Daily Illuminator Archive for September 2003

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September 1, 2003:
Today is Labor Day in the United States, a national holiday celebrating the working folks and, for many parts of the country that aren't Texas, the end of summer. (In Texas, the hot weather will persist for another six weeks, and possibly longer . . . read article

September 2, 2003:
For most people, getting into (and out of!) secret places is a fun mental exercise. For the folks at Infiltration.org, it's a way of life . . . read article

September 3, 2003:
So on Sunday, we took a second try at our Visit Art Museum roll. This time we made it to the San Antonio Museum of Art and its Dale Chihuly exhibition . . . read article

September 4, 2003:
A new generation of liquid crystals may lead to exciting applications -- and it all centers around being able to direct a beam of light far more precisely than before. Read the NASA story.-- Andrew Hackard, Managing Editor Pretty Pictures, Somewhat Late If you read yesterday's Illuminator early in the day, you didn't see the photos . . . read article

September 5, 2003:
If you're tired of viruses, blasters, bugs, and worms, switch to NaDa, the only system software extension that's guaranteed not to work for any operating system. -- Suggested by Marcus L . . . read article

September 6, 2003:
Last-minute updates are a pain, but this particular one was a pleasure to do. About to go to press is Primal Darkness: The Gothic and Horror Art of Bob Eggleton . . . read article

September 7, 2003:
Australia, along with friends Bill Gates, Adolf Hitler, and Karl Marx. Read all about it . . . read article

September 8, 2003:
We have no idea why this information would be useful, but, y'know, sometimes you've just got to call the Vatican -- and the Payphone Project tells you how . . . read article

September 9, 2003:
Warehouse 23, the Internet retail store at Steve Jackson Games, is very proud to announce that it will now be the official online store for Fiery Dragon Productions. Fiery Dragon joins Issaries, Atlas Games, Citizen Games, Dork Storm Press, and The Painters’ Guild in selecting Warehouse 23 to handle its retail presence on the Web. Fiery Dragon is best known for its d20 based Counter Packs and Counter Collections. It also publishes licensed products for Monte Cook’s Arcana Unearthed line . . . read article

September 10, 2003:
This student's research on the five-second rule conclusively demonstrates that her college's floors are cleaner than any dining hall that I've ever seen.-- Steve Jackson . . . read article

September 11, 2003:
After a merry mix-up in which much hilarity (or panic, depending on your point of view) ensued, the following product is now shipping from the Steve Jackson Games warehouse and should be in a game store near you in the very near future: Munchkin 3 - Clerical Errors You wanted more Munchkin, so here it is! Created by Steve Jackson and illustrated by John Kovalic . . . Munchkin 3 - Clerical Errors has 112 more cards for the best-selling game of killing monsters and taking their stuff . . . read article

September 12, 2003:
Design your own hell, smart guy . . . read article

September 13, 2003:
September 26-28: Look for MIB Control Mark Schmidt at CogCon 11, at the University of Missouri in Rolla, MO. October 2-5: If you missed him at CogCon, you can also find Mark at Archon 27 in St . . . read article

September 14, 2003:
Scientists have determined that black holes sing -- in the case of the one at the center of the Perseus Cluster, it's a continuous B-flat, 57 octaves below middle C . . . read article

September 15, 2003:
Jim Cambias alerts us to this article in Nature and comments "They say it's a statue made by either early modern humans or Neanderthals, but it sure looks like the Scientific Establishment trying to cover up the prehuman lion-man civilization." . . . read article

September 16, 2003:
When we announced the Munchkin Master's Screen, we knew we wanted to put some sort of added content in there . . . we just weren't sure what. But now, we are . . . read article

September 17, 2003:
Steve Jackson Games has announced the following products for release in December, 2003: The Awful Green Things From Outer Space (Reprint) Monsters Everywhere! The crew of the exploration ship Znutar just wanted to cruise around the Galaxy, discovering strange new worlds and playing pool . . . read article

September 18, 2003:
Yes, once again it's time for Talk Like A Pirate Day, the day when we, well, talk like a pirate. This Friday, September 19 . . . . . read article

September 19, 2003:
The Ohio Ghost Researchers have the spirit world covered. With an empty page dedicated to fake ghost pictures and another full of unconvincing real ones, you can see what they've been up to (looks like their first, last, and only investigation has taken about two years so far) . . . read article

September 20, 2003:
After eight years of service yielding a treasure trove of scientific data on Jupiter and its moons, the Galileo spacecraft is being deliberately crashed into Jupiter this weekend. Why? . . . read article

September 21, 2003:
Pyramid subscriber and all-around great guy John Snyder passed along this URL. His wife liked the Alex Fernandez cover of GURPS Faerie so much, she's having a tattoo done -- and here is the first batch of pictures . . . read article

September 22, 2003:
The latest Kuiper Belt object to be named is Huya, after a Wayuu Indian rain god. Here's the CNN story . . . read article

September 23, 2003:
As summer turns to fall, so do these fine game products drift lazily from the tree of Steve Jackson Games to the ground of your friendly local game store, waiting for you to rake them up and enjoy them: GURPS Traveller: Starships From launches to liners, from patrol boats to pirates, a starfaring campaign requires ships. GURPS Traveller: Starships details the "View from the Deck" . . . the experience of being aboard a starship. Passengers and pursers, bridge crews and black gang, owners and deckhands . . . they're all here . . . read article

September 24, 2003:
Astronomers, physicists, and ham radio operators know all about solar flares. But when a burst hits the dark side of the Earth, from halfway across the galaxy, it's no ordinary flare . . . read article

September 25, 2003:
I'm sure you're as thrilled as I am to know that a federal judge in Oklahoma has blocked the implementation of the national "do not call" list. This list would, according to the Direct Marketing Association, have put 2 million telemarketers out of work . . . read article

September 26, 2003:
We're looking for someone to write a GURPS computer utility for us. It will be of comparable complexity to our existing software, GURPS Character Builder and GURPS Vehicle Builder . . . read article

September 27, 2003:
Things are looking up for conspiracy theorists. The Jeff Rense Program is looking into suspicious 9-11 aircraft photos, the Elders of Zion, Homeland Security, and This Month In UFO History . . . read article

September 28, 2003:
Er, sort of . . . read article

September 29, 2003:
Warehouse 23, the Internet retail store at Steve Jackson Games, is proud to announce that it will be the official online store for Something Positive, the popular webcomic created by Randy Milholland. S*P joins Issaries, Atlas Games, Citizen Games, Dork Storm Press, Fiery Dragon, and The Painters’ Guild in choosing Warehouse 23 to handle its retail presence on the Web. Something Positive is an adult webcomic chronicling the lives of a completely dysfunctional, but occasionally likeable, group which Randy freely admits is closely based on his own family and friends . . . read article

September 30, 2003:
A British sleep researcher, Chris Idzikowski, has concluded that the position in which we sleep correlates with our personality (when we're awake, we assume, although the story isn't explicit). When we first spotted the story, it was on CNN's site . . . read article

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