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The Three
by Dan Efran

One hundred centuries ago, in glittering Lyrallai, the Emperor of Mars declared that he would pass his Scepter to the one who bested him at Icehouse. That year's Grand Tournament found three champions, who beat the Emperor in a stunning three way tie! Later, the Abdicant was often heard muttering, "The First Tribunal were Discordians!"


John Marketon's in my office, saying, "Here if you go walking down the street with what looks like a cigarette hanging out of your mouth but it's actually a joint, you get your ass thrown in jail. Why? What good does it do anybody?"

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stygian (stij'-ee-an) adj. 1: of or relating to the river Styx 2: extremely dark, gloomy or forbidding

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Daddy-O's Reviews

He Said, She Said

This charming little romantic comedy from 1991, about arguing opinion columnists who fall in love, tells its story in flashbacks and from two different points of view: his during the first half, and hers during the second. (It therefore makes for a confusing half-watch...) It has added local charm, having been filmed in Baltimore; and in fact, since it was, Alison got to be an extra in this movie! Blink and you'll miss her, but she's seen walking down the street (with some guy who looks kind of like Eeyore) right when Elizabeth Perkins is saying to Kevin Bacon, "Your Uncle Olaf is a cheap literary invention, he doesn't even exist!"

Tirade's Choice

Giant Inflatable Titanic
Fruits of Chaos

Thursday, September 14, 2000
by the Wunderland Toast Society

What's New?

What's Going On? Another Random Week

I'm having a hard time picking something as the focus of this week's report: It's been a very random week. Among other things, we celebrated our wedding anniversary with a heavy meal out, then joined the party for #12 and Lisa at Dave & Busters (which was great - I'd actually never been to a D&Bs before), after which I took an all night bachelor party bus trip to a Denny's in Hagerstown with #12 (and a handful of others) in his extremely cool former schoolbus (which was more fun that it probably sounds). There were other social events during the weekend, plus we also took Monday off, for fun at the park with Ginohn (which was disappointing - see Ginohn's report). And I even learned (during an eye-opening middle-of-the-night philosophical conversation) that I am a textbook example of the Ordered Thinker, while Alison typifies the Chaotic Thinker. Plus some other stuff happened.

Meanwhile, the new issue of Game Trade Magazine came in, which contains an article I wrote about the design of Chrononauts. I wrote it in July but was waiting to publish it here, as requested by the editor, until it debuted in the magazine. As you can see from this cover shot, they featured it right there on the cover: "A Look at CHRONONAUTS, from the designer of FLUXX".

I also got into a debate this weekend with my Dad, who was disappointed with my (er, Daddy-O's) review of "Space Cowboys". I found the set-up way too contrived, but he didn't think it as outrageous as I did. Having worked for Goddard Space Flight Center for over 8 years, I feel like I know a thing or two about how NASA really works... but of course, I can't compete with him on this, since he's been working at GSFC since before it existed (over 40 years!). Anyway, he got a big kick out of it, so perhaps I was too harsh. Still, I have to agree with John (who also, like his dad before him, works at GSFC), who regards it as proof that Hollywood couldn't have faked the Moon Landings because "they would have made so many mistakes that even the astronaut chimps wouldn't have believed it."

Anyway, our life is proceeding on schedule. How's yours?

AndyRemember Peter McWilliams!


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Thought Residue
"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs. Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday. Love is when mommy gives daddy the best piece of chicken. Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen." -- selections from a list that's been circulating through the email lately, of responses by 4 to 8 year-olds to the question "What does love mean?"
"I hate the D.A.R.E. program... it has the exact opposite effect that it is trying to achieve. Sending policemen to schools to teach children about drugs is like sending nuns to schools to teach children about sex. Virgins shouldn't teach sex education classes and cops shouldn't be teaching drug education classes. If you want to teach children about drugs, wouldn't it make a lot more sense to send a pharmacist? How about a doctor, or even an ex-drug addict? Anyone but a law enforcement officer." -- "Inanimate Objects" by Michael Dare
"All casual drug users should be taken out and shot." -- Daryl Gates, former Los Angeles Chief of Police (seen quoted on page 567 of ANBIYD, by Peter McWilliams)

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