Espresso and nothing else being “hardcore”? I dearly hope there is irony that I’m missing here, because come on. Seriously. HOW.
Drinking bad espresso alone might be kinda hardcore though. ’Cause it takes some guts to down that stuff.
Fun fact of my life: I have a smelly jar in my room, in which I collect the surplus of bad espresso I occasionally make (and I’m the worst coffee-maker in the world, as in, I’ve met people for Poland who were more capable of operating a coffee-pot than me), and then use it as a stock of colour to paint. Who said you need to down that stuff when you can recycle it in a much less disgusting way? :D
11. I hope non-showbiz famous people count, too, because the list of politicians of modern days and past centuries is long, and my punching arm doesn’t tire much fast. Hey, Silvio, what did you just say about making a grand return for the next elections? *cracks knuckles*
21. “Meh”, followed immediately by “lol” and “[insert expression of RAEG in Italian here]!”.
6. Every unnecessary adverb or adjective in a narrative text.
12. This is going to be embarrassing. So, La Marseillaise, Fratelli d’Italia (which I heartily dislike music-wise and think the only semi-passable stanza is the one about the Austrian eagle losing its feathers and attempting to drink the blood of the Italian and Polish people and having “the heart burnt” accordingly), La canzone del Piave, Ich hatt’einen Kameraden, and Эшелонная песня. Of course, this doesn’t mean I am actually capable of singing each and every one of these in a pleasant or decent way: I have a horrible off-key stupid voice and am only good at howling, the more drunken the better.
17. See previous answer c:
2. I’d name the boy Peter (or Pietro, or any other national equivalent) and the girl… oh crap, I fail at girls forever. I’d leave that decision to her father, so I can pick the boy’s name and we’re even!
14. Oh Lord, I have been fantasizing about this for basically every single movie I’ve watched in my life, even the horrible ones: if anything, just to stand up and slap a stupid character in the face. Right now, because I’m in a huge ZOMG FENCING mood these days, I’d pick The duellists and somehow work my way to serve as second to lieutenant d’Hubert.
17. Ciao, hello, hallo/servus, привет, salut, hola, ahoj, cześć, shalom, ni hao… Uhh and I swear I have learnt it in a few other languages, but I’ve forgotten which :I
We were doing maximum for getting to the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Borodino this year but it seems that the second side is too busy doing something else than replying to our e-mail and answerin our questions clearly on phone.
The main problem of…
I’m sorry it didn’t work, and missing the anniversary for some bad organisation shiz sounds horribly frustrating >_> I mean come on, it’s not like Napoleon bothered about visas and permissions to march all the way to Moscow, dammit! Get a hold over yourself, contemporary era :U
““If you have originality,” he [Flaubert] used to say, “the essential is to release it; if you haven’t you must acquire it.” It is a matter of considering long and attentively what you want to express, so that you may discover an aspect of it that has never before been noticed or reported. There is a part of everything that remains unexplored, for we have fallen into the habit of remembering, whenever we use our eyes, what people before us have thought of the thing we are looking at. Even the slightest thing contains a little that is unknown. We must find it. To describe a blazing fire or a tree in a plain, we must remain before that fire or that tree until they no longer resemble for us any other tree or any other fire. That is the way to be original. After repeating over and over again this truth, that there are not in the entire world two grains of sand, two flies, two hands or two noses that are exactly the same, he made me describe, in a few sentences, a being or an object in such a way as to particularlise it clearly, to distinguish it from all the other beings or all the other objects of the same race or kind. “When you pass a grocer sitting in his doorway,” he used to tell me, “or a concierge smoking his pipe, or a cab-stand, show me that grocer and that concierge, the way they are sitting or standing, their entire physical appearance, making it by the skilfulness of your portrayal embody all their moral nature as well, so that I cannot confuse them with any other grocer or any other concierge; and make me see, by means of a single word, wherein one cab-horse does not resemble the fifty others ahead of it or behind it.” Whatever you want to say, there is only one word that will express it, one verb to make it move, one adjective to qualify it. You must seek that word, that verb, and that adjective, and never be satisfied with approximations, never resort to tricks, even clever ones, or to verbal pirouettes to escape the difficulty.”
“The bodies of tens of thousands of soldiers buried beneath the earth had been waiting so many long years for his arrival, and now he was here at last, like a new Messiah, copiously provided with maps, with lists, with the infallible directions that would enable him to draw them up of the mud and restore them to their families. Other generals had led those interminable columns of soldiers into defeat and destruction. But he, he had come to wrest back from oblivion and death the few that remained. He was going to speed on from graveyard to graveyard, searching every field of battle in this country to recover those who had vanished. And in his campaign against the mud he would suffer no reverses; because at his back he had the magic power conferred by statistical exactitude.” (from The General of the Dead Army)
“The existence of good bad literature — the fact that one can be amused or excited or even moved by a book that one’s intellect simply refuses to take seriously — is a reminder that art is not the same thing as cerebration.”—George Orwell on “good bad books.” See also: Orwell on why write. (via explore-blog)
"it takes a touch of… something, I myself can’t put my finger on an exact definition (talent? vision? wisdom? etc)" - Creativity?
Hm-hm, might be. As an umbrella term for n number of etceteras like the ones aforementioned, it works fine. Someone else might even go as far as to call it “genius”, but I personally think it’s a bit (or a lot?) overenthusiastic and even mooter a point than creativity.