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2,500 MS-DOS games enter the Internet Archive

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A huge trove of ancient MS-DOS games are now available at the Internet Archive, with in-browser DOSbox emulation and metadata.

Jason Scott: "this will be our biggest update yet, ranging from tiny recent independent productions to long-forgotten big-name releases from decades ago."

The hot areas for me are the immediate post-Amiga era (Alone in the Dark, Crusaders of the Dark Savant, Discworld, Princess Maker 2, I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream) and all the weird homebrew ... and, of course, Microsoft Adventure. Read the rest

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Orban humiliated: Hungary's crypto-fascist Fidesz party suffers string of municipal election defeats

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Viktor Orban and his far-right, xenophobic, conspiratorial Fidesz party have led Hungary through a string of catastrophes, from its handling of Middle Eastern migrants to its ouster of the internationally famous Central European University to the passage of a slave labor bill that allowed employers to require hundreds of hours of mandatory overtime that needn't be paid for for years to the creation of a parallel system of partisan "administrative courts" to investigate government corruption and electoral fraud.

Despite widespread opposition to Orban and Fidesz's program, they continued to win supermajorities in national elections, allowing them to ram their agenda (proudly described as "illiberal" by the party itself) through (it didn't help that opposition politicians who spoke against Fidesz's legislation were dragged out of TV stations and administered savage beatings by goon-squads).

Finally, the dam is breaking: a "unity" coalition of both right- and left-wing parties backed a slate of candidates in Hungarian municipal elections, winning not just in Budapest, but in 10 of the 23 largest cities in Hungary. The electoral victory was enabled in part by a sex-scandal in Fidesz, but it also overcame promises by Orban to use his office to punish any precincts that voted against Fidesz.

There are real parallels between the urban-led repudiation of Orban and the recent, repeated humiliations for Turkey's fascist Recep Tayyip Erdogan suffered in Turkey's municipal elections. It maps to a global pattern (alive and well in the USA, of course) of dense urban centers swinging for progressive candidates, but being swamped by the dwindling cohort of rural, low-density voters whose votes count for much more than those of urbanites (see also: Toronto).

The elections were seen as a rare chance for the beleaguered opposition to roll back the power of Fidesz, which also hold a supermajority in parliament, and Orbán who has boasted about building an “illiberal state”.

Parties from left to right joined forces in an effort to wrest control of Fidesz-held municipalities and prevent an electoral rout for the first time in almost a decade. In many municipalities just one opposition challenger lined up against Fidesz.

Polls had still forecast only slight gains nationwide for the opposition outside the capital, but in another surprise it won 10 of 23 of Hungary’s main cities.

The vote was seen as a litmus test for its new strategy of cooperation, which could offer a route to mount a serious challenge to Orbán at the next general election in 2022.

Blow for Hungary PM Orbán as opposition wins Budapest mayoral race [AFP/The Guardian]

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(Image: EPP, CC BY, modified)

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Displine is tough

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I'm Bringing Skeksis Back: 10 Dark Crystal Sweets!

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I just watched the making-of special for the new Dark Crystal series last night, so you know what that means!

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 (Black Cherry Cake Co, England)

We're bringing Skeksis back.

(Yeah!)

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The details on this beauty by Black Cherry blow my mind. Look at that airbrushed sky! The waterfall, the orrery, and all the hand-sculpted figures! WOW.

Granted, no mere mortal could ever make that... but I'd be willing to take a crack at these crystal cookies:

(Sweethart Baking Experiment, Youtube tutorial here)

So pretty, plus there's a whole tutorial to show us how!


When you really want the Chamberlain's head on a platter:

(Heartache Cakes, England)

Hate that guy. But this cake is amazing.

This Fizzgig cake is demonstrating the proper technique for eating it:

(Coran Cake Decorating, Australia)

AAAAA CHOMP.

(I love all the teeth!)

Here comes another jaw-dropper:

(Monkey & Me Sweets, Pennsylvania)

How? HOW?! The Skeksis castle has never looked better - if it wasn't on a cake board you'd swear it was a resin model.

And this could be a scene inside:

 (Artisan Petal Designs, California)

I can't be certain, but I *think* the Skeksis are hand-sculpted sugarpaste. (If so, then WOWIE.) Either way, the finishing and aging on all those details and stonework is phenomenal.

 This is my favorite Skeksis of the bunch; I love the art style!

(Baker unknown. Help?)

Even the writing matches the art style, and the glittery crystal shards around the base are a great touch.

 Here's a first for Sweets: believe it or not, this is a PIE.

 (ThePieous, online courses only)

Whaaaaaaat. Incredible! And the way the window in the back reveals the cherry filling underneath is as genius as it is creepy. Bravo. 

I was super chuffed to find a cake specific to the new show, Age of Resistance!

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(Sarah And Squirrel)

I love the pink tree with Deet underneath, and the little Podling Hup at the base!

And finally, one more Skeksis you won't believe is cake, so you'll just have to trust me:

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(Karen Portaleo, Georgia)

 

The second I saw it I knew it was Karen's work. She is the absolute master at sculptural cakes like this.

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To quote the Chamberlain, "MmmMMMMMmmmmmm."

Happy Sunday, everyone! I hope your day is extra Sweet and crystal clear.

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Did you know there's a Dark Crystal Little Golden Book?!

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The Dark Crystal Golden Book

For only $5, I'm tempted to get it for me!

*****

And from my other blog, Epbot:

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British Wildlife Photography Awards Announces The Winners For 2019

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On its tenth anniversary, the British Wildlife Photography Awards celebrates both the work of amateur and professional photographers and the beauty and diversity of British wildlife. Winning images are chosen from thousands of entries in fifteen separate categories including a category for film and two junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

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High-Quality Gathering Of Fox Pictures To Spread The Love (15 Pics)

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Why are foxes so incredibly cute? We can't seem to get over their gorgeous, vibrant red coat, their doe-eyed look, and that sweet smile! So many adorable qualities, we can't and we won't ever stop obsessing over them. 

You'll just have to deal with it. 

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