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Bomb lamps, artillery tables, and armored credenzas - Stockpile Designs adds impact to your decor with a line of furniture and lighting using obsolete military equipment.

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Stockpile Design's blog covers upcoming designs and prototypes, shows and events, and the design community of Brooklyn, NY. Designer Jake Wright shares his creative process, decorating advice, and anecdotes about starting a business and trying to deliver antique bombs across state lines.

Pyongyang Racer, a Communist Videogame

Jake Wright

I love American military design, but nothing can beat the combination of ambition, incompetence, and insanity seen in some Communist projects. For example there was the Lun-Class Ekranoplan, a Soviet hydrofoil that looked like a seaplane driven by the Road Warrior.

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Or what about the Trabant, a tiny car that produced as much pollution as a Western truck. The body underneath those cute curves wasn’t steel, or even fiberglass – it was made of pressed cotton! Which was sort of innovative, as long as you didn’t crash or get it wet.

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But the last true Communist dictatorship, North Korea, has kept the Soviet tradition alive. Earlier this year the DPRKreleased its own iPad, and now there’s a game for it! Assuming it supports decadent Western-style entertainment. Or the internet. Behold: Pyongyang Racer!

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Drive around the eerily clean and empty city of Pyongyang in what appears to be a 1999 Lincoln Towncar! Keep your car fueled by picking up barrels of oil! Drive over pixellated postcards to fill your screen with non-sequiturs about Pyongyang’s tourist attractions, which apparently exist! All while a modestly attired female police officer admonishes you to keep your eyes off of her, and on the road. Good advice, since the game is over if you strike three pedestrian vehicles. They don’t show the part where your little driver is dragged from his car, driven to a concrete cell, and shot in the back of the head. Probably because that would slow down the otherwise brisk and engaging gameplay.