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Postby LIVLIVS MAXIMVS » 17 May 2008, 05:23

Friday, April 18, 2008


When a person dies, the way how his death is told, expressed or percieved does not only depend on the matter how that person lived or died, but also on the past relations of the informed and informers with the late man, and the worldview of the audience perceiving this news. So a normal language should have many synonyms of the word "to die", and also many idioms. Once I sat and wrote a list of words meaning "to die" in Azeri language without resorting to a dictionary (thus it was a test of my ideolect) and there emerged the list given below (where i omitted explicitly obscene words):

Ölmək
Vəfat etmək
Rəhmətə getmək
Rəhmətə qovuşmaq
Çezmək
Gəbərmək
Murdar olmaq
O dünyaya köçmək
O dünyaya vasil olmaq
Cəhənnəmə vasil olmaq
Cəhənnəmlik olmaq
Cənnətlik olmaq
Əbədi yuxuya getmək
Şəhid olmaq
Gülləyə tuş gəlmək
Əcələ yetişmək
Allaha yaxın olmaq
Son mənzilə yetmək
Qəbr evinə köçmək
Gorbagor olmaq
Can vermək
Canını tapşırmaq
Haqqa qovuşmaq
Dünyanı tərk etmək
Dünyasını dəyişmək
Axirətə qovuşmaq
Əzrayıla rast gəlmək

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Postby LIVLIVS MAXIMVS » 17 May 2008, 05:24

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


VATICAN CITY (Associated Press, Tue May 13, 4:07 PM ET) - Believing that the universe may contain alien life does not contradict a faith in God, the Vatican's chief astronomer said in an interview published Tuesday.

The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, was quoted as saying the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones.

"How can we rule out that life may have developed elsewhere?" Funes said. "Just as we consider earthly creatures as 'a brother,' and 'sister,' why should we not talk about an 'extraterrestrial brother'? It would still be part of creation."

In the interview by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Funes said that such a notion "doesn't contradict our faith" because aliens would still be God's creatures. Ruling out the existence of aliens would be like "putting limits" on God's creative freedom, he said.

The interview, headlined "The extraterrestrial is my brother," covered a variety of topics including the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and science, and the theological implications of the existence of alien life.

Url: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jNDA ... wD90KV2VG0

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Postby LIVLIVS MAXIMVS » 17 May 2008, 05:28

Saturday, May 17, 2008


Very interesting information drew my attention a few hours before on one local TV, where a resident of Gusar, a border town in the north of Azerbaijan Republic claimed that he had found a skeleton of a dinosaur from the cellar of his house, during renovations. The TV even showed the skeleton itself and I admit that in the first minutes I even believed in it. But the attitude of the brave Gusarian made me suspect a hoax.

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Gusarian said that they actually hadn’t dug the skeleton, it was in the cellar, covered with a thick layer of dust, and it is evident that the dinosaur entered the cellar after the completion of the house, and as it couldn’t come out, so it died there. And added brave Gusarian, that in Azerbaijan such dinosaurs live to this day, [and he is happy that one of them was found in his house!].

Then spoke one brave scientist - member of the Academy of Sciences, who heads an archeological expedition to the region nowadays, and said that he hadn't a doubt that this is a dinosaur, but “I touched and checked the skeleton with my hands” and I am sure that it is maximum 300 years old, no more! [Yes, professor, what brilliant scientific methods you have in your arsenal, bravo!] And then that brave scientist added that the skeleton should be taken to the main office of the Academy of Sciences to its one institute (I forgot the name).

Then TV crew took the scanned image of the local Dinosaur to the Academy, the mentioned institute and asked, what genus and species of dinosaurs this Azerisaur can be related. And what they said in the Academy? You know, this is in fact a cat, an ordinary cat, who probably died 60 years ago, for example, you see the skull of it? It is a skull of a cat. And teeth and bones…And also you have came to the wrong institute, you probable should visit also the institute of paleontology…

Thus, there came the end of the story, and so pity that our local “national” dinosaur (or Azeris like to say “whole-national”) turned out to be a Felis Domesticus, or a house cat. Yeah, our sweetie pussy in boots, of course, it would be a great honour to be a Dinosaur, but to be a cat is also a merit, never mind, at least according to Zoological Society of London every year 1 per cent of animal species become extinct, so after 100 years, when the only remaining members of the kingdom Animalia will be us and your skeleton, who knows, maybe millions of tourists will arrive in Gusar in order to glaze at you?

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Postby LIVLIVS MAXIMVS » 25 May 2008, 04:05

Thursday, May 22, 2008


This year, at last, Azerbaijan made its debut in Eurovision, thus becoming last Caucasian country after Armenia (2006) and Georgia (2007) to join this famed song contest. Azerbaijan is represented by Elnur & Samir with a song by Govhar Hasan-zadeh and Zahra Badalbeyli. Elnur performs the role of an angel and Samir of a devil and the theme of their duet is the eternal struggle of Good and Evil. But at the end of the performance, through the persuasion of the angel (Elnur) the devil (Samir) undergoes a transformation and becomes an angel himself. This transformation is marked by Samir's singing a piece of Mugham, traditional Azeri music and changing his clothes from black to white.

Two days before in the semi-final Azerbaijan was shortlisted and so we are going to continue our Eurovision 2008 adventures! Although Elnur and Samir couldn't do their best (because they were greatly excited), it seems that our debut was pretty successful, (and it gave a rise to some speculations about our performance being homoerotic! )

BTW, thanks to everyone in Europe who voted for us, and please go voting for Azerbaijan in the final also, if you like our song! We are the champions!

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A photo from Eurovision Headquarters, Belgrade, (c) Ruslan Ismayil-zadeh, 2008

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Postby LIVLIVS MAXIMVS » 25 May 2008, 04:08

Sunday, May 25, 2008


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Dima Bilan, Russian performer in Eurovision Song Contest 2008 became the first, and next Eurovision contest will be held in Moscow. Moscow doesn’t believe in tears. So, congratulations to Russia, and especially thanks because of their 10 points given to us, Azerbaijan. It was not a surprise that Russia was going to win, and I just recalled one comment by one Azeri composer saying that with Bilan having Evgeni Plushenko and Edvin Marton performing alongside him, it is very strange why George W. Bush doesn’t sing the back-vocals.

If Bilan’s victory wasn’t really a surprise for many, but Hungary’s 12 points (the top score) for Azerbaijan came really as a surprise to me. Hungary was the only other country than Turkey voting 12 points for us. I remembered one Azeri poet who wrote in the beginning of XX century:

You, Hungarian people, are our brothers,
Our ancestors came both from Turan
We have the same faith, are adherents of the truth,
Is it possible that Bible and Koran can separate us?

Azerbaijan, receiving varying votes from 21 of 43 countries, came 8th among European nations participating in ESC 2008, and thanks to every voter who contributed to this our success. Well, I think we shouldn’t be disappointed, because the most realist prognosis regarding our song was to be among top 10, and it became true!

Elnur & Samir (photo from Wikipedia)

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I just noticed that we did very bad in classic catholic countries, except Belgium, Poland and Andorra, that is we got no votes from France, Spain, Portugal, San-Marino, Ireland. I wonder whether it is related to Elnur’s being an angel, and Samir being a devil. Did it hurt their religiosity? And also we got little vote across Western Europe, and only 5 out of 21 countries voting for us is Western European. But our top voters being Eastern Europe +Turkey, we did well in Eastern Europe, as Hungary gave their top score to us, and in Czech Republic, Russia and Ukraine we came second. Israel and Greece voted for us 3 point each, as we expected more from the former, and almost none from the latter.

And these are the countries who voted for us. Thanks to them all, and to ALL VOTERS who sent an SMS with “20”! And especially thanks to Turkey!

Hungary 12
Turkey 12
Czech Rep 10
Russia 10
Ukraine 10
Byelorussia 8
FYR Macedonia 8
Moldova 8
Andorra 7
Belgium 7
Georgia 7
Lithuania 7
Poland 7
Latvia 4
Bulgaria 3
Greece 3
Israel 3
Netherlands 2
Romania 2
Germany 1
Slovenia 1

P.S. It seemed that Elnur could at last cope with the excitement, but Samir was again very much exited and it prevented him from singing better.

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Postby LIVLIVS MAXIMVS » 26 May 2008, 00:21

Monday, May 26, 2008


In my previous post I wrote that Dima Bilan’s victory was not really a surprise, but I didn’t wrote that paradoxically, he and his song was also mostly criticized. During a press-conference one of the journalists even asked him sarcastically that which song he is going to participate in Eurovision Song Contest 2009 with (sic!)!

Eurovision is long overtaken by neighbor and ex-pat votes, and if sometimes a country can gain from it (in the case of Balkan countries, or Azerbaijan and Turkey), sometimes it can lose from it (as Balkan and Nordic countries vote for themselves, lone countries such as Ireland and Malta have a miserable chances to win). This is the reason why Austria was not amongst the participants this year. As a protest to the highly polarization of Eurovision, they decided not to enter ESC 2008. Many think that it is time for the reforms that would end partisan voting.

And another feature of Eurovision which harms it, is that people mostly vote for not the best music piece, but in favor of well-known pop-stars (in the case of Dima), or something extraordinary and exciting (in the case of Lordi), or just vote for the performers who seem sexy enough to draw attention (I’ll abstain from giving an example ;-). . .). As long as I watch Eurovision, in my humble opinion, the best performers of Eurovision was not the winner in most cases, except maybe Ruslana. And Dima Bilan maybe deserved to win two years ago more than this year.

And the same happened now, Balkan countries voted for exclusively their neighbors and their Slavic brother Russia; Nordic countries voted for Nordic countries; Turkey for Azerbaijan, and Azerbaijan for Turkey. Exceptions were Armenia and Greece that got votes from across Europe, and not from only kin-countries, but here the effects of ex-pats and Diasporas were observed.

“Hostile” states did not vote to each other, in the case of Serbia and Albania; or Azerbaijan and Armenia. Exception was Turkey that traditionally gives a high score to Armenia, but gets nothing from her in return. Despite ignoring each other in the final, nevertheless Armenia gave 2 points to Azerbaijan in the first semi-final this year. It would be very interesting to see how the both societies will interpret this.

And main my observation was that this year the best songs got less attention again, and less votes. For example, in my humble opinion, the winner deserved to be Croatia, Portugal, Romania or Norway (and maybe Turkey). But all of them were at least in the middle of the list.

And finally, Azerbaijan’s entry, I think, was a bulky compilation of everything – rock, opera, pop, ballet, folk song, show and theatre, and it was also complicated from the pyrotechnical point of view. Such a song is good to be shot in the music video, but not for a live performance. A simple, but sophisticated song could be more valuable and more successful. It seems that when jury chose Elnur and Samir, it didn’t counted all the difficulties and disadvantages that was inherent with their music. Now I start to think that sending Unformal (rock-band) instead maybe could increase our chances in ESC 2008. But, the people in my country say, there is not a “what if” in history, and Eurovision 2008 is now history . . .

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Postby LIVLIVS MAXIMVS » 27 May 2008, 03:33

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Today a NASA spacecraft, The Mars Phoenix lander touched down in the far north of the Red Planet, after a 680 million-km (423 million-mile) journey from Earth and sent interesting photos of Mars's surface back to us. These photos are very unique as it seems, and as everyone starting from NASA to BBC claims. Here are some of them:

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But one of the most shocking pictures somehow got less attention than it deserved. This photo at last proved that there is water on Mars, and it is doubtless! For this sensational photo please click the link below:


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Postby LIVLIVS MAXIMVS » 06 Jun 2008, 06:12

Friday, June 6, 2008


This year was the 90th anniversary of the first democratic and secular republic in the whole Muslim East, namely Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (ADR). Proclaimed on 28 May, 1918 and overthrown by Russian Bolsheviks on 28 April, 1920, ADR maintained a true democracy: gave a suffrage to the women (1919) and the youth, long before the main European nations did; created a truly democratic parliament, where assigned MP quotas to almost all ethnic minorities, and even gave special representation to workers’ unions; and made preparation to summon the Constituent Assembly (alas, interrupted by the Russian Bolshevik invasion). Besides, ADR remained strictly committed to the parliamentary form of government, where the Council of Ministers was accountable to the parliament, and was dismissed in the case if it lost the confidence of the majority of MPs.

Minorities and all political and social spectra of the Azerbaijani society were broadly represented in ADR’s parliament and councils of ministers, where there were many socialists and capitalists, conservatives and liberals, secular nationalists and religious right. Doctor Guindes, famous Jewish pediatrician of Baku served one time as the Minister of Heath, and despite the open warfare with neighboring Armenia, Armenians of Azerbaijan had their own MPs and even Ministers.

ADR gave refuge to many Turkic and non-Turkic political, public and military figures of former Russian Empire and Azerbaijani army harbored many former Russian officers of the czarist army. For example, General Suleiman Sulkevich, former Prime Minister of the Crimea became the first chief of staff of Azerbaijani army, and Rashid Khan Kaplanov, former high-ranking official of the Mountainous Republic, overthrown by White Russians, held the post of the Minister of Education and thus became one of the founders of Baku State University.

Azerbaijan Democratic Republic founded the first modern European-style institute of higher education in Azerbaijan – Baku State University (1919) and its first Chancellor became Professor Razumovski, who was invited from Russia proper. Government opened the numerous courses to eliminate illiteracy among the population, nationalized all elementary schools in order to back them financially from the budget and also launched an ambitious campaign and sent 99 students to various European countries to advance their education (the 100th student died just day before departure).

The flag of ADR (now the flag of the Republic of Azerbaijan with modifications) consisted of three horizontal strips of light blue (symbol of Turkishness), red (symbol of Europeanness) and green (symbol of Islamic faith). Thus this flag once again stressed the motto of ADR – “Turkify, Europeanize, Islamicize” in order to emphasize ethnic pride, modernization and religious devotion.

The first head of state of ADR was Mammedamin Rasul-zadeh, a journalist, who participated in and passed through five revolutions (1905-1907 Russian, 1906-1911 Iranian Constitutional, 1908-1909 Young Turk Revolution, 1917 February and October Revolutions); founded the first secret Muslim political organization in the Russian Empire, the first Muslim socialist organization in the World, the first modern daily newspaper in Iran, and the first secular and democratic republic in the Muslim East.

The second head of state of ADR was Alimardan Topchubashov, a jurist, who was one of the leaders of the Turkic-Tatar people of the Russian Empire, head of its faction in the first Russian parliament (State Duma), and one of the founders of the first political organization of the Turkic-Tatar peoples of Russia. Topchubashov also was the head of the Azeri delegation to the Paris Peace Conference and there, in Paris, after meeting him, the US President Woodrow Wilson said, “I met with a very dignified and interesting group of gentlemen from Azerbaijan, men who spoke the same language I did about ideals and concepts of liberty, rights and justice.”

ADR during its existence had five Council of Ministers, and two Prime Ministers – Fath Ali Khan Khoyski and Nasib bey Yusifbeyli (Usubbekov). Both of them were prominent jurists in Azerbaijan. The former even was the deputy of a public prosecutor in a purely Russian province, a post generally not available for a Muslim.

Indeed, as Topchubashev wrote, “[the first] Council of Ministers [of ADR] consisted of four Doctors of Jurisprudence, four engineers, three Doctors of Medicine and one Doctor of Philology…”. Most of these people and other founders of ADR came from very prominent families.

Alimardan Topchubashov, for example, came from the Topchubashi family, which traces its origins to XIV century military commander in the charge of the cannons in Ganja garrison. The ancestors of Fath Ali Khan Khoyski were the rulers of three independent and semi-independent principalities of Azerbaijan (Khoy, Tabriz and Shaki) in XVIII century and the ancestors of the Ziyadkhanovs, other prominent family that contributed to the foundation of ADR, were the general-governors of Ganja and Karabakh during long reign of the Safavid dynasty. Several generals of the Azeri army, the Mirza Gajars came from an offshoot of the incumbent ruling monarchic family of Iran. Nasib bey Yusifbeyli and Hasan bey Aghayev were Ganja noblemen, and Rasul-zadeh was a son of a prominent Bakuvian cleric. Most of these fathers-founders of Azerbaijan were educated in the best European and Russian universities, were liberals and socialists, and were committed to democracy. As Topchubashov would define, they were “true citizens and patriots of their fatherland”.

Today, we can speak of ADR only as a lost republic, and of its leaders as a lost generation, as republic was overthrown in two years’ time, and its leaders fell victims to the ardent terror campaigns and bloody purges by the Bolsheviks. Only handful of them survived and died in exile. Nevertheless, they have left a very brilliant model of how to build a democratic and modern state in the Muslim East, a striking example that should be followed not only by Azerbaijan, but by also many others.
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Postby LIVLIVS MAXIMVS » 10 Jun 2008, 06:18

Monday, June 9, 2008


In Boris Akunin’s Turkish Gambit, there is an episode: a group of journalists and officers bet whether Monsieur d'Hevrais, a French journalist could write a newspaper article about his old boots. An article published in Revue Parisienne three days afterwards reveals that these boots accompanied valuable memories of 10 years’ time – a very beautiful episode, a very beautiful, although mock, article, and a very valuable proof that at the end helps to discover who the real villain of the piece is.

The day before yesterday my old flash drive (removable disc) broke down. Thus, there came an end to our friendship of almost two years’ time. Although this flash drive was pretty old, and not of a good manufacture and design, and had a capacity of 512 megabytes only, it also accompanied very valuable memories of two years’ time.

When I bought that flash drive for an astronomic sum of money at that time – two years ago, it was only the third flash drive in our university group. The first flash drive (capable of 128 megabytes) belonged to my friend E. It was given to him as a handout in a workshop in a Khazar University. The second flash drive belonged to me, and was an identical twin of E.’s, and I got it from the same workshop in Khazar University. However, I gave that my first flash drive as a gift to my friend Z., who before helped me to type (actually, who typed) my papers when I still did not possess a computer.

I remember that once he not only deprived himself from his sleep, but also deprived his friend E. from his sleep, and they typed my paper [about Iran’s nuclear program] all the night! Because the next day was the deadline for submitting the papers and I had made an inaccuracy of delaying it. (A friend in need is a friend indeed – no need to recall).

Thus, the flash drive that I purchased for an astronomic sum of money was only the third, but yet the most powerful then. When I started to use that flash drive, I could hardly fill half of it every time, but at the end of its use, it could hardly contain all the needed information. However, it was still that old dear friend, which not only helped you in urgent situations, but also did not let you down in most emergency ones.

Moreover, what passengers it took onto its board, starting from pirate MP3s to all kinds of files that we could not attach to our emails because of our 50 kbps dial-up modems! How many times stowaway viruses, Trojans, worms and spywares made their way into it until an inspector with a surname Kaspersky could detect them and purge the ship!

At first, not only me, but also many my friends used to use it until other students started to buy flash drives one by one. And there come a day, when everybody had a flash drive at least capable of 1 gigabyte, and my dear old friend stood lonely and orphan amongst its other colleagues, and it was no more needed by anyone except me. (A friend in need is a friend indeed – no need to recall).

I used to carry it in the right pocket of my trousers, where I also used to put my wallet and my pen. By the way, my wallet is slightly older than my now deceased old dear friend was, and my pen is at least four years old (from time to time I only fill it with ink)! Altogether, we resembled to D’Artagnan and the three musketeers…

As one sage once said, the best part of our life is our friends, then this my old dear friend was two years of my life, and as Monsieur D’Hevrais’s boots, it accompanied valuables memories that no paper and blog can portray, how long we try to write. Therefore, the last thing I can say is “Journey well, my friend…”

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Postby LIVLIVS MAXIMVS » 06 Sep 2008, 01:32

Rusiya-Gürcüstan müharibəsi haqqında yazılarım üçün baxın

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Postby LIVLIVS MAXIMVS » 16 Feb 2009, 23:48

Diqqət! Bloqumun təzə ünvanı!

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