"What a long strange trip it's been"
--The Grateful Dead, 1977
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No, this is not a memorial to Jerry -- not that he doesn't deserve one more (a tip of the proverbial hat to him). It's just that it has been strange, and by the looks of that banner up top, it has been long, and well, he sort of coined the phrase, and we're very conscious of copyright issues around here.

For a whole year we have produced skew, and as I sit here trying not to write a corny year-in-review thing, I realize that the only truly negative comment we've received about skew came from an 11-year-old girl telling us to get rid of it and make more games for Kids' Corner instead. Go figure. She didn't get it, she said. I don't think she's supposed to. We have never defined skew, but if we did, it probably wouldn't have "kids" in the definition. Anyway, it's pretty cool to be able to say that that's the worst it's ever been.

At random times -- us? random? naaaahhhhhh -- I get comments about past issues -- way past -- and I wonder how people got that far back at all. It is sort of distracting to have people telling me in November, what they put on their toast, so I forget all about what I'm doing and go look at the server logs. People that have never been here before get to the current issue somehow and start backtracking. That's pretty cool too. Gives us a kind of warm and fuzzy feeling.

The questions we get the most are always along the lines of "Who are you?" "What is skew?" "Why are you doing this?" The answer is "We don't know." And because we don't know the answer to any of those questions, except perhaps the who we are one, I am glad to see the comments that end in, "Never mind, just keep doing what you're doing. It's cool." Well, try as I may to avoid it, this is a retrospective issue, and rather than just looking back, we sat around and thought about what there is to come.

I guess mid-life crises comes early on the Net. A year is just a very long time to have been doing anything on the Web. We've done everything from the bizarre to the completely off the wall to the serious, all with our tongues firmly placed on our cheeks, so trying to come up with a formula for the future is, well, difficult.

The answer, true to skew style, is that we don't know what the future will bring. We know that the frequency of the magazine will change, and it's format will probably change too, but I just can't give you all the answers yet. You'll just have to wait and see. If you want us to keep you informed, make sure you tell us who you are; otherwise, we'll see you whenever.
--Anabella Wewer

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