Exploring “Ghost City” (город-призрак) in Seredinkovo, Russia

For more bizarre and beautiful photos from “Ghost City” in Seredinkovo, explore the Город Призрак location page.

Old taverns, abandoned docks and ghost ships are all part of “Ghost City” (город-призрак), a park located in the small town of Seredinkovo in the Russian countryside. The park premises were originally constructed as a Russian movie set in 2010, and were designed to look like an 18th-century European city. Now open to the public, the former film set allows visitors to explore the “city” and dress up in period costumes. With replicas of prisons, gallows, hotels, cemeteries, a fort and more, the park offers opportunities to capture time-worn landscapes for visitors and Instagrammers alike.


The Olm - Proteus anguinus 

This strange creature is commonly known as the Olm, a rare cave salamander belonging to the species Proteus anguinus (Caudata - Proteidae), which is only found in Europe. 

The Olm is perfectly adapted to live in caves. As it spends its entire life in darkness, Proteus anguinus has very poorly developed eyes and is blind. It also lacks pigment in the skin, giving its body a pasty white appearance, Its pink hue is due to blood capillaries near the skin, and as its translucency shows the contours of the internal organs. 

This salamander does not undergo a clear metamorphosis and retains many juvenile features, such as gills, throughout its life. It is long-lived, potentially reaching up to 58 years of age.

The Olm is restricted to subterranean aquatic habitats in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Italy and Slovenia. The species is classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. 

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Photo credit: [Top: ©Darko Visek | Locality: Rokina, Croatia, 2008] - [Bottom: ©National Geographic | Locality: Divje Jezero, Idrija, Slovenia]

On My Top 10 Influential Games

So the writing team was chatting about a recent “Top 100 Best Games of All Time” list (I won’t point to the exact one), and of course bitching about several of its picks… mostly because, I suspect, such lists are all inherently subjective. They depend a lot on when someone began gaming, not to mention also having an element of short memories attached—whereby good games that came out recently feature much more prominently than the best games of yore.

Everyone on the team had their own thoughts on what the best games of all time were, different for exactly the reasons I mentioned, and that led me to a question: “What is your list?” That led to a separate discussion as to the criteria for such a list. Are we talking about games we thought were good? Games we personally enjoyed? Games we thought influenced gaming in general? These all lead to very different answers.

So I refined the question: “As someone working in the industry, and an avid gamer, what would you say are the games that influence the way you think about games today? The ones that have stuck with you, and which you hold up as the bar—either for their story, their gameplay, or their sheer fun factor—by which you measure other games you play?”

It was an interesting question to consider, and I got some interesting answers. It might make for interesting reading, I thought, so I’ll post my own responses here.

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Andrew Garfield has been locked up in “Spider-Man” world for quite some time now, but he’s used his down time judiciously. He acted alongside the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Death of a Salesman” on Broadway, something he’ll likely never forget, but since he was cast as the cheeky webslinger, Garfield’s only acted in one film. And he’s chosen well with “99 Homes,” the fifth feature-length effort by indie director Ramin Bahrani.

Knuckle Puck Release New Song "Oak Street"


Knuckle Puck are releasing a new flexi 7” on September 2nd via Bad Timing Records featuring songs from an upcoming EP that will be out later this fall. The flexi includes “Oak Street” and “Home Alone” in anticipation of their fall tour with Senses Fail. Pick up a copy of the limited release here and stream “Oak Street” below!

Disclosure: Bad Timing Records is half owned and operated by Zack Zarrillo, founder of PropertyOfZack. 

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Sky Arena is a fun single player/multiplayer 3D shoot em up where you take control of a handful of pilots with different types of ships, and battle it out across some wonderful low-poly planetoids.

You can play single player trench runs or play with your friends locally, against online players, or with your friends locally against online players.  Sky Arena features an awesome 90s style soundtrack, different types of planets to manoeuvre and shoot enemies on and an assortment of cool power-ups.

It’s a fast-paced and fun 3D shooter with a cool retro vibe, agile ships and responsive controls.  Low-poly, high fun blasting action.

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Hello, everyone! Did you all see Dance Moms last night? I appeared on the show, and Maddie Ziegler danced a solo to my song, “Happiness!” To celebrate, I am giving away a special gift pack: digital downloads of all 10 of my songs that are featured in Dance Moms Season 4, a Rachael Sage tote bag, and Rachael Sage lip gloss! 

But I want you to do something special to get it! Record a video of yourself doing a dance to “Happiness,” and I will award the gift pack to my favorite video! Use the tag “#rachael sage” when you post your video, and I will contact the winner by next Wednesday, September 3rd. Watch the video above for inspiration. Happy dancing!

Derek Inspired H&M Potentials by veterization featuring a white sleeveless top

H M rayon dress, $41 / H M stretch dress, $33 / H M transparent dress, $20 / H m dress, $22 / H M dark blue dress, $17 / H M jersey knit dress, $17 / H M short black dress, $8.29 / H M draped dress, $8.29 / H M burgundy top, $33 / H M green tank, $17 / H M black singlet, $17 / H M gray top, $25 / H m sweater, $25 / H M button blouse, $25 / H M button blouse, $25 / H M polyester shirt, $12 / H M oversized black sweater, $22 / H M jumpers sweater, $22 / H M black sleeveless top, $22 / H M white sleeveless top, $17 / H M gray top, $6.63 / H M v neck shirt, $13 / H M purple tank, $13 / H M purple t shirt, $3.31 / H M long tank top, $6.61 / H M zipper jacket, $58 / H M leather biker jacket, $58 / H m coat, $58 / H M zipper jacket, $50 / H M lined jacket, $50 / H M gray jacket, $25 / H M lined jacket, $41 / H&M low jeans, $50 / Skinny leg jeans / H&M skinny leg jeans, $33 / H&M low jeans, $33 / H M faux leather skirt, $25 / H&M highwaisted shorts, $25 / H&M black high waisted shorts, $9.94 / H M flare skirt, $6.63 / H M black circle skirt, $13 / H M dark blue skirt, $6.63 / H&M black ankle booties, $66 / Vegan sneaker / H&M black high heel boots, $41 / H&M chunky boots, $41 / H M zipper purse, $33 / H M black tote bag, $25

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Grimes envisages Dante’s layers of hell from the epic Inferno,part of his Divine Comedy in the music video for her Blood Diamond’s featuring single ‘Go’. As exclaimed via her Tumblr, the self-directed visual is loosely inspired by the likes of X-Men, Metal Gear and Dune. Blood Diamonds also makes an appearances (wearing his signature black clothing) as he carries Claire in his arms atop a sand dune. With all kinds of cool effects, this video is pretty epic. Take a look above!

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WEB 1.0 featuring a new video mix by Everything Is Terrible! Also featuring Cinefamily! Fenslerfilm! Wham City Comedy!

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According to the recent Version 1.02 patch for Corpse Party: Blood Drive, they added a new feature: “Added a feature to eliminate flashlight battery consumption (Press SELECT to turn it ON/OFF)”.

Basically it means that after updating the game, pressing the select button will pop up a message to the top right stating “endless battery: ON/OFF.” This means that once you turned it on, your flashlight’s batteries will never run out. So happy exploring!

Credit goes to Iarumas for these screenshots.



Gigi Hadid by Sean Thomas for Vogue.com

To celebrate the launch of the magazine’s new website, Gigi Hadid teamed up with Vogue.com to pay tribute to Anna Wintour’s first cover featuring Israeli model, Michaela Bercu.

The cover was iconic for its laid-back vibe, with a laughing Bercu clad in an embellished Christian Lacroix jacket and stonewashed Guess jeans. It seems only fitting that Hadid—a Guess model of today and Bercu doppelgänger—recreate the cover that had the industry wondering whether Wintour had totally lost the plot.