Russia blogger Paul Robinson was in Moscow, presenting his new book on the history of Russian Conservatism. I will post about that shortly, and will review the book once I read it. A large group of us ended up going to Staryy Sichuan, which is the successor to Druzhba and what is IMO the best authenticity/quality-optimized Chinese restaurant in Moscow. The hong shao rao was really good (4/5) – have to say that Mao did not have bad taste (it was his favorite dish), even if he was a peasant who lugged his chamber pot around with him. Baijiu was every bit as disgusting as I thought it’d be – first time I drank it, and also last time. 1/5
Wizzair return flights Moscow-London now available at $50. Barring visa issues, London is now functionally as close to Muscovites as Sochi or SPB; 2x as close as Berlin, Frankfurt, Milan, Rome, Istanbul (major trade partners); 3x closer than Paris &, ironically, than most of the former socialist camp countries. I wonder if we might be returning to the pre-2014 days when substantial numbers of British financiers made weekly or biweekly commutes between London and Moscow.
GeForce Now – basically cloud GPU for video games – now available in Russia for $15/month (h/t Polish Perspective for first informing me of this thing). Translates to ~2 years worth of an upper-medium GPU like GeForce RTX 2060 or GTX 1080. Not suitable ofc for pro gamers (where every millisecond counts), or for people who like to use mods.
Rod Dreher asked for some restaurant recommendations in Moscow. I suppose now is as good a time to mention that I have been slowly filling in details on a Moscow Expat Guide: https://akarlin.com/travel/moscow/
It’s only perhaps a third complete, but the basics are already there. This may be followed by similar guides to SPB and, eventually, Sochi/Krasnodar. I will also eventually post some version of it here, but since I see myself updating it pretty regularly – by dint of living here – it seems wiser to maintain it as a page, rather than a blog post. Smaller, self-contained towns that I visit will continue to received travel posts on here. I plan to do an update on Volokolamsk (which has improved significantly since 2017), and on Obninsk & Borovsk.
I have also made a start on a glossary: https://akarlin.com/glossary/ . Again, it’s very much incomplete, but most of the basics are there. I will feature this pages more prominently once they’re in a more finished state.
- Scott Jackisch writes about Italian Futurism
- Craig Murray: Assange in Court
- Charles Murray’s new book Human Diversity now on presale (to be published January 28).
- Maria Butina has been freed and is returning home (see my coverage of her case).
- Israel Shamir meets up with Oleg Tsarev.
- Venezuela to hand over PDVSA to Rosneft in lieu of debt repayment?
- WSJ: The FBI Lost Our Son
- The National Interest: The Kremlin’s Key to World Dominance: Climate Change
- *zrada* Insomniac Resurrected: Arkady Babchenko About The Sausage Emigrants
- One account of how Crimea is improving
- Confirmation of point I made in my last demographic article on how Russian life expectancy has overtaken Ukrainian after centennial two year gap.
- *sinotriumph* Scott Sumner: China’s growth—what do we actually know? (i.e., no, China not understating its growth rate)
- Arabs undergoing fast rate of secularization
- *robots* Robin Hanson: “Averaging over 832 kinds of jobs, automation has only increased ~0.1 standard deviation over the last 20 years. And this change hasn’t been faster recently.”
- Zachary Kallenborn: AI Risks to Nuclear Deterrence Are Real
- Kevin Michael Grace: Canada Fragments—Is Alberta Secession Next?
- Guillaume Durocher: Europe Is Turning Against Free Trade
- Lionel Page: “What happened when China imposed the one child policy, mainly on Han Chinese? Their chance of getting twins went up!”
- RT: Russia & Iran to switch to SWIFT-free banking system
- Fred Reed: A Recruiting Poster
- Robin Hanson: Let Foreigners Speak
- Though his readers disagree with him.
- Kevin Hartnett: With Category Theory, Mathematics Escapes From Equality (h/t BRS)
- Abdellaoui, Abdel, David Hugh-Jones, Loic Yengo, Kathryn E. Kemper, Michel G. Nivard, Laura Veul, Yan Holtz, et al. 2019. “Genetic Correlates of Social Stratification in Great Britain.” Nature Human Behaviour, October. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-019-0757-5.
- Witch trial stats
- Phys.org: Rats trained to drive tiny cars find it relaxing, scientists report (h/t DC)
- Introduction to Aldehyde-Stabilized Cryopreservation (h/t DC)
- Phys.org: International conflict isn’t declining, new analysis finds
- Existence of USSR doesn’t appear to have had any strong effect on growth of welfare state in the West
- This Is Everything Donald Trump Eats in a Day
- Franco exhumated in Spain. The spiritual descendants of the Reds not returning the Francoist favor of not desecrating their graves.
- Audacious Epigone on percentage of Americans who agree with firing teachers for “misgendering” (53% of 18-29 y/o’s)
- Insomniac Resurrected: Stepan Bandera Suffocated Cats
- William Wang: “The most Chinese story today. A man in Guangxi paid 2m to have a competitor killed. The guy kept half, hired another for 1m, then another until the 5th was hired for 100k. Figured not worth to kill for so little, he contacted the target trying to fake a death. All 6 in jail now.”
- Some Guy summarizes the Katechon Hypothesis.