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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?
 
 
 
 
 
 
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?
MEEEEEEP!