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humbug (hum'-bug) n. a. something made or done to cheat or deceive; fraud; sham; hoax 1b. misleading, dishonest, or empty talk 2. a dishonest person; a person who does not live up to his claims; an impostor 3. a spirit of trickery, deception, etc. vt. to deceive; to dupe; to cheat vi. to practice deceit

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Aqua Teen Hunger Force

Picture if you will: a milk shake with hands, a hovering carton of french fries with telekinetic powers, and a shape-shifting ball of meat. Their names: Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad. Together, they fight crime. Well, sort of. Mostly, they just hang out in their neighbor Carl's swimming pool. What am I talking about? Only the most bizarre and hilarious cartoon show I've encountered since Space Ghost: Coast to Coast. (You'll find them both on Cartoon Network, filed under "Adult Swim.")

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Lost in Translation

"We found out about Fluxx when my son played it with friends in the high school marching band while they sat in the bleachers during football games waiting to perform. He came home raving about what fun Fluxx was. His friend who brought Fluxx had learned about it from another student in a summer math camp for girls." -- June, of Lincoln Nebraska, in comments accompanying an e-order

Thursday, April 4, 2002
by the Wunderland Toast Society

What's New?

What's Going On? National Alison Day and Origins: The Game

March 30th was Alison's 30th birthday, and we celebrated by taking the day off to relax and hang out at home, doing whatever we felt like doing. Kristin declared it an official Looney Labs holiday (she didn't even read her email all day!) and Petra later dubbed it National Alison Day. The weather was spectacular -- a perfect spring day -- so we rolled a carpet out on our deck and spent most of the afternoon out there, lazily playing Volcano on the cool new stained glass board Gina made for us. It was a fine day.

But except for National Alison Day, we've just been working our butts off as usual. With April 15th looming, Kristin has had heaps of work to do in getting the books up to date so she could hand everything over to our new accountant, Jon Mayo, and she's *very* pleased to say she got the job done! (And by the way, Mayo is great... if you are looking for an accountant, Kristin highly recommends him!)

Flying Buffalo (the folks who publish the classic card game Nuclear War) is planning to release a new card game at Origins, called Origins: The Game. It'll be a CCG about the gaming industry, with cards featuring Games, Companies that publish games, and People who design games. Packs of these cards will be handed out to everyone at Origins, where the convention attendees can trade cards and play the game with everyone else in attendance. To make it all work of course, the game must be filled with cards featuring the products, designers, and corporate info for lots of real games, and we couldn't resist buying in for a trio of cards:

Check the Flying Buffalo website for more info on Origins: The Game, including the rules and a sample card showing the overall border these elements will be dropped into.

By the way, you'll notice we decided to use the catchphrase "That Hippie Game Company" on the Looney Labs card. We've been trying to settle on a corporate slogan we like for years, and this is the best one we've been able to come up with so far. We're trying it out for the first time on this project; we'll see how it does at Origins.

Lastly, here you see our busted old Battlezone machine being hauled away by Charles & Company, our arcade machine repair specialists. It was sad to see this old classic go, but getting rid of it meant that we could re-arrange our remaining arcade machines in a way we're really pleased with, and anyway, we have too much stuff and sometimes we just have to get rid of things (particularly when they don't even work). But the good news is, we're keeping the Pac-Man and Qix machines, even though they don't work right now either, since we are planning to fix them some day (when we have disposable income again).


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Thought Residue
"Rarely in the history of wars have so many achieved so little at such a high cost." -- Rowena Young, author of a new report on the failures of the drug war, issued by the Foreign Policy Centre (a British think-tank)
I'd love to visit the alternate universe where the Beatles really did make a movie based on the Lord of the Rings. With Paul and Ringo playing Frodo and Sam, George being Gandalf, and John as Gollum, that really would have been something. (But I can't say I blame Tolkien for saying no...)
I hate the Discovery-Health cable network. I call it the surgery channel. No matter how briefly I glimpse it on my way up or down the line, I always seem to catch an eyeful of someone being operated on, up close. Yuk!


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