What Do You Know About Kazakhstan?
CNN is doing an Eye on Kazakhstan this month. Some of the reports are pretty good. This quiz was way too easy: What Do You Know About Kazakhstan? I got 10 out of 10, with only one question I wasn’t completely sure about.
Yurts Are High Fashion and Slum Fashion Too
Speaking of housing in Central Asia, I guess Occupy Toronto has been living in $20,000 yurts Before you laugh, yurts are insanely warm and comfortable, even the normal, handmade kind that only cost a few thousand. That’s the hipster/slum fashion side. Apparently, though yurts are also mingling with the upper crust, the occupyees, the 1%, [...]
House Hunters Bishkek
Thanks to Joshua Foust for linking to this episode of House Hunters International in Bishkek. Or actually linking to a post by Mrs. Styer on watching herself on an episode of House Hunters International. I can’t believe that reality TV isn’t all real! No this isn’t about Kazakhstan but the apartments shown also represent the [...]
Apples, Sure. But THC is from Kazakhstan too?
Yet another story about Kazakhstan and marijuana in only a few weeks. This little teaser for a documentary to be shown today on Australian TV implies that THC first evolved in Kazakhstan. Off-hand it seems to me that would be a much bigger tourist draw than apples OR wolves…. Plus, the tourists you would attract [...]
Naked Man Pot
Heard about this one via Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me and tracked down an RFE/RL article about it: the most concentrated and popular form of marijuana is so-called “plastilin” (plasticine), and the way it is harvested and produced has not changed for centuries. It begins with a freshly showered person riding naked for hours on [...]
If the UK Were in Central Asia
First of all, I have no interest in belittling what is happening in London right now in any way. However it struck me that were riots of this scale happening in Central Asia, every article would likely mention the following talking points The UK, while relatively democratic, is still technically a monarchy. It also lacks [...]
Hope this doesn’t offends anyone. I thought it was kind of amusing, and it does illustrate the sacrifice that is celebrating Ramadan.
Happy Astana Day
Embarrassed to admit that I lost the original image file for that shirt, so you have to look at the promotional version of my Astana Pride T-shirt. In any case, Happy Birthday Astana! May all Astanians enjoy their holiday and all the cool things that happen in Astana over these holidays, including the zhitovka:
Happy American Independence Day
For some reason, every Fourth of July weekend, I am unable to go to the Embassy cookout, but I am hoping to grill burgers outdoors myself this year. If only we could get decent corn on the cob in Astana, I’d be happy. I am pleased that this year they made the 4th a day [...]
In Every Joke There’s a Bit of Truth
Someone in the Kazakhstan government just got fired and blacklisted. Last week, the Parliament of Kazakhstan was to ratify the Customs Union between Kazakhstan, Belarus, and Russia which was agreed upon last year and will go into full effect this July. However the signing was delayed when it was discovered that someone mixed up Vladimir [...]