Now Don't You Wish You'd Voted?
Guide to Wunderland
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Against virtually impossible odds, the presidential election
ended in a tie: Each major candidate won the exact same number
of electoral votes. Strangely enough, due to a little known clause
in the Constitution, the tie-breaker was decided by the Supreme
Court, in a game of Capture the Flag held on the White House
Gina and I are standing in our bedroom. I'm folding
clothes and watching TV. Xena says to Gabriel, "That's why
she wants to know what you're going to do once you get inside
n. excessive or unwholesome sentiment (from Ger. schwärmren
to be enthusiastic lit. to swarm)
- Pay It Forward :|
- Like most pyramid
schemes, this one looks promising
but fails to pay off.
When Harry Met Sally
hilarious piece of commentary on modern courtship in America
is a classic, but I'd never actually seen it until now. I kind
of felt like I had though, because I've had so many scenes from
this movie quoted and described to me over the years. And now
I finally understand why people always say "Baby Fishmouth!
Baby Fishmouth!" when playing Pictionary! At one point,
Carrie Fisher unwittingly quotes a magazine author's own quip
to him, obviously a proud moment for any writer; but I'll be
proud when I see one of my games played by the characters of
a romantic comedy (or any other type of movie for that matter).
Greens For Gore
for Bush or Gore
|Home Alone / Farewell to Grandma
As I mentioned last week, Kristin's
grandmother finally merged with the infinite, after a long battle
with Alzheimer's Disease, and although we've got way more going
on than we can really deal with right now, Kristin decided to
catch a ride with her mom and dad and attend the memorial service
in South Carolina. With room in their Mercedes for just one more,
to tag along too, while I chose to stay behind and hold down
the fort. Of course, the secret truth is that, much as I love
the girls, I was thrilled by the prospect of 4 days with the
house all alone to myself, so I happily helped them pack and
bid them on their way.
It sounds like they had a fine trip. As funerals often are,
it was something of a family reunion, and while such events are
certainly somber, the family reunion aspect can be great fun.
Besides, when someone reaches an age like 97, a funeral is not
a tragedy but a celebration of that person's life, and Grandma
Wunderlich got exactly the kind of send-off she would have wanted.
Her soul has gone up the exit ramp to Heaven, while her body
is being sent down to a lab for analysis. There, her brain tissue
will be used by doctors and scientists working to conquer this
terrible disease. Who knows, her own offspring might benefit
from the research.
Kristin enjoyed seeing her extended family again, catching up
with their lives, introducing them to Alison, and showing off
Here we see Alison taking a photo of Kristin with her cousins,
in a photo taken by Kristin's dad.
(Don't worry, Alison didn't cut her hair, it's just pulled up
Oddly enough, this all happened within a 90-minute drive of
Asheville, NC, so Kristin and Alison combined this trip with
a visit to our friends there, Erskin and Marcella. (They tried
to hook up with Liam too, but were unsuccessful.) Kristin had
already enlisted Erskin's help in updating the MadLabRabbits.com
site in conjunction with the Chrononauts
Demo Program which we are launching this week, and it was
great to be able to do the final debugging of the system together
in person, rather than over email. They also hashed out many
of the details of the next project for the Mad Lab Rabbits site
- The Icehouse Game Inventors Club - which will give all of those
rabbits who play with pyramids a system to sort and organize
and rank all the different games you can play with an Icehouse
set. It was an excellent visit. Anyone want to help us promote
Chrononauts this fall? We've got uncut
decks to give away!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I spent the weekend living like
a hermit and loving it. A weekend with the house to myself is
the ideal vacation for me, and I found it both relaxing and productive.
I picked up our second N64 game, Star Wars Ep.1 Racer, which
was a fantastic bargain at $5.99 used, I started working on the
next annual issue of the Geronimo Inquirer, and I had some breakthroughs
on Secret Project 44-CC, which is coming along so nicely that
we're talking about trying to release in time for Toy Fair next
year. I also
baked a surprise birthday cake for Kristin; her birthday fell
two days before Origins
this year, and of course we were so busy then that she got kind
of gypped on the celebration... specifically, I still owed her
a birthday cake. So, with some of my first free time in months
and enough time alone to really make it a surprise, I staged
a little party for her return, complete with an assortment of
gifts. (She was particularly delighted with this incredible Mach
5 toyset, that came complete with Spridle and Chim-Chim figures
that fit in the trunk.)
it was Halloween, and Kristin and I stayed home to give candy
to the neighbors, while Alison went downtown to help her dad
costume up a dozen or so underprivileged kids for a night of
trick or treating (which was for some their first ever). The
candy bar art this year featured the design of the new Jack-O-Lantern
rubik's cube sculpture that Alison created, which for a change
we'd set up in the window facing outward, so that it could be
seen by the kids on the porch. Alison also created a digital
template we can use from now on to create these designs, which
is how we were able to use the design on the candy bar art even
before putting the cubes together.
As for my own impending birthday, here's what I want: the
defeat of GW Bush, with Nader getting at least 5% of the vote
and the Democrats retaking (or at least tying for control of)
the House, plus of course, passage of all six of this season's
drug law reform initiatives, and a cake.
Go Green: Vote for Ralph! (Unless...)
PS: We're hosting another Pop-Tart
Cafe at Philcon on Nov
18th - Mark your calendars!
|With sad hearts we note that Iron
Crown Enterprises has moved into the final stages of bankruptcy,
having abandoned hope of restructuring and returning to profitability.
Pete Fenlon and the others at ICE were both our mentors and an
inspiration to us, and their grim news is a big bummer. I was
really hoping they would recover.
|"Between them, Gore and Lieberman support
or have supported Star Wars, the Gulf War, the Drug War, NAFTA,
GATT, Social Security privatization, welfare reform, and the
Death Penalty... and you're telling me this is the best choice
we've got?" -- Sparky, This
|"Halloween. It is undoubtedly the
gamers' holiday. How can roleplayers not be excited about Halloween?
Revelers wear costumes. Strangers hand out tiny chocolate bars.
Orange marshmallow ghosts end up in microwaves as the butt of
important scientific 'experiments.'" --
Emily Dresner-Thornber, "Lost
in the Twilight Zone"