russian pattern

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Remember that stupid doodle? I added the pike crab octopus and made it a tile lol. Feel free to use on your blog with credit.

You can also get it on mugs and pillows and stuff

EDIT: They’re stickers now too so they can invade everything you own

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Russian Model 1909 Officer’s Shashka

Just for @redarmyscreaming

This is a Russian Officers Shashka Sword, Pattern 1909 which bears the cypher of Nicholas II upon the face of the pommel cap as well as on the blade. The large, curved blade measures 33 inches in length and remains in good condition with only some minor surface stains and a couple of small nicks to the cutting edge. In addition to the cypher of Nicholas II on one side, the blade also wears the Imperial Eagle on the other side along with the makers name which is engraved along the spine. The beautiful brass stirrup guard is intricately detailed and frames a simple, composite hilt. The front face of the guard wears the Order of St. Anne which continues to wear most of its red enamel and is encircled with the Cyrillic words For Bravery. The wooden scabbard is brass fitted and leather covered, also remaining very healthy in condition with just a little scuffing.

If the state is defined, in Weber’s famous formula, by the exercise of a monopoly of legitimate violence over a given territory, a revolution always involves a breaking of that monopoly, and the emergence of what Lenin and Trotsky called a dual power. Logically, there are three ways in which this can arise, corresponding to the three terms of Weber’s formula. A revolution can break the monopoly of the state’s power by destroying the legitimacy of its rule, so that coercion cannot be exercised to repress the movement against it. The Iranian Revolution, in which there was no fighting, the royal army remaining paralysed as the monarchy fell, would be an example. Alternatively, a revolution can pit an insurgent violence against the coercive apparatus of the state, overwhelming it in a quick knock-out blow, without having secured any general legitimacy. This was the Russian pattern, possible only against a weak opponent.

Finally, a revolution can break the state’s monopoly of power, not by depriving it from the outset of legitimacy, nor rapidly undoing its capacity for violence, but by subtracting enough territory from it to erect a counter-state, able in time to erode its possession of force and consent alike. This was the Chinese pattern. It was not exclusive to China, forming the general path of guerrilla forces—also Yugoslav or Cuban—to power. What was exceptional in the Chinese case was not the creation of successive ‘rebel states’ within the state, but their combined longevity.

Perry Anderson, “Two Revolutions" (2009)

anonymous asked:

What are some differences between russian and american intonation patterns? Any tips on not aspirating consonants? Спасибо большое!

First of all, Russian intonations have larger amplitude - your voice should go up and down, like in a bad, over-exaggerated acting. There are seven basic intonation constructions (IC) that are used for different communication tasks. Here is a very helpful video (IC1 to  IC4) 

As of tips on not aspirating consonants… well, try to mock thick Russian accent when speaking Russian. Or, better, mock the Russian accent in English and then reflect what you do to mimic the Russian accent? Our ears hear a lot more than we believe, and as long as you loose your control over your mouth and let yourself have fun with the Russian accent, you’ll master it almost immediately. It is our conscious control that makes pronunciation difficult. 

Once during a particularly exhausting session with an accent tutor, I got so tired and confused that I stopped thinking of English sounds as of sounds of speech. I simply repeated what my couch said. And, surprisingly, my pronunciation suddenly became 100% American! Unfortunately, as soon as my mind interfered, the miracle disappeared. So, trust your ear and try not to control your articulation too much - the more relaxed you’ll get the better. 

Good luck!