Happy little Saturday!

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Happy little Saturday 


While Lao language has a word for Friday (wan suk) many will use the colloquialism “little Saturday [wan sao noi]” to refer to the last day of the working week, as our thoughts and motivation drift inexorably towards weekend laziness.

For bonus points of etymological weirdness, you can break down the Lao word for Friday (wan suk) into its constituent parts;
Wan (day) and suk (for ripeness or happiness).
If we follow the English “Friday” back past the old English Frīgedæg (day of Frigga [equated with Venus]) to its Latin root Veneris dies (day of Venus) we are left with a day dedicated to a god credited with beauty, sex, prosperity, fertility, and love.

Happy little Saturday, everyone!

100th Post / Thank You

…..Sitting here writing Robolenin.com’s 100th post feels odd.

…..When I submitted the first post here in January 2013, I had absolutely no idea where my life would lead — and it has led me to some irrefutably strange places, both personally and professionally.
…..On this auspicious occasion I would like to thank you, dear reader, for your patronage — whether you’ve been following the site for a while or this is your first visit.
…..Your views, likes and follows have motivated me to keep at my writing and have fueled my resurgent passion for photography and visual art.

…..Without you all, and the immersion of creating content for the site, I’m not sure if I would be as happy or creatively fulfilled as I am today.

…..As special thanks, here is one of my favorite pictures of Lenin, accompanied by an unknown feline.
…..Despite extensive investigation, it’s unclear what the name of the cat in this picture is. Even among pet historians (which is apparently a thing) there is no consensus as to the name of this particular puss — or any of the other host of cats which were said to have lived in the Kremlin as Lenin’s companions and contemporaries.
…..One theory is that Lenin refused to name the cat in order to avoid bourgeois concepts of ownership. Another is that documentation of the animals was avoided among fears that it would weaken the man’s image. Another source claims that the Kremlin’s first cat and dog were named Socks and Buddy — eerily foreshadowing the names of the US first pets during the Clinton administration.

Thank you all, for all of your support — here’s to another 100.

Lenin discusses state matters in the company of one decidedly stern looking puss