links for 2009-09-03

  • "Under the Bush administration, a seeping, sometimes galloping, authoritarianism began to reach into every vestige of the culture, giving free rein to those anti-democratic forces in which religious, market, military and political fundamentalism thrived, casting an ominous shadow over the fate of United States democracy. During the Bush-Cheney regime, power became an instrument of retribution and punishment connected to and fueled by a repressive state, a bullying rhetoric of war, a ruthless consolidation of economic forces and an all-embracing free-market apparatus and media-driven pedagogy of fear that supported and sustained a distinct culture of cruelty and inequality in the United States."
  • "Ah, the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, that sentient ray of sunshine sent from heaven to warm the heart and readjust the attitude of even the broodiest, most uptight male protagonist. In his My Year Of Flops entry on Elizabethtown, Nathan Rabin coined the phrase 'Manic Pixie Dream Girl' to describe that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that 'exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.'"
  • "This website is dedicated to one of the best multiplayer games in the history of computer games, created by Ozark Softscape in 1983, namely by Dan Bunten, Bill Bunten, Jim Rushing, Alan Watson and Roy Glover.

    The effort I spend on this website is my bow before Dan Bunten, honoring his vision of computer games being a means to bring people together instead of being a hobby for lonely geeks. That vision sounds commonplace? Keep in mind that Dan formulated that vision in 1982, which is almost a decade before the internet came by, or multi-player games came to be commonplace…"

  • "Gyoza, or Japanese potstickers, are not normally served with chocolate fudge sauce, but ice cream gyoza are!"
    (tags: food recipes)