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- marmoreal (mar-more'-ee-al)
adj. of, relating to, or suggestive of marble or a marble
statue, especially in coldness or aloofness. [from Latin marmor
Hotel Rwanda :)
Like many war films,
it's well done, but please don't make
me see it again.
Does Not Simply...
"Long before there were websites and email, I encountered
the Looneys and their highly original game ideas and loved their
entrepreneurial free spirit, their inventiveness and energy.
From the start, when they'd come over and help stuff their flyers
into our catalogs for our annual mailings, we've had a nurturing
fondness for these brilliant bohemians. We happily started selling
some of their games ourselves and show them at our Maryland
Renaissance Festival pavilion. I'm immensely proud of Andy
and Kristin and their entire family/community and how far they've
come as an enlightened game company, never losing the spirit
of fun and humanity while striving towards business success with
a unique product line....We love selling Fluxx
and the epistemologically splendid Nanofictionary.
They are tributes to the amazing brains of Andy Looney and his
artistic team." -- Kate
Jones, founder of Kadon
Enterprises, on her Rabbit page
||Kristin's Cube College
wife Kristin is a bona fide Rubik's
Cube expert. She enjoyed minor fame for her rapid cube-solving
skills, which she figured out on her own before any published
solutions to the cube ever existed, unlike guys like me who learned
how using a book. And not only did she develop her method herself,
it's just plain better than the "top-down" approach
most of us who learned from a book know so well. That's part
of why she did so well in those contests -- she had a faster
solution. Her best competitors usually rivaled her times because
they were able to do the cube with the top-down approach at lightning
fast speeds. Ultimately, Kristin lost the national championship
to a guy who used a method more like hers AND had lightning fast
hands. His name was Minh and he later published a book featuring
the superior system for cube-solving.
Anyway, over the years Kristin has had occasion to teach people
how to solve the cube, using her system. Recently, Kristin had
two pupils taking cube-solving lessons at the same time, and
this week, they took their final exams and graduated from Kristin's
Cube College! Congratulations on being able to solve the cube,
Janet and Alison! Kristin told them they had to solve the cube
on command before a live audience in under 10 minutes in order
to graduate; Janet was certified with a time of 4 minutes 25
seconds, and Alison finished 44 seconds later.
Since their diplomas are hard to read in this photo, here's
a better look at one:
As a graduation gift, Kristin presented each of her pupils
with their very own cube, which she customized for them, replacing
the center white square that says "Rubik's Cube" with,
in Janet's case, one that said "Janet's Cube." Isn't
that cool? Now I'm tempted to enroll in her class myself, just
so I can get a cool personalized cube like that. Plus, even though
I can already solve the cube, her system is better, and they've
given the moves cool names like the Cha-Cha-Cha and the Double
Have a Great Week! And Don't Forget to Play!
PS: If you haven't signed up for your Holiday
Gift yet, there's still time! We still haven't sent
them out yet!
||A band named themselves after their favorite
Fluxx card: Final Card Random! Unfortunately for them, I decided
it worked better making the first card random, and in Version
3.0 we changed it to First Play Random. Sorry guys!
||"It is time to bring the exhaustive debate
down to a simple language that even a child could understand.
Hopefully, this book will foster the type of debate that is necessary
to make change and end a ruthless and senseless war that has
harmed our nation." -- from the FAQ page
about a new children's book called It's
Just a Plant, in response to the question, "Will
this book help legalize marijuana?"
||"Twenty-one months into this war, the world's
most powerful military is stymied, unable to halt the expanding
Iraqis insurgency and the rising number of American dead. Those
who planned this war knew as much about Iraq as those who planned
the Vietnam War knew about Vietnam, which is why Iraq will end
as Vietnam ended. In America's defeat. For those of us who fought
in Vietnam and reflected on that disastrous war, we knew America
could not win in Iraq. Many Americans came to that conclusion
without having served in Vietnam. But not the Bush Administration
and the Neocons, and not most Americans, who went along with
the invasion and occupation of Iraq. For these Americans, the
Vietnam War never happened and Iraq would be 'fast and easy.'" -- Stewart Nusbaumer, "The
Jungle in the Desert: We Never Learned Why We Lost the Vietnam
War, and Now We're Losing Another Asian War"