Guide to Wunderland
- News Archives
Eating an apple and looking at
a 'Reported Events' page on GSFC's intranet: 'Two piles of a
sand-like substance were found on the floor of two separate rooms.
Bystander statements indicated that the substance "tasted
gritty, like sand." [Note: Unknown substances should never
be touched or tasted.]'
adj. unredeemed: said of a region or regions populated
chiefly by the natives of a specified country which formerly
held it and seeks to recover it
- Gummo :)
horrible everyday life
in a white trash world.
I've long been a fan of the off-beat adventures of the Tick
and his fellow eccentric superheroes, and I've decided that I
like the new live-action series even more than the cartoons.
To make up for the fact that, without animation, they can't as
easily depict some of the wackier villains and their outrageous
antics, the new series has been focusing more on the mundane
aspects of life in the City where superheroes are common. They
don't so much fight crime as sit around in the coffeeshop talking
about fighting crime (and about superhero licenses, publicity,
relationships, and getting stains out of spandex costumes). In
other words, it's like Seinfeld with superheroes.
The Ogre Cave
- "My friend found a site on the web that listed the most
popular games. And Fluxx and Chrononauts were 4 and 5 on the
list. So, we searched to find these games and only found one
store in our area that sells them. We bought them out and I need
more for Christmas gifts! These are excellent games! Great job!"
-- Leah, Rhode Island, USA
||A Visit to Ground Zero
the weekend, we went up to New York. Our friends Suzyn
and Alvaro were having a little holiday shindig, and anyway
Kristin wanted to get together to talk more with Alvaro about
sales stuff, plus we've been working ourselves too hard and needed
a break, so we decided to go. And we had a great time! But while
we were in Manhattan, we decided to take the opportunity to pay
our respects (and otherwise see what there is to be seen) at
the site of what I like to call the National Bummer.
As you probably know, the entire Ground Zero area is still
blocked off, and being ordinary civilians we couldn't get any
closer than the well-guarded outer perimeter. But as we walked
along that barrier with throngs of others on our same pilgrimage,
we could catch glimpses of that last bit of the North Tower which
still stands, and of the vast wasteland of rubble and still-smoldering
debris that surrounds it. And all along the fences there are
memorials: flags, flowers, photos, origami cranes, signs, banners
and t-shirts covered with handwritten messages, and more, like
a huge participatory art project. You could spend hours just
trying to look at all the stuff people have put up in memory
of loved ones lost. Every now and then, one of the cops guarding
the barrier would yell out to the crowd, "Take your pictures
and move along! You can't just stand here!" But like everyone,
we continued to stand there for awhile, looking out at the ruins
and the wall of messages surrounding it. Needless to say, it
was a moving experience.
Other than that, all we've been doing this week is continuing
to work on the two big projects I discussed last
week, as well as trying to get ourselves ready for the upcoming
holidays, which are coming up far too rapidly for our tastes.
Don't Forget to Shop!
||In response to last week's residual thought about
chocolate, caramel, and almonds, I learned not only that several
such confections are available from See's Chocolates, but also
that for those of us not lucky enough to live within their radius
of availability, you can order custom-packed boxes of these delights
via their website.
||"Hey, now, no one's saying that death isn't
sad. But it's also the Mt. Everest of Life. And I say when your
time comes, climb it! Who knows what wonders may lay at the icy
summit of Death Mountain. It might be nice up there! And think
of all the people that have gone before you... you may get to
shake hands with some of the greatest minds in human history!
Maybe death's just nature's way of saying 'try again'."
-- The Tick, in his eulogy to the Immortal
||"I really do like my 'Me-Time'." -- Elliott to Finch, as they discussed the upside
of being in a three-person relationship on a recent episode of
"Just Shoot Me"