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Yeah, I admit it,
I like Jerry Seinfeld now.
He gets stagefright too!
by Mack White
"Just would like to take this opportunity to say that
I love your game, Chrononauts. My (9yo) son and I play often.
It has spurred an interest in history in him (something I never
had) and I think that is the most wonderful possible outcome
in a game of this sort. At nine, he is already learning historical
facts and relationships that I'm just now learning by playing
the game. We look forward to the prequel."
-- email from David S.
||Lollagazebo, KCSA, Meg, and
Sorry to be late with the update (again) this week, but it's
been (another) really busy week here at the Lab! We were the
Guests of Honor at a gaming
convention, we had a meeting in the NYC offices of our
new PR agency, yet another long-time friend
has started working for us, and we've started communicating with
was lots of fun. It's not as large of a convention as most of
the others we've been to this year, but we still did good business
and the smaller size meant it was less hassle and more fun for
us. We had a big staff on hand too, with myself, Kristin, Alison,
Marlene, and Russell all helping set up and run the booth, and
plenty of Rabbits on hand to help demo games.
Anyway, it was a really fun weekend! Thanks again to the Lollagazebo
crew for having us!
(And thanks for the cool T-shirts, too!)
For years, we've been contemplating the idea
of signing on with a professional PR company and turning them
loose on the task of getting us media attention. We have at last
done so. The company is called KSCA
and we had an official "firestarter" meeting with them
early this week. (Since Lollagazebo
was held in Edison NJ, just a short drive from Manhattan, we
decided to extend our stay up there long enough to visit the
KCSA headquarters. And we got to have dinner with our friends
Suzyn and Alvaro in the process!)
I wish I'd thought to take a photo of Ann, either with her
daughter (she brought her kids with her when she came out to
see us on Sunday at Lollagazebo) as she played Aquarius with
Alison in our booth, or in their boardroom while we were meeting
with Ann and her team; but since I didn't, here's what their
company logo looks like.
Anyway, they're off to a fast start; having already worked
up a "Fact Sheet" on our company, they are now working
on press releases and are already pitching reporters on our story
from various angles. They are also taking over the media contact
portion of the Stoner
Fluxx promotional mailing we've been planning, and if things
go as well as we think and hope they will, we might start getting
some real press soon. Keep your fingers crossed!
still so much work to do in getting this company of ours built
that even with all the new part-time employees we've been hiring
lately, we still need more help. So, now, Meg
Naab is on our team! Welcome aboard, Meg! Having recently
quit her job as a senior financial analyst for a big aerospace
company, Meg is now our official Money Manager.
I've known Meg since John
and I were teenagers and she was his little sister. Over the
years, she became my friend, too, and one day she met my co-worker
(at the time) Joe Naab at our house. Now they have two kids and
a lovely little house in the country. Anyway, we're all just
thrilled about having her on our team. She's only worked here
2 full days so far, but I'm confident she'll be an excellent
fit for our small but growing company. Woo-hoo!
check out these cool wrist-mounted walkie-talkies we just got!
(The company that makes these is another of KCSA's clients...
we found out them during our
visit to their offices.) They have very good range (well
over a mile) and they work great. We've got lots of ideas for
ways they'll come in handy, but they're proving immediately useful
as a floating intercom. Our house is pretty big, and with all
the employees we have working here now, the need for a better
internal communication system has been growing. We only have
two phone lines (one for the business, the other for the house)
and Marlene's trick of using one line to talk to Kristin on the
other one got tiresome for everyone long ago.
now, with these Xact
"WristLinx" TwoWay Wristwatch Communicators, Mar
can call down to Kristin whenever she has a question without
making phones ring everywhere in the house!
Don't Forget to Play!
||Anti-drug preachers will always readily
admit that peer pressure is a powerful force, and that it takes
a lot of courage to say No to drugs. Well, I said No until I
was 30, and I'm here to say, it takes a lot more courage to admit
to the world that you've smoked marijuana. Kudos to the three
democratic presidential candidates (Dean, Kerry, and Edwards)
who acknowledged saying Yes in a debate on CNN last
||"George Bush, he does remind me sometimes of the kind
of salesman who sells you something, and you don't realize it
doesn't work or is gonna break until after he's gone. In the
case of a politician, 'after he's gone' is 'after he's elected.'" -- Bill
Maher's blog, on The Bush Economy, Nov 12, 2003
||"Experiments conducted by researcher Herbert
Krugman reveal that, when a person watches television, brain
activity switches from the left to the right hemisphere. The
left hemisphere is the seat of logical thought. Here, information
is broken down into its component parts and critically analyzed.
The right brain, however, treats incoming data uncritically,
processing information in wholes, leading to emotional, rather
than logical, responses. The shift from left to right brain activity
also causes the release of endorphins, the body's own natural
opiates--thus, it is possible to become physically addicted to
watching television, a hypothesis borne out by numerous studies
which have shown that very few people are able to kick the television
habit." -- Mack White, "Television
And The Hive Mind"