The Bizarre History of X-Ray Records and Early Music Piracy

Thanks to the internet's amazing capacity for self-recycling, articles about Soviet pirate recordings made of X-rays pop up frequently in my feeds. These popular, widely-shared posts explain how, in the 1950s and 60s, music fans in the Soviet Union fabricated bootlegged recordings of banned western music—and they used… » 8/19/14 3:35pm 8/19/14 3:35pm

Is Man With a Movie Camera Really the Best Documentary Ever?

Earlier this week, the British Film Institute (BFI) published results from a first-of-its-kind poll, asking 340 filmmakers and critics to vote for the best documentary of all time. The clear winner was Dziga Vertov's Man with a Movie Camera. » 8/03/14 9:00pm 8/03/14 9:00pm

Even the Textiles in Soviet Russia Were Obsessed With Industry

These fabrics mostly speak for themselves, but skinny is that these fabrics are Soviet era textiles from the 1920-1930 period of Russia's history. And while awesome, the industrial, work-obsessed imagery on display here is hardly subtle. » 9/29/11 9:40pm 9/29/11 9:40pm

China Is Banning Electric Bikes Because They've Killed Too Many People

Electric bikes are going to be banned in Shenzen, China on July 1st because they're too quiet. Seriously. According to China, electric bikes are said to have caused more than 15% of accidents resulting in 64 people dead and 233 injured. Wtf? » 6/21/11 11:00pm 6/21/11 11:00pm

These Communist Apartments Started Out Half as Large

Originally built as a 5-story bloc by the ruling Communist party, this complex has undergone certain, shall we say, "renovations" over the years. And by "renovations" I mean wholesale reconstruction. » 6/02/11 11:40pm 6/02/11 11:40pm

Google Would Remind My Grandpa of the Arrogant White Invaders

Days after Google moved from China, Sergey Brin is pushing the US to fight censorship there. But the West has a history of forcing moral and economic standards onto foreigners. This sort of thinking isn't good—it's how wars start. » 3/24/10 2:03pm 3/24/10 2:03pm

Dell XPS One 24 Updates Graphics Card, Enlarges Screen, Fights AIDS

Dell has come out with an update to its XPS One computer system, making it generally bigger and more powerful than the previous iteration. The XPS One 24 now comes with a 24-inch 1080p display, JBL speakers and subwoofer, an Intel Core 2 quad core processor, and an NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics card. A Vista Home… » 10/30/08 12:00am 10/30/08 12:00am

Cuba Citizens Can Now Buy Computers, But No Internet Access

Things are looking up for the citizens of Cuba, who—after getting the "right" to buy cellphones, microwaves, and other electronic goods— can now legally own home computers for the first time. Good news for poor Cubans, who are still living under the bloody tyranny of the Castro Bros. and the destructive U.S. blockade.… » 5/03/08 2:00pm 5/03/08 2:00pm