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New this week: Chapter 97, in which Dave and the Martian Princess share a tense meal at the Saturn Cafe


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In the city where people played games with a passion most Americans reserve for televised sports, 4 noted individuals dueled for possession of a solid gold Icehouse set. The 23 widely publicized Zarcana matches were held in a coffeehouse downtown. I hear the winner developed back trouble after carrying the set around in her rucksack.



- conversation in snack room with unknown woman.

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fulguration (full'-gyur-ay'-shun) n. 1: the act of flashing like lightning, or flashing with light 2: the destruction of tissue with electric current

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Kevin Kline appears in "Wild Wild West" as both the President of the USA and his identical stand-in, but I liked him better when he played those roles in this presidential tale from 1993.

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July 22, 1999

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What's New?One Giant Leap for Us

On July 20, 1969, America achieved the goal of visiting the moon, after a decade of planning and preparation.

On July 20, 1999, we took a giant step forward of our own, and soon we too shall achieve a goal we've been toiling away at for more than a decade. Here's what we did: we pushed a large check across a table, towards the president of a plastic manufacturer, and told him to build us a 3 cavity mold for making injection-molded plastic Icehouse pieces.

Yes, you heard me right. Icehouse pieces are go. They say it will take about 6 weeks to build the mold, plus a couple of extra weeks to actually make the 120,000 pyramids in our initial run. This means we'll have pieces in hand around the end of September.

And suddenly, after like 10 years in pre-production, we're actually having to decide exactly how we're going to package and market these game pieces. But since this is something we've been working towards since the late '80s, we've already got the design hammered out. For those who can't wait until September to see what the new sets will be like, I've posted a design memo describing exactly what you'll find under the hood of the new icehouse sets.

AndyStay cool...

New Iceland cartoonthe story so far

Thought Residue
For her birthday, Kristin got a Furby. These were last year's big xmas hit, but I've never actually spent any time with one until now. I have to say, I'm impressed by it.. it's a very well designed product. Everyone agreed it was cooler than expected.
Gus Grissom's mercury space capsule has been finally been recovered, after 38 years on the ocean floor!
Meanwhile, mad scientists in New York are working on a device that could, theoretically, destroy the world. Aren't there any superheroes around to prevent stuff like this?

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