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Thursday, May 19th, 2005
by the Writer's Guild of Wunderland

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June 5, 2005

What's Going On? Looking for Summer Help

Now that summer is almost here, we're realizing we have an opportunity to hire some help. Students need summer jobs, and we need help with all the work we're trying to get done, so, we're looking to hire some summertime help!

We actually have an amazing 4 (four!) positions open right now. We really need another part-time PHP programmer to help Craig and Robin finish building SuperFRED, and Kristin is looking for an even more part-time Macintosh SysAdmin to fix a few things, and then help manage our fancy new Mac server. Also, just for the summer, in conjunction with our PR consultant Ann Higgins, we are offering a professional Public Relations internship. Lastly, I'm looking for a Packing Assistant. I'm using the rest of this article to talk about that fourth job; please check out our Help Wanted page for more details on the other three.

As regular readers of this webzine know, we are actively working on packing up our stuff so we can sell our house and move. However, progress has been painfully slow thus far, due to the enormity of the task (we have really quite a lot of stuff) and the pressures of our entrepreneurial enterprise. Therefore, in order to help speed things up, Kristin has authorized me to hire an assistant!

Andy Looney's Packing Assistant will help me out with an assortment of packing-related tasks. Part of why the relocation project is moving so slowly is because of the meticulous approach I'm using to packing: everything must be carefully inventoried and documented, since it is expected that the Wunderland.Earth collection will be in deep storage for some span of years. A big part of the Assistant's job will be using bar-code scanning software to build a database of all of the books in our personal library. Computer and typing skills therefore are a must, and you need to be able to work on a Macintosh, since we're a Mac household.

The job only pays minimum wage, and you only get to work 20 hours a week... we just can't afford any more than that. But you'll also get some free games... and who knows what else we might find in the attic that you'll talk me into giving you! We DO want to get rid of stuff, after all. Part of the job of packing is purging.

Obviously, whoever gets this job will need to be someone I can feel comfortable working with, you know, someone I can really trust, and considering that I'm an eccentric and sometimes-cranky introvert, this may not be an easy task. You'll need to be a self-starter who can work independently (since I'm often asleep during traditional work hours) and also be someone who can cope with micro-management by an obsessive, detail-oriented perfectionist. But hopefully it will be a fun job even though I am a control freak... do you like to play games? I'm not saying we'll be playing games on the clock, but then again you never know when I'll be wanting to playtest something. (Plus of course, I'm always searching for Binary Homeworlds opponents...)

AndyOK, so who wants a part-time job? Send email to TheLab or letters to PO box 761, 20741.

That's all for now. Have a Great Week, and Thanks for Playing our Games!

PS: Please show this page to anyone you know who might be interested in any of these jobs, since we would love to have several good resumes to choose between, and it's already mid-May...

PPS: Congrats to my brother Howard on his Ph.D! Way to go, dude!

Thought Residue
"Washington's 'war on drugs' in Colombia is collapsing in chaos and corruption, and the drug producers are winning.  The so-called Plan Colombia, which has cost the US more than $3bn (UKP 1.6bn) in the past five years, is being abandoned, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has announced. Last year, the hugely expensive effort to poison coca bushes -- whose leaves are the source of cocaine -- by aerial spraying ended in failure.  More bushes were flourishing in January this year than in January 2004. Meanwhile, complaints have multiplied about the damage done by the chemical poisons to the health of humans, especially children, as well as to livestock, fish and the environment. Plan Colombia was designed to eradicate narcotics, control powerful left-wing guerrillas and strengthen the position of the US military in South America.  The scheme was eventually expected to cost $7.5bn." -- Hugh O'Shaughnessy, "America's Drug Plan Collapses In Chaos"

"Did you know that there now exists in the public domain a 'smoking gun' memo, which proves that everything the Bush administration said about the Iraq invasion was a lie? If you live in Britain you probably do, but if you live in the United States, chances are minuscule that you would be aware of this. Think about that for a second. Apart from 9/11, has there been a more important story in the last decade than that the president lied to the American people about the reasons for invading Iraq, and then proceeded to plunge the country into an illegal war which has alienated the rest of the world, lit a fire under the war's victims and the Islamic world generally, turning them into enemy combatants, locked up virtually all American land forces in a war without end in sight, cost $300 billion and counting, taken over 1600 American lives on top of more than 15,000 gravely wounded, and killed perhaps 100,000 Iraqis?" -- David Michael Green, "Stop the Crime of the Century"
"A 250,000-square-foot supercenter with a 16-acre parking lot will produce 413,000 gallons of storm runoff for every inch of rain. Each year, such a lot would dump 240 pounds of nitrogen, 32 pounds of phosphorus, and 5 pounds of zinc into local watersheds while creating heat islands. Once Wal-Mart stifles its competition in a region, it consolidates its holdings by vacating many of its stores. To limit competitors in the future, the leases of these dark Wal-Marts prevent them from being used for retail. Other uses for these massive, windowless structures are limited. As of February 2004, Wal-Mart possesses 371 dead stores. Half of these buildings have been vacant for at least two years, and 21 percent have been vacant for more than 5 years. Over that time, the number of dead Wal-Marts has risen 38 percent. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart opens a new store every 48 hours." -- Stephanie Pool, "Wal-Mart: What A Bargain"

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