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Street dogs in Moscow - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"About 500 dogs on average live in its stations, especially during colder months. Of these dogs, about 20 are believed to have learned how to use the system as a means of commuting. The strays move to the city center during the day in search of food and return to the suburbs at night."
dogs  russia  evolution 
february 2014 by kevan
For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine
"Karp Lykov fought a long and losing battle with himself to keep all this modernity at bay. When they first got to know the geologists, the family would accept only a single gift—salt."
secrets  time  russia 
january 2013 by kevan
Prank ‘The Master and Margarita’ road signs allowed to stay | LOCAL | The Moscow News
"A sign depicting two male silhouettes and one of a fat cat was installed in the Patriarch’s Ponds area together with a sign depicted a reworked name of the novel’s first chapter “Talking to strangers is forbidden.”"
books  signs  russia  via:néa 
june 2012 by kevan
Moscow Metro forced to delay opening of ‘depressing’ Dostoevsky station - Times Online
"The [murals], drawn from the 19th-century novelist’s works, could prompt depressed commuters to kill themselves, critics say. "
depression  transport  death  russia  art  via:minkette 
may 2010 by kevan
Inside the Apocalyptic Soviet Doomsday Machine
"The Soviets had taken game theory one step further than Kubrick, Szilard, and everyone else: They built a system to deter themselves. By guaranteeing that Moscow could hit back, Perimeter was actually designed to keep an overeager Soviet military or civilian leader from launching prematurely during a crisis." [...] "No matter what was going to happen, there still would be revenge. Those who attack us will be punished."
war  apocalypse  technology  russia  history  politics  weapons  via:lmg 
november 2009 by kevan
Urban adventure game kills entrant | RT
A death in pervasive gaming. "22-year-old Kirill Zhirovov was killed when he was trying to accomplish one of the game’s tasks, the Russian newspaper Trud reports. The organizers hid the code on top of a forsaken transformer box."
games  pervasive  death  russia  via:pgtd 
june 2009 by kevan
English Russia » Abandoned Russian Polar Nuclear Lighthouses
"After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the unattended automatic lighthouses did [their] job for some time, but after some time they collapsed too." They were looted for scrap metal, including reactor shielding.
architecture  history  russia  pollution  dereliction  photos  via:warrenellis 
january 2009 by kevan
Dark Roasted Blend: Nightmare Playgrounds
A gallery of strange or decaying children's playground sculptures.
photos  russia  children  art  architecture 
february 2008 by kevan
newspaper Kyiv Weekly - Intellectuals Playing Mafia Games
"The game is structured on the principle of a tournament with a rating list of the best players. The winners of the intermediate stages receive money prizes and the winner of the final receives the main prize of a trip to Sicily, the home of the Mafiosi."
games  secrets  money  russia 
january 2008 by kevan
Ghostwritten - David Mitchell
A slowly and hugely unfolding story of the roaring power of random interconnection, the way that our lives are so heavily determined by the unplanned acts of strangers.
booklog  coincidences  ghosts  society  japan  russia  crime  computers  terrorism  apocalypse 
october 2007 by kevan
Russia accused of unleashing cyberwar to disable Estonia | Guardian Unlimited
"At present, Nato does not define cyber-attacks as a clear military action. This means that the provisions of Article V of the North Atlantic Treaty, or, in other words collective self-defence, will not automatically be extended to the attacked country."
war  computers  russia 
may 2007 by kevan
BBC NEWS | From Our Own Correspondent | When vodka is your poison
"They called it the yellow death. It started in the summer when dozens of people turned up in casualty, a vile shade of yellow."
russia  drinks  poison  pestilence  death 
march 2007 by kevan
Black Snow - Mikhail Bulgakov
Not as interesting a plot as expected; a brightly confusing tour through the backstage of monolithic Russian theatre, as a writer's art suffers arbitrary censorship and setbacks.
booklog  theatre  russia  depression  mutation 
january 2007 by kevan
Eurogamer - First Impressions - S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl
Very odd press event for a Chernobyl-set FPS, sounding a lot like they've just been paid to pretend they were there. "Unbelievably, we're no more than 200 metres from Reactor 4, the site of the worst nuclear accident in human history."
games  russia  pestilence  dereliction  apocalypse  mutation  weapons  via:levez 
november 2006 by kevan
Kevin Kelly -- Street Use
"[Pirates] utilized discarded medical X-ray film as the base material for new record discs; however, the method became so widespread in Hungary that not only amateurs, but the Hungarian Radio made sound recordings on such recycled X-ray films."
music  russia  history  technology  hacking  via:waxy 
september 2006 by kevan
Night Watch (2005)
Running, jumping, eternal-struggle-of-good-versus-evil nonsense in the streets and tenements of Moscow. A good, Slavic edge to the mythology and attitudes, but it's a mess that falls arbitrarily apart towards the end, setting up for sequels.
filmlog  2stars  monsters  magic  apocalypse  russia 
august 2006 by kevan
Magnum Photos - Spaceship Junkyard
"Altai, Russia - Villagers collect scrap from a crashed spacecraft, surrounded by thousands of white butterflies, 2000. Environmentalists fear for the region's future due to toxic rocket fuel."
russia  space  litter  metal  pollution  via:haddock 
april 2006 by kevan
Soviet children's books
"The great variety of styles is immediately apparent when leafing through the collection: from sweet traditional drawings to avant-garde and socialist realism."
art  books  children  history  russia  via:venusberg 
march 2006 by kevan
MosNews: Snowmen Parade in Moscow Street
"Three balls of snow on top of each other, a carrot for a nose, a bucket for a hat, straw for hair. At the moment there are more than 200 figures, but this is just the beginning."
ice  russia 
march 2006 by kevan - Stalin's half-man, half-ape super-warriors
"The Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ordered the creation of Planet of the Apes-style warriors by crossing humans with apes, according to recently uncovered secret documents." Probably not in those exact words.
war  history  russia  apes  genetics  via:holly 
december 2005 by kevan
Everything Is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer
A Ukrainian translator telling his story with a misplaced and reckless faith in his thesaurus, but agreeing to edits of (unedited) previous chapters, as the story progresses. Less annoying than it seems initially.
booklog  language  history  russia 
november 2005 by kevan
Russian Blog: How to drink vodka and stay sober
"Russians believe that foreigners don't know how to drink. They don't eat while drinking. They sip vodka instead of taking shots. They drink vodka with highly carbonated sodas. In short, they do everything to get drunk from the minimum amount of alcohol."
russia  drinks 
october 2005 by kevan
MosNews: 15 Years in a Fridge
"The man is suffering a rare heat exchange disorder and cannot stand temperatures over 5 degrees Celsius. For nearly fifteen years now, Matyukhin has been living in a fridge."
russia  ice  medicine  science  prison 
october 2005 by kevan
Space Daily: Space Launch Scraps Providing Sustenance For Russian Villagers
"Scrap metal collectors generally will not comment on how much they collect in a year but fragmented data for 2003 alone indicated that about 20 tons of 'space metals' was collected."
space  litter  metal  pollution  russia  via:holly 
may 2005 by kevan
Bulgakov's Master and Margarita
Heavy annotation and background of the novel, including marked-up maps of Moscow for context and chase scenes.
books  maps  russia 
march 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Russian region bans foul language
"Any person caught uttering profanities in public can face fines of up to $50."
language  police  russia  surveillance 
october 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Children in Russia to get dog tags
"The metal discs can be left in the passport or hung around the neck, and are designed to withstand a fire or bomb blast."
children  fire  russia  surveillance  terrorism 
october 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Books | How do you say 'kitten heels' in Russian?
Surreal email conversation between some chick-lit author and her Russian translator. "What does going out on the pull with somebody involve? Rowing in a boat? I'm a bit confused here."
books  language  russia 
september 2004 by kevan | How I survived Chernobyl
"A couple of seconds later, I felt a wave come through the room. The thick concrete walls were bent like rubber. I thought war had broken out. We started to look for Khodemchuk but he had been by the pumps and had been vaporised."
apocalypse  death  medicine  pestilence  russia  science 
august 2004 by kevan
LRB | Reasons to be Miserable
Harsh and misplaced Russian cities: "The more centralised an empire, the more imagination is required: not just to visualise what might be made of a newly acquired territory, but to believe that the very remotest fringes exist as real places."
cities  dereliction  ice  politics  russia  society 
july 2004 by kevan

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