links for 2006-06-25

June 25th, 2006 | Uncategorized

  • Poisoning by counterfeit alcohol kills 42,000 Russians every year, the country’s interior minister has said: bottles of alcohol on sale in Russian shops often contain poisonous liquids
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June 25th, 2006 | brainjuice

I’ve got a friend headed out to Moscow in about 48 hours. It’s been a while since that person has been there, and so they have no clue what it’s like right now, or, more importantly, where to go (internet cafes, clubs and otherwise “cool” places, for instance).

If there’s anyone on the list currently in Moscow or with RECENT experience of the place, I’d appreciate some pointers to pass on.

(Don’t send me website links in an attempt to be “helpful”, eh?)

Thank you for your kind attention.

Thee Countdown Ov Deth: My Last Living Saturday

June 24th, 2006 | brainjuice

Joe Killian sends me a note reading:

The weather here (in NC, near Charlotte) is nuts right now.

Today I walked outside at 9 a.m. and was sweating through my clothing.

At a little after 5 p.m. the sky opened up and a torrential downpour of rain and hail made it nearly impossible to drive, lightning setting fires and knocking down trees, exploding transformers as roads flooded and people were trapped in restaurants.

A few hours later all was dark and quiet, and so hot you feel you’re walking around in a wet, warm blanket.

And I had to write the weather story for the local daily.

It felt like I was tapping out a bad parody of Revelations.

links for 2006-06-24

June 24th, 2006 | Uncategorized