Daily Illuminator Archive for May 2005
May 1, 2005:
Some "advanced civilizations" we have in this galaxy. They've got all the technology, but they make us do all the heavy lifting . . .
May 2, 2005:
I've had a very scattered few days, so here's a scattered Illuminator. Shuffling Along
Finally got my iPod Shuffle (I know Apple insists on decapitalizing it, but that's stupid and I'm not playing) . . .
May 3, 2005:
Ever since I could read, I've known the story of the ivory-billed woodpecker . . . the largest North American woodpecker, and red-black-and-white monster with a wingspan of nearly three feet . . . which, as far as anyone knew, had gone extinct just a few years before I was born. So all my life I've been following purported sightings and thinking "Wouldn't it be great? . . .
May 4, 2005:
MIT. It might seem to you that this is rather late notice . . .
but, of course, anyone who reads the announcement later can still come, as long as they've got a time machine . . .
May 5, 2005:
As of today, some of our people have traded hats. Despite the old saying, a change is NOT as good as a vacation . . . but sometimes a bit of change is good, and I'm hoping that this little redeployment will let people play to their strengths a bit better . . .
May 6, 2005:
Want to know what's worse than the nine-to-five grind? Watching someone else's nine-to-five grind . . .
May 7, 2005:
The folks at The CaBil put e23's online PDF business and Warehouse 23's online mail order business together in a new way we hope we'll see more of our vendor partners try in the future. The CaBil has a miniatures game called Budget Battlefield,
and a strange game world for it called The Way of War,
and some cool miniatures, all for sale on Warehouse 23 . . .
May 8, 2005:
If you're a Black Op, anyway. Or running a GURPS Black Ops
campaign . . .
May 9, 2005:
Gotta love the Google Maps. Nothing like saying "Hey! . . .
May 10, 2005:
Lawrence Watt-Evans - author of a lot of good SF and fantasy; if you don't know his name, visit Amazon, spend some money, and thank me later - is trying an experiment in online publishing. I, personally, am a fan of his "Ethshar" series, which started with The Misenchanted Sword. . . and, as so often happens, that series has an enthusiastic following which is just not large enough to induce the publisher to contract him for more books . . .
May 11, 2005:
As we reported last week, there was a Time Traveler Convention on May 7th on the MIT campus. There is now an update online as to what happened . . .
May 12, 2005:
Steve Jackson Games announces for release in September, 2005:
Save the World . . . or Destroy It!
is the ultimate book for the ultimate characters in the new Fourth Edition of GURPS
! Here's everything you need to know to create every kind of amazing, off-the-chart superhero you can imagine . . . as well as high-powered fantasy "spellcasters," wuxia fighters, shamans who command spirits . . . even gods! . . .
May 13, 2005:
Is Earth's natural machinery two-thirds gone? What's the story with evolution and intelligent design? . . .
May 14, 2005:
If you haven't seen the BBC story, you'll probably be interested. These self-assemblers are not going to turn Jupiter into a new star any time soon, or even a mortal paradise, but it's a start . . .
May 15, 2005:
Lisa Steele, author of GURPS Mysteries
(which is still the best e23 selling file ever), is quoted on the "CSI effect" on juries in this op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal . . .
May 16, 2005:
Most documentation, of all kinds, is so bad that it makes my head hurt. Game rules, in general, are full of ambiguities . . .
May 17, 2005:
projects have not been moving along quickly for the past few months, but they're moving. Here's a status report on the ones at the front of the pipeline:
The GURPS Character Assistant
is actually going quite smoothly . . .
May 18, 2005:
Do you people imagine for a moment I WANT
to think of this stuff? It just . . . appears.
(1) A Babylon 5 - MegaTokyo crossover: Sad Girl In Spoo.
(2) A Zen RPG . . .
May 19, 2005:
This is the latest release from Steve Jackson Games, now on its way to distributors everywhere and soon to be on the shelves of a game store near you:
SPANC Them All! Life is good when you're a Space Pirate Amazon Ninja
. . .
May 20, 2005:
You may not want to visit this site if you're feeling down . . . it's only going to add grease to that slippery slope. But if you have a high tolerance for pain, this kind of art might appeal to you . . .
May 21, 2005:
But not in the vampiric way. No, this one is good news . . .
May 22, 2005:
Congratulations to Lisa Steele, whose GURPS Mysteries
remains the e23 chart-topper, and has just broken 300 copies sold. Does this mean we're going to go exclusively to PDFs? . . .
May 23, 2005:
Flash games are good. Shooting zombies is good . . .
May 24, 2005:
Warehouse 23 has recently gained the ability to print 11" x 17" posters. Each is individually printed on high-quality photo satin paper, for bright, lasting colors and comes rolled up in a hard cardboard tube . . .
May 25, 2005:
Are you a silly person who knows someone with a camera? Do you own any black clothes? . . .
May 26, 2005:
This weekend I will be at Marcon, a large and ancient SF con in Columbus, Ohio. I was there many years ago, and had a great time . . .
May 28, 2005:
New doings at our online store . . . We've celebrated a few milestones over at e23, but this week we got to celebrate a milestone for one of our vendors . . .
May 30, 2005:
The Mount Diablo Buckwheat isn't as charismatic as the ivory-billed woodpecker . . . but it's still good news . . .
May 31, 2005:
Master munchkin (and translator) Birger Kraemer reports from Germany:
was the most successful (e.g. played and sold) game at NordCon Hamburg (6,500 gamers). The local Crusade Tournament was won by all five
finalists . . .
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