Thursday, July 09, 2020

블라디보스톡 온 지 4개월

2020년 상반기가 벌써 다 지나갔다. 올해는 1, 2월달은 출국 준비 하느라 바빴고, 3월에는 원래 예정보다 2주 일찍 출국하느라 정신없었다. 블라디보스톡으로 들어와서는 2주간 자가격리해야 했는데, 그 2주간은 아무 것도 한 것 없이 시간이 지나간 느낌이다. 꼼꼼히 돌이켜보면 2주 격리기간 중에서 뭔가를 계속 하긴 했지만. 

3월말에 공관 업무를 시작하고 나서는 정신없이 지냈다. 새로운 업무인 데다가, 전임자가 업무 인수인계를 안해주고 가서(뒷담화), 업무 파악하면서 동시에 새로운 업무를 창출해내는 일들을 했다. 그러다가 동방경제포럼이 취소되면서 약간 숨을 돌릴 수 있게 됐는데, 어느덧 상반기는 끝났다.

대부분의 사람들이 비슷한 기분이겠지만, 코로나 때문에 상반기에는 할 수 있는 일이 별로 없었다. 나는 여기 오면 일단은 러시아어 공부를 열심히 하리라 생각했는데, 코로나 때문에 대면 수업이 불가하다 보니 그 동안 수업을 거의 못 받았다. 최근에서야 화상 수업으로 몇번 배운 것이 전부이다. 한국에서 사온 책으로 조금 공부하긴 했는데, 그걸로는 한계가 있었다. 제일 큰 어려움은 키릴 문자로 된 러시아어 단어를 러시아 사람처럼 읽는 것인데, 이게 일정 시간 동안은 러시아인 선생님의 지도를 받아야 가능한 일이다. 한글로 쓰여진 한국어를 한국 사람처럼 읽는 게 훈련이 필요하듯, 라틴 문자로 쓰여진 영어를 미국 사람처럼 읽는 게 훈련이 필요하듯, 키릴 문자도 마찬가지이다. 

(한글이 우수한 문자이고 누구든 2시간만 투자하면 한글을 읽을 수 있다고 믿는 자국중심주의에 빠진 사람들은 무슨 말인지 이해를 못할 수도 있겠지만, 한글로 쓰여진 단어들을 글자들의 조합대로 읽는 한국인은 아무도 없다. 똑같은 현상은 모든 문자 체계에 동일하게 적용된다.)

아무튼 이런 빌어먹을 키릴 문자의 바다 속에서 아직은 헤엄치고 있다. H, P, C만 어떻게 해주면 더 배우기 쉬울텐데. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Let's Learn How to Pronounce Jair Bolsonaro

[Jai Bousonaro] seems to be close to what Brazilians call the new president elect, according to http://www.pronouncekiwi.com/Jair%20Bolsonaro .

Nonetheless, Korean media tend to depict the election of Jair Bolsonaro as the practical choice of Brazilians to give weight to economy over something else that is less important than economy.


Monday, October 29, 2018

Jair Bolsonaro wins Brazilian election for the next presidency

Am I the only person who is reminded of Duterte of the Philippines? WSJ even says "ranks of antiestablishment leaders across the world." I don't know exactly whom the newspaper was referring to, but several people come up in my mind.


Brazilians elect Jair Bolsonaro in shift to the right (Financial Times)
Brazilian former army captain Jair Bolsonaro clinched victory in epochal presidential elections on Sunday, ushering in the first far-right administration in Latin America’s largest country since its military dictatorship ended more than three decades ago.

Mr Bolsonaro defeated Fernando Haddad of the leftist Workers’ Party, or PT, with just over 55 per cent of valid votes compared to nearly 45 per cent, sparking celebrations and fireworks by thousands of supporters on the beach outside the president-elect’s house in Rio de Janeiro.

“We cannot continue to flirt with socialism, with communism and with populism and with the extreme left,” Mr Bolsonaro said in a speech broadcast on social media, after which he held a televised prayer session with supporters at his home.

Conservative’s Win Signals Sharp Rightward Turn in Brazil (WSJ)

A firebrand ex-army captain swept to victory in Brazil’s presidential election, joining the growing ranks of antiestablishment leaders across the world and shifting Latin America’s largest nation sharply to the right.

Jair Bolsonaro, a champion of Brazil’s 1964-1985 right-wing dictatorship that he once served, had 55.1% of the vote against Fernando Haddad of the leftist Workers’ Party with almost all of the votes counted Sunday night.

A paratrooper-turned-congressman, Mr. Bolsonaro has pledged to usher in a new era of “order and progress”—Brazil’s national motto, emblazoned on its flag—luring rich and poor voters who are fed up with endemic corruption and terrified by spiraling crime.

But after years of making bellicose speeches that have often offended women, gay people and black Brazilians, as well as threatening his adversaries, Mr. Bolsonaro adopted a conciliatory tone after Sunday’s result.



Saturday, October 27, 2018

Jair Bolsonaro and Korea-MERCOSUR TA

Jair Bolsonaro sounds like Duterte. Will he take the presidency and becomes Trump of the economically periled Brazil, or in the same manner Duterte of the crime-ridden country?




BRAZILIANS FACE an awful choice. One candidate in the presidential run-off on October 28th is Jair Bolsonaro, a seven-term congressman who venerates dictators and guns, goads police to kill suspected criminals, threatens to banish opponents and belittles women, blacks and gays. His rival is Fernando Haddad, the nominee of the leftist Workers’ Party(PT). Its 13 years in power, from 2003 to 2016, ended in a self-inflicted economic depression and revelations that the party encouraged bribery on an unprecedented scale, in part to prolong its hold on power.

"Containing Jair Bolsonaro." Economist, 27 Oct. 2018, www.economist.com/leaders/2018/10/27/containing-jair-bolsonaro.



Microsoft's acquisition of GitHub is finalized

Seems like another big deal of the year, given the significance the code-sharing platform has to developers.

Microsoft closes its $7.5B purchase of code-sharing platform GitHub

After getting EU approval a week ago, today Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub, the Git-based code sharing and collaboration service with 31 million developers, has officially closed. The Redmond, WA-based software behemoth first said it would acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion in stock in June of this year, and after the acquisition closed it would continue to run it as an independent platform and business.

Lunden, I. (2018). Microsoft closes its $7.5B purchase of code-sharing platform GitHub. TechCrunch. Retrieved from https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/26/microsoft-closes-its-7-5b-purchase-of-code-sharing-platform-github




Thursday, October 04, 2018

USMCA FTA인가 NAFTA 2.0인가

legacy를 싫어하는 트럼프 대통령 때문에 이름이 이상하게 만들어진 사례 같다. "유슴카"라고 읽어야 하나? KORUS는 이름을 바꾸지 않아서 다행이다.

최근에 들은 최악의 네이밍은 엔카직영몰을 K-CAR로 바꾼 케이스. 

블라디보스톡 온 지 4개월

2020년 상반기가 벌써 다 지나갔다. 올해는 1, 2월달은 출국 준비 하느라 바빴고, 3월에는 원래 예정보다 2주 일찍 출국하느라 정신없었다. 블라디보스톡으로 들어와서는 2주간 자가격리해야 했는데, 그 2주간은 아무 것도 한 것 없이 시간이 지나간 ...