Oct 23 2009

Subsequently, Razors Were Involved

Category: Kazakhstan,PersonalChrisM @ 1:30 am

This is the intro to the weekly vlog series from Jason/Lucky, down in Almaty. Also a short interview with one of the entrants to this year’s Mongol Rally. The same rally that the famous ‘Tupac In Kazakhstan’ video came from. Hmm, I thought I had posted that video already. Can’t seem to find it in my archives anywhere. More than likely it is hiding in one of the draft posts for this blog, or a series of bookmarked tabs in Firefox. I’ve got Kazakh related news articles from early 2008 in my Bookmarks menu. Not a lot of point in posting about most of those, I guess.
So, why haven’t I embedded Lucky’s video in this post? Because I want you to explore his YouTube channel for yourself. Once you’re knocked over by his style and content, leave a comment on a video or two, and consider subscribing 🙂

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Oct 23 2009

Russian And Kazakh Schools In Kazakhstan

Category: Kazakhstan,VideosChrisM @ 1:19 am

Jason’s PC is apparently broken right now, so I doubt we’ll see any new YouTube videos for a while. I have been catching up with his back catalogue of films, and drafting posts on those I though people who hadn’t been to Kazakhstan, or even some locals, might find interesting.
This one is on Russian vs. Kazakh schools, here in Kazakhstan. If you have no interest in Central Asia or children, you can probably skip this one. That said, if those conditions apply to you, I’d probably wonder why you’re reading this site in the first place 🙂

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Oct 25 2006

Ira Is In Moscow

Category: PersonalChrisM @ 2:29 pm

She just called. Well she phoned earlier, but I was 99% asleep still. I’ve recently been looking at getting a small second monitor, to use for system monitoring/WinAmp visuals/Google Desktop sidebar on. We found one in a shop here in Astana recently. Unfortunately it had several large air bubbles on the screen’s surface; not a problem the shop guy claimed, it is merely a protective film you remove once the screen is plugged in at home. That made sense, like the ones you get on mobile phone screens etc. Something didn’t look right though. So, we told the shop asst. that if he removed the film, then and there, and the screen was OK, that we’d buy it on the spot. He tried to remove the ‘film’. He struggled quite a bit, eventually using a safety pin to try and peel off the ‘temporary’ film. Oooops, no it isn’t removable, so if you are in Eurasia shopping centre, here in Astana, don’t go buying a 8″ monitor, as it now has air bubbles and corners scratched off. I might have felt more guilty, if it weren’t for the guy’s assertions that the bubbles weren’t anything to worry about.

Anyway, I digress, Ira has found a nice 10″ monitor in Moscow, and if all goes to plan, I’ll have it in my possession when she returns to Kazakhstan. Not sure when that is yet.

btw, if anyone wonders why the screen is so small (10 inches), it is a compromise; I’d ideally like two 19″ side by side, Irina doesn’t want the living room to be overpowered by screens. So, this little screen is a good compromise.

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