This is the Blog of SJR

Writer/Educator/Dilettante Photographer/Feline Enthusiast/ Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine


All photos taken by moi unless indicated otherwise.


The contents of this website are mine personally and do not reflect any position of the United States Government or the Peace Corps.

malcolmjamalwarlock:

idea: what if they made taxes easy

hey, everyone in the country—do this paralyzingly complicated thing that even really really smart people have trouble with.

PS if u mess up ur dead.

YES. LINDY IS A GENIUS.

theatlantic:

Guliver’s Travels: Preserving History in Putin’s Crimea

BAKHCHYSARAI, Crimea—Guliver Altın loves old maps. He loves the crudely drawn outlines of continents and oceans, the regions of bright green and red and yellow—shapes and colors moving across the ages, expanding and contracting. To him, maps represent the vagaries of political history, illustrated.
Few places in the world have had more colorful and mutable maps than the Crimean peninsula, where borders have shifted yet again after Russia annexed the region from Ukraine in mid-March, following a referendum. As if living in a world of Zeno’s paradoxes, Crimeans have suddenly found themselves in a new country and even a new time zone. But this is nothing new. In 1783, after a series of wars, the Russian Empire annexed the Crimean Khanate, the Muslim Tatar state that had ruled Crimea and part of the north littoral of the Black Sea for the three previous centuries. In 1954, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev transferred the peninsula from Soviet Russia to Soviet Ukraine, only for Crimea to become part of independent Ukraine after the disintegration of the U.S.S.R. in 1991.
Read more. [Image: Boryana Katsarova/Pulitzer Center]

theatlantic:

Guliver’s Travels: Preserving History in Putin’s Crimea

BAKHCHYSARAI, Crimea—Guliver Altın loves old maps. He loves the crudely drawn outlines of continents and oceans, the regions of bright green and red and yellow—shapes and colors moving across the ages, expanding and contracting. To him, maps represent the vagaries of political history, illustrated.

Few places in the world have had more colorful and mutable maps than the Crimean peninsula, where borders have shifted yet again after Russia annexed the region from Ukraine in mid-March, following a referendum. As if living in a world of Zeno’s paradoxes, Crimeans have suddenly found themselves in a new country and even a new time zone. But this is nothing new. In 1783, after a series of wars, the Russian Empire annexed the Crimean Khanate, the Muslim Tatar state that had ruled Crimea and part of the north littoral of the Black Sea for the three previous centuries. In 1954, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev transferred the peninsula from Soviet Russia to Soviet Ukraine, only for Crimea to become part of independent Ukraine after the disintegration of the U.S.S.R. in 1991.

Read more. [Image: Boryana Katsarova/Pulitzer Center]

🚯 (at Front Street)

🚯 (at Front Street)

newyorker:

Ian Crouch on Stephen Colbert’s transition to late night: http://nyr.kr/1ehLde8

“In a way, we’ve been more eager than Colbert himself to protect his conservative-host persona, not by believing explicitly in the fictional construct of the show, but by agreeing instead to act like we believe it.”

Photograph by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Corbis.

newyorker:

Ian Crouch on Stephen Colbert’s transition to late night: http://nyr.kr/1ehLde8

“In a way, we’ve been more eager than Colbert himself to protect his conservative-host persona, not by believing explicitly in the fictional construct of the show, but by agreeing instead to act like we believe it.”

Photograph by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Corbis.

(Source: newyorker.com)

Birthday 2013. 💛💙 Sent to me by the one and only Lisa Yager. #nashsok #teamusa #missyou #україна #pcukraine #печиво

Birthday 2013. 💛💙 Sent to me by the one and only Lisa Yager. #nashsok #teamusa #missyou #україна #pcukraine #печиво

nprfreshair:

Terry: You have a masters in human rights from the London School of Economics?

Hari: Yeah, I wasted a lot of money before I decided to do stand-up full time, Terry. 

Hari Kondabolu (pronounced “hurry”) is going to be on the show soon! We wanted to give you a sneak peek at his stand-up. 

His new comedy album is called Waiting For 2042

Marry me.

These two and a moment in Vienna. #PCUkraine #babes #Schnitzel 💛💙

These two and a moment in Vienna. #PCUkraine #babes #Schnitzel 💛💙

A moment in Vienna on our long way home. #tbfebruary #schnitzel

A moment in Vienna on our long way home. #tbfebruary #schnitzel