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bathos (bay'-thos) n.
1: in speech or writing, a ludicrous descent from the sublime
to the commonplace; an anticlimax. 2: sentimentality, mawkishness.
Some films don't bug me
when they don't follow the books:
Blade Runner and this.
It's Always Been Done
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"I quite honestly discovered you through my friend, who
suddenly asked me if I wanted to learn how to play Fluxx one
day. He later brought in his IceTowers box set and hooked me
on that too. I'm amazed that I've never heard of you before.
Do you advertise at all? Such inovation deserves recognition
parallel to Milton Bradly. Couple that with the awesome way you
seem to treat your customers, and you should exspect me to become
one of your long-term customers and fans."
-- comments accompanying an order from Samuel W of Manhattan
||Goodbye, Marley (and I'll
see the rest of you in June...)
been having a pretty intense week!
- On Thursday, I went to Capitol
Hill with Kristin and Marlene to lobby our Congresspeople about
marijuana law reform. It was our first time doing such a thing,
and while it was certainly nervous-making, it was also exhilarating
and empowering and very much worthwhile. I'm sure we'll be doing
- Then we attended the NORML
conference (our 5th one) where we gave away over 100 Stoner
Fluxx decks to activists in the movement. During the conference,
I was interviewed by a reporter and wound up confessing to personal
use more than I ever have here at the website... and they put
my photo and a bunch of quotes from me in the article!
It was a great conference but I don't have time to give you more
details myself right now... you'll have to make do with Brian
Baer's coverage. But I was inspired by the conference to write
a new essay: Who
Are The Real Bad Guys?
- On Sunday, Kristin & Alison went downtown for the March
for Women's Lives, but having already been out of the office
for days and with deadlines crushing my skull, I stayed home
to work (though I did watch a lot of the march on CSPAN...).
They said it was unbelievably huge, the biggest march they've
ever been to, with over a million people in attendance.
- Over the weekend we also went to one of those amazing ZodiacFest
parties friends of ours in Greenbelt hold twice a year. As usual,
it was a great scene!
- All week we've been rushing to finish up the production files
for our big new Origins release, Early
American Chrononauts, which is scheduled to go to the printer
tomorrow. And I'm very pleased to report that we're going to
meet our deadline!
- With EAC on the brink of delivery, I'm packing my bags and
cleaning off my desk because tomorrow night I'm getting on a
plane to spend the month of May living in Amsterdam! Woo-hoo!
- Unfortunately, it's not all happy news here... yesterday
we had to say goodbye to a beloved pet, the large fluffy pure
white cat known as Marley. He was 14 years old and much as we
loved him, we couldn't afford to spend thousands of dollars operating
on the tumorous growth in his gut, particularly given the odds
against his long term recovery. It all happened quite suddenly...
we didn't even know he had a problem until a couple of weeks
ago, when the vet discovered the growth during a routine annual
checkup. Since then, his health declined with alarming speed,
particularly in the last week, and since he'd stopped eat and
we couldn't stand to watch him suffer needlessly, we decided
it was time to let go. This is the last photo I took of him,
in one of his favorite spots. (Also, don't miss the animated
gif of Marley at the Ember
update this week.) Goodbye, Marley... we will miss you dearly.
I won't be updating this site until I get back from Europe
in June, but others on the Looney Labs team will be filling in
for me, so be sure to tune in again next week as usual.
You at Origins!
||The next time you face the unpleasant task of
saying goodbye to a beloved pet, I highly recommend a vet who
can provide the needful services during a house call. Marley
departed this Earth from his favorite spot in the sun, quite
peacefully, surrounded by his friends. Having done it the other
way in the past, dragging the pet off in a box to die in the
dreaded vet's office, I definitely recommended the in-home hospice
route. It may be more expensive, but it's totally worth it.
||"In the early 1990s, the WHO asked a group of international
scientists, including Cohen, to produce what it billed as "the
largest global study on cocaine use ever undertaken." In
1995, the study was done. It concluded that most users
consume cocaine occasionally, that occasional use usually does
not lead to compulsive use, and that occasional use does little
or no harm to users. It was a flat contradiction of the
drug-war ideology, so the U.S. threatened to pull its funding
if the report was released. The WHO buckled. The
report was buried." -- Dan Gardner, "You Can't Trust The Drug 'Experts' -- Research on Illicit Substances Is As Biased As
Its Funding Source"
||"Trying to eliminate Saddam would have incurred
incalculable human and political costs. Apprehending him was
probably impossible. We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad
and, in effect, rule Iraq. There was no viable exit strategy
we could see, violating another of our principles. Furthermore,
we had been self-consciously trying to set a pattern for handling
aggression in the post-Cold War world. Going in and occupying
Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations mandate,
would have destroyed the precedent of international response
to aggression that we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion
route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying
power in a bitterly hostile land." -- President
Bush I, seen quoted by Dr.