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Thursday, April 09, 2009

From Russia with love

Coming in a few weeks to a computer-game store near you, Stalin vs. Martians promises a good time to fans of the Cold War and the X-Files. Siberian Light describes the game:

Stalin vs Martians is a real time strategy game that does pretty much what it says on the tin - lets you pretend to be Stalin in 1942, commanding the glorious Red Army in a battle to the death against evil invading Martians.

I posted the trailer below for your viewing pleasure. Don't miss out on the awesome synth music.

Posted by Alina on April 9, 2009 in Games | Permalink | Comments (3)

Monday, June 20, 2005

Slow news day

On days like this, these stories start to look interesting:

It has long been a source of irritation for opponents and tennis fans alike.

Now women players who grunt loudly when hitting the ball have been accused by the referee in charge of Wimbledon of doing it deliberately to win matches.

At last year's championship, Russian Miss Sharapova produced the loudest grunts, yells and squeals ever heard on Centre Court.

The noise the 18-year-old makes when striking the ball has been measured at 100 decibels, equivalent to a small aircraft landing nearby.

Imagine the racket she makes trying to open a stubborn bottle of ketchup. (Hat tip to NealeNews)

Posted by Steve Janke on June 20, 2005 in Games | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Saturday, June 18, 2005

"OK, so I shot 49 strokes in a nine hole round. I must explain that I had lost 4 balls in the muskeg...."

I'm wondering whether the Nunavut golfer behind the Tundra Golf weblog is being serious...

...but you may find it interesting to read any way.

(it's at http://crookedhole.blogspot.com/2005/06/49.html )

Posted by Rick Hiebert on June 18, 2005 in Games | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Friday, November 05, 2004

Primal posture

Go read The Myth of the Working Poor by Steven Malanga in City Journal. It contains a good recent history of the Left's intellectual support--if you can call it that--for the expansion of welfare.

The article isn't all economics. How could it be when so much of the Left's argument is non-factual? (See Kathy's post below 24 Hour [Socialist] Party People). Malanga takes time to poke some fun at the canned outrage and first-year collegiate theorizing in Barbara Ehrenreich's book Nickel and Dimed, a first person account of her journey among the working poor;

At Wal-Mart, for instance, she's "oppressed by the mandatory gentility" that the company requires of her, as if being nice to customers and co-workers were part of the tyranny of capitalism. (I suspect that most customers, if they encountered a snarling Ehrenreich as a clerk while shopping, would flee for the exit.) Told to scrub floors on her hands and knees by the maid service, she cites a "housecleaning expert" who says that this technique is ineffective. Ehrenreich then theorizes that the real reason that the service wants its employees down on their hands and knees is that "this primal posture of submission" and "anal accessibility" seem to "gratify the consumers of maid services." Never has the simple task of washing a floor been so thoroughly Freudianized.

Posted by Kevin Steel on November 5, 2004 in Games | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Just for fun

Are you "an Archconservative, Leftwing Wacko, Antigovernment Libertine or a Commie Sympathizer"?

Take the Satirical Political Beliefs Assessment and see.

Posted by Kathy Shaidle on April 15, 2004 in Games | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack