Daily Illuminator Archive for February 2007

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February 1, 2007:
Editing can be fascinating and educational, or tedious, or infuriating. Or all three in the same manuscript, if not the same page . . . read article

February 2, 2007:
Never mind. We created a pointer to a site with rude-but-funny content, and by the time it posted, the content had been changed to something considerably ruder and not nearly as funny . . . read article

February 3, 2007:
Normally I think of my Texas legislators and city government as the world's dumbest and most venal, and my Austin media as the world's most obedient, crowd-following lap-dogs. Once in a while, I'm reminded that it's the same wherever you go . . . read article

February 4, 2007:
Two years on the PDF market has given us a lot of valuable data about pricing PDFs, and we've applied that knowledge to our prices. Most prices went down, at least a little bit, and some went way down . . . read article

February 5, 2007:
I'm taking the Pirate Game with me. I haven't been to an Origins for a few years now, and I hear I've missed some good shows, so I'm really looking forward to July . . . read article

February 6, 2007:
OLD stuff, including some GURPS and Car Wars drafts and proofs that are more than 20 years old . . . read article

February 7, 2007:
We don't plug every flick that comes along . . . our branch of the Illuminati is not closely connected to the one that runs Hollywood . . . but we'll make an exception for one about The Number 23. And hey, Jim Carrey . . . read article

February 8, 2007:
We got the proofs for Munchkin Cthulhu in the office the other day. I even got a picture of Alex and Monica going over them . . . read article

February 9, 2007:
Want a corpse? Unless you know a guy who knows a guy, that's probably not a transaction you can effect . . . read article

February 10, 2007:
Just released - MacGuffin Alphabet for GURPS Fourth Edition on e23! From Stefan Jones, author of GURPS Unnight, MacGuffin Alphabet is a compact catenae of character-catching cat's-paws and causative concepts . . . read article

February 11, 2007:
Each year, Ken Hite (GURPS Infinite Worlds, GURPS Cabal) uses one of his "Out of the Box" columns to anoint products from the previous year with his "Outies" Award. This year, we picked up a couple Honorable Mentions . . . read article

February 12, 2007:
After the merger of the two largest PDF stores last October, the industry watched with interest as almost everyone had an opinion on the impact it would have -- on PDF publishing, roleplaying, and the hobby in general. Now, two foundation-laying companies have left OneBookShelf . . . read article

February 13, 2007:
For the past year, since we moved into our new offices, the exterior has been pleasant, professional, and rather mundane. But now, Richard has changed that . . . read article

February 14, 2007:
Bought several books (because of course I do not have enough books). Bought four Stikfas; not offering any excuse here . . . read article

February 15, 2007:
This is Meeting Week around here. Ross Jepson, our Director of Sales, and Gail Barton, our Controller, are in town until Friday, and all sorts of interesting Stuff is being discussed . . . mostly for 2008 and later, since we already have a pretty good handle on 2007 . . . read article

February 16, 2007:
What's that? We haven't featured Nazca Lines? . . . read article

February 17, 2007:
GURPS Bio-Tech is now available in PDF via e23. Put the future of humanity on your hard drive today! . . . read article

February 18, 2007:
An influential member of the Texas House of Representatives circulated a bizarre letter to the rest of the Legislature last week, claiming that it is unconstitutional to use public funds to teach evolution, and citing a crank website as authority. The memo reads like something straight out of Illuminati. “Indisputable evidence--long hidden but now available to everyone--demonstrates conclusively that so-called ‘secular evolution science’ is the Big-Bang 15-billion-year alternate ‘creation scenario’ of the Pharisee Religion. This scenario is derived concept-for-concept from Rabbinic writings in the mystic ‘holy book’ Kabbala dating back at least two millennia.” Executive summary: This site says that the Earth does not move around the Sun, and that there's a crypto-Jewish conspiracy to teach that it does . . . read article

February 19, 2007:
So . . . I am in the process of repainting the interior trim on my house . . . read article

February 19, 2007:
The phones in our Austin office are down. No, we didn't break anything -- it's an area-wide sort of thing . . . read article

February 20, 2007:
Every time we do a Munchkin spinoff, we create a new rulesheet. It's always based on the original rules, but every game is a bit different . . . read article

February 21, 2007:
Here is our latest release, now shipping to the shelves of a game store near you: GURPS Ultra-Tech Weapons, Vehicles, and Gadgets GURPS Ultra-Tech is the sourcebook for science-fiction technology, from the near future to the farthest reaches of the imagination. It's a valuable companion to GURPS Space, GURPS Bio-Tech, and GURPS Infinite Worlds, and an exceptional resource for any character or campaign that needs technology from tomorrow . . . and beyond. GURPS Ultra-Tech is full of personal equipment for heroes and superheroes from TL9 to TL12, including: Weapons - from caseless assault carbines and monomolecular swords to antimatter warheads and disassembler nano . . . read article

February 22, 2007:
We need more Munchkin bookmarks! The bookmarks are our most popular Munchkin freebie . . . read article

February 23, 2007:
We've already been told God and the Devil are one and the same by The Bible is a Hoax. Now similar charges are being laid against His kids . . . read article

February 24, 2007:
The job opening described here is . . . still open. We have had some applications, but we really do mean "experience required," and we really do mean "can't be done by telecommuting." But we really need this work done, so here's another pointer, in case You, the Perfect Candidate, missed it last time around . . . read article

February 25, 2007:
The idea of storing data in DNA used to be science fiction. Now it's been demonstrated . . . read article

February 26, 2007:
A German school project: a huge tabletop factory, built all of Lego and run by several Mindstorms controllers. It actually assembles little Lego cars, a piece at a time, in the colors you choose . . . read article

February 27, 2007:
Another of my favorite webcomics has come to the end of its story . . . first Narbonic, and now A Miracle of Science. Well, those of you who don't like to start a serial until the creator has actually finished it . . . go for it . . . read article

February 28, 2007:
Is that timing, or what? Yesterday I went all angsty about webcomics ending . . . read article

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