Trouble on the Mountainside
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"Death!" Chris cried triumphantly. Flashlight beams
danced together on the plastic floor as rain pattered lightly
on the canvas above. "Death by Chocolate means I win!"
Suddenly there were noises outside. Everyone froze. A face peered
in through the flap. "Lights out was an hour ago,"
said the scoutmaster, "and... hey, Fluxx! Can I play?"
Hiking down a steep, rocky mountain trail. Rick
Dutton and Chris Welsh are debating. Rick says, "You think,
'if I can figure out this mathematical theorem, I can be alpha
"Not at that moment," says Chris.
obtund (obb-tund') v. to
reduce the edge or violence of; dull
- The Cell :)
- Silence of the Lambs
on a real bad acid trip.
Not for the squeamish.
so it's a video by the Foo Fighters, not a movie, so what? Do
you have any idea how busy I've been this week? Anyway, in their
latest video, the Foo Fighters (Do they fight foo, or do they
fight with foo? I can never remember...) take a trip to
the moon, a feat accomplished by digitally inserting their singing
mugs into a beautiful 3 minute montage of stock footage. It's
great stuff, and the song's decent too. (The girls laughed at
my NASA fanboy geekiness when I pointed out various technical
inaccuracies in the video, but one does have to wonder how 4
guys could go to the moon in spacecraft design to hold 3...)
Jump The Shark
||The Cardsheets are Done!
readers of this site know that for months we've been feverishly
developing a new card game called Chrononauts,
and that our major delivery deadline was yesterday. And I'm happy
to say that we succeeded! The final art files for all the cards
and the rules are done and are in the hands of the printers.
So we're still on schedule for our Halloween launch!
I'm not saying it wasn't difficult. We all had to put in some
long hours. I spent the final 29 hours before the last FexEx
pickup awake and working, fiddling with the cardsheets until
the very last minute. And of course, as soon as Kristin had gotten
the final art files onto zip disks and out the door, I realized
I'd made a Hubble-Mirror scale error in the layout which would
have actually crippled the game (some of the missions and IDs
would have had their cardbacks reversed); but luckily for us,
Carta Mundi had a massive power outage yesterday, taking the
entire plant down for the day, and since no one there has yet
had a chance to look at our files, we can send them an updated
one and suffer only the extra FexEx charges.
Anyway, we're about as busy as can be here, and even though
we've met a major deadline, our workload isn't getting any lighter
just yet. We still have to design the packaging... hopefully
we'll get the templates for those from Carta Mundi today, so
that we can work on it this weekend. But as you can hopefully
see from these thumbnails of the new card sheets, it's all going
to be worth it. (They're too small to properly appreciate here,
but the new colorized versions of the Artifact pictures, which
Alison slaved away on all week long, are absolutely gorgeous.)
not only is this update late, but there's no cartoon, either.
One thing that made the final day of our deadline hell extra
hellish was a computer failure that, for awhile, had me in desperate
fear that the art files I'd been working on for a long time (i.e.
since the last backup) might have been lost. The mac came back
to life after all and I got my files off of there, but something
did nevertheless addle the system's brain; Netscape and Photoshop
now no longer run, for reasons our overworked IS department can't
yet fathom. And no Photoshop means no scanner means no Iceland
or Sketchbook Harvest
this week. Sorry!
|"If you don't stand up for what you believe
to be right, regardless of the consequences, you will quickly
discover that there is nothing left to believe in." -- George
Monbiot, "A Vote For Nader Is A Vote For Bush. So Be
|"We had a coffee moment one day where we
realized that our contemporaries are basically the biggest wealth-generating
generation of all time and they're all tokers. These are not
the slackers that everybody thought they were--and they're all
forced to toke in their basement." -- Tim
Freccia, one of the founders of iToke
|"No man has ever said 'no thanks, I had
french fries with lunch.'" -- James