15 October 2012
29 September 2012
Long before I decided to divert my DJing career (under the alias Stakhano White) from the smoke filled rooms of Turkish bubblegum music to producing earcandy mixtapes of different kinds of electronic music at the comfort of my homestudio. Sold my analog mixing equipment (with teary eyes) to a southern beach bar (where they will only use the play-pause buttons, leaving the rest of the electronic magic to rust under the constant humidity and frequent vodka spills from their Russian patrons)
I uploaded all my mixtapes (and one bootleg) to a very cool site (click here) where you can download or rather listen online via streaming.
If you are too lazy to move on to the site, guys at official.fm created this gizmo below. Presenting the latest mixtape from the series "Proletarian Sounds"...
May the force be with you...work hard and earn your retirement...
08 April 2012
05 March 2012
01 March 2012
17 January 2012
18 October 2011
04 October 2011
17 September 2011
14 September 2011
23 August 2011
The 58-year-old prime minister has traditionally gone out of his way to plug the struggling Russian brand and with it his own patriotic credentials. He owns a military-style Lada jeep, and last summer drove a canary yellow Lada across Russia's Far East on a heavily publicised road trip.
But his latest stunt backfired badly when he got behind the wheel of a new Lada Granta and tried and for a long time failed to start the engine.
Video footage of the incident on Wednesday showed Mr Putin anxiously trying to start the brand new cherry-coloured Lada but failing to do so at least five times.
Reporters on the scene, at the Lada factory in the Russian town of Togliatti, said Mr Putin had also struggled to open the car's boot, and that at least two executives had to get involved to help him.
Wearing sunglasses and casually dressed in a shirt and a sports jacket, Mr Putin pronounced himself satisfied with the Lada Granta nonetheless, calling it "a good car".
Conceding it had been a struggle to start its engine, he blamed himself, saying he had pressed down on the accelerator too sharply because he had not known that the car was fitted with an electronic accelerator that needed to be only gently pressed.
The new car, that will cost the equivalent of less than £5,000 to buy when it is released later this year, is being touted as "the people's car" that millions of Russian motorists have been waiting for. Mr Putin has adopted a noticeably more public profile in recent weeks, fuelling speculation that he is seriously considering running for the Russian presidency next March.
Everyone knows that a Lada, though fresh from the assembly line, is never a "complete" car. My fellow invaders who have bough these machines, out of pure fiscal misery or masochism-a-la-turca, pointed out to the fact that the cost of a Lada easily gets doubled on its painful evolution from a mobile piece of crap to an automobile look-alike. It is rumored that there is an industry, on comparably same financial size of Lada factories combined, that is producing replacable parts for Lada automobiles, mostly the ones that the hapless drivers have in vision such as dashboards, clutch pedals and gear sticks. That is also an answer why "no Lada is like another"...some ultra patriotic and hopelessly drunk Russian friends compare that analogy to a handmade Ferrari but the resemblance is in words only.
26 July 2011
27 January 2011
10 September 2010
30 May 2010
31 March 2010
29 March 2010
18 March 2010
...And of course, I love hanging out with Russians. You’d strangle them in an instant when you have to deal with them in a bank or governmental authority or company HR department, but meeting a Russian socially is always going to be a hoot, especially once they learn you’ve lived in Russia and can speak a bit of the language...
01 March 2010
Do passengers applaud after the plane lands?
Do passengers jump out of their seats just after the plane touches down (before the applause, even), grab their bags from the bins and run toward the front? (There is an inverse relationship between the likelihood passengers do this and the importance of the activities those passengers are rushing off the plane to get started doing.)
Are most bags on the carousel swathed in high-tension plastic wrap or held together with packing string? (Again, there is an inverse relationship between the amount of plastic wrap used and the value of the bags' contents.)
Can you see any signs, advertisements or instructions written in Cyrillic, even though you are in a country that does not use the Cyrillic alphabet? (But! It is axiomatic that if you are in a country that uses Cyrillic, you are in Crapistan. Don't even try to argue otherwise because you are wrong.)
Are you struck by the talent of local (Chinese!) designers in the medium of Bedazzling?
Pointy shoes. On men (that's sort of a gimme -- if you can't recognize this, you probably aren't ready for Crapistan). Shiny suits, too.
Do you see more than ten people carrying rainbow-colored "Rave Girl" plastic shopping bags?
Is Nescafe marketed as a superior alternative to coffee?
Can you buy beer in sidewalk kiosks? In the morning?
Do you fear for your safety? Crapistan is not particularly violent. The biggest danger is becoming collateral damage in a bar fight over prostitutes.
Is the Duty Free shop cash-only?
26 January 2010
Dear Dinc, Belarus is not the only dictatorship in Europe, Russia would not
let Belarus to surpass itself in any field so they built a political system to
get rid of BElarus adjective...and they did it. Belarus isn't the only
dictatorship in Europe. Russia also is one.