Pictures of subway riders in Moscow
August 30, 2006 11:01 PM   Subscribe

Riding the rails in Russia And I thought my guitar took up some space on the bus...
posted by persona non grata (17 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
What language is this translated from?
posted by Citizen Premier at 11:19 PM on August 30, 2006

It's the Moscow subway so I am guessing Russian.
posted by persona non grata at 11:23 PM on August 30, 2006

Why is this tagged with "ussr" and "communism"? We haven't had that spirit here since 1991!
posted by nasreddin at 11:28 PM on August 30, 2006

you should note that its via boingboing
posted by Kifer85 at 11:36 PM on August 30, 2006

No, it's not. THE INTERNETS are large, dude. Xeni can onbly give so many handjobs in a day...
posted by persona non grata at 11:45 PM on August 30, 2006

Moscow Metro Photos
posted by hortense at 11:49 PM on August 30, 2006

Sweet goodness. Those metro photos are the most beautiful thing I've seen all day. I know the lens gives them that fisheye grandeur, but still.
posted by redsparkler at 11:56 PM on August 30, 2006

Yeah, gotta admit, I find the use of communism and USSR tags a bit pointless. I think I'll make a point of tagging anything to do with the US with 'slavery' and 'slaughterofnativeamericans' from now on.

Also, Kifer85, notice how the boingboing post says 'via Neatorama' at the bottom? Not everything begins and ends with Cory Doctorow.

And the FPP itself? I loved it. What was most appealing to me was the complete lack of interest shown by the people around the objects of attention. A guy sits next to you on the tube and starts cleaning out his assault rifle... I would personally move seats, or even look up. Much less if Stalin sat down next to me.
posted by slimepuppy at 4:51 AM on August 31, 2006

That doesn't look like an assault rifle to me. It looks like a paintball gun.

I really dislike this englishrussia site. It's full of sensationalist crap and outright lies.

But I don't see it at only this site. The sensationalism(often highly xeno/homophobic, in accordance with public opinion), the badly interpreted information, and the completely out-of-context and misleading photos seem to be some kind of standard here.

These sites feed off the ignorance of the people reading them- both on young russians who don't know better, and the West, which has frightfully little info about the situation in Russia.

I mean, the site's not all bad- nice pics of the recent church burning in St. Petersburg and a decent writeup on the Perelman photoshopping that's all over Russian Livejournals (MySpace can't work here because it's so ridiculously bandwidth intensive and slow).

Also, because of the metered downloads here (on broadband, the majority are still on dialup), old tech like ICQ and Livejournal thrive, and Livejournal personalities here often specialize in re-presenting content from the western blogosphere in more-easily-downloadable sizes and with sometimes completely backwards interpretations. Also, keep in mind, any time you talk about the Web2.0! democratizing something, keep in mind that it's fucking useless to a very large part of the world, including me. Every transparent shiny PNG costs, and a zillion requests to digg for some bullshit javascript or whatever make such sites unusable.

If you want to see some other Russian stuff, from the perspective of someone who's been here for 8 months, I have my own misleading photos. I took some photos at a zoological museum here, and I also spent ten days on a government biology preserve with a friend of mine.
posted by fake at 6:05 AM on August 31, 2006 [2 favorites]

Great post, thanks! I love the creative English of non-native speakers:

He could not achieve a teamplay from dogs, so he had no other thing to do to lay down without a body-pillow

Some of the photos are sad beyond words, but hey, that's life.

you should note that its via boingboing

Kifer85: Knock that shit off. We had a whole MetaTalk thread about how dumb and pointlessly aggressive it is, but I'm too lazy to look it up for you.
posted by languagehat at 6:10 AM on August 31, 2006

Kifer85 - How the hell do you know where he found it?
posted by bshort at 7:03 AM on August 31, 2006

Lovely, lovely post, thanks.

(And yes, those tags are silly, and who cares where png found it.)

*pours vodka*

Chtob vse byli zdorovy!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:16 AM on August 31, 2006

Чтоб все были бодры и рады,
Чтоб нужд не осталось следа;
Вперед, молодые бригады
Коммунистического труда!

*falls asleep in own drool on subway seat*
posted by languagehat at 9:54 AM on August 31, 2006

jeez, sorry, its just that i saw it on boingboing litterally seconds before i saw it here...i apologize if i really offended anyone...
posted by Kifer85 at 11:26 AM on August 31, 2006

When I was in 3rd grade, my friend and I stole an old rusted German machine gun from our school museum. Took it home on a bus, literally across the whole damned city. Not a single person asked us what we were doing with it. My Mom helped us carry it up the stairs to the apartment...
posted by c13 at 12:20 PM on August 31, 2006

“i apologize if i really offended anyone...” - posted by Kifer85
*kills kitten*
Happy now? Look what you did.

Actually, I’d like to catch up to
Henry Rollins m’self.
posted by Smedleyman at 1:54 PM on August 31, 2006

Alcoholism is a problem in Russia.
posted by damn dirty ape at 2:35 PM on August 31, 2006

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