Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Jalopnik bought by Univision

Japanese moving company


Yugo art exhibit

Yugo Next (1997) from Robert Lichter on Vimeo.

Stalin's 1938 letter to his son's teacher

I would be shitting bricks if I were the teacher.

"To teacher comrade Martyshin. I have received your letter about escapades of Vasily Stalin. Thank you for the letter. Replying with a great delay because of being overloaded with work. My apologies. Vasily is a spoiled young man of average abilities, little wildman, not always honest, likes to blackmail weak "teachers", not rarely an insolent fellow, with weak - or more accurately - unorganized willpower.
He was spoiled by various "god fathers" and "god mommies", who continually emphasize that he is "Stalin's son". I am glad that in your person there is at least one self-respecting teacher who treats Vasily as everyone else and demands that the insolent boy follows the school's policy. Vasily is spoiled by principals like the one you mentioned, washcloth-people [means spinless in Rus.], who have no place at school; and if insolent Vasily hasn't destroyed himself yet it is because our country still has teachers who don't give slack to the little young swell.
My advice: demand stricter from Vasily and don't be affraid of fake blackmail threats of "suicide" from the capricious child. You will have my support.
Unfortunately I don't have the opportunity to fuss with Vasily myself. But promise to grab him by the collar from time to time.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Eating the Globe Update

Progress! Russia took out a huge chunk of the land mass.

Here are the next ten I hope to conquer:

Mongolian https://www.yelp.com/biz/togis-mongolian-cuisine-oakland

Somali http://www.yelp.com/biz/jubba-restaurant-san-jose

Portuguese http://www.yelp.com/biz/grubstake-san-francisco

Honduran http://www.yelp.com/biz/restaurante-el-paisa-san-francisco

Georgian https://www.yelp.com/biz/babushka-russian-restaurant-and-deli-walnut-creek

Fijian https://www.yelp.com/biz/curry-corner-takeaway-hayward

Czech https://www.yelp.com/biz/cafe-prague-san-francisco-2

Austrian https://www.yelp.com/biz/leopolds-san-francisco-2

The democratic state of sub-Saharan Africa

Via The Economist.

Three iconic images from the Arab Spring

I am reading Fractured Lands, a New York Times piece on the Arab Spring from the perspective of six residents. I highly, highly recommend it.

The stories brought back memories from just a few years ago (2011). The Arab Spring is this generation's Fall of Communism. This time around, with the internet, almost every moment was captured by photo or video, including:

Pro-Mubarak goons and their camels:

Qaddafi's last seconds on Earth:

And peaceful protests in Syria before shit hit the fan:

Climate change graph

Ben Hur chariot races, 1959 versus 2016