Guide to Wunderland
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Lying on my back in bed with a slight fever, wiggling
my toes and daydreaming. -- Random scenes from The Wizard of
Oz movie accompanied by garbled background thoughts of my Haiku
Movie Review for Oz, while the daydream soundtrack plays some
hardcore rock lyrics repeating over and over, "Off to never
never land, off to never never land."
spellings: nargile, or nargileh) (nar'-guh-lee, or -lay)
n. a tobacco pipe in which the smoke is drawn through
water before reaching the lips; a hookah. from
Persian nargil coconut, from which the bowl was formerly
- Queen of the Damned :|
Oh no! Vampire Goths
run amok! Can we be saved
by Vampire Hippies?
The Time Machine (1960)
Although I'll admit to some sentimental fondness for George
Pal's adaptation of the HG Wells classic, it really hasn't aged
well. The special effects may have been Oscar-worthy back in
1960, but they're laughable by today's standards, and the script
isn't much better. For a man smart and visionary enough to have
invented and built a time machine by himself, Rod Taylor exhibits
a surprising level of ignorance regarding the practical problems
of traveling through time. About the only thing that still looks
good to me in this version is the machine itself (plus a few
bits of the distant future's architecture).
Change the Climate
- "I picked up Fluxx in game store then separately fell
in love with Icehouse. When I found out that the same company
made both I became a devotee. Now I'm giving your games as gifts." -- a web-customer named Charles
||Three Kinds of Catalogs
I find myself with little else to talk about this week, here's
a picture of our new Spring Catalog. It's the first time we've
done a catalog in this small-book format, but as our product
line has grown, so too has our need for a larger, more detailed
catalog. This new booklet format is great, since we can expand
it from 8 pages to 12 whenever we need that much more space.
However, we still have piles of last
year's catalog, which is still pretty complete and has the
added advantage of being in color, so depending on the whims
people who pack our mail-order packages for us, you might
get one of those in your order. Or, instead of either of those,
you might get a micro-catalog, which is just the size of a playing
card. (Of course, you might get one of those anyway... we've
started including them everywhere we can think of.)
Since some of you might actually care which catalog you get,
Kristin worked up a page
which shows all three kinds, so you can select whatever type
you want included when you order.
Have a Great Week!
Secret Message to Locals: We'll be playing/demoing our games
at the New Deal Cafe
in old Greenbelt on Tuesday (March 5) from 4 - 8pm.
||The number for my new patent (for IceTowers)
has finally been announced: it's 6,352,262!
||Someone posted a Dvorak deck called "Time Machine"
which is an obvious rip-off of Chrononauts,
and didn't even give me any credit!
[Update: After I posted this, they gave me a
||"Before you try putting your best foot forward,
make sure it hasn't been in your mouth recently."
-- Liam Bryan, on the Rabbits mailing list, under "Tips
for getting to playtest new games, #1: Don't be a nidgit."