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Foot-long coiffs and überwinklepickers, and music spanning traditional Russian melodies and classic rock anthems - the combination of the Alexandrov Red Army Chorus and the Leningrad Cowboys together in concert in Helsinki in 1993's Total Balalaika Show is a heady spectacle.

Meanwhile, just for a limited time only™ (44MB).. M-M-Max Headroom. In this show:

Jean-Michel Jarre - Zoolook
King Kurt - Destination Zululand
Japan - Visions of China
Special Guest: Sting
Cabaret Voltaire - Sensoria
Sting - If You Love Somebody

And spurred by wolff_slaven being glad to drive a "small-assed car", I thought this TV spot for the Renault Mégane (1.6MB) was appropriate. ^_^

Via mejeep, these brief TV spots for SNCF are quite worth seeing. (Albeit only in Flash "streaming")

Singapore has much to its name, not least motorised orange Tyrannosaurus lanterns, as captured by austin_dern, local coordinator of the procyonid underground railroad.

Here's the eastern side of a bridge span of I-90 before Katrina. Here's what that area looks like now, in a high-res satellite photo (1.8MB); the bridge is a bit over half way down, around the middle. (The orientation of the image has that bridge pointing roughly "north-northeast") And, a surprisingly beautiful view of the eye of Katrina, from above.

[Edit: I've uploaded a copy of the satellite image here, if NOAA's site proves problematic]

foofers pointed out one particular photo from Scabrous' recent North Bay Faire appearance, which apparently perplexed certain visitors. ^_^

Much joy is to be found in VG Cats. Such as here, wherein the intrepid Starfox discovers bonus items. Or, the perils of itchy clothing..

Oh, now this is the nicest weissbier I've tasted in years.. Göller Steinhauer Weisse. Quite unlike the usual examples, this is a much more mellow, almost creamy result.

I'd thought Cube was a particularly imaginative piece of work (albeit one I doubt I can watch again - a severe film indeed), when I happened upon The Cube, by one Jim Henson, in 1969.

For the truckers: are you permitted to give rides to hitch-hikers? Do you? Seems like another way of adding variety to a long haul, and probably not such a bad way of seeing the country from something other than a Greyhound seat. (Though I'd go by train rather than bus, save for the dreadful condition of the US passenger rail network, even now lacking any sensible SF-LA connection. Currently, you have two Amtrak choices: the Coast Starlighter, which runs once a day and takes about the same time as a 101 ride, or the "conventional" route, involving rail from the Bay to Stockton, down to Bakersfield, then a few hours on the bus down to LA and environs. Still, if you get the chance, I can certainly recommend the coastal route - south of Monterey, it goes through some wonderful landscapes, often unseen by car, including one stretch through Vandenberg AFB land. Grab a seat in the observation car, and watch the a particularly attractive part of the world go by)

Is it just me, or does the slogan "He's feeling his Cheerios" (1950-53, General Mills) not read quite the same way as it may have then?
I love your posts. :D
Ah, there's so much to be shared.. some wonderful, some nostalgic, some political.

And I still think Zululand is an annoyingly catchy tune. ^_^ (The compression could be better, as it does pixellate in a few spots, particularly the Cabaret Voltaire video, but it came to a choice between a fully compatible one-pass file, and one less so, but better quality. I went with the cmpatibility - and it's still pretty good, especially given the anaemic bitrate!)
In our company rag the headline was
Chef's croutons are best new product
My co-worker said "thats a new name for them"
It was probably the high sodium content putting off the particularly health conscious. ^_^
Apparently it had something to do with that fat dwarf that thinks he can cook, and is on TV and makes blenders! I'll have to see if i can get a copy of the picture!
He makes blenders too? I thought his school duties kept him busy enough.
Not that fat dwarf, the other one who pioneered the dish Heart Attack on a plate! (he even puts butter in baked beans)
Here's the eastern side of a bridge span of I-90 before Katrina. Here's what that area looks like now

The latter site is not working very well, but it sometimes works if you keep trying. Though there's obvious damage caused by water having flown over land recently, the water level doesn't seem to have changed much between these two images, but I guess that's because this is Gulfport, not New Orleans.
Ah! I've uploaded a copy of the image here, should anyone be experiencing similar difficulties.

I wonder if the "news" that FEMA identified three prime dangers to the US, in 2001 (terrorist attack on NYC, hurricane over the Gulf Coast, and earthquake in San Francisco), will gain traction in the media? Or FEMA's recent evisceration?

(Meanwhile, Gawker reports "Just moments ago at the Ferragamo on 5th Avenue, Condoleeza Rice was seen spending several thousands of dollars on some nice, new shoes (we've confirmed this, so her new heels will surely get coverage from the WaPo's Robin Givhan). A fellow shopper, unable to fathom the absurdity of Rice's timing, went up to the Secretary and reportedly shouted, "How dare you shop for shoes while thousands are dying and homeless!" Never one to have her fashion choices questioned, Rice had security PHYSICALLY REMOVE the woman." Still. Got to get on with one's life, ne?)
Company policy prohibits us from picking up hitchhikers, though I'm sure some drivers probably do. I think they said something about insurance. You can bring a rider along with you, but they gotta fill out paperwork and get insurance and stuff.

I don't mind long hauls by myself. Though there's been a lot of short hauls around the northeast lately. Sometimes it would be nice to have someone navigate for me while I drive, or fetch me that bag of chips that I always seem to set just out of reach.
Ahh, I'd been thinking as much.. so much corporate fear of liability, after all.

Of course, you could always try a ringtail. But you might find fewer of the chips actually reach you. :)
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Starting before dawn? Egad. Well, that's one profession out for me. ^_^ (Still, there's always the autopilot, as noted in that Simpsons episode)

I've had very mixed Greyhound experiences - only two, mind you. On the way down, from Medford to San Jose, it was practically from the brochure - lovely weather, almost nobody else on the bus, easy connections (might've actually been direct). The way back up.. was at night, connecting twice, with waiting of an hour or two each time, and an almost full bus, complete with mandatory passenger in front who puts their seat back as soon as possible and keeps it there. (Plus the special feature of nothing actually stopping it besides your knees) The moral of the story is probably to time segments to be in the daytime only. Or, if it's still running, take something like the Blue Tortoise instead. ("Why arrive dog tired, when you can arrive inspired?")

When finances improve (exist :) again, I think I'd like to learn to fly. Looks like fun. 'Course, I'd have to work out how to get to the airports.. ^_^
Grab a seat in the observation car, and watch the a particularly attractive part of the world go by

And if you're lucky, you might hear a giant meeeeep! as a rubber skunk spontaneously explodes not far from the tracks. But that's only on alternate Fridays.
Come to think of it, it was a Friday when I took that route. I remember that bit of the journey well, as the next day, stego_s_aurus gently shook me awake, and suggested that as the next mountain over was on fire, we should probably look into hightailing it to safer ground. (It was awfully pretty, in a mildly apocalyptic way, I'd have to say - the entire crest of the mountain aglow in red and orange. Of course, it had to be this trip where I decided not to bring the camcorder along)

Are you recyclable, by the way?
Please, please could you extend the period of time on the Max Headroom link with King Kurt on it - a lost moment of my yoof! Alternatively, email it to ombccaptain@hotmail.co.uk
Found you by google searching after a sudden memory flashback of the video - just want to relive the moment!

Easily done - have a peek here. ^_^ You'll need something like QuickTime 7, VLC, or Mplayer - it's an H.264 MPEG-4 file.