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The 100,000 Year Legacy
The festival featured tripod races, icehouse tournaments,
singing flower concerts, and moonlit fondue feasts. Afterwards,
the Emperor of Mars issued a challenge to his Science Council:
invent a system for mass emigration, within 33 years. Sadly,
all that remains of their ancient civilization is rules for a
game, not their technology for inter-dimensional doorways.
'Floyd the Storm left our woods
"looking like the day after Christmas, with wrappings strewn
about," as our friend Rich put it.'
bibelot (bee'-buh-low', bee'-blow)
n. a small decorative object or trinket
- The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) :-(
Crown travels forward
through time to steal the chess scene
from Austin Powers.
The newly remastered version looks great and sounds
even better, and the restoration of missing scenes was particularly
exciting to someone who's seen this film as many times as I have.
What's more, we had the rare privilege of seeing it at the Senator,
a classic movie palace in Baltimore, one of just seven theaters
around the country that was showing the re-release in a special
limited engagement. It was really great seeing it on the big
screen again, particularly with the enthusiastic crowd that attended.
Floyd and Tirade and Marley
Hurricane Floyd may not have flattened Baltimore, but we didn't
entirely escape its impact either. Along with just about everyone
in the area, KLON suffered a major power outage on Friday. Unfortunately,
the power went out just as one of their big machines was digging
away at the drone cavity, and it tore up the work so badly that
they had to scrap it and start over again with a fresh piece
of steel. So the Icehouse pieces will be delayed, by a week or
so at least. But considering how badly many folks on the east
coast were hit by Floyd, I don't think we really have the right
to complain. We've waited ten years for these pieces, we can
wait another week. Besides, we built an extra month into our
schedule, and certain other elements are running late too, so
this isn't really a big deal.
As for the home front, we took on some water but escaped actual
flooding. Being nocturnal, I sleep during the day; but after
just a couple of hours, Kristin woke me up with urgency in her
voice. "The power is out," she said, "and Alison
and I are bailing water out of the sump pump in order to keep
the basement from flooding." We have a waterproofing system
in our basement that automatically pumps out any water that comes
in - except when the power is off. With no alternative, they
were carrying out the water in buckets, but they couldn't keep
up, and needed my help. So for the next couple of hours, we worked
as a bucket brigade, and we managed to keep the floor dry. (Of
course, as soon as the storm let up and the water stopped flowing,
the power came on again...)
of months ago, I doodled up a curious little picture of Tirade,
sort of springing forth from the ground in a starburst of energy,
or something. The local audience thought it was pretty cool,
so I colorized it, and then we liked it even more. And so we
got the idea to make it into a sticker.
We've made stickers before... last year we made a set of 3
stickers featuring Aquarius
artwork, and we've been using them as promo items at events ever
since. But while those stickers have been very popular with the
people we've been giving them to, at shows and festivals and
such like, we've been wanting to make a new one, for two reasons:
first, we're running out of the old ones, and second, we've come
to wish it had a little more info on the back.
clear that the old sticker design was popular because it had
no slogans or other advertising noise... it was just a cool image.
So we knew we had to keep the front of the sticker clean of text.
But we also wanted these stickers to serve as little advertisements
for this webzine of ours, so we crammed a whole bunch of text
onto the back, re-using a business card design we cooked up a
couple of years ago. We sent off the order a few weeks ago, and
yesterday, the new stickers arrived!
They're available now from our stickers
page, but we're also planning to put one in with each Icehouse
set we sell, so if you're on the pre-order list, you'll be getting
one in just a few weeks.
Lastly, as if the hurricane hadn't provided enough excitement
for one week, our big white cat Marley developed a serious health
condition, which required immediate hospitalization. The problem:
a completely obstructed urinary tract. This condition, if left
untreated, can kill a cat in just a couple of days; but fortunately,
having gone through similar problems with other cats, I quickly
noticed the telltale signs of trouble and we got him to the vet
before the problem was critical. He had to spend a couple of
pretty miserable days as a guest of the vet, but he's home with
us now and it looks like he'll make a full recovery. Whew!
Have you pre-ordered
your Icehouse set yet?
has taken Tirade and his geometric pals a little more than a
year to make the space voyage from Iceland to planet Zorn.
almost a year of suppression by congress, the votes have finally
been counted, and DC's medical marijuana initiative passed, by
Now the question is, what else will congress do to thwart the
will of the voters?
Road to Enlightenment is Long and Difficult (so bring snacks
and a magazine)" - seen on a t-shirt at
the Freedom Festival in Boston