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What's Going On? Lollagazebo, KCSA, Meg, and Wrist-Radios

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 futuristic wrist-radios!

Lollagazebo 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!

There's 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!

Lastly, 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.

But 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!


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Thought Residue
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 week.

"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"


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