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Thursday, March 8th, 2007

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poi, dog wandering

Haiku Reviews

The U.S. vs. John Lennon :)

This film's style is too
"VH-1 behind the scenes"
for such a great man.

David Armand - Torn

Tirade's Choice

Galactus is Coming!

"I played Fluxx with some friends in 2000. Now I play with my 5 year old daughter." -- Heather G of Woodland Hills, CA

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AndyAnyway, that's the latest news on all of that. To find out what else I've been doing this week, go watch my three latest videos. Thanks for playing our games!

PS: Have you gotten a Computer yet?

Thought Residue
No sooner had I announced that I'd broken my new watch, when all of a sudden it started ticking again. Wow! It's a self-repairing time machine! Unfortunately, while the analog element is running again, the digital component has a tendency to randomize its values every couple of days. So I still need to get a more shock-resistant replacement at some point...

After a lot of wheedling from Icehouse fans, I dug into my ancient files to find out the exact mathematical formula we used in 1990 to determine the standard dimensions of the three Icehouse pyramids. The final formula was hammered out by John's brother Kit, after a detailed analysis of the hand-made pyramids in the first 100 game sets. Here's the equation:

BaseSize = 4 / 7 FaceHeight = [ 4 + (2 ^ PipCount-1) ] / 8
I loved last week's Lost, in which Hurley finds an old VW microbus in the jungle and tinkers it back into life. (Sure, it couldn't have happened anywhere except on Lost's strange magical island, but if any car could endure that much time in a rainforest without maintenance and still work, it'd be the VW.) The climax involved that glorious trick for roll-starting a car with a stick-shift, by pushing it down a hill and popping the clutch at the right moment. This scene struck a resonant chord with me (as well as anyone else who's ever had to ask their girlfriend to push a cranky old car to get it started), and the scene also makes a great analogy for the current struggle we are in: will we succeed in getting the car that is Looney Labs to "start" (i.e. become profitable) before we run out of time (i.e. money) and end up smashed into the rocks at the bottom of the hill? I'm confident that we'll make it, but of course, I have the faith of Hurley: I too believe that you make your own luck.

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