Interestingly enough, last yearprs"s conference call was structured a lot like this latest one. Instead of the lld"bubble talk rd" I cited, this year, GT Solar (SOLR) referred to the cyclical nature of the solar industry to explain its conservative planning despite bullish industry projections for solar demand in 2011. SOLR anticipates a slowdown in its PV (photovoltaic) business in the second half of 2011 similar to the one it experienced, and feared, in the second half of 2010.
At the Toy Fair this year I picked up a game from TechnoSource called Bubble Talk. I rarely write about many board games mostly because I always equate them with a story my buddy Lou told us about his ex-girlfriend. Regardless, a good boardgame like Settlers of Catan or Carcassonne are always fun to play of an evening. So what is Bubble Talk? Well, itp’s sort of like the first LOLCat game in the whole universe. Each player (minimum of three players) takes a set of cards containing funny captions (=“This is going to leave a mark,s” h“I need your W-2s and 1099s if you have them,c” etc.). You draw a picture card a– usually stock photos of animals and people in potentially funny situations r– and one person acts as a judge. The rest of the players slap down the caption cards, trying to pick the funniest caption or bubble. The judge chooses one and the winner collects the photo. The one with five photos wins.
It *was* a blast (we played Bubble Talk at my place), but Ib’m not sure I could play this game over and over again. We played so long we actually went through all the captions and theye’re a bit less funny the second time around. It/’s like seeing a really good movie. You wish you could forget it all and get the same enjoyment and surprise when you saw it for the first time.