Daily Illuminator Archive for September 2004

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September 1, 2004:
A month or so back, we posted a link to a site with a decent collection of free wireless hotspots for a handful of cities. Here's a better (or at least bigger) list . . . read article

September 2, 2004:
I'm going to be a guest at Linucon, here in Austin on October 8-10. This is a combination SF and Linux convention, the Texas sequel to Penguicon, where I had a great time just a few months ago . . . read article

September 3, 2004:
What happens when you end up with a Necronomicon and Walter and his friends come looking for it? You get The Call of Whatever, a light but entertaining webcomic about Old Ones, mad Arabs, and Ctut . . . . . read article

September 4, 2004:
German doctors have used stem cells to grow a new jaw for a cancer patient. The cells were implanted in a special titanium mesh below his shoulder blade . . . read article

September 5, 2004:
Our dumpster had three visitors . . . adolescent raccoons. (Yes, we could only get two in the frame at once . . . read article

September 6, 2004:
So three notably good things have happened in the last week or so . . . (1) I had some very different fun in Puzzle Pirates. A ruffian who goes by the name of LeJerque set up a huge and completely unofficial puzzling contest (with the gleeful approval, of course, of the game's operators) . . . read article

September 7, 2004:
Apparently it was right under our noses, and a couple of miles of water, the whole time. But at last the story can be told, and it's right here . . . read article

September 8, 2004:
Distributor re-orders for the GURPS Basic Set have been greater than expected - and we thought we were being optimistic. Happy us . . . the warehouse is working hard to keep up! . . . read article

September 9, 2004:
Not satisfied with advertising a price of $124.95 for Munchkin Bites!, our friends at Amazon will charge you an extra $1.99 because this "paperback" is "hard to find." No, we're not kidding. Let's see how long till they fix it . . . read article

September 10, 2004:
This year's Hugo Awards for achievement in science fiction were announced at Worldcon, and we are rather thoroughly delighted to note that the top two honors went to a couple of very nice people with whom we've had the pleasure to work! Lois McMaster Bujold is the creator of the Miles Vorkosigan saga, on which we're basing the forthcoming GURPS Vorkosigan . . . read article

September 11, 2004:
There's a tunnel of time over Antarctica. Would we lie to you? . . . read article

September 12, 2004:
Big Lego sculptures are impressive, but I get blown away by how much can be done with very SMALL projects. Take a look at this, for instance . . . read article

September 13, 2004:
Sometimes, try as we might, we lose track of people. And when that happens, we've found, you folks can be a big help . . . read article

September 14, 2004:
We'd like GURPS Fourth Edition to be available in as many languages as possible. Right now, it's being translated into Japanese (to be published by Kadokawa Shoten), Korean (Dayspring Games) and Portuguese (Devir Livraria) . . . read article

September 15, 2004:
They're back! The Pyramid Pins are once again available in Warehouse 23, in many, many colors, each with a secret meaning . . . read article

September 16, 2004:
You cannot deny the evidence of your own eyes. Behold The Great Sphaynx . . . read article

September 17, 2004:
Kennedy and Lincoln had their Posner; McCartney had his Gibb; and Princess Diana has, well . . . David Alice . . . read article

September 18, 2004:
We discovered today that the new printing of Star Munchkin is messed up. Every darned one of them . . . read article

September 19, 2004:
Arr! Sunday be Talk Like A Pirate Day . . . read article

September 20, 2004:
Or maybe of the millennium. "Respond To Religious Harassment By Singing Show Tunes." You've got to read the story.-- Steve Jackson . . . read article

September 21, 2004:
Take a look at this.-- Andrew Hackard, Managing Editor . . . read article

September 22, 2004:
Jim Doherty, owner of Eight Foot Llama, the small press card/boardgame publisher that brought you Who Stole Ed's Pants?, Monkeys on the Moon, and The Penguin Ultimatum, will be stopping by Pyramid's Chat Auditorium this Friday! He'll answer questions about breaking into the boardgame business, his upcoming game The Nacho Incident, and where he gets those awesome names . . . read article

September 23, 2004:
These are our September 2004 releases, headed out across the country and the world to distributors and game stores everywhere: Cardboard Heroes Modern Characters Enough full-color miniatures for every modern game you'll ever play! Over 400 human figures, plus hundreds of weapons, accessories, corpses, and other lie-flat counters . . . read article

September 24, 2004:
Some disasters just aren’t worth getting out of bed for. -- Submitted by SilverFox . . . read article

September 25, 2004:
It started when WalMart marketed the rabidly anti-Semitic "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" while neglecting to mention that it was widely known to be a complete hoax. They've stopped . . . read article

September 26, 2004:
Meet one of the Conspiracy's youngest members, Anna - shown here in all her illuminated splendor. Her father, Benjamin, reports that Anna thought the temporary tattoo was a sticker, and became quite distraught when she couldn't spread the Conspiracy by peeling it off and sticking it to something else . . . read article

September 27, 2004:
Researchers from MIT, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, and the University of Tennessee have developed a solar cell made from spinach . . . read article

September 28, 2004:
This is a new In Nomine MUSH set in modern-day Louisville, Kentucky. It follows the secret war of Heaven and Hell for the souls of humanity in a time where Greed holds an unsteady rulership over the local area . . . read article

September 29, 2004:
There's some new art on the SPANC webpage, for those of you frothing for more Foglio-ey catgirl goodness. And the Weekly World News is getting into the act . . . read article

September 30, 2004:
SpaceShipOne, with pilot Mike Melvill, succeeded in the first of two required suborbital flights to claim the $10 million X Prize. According to CNN, it was an unexpectedly eventful flight . . . read article

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