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Mona Lisa Switcheroo, Part 2
Werner carefully crated up the Mona Lisa and put her in a
cave in Nevada, in 1506. She'd have to wait out the centuries
the old-fashioned way. But when Werner looked for her in the
present, she was gone! (She'd been discovered in 1696, and burned,
when the tribe's medicine man declared her evil.)
New this week:
he was leaving the dessert table...
"No, fetch means... Good
boy! Good fetch! ...Booda, you're silly."
ennead (en'-ee-ad) n.
a group of nine
- Drop Dead Gorgeous :-|
As totally fake
documentaries go, this
one's faker than most.
What happens when an endangered race of technologically
advanced (but highly gullible) aliens start watching transmissions
of old episodes of an alternate-universe's version of Star Trek?
They show up at an alternate-universe's notion of a science fiction
convention, and pressgang the actors who played the crew into
serving upon a replica the Galaxy Quest starship (which they
built after a careful study of the full set of "historical
documents"). Hilarity ensues. (Note to Joe Frank fans: Listen
for Joe as the voice of the ship's computer!)
to the Future
(Exoskeletor Flying Vehicle)
||Icehouse, Leslie, and the new Business
The Icehouse set got
review this week in Pyramid, the online gaming magazine published
by Steve Jackson Games. Unfortunately, they charge a subscription
fee, so you can only read the first third or fourth of the article
unless you pay. But fortunately, I'm a subscriber, and having
read the whole thing, I can tell you that it's a great review,
filled with lots of quotable quotes. For example, he says that
"Icehouse and its games [are] an unrivaled experience".
After the publicly accessible intro, reviewer Brad Weier provides
capsule descriptions of the four games included in the set, as
well as Icehouse itself, and basically glows about each one.
He describes Martian Chess as an "ingenious spin" on
the traditional game, and notes that "its logic reveals
itself slowly and surprisingly." He calls Zarcana "a
joy to play once the rules are mastered", and of IceTraders,
he says "its complicated strategy and intriguing board movement
make it one of the most rewarding of the Martian Chess Set games."
He closes the article by saying that, while the price is "somewhat
steep", "the wide variety and quality of the games
make this set one of the best deals in abstract strategy games
today." Wow! Thanks for the great review, Brad!
of Icehouse, we had another assembly party this weekend... a
bunch of the usual suspects turned
out to help us count pyramids and turn them into game sets (thanks
everyone!), after which we went out for shiny foo (that's Chinese
food in Ginohn-speak) and a movie (Galaxy Quest). It was a good
day. Here we see Leslie as she put stickers on the tops and bottoms
of the boxes...
Speaking of Leslie,
she continues to be the big story this week. If you haven't read
this page lately, she's a college student from Texas who's been
spending her winter break with us, writing us a business plan.
And rarely have I seen anyone exhibit such energy. Since arriving
just before New Year's, she and Kristin have been grinding up
numbers non-stop, and yesterday she finished up the third draft
of the plan, which is now 46 pages long (including lots of charts
and graphs) and chockfull of great stuff. There's still a little
polishing to do, but it's basically done, so soon it'll be time
to start showing it to bankers!
Leslie will be going home in a couple of days, but we will
continue to feel her impact for quite awhile to come. A solid
business plan is something we've been rather desperately needing
for a really long time, and yet it's a very difficult thing for
us to write, since none of us have the kind of business expertise
that Leslie's been learning in school. So her help has been invaluable
to us, and it came at the perfect time, too... right when we
need to pursue growth funding, and when we ought to be taking
a good hard look at our strategies, our methodologies, and our
long-term aspirations. So it really is just what we've been needing.
You have done us a tremendous service, Leslie... thanks bunches!
||"This makes work more like play, and play
more like performance." - Leslie Burgoyne,
describing (in the business plan she's been drafting for us)
the way our business and personal lives are intertwined and made
public over the internet
|For the past several weeks, three beautiful long-haired
women have been living in my house, and no one has been driven
|"Togas and whipped cream for all my subjects!" - the guy on the Life of the Party card, in the new
Steve Jackson game, Chez