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xanthous (zan'-thuss) adj
1: yellow. 2: yellowish.
Cast Away :)
I am not crazy
I have a very good friend
His name is Wilson
A Drug War Carol
"For my 8 & 11 year old kids, a six-hour
flight from Minneapolis to Anchorage became a fun fest via Fluxx.
It works great on airplane tray tables. They were laughing so
loud at the card antics that several sleepers gave us the evil
eye - oh well. The game is wild & crazy & we loved it.
Thanks for inventing it!" -- email from Celia of
|Happy New Year!
we had a great time during National
Play Week... in fact, we've been having so much fun that
we really don't feel like getting back to work! I'm sure you
feel the same way. It's also hard to believe that it's 2004,
"What did you get for Christmas? Anything cool?"
We got a nice spike in orders when someone on NPR was asked that
question and then raved all about Fluxx on the air. As for ourselves,
we got lots of cool stuff as gifts, but if I could point to just
one thing as the coolest, I'd say it was a comic book called
A Drug War Carol.
It's a re-telling of the Dickens classic which successfully portrays
the Drug Czar (whoever that might currently be) as a far more
wicked villain than Scrooge ever was. It turns out you can read
the whole thing online, but in the spirit of our recent radio
coverage, I'd encourage you to buy the print edition if you can.
We also got a bunch of other excellent books, toys, and lots
of other cool stuff, including a trio of custom-made throw pillows
and more chocolates (and other tasty treats) than you could eat
in a week without getting sick. Now that's what I call a holiday!
For New Year's Eve, since we're non-drinkers, we decided to
just stay home and gorge ourselves on cheese fondue and other
treats with a few close friends. It was a pleasant end to an
Our holidays were so nice this year that I can only think
of one bad thing to report: The WotC chain of shopping mall game
stores (also known as the GameKeeper) is shutting down. Kristin
is relieved to say that they owe us no money, since they'd recently
been buying our games through one of our distributors, but it's
still a big bummer to lose such a major account... almost an
eighth of our 2003 sales came in through those WotC stores.
|Anyway, here's wishing you all the best for 2004!
Happy New Year!
|"Don't talk about clothes. Al
Gore's endorsement of Howard Dean was a momentous event: the
man who won the popular vote in 2000 threw his support to a candidate
who accuses the president of wrongfully taking the nation to
war. So what did some prominent commentators write about? Why,
the fact that both men wore blue suits."
-- Paul Krugman's proposed
rules for next year's election reporting
|"By abandoning the impossible goal of becoming a 'drug-free'
society, we can begin to focus our drug education programs on
keeping people, especially young people, safe. Instead
of programs being evaluated solely on whether they increase or
decrease non-problematic, occasional drug use, we can look at
how our policies affect rates of death, disease, crime, suffering
and their cost to the hard-working taxpayer. We all live with
drugs all around us, whether it's cigarettes or Prozac or pot.
We know we can't get rid of them, so let's try instead to reduce
the risks associated with them." -- Glenn
the 'Drug-Free America' Myth"
|"Ebenezer never lead a savage federal army
of fascistic uniformed pirates who operate under color of law,
prey mercilessly on harmless Americans, and seem to be accountable
to no one. Ebenezer never dishonored his country; America's Drug
Czar dishonors everything that was ever good, decent, or honorable
about the USA on a daily basis. Those who enforce America's drug
prohibition must be one of three things: evil, stupid, or insane.
Dickens' Scrooge was none of those things."
-- Susan W. Wells, in the Afterword of A
Drug War Carol