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Can you translate this?

What is this? It's in Russian. Inside is a clear gel.
posted by summit on May 8, 2008 - 9 answers

What's up with the crazy Russian painter?

About a year ago there was a thread bouncing around the net about a Russian painting that some psychiatrist claimed contained clues to the painter's psychological condition(s). Anyone recall this? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on May 8, 2008 - 4 answers

foreign language "bibles"

Foreign language "bibles" (superlative, comprehensive language resources) for language-learning lovers? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Apr 3, 2008 - 10 answers

What next after French?

Is there any point learning German? [more inside]
posted by greytape on Mar 25, 2008 - 34 answers

do these monks exist?

I have been reading Curzio Malaparte's Kaput. In it, he describes an Orthodox order of monks who raise families and then enter servitude to be castrated and then become penitents. I can't find any information online about this group though, even a name, any help?
posted by parmanparman on Mar 21, 2008 - 5 answers

Because if I can't put it in a box, the world explodes.

What can I do in the short and medium term to improve my ability to evaluate Russian poetry? [more inside]
posted by prefpara on Mar 13, 2008 - 6 answers

Crazy Russian Historian?

Who is the supposed historian (may be an ex-physicist, think he's Russian) who had demonstrated that human written history is only half as old as we believe it to be? I think the core of his argument was that documents referring to events thousands of years ago, actually referred to events hundreds of years ago, that history was fore-shortened. [more inside]
posted by vacapinta on Mar 7, 2008 - 11 answers

Music Filter: Can you recommend some contemporary Russian music?

Music Filter: Can you recommend some contemporary Russian music? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Feb 16, 2008 - 12 answers

Definitely not Valentin Silvestrov this time.

RussianShortwaveFilter. Yes, I'm back with yet another song ID in a foreign tongue... [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Feb 15, 2008 - 9 answers

What does "peredelok" mean?

What does "peredelok" mean? [more inside]
posted by themel on Feb 11, 2008 - 7 answers

Translate dirty Russian phrase

Dirty Russian translation please. I have a Russian co-worker who showed me a russian word (with english spelling) but won't tell me what it means. Words can be found inside. Can you translate? [more inside]
posted by Roger Dodger on Feb 6, 2008 - 6 answers

Gifts for a loved one with an interest in Economics and Russian

Gift Ideas for a person interested in Economics and Russian [more inside]
posted by codybaldwin on Jan 3, 2008 - 9 answers

Russian Roulette Odds

Please settle an ill-informed bar argument re. Russian Roulette. [more inside]
posted by macrowave on Jan 3, 2008 - 25 answers

Russian-translation-filter

Russian-translation-filter: Please help me understand the linguistic nuances in Tolstoy's famous quote, "There was something terribly lacking between what I felt and what I could do." (here in English) How accurate is this translation in your view? What is missing from it? What if anything does it add which is not there in Russian? [more inside]
posted by rudster on Dec 19, 2007 - 12 answers

Who wrote these weird short stories?

Please help me locate a collection of Russian/Eastern Bloc short stories. I read this book when I was kid because it belonged to my parents and I want to read it again. If not the book, I'd like to find the two most memorable stories. One concerns a snowman and the other is a reflection on life while falling out of a window to one's death. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by thewrongparty on Dec 11, 2007 - 3 answers

Russian narcotics terminology.

Russian narcotics terminology translation help, please. NSFW. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2007 - 5 answers

A crazy man, a cat, and a doctor.

CrazyRussianMusicVideoFilter: I saw a great video by a Russian band from maybe 15 years ago, centering around an insane guy (real video, but made to look old), a cat (animated), and a painting that shows a doctor coming to bring him something (just strange). I was told the song was essentially about the same, and possibly titled with something about a cat. The band was named something like ночь, but youtube isn't coming up with anything like what I remember. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
posted by devilsbrigade on Nov 17, 2007 - 4 answers

Where can I get Valenkis Rus boots?

Does anyone know where I can find valenkis rus boots (with the rubber galosh) either online or in Chicago? The website doesn't seem to exist anymore. I found this one, but I'm not too keen on the Soviet imagery, I just want warm feet. Anyone seen these around?
posted by jules1651 on Nov 14, 2007 - 5 answers

Nyet, Natasha is too many syllables!

Need female russian authors with two syllable names. To name a dog. [more inside]
posted by mrzarquon on Nov 11, 2007 - 13 answers

Everyone knows the monkey, but the monkey knows no one.

Proverb origins? Everyone knows the monkey, but the monkey knows no one. [more inside]
posted by Anything on Nov 3, 2007 - 6 answers

Russian Reading Recs?

I want to read Russian literature - what do I read? [more inside]
posted by beezy on Oct 17, 2007 - 41 answers

Please help me re-learn Russian!

I need to review Russian badly (up to the speaking/writing/listening level of a minor in Russian). I have a semester (two is doable but pushing it) to devote to this. I need some kind of structured process to go about this--while I have textbooks and some materials from years ago it's not enough. Does anyone have any suggestions for other good tutorials? Syllabi? Quick-review websites?
posted by schroedinger on Sep 6, 2007 - 9 answers

Addressbar search problems in Firefox: returns Russian results!

When I search Google from the Firefox address bar I get Russian results - why and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by jonesor on Aug 2, 2007 - 6 answers

Who were these masked kids?

Can you provide context for a gas masked army of children? [more inside]
posted by zamboni on Jun 29, 2007 - 16 answers

Help me figure out what this movie was!

I saw a very strange and interesting-looking movie on I *think* Showtime yesterday at about 4-5 PM. It involved Russians. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by DMan on Jun 12, 2007 - 5 answers

Kvas recipe?

Does anyone know a good (but fairly simple) recipe for Kvas, the delicious Russian soft drink made from bread? I tried some the other day and I'm addicted. I'm drinking gallons of it.
posted by vizsla on Jun 11, 2007 - 11 answers

Help me identify this Constructivist book.

I need to catalog a reprint of a book of Constructivist graphic designs. Everything's in Russian and German. Can anybody tell me more about it? [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic on Jun 5, 2007 - 5 answers

How exactly does one pronounce "Strč prst skrz krk"?

I'm looking for a good Czech pronunciation guide. [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on May 17, 2007 - 4 answers

The camera spins all over everywhere?

I'm trying to remember information about an experimental film, possibly Russian, most likely from the first half of the 20th century, and neither google nor my memory are offering much help. The key element is that the artist built something like a tripod, but with the capability of full, spherical rotation of the camera, 360 degrees around all possible axes. [more inside]
posted by nobody on Apr 18, 2007 - 4 answers

Russian Word commands?

Does anyone out there have a list of key commands for the Russian version of Microsoft Word (in cyrillic)?
posted by pullayup on Feb 19, 2007 - 1 answer

Are we misunderstanding a colleague's seemingly rude behavior?

My co-workers agree that a Russian colleague has an off-putting attitude. Is this a personality conflict or a cultural misunderstanding? [more inside]
posted by juliplease on Feb 15, 2007 - 24 answers

Music download service with Russian Folk and Classical music?

I'm looking for a music download service that includes non-standard music, most importantly, Russian folk music, and a wide selection of Classical music. [more inside]
posted by bkudria on Feb 8, 2007 - 11 answers

Importing tab-delimited text into supermemo

How to import text into SuperMemo? [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Feb 7, 2007 - 4 answers

Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music - Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов

Can anyone transcribe this into Cyrillic for me? There is [more inside]
posted by Liosliath on Dec 20, 2006 - 5 answers

Kvas?

Is it possible to purchase authentic Kvas around Boston or Chicago? [more inside]
posted by :-) on Dec 11, 2006 - 5 answers

Russian songs for the language-learning set.

Recommend some good Russian songs for guitar? [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Dec 2, 2006 - 2 answers

Is it common for US Americans to incorrectly assume that Russian is only spoken in Russia

Is it common for Americans to incorrectly assume that Russian is only spoken in Russia but forget that it is also a common language in the former Soviet states? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Oct 18, 2006 - 37 answers

Other versions of "Krutitzuh Viertitzuh"

Are there any recorded versions of "Krutitzuh Viertitzuh" other than Cynthia Dall's? [more inside]
posted by RGD on Oct 7, 2006 - 6 answers

Trouble viewing Cyrillic on my PalmOs PDA

How can I view Russian (Cyrillic) text on my Palm Zire 31? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Aug 23, 2006 - 4 answers

reading in Russian

What should I read in Russian and where can I get it? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Jul 15, 2006 - 11 answers

What are these Russian foods called?

While on exchange in Russia (near Novgorod), I was served two foods that I loved but have not been able to find again, and don't know the names for. First was a confection -- semi-dried but juicy berries covered in powdered sugar, about the size of blueberries, but red with lots of little seeds, that came in a small box. Second was a cake that seemed to be made of dozens of layered pancakes with some sort of cream or frosting in between. Anyone know what these are, and where I can find them or a recipe for them in the US?
posted by waxwing on Jul 11, 2006 - 13 answers

russian drawings from films

I found this page of Russian illustrations from films via Kottke this morning, and am curious if anyone can help identify the films. Some are obvious (The Terminator, Spiderman, LOTR, The Matrix) others less so...
posted by jonson on Jul 5, 2006 - 21 answers

The Devil's in the Details

Help me recreate my grandmother's deviled egg recipe. [more inside]
posted by Daddio on Jun 24, 2006 - 8 answers

Can you read a Russian word for me?

PYCCKO! To my Russian friends! What does this pin say, and what does it mean? [more inside]
posted by joelf on Jun 13, 2006 - 9 answers

What do you do when you've been scammed on eBay?

I am concerned that a CD I've committed to buy on eBay is a counterfeit. The item's identification number is 4881752639. My concerns were raised after I read some of the seller's feedback from buyers and consequently the feedback the seller has left for them. Also, some buyers have gone so far as to create warning pages for others. There's even damning comments on Znooq's blog about the exact same item I've bought. [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 on Jun 4, 2006 - 14 answers

*Which* Russian film poster?

While searching the usual poster sites to fill my bare walls, I came across this striking image, which is identified only as "Russian Film Poster". Can anyone identify the film? I'd like to see the movie before I go slapping its poster up on my wall.
posted by jpoulos on Apr 27, 2006 - 6 answers

Did he say "titty" in Russian? What?

This video is ranked #5 on Google Video. What is he saying? [more inside]
posted by generic230 on Apr 14, 2006 - 17 answers

Does anyone remember this game or author?

Back in 1991 I used to play a Backgammon game on the PC - the format was based on the writings of a Russian (sounding?) Science Fiction author. I always meant to see what the books were like, but now I don't know his name. Any ideas as to who he could be?
posted by SpacemanRed on Apr 13, 2006 - 4 answers

Did Russian wipe out national languages?

Did Russian replace other languages in Eastern Europe and the former USSR countries? [more inside]
posted by Amizu on Mar 29, 2006 - 28 answers

Russian/foreign cell phones

I accidentally spilled some water on my girlfriend's cell phone (a Motorola Razr), and it stopped working. I'd like to get her a new one to replace it, but there's a wrinkle: [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay on Mar 12, 2006 - 13 answers

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