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anodyne (ann'-uh-dine) adj.
1: serving to asuage pain. 2: not likely to offend or arouse
tensions; bland; innocuous n. 1: a drug that allays pain.
2: something that soothes, calms or comforts. [from Greek a-
an- without, not + odyné pain.]
In America :)
with grief, mortality,
This week's donation goes to:
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana
"Not only are these lessons kids need to learn -- these
are important life skills. Some parents seem to think that their
job is to teach their children never to lie. Certainly parenting
would be easier with such robots, but in the real world, kids
need to know how to lie, for their own good, and not feel guilty
about it. We all do! 'That's a nice sweater.' 'I have to get
up early tomorrow.' 'You're a really nice guy, but...' And that's
only half of it. Kids need to learn that people lie, and how
to see through lies. Anyone who can't will have some painful
reality corrections in high school. And that's if they're lucky;
I think the only people who get suckered into bizarre cults are
the ones who don't realize the world is full of dirty rotten
liars." -- Jamie's review of "Are You
a Werewolf?" at mccarthy.vg
||Even Busier Than Usual (if
you can believe it)
ready for a trade show always makes a week extra busy. So does
closing the accounting records for the previous year, as does
sending to playtesters a beta-test version of a new game. So
it would obviously be a crazy plan to attempt to get all 3 of
these things accomplished during the same week. But hey, that's
exactly what we've been doing! Of course, the only thing that
makes such a feat possible is the fact that we now have employees.
(Yay! Thanks for all the help, y'all!)
Regarding Early American Chrononauts,
I'm pleased to report that the Beta-test edition has gone to
the printer! We're making a total of 30 copies (in the form of
black-and-white printed stickers which must be cut out and stuck
onto the cards in an existing Chrononauts deck) which we'll be
shipping out to selected beta-testers, hopefully by the end of
Regarding the Accounting Department, Meg and Kristin got everything
ready to close the books this week, turning everything into the
hands of our accountant, Mayo. We had a 40% increase in sales
from last year!
Regarding Toy Fair, we leave tomorrow night and I've barely
started packing, but preparations are otherwise well in hand.
We have beautiful new literature to hand out, thanks to Marlene,
Ali, ColorQuest, and ROI. Yay!
Meanwhile, as if things weren't crazy-busy enough this week,
Valentine's Day is coming up, which means Alison has been putting
in lots of grueling extra hours at the Flower Shop...
Finally, regarding this week's photo: We got an email recently
from someone asking if we actually use labware as drinking vessels.
Inspired by the question, I took this self-portrait, which in
turn inspired me to finally update my 3-year-old homepage.
Have a great week!