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- aeneous (ay-ee'-nee-us) adj.
brassy or golden green in color.
John and Gina Mai
are on vacation this week.
Please check back later.
The Infinite Cat Project
This week's donation goes to:
"I can't wait to get my Icehouse game, which I am already
hopelessly addicted to, even though I haven't even played it
yet. I got addicted just reading 'The Empty City' and some of
the game rules online." -- comments in an
order from Jim of Dover Plains, NY
||Adding Magic to Project eBay
beginning this week to sell off a huge pile of old Magic: The
Gathering cards we've had in our attic for the last few years.
These cards date back to the mid-1990s, when we were still playing
the game and collecting the new sets as they came out. In those
days, when a new expansion was announced, we'd pre-order a whole
bunch of display boxes so as to have plenty of booster packs
to open for collecting purposes. After we'd assembled a complete
set, we'd stop opening new packs, and if we'd pre-ordered too
many boxes, we'd just stick the extras away in the attic to do
something with someday in the future.
Well, the future is now. I spent last weekend sorting through
boxes of old Magic cards, trying to decide how best to arrange
them into auctionable lots for Project eBay. I have 16 full sealed
boxes of decks or boosters which I plan to sell as individual
lots (like the box
of Ice Age starters I'm putting up this week) and I've organized
the rest of the sealed stuff into a series of 23 bundles, each
consisting of a single sealed deck of some vintage along with
6 or 7 sealed booster packs from various expansions. These bundles
are of 3 different varieties, one of each of which is being auctioned
off this week.
But that's just the stuff we set aside unopened. I have a
lot of other old Magic cards to sell, too. Although we sold most
of our complete collections some years ago, we still have our
original Alpha/Beta notebook which we could sell, either as a
complete set or broken up into lots. It includes a complete set
of Arabian Nights and Antiquities, as well.
then of course, there are the decks filled with cards we actually
used to play with. Being used, these cards will obviously have
a reduced value, but even so, I'm sure some of these cards will
command a high price. My own personal original deck still contains
-- for the moment -- one of each of the original "power
nine" including the Black
Lotus I traded for in 1993. I refuse to part with the complete
set of ten dual-lands which are the backbone of my
primary deck, but I'm willing to live without the Black Lotus,
considering how much they're now worth. I'm opening the bidding
on my played beta Black Lotus at $700, as this is the amount
I was offered for it by a professional Magic card vendor at Gen-Con
last month. (If you frequent any online communities where Magic
players hang out, please consider mentioning that Andy Looney
is selling off his Black Lotus and a bunch of other
M:TG stuff. Thanks!)
But that's not all I've got for y'all this week! Besides another
2nd Edition Fluxx deck, I'm also putting up the
Watermelon stash, another very unique set of Icehouse pyramids
(akin to the Root Beer stash) created during the changeover from
red pyramids to clear ones.
to being alive!
||I miss Aslan.
I find little reminders of him around every corner, but the times
I'm finding myself missing him the most are when we're eating.
I've long been in the habit of setting my plate or bowl on the
floor when I'm done, for one of the cats to lick clean, but since
our last remaining cat doesn't care for people-food, our table
scraps now go unappreciated. Endings of meals have become sad
||In December 2002, I mentioned on this
page that I'd like to see an "authentic adaptation of
HG Wells' 'The War of the Worlds' set (as it originally was)
in Victorian, England." Well, it would seem that a company
in England was secretly working, even then, on making exactly
movie I wished for! I can't wait until next year when it
will be released!
||"I didn't actually see the report live --
Wolf had already moved on to his next story -- but I was struck
by how casual this was: innocent civilians killed in a U.S. airstrike,
and it wasn't even the news hook; the death of the reporter was.
So, through the miracle of TiVo, I rewound. And there it was.
Being killed by a U.S. airstrike.
Non-combatants. Celebrating on a disabled U.S. vehicle, granted.
But civilians nonetheless. Certainly not in combat against any
-- Bob Harris, "Our