Daily Illuminator Archive for May 2008

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May 1, 2008:
With eloquent hoots and authorative banging on the ground with a stick, an eminent ape banishes once and for all the ridiculous concept of trans-simianism . . . read article

May 2, 2008:
Like making stuff? Can you turn a handful of paperclips and a rubber band into a deadly weapon? . . . read article

May 3, 2008:
If you've been with us long, you have probably figured out that life at a game company is not all Game Days and menacing each other with huge foam chainsaws. Sometimes it gets pretty real . . . read article

May 4, 2008:
A spork, if you've ever been to a greasy fast-food joint for lunch, is a combination fork and spoon. Not just useful for eating fried meals, the revolutionary Battlespork helps with dental hygiene . . . read article

May 5, 2008:
An interesting argument by Clay Shirky: the free time of Internet-connected individuals might be the defining asset of the next phase of history. -- Steve Jackson . . . read article

May 6, 2008:
The Warehouse 23 and e23 websites and stores will be closed this Thursday, May 8th for site maintenance. The stores will reopen on Friday, May 9th . . . read article

May 7, 2008:
Since every other news source on the planet has covered it, we're obligated to point out that, although Grand Theft Auto 4 was released last week, we haven't picked it up yet. Fox has played it, and enjoyed it . . . read article

May 8, 2008:
Just a reminder, the Warehouse 23 and e23 websites and stores will be closed today for site maintenance. The stores will reopen tomorrow . . . read article

May 9, 2008:
It's not enough the world has things keeping you awake at night and a plethora of items to plague your dreams, now they're getting you in that space between waking and sleeping. The Sleep Invaders are, according to this site, malevolent entities that want . . . uh, well the site isn't really clear on what they want . . . read article

May 10, 2008:
Okay, kids, it's time for another Good News/Bad News situation. Allow me to hit you with the Bad vibe first . . . read article

May 11, 2008:
Rickrolled To post a link with a on-topic subject which actually directs the viewer to a video for Rick Astley's debut single, "Never Gonna Give You Up". Now you know . . . and have that song stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Hey, if I'm going to be humming it, then I might as well share the pain*, right? . . . read article

May 12, 2008:
GURPS Spaceships 2: Traders, Liners, and Transports is now available from e23. Building from the simple design system found in Spaceships 1, David Pulver has created nearly three dozen sample ships to fill the role of "moving stuff." From tramp freighters and heavy lift boosters, from passenger liners to yachts, this release has ships you need for any interstellar merchant campaign. Spaceships 2 also covers the financial aspects of finding a ship, booking cargo and passengers, and making a profit . . . read article

May 13, 2008:
The director is a roleplayer . . . read article

May 14, 2008:
We really like Google around here, and love the logo changes they do on special occasions. (We even copied the trick, for Warehouse 23's logo on the holidays!) . . . read article

May 15, 2008:
I didn't know that volcanoes came with lightning. Now I do . . . read article

May 16, 2008:
The storms that shook Austin Wednesday night dumped hail on cars, uprooted trees, and dropped broken power lines onto the fiber optics that link our part of Austin to the rest of the world. Fzzzzzzt . . . read article

May 17, 2008:
There has to be a go-to guy for the worldwide conspiracy, someone the regular Joes can talk to without all that initiation and chanting, right? It's probably Trevor Paglen, though that's all you're gettin' out of him or us . . . read article

May 18, 2008:
I have only talked face-to-face with Ken St. Andre a few times in my 30 years in the hobby, but he is important to me, all the same . . . read article

May 19, 2008:
An oft-requested upload has been the Cardboard Heroes series. The reasoning is obvious: print one sheet or hundreds, to create mass battles or because your cat loves the taste of sword-wielding barbarians . . . read article

May 20, 2008:
Friday's Game Day was my last day at work until mid-June. (This time for sure, Rocky!) . . . read article

May 21, 2008:
Randy will once again be roaming Austin this weekend, stopping in at Rogue's Gallery Comics and Games on Friday night (8pm until close), and at Great Hall Games on Saturday afternoon, from 4pm to 8pm during their Afternoon Boardgame series. This week, nary a Munchkin will be in sight . . . well, except for the players . . . read article

May 22, 2008:
This year, Steve Jackson Games will be attending BoardGameGeekCon. Be sure to stop by our booth, and pick up our newest releases . . . read article

May 23, 2008:
We just posted an ad in the Austin paper: Part-time bookkeeper for A/P, payroll and cash receipts. Possible full time position . . . read article

May 24, 2008:
Robert Lynn Asprin, author of the Myth Adventures series - and creator, with Lynn Abbey, of Thieves' World - died yesterday, apparently of a heart attack. He was 61 . . . read article

May 25, 2008:
Munchkin Booty Sail the Seven Seas. Plunder the treasure . . . read article

May 26, 2008:
Here in the States, it's Memorial Day, the day dedicated to the memory of the men and women who have fallen defending their country. As a result, we're not in the office . . . read article

May 27, 2008:
The Perpetual Motion Generator is not to be toyed with, just built in your garage. Treat the technology with kid gloves - the author has generously decided to reconstruct his device, having destroyed the original when he considered the effect on the economy of the Middle East . . . read article

May 28, 2008:
We need to enlarge our creative team here. Problem is, there are several ways we could do it . . . . . read article

May 29, 2008:
Kenneth Hite" appears on a good number of "written by" credits in this industry. Yet the one I nearly* always think of is GURPS Cabal, his world book of a multi-world-spanning conspiracy/trade union of mages and magical creatures . . . read article

May 30, 2008:
Freedom Ship - the City at Sea is like something out of a movie. It promises a chance to live life on a floating town (kind of like Waterworld), with all the amenities in a self-contained community (kind of like Shivers), headed to exotic ports of call (like Titanic) . . . read article

May 31, 2008:
We've all been so busy around here that we nearly missed the Phoenix Lander arriving on Mars. Luckily, NASA has been blogging and documenting the mission on the Mars Exploration Program site . . . read article

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