Guide to Wunderland
- News Archives
New this week: Chapter
94, in which Jim buys a camera
"Can You Grab The Cart, Honey?"
Fletcher surveyed the assortment of groceries
that had accumulated in the cart while he was selecting steaks.
"How can you buy these?" he asked. "They're so
expensive in these little packages. We should be buying in bulk."
Jessica put some frozen peas into the cart and looked down. "Fletcher..."
she said, "this isn't our cart."
"It's the amount of beer Jim Butler can
drink in a weekend, or, one hectoliter." -- Peter
ambsase (amz'-ays) (also spelled
amesace) n. 1. double aces, the lowest throw at
dice 2. misfortune; bad luck 3. the smallest amount or most worthless
thing possible. [from M.Eng. from O.Fr. from
L. ambas as "both aces"]
- Never Cry Wolf :-)
He made a mistake:
when researching wolves' diets,
you should eat mice raw.
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
This is one of those rare sequels that's actually
better than the original. But then, how can I not love a film
that features the coolest time machine since Dr. Emmet Brown's
Delorean, namely a psychedelic new Beetle convertible? I hope
they make a die-cast metal toy version.
- July 1, 1999
Alison Has Taken Over Our Yard
A couple of months ago, I mentioned
that we had begun hosting a houseguest named Alison. A lot has
been going on since then, including launching Contagious
Dreams, building out our attic, getting ready for Origins,
and spending a week at the beach
(with Alison staying behind to house-sit), so perhaps my long-term
readers are wondering what's going on with the houseguest named
Alison and if she's moving on soon or planning to stay awhile.
As it turns out, Alison
has really settled in here at Wunderland. Her room is an absolute
disaster area, but as a member of the household, she's working
out perfectly. The three of us get along incredibly well, she
helps out on both the chores and on our numerous creative projects,
and since Kristin
and I are both working full-time for Looney
Labs, which isn't yet profitable, the rent is certainly helpful.
So it's looking like Alison will be living here for the indefinite
future. (Now if she could just find a permanent job... anyone
looking for a horticultural children's educator? Alison promises
to have her resume up on her site by next week, so check back
One thing that's really cool about Alison is that she brings
into our household something it's been sorely lacking: knowledge
of and passion for plants. We have a yard that would be great
if landscaped and cared for, but since Kristin and I are always
inside working on the computer, and don't know anything about
plants anyway, the grounds at Wunderland have always been its
least interesting point.
But now, there's Alison, who has taken charge of the grounds
and has been planting and weeding and landscaping our yard like
a crazy woman. It's fabulous. This weekend she took down a section
of chain link fence that was there when we bought the house,
which we'd never even thought of removing, and what a difference
it makes! Give it a couple of years and the landscaping at our
house will be as cool as the interior decorating we've been cultivating
here for the past decade.
Behold, yet another minor reorganization of this page. Now
that we have so many featurettes, I'm moving a bunch of the other
stuff out of the left column and down to a new footer. Now the
stuff that changes weekly is more clearly in the spotlight, and
there's room for a couple of new things on the upper footer,
notably links to GinohnNews
Verte, other frequently updated newsfeeds here at Wunderland.com.
Plus I've moved the Past and Future arrows up nearer the top,
so that surfing back and forth through the archives won't require
has parallel universes now, a situation akin to science fiction...
At the center of the second universe is a new elite - geeks and
nerds, hackers, scientists and engineers, technocrats and creators
of various stripes - hammering together a culture that daily
lays siege to the first." - Jon
of the bad things about wars is that they are staggeringly expensive.
The recent war in Yugoslavia cost us approximately $4 billion
-- currently an issue for federal budget makers. Meanwhile, we
spend $18 billion each year fighting the War on Drugs.
important than [the drug war's financial drain on the taxpayers],
however, has been the erosion of the freedoms for which this
nation's founders revolted from English rule, the freedoms they
sought to enshrine in the Constitution. Unlawful searches, abnormal
prison sentences and illicit property seizures are tolerated-even
endorsed-as necessary for a war the government is no closer to
winning than it was 30 years ago." - Salt
Lake Tribune, June 25, 1999