A Book A Day 5: Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov

this said comedy on the cover…. I should’ve listened more closely in English class when the teachers said that the only requirements of comedy is a death at the beginning and a marriage within. I should. have. listened. because THIS is far from comedy it is the moanings and groanings of Mr Debby Downer Chekhov . :( I quote “others are born and they eat drink sleep and die and in order not to go totally numb with boredom they brighten their lives with gossip, vodka, gambling, and intrigue. The wives cheat on their husbands and the husbands lie and pretend they dont see it, pretend they dont hear it, and this mind boggling vulgarity inevitably crushes the children, completely quenching any spark they might have in them until the children become the same interchangeable zombies as their mothers and fathers.” yup.. that sums up the entire book/play … :(

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A Book A Day 4: The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

I thought the last few books were depressing but this one makes them all look like silly fairy tales. Really Mr John Steinbeck?? Did you really have to pack a short hundred pages with saddness after saddness??? What the hell is your problem!!! fucking sadist!!! I couldn’t read certain parts word for word because I would’ve had to vomit multiple times. This should be renamed “How young sweet loving innocent boys become cold hearted detatched silent abusive fathers “ I’m always hesitant when it comes to novels set in rural america, because it brings back a few trauma’s of my own childhood, so I expected to read death…. I did NOT expect to have every possible childhood trauma packed into one poor fictional kid’s life. I mean I suppose it’s REALITY for quite a few unfornuate children…. but I prefer not to think of it. Moral of this story: 1. never read another Steinbeck. 2. Bad things happen…..*sigh* (I’m ashamed to admit that if I were the boy, I may have commit suicide) ….so …. bad things happen…make sure theres something to keep a spark of life or love of joy inside of you even when all else is taken away in the most brutal way.

A Book A Day –books 1 – 3

DAY 1 : Second Variety by Philip K Dick

Thoughts
This is totally the basis of quite a few science fiction movies/tv shows. Moral of the story… war is evil.

 

DAY TWO : 2BR02B by Kurt Vonnegut Jr

(yes I know it’s a short story… but what’s important is getting in the habit of one “book” a day)

thoughts
unbelievable anger. I wanted to shout out FUCK YOU so many times but Mae was there sitting at her desk. When I tears streamed down my face and I cried loudly and uncontrollably. Mae kept saying “stop reading!” but I had to finish. Moral of the story: the circle of life is a blessing.

 

DAY 3: The Death of Ivan Ilyitch by Leo Tolstoy

thoughts

gloom and doom…. *sigh* life is short. YOLO
moral of the story: dont live by societies standards, dont become a work-a-holic, never marry someone you dont love, because it will hurt both of you, and finally for goodness sake DONT FALL OFF OF A LADDER WHILE DECORATING THE HOUSE! *giggle*

Four Reasons that Ubuntu Is for College Students who Use Windows

Are you a Windows user and a budding linguist?  Whether you’re studying Russian, French, Spanish, German, English, etc. there is an operating system that will allow you to switch languages easily and effectively.  Here’s my plea to you to consider dual-booting with Ubuntu along with four strong bullet points on why Ubuntu — rather any other operating system — would make the ideal OS for anyone learning language or formally studying it in college to go on into a professional field of linguistics, etc.

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1. Ubuntu works on many different computers.

Whether that be a desktop, a laptop, a netbook, a Chromebook, an iMac, Macbook, Mac Air, etc. Ubuntu should be able to work on your system.  And you can keep your old operating system.  There’s no reason to give up anything, and you can keep all the features Ubuntu has to offer by dual-booting.

2. Ubuntu can switch from one language to another like you can in Facebook.

Are you familiar with how Facebook switches languages?  Many of us are familiar with pirate language.  You just go to your settings and change language to pirate.  Suddenly everything appears in some sort of goofy pirate speak.  You can do this with other languages too.  Soon you’re a linguist master who’s very familiar with different words of different languages that mean “friends” or “profile.”  With Ubuntu you can do the same thing, except with your entire desktop.  Want to make all your applications French?  This is done easily with a few clicks.  Just check out the tutorial above.

3. Need to type in a certain language?  There’s an Ubuntu keyboard for that.

Ubuntu has so many communities contributing to it that there are hundreds of volunteers offering translations and resources for the end user.  Ubuntu makes it easy to switch from one keyboard to another.  In upcoming updates, Ubuntu has made it even easier for you to switch your keyboard.  There will only be more and more support to come.  Why not make the switch?

4. Listen to international music.

So your teacher wants you to listen to more foreign speakers.  Don’t make it a chore.  Listen to radio through the wonderful Radio Tray available for only Ubuntu and Debian.

You can download Ubuntu at its official website.  If you are planning to dual boot, I suggest you get the latest LTS version.  LTS is the most stable version that has fewer bugs than the newest version, and it is also built to last a lot longer.

Screenshot credit goes towards Jacob Johan Edwards.