Guide to Wunderland
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Laughing quietly as I paste the following into
an email: "ACHTUNG!!! Das machine is nicht fur gefingerpoken
und mittengrabben. Ist easy schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen
und corkenpoppen mit spitzensparken. Ist nicht fur gewerken by
das dummkopfen. Das rubbernecken sightseeren keepen hands in
das pockets. Relaxen und vatch das blinkenlights!!!"
cosher (kah'-sher) vt. to
feed with delicacies; to treat kindly and fondly; to fondle;
to pet (sometimes used with -up)
- Zoolander :|
is, sadly, as good looking
as he is funny.
Biography Close-Up: Sesame Street
I often enjoy Biography's
profiles of noted personalities, but I particularly enjoyed this
2-hour special on the history of Sesame Street. The behind-the-scenes
material from the early days of the show was absolutely fascinating,
and I especially loved the scenes of early muppets in conference
rooms, talking about what to name this new show they were working
on. Also, as a kid who started watching it when it debuted, I
can remember when Oscar was orange (not green), and since I also
remember not being believed when I told my younger peers this
fact, it was great seeing early footage that vindicated my claims.
- "This weekend we visited my wife's nephew, Tom and his
wife Peggy. They introduced us to Chrononauts and we could not
stop playing. Of course, in order to drive home we had to quit,
but unwillingly. Your game sold itself."
-- comments accompanying an order
||Purple Pieces and Too-Tight
big story on our minds this week (other than anthrax worries)
has to do with the beautiful purple Icehouse pieces you see here.
This is one of just a handful of stashes KLON made before Kristin
told them to halt production. The cause of this shutdown had
nothing to do with the beautiful appearance of these pieces,
but instead with the way they fit inside the new
tubes we're starting to package them in. Or should I say,
the way they didn't fit.
Although the sample tube we got was just the right size to
hold a stash of icehouse pieces along with a paper packaging
insert, the tubes we actually received are apparently slightly
tighter. Whereas with the sample, the pieces and the paper insert
slid easily in and out of the tube, the team at KLON found the
real tubes uncomfortably difficult to load. We found it was even
more difficult to get the pieces back out, once they'd jammed
them in there.
Since we felt these tighter tubes would really interfere with
the consumer's ability to use the product, we decided we had
to make a change. While Kristin started negotiations with the
we brainstormed for a solution with the folks at KLON. Since
we feared the tubes could not be made consistently big enough,
even if they redid the whole job, we considered various options
for re-tooling the mold to make the pieces fit more smoothly
into the tubes. We came up with a couple of ideas that might
have actually worked, but we ultimately ruled them all out, since
the tube-makers agreed the tubes were tighter than they really
should have been. They were even willing to redo the whole job,
but we didn't like the idea of all that waste, either.
Fortunately, somewhere in the midst of all this, Kristin figured
out the solution: ditch the paper insert, and apply a couple
of stickers to the outside of the tubes instead. This totally
solves the problem. While some tubes may still be slightly more
snug than we'd prefer, removing the paper slip from the equation
makes all the difference. In fact, it will actually be a lot
nicer, from the consumer's point of view, not having to deal
with that paper insert. The tube-makers have given us a discount
on the job which will more than cover the cost of throwing out
the paper inserts and switching to stickers, so it's all working
out just fine. The only problem now is that because of these
delays, these beautiful purple pieces aren't available yet. Sorry!
I hereby call the purple pieces in any Icehouse game I'm playing,
Last week, I
mentioned that Mar had started her cross-country journey, and
I included a pre-departure photo I took to match one I took of
Rash 14 years ago, when he was doing the same thing. Well, as
you can see from the new photos below, she's arrived! (Now all
she needs to do is find a job and a place to live...)
Meanwhile, Jana found a place
to rent, and her husband and kids are due to arrive on Saturday!
Needless to say, she's excited.
||The United Kingdom is re-classifying
marijuana, so that possession will no longer be an arrestable
offense! This means that, on this issue at least, the country
we once fled to find freedom will soon be more free than our
||There's been a lot of chatter on our mailing
lists this week, concerning the idea of making, for promotional
purposes, a Christian expansion for Fluxx. We've never been entirely
sure about this idea, and after reading all the email, we're
even less sure about it now. But that's precisely why we describe
plans like these on our What's
on the Stove pages... to find out how people will react.
(One thing we do know for certain: we love the internet. It's
the ultimate tool for focus group testing.)
|All that coca-cola I drink is catching up with
me... I have several new cavities! Tomorrow morning, I go under
the dentist's drill.