Guide to Wunderland
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I'm cutting through a large three
by four foot section of our wedding tree with a chainsaw.
tripsis (trip'-siss) n.
trituration; also, the process of shampooing [from the Greek
for "a rubbing" from tribein to rub]
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Who'll win the most points,
Slitherin or Gryffindor?
I really don't care.
A strange and creepy film by David Lynch that doesn't make
any sense until you've seen the whole thing and can piece it
all together and understand it for what it is. (Unless someone
tells you what it's all about, which I'm not going to do.)
- "I found out about Fluxx from a friend, then about the
other games from your website. I LOVE THIS GAME! Andrew Looney
is a genius. I am no longer bored at parties and I can stand
people's social annoyances if I can only rope them into a good
Fluxx game. Can't wait to try Chrononauts..."
-- Marcus, Of Vineland NJ, in comments accompanying an order
||The Lovely Looney Ladies of
announcing that purple and orange
Icehouse pieces had finally become available, we had to go visit
KLON, our partners in plastic, to pick up the goods. Here are
a couple of photos from that field trip. On the right is Jessica
(the "Looney Girl" as she is known around the factory,
since she specializes in working on our pyramids) as she clips
the spurs off of a set of freshly manufactured yellow pyramids.
other picture shows Dot and Barb, a couple of other KLON ladies,
as they load finished orange pieces into the new stash tubes
we use now. Everyone we met seems to enjoy working on our job...
it seems that few of the plastic parts they make are as fun to
interact with as our pyramids. Another employee named John (who
happens to be engaged to Jessica) made a brilliant save the other
day... he pulled a very unique stash of Icehouse pieces out of
the trash. We're calling them the Root Beer colored pieces, and
we're thinking of putting them up for auction.
Here's what happened: When they switch from one color to another,
they end up making a few sets of pieces in strange, transitional
tints. Usually, they're just ugly and non-uniform, but right
in the middle you get a few that perfectly combine the two colors.
In this case, purple and orange came together as a wonderful
root-beer color. There's really only one stash that captures
the color well enough to keep, and John saved it for us. Who
Thanksgiving was great... we had a fine time
overeating and hanging out with the families. Rash
flew in for the holiday and it's always fun seeing him, but regrettably,
he brought a nasty cold with him, and he felt awful during much
of his visit. He apologized in advance for passing it along,
but I tried to be hopeful about not catching it. Sure enough
though, two days later I felt my head swimming, and now we all
have Rash's cold. And it's a bad one... my throat is so aggravated
that I can barely talk, finding it better to whisper than speak
out loud. The girls have started referring to me as "Quiet
Andy", and make jokes about the silence being refreshing.
(If you know me, you'll understand.) But I think the worst of
it is now behind me... I did a whole lot of sleeping and I'm
feeling not-so-bad right now. My voice is even starting to return!
Playing with Pyramids and the Wunderlist continue to
fall behind schedule... while once we'd hoped to have both of
these giant projects completed before the holidays, both are
only now reaching the first completed Alpha stage. We're still
hoping to launch the new website/shopping cart before the end
of the year, but we now don't expect the book to debut until
Toy Fair in mid-February. Still, we need to keep the pressure
on just to meet these adjusted deadlines.
Lastly, we've finally figured out what our little holiday
gift product will be this year, and it's quite cool! But of course,
I can't speak of that any further right now. I also finally came
up with a good cover story for this year's Geronimo
Inquirer, but again, I can't tell you about that.
you played any games today?
||Assets from Iron
Crown Enterprises were sold off in a bankruptcy auction,
and the buyers (a wealthy long-time fan and several former ICE
employees) are reviving the company!
||Kristin has been experiencing a lot of pain and
weirdness in her hand this week. As you may recall, she seriously
injured it last summer; she's
since regained full usage, but not full sensitivity. She figures
the recent pains are the nerves in her still numb fingers finally
re-establishing contact up the arm...
||"Throughout the federal government, agency
after agency is shifting priorities in order to fight the war
on terrorism. Except, apparently, the Drug Enforcement Agency
(DEA). Amazingly, the biggest news out of the DEA since September
11 has been a massive new crackdown on drug users whom we know
not to be associated with terrorist suppliers: medical-marijuana
users. Can't the DEA or Congress find a better way to use the
DEA's resources?" -- Dave Kopel, in his
National Review column this week, entitled "Wasted"