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To Begin

The physicality of the cards seems vital to understanding their function.  Therefore, we have decided to present you with physical copies.  Furthermore, to elicit broad ranging dialog and response, we felt it best to produce them in trading card format and to develop a system to aid in their decipherment.  This system may seem like a game, but we take it very seriously.  You will find clues and instructions for our decipherment system online.  


We ask a very small sum to help defray costs.  Legal advises inclusion of a standard disclaimer notice used for novels, though this be not a novel!  Further, under advice, our disclaimer includes certain enhancements.  Please do not be misdirected by this.  We have little choice but to follow Legal’s specifications.


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Sincerely Yours,


Amanda Margotijn Wright,

Administrative Assistant

Faculty Mythology Brand


Copyright Notice


Copyright 2016, Faculty Mythology Brand (FMB)

All Rights Reserved


This copyright pertains to an ensemble of elements, which includes all elements given under the umbrella designation, “The Tin Box Cards,” including but not limited to this fold-out text, the FMB eye-and-lightning-bolt symbol (the eye-bolt), the 53 cards that make up this current release, and the content of web pages linked via QR Codes or other means to the The Tin Box Cards.  The names of individual cards are given on their pictorial front at the top or bottom of each card.  


Our legal team has determined that due to the most unusual of circumstances pertaining to these cards, the following disclaimer is required.




This is a work of fiction.  Any similarity to persons living or dead, or to past present or future organizations, companies, corporations, governments, governmental organizations, civic organizations, clubs, conventions, meetings, schools, colleges, universities, non-profits of any kind, for-profit endeavors of any kind, families, extended families, associations, initiatives, divisions, sub-divisions, complexes, hotels, motels, inns, spas, retreat centers, private or public land holdings, land of unclear domain, boats, ships, cruises, airplanes, rockets, flying devices of any kind, houses, buildings, shacks, huts, weapons of war, secret societies, dark initiatives, global operations, national activities, state or provincial or regional activities of any kind, counties, cities, towns, villages, hamlets, or unincorporated areas, or activities by such or within such of any kind, or governmental ministries, actions taken by ministries or persons employed to perform actions in such ministries, or other organizations of any kind, or any other entity or activity involving one or more humans or other beings living or dead or not yet imagined, is purely coincidental and unintended by Faculty Mythology Brand, its authors, and any legal assignees.  This is a work of fiction. Any similarity to mass transit systems, elevated trains or other transport devices, ferries, private yachts, or pertaining to past, present, or future personnel at such, or such persons existing outside of known temporal dimensions or other constructs, or any other entity—or pets, is purely coincidental and unintended.  



We would like to thank those who have contributed to our understanding of these cards and to those who assisted in any way, including, but not limited to, Jeff Webster, Alice Boccia, Kate McCabe, Mady Schutzman, Gordon Kurowski, Bill Alshuler, Alice Tuan, Hilary Darling,  Tom Lawson, Gail Swanland, Tom Leeser, and Alison Saar.  We would also like to thank California Institute of the Arts, its trustees and donors, and many others who made this project possible.  If you helped, we thank you graciously, intently, robustly, and fully.  Thanks.

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