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Sochi is a Deserted Ghost Town & Unfinished, Hauntingly Beautiful

Sochi is a Deserted Ghost Town

With Sochi Olympic games behind,
just a month ago,
a local photographer captured the deserted town
and surroundings
with a hauntingly beautiful look at what was
supposed to be by Putin’s claims a resort town
that would attract 1000s of visitors.

Even the dogs that were rounded up and euthanized,
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It reminds me of the movie, Wizard of Oz.

“Don’t look behind the curtain” said the OZ.

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You might not like what you see, or find out
it was all a sham.
Smoke and Mirrors just like a carnival ride
will distract the reality of what was a ruse.

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At over $50 Billion dollars to produce this event
and town, it is a glaring example of why conservation
and responsible planning is crucial to something
that can be maintained and grow.

In this case it is obvious Putin had other plans, like
Ukrain and Crimea, not the viability of this plan.

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Sochi is a Deserted Ghost Town

So many dreams and hard work of the athletes
from around the world came here
to achieve their goals.

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Chevres en equilibre- Goats Balancing on a Steel Ribbon.

Chevres en equilibre- Goats Balancing on a Steel Ribbon.

It never ceases to amaze me and millions
of others to watch animals or people
doing goofy things.
These goats in France were balancing
on an undulating piece of sheet metal
that you could probably watch on loop.
Like any great viral movement,
it is hard to describe or why we enjoy it.

These three goats enjoying their version of king-of-the-hill.

The video was posted this week and has already
spiked at over 6 million viewers.

“Dimanche, vers l’heure du déjeuner, la petite famille découvert un nouveau jeu : Cette tôle ^^. J’ai filmé mes chèvres (dont le nom restera secret par respect pour leur vie privée 🙂 ) se balançant. Dans la soirée, j’ai voulu l’envoyer à un ami puis tout s’est enchaîné très vite. Je ne pense pas qu’elles se rendent vraiment compte de ce qui leur arrive : elle continuent à ruminer comme si de rien n’était…
Qui s’amuse le plus ? je l’ignore.”

This description, in his native French, roughly translates to:

Sunday, around lunch time, the little family discovered a new game. This sheet. I filmed my goats (whose names will remain secret out of respect for their privacy:) ) balancing. In the evening, I wanted to send it to one friend then everything followed very quickly. I don’t think they [the goats] realize what’s happening. They still ruminate over it as if nothing had happened…
Whose having the most fun? Not sure at all.

Chevres en equilibre- Goats Balancing on a Steel Ribbon.

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Gnarly Dude, Snow Boarder Sage Kotsenburg Loses Russians in Translation, “Stoked”

Gnarly Dude, Snow Boarder Sage Kotsenburg Loses Russians in Translation, “Stoked”

20 Year-old from Utah,
snowboarder,
Sage Kotsenburg,
is our own- JEFF SPICOLI look alike
who had a gnarly ride in Russia Sochi Olympics.
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 Each sport and generation have a language
all their own. ‘SICK’ and ‘Gnarly’ or
‘STOKED’ are just a few for Sage.

Saturday during Kotsenburg’s gold-medal press conference
after his upset win in men’s slopestyle,
Interpreters thought he was drunk when Sage said he was ‘stoked’.
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Al Jazeera America explains the lost-in-translation issue::

“In Russian, a ‘grab’ is a grab, ‘cab’ is like cab, and even though there’s a Russian word for rail, we say, ‘rail.’ But jump is ‘tramplin,’ and a spin is ‘vraschenije,’ and flip is ‘salto.’”

What about “stoked”?
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After a pause and some prodding, Yakimenko admitted, “We used the word for ‘under the influence of alcohol’ which is kind of like, ‘under the fly.’”

Lesokhin mostly noticed that Kotsenburg “said ‘sick’ a lot.” The Russian word for sick, bolnoy, “is bad, like you have a disease or something,” Yakimenko said. But there are plenty of Russian words for crazy, so the duo substituted “bezumny,” “kruto,” or “sumasshedshy.”

This quote from Kotsenburg’s press conference gives a new slant:

“I heard it’s going to be crazy. I’m definitely stoked to be a part of it,” he said. “Obviously I’m stoked to get gold and take whatever comes with it.”

When I lived in LA, the slang terms came from “the valley” and surfers!
‘Awesome’ ‘totally tubular’ ‘gnarly’ ‘stoked’ ‘RAD’ -it was all fun and obviously still here today in Russia!

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Impressive Video Game Collection, Drool Gamers!

Go Ahead, Drool Over This Beautifully Impressive Video Game Collection

By Taylor Casti-Aaron Norton has quite the video game collection.

It’s not the biggest collection in the world, and the rarest game he has tops out at around $600, a far cry from the thousands of dollars some rare games are reported to be worth. So what makes his collection so special?

It’s all about the aesthetics, dude. Norton’s 5,200-game collection is meticulously alphabetized and displayed so everyone can enjoy it in all its spectacular glory.

Check out pictures of the collection (below).

Back wall, my Sega and Gameboy games.

“I’ve always collected something,” Norton told The Huffington Post via email. “From an early age it was pennies, rocks, keys, baseball hats and so on. Displaying and acquiring ‘collectable’ items has always been part of my personality.”

NES/SNES/N64 games.

“About four years ago I discovered online classic gaming forums,” he continued. “I was amazed at the amount of people who were still passionate about these dusty old systems and games. This really sparked my interest. From there I began searching out games online at thrift stores and garage sales. I connected with others with similar interests and soaked up gaming history whereever I could find it.”

N64 Controller/System display

“I suppose I’d have to consider myself a Nintendo fanboy. I grew up in the 1980s. Nintendo and Mario was everywhere, there was no escaping it,” Norton recalled. “From Sunday morning cartoons, cereal, underwear, bed sheets and lunch boxes. Nintendo makes fantastic games and has enduring franchises. It is without a doubt my favorite company.”

Most of my games for Playstation/Xbox end up here.

“I’ve acquired a ton of games, but I don’t feel like I’ve spent a ton. Most people don’t realize that many of these classic games can be found for $1 – $4 each,” he dished. “It’s all about finding the right deal at the right time. Hunting out your local area. Finding extras games for cheap and trading online. To me collecting has become a fun game in and of itself.”

Impressive Video Game Collection, Drool Gamers!

Game Gear, 32x, Game Boy and Game Boy Color

“I do find some time to play now and again. I’m always in the middle of a game or two. One thing I’ve been enjoying is classic gaming competitions on online forums,” he also said. “[A] moderator will pick a classic NES game, set the rules (example: highest score on one life) and everyone has one week to compete and submit their score. It’s a fun way to relive … old games in a social way.”

These letter tabs make it easy to find games.

Norton’s favorite game? “Super Mario World” on Super Nintendo. “It’s such a masterpiece of gaming,” he gushed. “The catchy music, precise control, amazing level designs and secrets. It really is everything you could want in a platformer. It’s a game that anyone young or old can pick up, play and immediately enjoy.”

System Set Up

“I’d say I have most of the rare games for most systems,” he went on to say. “To be honest it may be easier to mention the hard-to-find games I don’t have. For the NES I own a complete licensed set, except for the very hard-to-find Stadium Events. My Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64 and Gamecube sets are complete as well, except for the two mail-order Super Nintendo competition carts. I also own a complete set for Virtual Boy, Sega Game Gear and Sega 32x. I’m working on finishing up my Sega Master System, Game Boy and Game Boy Color sets.”

My kids checking out Super Mario World for the 1st time.

Norton told HuffPost that he’s even getting his kids in on the action. “Super Mario World” was the first game he showed his 3-year-old daughter. “She doesn’t have the directional pad down yet,” he said. “So I move the character around the screen and she presses the ‘A’ button to jump.

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