Watched some Chernobyl last night.

The interiors of apartments are very *something*. Makes me feel like I'd been in them before in real life.

Is the guy at the beginning who provides for his cat and then offs himself supposed to be Anatoly Dyatlov (Анатолий Дятлов), the shift supervisor?

He didn't off himself. Wrote a book and died later of a heart attack.

Maybe it was one of the techs.

Historical things take me a long time to watch. Keep stopping to look things up!

@gemlog You'll find out if you keep watching, but it's not Dyatlov

@Alamantus Thanks! Big inaccuracies throw me off and make me lose interest in such historical movies. Dyatlov was likewise sentenced to 10 years (served 3), so I didn't know.
I'm still quite near the beginning really.

@gemlog Yeah, it takes a while and the episodes themselves are long, but I thought it was worth it! There's also a couple images of the real people with some text explanations at the very end that's nice to know, too (I don't want to spoil it, but one character is a representation of many people).

Toward the end, it also actually explains what happened in the reactor itself, which was cool. I got impatient so I researched what happened myself, but they do explain it in like episode 4 or 5, which was nice.

@Alamantus I know roughly what happened, but I'll certainly know much more by the end of the series! I know I'll keep looking things up - I don't want to memorize artistic license as 'fact'.
Thanks for my word of the day: conlang.
I used to get all worked up about things like lojban or the unifon alphabet. Or wouldn't it be cool to have something like hangul but for english? That sort of thing.

@gemlog Yeah for sure! I heard that Russia is going to make their own version of the series, too, which will be interesting to compare.

And yeah, constructed languages!Conlanging is fun! I don't do it as much as I want, but I love coming up with interesting things. My most recent conlang project is one that's intended to be the easiest for humans developing speech to become fluent in because it uses the sounds that are statistically the first ones that babies tend to make. Hard but fun!

@gemlog If you liked the apartments check out documentaries by Телекон here:

There are videos commented by a dosimetrist who took a greeat part in liquidation. Some videos show the interior of the Припят apartments, and yeah, they are so cozy!

Plus, language is RU but EN subbed :)


Thanks, I have the docus up in a tab. Also, I looked up Telekon on youtube in general.

It's actually good they are in russian. At this point I'm happy I can (mostly) sound out words having just learned (tenuously) the alphabet. Of course, "sounding out" words doesn't mean I have a clue what they mean! :-)

Also ъ and ь... not so much yet at all.

@gemlog Well, you are aiming high!
Check out videos by "bald and bankrupt", he goes to the middle in f'ing nowhere and speaks Russian with people. A man after my own heart - if only I could hold a conversation.
He has a video with very particular recommendations for Russian language, such as: don't learn Russian grammar. Apparently it's terribly difficult to get right, yet you can have all you need with a more basic skillset!

@s21 I have read that about not learning russian grammar before now.
Like other langs, i don't have anyone to talk to and likely never will. My goal is simply to read things. I notice with spanish I'm beginning to get the gist listening now too (but reading is better).
I'm not really aiming as high as you think! :-)

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