news this week is that Kory
is unveiling the alpha version of Javaquarius!
Now you can play Aquarius right here on the web, against 3 computerized
entities: Tirade, Daddy-O, and the long haired babe from the
Aquarius postcard. Assuming it works for you, that is... keep
in mind that this is the initial release and Kory undoubtedly
has a few bugs to work out. (In particular, Mac users may have
trouble with it.) If you experience technical difficulties, please
send Kory email, explaining
what happened, so that he has as much debugging feedback as possible.
Thanks, and enjoy!
We were really expecting to have samples of the first injection-molded
Icehouse pieces in our hands by now, but there has been another
delay. Duane says it's so close he can smell it, and he assures
us it will only be a few more days. But although the extra time
we built into our schedule is rapidly being consumed, we still
expect to make our planned Halloween release date.
Meanwhile, production of the books is also behind schedule
(not that it matters, since they're not as late as the pieces).
Even so, I'm happy to report that the edits have all been incorporated
and we'll be taking the final corrected versions to the printers
on Friday morning. Thanks to everyone who helped us get them
ready! Particular thanks go to the Pittsburgh
Office, who went over the beta release editions with a magnifying
glass (literally) and produced a huge list of minor corrections
that none of our other reviewers even noticed.
On Sunday, we went to the Takoma Part Street Festival (an
event that marks the official beginning of Autumn in my mind)
and we had a grand time. Great food, great music, and a great
crowd. Plus we bumped into an amazing number of our friends there...
one point we wandered away from the crowd, and found ourselves
in an antique store. There I discovered a complete, never-used,
still-in-its-original-box electric train set, almost exactly
like the one I got for Christmas in 1971, when I was 8 years
old. (Mine was exactly like the one depicted on the box; this
one has a couple of differently colored cars, but is otherwise
identical.) And it was so cheap that I simply had to buy it.
But now I'm not sure what to do with it... I'm tempted to put
the engine right into service on our Kitchen-Living Room line,
but my collector's instinct says I should preserve the set intact,
just as I found it. Hmm. I wonder what I could get for it on
One final note: are there any website promotion consultants
reading this page? That's one area of web development work that
we just ain't no good at, and with the all-important holiday
season rapidly approaching, it's vital that we do a better job
of attracting traffic to our online
stores -- and soon. So having failed to muster the time or
know-how to do it ourselves, we've decided we need to just find
someone we can pay to work on the problem for us. Got a recommendation?
Contact us. (Also,
as long as I'm asking for things, if anyone out there has an
old computer monitor they'd like to get rid of, we're interested.
We will be resurrecting the old Mac IIsi that was our very first
webserver for Wunderland.Com, to run some backend credit card
processing software... but we need a monitor for it. 13"
or smaller is great, either Mac or PC should work fine.)
next to last segment of the Washington DC subway system has finally
been opened! Yay! At last our end of the green line is connected
with the other half. But unfortunately, even though it would
now be possible, they haven't extended the range of the yellow
line trains up to our neighborhood, as was depicted on planning
maps circa 1979.
write that down on the back of my forehead," I said, "so
I don't forget." Alison looked at me quizzically. "The
back of your forehead..." she said. "Does that mean
you're going to write it directly on your brain?"
of the time, when Lara Croft kills an enemy in Tomb Raider 3,
the body lies there, crumpled on the ground, littering up the
place for the remainder of the level. But during her adventures
in London, bodies vanish as soon as you look away. It's kind