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Circumcision [Jun. 25th, 2008|09:47 pm]
yuriydem
The funniest thing is to read comments... There's a real fight out there, of those both cut and intact guys... and their sex partners.


http://www.economist.com/science/displaystory.cfm?story_id=11579114&mode=comment&intent=readBottom

or read here: Cutting the competitionCollapse )
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Paul McCartney [Jun. 11th, 2008|08:09 pm]
yuriydem
Ok, just to see if anyone still reads this - should I go see Paul McCartney this Saturday in Kyiv?
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India: rich vs poor [Jun. 9th, 2008|09:26 am]
yuriydem
Inside Gate, India’s Good Life; Outside, the Slums
Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

read article hereCollapse )

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/09/world/asia/09gated.html?hp=&pagewanted=all
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(no subject) [Jun. 7th, 2008|09:34 am]
yuriydem
so do I miss blogging?
For the last half year my internet routine was email and facebook, combined with a skype now and then. There's a big part missing though - the facebook "yuriy is" entry field is not nearly enough to express anything but a short, often meaningless phrase, a momentary feeling, your current location / mood / some interesting link, etc. That messages usually has a chance to be noticed in the first few hours of existence, but neither you no others will see it a day later. And you would not remember what many of them meant as time goes by.

So there. I feel I will be here more often. At least once a month I would imagine.

By the way, summer is finally in Moldova, and it's hot and sunny and and and. My colleague's wedding is today, so the party will take up my evening. It will be interesting event. I'm sure. Weddings have a bit of a different meaning for me this year.

And, I don't like the fact that this livejournal tracking mechanism assumes that because I'm in moldova i want to see advertisements in russian. make your stuff more localized / tuned into a person! (but how would you know what language I really love most - well, that's your problem, scientifically guess) By the way, interesting article on this in yesterday's edition of economist.com
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(no subject) [Feb. 24th, 2008|05:31 pm]
yuriydem
It's been a while since I've been here.
I'm now on facebook under the same nick @yahoo.com

Still in Moldova, quite often in Kyiv, next weekend in karpaty.
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7Nov Big Soviet Revolution or Coup d'état (overthrow of a government through unconstitutional means) [Nov. 8th, 2006|05:17 pm]
yuriydem
Leadership of the R. Moldova celebrated Bolshevik revolution


2006-11-07/11:22 The leadership of the R. of Moldova, including President Vladimir Voronin, speaker of the Parliament Marian Lupu, Prime-Minister Vasile Tarlev, communist MPs Eugenia Ostapciuc and Victor Stepaniuc, as well as representatives of different state institutions participated on November 7, in a meeting organized in the Opera square on the occasion of the 89th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution of October 1917.

MP Victor Stepaniuc declared that “the day of October 7 has been a red lettered day in calendars during our whole conscious lives” and that “it will remain for all the followers of the communist idea and the whole progressive humanity, not only a great and bright holiday but also a commemoration day for all the fighters for equity and socialism”.

Emil Fiodorov, worker at the Railways of Moldova, declared in his speech that “this date is significant because for the first time the oppressed people revolted and won, and whatever would our opponents say, exploited masses received guaranteed wages, free social services, and the world was proven that there is an alternative for capitalism”. According to the same source, since communists came to power in 2001“railway workers felt significant improvements, and the volume of cargos and passengers transported, considerably increased”.

Victor Dragutan, university lector, mentioned that “before the revolution, there weren’t true democratic institutions, and only then, in 1917, the basis of the representative democracy has been created and that of today’s European values – tolerance and equity”.

The manifestation lasted for about an hour, being concluded by the speech of President of Moldova. Vladimir Voronin said that “it is very important that we are here, regardless of the difficulties we face. It is important that we acknowledge that we are able to achieve great things and that regardless of the difficult situation when the communists came to power, they went on and today the communist party is the only of this kind in the CIS area to lead a Government.

Participants, holding slogans as “Glory to the Red October”, „Long Live Socialism”, shouted “Long Live Socialist Ideas” and “Power to the People”.

According to Russian historians, the events of November 7, 1917 were not a true revolution, but a coup which resulted in the instauration of the Bolshevik party. The emergence of the first socialist state, instauration of the red terror, creation of the socialist system in the East European countries resulted in millions of victims. Several years ago, Russians gave up this holiday, and celebrate on November 4 the Day of Conciliation.

http://info-prim.md/?x=22&y=4913
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Back to Kyiv [Oct. 6th, 2006|02:22 pm]
yuriydem
Will be in Kyiv on Sunday night and through Thursday morning. Plan to stop by park Sofiivka on the way there.

On this weekend Moldova is celebrating WINE. Hopefully this time around I will finally post few pictures.

And I missed 750th anniversary of Lviv. I do have big plans for 800th though.
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Kyiv on the weekend [Sep. 23rd, 2006|09:48 am]
yuriydem
I find it rather easy to come over for a weekend to Kyiv. About 5 hours drive and you're in this megapolis (at least compared to Chisinau :o). Plan to stay over until tomorrow morning but will be coming back in two weeks.

Also, I said goodbuy to the friends from the last place of work. I never thought it would as emotional!
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Lviv + Ocean in Moldova [Aug. 28th, 2006|03:36 pm]
yuriydem
I will be in Lviv this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, any of my LJ friends thinking of the beer together?

The Independence day celebration in Moldova (Aug 27th) together with the Okean El’zy concert was really outstanding.

Everyone just loved Vakarchyk and Co. While Svytoslav was addressing the public in Russian (having apologized for not knowing Romanian), all the songs were in Ukrainian and most people were able to sing along. An excellent gift to me personally - to be proud for the band from my hometown and to be able to feel here all of a sudden as if at home.
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Moldova na praktyci [Aug. 23rd, 2006|07:15 pm]
yuriydem
I've spent more than 2 weeks in Moldova by now.

Somehow, there's no time for LJ, and quite frankly, not much to share. Job related stuff is off limits, and I didn't really have a chance to take pictures of the countryside or the city.

Trip to Kyiv takes about 5 hours by car depending on the border crossing in Transdnister “republic”. Trip to Lviv – I hope under 7 hours – plan to drive up there in two weeks time. Trip to Odessa is only 2 hours. Istanbul should be about 1 hour flight. Frankfurt – 2 to 3 hours flight.

People are friendly and rather open. It’s easy to communicate in Russian, although many people speak to each other in Romanian. Transdnister radios actually have news in Ukrainian and Uki TV is readily available. Ukrainian language is not common though.

Capital – Chisinau – has plenty of trees, decent night clubs and lots of locally made wine, beer and cognac. There’s also a fitness center with the annual fee about 60% of the average salary in the country. You can get a decent dinner for 4 – 10 dollars. Cream of the cream of the society sun bases in the open pool from 11am till 5 pm, goes for a few drinks at the lounge bar from 8 to 11 and then to a disco or strip club from 11 onwards.
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