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Thursday, February 8th, 2007

katyana & is it getting warm in here?

Haiku Reviews

The Muppets' Wizard Of Oz :)

It wasn't a dream -
Toto the pet prawn, the rats, the scarefrog, Kansas...

Death Star

Tirade's Choice

The Interstate Highway Map, Subway Map Style

"My friends and I had formed a group originally to play D&D, but things were getting a little too busy for all of us to play or plan any campaigns, but we still had an urge to hang out and game together. We had tried video games before, but they get muddled as the group that was playing constantly shifted. Finally, one of my friends decided that one night when we'd planned to go to Denny's, he'd bring out Fluxx. Well, we tried it, and we ended up really liking it. Thus, we decided that certain nights when we got together, we would play card and/or board games. As our nights of these games progressed, we were introduced to Chrononauts, TreeHouse, and Aquarius, the last of which is a current favorite. These game nights also helped to bring our group a little closer especially to the friend who started the whole thing. So thanks, Looney Labs, for some really awesome games and for helping us to come together." -- Brad, seen quoted on Knit Me A Pony's livejournal

Making a Travel Homeworlds Set

Unless this happens to be your first visit to this webzine, you've probably already noticed that I updated the format of this page this week. Now that the Looney News is also being updated weekly, some of the content which has always been here (like the calendar) has now been moved over there, plus I've started doing this whole VideoBlogging thing, and so the time was right for a bit of rearranging. (Plus I did an overhaul on my Activism index.)

Another thing I did this week was to create the cool little pocket-sized Homeworlds kit shown here. But since I made a video about it, I'm going to send you over there for the details on that story. (And don't miss my Tour of the Looney Labs Office!)

And that's about it for now. (I'm thinking these articles are going to start being a lot shorter than they used to be, since making videos is a whole lot more fun than writing...)

Thanks for Tuning In, and have a great week!

Thought Residue
I love the way cellphones have minimized the tedium involved in picking someone up from the airport. At BWI they now have a special parking lot set up, just for people with cellphones to wait comfortably in their cars until they get the call from the person they're picking up, calling from their cellphone as they wait to pick up their luggage. Thus you can drive up to the curb just as they're stepping outside!

"For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don't enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are that you're not going to be very happy. If someone bases his happiness or unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn't going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness." -- Andy Rooney (seen quoted by Ginohn)
"It has been 30 years since President Nixon's declaration of war and things have changed, but not for the better. We've arrested millions, spent billions and drugs today are more plentiful, cheaper and easier to find.  Where is the success in this, our new Prohibition? Police every day arrest drug dealers and drug users, but at what cost? The nation that was once proudly known as the 'Land of the Free' now has the highest incarceration rate on the planet.  If we cannot legislate, arrest or spend our way to success how do we put an end to tragedies like that of the 10-year-old in the recent Zanesville bust? As a former police captain I know from my firsthand experience that this war cannot be won. I know that we err in repeating the failures of Prohibition. The same problems that plagued us then, plague us now; illicitly produced substances are controlled by criminals and gangs." -- Peter J. Christ, "It's Time To End Pointless War On Drugs"

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