notoast + geriatricks and cluesing
for fun and profit + re: my brains
creepiest film ever made.
Not for the squeamish.
of Canada: An Interview with Michael Cook
"This was my 10th order with Looney Labs. Every time
the order has been prompt, has included everything ordered (and
sometimes a small gift that wasn't ordered) and usually has some
friendly note in the memo on the invoice. I'm very pleased. You
cannot possibly hear often enough that your company is the example
of This-is-how-it should-be-done! Thank you." --
email from Dennis D
A sudden burst of links
after a silent interval
||Sarah Got Married!
big news in my family this week is that my niece Sarah got married
this weekend! It was a lovely wedding and best of all, everyone
in the family seems to agree that her chosen man is a really
nice guy and that the two of them are great for each other. Here's
wishing Sarah and Shaun a wonderful life together!
It was a very big wedding -- lots of new faces -- and it was
well-attended by various out-of-towners I haven't had a chance
to see in a long time, including my Aunt Margie (who lives in
Tennessee) and my Uncle Bill and brother Rash (who both live
in California). I particularly enjoyed talking to my cousin Olivia,
whom I've barely ever met but who I think I have a lot in common
with, (Turns out she lives in Baltimore now, so maybe this event
will lead to us becoming closer friends.) Also there were my
other niece, Sharon, and her brother James, who are currently
10 years old and always a joy to hang out with, so I was very
pleased to find the 3 of us assigned to Table 11 with them along
with their parents and Rash.
The top photo this week shows Sarah in her stunning gown posing
with Sharon, who is also wearing a beautiful white dress. What's
especially fun about this is that, seventeen years ago, Sarah
wore this very same dress to a trio of weddings that took place
in my family. In the same year I got married, so too did my brothers
Jeff (Sharon's father) and Howard (Sarah's father), and Sarah
was there for all three, in this special little white dress.
Perhaps in some distant year, another little Looney girl will
wear this dress to another Looney wedding...
we see the happy couple cutting into the cake. (That's my favorite
part of any wedding, and it was an excellent cake, too.)
Notice how the cake is decorated with an autumn leaf motif?
This was a theme running through the complete event, with falling
leaves gracing everything from the invitations to the program
booklet to the little jars of honey which everyone took home
My favorite thing about this theme was a story Howard told
me. Howard is well-known for scheduling his vacations during
these magical few weeks each year when the leaves are the most
colorful, and going up to the mountains to enjoy them. So imagine
how he felt when he heard his daughter had decided to do something
as hectic as getting married during his usual vacation time!
Her response was perfect: "Dad, you're the one who taught
me to love this time of year!"
one more photo, showing the action that was going on most of
the time at Table 11. I gave away a few copies of the newly arrived
and James and Sharon couldn't stop playing it! (For more details
on the games I played at Sarah's wedding, check out my
Best wishes Sarah & Shaun!
Thanks for reading, and have a great fortnight!
||"I've always played Fluxx as though the play and draw
rules were quotas to be met by the end of the turn. I like it
that way... If you can rig it so that you're turn ends with just
'Trade Hands' in your hand, and you're lucky enough to not have
to draw cards before your next turn, then I think it's great
that you can Trade Hands before drawing. Very clever; everybody
else will be trying to do the same thing, once they've seen the
trick. IMO, that's much more fun than just randomly playing cards
and seeing what pops up... For that matter, draw-anytime means
that we don't have to keep reminding eager players to draw their
cards before they make that much-anticipated tasty first play.
It feels a little less tedious. So, yeah, please keep our options
open. If a particular card's text needs to be tweaked, tweak
it in the next version." -- Comments from
the elusive bobsquatch
Question of Playing First
||I really enjoyed the first season of the AMC series "Mad
Men," about the inside world of a Madison Avenue advertising
agency in 1960. I'm pleased to see that it's been picked up for
a second season, and I hope it does really well. I'd love to
see them continue until at least 1964, since they'd obviously
have to include some references to the New
York World's Fair. I'm thinking the Fair would be a major
theme throughout the fourth and fith seasons. Maybe it'll even
hit the late sixties! That'd be fun.
||"Not taxing the $113 billion U.S. marijuana industry,
plus enforcing anti-marijuana laws, costs U.S. taxpayers $41.8
billion a year, a George Mason University study found." -- Forbes, seen quoted in The Week, Oct 12, 20007