Daily Illuminator Archive for June 2007

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June 1, 2007:
The proofs for GURPS Martial Arts are in the office, and look really, really cool. Fans of the art of putting fist to face, in all its myriad forms, are going to get much mileage from this book . . . read article

June 2, 2007:
Today's lesson comes from the book of Turing 1:19-32. Artificial Intelligence from the Bible! . . . read article

June 3, 2007:
There are reasons OTHER than cartooning talent and personal niceness why we like working with John Kovalic. Today, for instance, HE was the one to realize that a fiddly change in a Munchkin Cthulhu 2 - Call of Cowthulhu card was going to invalidate the art . . . read article

June 4, 2007:
Ray Bradbury is now on record as objecting to those who say Fahrenheit 451 is about censorship. He instructs us that the villain, the true enemy of literature, is supposed to be television . . . read article

June 5, 2007:
As in, "a moment when I got to be a scary fan." To set the stage: A few years ago I acquired, as a convention freebie, a science fiction magazine: Spectrum SF 7. I dropped it into a to-read stack, and didn't get around to it for quite a while . . . read article

June 6, 2007:
Don Rapp, author of the GURPS adventure The Old Stone Fort and one of the founders of Pentacon, died last week at age 70. Read the Fort Wayne News Sentinel story for more details . . . read article

June 7, 2007:
It's really great to see what our translators do with our games, and the folks at Pegasus, in Germany, may be having more fun than anyone. These Tentakelschoner (not mere embroidered socks, but tentacle protectors) are the promo item for their edition of Munchkin Cthulhu . . . read article

June 8, 2007:
All good things must end, and so must our Munchkin Quest survey. We will close the survey on Monday 11 June, at midnight Central time (10PM Pacific, 5AM Greenwich) . . . read article

June 9, 2007:
I got more mail about the Charles Stross pointer than I have for any Illuminator in a long time. A lot of you are fans who wanted to point out Other Cool Stuff he's done, and a lot more of you went "Ooo, this looks interesting." No, I didn't know about the book club edition that collects all the "Laundry" stories . . . read article

June 10, 2007:
First, a blog that features way more neat Lego stuff in a week than I will point to in a year: The Brothers Brick. Second, an amazing Lego spaceport . . . read article

June 11, 2007:
Okay, these little guys are just neat . . . read article

June 12, 2007:
The Steve Jackson Games Forums have added a new board: Game Reviews. This is your chance to stand up and tell the world what you think about games . . . read article

June 13, 2007:
Mr. Wizard, who started teaching science on TV when TVs were little tiny black-and-white things, is dead at 89 . . . read article

June 14, 2007:
The stated purpose of Twitter - to out-blog blogdom by letting you spam your friends with the minute-to-minute trivia of your life - arguably falls somewhere between "pointless" and "reprehensible." But, as William Gibson noted, the street finds its own uses for things. Check out the way Phil and Kaja Foglio have turned this tool of Banality into a force for Silliness . . . . . read article

June 15, 2007:
Sparing you the Ghostbusters quips . . . If you have a problem at home or work with spooks and ghosts, Orion Paranormal is ready to step in and help . . . read article

June 16, 2007:
The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin opens a whole new frontier – the Wild West! Forget dragons and goblins – Jackalopes and Davy Croc have just as much treasure . . . read article

June 17, 2007:
In spirit, anyway! Take a look at the new offices of Three Rings Design, the folks who run Puzzle Pirates . . . read article

June 18, 2007:
Having added a couple of new people (to be precise, re-added a couple of old hands) in the past few months, we're beginning to ramp up the non-Munchkin development. More on that anon . . . read article

June 19, 2007:
Michelle Barrett, who was our Warehouse 23 Goddess during the period when W23 really grew up, has returned from a sabbatical in Seattle. Shadlyn has W23 well under control, so Michelle's new posting is twofold . . . read article

June 20, 2007:
Meet your new shipping clerk: Duncan Wright. Now you know whose name to scream at the sky when you receive damaged merchandise . . . read article

June 21, 2007:
We live in a fast-paced information age, with unimaginable amounts of data stored on CDs, DVDs, hard drives, and other forms of media. But have you ever wondered what the conversion of that material would be into . . . oxcarts? . . . read article

June 22, 2007:
Not to be confused with BBC Radio, BBS Radio is an on-line radio webcast; in fact, it's a few of them. They offer five channels, some of which are music and some of which are . . . not . . . read article

June 23, 2007:
What's deadlier than sharks? Holes in the sand . . . read article

June 24, 2007:
So we have all these cautionary tales about the interesting ways robots might malfunction given a bit of intelligence. There's even the Mickey Mouse "Sorcerer's Apprentice" cartoon on the fantasy side . . . read article

June 25, 2007:
This YouTube video bills itself as "Theme from Tetris* played on a Solid State Musical Tesla Coil built by Joe DiPrima and Oliver Greaves and the Austin, TX Chapter of The Geek Group." The second thing that's neat is that I learned about this via e-mail from Marcus L. Rowland, in London . . . read article

June 26, 2007:
That's where I went Saturday to show off the brand new Munchkin 5 De-Ranged and run a pre-release game of The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin. Which was a lot of fun, and even showed me a couple of places the cards need tweaking . . . read article

June 27, 2007:
We got our printed sample copies of GURPS Martial Arts today. The main shipment is still somewhere in the Pacific, but it's on the way . . . read article

June 28, 2007:
We've been rained on every day for the past week. Currently, we're about 14" over normal levels for this time of the year . . . read article

June 29, 2007:
Why else would there be over a dozen stories a week at Signs of Witness about the end of the world? They have a couple of years of this stuff, and the site was updated as this was being posted . . . read article

June 30, 2007:
The cards for Munchkin Cthulhu 2 Call of Cowthulhu are at the printer. And there was much rejoicing! . . . read article

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