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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Гитлер капут!!!Комедийный фильм!!!

The title, taken directly from YouTube, translates as 'Mamma Mia !!! comedy film !!!'. I don't think that is the title.
    What we have here is a full length Russian comedy, in Russian, and no English subtitles. I watched this in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep and I thought it was hilarious. You really don't need to understand what they are saying, all of the scenes are set pieces that you have seen in dozens of other movies, assuming of course, that you have seen dozens of other movies.

Girls with Guns

Peshawar, Pakistan, January 27, 2015. Teachers check out guns during a training session. 
A month after terrorist attack on an army-run school in Peshawar, authorities have commenced special gun training sessions for female teachers in the city on Tuesday. 
(Xinhua/Umar Qayyum)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Video Quality Report

I'm watching a YouTube video and it stalls. How annoying. But wait, what's this? A little message pops up offering me more information, so I click and I get this cool little graph. No scale on the vertical axis, but I'm not sure what kind of scale would help.

Girls with Guns

North Korean soldiers patrol on the river bank of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, on 20 September 2014.  (PA)
On patrol, wearing high heels. Be afraid, be very afraid. Our soldiers will die of humiliation as they are not nearly so fashionable.

Women at Work - Then and Now

Russian women building electrical equipment for aircraft.

WW2. I wonder what they were working with that was hazardous enough to prompt them to wear gas masks. It must have been pretty nasty.

Today. Looks a little more civilized.
From a JSC (Joint Stock Company) AEROELECTRIC promotional video.

What Island is this? -and- Yes, we have no bananas.

Part 1 - What island is this?

US Navy EA-6B Prowler flying somewhere.
I came across this photo on Military Photos dot net. The caption claimed this was Afghanistan. It sure doesn't look anything like the Afghanistan I know. I made an inquiry but received no response, so I started looking around to see if I could identify this island.
    While I am looking I come across a Wikimapia page about Shemya Island. It is small and flatish and sort of off by itself, so this might be the one. It's in the Aleutians, which is kind of far from Afghanistan, but that's basically irrelevant. The US Navy has aircraft flying all over the world, so this island could be anywhere.
    Then it occurs to me that I've heard of Shemya before. I check my archives, and yes indeed. Shemya was home for Rivet Ball, a 1960's era US spy plane.

Part 2 - Yes, we have no bananas.

Wikimapia Turing Test
    I write this bit of info about the Rivet Ball spy plane into a comment on the Wikimapia page. When I submit it, I am confronted with a are-you-a-real-person test. The test itself is not complex, but they use an elaborate mechanism to put it up on the web page. It includes a short video which displays a single image that contains some text which you are to transcribe. It's kind of long string, too, and a far cry from Google's check the check box test.