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Why Would Richard Nixon Ever Have Chosen a Black Vice President?

Walking near the Washington monument with Gina, Marlene, and Margit. "This guy," I say, "I was walking behind him like this," and I pretend like I'm ducking behind someone as I'm walking, "and he was going..." I make annoyed, don't-follow-me looks over my shoulder.

Cool Words

(dem'-ee-urj'-ick) adj. of or pertaining to the Demiurge or his/her work; creative. see Demiurge n. a name for the maker or creator of the world, later conceived by some as being a subordinate to the Supreme Being, sometimes as the author of evil. from Latin demiurgos public or skilled worker, from Greek demos of the people + urgos working; worker.

Haiku Reviews

Riverworld :|

Good books brought to life
as a bland pilot. At least
it's not Waterworld.

Tirade's Choice

The Visualised Costs of Operation Iraqi Liberation

#12's Webcomic picks
Wapsi Square

"The Game Master sounds like a good idea for a promo card for game stores. It's too geeky a character to put into the basic game for general consumption (my mom probably doesn't know what a game master is, for example) but for gamers it's as evocative an archetype as the President or the little black cat." -- Andrew Petrarca, on the rabbits mailing list

Thursday, April 10, 2003
by the Writer's Guild of Wunderland

What's New?

What's Going On? Making Recipes

Here's a really cool diagram Alison put together this week, depicting her recommended method for loading up a stash tube of Icehouse pyramids. We need this diagram in order to give very clear instructions to the people who'll be packing our next run of Icehouse stash tubes. This diagram is part of a document we call a Product Recipe, which gives complete instructions for doing another print run of one of our more complex products. By "more complex" I mean "non-card" games... it's easy when we get a card game printed. The finished decks of cards are delivered in shrink-wrapped boxes, ready to sell. But it's a different story altogether when the product is something like a specially-ordered tube filled with custom-made plastic pyramids, delivered to us by different companies and assembled for us by a third before ending up in a warehouse managed for us by a fourth. Ah, the complexities of running a small business! Isn't it amazing what Kristin accomplishes for us?

Anyway, aside from dealing with broken phone lines and watching TV coverage of Iraqis pulling down statues of their former leader, we've mostly just been puttering away at various springtime projects. For example, I'm in the midst of designing a series of new promo cards, a task which has been occupying a lot of my time this week... but I'm not really ready to talk about that yet.

Oh, and did I mention that we've got spring fever?


Thought Residue
"We do it in order to keep our clock-synchronization skills well-honed." -- Rash's explanation for Daylight Savings Time (which I forgot all about this weekend, causing Alison to be late for work on Monday...)

"I'll give you an exact definition. When the happiness of another person becomes as essential to yourself as your own, then the state of love exists." -- Jubal Harshaw to Ben Caxton in Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land
"The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo and has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea." -- Martin Luther King Jr., seen quoted at mapinc.org


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