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1: a chaise with a hood. 2: a rickety vehicle.
Pieces, Root Beer colored
Blurb on the back says
that it's "Perversely Funny!"
They mean "Peculiar."
Worst Game Room Ever
This week's donation goes to:
"Chrononauts has a very high replay value, and Early
American Chrononauts will only extend the replay potential
of both games. Dungeon Crawler awards both editions of Chrononauts
with the highest possible recommendation. If you haven't given
Chrononauts a try, do so immediately, while there is still time!"
-- Brian Spicer's 5-star review of Early American
Chrononauts, at Dungeon-Crawler
||Launching Project eBay
have too much debt. Starting your own small business ain't cheap,
and we've run up a considerable amount of debt in the founding
Looney Labs. We're doing
very well, but the burden of our lingering start-up debt combined
with the need for even more cash to fund new and bigger print-runs
has us struggling at times to pay all the bills.
We also have too much stuff. Kristin and I are pack-rats,
and after 15 years of accumulating stuff together, but not being
willing to throw much of anything away, our house is overflowing
with junk. (And some of it's pretty cool junk, too, since we
used to have high-paying high-tech jobs and thus had a lot more
disposable income.) While a lot of the stuff we've got piled
up is indeed junk, there are definitely treasures among the trash,
particularly when you include the one-of-a-kind artworks, early
game prototypes, and unusual collectibles we've got lying around.
And so, we've decided to try using the power of eBay to address
our too-much-debt problem by also working on our too-much-stuff
problem. New this week is a featurette called "This Week
on eBay." Each week, I'll be putting a variety of objects
up for sale on eBay (with a list here at Wunderland.com so my
regular readers can see what's new) and I'm hoping some of these
items will fetch a pretty penny.
As I learn the ropes of running eBay auctions, I expect I'll
be putting up a whole bunch of stuff every week. But right now,
my only goal is getting started, so this week I'm just selling
one thing. It's a one-of-a-kind stash of Icehouse pieces known
"Root Beer" stash, due to it's cola-colored hue.
(The story of the Root Beer stash was told in "The
Lovely Looney Ladies of KLON" in November 2001.) Let
the bidding begin!
Next week, I'm planning on auctioning off an early Fluxx prototype
deck which I've retro-actively dubbed Version 0.3. I'm also working
on an article about the history of Fluxx, along with a detailed
examination of the evolution of the Fluxx deck, starting with
my very first prototype, Version 0.1 (which is the one prototype
deck (out of five I still have) which I'm not planning on auctioning
Enjoy Life and Don't Forget to Play!
||A really promising initiative to tax and regulate
marijuana sales in Nevada may not make it onto the ballot this
fall after all. The campaign organizers insist that 54,120 valid
signatures were turned in on schedule, but the government is
trying to disqualify many of the signatures under a previously
unenforced technicality, and is claiming they missed the 51,337-signature
requirement by more than 16,000. So now it's a court battle,
and of course MPP needs extra funding. We're giving them the
Fluxx Foundation Donation this week, and we've also set up
a page at their server to make it easy for others to help with
a small gift of their own. Thank you for helping
us try to change the world!
||"Had government officials performed the vital research,
they would understand why McMahon is alive today. Prior
to his acceptance in the IND program, George had been through
19 major surgeries, was declared clinically dead several times,
took 17 prescribed substances on a daily basis and was confined
to a wheelchair. For the past 14 years, George has smoked
10 marijuana cigarettes each day. During this time, he has had
no surgeries or hospitalizations, he no longer takes any pharmaceuticals
(aside from the occasional aspirin or antibiotic), and he is
fully ambulatory. He is living proof that marijuana has
medical value, yet, many federal legislators refuse to admit
it. They stubbornly persist in criminalizing patients, spreading
misinformation, defying the express will of the people and denying
the states their constitutional authority to resolve the issue
independently." -- Christopher Largen, "Prescription
Pot? Only From Bayer And The U.S. Government"
||"During the Clinton Administration, we turned
huge deficits into record surpluses. Now, just four years later,
$5 trillion of expected surpluses have turned into $3 trillion
of new debt. As a result, we are giving our children something
they don't want and don't deserve: a $25,000 birth tax. That's
the share of our national debt owed by every child in America." -- Senator Tom Daschle, "Doing
Right By America"