May 9, 2012 Seth Perkins

Hunt of Red October, Variations on Trotsky, Red Army Choir, Submarines

Today was another one of those weird days in the sub-conscious.

The Hunt for Red October (film)

The Hunt for Red October (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last night, while working on After Effects, I had The Hunt for Red October playing on Netflix.  I hadn’t watched the movie for years.  It’s excellent, if you haven’t seen it.  One of my favorite moments is in the first 10 minutes.  The crew on a Russian submarine is speaking in Russian (no surprise).  The camera pushes in on a character’s lips, and suddenly the actor switches to English.  The camera comes back out and resumes.  Just such a novel device and at a moment that takes us from this disconnect of reading words on a screen to hearing spoken passages from the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita interpreted through the mind of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Father of the Atomic Bomb (and one  of the 3 people I would visit in a time-machine).  Such a beautiful moment telling the state of two nations locked in the Cold War.

But getting back on topic.: Today was another one of those weird days in the sub-conscious.

I woke this morning with the Red Army Choir playing in my head.  Something like this :

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This became the FM station in my head throughout the day : selections by the Red Army Choir.

Ironically, YouTube decided to play an ad which interrupted the flow:

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All I could think of was “The proletariat is right. The proletariat must always be right. And the revolution of the proletariat against oppression must go on . . . forever!”  That and Trotsky with a pickaxe in his head a la David Ives.

Alexandrov Choir and Yosif Kobzon sing in Wars...

Alexandrov Choir and Yosif Kobzon sing in Warsaw, October 2009 Polski: Chór Aleksandrowa i Josif Kobzon w czasie koncertu w Warszawie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I ended up waiting for Kathryn at her office building while she was wrapping up some research.  I decided to take the half hour and read up on submarines, beginning with the Kursk ( and ending by reading on all the generations of Russian and American submaries WWII forward.  (Ain’t Wikipedia amazing?)

The only unfortunate thing is: in order to push in some more knowledge on submarines, I probably had to forget something.  Hope it wasn’t important.


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