Category Archives: Tips

Wish Tip: Can it be militarized?

Every woman who had given birth to a living child now had a third eye at the base of her skull. The eye tended to be quite small and light sensitive. It worked like picture in picture; when the little eye was open its perception appeared in miniature within a bubble lens, hovering like a sprite above the normal field of vision. . . As new mothers had their babies, so too did they grow a little wrinkled eye. As mothers lost their children, that eye closed and became a horny callous.

Wish Tip: The Myth of What’s Out There

Change is a soul kiss from a strange boy on New Year’s Eve; he doesn’t know you from Adam and doesn’t care, because the kiss is as far as it’s going to go, Buster Brown.

–Martine Bernier, Entrepreneur

Wish Tip: Form

from the Wikipedia, a reminder:

Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic is common. Fantasy is generally distinguished from science fiction and horror by the expectation that it steers clear of (pseudo-)scientific and macabre themes, respectively, though there is a great deal of overlap between the three, all of which are subgenres of speculative fiction.

A contract is a legally enforceable agreement between two or more parties with mutual obligations, which may or may not have elements in writing. Contracts can also be formed orally (parol contracts). The remedy at law for breach of contract is usually “damages” or monetary compensation. In equity, the remedy can be specific performance of the contract or an injunction. Both remedies award the damaged party the “benefit of the bargain” or expectation damages, which are greater than mere reliance damages, as in promissory estoppel.

Wish Tip: The Credible Mr. Limpet

Now we’re even.

Bobby and I stood in the street and discussed independence and luck, and every once in a while I nudged him back from his many appointments with Jeep-borne death. He held up his end of the conversation for a decent stretch, but soon his gibberish became too gibbery for me. Or maybe my mood had changed. At one point he sang, “I wish! I wish! I wish I were a fish!” and laughed his head off.

That was it for me. I went home. Didn’t want to be there when it happened.


Wish Tip: Don’t Consult Your Friends

Seriously, I really doubt that Dr. Seuss trees are an invasive species. Jeez.

Wish Tip: You are not Captain Kirk

It’s probably not a good idea to try to game a phenomenon you don’t understand. You might break time.

Wish Tip: You might die fast

Your wish should probably be succinct, without a lot of clauses and exceptions. I know that’s hard to do, but it isn’t likely that you will die leisurely, like in cartoon quicksand.

I said, “And Rick? Is he as conflicted as you?”

“Oh no,” Brenda said. “He’s had his wish forever. Something about honeybees. Very responsible. Very targeted. Very linguistically simple, so he can say it even under the most challenging circumstances, like in a car crash.”

I liked the idea of Rick in a car crash. I also imagined a number of other challenging, drawn out scenarios featuring Rick gasping, groaning, coughing out his bee wish.

–Victor Swaim, Cape & Corset Maker

Wish Tip: The Goverment Cares

The Language Act

Resolved: A dying wish must be expressed in simple, concrete terms. No wish may be issued with the intent to harm persons or institutions.


Your United States Congress (all of us. really.)