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http://www.lares.dti.ne.jp/%7Eyugo/storage/monocrafts_ver3/03/index.html
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Where is Elbonia ? Can't find it on any map.
I know it's supposed to be water-logged!
It's not Albania , is it ?
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Originally posted by HS Thomas:
Where is Elbonia ?

Here


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Oh! I thought it used to be one of those separatist states that used to exist or maybe the greatest conspiracy theory to confound us all.
The Elbonians with funny hats, standing in waist-deep mud next to their pig. In the background, Dilbert can be seen leaving by slingshot.
"The French stopped bombing Elbonia when they realized there was nothing worth destroying. Ironically, the GNP of Elbonia tripled by selling the bomb fragments for scrap."
Any succesful attempt to devastate or destroy Elbonia fails and instead gives Elbonia an extra Action Token. Elbonia may not use its actions to draw plots, but may use an action to counter any Corporate action of power less than 2.


POWER 0 RESISTANCE 2
Not so fast pardner! Elbonia

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Originally posted by HS Thomas:
Not so fast pardner! Elbonia

Are you (former, present) Russian, HS? I couldn't identify you with any particular country.
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Originally posted by Eugene Kononov:

I couldn't identify you with any particular country.

From now on you can identify HS with Elbonia
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No, Elbonia is my adoptive country , from now on.
Yeah, I'll adopt them,they need adopting.Elbonian sounds about right. Perhaps I could even afford to buy it for a few grand.I get the distinct impression Bill Gates isn't targeting it.

I wouldn't dare presume to be Russian. Now what (asks excitedly) in all this drivel would make one think I am Russian ?. Some of my ancestors might (BIG IF) have visited Russia around the time of one of the crusades -Give or take a couple of centuries - according to family rumour ; they are still working through the "who begat who"s and fudging a lot of it so it's bound to be wrong.
I am very distantly related to an archbishop of Canterbury, if that helps. But then so are a few million people round the world, I imagine. The ex- and dead archbishop wouldn't trace his lineage through my family. Not unless one/some of my descendants becomes famous.
In answer to your question, Eugene, Merry England. Considering moving to Scotland. I just need to check the serial killer count ( I'm afraid that crosses Russia off the list.) But I would visit in a blink of an eyelid. In fact I would have been in Moscow right now but couldn't get a seat on a convenient flight. Like China, that's one country that must be visited before it changes beyond recognition.
Chinese emigres of 1998 don't recognise China now.
Sorry if that's more answer than you bargained for!
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[ November 05, 2003: Message edited by: HS Thomas ]
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In answer to your question, Eugene, Merry England.
Just trying to understand what compels you to post a link to an article in Russian. Do you speak (read, understand) Russian?
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Originally posted by HS Thomas:
I am very distantly related to an archbishop of Canterbury
My family is distantly related to William of Orange (I know, along with a few million others...). That might explain my uncanny ability to offend Catholics and Irish people.
Where do you live in England?
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Originally posted by Eugene Kononov:
Just trying to understand what compels you to post a link to an article in Russian
Because it says Elbonia in the header?
What's it about?
[ November 05, 2003: Message edited by: Richard Hawkes ]
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RH: What's it about?
Some Russian guy ridiculing American movies, -- it's so heavily sprinkled with the Russian figures of speech that I can't even translate in a meaningful way. I'll leave it to Map or Al Labout to try.
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London. Test-driven the south recently and found it very leaden. It's the new commuter belt.A great big doss-house for the English while they commute to work elsewhere. London and northerly I feel you tend to get more Europeans moving in and one thing Europeans don't do is commute.....
I think there's a lot more interesting variety and regeneration up north.
Russians write the greatest novels but I'll be picking up the English translations.
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EK: Some Russian guy ridiculing American movies, -- it's so heavily sprinkled with the Russian figures of speech that I can't even translate in a meaningful way. I'll leave it to Map or Al Labout to try.
Neah, it's Al's job. You normally translate into a native language, not from. But frankly, there isn't anything particularly interesting, not really worth translating...
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Map: But frankly, there isn't anything particularly interesting, not really worth translating...

That's what the Elbonians wnat you to think. It's the greatest conspiracy theory of all time.
Elbonians are very self-denigrating and -deprecating and -degrading and
-disparaging.
" the Elbonian Olympics Squad reiterated that they are not deserving of the spectacular Olympic coverage they have received lately."
dilbert-elbonia
Dilbert is their Ministry of Information.
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The Liberal Politics of Dilbert
If you ever wondered!
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Babelfish does a pretty good job of turning the "Elbonia" page into a typical Weblog filled with teenage drivel. Sample, referring to the just-released Matrix: Revolutions:
"What did smoke the brothers Of vachovski, 4 I do not know"
You're right, nothing worth translating!


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If you ever wondered!
Elbonia is working on a New Economy.
While , "Dilbert is working a new food source called the "tomeato" that may end world hunger. Marketing dismisses the idea, but Dilbert sells them on the idea of trying the product in what he believes is the famine-ridden country of Elbonia. To get there Dilbert is forced to visit the trolls in accounting to get his travel budget increased. In Elbonia the "tomeato" is planted and begins to grow quickly in the Elbonian mud. Unfortunately this throws Elbonia into a famine, since the mud was their food source. In addition, exposed to the air too long, the "tomeato" can become explosive, so Elbonia jumpstarts its economy by turning the "tomeato" into bombs. To get the Elbonians to eat the "tomeato" Dogbert calls in a force that cannot be denied, Dilmom."
Anyone thinking of buying Albania : Try the "Secret Juice Formula"
The Elbonians plant wheatgrass. 10 cc of the stuff liquefied is equivalent to 2 lbs of vegetables. The Elbonians can export their grass
and eat mud. The Elbonians also perfects their new idea ; that the wheatgrass performs better than oil and they also perfect the "tomeato" so it doesn't leave them defenceless internally and externally.

I also used Babel Fish to translate the Elbonia journal. I found the translation quite engaging until I realised that he is talking about Matrix Revolution 3 which was a flop worldwide except in Japan who are very tech-minded anyway. Flop might have been word enough unless the teen expected so much of the film and gave way to his lament.

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Originally posted by HS Thomas:
I found the translation quite engaging until I realised that he is talking about Matrix Revolution 3 which was a flop worldwide except in Japan who are very tech-minded anyway.

Can you explain why you think it was a flop? It has only been out one day and reported ticket sales are huge.
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Watched a program, Matrix where they interviwed people round the globe who rushed to see it on it's first day. All but the Japanese gave it a thumbs down. Expect ticket sales to rapidly sink if it gets more reviews like that.
I am sure something could happen to reverse the trend. I can't imagine what, though. I like Keannu. I think you have to appreciate the whole trilogy.
"As Laurence Fishburne (Morpheus) describes The Matrix trilogy, �A combination of science fiction, Hong Kong kung fu, cyberpunk and classic American action, with heavy doses of spiritualism and philosophy.� The Matrix trilogy echoes the familiar good versus evil theme. The dramatic music, the spectacular costume design, and the dark atmosphere of the human world is all tailored toward this end.
The costume design was especially critical to the movie. "Keanu Reeves' fight scenes are the more compelling for his dramatically swirling coat, and with Carrie-Anne Moss's character Trinity looking as if she's been shrink-rapped into her black cat suit, her punches have more pop."

The Elbonian's review seemed to tie in with the programmes'.
I'm glad you asked, Thomas.

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So it wasn't a flop, it just got lousy reviews.
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How many bad reviews does it take to make a film a flop ?
Oh! I see you mean it may still sell well at the box-office.
The first lot who rushed to see the movie are the avid followers.
I judged it to be a flop by their reaction.
The next lot would be the ones to see what the fuss was allabout.
The Japanese seemed to like the cinematography and special effects.
The story line looks quite interesting. I think they left "humour" out completely.
Wouldn't expect to see Matrix on a corporate front page anywhere near me.
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How many bad reviews does it take to make a film a flop ?
Oh! I see you mean it may still sell well at the box-office.
The first lot who rushed to see the movie are the avid followers.
I judged it to be a flop by their reaction.
The next lot would be the ones to see what the fuss was allabout.
The Japanese seemed to like the cinematography and special effects.
The story line looks quite interesting. I think they left "humour" out completely.

Is that a poem?
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Er,no.
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Originally posted by HS Thomas:
Er,no.

You just like carriage returns?
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I was in a bit of a hurry.Though I can see why you could read it like a poem if carriage returns were all you were looking for.
Has anyone seen Matrix yet ?
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Yep.
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Ugggghhhh! Never touch meat again. What's with the chopped chicken beak ? I've never heard of anyone doing that before!
Keanu is the evil one, not the good one ?
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Originally posted by HS Thomas:
Has anyone seen Matrix yet ?

Yep.
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Originally posted by Eugene Kononov:
RH: What's it about?
Some Russian guy ridiculing American movies, -- it's so heavily sprinkled with the Russian figures of speech that I can't even translate in a meaningful way. I'll leave it to Map or Al Labout to try.

Okay, so basically the guy's bemoaning the influence of globalization on the small kingdom of Elbonia. Apparently, they recently opened a McDonald's in the center of the capital--Elbonia City--and this has been enticing Elbonian youth, many of whom have doubled their weight over the last few months alone. To protect local culture there is also talk of making Elbonian the only official language in the country's schools, a proposition that has been met with fierce resistance from Elbonia's ethnic minority, the Kneecapians. Finally, the author concludes with a vague yet stirring call to action to "Keep Elbonia Elbonian"; to "Buy Elbonian"; and, of course, to mandate the in-class singing of the national anthem by schoolchildren before they can begin their lessons:
"...I pledge complete loyalty to the symbols...
Of the Venerable Kingdom of Elbonia.
One notion understood,
Undefinable,
With Lichtenstein and Jordan, et al."

This is what this article is about.
--Al
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Al Labout,
I think the blog moved on since yesterday.
The article/ blog post had Matrix:Revolution in the header.
But, thanks, you have confirmed that it IS a country that is not
waist-deep in mud.
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No, no, translation is correct, but it is what the page is really about.
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I can not belive that you have not seen that clock before....Been around the net for a long time....
if you want a nerdy clock then this link is for you..
http://users.pandora.be/fourtyseven/clock2.htm
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Oh yeah ! Pull the other one.
"... will end everything not at all in the manner that you assumed. Prolistyvayte more rapidly, until they begin to read. First, why revolutions, 4 so did not understand, I slept at this moment, surely.In the second place, there are many pizdachikh real?Zvezdnykh wars??well there, races/distillations aboard the ship, shooting, mowing, metal structures, in addition, floor- Uralmash ╨ $$rturalmaw - Ural Heavy Machinery Plant im. Sergo Ordzhonikidze╩ dragged over.Then other ram- heroes, this is fact.And generally, to smortret' horror as is interesting.4 as it awoke, without being torn off it was stretchmed into the box.
I will say still about the subject.What did smoke the brothers Of vachovski, 4 I do not know, but one brother?this is tow-haired architect, stopudovo, and the second?black trnsvestit pythian.Pythian, by the way, competently is smeared, on the theme, that it died as actress even on the spring.Well, then the second brother Of vachovski, it is understandable, by peasant it resembles, as it will reach the matter.It there will be agent Smith.All in the film, by the way, it buries on- black.The houses of everyone, Battelle- pianos it is small.Only advertisement of?Poslednego samurai?in the beginning.And even about the selections on 7 December.For the selection they call entire film.First is pythian, then neo, as on the order it taldychit on this topical theme.
To look it is possible and in the cinema, here ekshen and specials-effect are zdorovskiye.Not otherwise as Rome, Dziga Of vertov and eyzenshneyn (correct me.4 its always ol -Luko1e I confuse) they were personified in the demonic soul Of vachovski of brazers.But, yes, and to look is possible by small company opposite the enormous monitor with good zvuchkom.Well, floor must not vibrate as in Mayakovskiy?here salt in other:it is possible to sit and to rzhat' above this film infinitely?in spite of a number of frankly dramatic scenes, matrix/die -3 imperatively requires the transfer/translation Of goblina.
By the way, stake ended in 10 minutes, all of 3 large containers.Then it was necessary entire session/performance to eat 3,8 liters priest -korna, strewed by seasoning?barbekyu?,well nothing?and here are the spectators, who arrived with the clay statuette (it can this the friends of russkiy ?),they forced it, statuette, to look into the screen, and then be sawn and drunk fell.
And still?Matrix/die this in reality of yozhik.I.e., bespez... is actual of yozhik.Very that not on exists.Well the hedgehog is such with the flies, is dead of the type.The very same machine.Well there another sun then in the style narko-60- X, this is theme.Hindus of proplatili of minutes 20 of the film.Entire piz.. they tell about how they write programs and then return to their Frenchmen.
Entirely he forgot:first and last in its life orgasm of Trinity it did test in the turned-off aircraft?she saw the sun without the clouds.Yes it in the life generally little that is what did see, it was sucked neo, yes on the walls it did run in Kveyke, and here?the sun.Is healthy its klinanulo.But then they as Al'kayeda, vrezalis' into the building and kapets, electricity ended.
Well still, neo?entire film as Mares'ev.Or as electrician.Such entire of itself Mares'ev, electrician Homer in one person.Well and all it kneads, or so it seems it.
4, by the way, I do think that at the end it will be then as into?Vanilla Of skay?Neo they will cease to split any preparations, it will remove/take mask/shield and will understand that in reality of 20 years ago it did not manage control and vrezalsya into the support of bridge."
Er, I won't be buying Elbonia. Such madness best be left alone.Or is he talking about the film?
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This is a better translation by an IM translator:
"All will be terminated at all how you assumed. Glance over faster, yet have not started to read. First, why revolutions, I and have not understood, I slept during this moment, probably. Secondly, it is a lot of pizdachih real � Star wars �, ? well there, races by the ship, shooting, kosba, metallokonstruktsy, besides, a floor - Uralmasha have dragged. Then still women-heroes, it is the fact. And in general, smortret horror as it is interesting. I as have woken up, not coming off pjalilsja in a box.
About a plot I shall tell still. That brothers Vachovski smoked, I do not know, but one brother is belobrysyj the architect, stopudovo, and the second ? black trnsvestit Pifija. Pifija, by the way, it is competently spread, on a theme, that she has died as an actress on spring. Well, then second brother Vachovski, clearly, the muzhik resembles, as an affair will reach. It will be agent Smith. All in film, by the way, buries in a black way. Houses of everyones, it is not enough bettl-grand pianos. Only advertising of " Last Samurai � in the beginning. And even about elections on December, 7. On a choice call all film. That Pifija, Neo as under the order repeats on this topical [Attention! The source text was truncated.]
Well. The hedgehog such with flies, dead type. It the machine. Well there still the sun then in style �����-60-�, is a theme. Hindus have paid minutes 20 of film. All piz.. Tell about how they write programs and then give their Frenchmen.
Has absolutely forgotten: the first and last in the life orgazm Triniti has tested in the switched off plane ? she has seen the sun without clouds. Yes she in a life in general a little that saw, was sucked with Neo, yes on walls ran in the Quake, and here ? the sun. Fine her klinanulo. And then they as Alkaeda, ran into a building and kapets, the electricity was terminated.
Well still, Neo ? all film as Maresev. Or as the electrician. Such all from itself Maresev, the electrician and Gomer in one person. Well and all kneads, or so it seems to it.
I, by the way, think, that then in the end will be as in � Vanilla Skye � ? Neo will cease to prick any preparations, it will remove a mask and will understand, that actually 20 years ago it has not coped with management and ran into a support of the bridge. "
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It is all what it is all about.
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I am glad I found IM translator.Free translation
But back to thinking that there is no separatist state that named itself Elbonia after Adam's country that is primarily made up of mud with zero taxes, cheerful slave labor, amnesty from any inconvenient laws, and absolutely no environmental regulations!
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Another Cool Clock
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