Daily Illuminator Archive for February 2005

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February 1, 2005:
A British Museum exhibit is sending 20 of the famous Lewis Chessmen to visit a museum at Hadrian's Wall. The exhibit is called "Around The World In 18 Games." Read the Guardian story . . . read article

February 2, 2005:
GURPS Space is a toolkit for creating space campaign settings for GURPS, Fourth Edition. It covers system, planet, and society design; creating aliens to suit worlds and settings (from a primarily biological point of view, as the Basic Set already addresses the game mechanics); and character design, campaign planning, and GMing for space-oriented games. Based on the original GURPS Space, it has been radically revised and redesigned by James L . . . read article

February 3, 2005:
The Alphabet Synthesis Machine lets you draw a squiggle, mutate it along a number of different axes, and then download it as a TrueType font. Use THIS for handouts at your next game session . . . . . read article

February 4, 2005:
If you're specialized in your job, you go where the work takes you. For example, there's not much call for pyramid builders these days, so when Pennsylvania calls, you go . . . read article

February 5, 2005:
Homaro Cantu prepares sushi on an inkjet printer. He uses an ion particle gun to levitate seasonings . . . read article

February 6, 2005:
This story describes how (for instance) 75% of the students currently in high school don't even know what the First Amendment is; many think that the government should be able to censor publishers; and almost half think it already can censor the net. The full findings are here . . . read article

February 7, 2005:
A wiki is a collaborative Web document. Within limitations set by the creator, a wiki page can be edited online by anybody who can read it . . . read article

February 8, 2005:
They're officially writing it off. Read the depressing CNN story . . . read article

February 9, 2005:
I don't think this is what they had in mind. Headquartered in SJ Games' hometown, Perfect Petzzz are mechanical kittens and puppies designed to look like the real thing when sleeping . . . read article

February 10, 2005:
The last few times I've tried to take time off, it didn't work out. I'm trying again, harder . . . read article

February 11, 2005:
Be aware, folks. On February 12th, hypnotherapists across the land will try to Hypnotize America . . . read article

February 12, 2005:
If you're a Wil Wheaton fan but haven't checked his site recently, do it now . . . he got a good, fun gig! Go back to the Feb. 7 entry and then forward from there . . . read article

February 13, 2005:
Spirit and Opportunity are doing wonderful work on the ground, but eventually we'll need to send flying rovers to Mars. One possible design is the "gashopper." It will use solar power to liquify CO2 from the Martian atmosphere, and then heat it and use it as a propellant, flying from site to site . . . read article

February 14, 2005:
I know I pointed to A Miracle Of Science just recently. But I'm doing so again . . . read article

February 15, 2005:
Uploaded today and available for sale is GURPS China, a long out of print historical sourcebook from Steve Jackson Games covering, as you may have guessed from the title, China. (Thank you, Captain Obvious . . .) . . . read article

February 16, 2005:
I have become amazingly bad at goofing off. On both Monday and Tuesday I got up, sat down at the computer to check mail, and was "at work" until the office closed . . . read article

February 17, 2005:
We are about to have an entry-level position in Warehouse 23 open. This is probably not what you studied for in college, and it isn't about making games . . . but it is about helping the people who make the games, and there are definitely promotion opportunities . . . read article

February 18, 2005:
Rather than spend another fruitless Saturday afternoon cruising suburban streets looking for that big score, plot your course with Garage Sale Promotion. Check your state and see who's selling the farm . . . read article

February 19, 2005:
Robert Bigelow is pursuing an incredible dream - to put a hotel in space - in a very methodical way. And he gives himself a 60% chance of success . . . read article

February 20, 2005:
We're changing the faceless overlord of the MIB for a new faceless overlord. Mark Schmidt, MIB Control since February 2002, followed the lure of money . . . read article

February 21, 2005:
The German editions of Munchkin and its supplements are published by Pegasus! Their edition of Munchkin 3 - Clerical Errors will include some original cards . . . read article

February 22, 2005:
San Francisco in just a couple of weeks. If you're planning to go, you know the details . . . read article

February 23, 2005:
If these are your co-workers, yes, that's sad. If that's YOU - oh, too awful to contemplate . . . read article

February 24, 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: GURPS Infinite Worlds Infinite Worlds . . . Infinite Adventure! The good news is, there are other Earths . . . read article

February 25, 2005:
Ah, children, with their bright and eager eyes...those lifeless eyes...cold, dispassionate eyes. Eyes that bore into you and betray the inhuman and emotionless intelligence that lurks behind those baby blues . . . read article

February 26, 2005:
I've had about all of the semi-vacation that I'm allowed for a while. It did some good, though there was a scary interruption when I thought that I had come down with the plague that has been racking the office . . . read article

February 27, 2005:
A Kentucky high school student has been arrested for writing a short story in which zombies overrun a school? Prosecutors asked the judge to increase bail because of the severity of the offense? . . . read article

February 28, 2005:
So we've got these forums set up now, and they're running pretty well. You should visit sometime . . . read article

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