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Steven J Kirk
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 - posted December 03, 2018 06:46 AM      Profile for Steven J Kirk   Email Steven J Kirk   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Very interesting article about bootleg distribution in the Soviet Union. I had never heard before about 'bone records' which were reused X-ray images cut as vinyl records...

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/12/bootleg-video-vans-soviet-union/577060/

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Steve Klare
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 - posted December 04, 2018 10:43 AM      Profile for Steve Klare   Email Steve Klare   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Some things never change!

About 8 years ago I spent two weeks in Novosibirsk: the garden spot of Siberia. The hotel was pretty awful: while I was there they shut down the hot water for maintenance a few days! There was no AC and no screens in the windows either. Being summer is hot there the basic choice was baking to death or being gnawed down to a skeleton by the immense Siberian Mosquitoes!

-ahhhh, but the TV!

Naturally. there wasn't a lot on for an English speaker, but one day I changed the channel, and there were The Simpsons!

Homer and Marge! Bart, Lisa and Maggie! It was a sign of home!

-but it was a Russian dub! Not only was it a Russian dub, it was a BAD Russian dub! Yes, the boys at Moe's were all speaking Russian, but you could hear the original English track just as loud! (It felt like broadcast-bootleg!)

Entertainment choices being what they were, I watched it anyway!

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