Guide to Wunderland
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The Extremely Precise Crystal Ball
"When will I find love again?" he asked, as the
gypsy shuffled the tarot. After numerous sessions, involving
many different fortune telling mechanisms, the answer finally
emerged: on Tuesday, at 5:23, in the nearby diner. Amazed at
her precision, he arrived early. At 5:23, the door opened. "I
love you," said the gypsy.
A fool named "O" is
balancing a hoop on a horn on his chin.
inanition (in-an-ish'-un) n.
1. exhaustion, as from lack of nourishment 2. the condition
or quality of being empty
- The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly :-)
Blondie's hair is brown,
so it's The Bad, the Ugly,
and Dirty Hairy.
Back to the Future Part 3
Like Return of the Jedi, the closer is the weakest
of the 3 films, but unlike RotJ, BttF3 is quite satisfying. And
it co-stars Mary Steenburgen, who last traveled through time
with Malcolm McDowell in Time after Time. Oddly enough, both
of these adventures involved the destination date of November
5th, which just happens to be my birthday. Perhaps this is why
I'm so time travel obsessed.
| The Calm Before the Storm
At some point during the last month or two, while working
out the production schedule for Icehouse, one of us optimistically
wrote the phrase "the calm before the storm" on the
September page of our calendar, anticipating that there'd come
a time when we'd be just kind of sitting around, waiting for
the printer to deliver the proofs, waiting for reviewers to get
their corrections in, and waiting for the factory to deliver
the amazing new Icehouse
pieces. (The storm of course will come in early October, when
we have all the elements needed in hand, and can begin assembling
game sets and filling the tons of pre-orders we're sitting on.)
Not surprisingly, the calm hasn't been all that calm. Instead
of just kicking back and waiting for the printer, we've had to
troubleshoot a series of problems, most (although not all) of
which have finally been resolved. We got the beta editions from
our printer today,
and they look great! Copies are currently being FedExed to the
Pittsburgh, Boulder, and New York offices; the local reviewers
will get their copies tonight. As for the pieces, the good news
is that the mold is nearly done and as early as tomorrow we may
be summoned to Baltimore to see the first samples come off the
machines! We're getting so excited that we can hardly stand it.
But although we've been as busy as ever, we did take a lot
of time out this week for socializing. Firstly, Kory
Heath flew out from California to see us, and we've all been
getting along with him so well that we've already decided to
add him to the Wunderland Toast Society. On his initial page
you'll find the rules to his Icehouse game, Pantopia,
but more importantly, he's currently putting the finishing touches
on a fully operational Java implementation of Aquarius!
That's right, soon (hopefully by next week) you'll be able to
play Aquarius against 3 computerized opponents, right here on
the web. Gina did some beta-testing
this weekend, and she summed it up like this: "Java Aquarius
is amazing and great!"
Also this weekend,
we blitzed down to Charlottesville, to see my brother Jeff. He
and his family have just moved there, since he's becoming the
editor of some big Jefferson project at Monticello. (I should
probably get a more accurate description of that...) So we went
down to help with unpacking (we hooked up their computer and
stereo and built a bookcase and so forth) and to gift his daughter
Sharon (my god-daughter) with a stuffed
broccoli. She liked him so much that she carried him around
throughout dinner, often times by his nose. She's almost 3 now,
and she's grown a lot just since our last visit with them, in
June. (Which is to say, she is
While we were in Charlottesville, we also got together with
Pete Fenlon of ICE to talk about Fluxx and what his company's
Chapter 11 status means to us
all. I'll tell you what we told him: we're gonna let ICE keep
selling Fluxx through this Xmas season at the very least. (The
last thing we need right now is more work and/or decisions on
our plate.) The 3 of us had a great time playing games and hanging
out with Pete and his lovely wife Olivia, and we got a lot of
good business advice from them, too. (For one thing, as soon
as we got home, we redesigned the back of the Icehouse box...)
And as if all that weren't enough, we went to Ginohn's Drum Circle/Didj
Clot in the Woods, ushered with Alison
and her mom at the Woolly Mammoth's production of "The Dead
Monkey", and entertained Alison's beloved but long absent
friends Stephanie and Robbie. Like I said, lots of socializing.
Which means that this week, we need to get back to work.
your Icehouse set
times are definitely changing. For several years now, there's
been a "hippie store" in downtown College Park, called
Rerun. However, they only
sold fashions, decorations, and accessories. But now another
hippie store has opened,
right next door, which crossed the line towards what many would
call a "head shop", something there hasn't been one
of in this town since the 70's (when there were several). But
of course, they've also already been busted...
right around the corner, Howie's has closed down. This local
dive was the last great greasy spoon video arcade in the area.
For many, it was an institution; its closing marks the greatest
loss to the neighborhood since Hungry Herman closed its doors,
some years back. (On a related note, the place
that replaced Planet X has already gone under...)
know what's beautiful? Fruitcake. All the different colored little
fruits, living together in one cake." -
Kitty Foreman, after accidentally eating one of Hyde's "special"
brownies, on "That 70's Show"