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"Not only are these lessons kids need to learn -- these are important life skills. Some parents seem to think that their job is to teach their children never to lie. Certainly parenting would be easier with such robots, but in the real world, kids need to know how to lie, for their own good, and not feel guilty about it. We all do! 'That's a nice sweater.' 'I have to get up early tomorrow.' 'You're a really nice guy, but...' And that's only half of it. Kids need to learn that people lie, and how to see through lies. Anyone who can't will have some painful reality corrections in high school. And that's if they're lucky; I think the only people who get suckered into bizarre cults are the ones who don't realize the world is full of dirty rotten liars." -- Jamie's review of "Are You a Werewolf?" at mccarthy.vg

Thursday, February 12th, 2004
by the Writer's Guild of Wunderland

What's New?

What's Going On? Even Busier Than Usual (if you can believe it)

Getting ready for a trade show always makes a week extra busy. So does closing the accounting records for the previous year, as does sending to playtesters a beta-test version of a new game. So it would obviously be a crazy plan to attempt to get all 3 of these things accomplished during the same week. But hey, that's exactly what we've been doing! Of course, the only thing that makes such a feat possible is the fact that we now have employees. (Yay! Thanks for all the help, y'all!)

Regarding Early American Chrononauts, I'm pleased to report that the Beta-test edition has gone to the printer! We're making a total of 30 copies (in the form of black-and-white printed stickers which must be cut out and stuck onto the cards in an existing Chrononauts deck) which we'll be shipping out to selected beta-testers, hopefully by the end of next week.

Regarding the Accounting Department, Meg and Kristin got everything ready to close the books this week, turning everything into the hands of our accountant, Mayo. We had a 40% increase in sales from last year!

Regarding Toy Fair, we leave tomorrow night and I've barely started packing, but preparations are otherwise well in hand. We have beautiful new literature to hand out, thanks to Marlene, Ali, ColorQuest, and ROI. Yay!

Meanwhile, as if things weren't crazy-busy enough this week, Valentine's Day is coming up, which means Alison has been putting in lots of grueling extra hours at the Flower Shop...

Finally, regarding this week's photo: We got an email recently from someone asking if we actually use labware as drinking vessels. Inspired by the question, I took this self-portrait, which in turn inspired me to finally update my 3-year-old homepage.


Have a great week!

the story so far

Thought Residue
As EAC shapes up I grow increasingly excited about the project I'll be starting when this one is finished... I've been promised by my boss (i.e. Kristin) that my reward for completing EAC on time will be a month-long research trip to my favorite city: Amsterdam! Given the milestone I've met this week, I think it's fair to say I'll be spending the month of May overseas this year! (It will be the longest time I've been away from home since the epic Looney family California road trip of 1971, when I was 7...)

"Computers that Maryland voters will use in the March primary contain 'vulnerabilities that could be exploited by malicious individuals,' according to programmers who tested the equipment. Hackers could easily compromise 16,000 touch-screen computers in precincts statewide, Michael Wertheimer of RABA Technologies told a state legislative committee on Thursday." -- Tom Stuckey, "Md. Vote Machines Flawed, Consultant Says"
"The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others." -- Thomas Jefferson (seen quoted at MAPinc.org)


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