Scrolled screenshot of collection of Soviet red song (embedded YouTube) videos

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Updated my pages of Chinese red songs and Soviet red songs

They are at https://gmachine1729.com/lists/%e4%b8%ad%e5%9b%bd%e7%ba%a2%e6%ad%8c/ and https://gmachine1729.com/lists/%d1%81%d0%be%d0%b2%d0%b5%d1%82%d1%81%d0%ba%d0%b8%d0%b5-%d0%bf%d0%b5%d1%81%d0%bd%d0%b8/.

Additionally I made recently a page of DPRK music videos and films/parades (like The Flower Girl) but this one is quite short and incomplete for now.

Before I basically just a list of links of online videos. Since Russia doesn’t really have its own video site, the Russian ones were all YouTube, and the Chinese ones were half YouTube, half Chinese video sites. I have been aware that WordPress automatically embeds YouTube videos, so it occurred to me that I could with some JavaScript code within the browser pull out all the hrefs with youtube.com. I looked up https://zhidao.baidu.com/question/1239977170942371939.html with some code and based on it I ran

hrefArr = document.getElementsByTagName('a');
for( var i=0; i<hrefArr.length; i++ ){
  if (hrefArr[i].href.indexOf("youtube") > -1) { 
    console.log(hrefArr[i].href)
  }
}

to get

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copy pasting the printed urls into a text editor and a s/VM802:1/ and copy pasting the result back into the WordPress editor did the trick.

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And yes for the Chinese ones, for all the ones without YouTube links, I found a YouTube video of that song, added it, and when finished with the manual searching and adding, reran the extract and embed all youtube urls process described above.

The result (scrolled screenshot taken via this Nimbus browser plugin):

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我的美好元旦

元旦过的挺舒服,挺充实的。节日调休周六上了班,也没偷懒,完成一些工作,然后就回家好好休息了。本来还没想放三天假做什么刷时间,但回到家后就想到了可以看看那连续剧《敌营十八年》,该剧我从知乎得知,由于某人在那儿评论上以其做了个有趣的比喻。之前我也只看了第一集和第二集一点,而这三天一过,我就看到了第九集了,可以说看了没多久就被真正吸引进去了,一开始还觉得这种红色连续剧会不会有点无聊,看不下去,所以没去看,只是其主题曲和片尾曲做的比较好给我留下了较深的印象并听了好几遍。可以说该连续剧比较吸引我的一点是里面的滕玉莲实在太漂亮了,又是贵族家庭出身的地下党员,从而我得知了演她的戴娇倩,网上查看来还相当有名。由于长大在美国,我对中国的演员这些还比较陌生,知道的也大多通过互联网。比如,中国所谓的国家一级演员我还是最近才知道的,我认识的一位将此形容为“中国特色的东西”。我想起我认识的一位在美国读数学博士的男生有一次还跟我说长得很漂亮的孩子自然会被引进演艺这行,他这么说也让我觉得挺好笑的,至少挺有意思的,毕竟这种话不会想象一位数学博士生主动去说,至少很难想象一位在美国的搞纯数学的人用英文这样。这其实总而言之我觉得很好,更证实了中国没有像美国那么强的nerd的概念。想起这事儿后,我又向他回忆了这并好奇问了问他是否知道戴娇倩美女演员,他说不。

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简单从百度百科抽取两张滕玉莲的照片让读者欣赏欣赏,当然,想真正感受到滕玉莲的漂亮优雅加上机智勇敢,还得看看或至少翻翻连续剧。

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My whole experience with the American school system

I accidentally stuffed my face last night and found myself too uncomfortable from that to do anything productive, to my great disappointment. So I verged onto non-technical topics again, and in particular, I reflected somewhat on my personal experience growing up as a Chinese immigrant kid in America, and I write this with a hope that it might be inspiring to others with a similar background.

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On questioning authority

A couple years ago, my friend who won high honors at the Intel Science Talent Search told me that he was talking this guy who created some app that allows you to schedule a Uber ride for later, who was also at/near the top of the same science competition, who is extraordinarily versatile and prolific. I watched a little of a video of a TED talk he gave, wherein he explained what one can learn from ancient Hebraic texts. Overall, I wasn’t terribly terribly impressed by it, though it was quite eloquently delivered. Mostly because with those types of things, one is too free to interpret and thus, the lessons/messages given were overly generic so as to make them almost meaningless, one of which was how the Bible teaches the importance of questioning authority, with reference to the refusal to bow to the golden image of King Nebuchadnezzar by Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego as an exemplary.

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苏联歌曲

今天又听了诸多苏联歌曲,甚悦耳,大多来自于薛范的YouTube account。音乐与镜头配的好的不能再好了。记得曾经薛范在采访中说过:做他的工作需要音乐,俄文,和中文三项通,具备此条件的人并不多。

所听的,我能想到的有:москва майская, москва-пекин, прощание славянки, подмосковные вечера, марш защитников москвы, в путь, 等等。这些无论是其音乐还是其歌词艺术质量都很高。我认为一个人可以不喜欢这些歌代表的苏联的政治那一套,但是很难从一个纯粹艺术角度上低评它,就像一个天才可能是个asshole,但是这并不改变他是天才的现实。在这里边,对我印象比较深的是在《莫斯科-北京》里,还有,若我没判断错,郭沫若的镜头。另一位出现的我记得的好像是胡乔木,但这我不能太肯定。