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The Extremely Precise Crystal Ball

"When will I find love again?" he asked, as the gypsy shuffled the tarot. After numerous sessions, involving many different fortune telling mechanisms, the answer finally emerged: on Tuesday, at 5:23, in the nearby diner. Amazed at her precision, he arrived early. At 5:23, the door opened. "I love you," said the gypsy.


A fool named "O" is balancing a hoop on a horn on his chin.

Cool Words

inanition (in-an-ish'-un) n. 1. exhaustion, as from lack of nourishment 2. the condition or quality of being empty

Haiku Reviews

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly :-)

Blondie's hair is brown,
so it's The Bad, the Ugly,
and Dirty Hairy.
Daddy-O's Reviews

Back to the Future Part 3

Like Return of the Jedi, the closer is the weakest of the 3 films, but unlike RotJ, BttF3 is quite satisfying. And it co-stars Mary Steenburgen, who last traveled through time with Malcolm McDowell in Time after Time. Oddly enough, both of these adventures involved the destination date of November 5th, which just happens to be my birthday. Perhaps this is why I'm so time travel obsessed.

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Weird But True
Fruits of Chaos
Pyro Cafe
#12's Webcomic picks

Thursday, September 30, 1999
by the Wunderland Toast Society

New this week:

What's New? The Calm Before the Storm

At some point during the last month or two, while working out the production schedule for Icehouse, one of us optimistically wrote the phrase "the calm before the storm" on the September page of our calendar, anticipating that there'd come a time when we'd be just kind of sitting around, waiting for the printer to deliver the proofs, waiting for reviewers to get their corrections in, and waiting for the factory to deliver the amazing new Icehouse pieces. (The storm of course will come in early October, when we have all the elements needed in hand, and can begin assembling game sets and filling the tons of pre-orders we're sitting on.)

Not surprisingly, the calm hasn't been all that calm. Instead of just kicking back and waiting for the printer, we've had to troubleshoot a series of problems, most (although not all) of which have finally been resolved. We got the beta editions from our printer today, and they look great! Copies are currently being FedExed to the Pittsburgh, Boulder, and New York offices; the local reviewers will get their copies tonight. As for the pieces, the good news is that the mold is nearly done and as early as tomorrow we may be summoned to Baltimore to see the first samples come off the machines! We're getting so excited that we can hardly stand it.

But although we've been as busy as ever, we did take a lot of time out this week for socializing. Firstly, Kory Heath flew out from California to see us, and we've all been getting along with him so well that we've already decided to add him to the Wunderland Toast Society. On his initial page you'll find the rules to his Icehouse game, Pantopia, but more importantly, he's currently putting the finishing touches on a fully operational Java implementation of Aquarius! That's right, soon (hopefully by next week) you'll be able to play Aquarius against 3 computerized opponents, right here on the web. Gina did some beta-testing this weekend, and she summed it up like this: "Java Aquarius is amazing and great!"

Also this weekend, we blitzed down to Charlottesville, to see my brother Jeff. He and his family have just moved there, since he's becoming the editor of some big Jefferson project at Monticello. (I should probably get a more accurate description of that...) So we went down to help with unpacking (we hooked up their computer and stereo and built a bookcase and so forth) and to gift his daughter Sharon (my god-daughter) with a stuffed broccoli. She liked him so much that she carried him around throughout dinner, often times by his nose. She's almost 3 now, and she's grown a lot just since our last visit with them, in June. (Which is to say, she is extremely cute.)

While we were in Charlottesville, we also got together with Pete Fenlon of ICE to talk about Fluxx and what his company's Chapter 11 status means to us all. I'll tell you what we told him: we're gonna let ICE keep selling Fluxx through this Xmas season at the very least. (The last thing we need right now is more work and/or decisions on our plate.) The 3 of us had a great time playing games and hanging out with Pete and his lovely wife Olivia, and we got a lot of good business advice from them, too. (For one thing, as soon as we got home, we redesigned the back of the Icehouse box...)

And as if all that weren't enough, we went to Ginohn's Drum Circle/Didj Clot in the Woods, ushered with Alison and her mom at the Woolly Mammoth's production of "The Dead Monkey", and entertained Alison's beloved but long absent friends Stephanie and Robbie. Like I said, lots of socializing. Which means that this week, we need to get back to work.

AndyHave you pre-ordered your Icehouse set yet?

New Iceland cartoonthe story so far

Thought Residue
The times are definitely changing. For several years now, there's been a "hippie store" in downtown College Park, called Rerun. However, they only sold fashions, decorations, and accessories. But now another hippie store has opened, right next door, which crossed the line towards what many would call a "head shop", something there hasn't been one of in this town since the 70's (when there were several). But of course, they've also already been busted...
Meanwhile, right around the corner, Howie's has closed down. This local dive was the last great greasy spoon video arcade in the area. For many, it was an institution; its closing marks the greatest loss to the neighborhood since Hungry Herman closed its doors, some years back. (On a related note, the place that replaced Planet X has already gone under...)
"You know what's beautiful? Fruitcake. All the different colored little fruits, living together in one cake." - Kitty Foreman, after accidentally eating one of Hyde's "special" brownies, on "That 70's Show"

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