Guide to Wunderland
- News Archives
Driving on Kenilworth Avenue.
A van ahead of us has its turn signal on, for a long time now,
and is just turning. I smile to myself. It reminds me of many
years ago, when I and a few friends tried "following"
other cars by going in front of them and waiting for their turn
signals to come on.
looby (loo'-bee) n. an
awkward person, especially one who is lazy or stupid; lout; lubber
- Full Frontal :)
A story around
a play within a movie,
and so on. But why?
When Two Won't Do
Maureen Marovitch and David Finch are independent film-makers
in Canada who decided to make of film about themselves as they
began exploring non-traditional romantic relationships. We journey
alongside them during their travels across the continent, attending
conferences about open-relationship lifestyles, interviewing
polyamorous families, and navigating the thrills, pitfalls, and
surprises of their own real-life entanglements. It's a fascinating
ride, and an eye-opening glimpse into some very unusual relationships.
was a Teenage Ghost of Elvis's UFO Baby on a Hot Dog Diet: Enquiring
Minds Want to Know
- "If you have NOT ordered Nanofictionary, please report
to the principal's office immediately. This is 'Once Upon a Time'
on speed. It's tied with Chrononauts for my favorite Looney game
ever made. Buy more. Now. Please." -- Michael
Webb, Director of Customer Service for Alliance Game Distributors,
on the Game Industry Forum
Thursday, August 22, 2002
- by the Writer's Guild of Wunderland
||Preparing for SuperFRED's
Launch and DragonCon's Cake
we keep postponing the official launch, we are inching closer
and closer to switching over to our new web-robot SuperFRED.
Here we see our team of programmers, working late into the night
once again on the project. That's our new full time intern Liam
in the center, with Kristin on the left and on the right that's
Dale, who now only works here on evenings and weekends (but still
seems to be here working almost all the time).
I know, I know, there still isn't anything for you, my typical
reader, to see of all this work. To some of you I suppose this
whole SuperFRED thing might even seem like something of a myth.
And when I say that this week's big achievement was getting SuperFRED
to automatically generate our invoices, you might not even think
it very impressive, since the result looks a lot like our old
invoices. Anyway, we are making progress and hopefully it won't
be too much longer before the new site launches officially and
you can see for yourself how cool our new system is going to
you get your Nanofictionary postcard(s) yet? Last week, to announce
the shipment to stores of our newest card game, we sent out several
thousand postcards, one to every entry in our mailing lists.
If you got multiple copies -- and many of you did, as we decided
to err on the side of redundancy -- please enter your codes on
page here... and hey, guess what? That's SuperFRED you'll
be interfacing with! In fact, it was SuperFRED who generated
all those address codes, and the mailing list we sent the cards
to, as well! So there, he exists.
Have you gone to your
local game store to pick up a copy of our new card game Nanofictionary
other big thing that's been on our minds this week is Dragon-Con.
A few weeks ago, I announced that we'd decided to try exhibiting
at this big sci-fi/gaming con in Atlanta, and that we'd decided
to create a new Chrononauts promo card especially for it, as
part of the new print run we were about to do anyway. Ever since
then, we've been worriedly wondering if the new card sheets would
be ready in time (particularly after
Gen-Con, when we decided to swap out the IceTowers reference
card reprint we were planning with a new general-purpose Icehouse
ad card). This afternoon, we got the happy news that the vital
cardsheets have been printed! And just barely in time, too...
apparently, the printing press broke down as it was printing
our cardsheets... check out this email I just got from Susan,
our customer service contact at our card printer Carta Mundi:
"The head stops on the feeder were so badly damaged it
took many hours to run Chrononauts. It took twice the time to
print the job with the pressmen (Fred, Jeff and Toby) basically
watching it go sheet by sheet instead of at a high rate of speed.
The damage to the press caused the pressmen to constantly coax
and baby-sit the press to keep it going. When the last sheet
was printed, the press breathed it's last breath until a repairman
arrives. Karma was definitely a factor in getting Chrononauts
off the press in time!"
Susan said it'll probably take them a week to fix (which would
definitely have meant no cake for DragonCon) so we really got
lucky on this. Anyway, assuming nothing goes wrong with the card-cutting
machines (and that the package doesn't get lost in shipping)
we should be able to give free German Cake to everyone who visits
our booth at DragonCon. I hope to see you there! (Hopefully we'll
do a better job of coordinating fan-events there than we did
[And if you were expecting to see us this weekend at the Alliance
Open House, please look for Carol Townsend, whom you'll find
demoing Nanofictionary for us in our booth, and tell her "Thanks
for helping out the Looneys, Carol! You rock!"]
Did you take our
not, you still can!
||"The stunning and overwhelming defeat of
Bob Barr (R-GA) in the Georgia primaries yesterday bodes very
well for those who are working towards more rational and sensible
drug policies. For a drug war Zealot to be so soundly defeated
may begin to send the message to the rest of Congress that supporting
the drug war may result in more politicians becoming unemployed." -- DrugSense FOCUS Alert #253: "Good
Riddance Bob Barr!"
||Our biggest game distributor began shipping Nanofictionary
at the wrong price! So if you find it for sale at only $14, please
tell them it should be $17. (And if you managed to buy one at
the wrong price, Alliance says "enjoy 3 extra dollars compliments
of us :-)")
||I see now that CBS is accepting applications
for the Amazing Race 4, so even though we never received so much
as a postcard back from them, I guess our
AR-3 application was turned down.