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By Sean — 12 years ago
If you’ve been here before, you’ll notice that I changed the look of the blog. If this is your first visit, this won’t matter to you much. I got tired of all the green and the open space on the left and right sides of the template. So thanks to Blogger Templates, I found something with more space and, what I think is a much better look. There are still some small changes I look to make. I want to get a good banner image to put at the top, and perhaps eliminate some of the stuff on the right column so things won’t look so crowded.
Strangely, the layout doesn’t come out correctly with Firefox. Usually viewing problems come with Internet Explorer. If you want to see some of the slight differences, try looking at the site with both browsers.
At any rate, if anyone has any suggestions on how I can improve the site, please let me know. I’m always willing to consider reader suggestions. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming . . .Post Views: 294
By Sean — 12 years ago
It’s been almost a month since I’ve posted to this blog. Work and burnout were to blame. I think I needed a bit of time off from Russia in the present (though the Russia of the past never strays to far from my mind) to recharge my batteries. The quarter is ending in a few weeks which means that time will become less of a luxury. Below I present my reflection of Kim Murphy’s article on the continued Russian practice of condemning dissidents to insane asylums. I try to approach the subject from a perspective that I hope will generate a discussion on issues that go beyond the particularity of this practice in Russia.
I still hope to write an article on Amnesty International’s report on race and racism in Russia. There are some ideas about how race is discussed in and in regard to Russia that I think misses some larger, global processes. But that is a discussion for a later date.
In all, I hope to now return to a more consistent blogging schedule.Post Views: 316
By Sean — 11 years ago
I haven’t had the time to write anything substantial about Russia thanks to my chapter deadline (which is tomorrow). In a moment of boredom, I decided to add the “Top Commentators” widget to the site. The widget displays the top ten commentators since I started the site in October 2004.
And the winner is (drum roll please) . . . Mike Averko! Of course it is. Mike never rests when there are not so Russia friendlies to expose as, well, not so Russia friendlies. As of this post, Mike has a whopping 1885 comments. Second is Mike’s arch enemy, Chrisius Maximus with 1018. Even if we add his pre-Roman transformation quips, which stand at 330, he still doesn’t come close to Averko. Following Chrisius is Tim, the Irishman, Lyndon, ivanov, Shedd, me, and mab.
Now none of you should take this as an invitation to engage in a commenting frenzy in an attempt to beat Mike. I don’t think, or should I say hope, that none of us has enough time, let alone the carpels, to surpass him. As to what these numbers signify about each individual commentator, I’ll leave that you all.Post Views: 396