Daily Illuminator Archive for February 2004

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February 1, 2004:
Turns out that comic virtuoso Marv Wolfman likes Munchkin. Check out his site! . . . read article

February 2, 2004:
A fermionic condensate, a new state of matter which could lead to superconductors, cheap mag-lev trains, and all sorts of other ultra-techy goodness. Read the CNN story for details . . . read article

February 3, 2004:
What is the big deal about Doctors Without Borders? They've still got B . . . read article

February 4, 2004:
The voting is over (and yes, we know there are 11 months left in the year). This kid is going to spend his entire childhood getting his butt kicked . . . read article

February 5, 2004:
Primaries are coming up. Okay, they've already started, but still . . . . . read article

February 6, 2004:
But now we've got him/her/it right where we want him/her/it. If you have a computer and a scenic view, you can be part of YETI@Home . . . read article

February 7, 2004:
Ever wonder what something looks like at the molecular level? Michael Davidson does -- and he has an really good microscope, so he can find out . . . read article

February 8, 2004:
JP Brown has created a Lego device that solves Rubik's Cube . . . that is, put a mixed-up cube into it, and it will physically grab and turn until the cube is solved. Truly the Singularity is at hand . . . read article

February 9, 2004:
I'm going to be at ConDFW, north of Dallas, in a couple of weeks. Aiding in this evil plot will be Mia Sherman, who is my executive assistant among other hats, and Fade Manley, part of the Warehouse 23 team . . . but they will be coming mainly in their capacities as members of our Crack In-House Playtest Team . . . read article

February 10, 2004:
So if you didn't find a valid web page for Chez Goth, look again. The fairies must have affected your browser or something . . . read article

February 11, 2004:
This photo was taken at Necronomicon over Halloween; I'm just now getting around to posting it because fnord. As you see, I have a close double in Florida . . . read article

February 12, 2004:
Have you ever looked at some piece of modern art, and thought, "Even I could paint that"? Why, yes . . . read article

February 13, 2004:
I had the pleasure today of sharing some excellent sushi and sashimi with George Sanger, aka The Fat Man, the biggest waistline . . . ahh, the biggest NAME in videogame sound. We both live in Austin, we've known each other for years, but we never managed to really sit down and talk before . . . read article

February 14, 2004:
You may not know much about art, but you no doubt know what you like to eat. Santa Fe's Lapides Gallery apparently allows doodles . . . read article

February 15, 2004:
Here's a really, really neat report from John Kovalic: ***** Irish convention-goers are known for their unbelievable generosity. They regularly raise sums of money unheard of at American of English cons . . . read article

February 16, 2004:
Steve Jackson Games will release these titles in May, 2004: Knightmare Chess (Reprint) Chess will never be the same! Knightmare Chess is chess played with cards - and what cards! Each card breaks the rules in a wild and unpredictable way, giving the game more twists and turns than a roller coaster . . . read article

February 17, 2004:
The following products are heading to distributors this week and should be on your local game store shelves in the very near future: Munchkin (Reprint) Go down in the dungeon. Kill everything you meet . . . read article

February 18, 2004:
There's one more product on its way to game stores everywhere we forgot to list yesterday: Munchkin 2 - Unnatural Axe (Reprint) You demanded it, and here it is. Created by Steve Jackson and illustrated by John Kovalic . . . 112 more cards for the game of killing monsters and taking their stuff . . . read article

February 19, 2004:
Last month, in honor of the Mars rovers (YEA, ROVERS!) Warehouse 23 gave away copies of GURPS Mars . . . read article

February 20, 2004:
Attention artists: Stop. Oh, sure, you could continue to scribble out your silly little portraits and landscapes, but why bother? . . . read article

February 21, 2004:
The new "Games 100" list from Games Magazine is out. And we got two mentions, both under Family Games! Chez Grunt was one of them . . . read article

February 22, 2004:
Last year, we posted a call for a programmer and got a few . . . but it turned out we weren't quite ready for them. Oops . . . read article

February 23, 2004:
Zompist.com takes a stab at preconceptions about "the way things work" with an ever-growing set of culture tests that lay out explicitly just how various parts of the world approach life. With everything from expectations about how police will take bribery offers to what TV shows everyone watches to what kind of container milk ought to come in, these snappy lists of cultural assumptions give a new perspective on how other people think . . . read article

February 24, 2004:
We're back from ConDFW. We had a great time . . . read article

February 25, 2004:
Our Store Finder and Gamer Finder have been heavily revamped. In particular, the Store Finder has been completely recoded AND given a new database . . . read article

February 26, 2004:
Once upon a time a number of GURPS books were available for the cost of duplication, through the efforts of a volunteer, in both Braille and audio format. But it's been more than a year since we heard from that person and we haven't been able to find her . . . read article

February 27, 2004:
It looks like the Reptilians are at it again, taking over countries in support of their agenda of (of course) world control. We are all Ruled By The Serpent Gods . . . read article

February 28, 2004:
It is no secret that personal computer equipment is getting cheaper all the time - usually in both senses of the word. As if cheap plastic cup holders that break off weren't bad enough, now Philips has developed a screen that won't even stand up by itself . . . read article

February 29, 2004:
You can now Barcode Yourself. Can Armageddon be far behind? . . . read article

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