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"I heard they passed around
a blanket and people threw money into it, and they collected
about three thousand dollars for his family," I say. "His
cousin got up there and was talking..."
vavasor (vav'-uh-sore) n.
a feudal vassal ranking just below a baron
- One Hour Photo :)
It fools you into
imagining extra scenes.
Two movies in one!
Lathe of Heaven (2002)
There were a lot of things I liked about the new A&E adaptation
of this sci-fi masterpiece -- the mood, the music, the look of
the Future, etc -- but ultimately, I was disappointed with it.
The problem wasn't with anything they did... it was the omissions
that bugged me. Massive, glaring omissions... some of the best
and most memorable moments of the story were deleted. It felt
like I'd fallen asleep in the middle and missed all the best
parts. All the really weird stuff was left out... they didn't
even depict George's dreams! So although the special effects
don't measure up to current standards, the
1980 adaptation is still the one to see.
Citizen Syndrome: Top 10 Signs Your Neighbor is Brainwashed
- "I keep a copy of Proton in my briefcase, as well as
in my tournament deck box. This little game looks like one of
those sliding-number puzzles, but the sinister minds at Looney
Labs made it much more devious than that. You can play this one
solitaire or with a friend for a really challenging experience." -- John Kaufeld, "Got A Minute? Games To Play
Between Rounds", Scrye Magazine, Issue 53, September 2002
||Three Sketches for Zendo
week finds us digging in on new production work, in particular
Here you see a few production sketches we've gotten for the design
of the box-top. The first is by Alex
Bradley, whom we have chosen to do the final artwork for
the box. Alex is the local artist who did the cartoons for Chort's game Rat
Race (the Beta edition of which is debuting here this week,
with a review by toK)
and who just got engaged to our friend Renee.
We've had several meetings with Kory
and our various artist/designer friends, and we're all pretty
psyched about the direction in which Alex is going with the box
art. Meanwhile, we've also selected a vendor for the Zendo stones
we'll be using, and Jake
has written up the 16 starter rules we'll be including on a set
of little cards, so the first "powered-by-Icehouse"
board game is really starting to shape up.
The other two sketches, seen below, are by John
Cooper's brother Eric. We liked Eric's work very much, but
even with modern cyber-communications at our disposal, the fact
that he's currently living in Japan has made it difficult for
us to work together collaboratively. So even though we've decided
to give the final job to Alex, we wanted to show off the nice
work Eric did. Thanks for the design sketches Eric!
course, we're also still working, as always, on SuperFRED. Over
the weekend, Marlene
came to visit, in part to put on her Web Designer hat and review
SuperFRED's current version with us, to give us her insights
on usability issues and such. Here's a picture of Kristin and
Mar during one of the review sessions.
Meanwhile, our programming intern Liam
is frequently here, programming away... and yet there's still
so much programming work to be done. As Kristin says, SuperFRED
is wiggling his toes, but in order to continue stalling his official
release, this week's new products are being offered through our
old e-store software. (But don't worry, it still works... in
fact, much of the back end processing is now being handled by
Lastly, because of an increase in the cost of making wooden
nickels, and because Q-Turn
isn't exactly our hottest seller, we have decided to drop it
out of our primary product line. Rather than keep it in wholesale
distribution until it runs out and then be faced with the problem
of reprinting it, we've decided to reserve the current edition's
dwindling supply for our online customers at the Short Run Depot.
When they're gone, we'll probably bring it back in a limited,
a great week!
||Now that George has passed on and can no longer
veto Paul's plans, it looks like we'll finally get to hear the
long-lost Beatles track "Carnival of Light", a 14-minute
piece recorded in 1967 at the same time as "Penny Lane."
Paul said in this
interview that "It's very avant garde" and that
George "didn't like it." How bad is it really? I can't
wait to find out!
||"What if Osama bin Laden sent squads of
armed men into U.S. cities to attack medical facilities? What
if those terror squads stormed clinics, stole confidential medical
records and literally took medicine from the sick and dying?
That is precisely what the Drug Enforcement Administration is
doing in California." -- Target
America: The DEA and You
||This weekend I made a batch of fudge,
as I often do... but instead of pouring it into a pan to cool
as always, I first poured some of the steaming hot fudge onto
vanilla ice cream, and it was great! (This may seem obvious,
but for me it was a bold new experiment in dessert technology.
I've been making this fudge for over 30 years, but I've never
thought to try this until now.)