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New this week: Chapter 94, in which Jim buys a camera


"Can You Grab The Cart, Honey?"

Fletcher surveyed the assortment of groceries that had accumulated in the cart while he was selecting steaks. "How can you buy these?" he asked. "They're so expensive in these little packages. We should be buying in bulk." Jessica put some frozen peas into the cart and looked down. "Fletcher..." she said, "this isn't our cart."


"It's the amount of beer Jim Butler can drink in a weekend, or, one hectoliter." -- Peter Abel

Cool Words

ambsase (amz'-ays) (also spelled amesace) n. 1. double aces, the lowest throw at dice 2. misfortune; bad luck 3. the smallest amount or most worthless thing possible. [from M.Eng. from O.Fr. from L. ambas as "both aces"]

Haiku Reviews

Never Cry Wolf :-)

He made a mistake:
when researching wolves' diets,
you should eat mice raw.
Daddy-O's Reviews

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

This is one of those rare sequels that's actually better than the original. But then, how can I not love a film that features the coolest time machine since Dr. Emmet Brown's Delorean, namely a psychedelic new Beetle convertible? I hope they make a die-cast metal toy version.

Tirade's Choice
The Editing Room
Fruits of Chaos
Misheard Lyrics
July 1, 1999

New this week:


What's New?Alison Has Taken Over Our Yard

A couple of months ago, I mentioned that we had begun hosting a houseguest named Alison. A lot has been going on since then, including launching Contagious Dreams, building out our attic, getting ready for Origins, and spending a week at the beach (with Alison staying behind to house-sit), so perhaps my long-term readers are wondering what's going on with the houseguest named Alison and if she's moving on soon or planning to stay awhile.

As it turns out, Alison has really settled in here at Wunderland. Her room is an absolute disaster area, but as a member of the household, she's working out perfectly. The three of us get along incredibly well, she helps out on both the chores and on our numerous creative projects, and since Kristin and I are both working full-time for Looney Labs, which isn't yet profitable, the rent is certainly helpful. So it's looking like Alison will be living here for the indefinite future. (Now if she could just find a permanent job... anyone looking for a horticultural children's educator? Alison promises to have her resume up on her site by next week, so check back then...)

One thing that's really cool about Alison is that she brings into our household something it's been sorely lacking: knowledge of and passion for plants. We have a yard that would be great if landscaped and cared for, but since Kristin and I are always inside working on the computer, and don't know anything about plants anyway, the grounds at Wunderland have always been its least interesting point.

But now, there's Alison, who has taken charge of the grounds and has been planting and weeding and landscaping our yard like a crazy woman. It's fabulous. This weekend she took down a section of chain link fence that was there when we bought the house, which we'd never even thought of removing, and what a difference it makes! Give it a couple of years and the landscaping at our house will be as cool as the interior decorating we've been cultivating here for the past decade.

Behold, yet another minor reorganization of this page. Now that we have so many featurettes, I'm moving a bunch of the other stuff out of the left column and down to a new footer. Now the stuff that changes weekly is more clearly in the spotlight, and there's room for a couple of new things on the upper footer, notably links to GinohnNews and L'heure Verte, other frequently updated newsfeeds here at Plus I've moved the Past and Future arrows up nearer the top, so that surfing back and forth through the archives won't require scrolling anymore.


AndyAnyway, Enjoy Life!

New Iceland cartoonthe story so far

Thought Residue
"America has parallel universes now, a situation akin to science fiction... At the center of the second universe is a new elite - geeks and nerds, hackers, scientists and engineers, technocrats and creators of various stripes - hammering together a culture that daily lays siege to the first." - Jon Katz
One of the bad things about wars is that they are staggeringly expensive. The recent war in Yugoslavia cost us approximately $4 billion -- currently an issue for federal budget makers. Meanwhile, we spend $18 billion each year fighting the War on Drugs.
"More important than [the drug war's financial drain on the taxpayers], however, has been the erosion of the freedoms for which this nation's founders revolted from English rule, the freedoms they sought to enshrine in the Constitution. Unlawful searches, abnormal prison sentences and illicit property seizures are tolerated-even endorsed-as necessary for a war the government is no closer to winning than it was 30 years ago." - Salt Lake Tribune, June 25, 1999

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