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pantywaist (pan'-tee-wayst) n. a weak man; sissy [from pantywaist, a child's undergarment]

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Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion

I think it's clear that Romy and Michelle's dance with Sandy Frinck near the end was meant to suggest/symbolize a deeper relationship between the trio; however, bisexuality and three person romances are concepts that neither Romy and Michelle nor mainstream America seem able to deal with at this time. So all we see is dancing. Even so, this farce about two airheads who masquerade as successful businesswomen at their ten year high school reunion is both funny and entertaining.

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June 3, 1999

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Last week I talked about some of our plans for the upcoming gaming event known as Origins, in particular some promo cards that we got excited about, which turned out not to be feasible. Again this week I'll be discussing half-baked ideas, but this time, our plans seem achievable.

At Origins this year, we're planning to begin selling a new line of Fluxx T-shirts, featuring 9 of the most popular Keepers. As shown in the sketch, each shirt will resemble one of the Keeper cards, with enlarged renderings of the Keeper's artwork, its name, and that lime green stripe sported by the cards in the Second Edition. Plus the sleeve will bear the Fluxx logo and our URL.

We think these will be cool and stylish shirts in and of themselves (especially when worn in matched pairs), but wait, there's more. If you wear the shirt around the convention, you'll become part of a weekend-long interactive game, called Live Action Fluxx. And there'll be prizes!

Here's how it works. When you buy a shirt, you'll also get a stack of special Fluxx calling cards that feature your chosen Keeper. Then, when you run into someone else wearing a Keeper shirt, you can exchange a card with that person. In this way, you can collect up a pile of different Keepers during the course of the weekend. We'll work up a special list of winning combos, and the player who turns in the most matching pairs of Keepers will win. We'll be giving out prizes several times a day... if you don't win the first time, you can keep your collection of Keeper cards and keep on playing.

Anyway, there are still a few details to work out, but that's the idea. The question for you then, my loyal readers, is this: what Keepers should we make into T-shirts? Kristin has installed a little survey on this page that you can use to provide us with feedback; please take a moment to give us your opinion. Thanks!

Dr Cool has decided that his Cool picks haven't been all that cool of late, and has therefore decided to go on hiatus. But I'd like to take this opportunity to thank him for his contributions these past couple of years, and hopefully he'll continue to at least point out cool sites to Tirade (who also has trouble at times finding sufficiently cool sites).

Please vote for your three favorite Keepers that you think we should put onto these T-Shirts:

If we sold these shirts for $14 in our gift shop, would you be likely to buy one?

Yes No Maybe

Meanwhile, John Cooper (Dr Cool's alter ego) has started up a Wunderland team in the SETI@Home project. This project allows individuals to help with the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Life, by using their idling computers to do number crunching on 2 minute sections of the massive amounts of radio telescope data being collected in Puerto Rico. You can read all about it at the SETI@Home website.

This is a huge undertaking, and the SETI folks are encouraging people to get involved individually and in groups. John has responded to the call by setting up a team for us, as well as any other fans of Wunderland who feel like joining the team. So if you're interested, get the SETI@home package up and running on your computer, then go back and sign up to be on Team Wunderland.

If Wunderland gets on the top 100 teams list (which is quite possible) we will not only get bragging rights galore, but we'll also get some free webvertising. So it's worthwhile even if we don't make contact with alien life. And who knows? Maybe we'll be the ones to receive the first transmissions of a distant pod race...


AndyDon't forget to play!

New Iceland cartoonthe story so far

Thought Residue
Kristin's perfume allergy seems to be getting gradually worse. This weekend she got a migraine simply by riding past a cologne-soaked individual on her bicycle, and the theory that scented shampoos pose no threat was proven wrong a few days ago, when I switched to a new conditioner.
I'm a big believer in the value and importance of change: changing your mind, changing plans, changing your habits and beliefs, changing who you are. Change can be scary sometimes, but it always has its rewards. Don't fear it.
"Would you excuse me? I cut my foot before, and my shoe is filling up with blood." - Romy White, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion

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