Guide to Wunderland
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The telephone rings. I pick it
up. A guy on the other end says, "Cooper!"
"Yeah," I answer.
"It's Brian," he says.
xerosis (zeer-oh'-sis) n.
an abnormal dryness of the skin, eyeballs, or mucous membranes
- Little Shop of Horrors (1986) %}
Martin's dentist song
remains one of the best film
scenes in history.
Fascinating film depicting a series of philisophical conversations
with characters in a sequence of dreams. The animation is entirely
based on filmed images, so it has a realistically fluid yet surrealistically
shimmery look. To enhance the strangeness, each dreamy segment
was done in a different style, by a different animator. It's
a treat for the eyes, with plenty for the brain to chew on as
- "This game became perfect when Looney Labs began releasing
Fluxx expansion sets - a few blank cards where you can make your
own New Rules, Keepers, Goals and Actions. Fluxx just became
your own customized homebrew set with in-jokes for your friends,
and it answers the call that many players have with games: 'if
only it had [whatever], this would kick more ass.' Fluxx: a game
I wish I could make the sweet, sweet lovin' to."
-- Ryan's review of Fluxx at HMFY.com
||You're Never Too Old To Play
With Stuffed Animals
we are still just as busy as ever, I find I have nothing in particular
to report on this week. We're catching our breath from the summer
convention season, we're still behind schedule on SuperFRED,
and our newest production efforts are currently classified. So,
lacking other topics, I've decided just to put up another picture
of the two women I'm lucky enough to live with, Kristin and Alison,
my partners-in-fun here at Looney Labs, along with their favorite
stuffed animals. Alison's snake is named Zig Zag, and Kristin's
bear is called Stony, although his official name is Monstro J.
Stonington III (a long name that starts with an 'M' in accordance
with the Gund Bear Naming Convention, established in 1983). Zig
Zag and Stony are the best of friends, and together they have
had many adventures. (You might have even caught a glimpse of
one or both of them before, if not during a trade show somewhere,
then perhaps here on the web... Zig Zag was featured on a trio
of pumpkins last year,
and Stony was the star of Alison's first stop-motion
Like the title suggests, even though we're all in our thirties,
we still love our stuffed toys. Our cartoon mascot Tirade, after
all, is based on a stuffed toy broccoli Kristin has had for decades,
who continues to this day to greet visitors to our house from
his perch near our front door. And if you've poked around Tirade's pages much, you've
probably discovered the Bears' secret webpage. And just for the
record, two of the dinosaurs in Chrononauts
are named after stuffed animals: Steggie is based on a beloved
childhood friend of Alison's and Emily Bronto can still be found
wandering around our living room.
Stuffed animals are great because they allow you to give voice
to feelings and ideas you might not feel able to speak directly
but which you'd still like to express. For example, if you don't
feel like cooking dinner and would like to just order a pizza,
you might say "Stony says we should just order a pizza."
Now the idea is out there, to be discussed on its merits, and
the Food Officer can't chastise you for suggesting it because
it wasn't you who said it, it was Stony. Keith Baker's plush
friend Bossy the Cow allows him to express a more feisty viewpoint
than he himself is capable of, so much so that his official website
is named for Bossy
rather than Keith.
The great thing about Stony is how big he is! He's exactly
like the classic Gund bear we have many of scattered around the
house, except that he's adult-sized. Check it out: in comparison
to Kristin, he's as big as he would be if he was a typical sized
bear and Kristin were a little kid. So when Kristin carries him
downstairs in the morning, she looks like a girl dragging around
her favorite bear. Which of course, is what she is.
Zag also has the large scale thing going for him, but he's also
just a really great snake. He's extremely posable and expressive,
particularly in the hands of a personifier like Alison. We found
him at Ikea, and became so enamored of him that we featured him
on a Nanofictionary
card: He's the Snake with a Great Personality. And when we finally
get our new online shopping center operational, we'll even be
offering these really cool snakes as one of the items in our
new e-store called the Random Emporium.
Speaking of Nanofictionary and our new e-stores, we're planning
to start selling our newest card game here on the web next week.
(We've been holding off on offering it here, to encourage our
fans to order it through retail stores, but it's been long enough.)
We were hoping to be collecting those orders through our new
webstore, but probably we'll still be using the old one for a
few more weeks.
Anyway, Stony says I have to go order a pizza now.
a great week!
||"The more I hear Bush speak, the more I
think regime change is a good idea... within the USA." -- Dale Newfield, September 12, 2002
||"The idea is to remain in a state of constant
departure, while always arriving. It saves on introductions and
goodbyes." -- Driver of the Boat-Car in
||"The best way to get a bad law repealed
is to enforce it strictly." -- Abraham Lincoln