RL102-1 basic Russian grammar lesson 1


Playout date: 8 January 2007
Duration: 22:57
Views at the time added to HTV: 141,294
Likes at the time added to HTV: 585
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 23
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 96.2%
Comments at time added: 217
Total interactions at time added: 825
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – heavy use
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Lesson
Music used: Moscow Nights/Podmoskovnye vechera cover
Languages used: Russian, English
Animals/plants featured:
Other remarks:

The pronouns are a very useful thing to learn early in the study of Russian. They show us the way other words, nouns and adjectives, might be likely to behave, and they stand in for a wealth of nouns the learner, by definition, does not yet know.
This lesson, the first of the actual grammar course proper following on from the alphabet course, is one of my highest watched videos and highest appreciated ones of all time.
The intro music is the theme from Sherlock Holmes by Daszkiewicz.

Huliganov off the cuff


Playout date: 2 January 2007
Duration: 5:33
Views at the time added to HTV: 620
Likes at the time added to HTV: 9
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 10
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 47.4%
Comments at time added: 4
Total interactions at time added: 23
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Hulirant
Music used: None
Languages used: English, Furbish
Animals/plants featured: Furby (Shaisus electronicus Linnaeus 1758)
Other remarks:

Huliganov rants about the execution of Saddam Hussein, only to be joined by a Furby, taking the opposite view, but behaving erratically.

Christmas Dinner Report


Playout date: 31 December 2006
Duration: 7:30
Views at the time added to HTV: 494
Likes at the time added to HTV: 5
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 8
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 38.5%
Comments at time added: 1
Total interactions at time added: 14
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: Elena, Tatyana, Sophie, George
Genre: Family
Music used: Some Polish carols from the TV
Languages used: English, Polish
Animals/plants featured: None, but decorated buckthorn and pyracanthus in background.
Other remarks:

Just the atmosphere of Christmas dinner 2006 in our house. The herding together of reluctant kids and the pre-food prayer.

The Last Farewell


Playout date: 29 December 2006
Duration: 9:56
Views at the time added to HTV: 6,315
Likes at the time added to HTV: 21
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 43
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 32.8%
Comments at time added: 6
Total interactions at time added: 70
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Intro’d song
Music used: “Last Farewell” by Roger Whittaker
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

A preamble by Huliganov about the well-known Whittaker song, originally written by Ron Webster and performed by Elvis and others, but most notably by Whittaker.

The introduction refers to how the thesis of the song’s chorus stands in opposition to the Sapir Whorff hypothesis in linguistics, and also delves too deeply ito why the narrator is leaving if he loves this woman so much. To which Roger Whittaker might well respond “Mind your own business, Russky boy!”

Vulnerable!


Playout date: 28 December 2006
Duration: 4:44
Views at the time added to HTV: 19,555
Likes at the time added to HTV: 23
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 5
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 82.1%
Comments at time added: 4
Total interactions at time added: 32
Camera: 3rd Party images
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Gallery with music (non-owned)
Music used: “Vulnerable” by Roxette
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: Polar bear, or white bear (Ursus maritimus)
Other remarks:

The idea of this video was to mark the placing of polar bears by the US on the Endangered Species list as “vulnerable” and therefore limit the hunting rights of Inuits against them, which greatly annoyed the Inuits, to which I say, “OK, give us back your fridges and freezers and microwave ovens and shops with processed foods from all over the world, labour saving devices and modern medicines and go back to your hunter gatherer lifestyle, and kill bears with spears and arrows and be killed by them. But don’t have your Nike boots and hunting rifles and all of civilisations conveniences allowing your numbers sto grow and still expect to be able to hunt bears. One way, or the other. Don’t try to have your cake and eat it.”

The Polar bear itself has had a taxonomic journey I would like to explore in a quite separate article at some stage. It shows up very well some of the vagaries of science and how people think they know things and then get their world turned upside down by something they have overlooked, and discover that what the initial guy thought was actually true after all. But that’s for another day.

The idea of producing a gallery of polar bear images from the net against the song Vulnerable by Roxette is my idea and I still think they go together well, ma Michelle, but neither any of the photos nor the song were made by me, more’s the pity.

RL101-10 Russian Alphabet


Playout date: 24 December 2006
Duration: 20:38
Views at the time added to HTV: 26,526
Likes at the time added to HTV: 182
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 9
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 95.3%
Comments at time added: 48
Total interactions at time added: 239
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Lesson
Music used: Daleko daleko (Far away) by Nosov, sung by Red Army Choir
Languages used: English, Russian
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

The last in the first series of the Huliganov Russian Course, here I put the alphabet, previously learned by grouping the letters from provenance, all back together again in dictionary order, along with a demonstration of handwriting using colours to show the order of attack for each letter when writing cursively.

It all wraps up with the usual crap joke and this time a rather poorly performed version of won of my favorite songs of all time, Daleko Daleko, by Nosov, in the version of Belayev, of the Red Army Choir.

Re: StopLoveLookWalkCarryCrownDead


Playout date: 23 December 2006
Duration: 1:51
Views at the time added to HTV: 337
Likes at the time added to HTV: 6
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 23
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 20.7%
Comments at time added: 2
Total interactions at time added: 31
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – heavy use
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Song only
Music used: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

This was another example of the things early youtubers did in the community, in this case it was a response to a YouTuber called Bowiechick who did a video of herself performing a song speeded up and named it using a string of verbs from the song. When you did, in the early days of YT, a video response, it automatically took the name of the video you were responding to and added the word “re” in front in the title. Now it seems to make no sense as all the responses have been decoupled, but as a memory of the features YouTube used to have when it was by the people for the people, and not Corporate special interests as it is today. Today we have been stabbed in the back, and most earlier YouTuber shave fallen by the wayside.

Unlike many of the early YT community Bowiechick is still producing videos, and you can easily find her channel.

Zywiec by night


Playout date: 21 December 2006
Duration: 2:32
Views at the time added to HTV: 8,465
Likes at the time added to HTV: 12
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 6
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 66.7%
Comments at time added: 9
Total interactions at time added: 27
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Zywiec, South Poland
Other people featured: None
Genre: Environmental
Music used: Acker Bilk, “Stranger on the shore”
Languages used: English with a little Polish
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

A very brief night view from the car of Zywiec, a town known mainly from the brand of beer of the same name which is sold internationally. It is only a small place in fact, so there is maybe quite an overlap between the nearly 9,000 who have seen the film and the actual population of the town.

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