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Take the three Stooges,
then add some reefer madness
and blood. Lots of blood.
and the Real Girl and Surfwise
"Been playing Fluxx since it first came out. What a great
game. Donated several Ecofluxx games to the school science class!
My kids love Zombie Fluxx. Can't wait to try Monty Python Fluxx!" -- comments with an orer from Linda S of Leesburg,
The results of a Japanese
job Interview, Van Gogh, various links, and a quote about Dogs
New Webstore / RIP Green Bean / RIP Spevaks
It's been a heck of a Whenever. Firstly, we've finally gotten
our long-awaited new webstore
up and running; secondly, we mailed out thousands of free copies
of my newest game as our
Holiday Gift for this year; thirdly, Alison's pet bird Green Bean passed away; then I went to
Michigan for the weekend to be the Guest of Honor at a gaming
convention called U*Con, and while I was away, something
shockingly horrible happened.
week we achieved a goal we've been working towards for years:
we have a new webstore!
Yes, SuperFRED, our original custom-built e-cart, has finally
been put out to pasture. The new kid on the site, which we call
Sweetie, was built using a commercial tool called NetSuite. We've
actually been using NetSuite for several years already, but until
now it's only been for behind-the-scenes work. But last week,
after many months of planning, development, and customization,
we switched everything over from the old shopping cart to the
new, and so far it's all working great!
As you might expect, our new
shopping cart is loaded with new features and improvements.
If you remember what things looked like in SuperFRED, you'll
immediately notice how much better the new system looks. Sweetie
also provides us with a lot of benefits that aren't obvious to
the shopper, but which will make it vastly easier for us to deliver
your order and provide customer support.
Of course, there are some downsides as well. For example,
while we can now offer Gift
Certificates and Coupon Codes, it's become more difficult
for us to offer bundle deals and combo-style special offers.
More importantly, turning off SuperFRED means Rabbits will temporarily
not be able to make automated changes to their Rabbit Bio pages.
We're in the process of figuring out new ways to provide similar
functions, but right now, with the holiday shopping season just
about to start, our focus has been on getting the shopping cart
Even if you don't plan on shopping right now, you might want
to read the instructions
for how to login to the new webstore, so you can get your
account set up for when you become ready to do your online shopping.
I'd like to thank and congratulate everyone on our team for
this major milestone, in particular Alison and Robin, who've
been working way more than full-time on this for as long as I
can remember, as well as Kristin, our programmer Craig, and our
support helper Nikki. Special thanks also to our beta-testers,
who placed orders and gave us feedback just before we went live:
Gene Homicki, Scott Myers, Daniel Johnson, Kimberly Terrill,
Rebecca Hoop, Seth Ruskin, and Carlo Gozzi. Also, a big thanks
to the NetSuite corporation, for the underlying system, and to
Andrew Andreoli and the other folks at Kuspide, for assisting
us with the implementation and customization of our webstore.
Lastly, thanks to Brian and his team at PMC for all their hard
work in filling our orders, particularly during this complicated
transition. Thanks and well done everyone! Our new webstore is
a thing of beauty!
a sad note, we lost a beloved pet this week. Alison's little
green bird, a Quaker parrot named Green
Bean, passed away on Wednesday night. Green Bean was a very
entertaining little friend, who'd learned to say lots of things,
like "How ya doin?" and "Peekaboo!" and "Stick
out your tongue!" and a bunch of other words and phrases,
plus he often made a laughing noise that sounded just like Alison's
laugh. Of course, he also made a lot of other noises, some of
which weren't so endearing; in truth, his piercing squawks were
sometimes very annoying. But on the whole I really enjoyed having
him around and will dearly miss him now that he's gone.
Unfortunately, Green Bean had this nasty habit of picking
at his feathers so much that he frequently did himself harm.
(It's sadly common for this type of bird, so much so that it
has a name, QMS - Quaker
Mutilation Syndrome.) We nursed him back to health on many
often after much worse injuries than he'd given himself this
week, but no one lives forever and now Green Bean lives only
in our broken hearts. The kitchen seems so empty now... the spot
where his cage had been is now marked with this lovely memorial
Alison and Kristin made using his favorite toy and a few of his
tail feathers. So, goodbye Green Bean. Rest In Peace.
Lastly, in news that's just incomprehensibly
worse, a dear friend's parents were brutally murdered in their
home on Saturday.
One result of this tragedy is that the Looney
Labs offices are currently serving as a foster home for the
displaced family of cats, until decisions can be made about where
their permanent home should be.
I don't even know where to begin in saying more about these
events, so I won't even try. I'm just too shocked at this time.
You can find out about as much as we know right now from the
|Thanks for reading, and have a great whenever.