January 24th, 2019

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Jacob Rees-Mogg, one of the best-known British Brexiteers, reminds me terribly of Alexei Solopov, head of the department of classical literature at the Moscow State University. They are both characteristically thin and tall. They both speak slowly. They are both conservative. They both have respect for the classics — Rees-Mogg studied history at Oxford and is on the record regretting he did not choose classics. Somehow, they both project antiquity (I’ve heard several jokes about Rees-Mogg based on exactly that impression). The resemblance is uncanny.

Rees-Mogg, of course, has a much more charming accent.


Solopov (I don't think this video is doing him any justice, considering the imbecile interviewer and the TV channel in particular, but nonetheless):

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One last thing about Tracy and Ben. Here’s the recording published in April 2018 (and, judging by the version of Rx used, recorded somewhere around that time). Ben is explaining to Tracy how to use RxJS for animations. The slow pace is great for a newbie (as opposed to his talks at conferences where he would fly over these concepts at a high speed). The thing is, at the time of the recording, Tracy has the title of Google Developer Expert, and is a member of RxJS Core team. From the dialog that’s going on in the recording, I can’t even... And it’s not like she is playing the role of a novice (although she makes one — and only one — uncharacteristically sharp remark when Ben is trying to import an RxJS operator from the wrong package). It’s very hard to convincingly imitate this.