Guide to Wunderland
- News Archives
Waiting in the lobby of the dentist's
office, reading a Newsweek magazine: '"She was perfect,"
Jeunet says. "When I met her I thought, 'Where did you come
from? Are you an E.T.?'"'
acid test (a'-sid test) n.
a crucial, final test of the value or quality of a thing or person:
originally a test of gold by acid
- The Royal Tenenbaums :)
As families go,
This movie is just a slight
A friend of my complained that this film felt like one big
ad for FedEx, but I liked the fact that a real company was featured;
it made the story feel more authentic to me than it would have
with a fictitious package delivery company. And I really liked
the central hour of the film, in which Tom Hanks struggles to
survive on a remote tropical island. But I was unsatisfied with
the conclusion: the ending was at least one scene too abrupt
for my tastes.
Time Capsule Society
- "I just bought Fluxx and my family LOVES it! My eleven
year old says it is the best game she's ever played. My six year
old plays just as well as anyone else and the adults are crazy
about it too! We've never played the same game so many times
in a row before -- I guess that it's because this one is different
every time! What a delight to discover a game that is unlike
any I've played before. Thank you for creating so much fun!"
-- text accompanying a mailing list sign-up from
we're hoping to have the final cardsheet artwork sent to Carta
Mundi by February 1st, this week finds us once again tweaking
the rules to Nanofictionary.
I've re-written some of the Action cards yet again, but the major
change is that now, during the writing round, we take our turns
simultaneously. This wonderfully speeds up the game. No
doubt some eyebrows are raising at this idea, but it really works:
A turn begins with all players drawing a card; then people play
a card, in whatever order they choose (order doesn't matter because
most times you're just adding a new card to your story); and
when everyone has 5 cards in hand again (note new initial handsize),
then the next turn begins with everyone drawing a card. This
does mean we have to eliminate the tableau, since it interferes
with simultaneous turns, but hey, it was kind of a band-aid anyway.
Instead, we're making it a standard turn option to dump as many
cards as you choose and draw back to 5.
Anyway, we've been playtesting with these changes and really
digging it... it's gotten us all excited about this game all
over again. And look: Alison finished up the card back! Doesn't
it look grand? (By the way, the whole simultaneous turn thing
was her idea, too... good thinking, Alison!)
Have a Great Week!
||My local film developer now makes real photographic
prints from digital media. I got my first batch of 5x7s back
today, and they look great! For me, film is now officially dead.
||Alison's snake Benji is a fussy eater. He seems
to be insisting on store-bought white mice, despite our Little
Cat's fine efforts to harvest locally-grown gray mice for him
to eat. I can understand a snake not wanting pre-killed dinners,
but of the 3 occasions (out of 11 so far) on which we've gotten
a mouse away from the Little Cat while it was still alive, Benji's
only been willing to eat one of them. What's with that?
||When a show (such as, for example, "That
70's Show") does a bit re-creating the infamous "Happy
Days" shark jump, and even acknowledges it as the moment
a show becomes no-longer-watchable, does that mean the new show
has, by association, also Jumped the Shark? (I guess time will