The alien influence brought to Russia by the recent meteor continues to unfold. So just a few words out of history class first. In Soviet times all the public transportation in Soviet cities belonged to the state (as everything else did). However when the free fall of free market society began a lot of cities still kept the public transportation as a state owned business. This city has its own trolleybuses business - buses that ran on a cheap electricity thru the lines built mostly in Soviet times. What's so cool about it is that a few days ago the pretty respectable executive of the bus business has introduced (and already placed it all over the city bus park) their new
logo which has a flying big black red-eyed bat carrying the bus in its hands and the motto above it says "Earth goodbye! Farewell!", like the bat itself was not enough. When asked what is this about, the chief executive said that he designed the new logo by himself. Also he came with an idea of a slogan, noting that this is a phrase he likes a lot and it makes feel him well so he wanted the people to feel well riding the bus as well. As he is the top manager of the company he approved the new design also by himself. And now all their corporate letterheads and business cards would be decorated by this symbol as well.
Dashing thru the snow on... a helicopter! While westerners got a rising trend of building those small helicopters you can fly remotely with iphones Russians do it much harder way. They build full size scaled models out of old plumbing pipes, motorcycles and other trash they can find so that they could fly around the snowy plains and nobody can stop a guy in garage to pursuit his dreams of
flying today when you have all the accessories being sold for free. This video has three examples of brilliant engineering out of everyday items which can fly you around and look like a boss. And you always have a choice - to sit around or go and build a flying machine. Watch it - looks so cool. Who said you ought to be a millionaire to own your own helicopter.
There is a small island near the St. Petersburg, on the big water plain that used to be called the largest lake of Europe, and so there is an island there, rocks, hundred year old pine trees, stuff like that. And it used to be popular a lot among the monks who went there to keep their different pledges, like vow of silence. Since then they've built themselves a monastery there which became one of the
largest and popular ones, even Russian Tsars have paid their visits to the island and a monastery. Couple of centuries ago it wasn't that classy yet, the untouched nature, the wooden huts of monks - looked like a real hideout at that time. And by the way on the top photo you can see the monk that vowed not to speak ever again, standing under some awesome pine tree of the past.