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yoni (yonn'-ee) n. a
representation of the external female genitals, regarded as the
symbol of Shakti. adj. yonic. (this would be the
opposite of phallic, presumably).
For Will Farrell fans,
a funny romp through New York.
And some Christmas stuff.
in the Brain
by Mack White
"It's an excellent game. It's one of
our best sellers in the store. More than that, personally, I
love it. Tremendously." -- Tonya of Games of Berkeley,
explaining why stores love selling Fluxx, as quoted in our newest
packet of Buyer Information
||Kristin's Back (and so is
December 25th now just one week away, we are of course quite
busy, so I'll keep this short. Preparing for the holidays is
obviously one of the main things on our minds right now, but
even as we're planning for next week's parties, we're also looking
ahead to next year's activities. As I mentioned last week, I've
started obsessing on something new I've started designing (currently
codenamed Secret Project 76-EAC)
and the planning for next summer's Big
Experiment #5 is now in full swing (contact Russell
if you want to get involved). Meanwhile, Kristin has finally
launched a project she's been trying to find time to work on
for months, which will hopefully get Fluxx into a bunch of mid-range
retail chains over the course of 2004.
Kristin (who incidentally had a root canal today) just got
back from a working weekend with our Sales Guru, Ali.
Together they put together a really slick 12-page sales pitch
for Fluxx, aimed at a select group of buyers Ali is targeting.
Here you see Kristin and Ali showing off the binders they put
together and started mailing out just before Kristin got on the
airplane headed for home, and below is a glimpse of what's on
|Anyway, I've got lots of gifts to make and more shopping
to do, and I still haven't finished writing Geronimo Inquirer
#8, so that's all for now. We'll be busy next week, so please
come back for the next update on January 1st. Thanks for reading,
and Happy Holidays!
Have a great time during National
Play Week! (and don't forget to play!)
||Fluxx is now the 13th best-selling
game of All-Time
at the FunAgain.com website! Pretty soon we'll be in the Top
||"The core of my interest in fascism is closely connected
to my work in trying to understand the motivations of right-wing
extremists, because my experience was that in most regards many
of these folks were seemingly ordinary people. And I was furthermore
intrigued by the historical phenomenon of the Holocaust, particularly
the problem of how a nation full of ordinary people could allow
such a monstrosity to happen. I'm interested in fascism as a
real-world phenomenon and not an abstract and distant concept." -- David Neiwert, "Rush,
Newspeak and Fascism: An exegesis"
||"Imagine an alien suddenly dropped into
the 21st century America. He goes to a Monday night football
game and witnesses thousands of people guzzling a liquid refreshment
as fast as vendors can supply it. Observing the spectacle of
the game itself, the alien is constantly distracted by fans whose
behavior seems to become more and more bizarre. He watches as
fights break out between half-naked fans with painted bodies.
By the end of the contest, on the playing field, he notes that
most of the people around him seem to have lost their ability
to walk and for some reason, their speech has changed. Words
are less audible. They seem to be talking in slow motion. Once
the game is over, he watches the fans stumbling toward their
cars, cursing and threatening other fans. Clearly, the alien
observes, something has caused these fans to have a mind-altering
experience. But whatever is going on, it seems to be acceptable
behavior for this society, because all the while, many police
officers observe the behavior, but remain at a distance and don't
interfere. The next day, the alien attends a lecture on a college
campus. After the lecture, he's invited by some students to a
party. At the party, students are sitting around drawing smoke
from a bottle-like structure with water in it. The smoke is inhaled
into their bodies, the conversation is friendly, calm and respectful,
and music is playing in the background. But all of a sudden,
many police officers arrive with guns, grab the water-filled
bottle, put handcuffs on everyone in the room, and take them
off to jail. The alien is totally confused. Welcome to the United
States of America, the land of hypocrisy."
Ventura, on his talk show