Guide to Wunderland
New this week: Chapter
86, in which Jim gets rid of his pesky television
ophidian (oh-fid'-ee-an') adj.
of, relating to, or resembling snakes.
Cookie's Fortune :-|
- wrenched stereotypes,
dropped subplots, and a quiz in
The Right Stuff
When I first saw this epic about the early
years of the space program back in 1985, I immediately wished
that Hollywood would continue with the story, right on through
the moon landings and Apollo 13. Tom Hanks has finally done this
for me with "From the Earth to the Moon", but I regard
"The Right Stuff" as pre-requisite for that series.
(And you'll still have to read the book if you want to find out
about Scott Carpenter's fun flight...)
Orphanage of Cast-Off Mascots
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- Thursday, May 13, 1999
This week we've
been just working our nates off, trying to get Contagious
Dreams open for business, and I'm happy to say that we've
done it. Yay! Behold, the Wunderland
Shopping Center, with advanced-technology-driven, fully inter-connected
storefronts, both for the new Contagious Dreams e-commerce store,
and the newly revamped Looney Labs online gift shop. You can
now browse either store, click to buy things you want as you
go, and ring up the whole shopping cart at the end, when you're
finished. It rocks!
As I mentioned in weeks gone by, it's all powered by software
called ShopSite, which we recommend very highly. But in addition,
we've also been writing and adapting other software elements,
mostly invisible for you the user, but vital for our operations,
including a Panorama script Kristin devised that automatically
generates the Contagious Dreams game indexes and review page
shells, plus a datafile translator I've been working on, using
the scripting language Perl. (Kristin's been trying to get me
to learn Perl for years, but I've always been able to weasel
out of it... until now.)
Anyway, we're very proud of the new store, and we hope it
attracts lots of shoppers. Needless to say, however, this is
just the initial build... we've still got lots of new games to
test out and add to the store, so check back again in the coming
weeks to see what's new.
forget to play!
most precious things I brought back with me were the same things
I left with: My 2 best friends. And I realized, when you go through
any endeavor, any journey, whether across town or to the moon
and back, all that matters is that you share the experience with
people that you love. That's what makes life special, 'cause
ultimately, that's all there is. That's really all there is."
- Alan Bean, fourth man on the moon
- How could
a ready-for-release song by the Beatles, recorded during the
production of Yellow Submarine, have been forgotten about for
more than 30 years? If it really is "a real rocker"
(as it's been described
by a Beatles spokesman) then you'd think someone would have remembered
it before now, particularly given all the dredging through of
old recordings that was done for Anthology.
- Yay! Contagious Dreams is operational!