His lovely page of

And that led me to this beauty, The Humpbacked Horse, vol 1, but I guess I'll have to explore the amazing world of Russian animation on another day

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