Guide to Wunderland
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I'm turning from the kitchen sink
toward the table, drying my hands on my pants and thinking about
cleaning up some leftover potato chips by just crumpling them
up in the napkin they're lying on and throwing them away.
irpe (urp) n. a smirk
of the face; a twisting of the body
- Amélie %}
Want a romantic
comedy set in Paris?
Let the French do it!
Maybe they should have called this "The Wise-Cracking
Donkey" because he's the real star of this hilarious modern
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||Another Launch Scrubbed at the Last Moment
big believers in impossible deadlines. We routinely set goals
for ourselves that we know we will have trouble meeting, since
they motivate us to work hard. But part of having high expectations
is knowing when you're asking too much, and backing off. Sometimes
you just can't meet artificial deadlines, at least not without
sacrificing quality, and certainly not when your goals for the
project keep expanding during its development.
So it is with the update/overhaul of our shopping cart, which
I've been yammering about on this page for months. Once we'd
hoped it would be done by Thanksgiving, then before Xmas, and
finally, by today, Jan 10th. But it still ain't done. To increase
the pressure on this most recent deadline, Kristin even deactivated
the old shopping cart, so that we wouldn't be able to take any
new orders until we got the new system running. But with the
holidays behind us and other production deadlines looming, we've
realized that getting some new stuff sent to the printers is
actually more urgent right now than working on the shopping cart
overhaul. So, Kristin has turned the old shopping cart back on,
and now we're focusing on production tasks like Nanofictionary,
our 2002 catalog, cardboard store displays for our products,
and the overdue Geronimo Inquirer.
And we're not making any more predictions as to when the new
site will launch. It'll get done when it gets done.
Have a Great Week!
||The Anthrax thing has affected us in an indirect
way... a payment we mailed to the U.S. Patent Office got stuck
in quarantine, which means my IceTowers patent still hasn't issued
yet, which means we won't have the patent number in time to include
in Playing with Pyramids.
||I finally got my first DVD player, and I'm loving
its "Repeat A-B" option! It makes trivial the task
of looping a segment of video, something I used a spend a lot
of time doing the hard way with a couple of VCRs. Of course,
I only have a couple of actual DVDs so far, but there are lots
of great loopable moments in the animated version of the Lord
of the Rings...
||"In terms of whether my body would be unhappy
without it, I'm also 'addicted' to a number of other prescribed
drugs and to food, water, oxygen, and my sweetie. Addiction is
an overrated concept." -- Geov Parrish,