Guide to Wunderland
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Dozing face down on my bed, with
my feet hanging off the edge, still in their shoes. Half dreams
of manipulating objects that are weird combinations of lamps,
playing cards, and entoloma mushrooms.
chirm (cherm) vi. to
twitter. warble, or him, as birds, insects, etc. n. a
twittering, warbling, or humming sound
- Panic Room :|
Jodie Foster turned
down Hannibal, now she hides
from the Three Stooges.
What Dreams May Come
This is an incredible visual feast of a ride, with plenty
of food for thought to snack on during the journey. Even an atheist
can enjoy this fascinating and emotional trip through Heaven
and Hell, particularly since it barely mentions God and paints
(literally) an afterlife in which there is no judgment nor any
requirement to reject sin or believe in Jesus. However, those
of faith might find these omissions curious, or even objectionable.
Regardless of what you believe, approach this one with an open
mind, and enjoy the scenery for what it is: stunning.
in Star Trek
- "I use your game Fluxx in a seminar that I designed
about dealing with change. It is a perfect illustration of how
difficult is can be to deal with change but how necessary it
is to accept it and keep going." -- Tim
M., Development Specialist at a Major Corporation
||We've Outsourced Assembly!
Labs took another big step forward this week. For as long as
Kristin and I have been making Neat Stuff together, we've been
setting up little factories in our home to do various types of
hand-assembly work, including everything from Are You A Werewolf?
to complete Icehouse sets. But now, in accordance with our corporate
philosophy of farming out as much of this type of work as we
can, we've made arrangements with another company to do our hand-assembly
work for us.
The company we've chosen is Rehabilitation
Opportunities, Inc. (ROI), a not for profit, tax-exempt organization
located just around the Beltway from us, which was founded in
1964 to help developmentally and physically disabled adults obtain
work experience. They get vocational training and employment
doing exactly the sort of hand-assembly work we've been doing
all these years in our living room. They can take the materials
for any assembly task we think up, and get everything put together
and shrink-wrapped in whatever manner we indicate. They can handle
big jobs and little jobs, and the first couple of things we had
them do were completed swiftly and exactly as we wanted. So far,
we've very happy customers!
Here you see them working on one of those first few tasks,
namely the packaging up of our new button 3-packs. Above is Geraldine
Batista, and that's Cheryl Heier, Theresa Kirkland and Marie
Lucas in the pictures below.
So now, I'd like to say one big final Thank You to everyone
who has ever helped us stick cards into envelopes or fill boxes
up with pyramids for nothing more than chinese food or pizza.
We really appreciate your help, and we'll (hopefully) never ask
you to do it again!
a Great Week!
Here's a sketch of this week's Iceland cartoon that I did back
in the summer of '99. As you can see, I was originally planning
for this interrogation to involve both Teal and Yeller, but then
we hatched that whole plotline with the costume/carriages, and
the next thing you know, it's 3 years later and I'm finally getting
around to using this gag.
- "Monopoly Releases Scrabble-Themed Edition" -- my favorite recent fake headline at The
Onion (still no match though for my all-time favorite, "Heston:
'We Must Arm Ourselves If We Are To Defeat The Apes'"
- Although in the eighties I was among the early pioneers of
the LARP (Live Action Role Playing) game, I haven't been to one
in years. However, I'd come out of retirement for a weekend-long
game based on Survivor. (Man, I love that show.) Is anybody working
on a game like that?
- "You bet I did. And I enjoyed it."
-- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, when asked if he'd ever
tried smoking pot, in a quote which is now part of a major ad
campaign in the Big Apple, paid for by the NORML