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- writhen (rye'-then (soft th,
as in then)) adj. being twisted or contorted. [directly
from Middle English (it's also a root of writhe) akin
to Old Norse ritha "to twist," akin to Old English
wrigian "to turn," akin to Middle High German
rigel "kerchief wound around the head," akin
to Greek rhoikos "crooked."] whew!
Army of Darkness :)
A horror movie
featuring the skeletons
of The Three Stooges.
"I was lucky enough to play several games with the Looneys
at a recent convention (Lollagazebo
in Edison, NJ, in the winter of 2003, for those of you scoring
at home). Andy Looney is very strange to play with, as he despises
downtime. My first game of Volcano was against Marlene and Alison
(two very nice people from Looney Labs), along with Andy; at
the same time, Andy was playing games of Cosmic Coasters and
Homeworlds. At one point in the evening, Andy surveyed three
games on the table in order, saying, 'It's not my turn in this
game. It's not my turn in this game. It's not my turn in this
game. It's not my turn in any game.' The next day, I was
lucky enough to play a game of Nanofictionary with Andy, Alison,
and another conventiongoer, using the Looneys' personal deck.
It's twice the size of a regular Nanofictionary deck, because
it's jammed full of custom cards that they've come up with since
the game's release. It was very strange, seeing Nanofictionary
cards drawn with marker mixed with the 'official' printed cards...
and both sets of cards had the same style of artwork! Needless
to say, both games were lots of fun." --
Gil Hova's comments in a BoardGameGeek.com "geeklist"
you've played with the designer(s)"
||Alison Bought a Prius!
buzz around here this week, besides assembling Experiment
(and bumming about the election) is that Alison bought a brand
new car! And it's a really cool one - a Toyota Prius, a hybrid-electric
that gets over 50 miles to the gallon! And it's a sleek, black
car, with built-in computers, an energy-capture and re-use system,
psychic door locks & ignition sensors, and a food replicator!
We're calling it the spaceship for now, as Alison contemplates
an official name selection. (Current top candidates are Penny
(short for Penelope) or perhaps Prisicilla. Suggestions?)
As you can see in the secondary photo below, the Prius has
excellent cargo space. Alison has already put it to the test,
hauling a load of card games and Icehouse sets down to our warehouse
in Lorton, and the new car will clearly meet all our needs of
this sort until next spring (i.e. the start of the next trade
With the Prius now being the obvious flagship of the Wunderland
fleet, the question is begged: which of our klunky old cars are
we now going to get rid of? Having lost Bertha the van last
August, we're down to a pair of small cars which Kristin
and I each bought back in the eighties when we were single and
just knew each other as co-workers at NASA. Obviously, all errands
from now on will want to be done in the Prius, with one extra
car for backup being all we could possibly need right now (and
certainly all we should bother paying to insure) so the time
has come for us to get rid of one of our eighties-era hatchbacks.
So which is it to be? Max, my purple '87 Dodge Omni, or Waldo,
Kristin's '88 Chevy Nova?
reveals the answer to this question in the photo above: we're
going to keep the one she's sitting on the hood of, Waldo, and
we're planning to part with the dimly visible purple Max. Although
Max has been a great car, there's no denying he's in worse shape
mechanically than Waldo, and while I'm comfortable driving either
car, Kristin has never liked driving Max. So while in spirit
I'm sitting on the hood of my purple car in the photo above (and
I suppose we could always photoshop me in), I've agreed to get
rid of Max.
Some while ago I mentioned on my
eBay archive pages that I was thinking of selling off my
purple car, but not unsurprisingly, no one expressed any interest.
I can't really see the point of offering it on eBay if it seems
clear no one will bid on it, so unless I hear otherwise fast,
I'm thinking we'll give it to one of those organizations that
accept donated used cars with proceeds going to a charity.
To Being Alive!
||Alison went in for Jury Duty yesterday, and got
sent home early because the courthouse building BURNED
DOWN! (She says jury duty was pretty dull until the fire
started, and that she had nothing to do with it.)
|I tinkered up a fast and easy single-stash Icehouse
game this week, and I think it's pretty good! But I'm not posting
the rules nor any other details about it until after December
3rd... I don't want to distract from the judging of the 6 new
games now being considered in the 2nd
Ice Games Design Competition. If you're up for learning some
new Icehouse games, try those! (I'm also alpha testing an all-new
card game, but that's another story.)
switched from drinking a lot of Coke to drinking a lot of Diet
Coke, in both cases from a glass with ice, I have developed a
theory: Diet Coke melts ice faster than regular Coke. Testing
and explaining this hypothesis would make a great science fair
project if I'm right... but then again, I might be wrong. I guess
I should do an experiment...