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- ullage (ull'-ij) n.
the amount that a container (as a cask or tank) lacks being full.
[from Middle English ulage, from Middle French eullage
"the act of filling a cask," from eullier "to
fill a cask," from Old French ouil "eye, bunghole,"
from Latin oculus "eye."]
These auctions end on Nov
The Motorcycle Diaries :)
Like a Commando
with one working cylinder,
it's still a great ride!
is purely abstract and very minimalist; going in, I expected
it to be on the dull and simple side, but I was quite mistaken.
Like Chess, Chinese Checkers, or Go, there is genuine elegance
and complexity hidden beneath its surface simplicity." -- David Crippin's review of IceTowers in Issue 9
||Say Hello to Bro
This week we hired Alex. We call him Bro because he's Alison's brother
and because we've got too many other people around here named
Alex. Bro's been working with us for a couple of months now,
and he's fitting in really well with our team. His official title
is Sales Dude, which means he's the guy who spends his time just
calling up game store buyers and asking them to try our products.
Bro is perfect for this, being positive and friendly on the phone
(even when being told no thanks). So, if your favorite game store
isn't on our roster yet, and you think they should carry our
games, send us their phone number and we'll have Bro give them
a call! And if you are a Retailer
Rabbit (a fan of our games who works in the games retailing
biz) then here's what that guy who's been calling you looks like!
Bro is also just a fun guy to have around, so we're really
enjoying having him here. But there are sometimes brief moments
of sibling rivalry. Alison
is reminded of the way she felt when Bro moved into her room
when she went away to college, particularly when he settles in
too comfortably at her desk.
Other than that, I don't really have much to report on this
week. We finally figured out what to create for this year's holiday
gift, but of course, I can't tell you anything about that at
this time. Also, we've been spending a lot of time playtesting
my newest card game, but again, I think it's still too early
to say very much about it, even though we're all pretty excited
about it right now. Although I've been developing the concepts
for this game for over two years now, it's only congealed into
a playable game during the past few weeks. But even though the
design is feeling almost done, the enormous task of creating
all the artwork this game will require is as yet unbegun, so
it's still gonna be a long time coming. But I think it's safe
to say that we now know what my next card game release will be.
For the time being, we shall refer to it officially only as Secret
|Are you planning an Experiment
||I'll admit that those Priceline.com ads with
Captain Kirk & Mr. Spock are amusing, but I find it very
sad hearing Captain Picard's voice extolling the glories of a
cholesterol-lowering drug, particularly given the dreadfulness
of their tacky, rhyming ad copy. Can't he find any better jobs
than this? It's sad how far a Starship Captain can fall to earth
when his mission in space is over...
||"Canada suddenly has utopian appeal for
many left-leaning Americans. Its universal health care, gay rights,
abortion rights, gun-control laws, drug laws, opposition to the
Iraq war, ban on capital punishment and ethnic diversity mirror
many values of the American left. Immigrants, including an estimated
1 million Americans, make up nearly 20 percent of Canada's population.
The United Nations named Toronto the world's most multicultural
city." -- a CNN article called "Canadians
Open Arms to Americans," which also points out that
the United Nations has ranked Canada as the best country to live
in for eight consecutive years
||"It's time for the Democrats to face reality:
They are the party of urban America. If the cities elected our
president, if urban voters determined the outcome, John F. Kerry
would have won by a landslide. Urban voters are the Democratic
base. It's time to state something that we've felt for a long
time but have been too polite to say out loud: Liberals, progressives,
and Democrats do not live in a country that stretches from the
Atlantic to the Pacific, from Canada to Mexico. We live on a
chain of islands. We are citizens of the Urban Archipelago, the
United Cities of America." -- "The
Urban Archipelago" by The Editors of The Stranger