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Tanay Mondial 2020 Easiest Way to Get Your Visa (USians only)

The Tanay Mondial 2020 is around the corner for all competitors, and getting a Russian visa is always a foot dragging affair.  Lower staffing and slower processing times thanks to COVID-19 made it more complicated.  This guide describes the method two three members of the US Parachute Team used for getting a Russian visa as fast, cheap, and easy as possible.

Written by Eugene Ciurana on Tuesday June 15, 2021
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Tanay Mondial 2020 Getting Around Guide

You're in Russia, and you want to get to/from places, pay for things, interact with folks, optimize your mobile and Internet service, and otherwise get around.  In most regards it's like visiting any other European or Asian country, here are some things that will ease your journey and make it more enjoyable.

Written by Eugene Ciurana on Thursday May 27, 2021
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Tanay Mondial 2020 Quick Travel Guide

This is a quick travel guide for getting to, and around Russia on your way to the Tanay Mondial 2020 this August 2021 - transportation and logistics.  It's aimed at skydivers traveling to/from Russia for this event.

Written by Eugene Ciurana on Thursday May 27, 2021
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Fixing devpi package uploads in a Python 3.6.5 world

Upgrading our virtualenv builds to use Python 3.6.5 and the latest versions of setuptools, wheel, pip, and virtualenv broke publication.  We use a private devpi server and it rejected the new packages with the error devpi upload does not contain PKGINFO, skipping.  This post explains the error cause and how to work around it until a permanent fix for devpi-client 4.0.1 is in place.

Written by Eugene Ciurana on Thursday April 5, 2018
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Archiving my DVD library

My DVD library is down to a few hard-to-find titles. Some foreign, some out of print, some from other regions. This post describes the set up and commands for backing them up to Matreoshka Video format using a headless Ubuntu server for later playback.

Written by Eugene Ciurana on Tuesday March 27, 2018
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