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The front wall disappeared, flooding the chamber with daylight. Word quickly reached the back row: a mass evacuation was beginning. "Perhaps I'll see you in the next world," said the Chickpeas, when his turn came. "I doubt it," shouted the Creamed Corn, a veteran of 3 moves. "Looks like that box is labeled 'Food Drive'!"


"Oh my God. Look out, it's going crazy."
- me and Jim Butler

Cool Words

busker (buss'-ker) n. a person who entertains esp by singing or reciting on the street, in pubs, or in subway passages

Haiku Reviews

American Beauty :-|

For Christmas I want
a nude girl on my ceiling,
dropping rose petals.
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Rapa Nui

Ever wonder what became of the people who built the giant stone heads on Easter Island, and how and why they did it? This historical drama from 1994 takes place 300 years ago, on the isolated tropical isle of Rapa Nui, long before it was discovered and renamed by the western world. Not only does it provide answers to these questions, but it also has a lot to say about the futility of religious zeal, the dangers of overpopulation, and the folly of reckless consumption (messages our own culture should probably be paying more attention to).

Tirade's Choice

Have you ever wanted to be someone else?
Fruits of Chaos
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Red Meat

Thursday, October 14, 1999
by the Wunderland Toast Society

New this week:

What's New? The Mold is Done! / Playing with Trains

Everyone's asking, "When are the new Icehouse sets going to be ready??" and indeed, we've been wondering the same thing. Every time we'd start to think that the Day of First Pieces had arrived, we'd instead be told it would be a few days more. It's been like waiting for Christmas morning, except that the calendar keeps getting stuck during the second and third weeks of December.

Needless to say, we were really hoping we'd have the first sample pieces in our hands by today, but unfortunately, it was not to be. The good news is, the mold is reportedly finished, and it will be put into operation for the first time tomorrow morning. (For the benefit of those who don't want to wait another whole week for this news, I'll post a report to the Icehouse mailing list sometime tomorrow evening, when we get back from the factory. [Update: we're back, and the samples are great! I've posted photos...])

As for the bigger question, of when we expect to ship out the pre-orders, here is our current best guess: November 1. Even if we assume that the first samples will pass muster sometime tomorrow, it'll then take KLON a week or two to actually make all the pieces, plus we haven't yet gotten the books back from the printers. But we're hoping to have all the elements in hand by Halloween weekend, during which we will frantically assemble game sets, hopefully being able to take the pre-orders to the Post Office first thing on Monday morning.

However: There might be yet more delays. Cross your fingers.

Last week, I bought a Lionel train set in an antique store: a near-perfect duplicate of the one Santa left for me in 1971. It was in such good condition (apparently never-used) that I briefly considered just keeping it intact; but toys are meant to be played with, so this week, I've been having just a whole lot of fun playing with my trains.

The "new" train set provided me with much needed replacement parts for my original train, whose engine was all but worn out by heavy use during the Nixon and Ford administrations. When we built the Kitchen/Living Room line (during the Bush era), I got a new train: a passenger line, like I'd always dreamed of having as a kid. But since my old freight train was no longer operational, another childhood fantasy, that of running two trains on the layout at the same time, remained out of reach... until now.

To keep the accident potential at a minimum, I'm running the trains with just a few cars each. Only two of the New York Central's seven coaches are in service, while the freight line is running "Wild Wild West"-style, with nothing but a caboose. (This actually was a very common configuration during this train's original lifetime.) Suffice it to say, the trains look really cool chasing each other around the tracks.

Anyway, I've been having fun.

AndyHave you pre-ordered your Icehouse set yet?

New Iceland cartoonthe story so far

Thought Residue
I designed the cover art for the 3 Icehouse books intending that they would have full bleed (that is, artwork that goes all the way out to the edges of the page). But in the 11th hour, we discovered that this would require a hefty added expense, and we decided we couldn't afford it. So instead, the artwork will have a thin white border.
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