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Putin and Medvedev as Na'Vi
February 09, 2010

Putin and Medvedev as Na'Vi

By Paul E. Richardson

Avatar has become the largest grossing movie in Russian history. But, more interestingly, a spin-off photo morfing site (which seemed to be connected to McDonald's Finland) allowed visitors to turn pictures of famous people into the blue Na'Vi. A Russian newspaper tried it with Medvedev and Putin. Here are the tinted results. First Putin:

 
The Bogeyman
August 12, 2009

The Bogeyman

By Paul E. Richardson

When it comes to bogeymen, China, Cuba, even North Korea can't hold a candle to old Mother Russia. This week, as tempers flared and theatrical protests abounded around health care, a woman offered this irrational take on proposed reforms at a town hall meeting ...

Happy Birthday Nikosha Gogol!
March 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Nikosha Gogol!

By Paul E. Richardson

Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol is one of Russia's greatest and yet least appreciated writers. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, author of Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov and other classics, said that "we all came out of Gogol's Overcoat." What he meant is that Gogol was completely unlike any Russian writer who preceded him, and that all Russian literature that followed was indebted to him.

Found Email
December 09, 2008

Found Email

By Paul E. Richardson

I get so much spam trash, that today I decided to harvest a line or two from each spam I got (well, the PG or less ones) and shuffle them together into a found poem. Trash into art? Not quite. But something...

Sarah Palin's Secret Past Revealed!
September 04, 2008

Sarah Palin's Secret Past Revealed!

By Paul E. Richardson

Many have scoffed at Cindy McCain's defense of Alaska Governor (and GOP Veep candidate) Sarah Palin's foreign policy chops with the assertion that "Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia." Scoff not. The truth is so more startling still.

Dima's recruitment
March 04, 2008

Dima's recruitment

By Paul E. Richardson

This hilarious YouTube satire video by the Perm KVN group gives a bit of background on the recent Russian election, and how Medevedev was recruited for his role. The dubbing is superbly done. (All in Russian)...

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