Daily Illuminator Archive for November 2003

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November 1, 2003:
Nothing beats curling up with a good book when the autumn wind is whistling at the windows and the trees creak . . . read article

November 2, 2003:
We are pleased to announce that GURPS Vehicle Builder 1.0 Update 1 is now available for download. It contains many bug fixes, enhancements, and repository updates . . . read article

November 3, 2003:
That's okay. Get one for next year . . . read article

November 4, 2003:
The Essen show this year was huge, and the new German edition of Munchkin was there! Here's a photo of the Pegasus Spiele booth during the all-day German Munchkin Championship . . . read article

November 5, 2003:
The folks at SpaceWeather.com say some more coronal mass ejections (CMEs) are coming our way, and that means more spectacular northern lights displays. Some of these solar flares are so strong that the "northern" lights are being seen as far south as Alabama, Texas, and even Mexico! . . . read article

November 6, 2003:
Steve Jackson Games is enormously pleased to announce that Ken Hite has accepted a full-time position as our new Staff Writer. Ken will be working on several Secret Projects for us, including content for e23 . . . read article

November 7, 2003:
Help Wanted: We could use a couple of temp workers for assembly and shipping, starting asap and ending at the end of the year when the warehouse is packed up and moved. If you're in Austin and interested, contact paul@sjgames.com. Pirate Game: Rising Star is a convention near Salem, Virginia, this weekend . . . read article

November 8, 2003:
Not that much of what Brother Blue has to say makes a lick of sense, but The B:.B:.'s take on the Leah Haley kid's book Ceto's New Friends is tough to nail down. Pro or con? . . . read article

November 9, 2003:
Once again, researchers show us that Transhuman Space is closer than we think. Scientists working at Rice University in Houston have developed a "gold bullet" barely 100 nanometers across . . . read article

November 10, 2003:
Scientists think that Voyager 1 has reached the accepted boundary of the solar system, approximately 85 times as far from the Sun as Earth's orbit. Read the New Scientist story for more information . . . read article

November 11, 2003:
Check out what Dan Efran has done: simple Lego models of the Ogre units . . . read article

November 12, 2003:
Steve Jackson Games is accepting applications for the position of Art Director. This is a full-time position, with benefits, located in the Austin office . . . read article

November 13, 2003:
At Necronomicon a couple of weeks ago, I saw this great Lovecraftian case mod, created by Mark Jones. He's done a fantastic page about it, too . . . though on my monitor the case photos look brownish, and it's really a truly revolting green . . . read article

November 14, 2003:
We'd prefer someone with experience keeping an office organized. But we'd consider a candidate with NO experience, if he seems trainable and has a good phone voice . . . . . read article

November 15, 2003:
If you think there are too many parents who take demons and vampires too seriously, you should see some of the surfers who cruise into William Travis' Official Bureau 13 Homepage . . . read article

November 16, 2003:
Coming from Steve Jackson Games in February, 2004: Illuminati: Crime Lords Rival mobs battle for control of the city. Take over the rackets, rake in the dough, and rub out the opposition . . . read article

November 17, 2003:
Police have removed the corpse of a man believed to have hanged himself at least a year ago after builders and students at Budapest's University of Arts had initially mistaken it for a modern sculpture." Here's the whole Reuters story. It could be worse . . . read article

November 18, 2003:
Scooting out the door just in time to hit your local store's shelves for the Thanksgiving weekend shopping blitz are the following products: Ninja Burger Now you can join the elite Ninja Burger delivery team! You will learn to deliver tasty burgers and fries anywhere . . . read article

November 19, 2003:
The Cassini spacecraft, on its way to Saturn, took a gorgeous picture of Jupiter in the gibbous phase. Some kind folks have posted it here for everyone's enjoyment . . . read article

November 20, 2003:
We're about to interview for two positions at our new Las Vegas site. Your contact on this is Gail Barton at resumes@sjgames.com . . . read article

November 21, 2003:
If you feel no one understands you, with your aversion to pungent garlic and your tendency to keep late hours, know that you are not alone . . . at least, not in New Jersey. -- Suggested by m_nadrakas . . . read article

November 22, 2003:
A face transplant, long the realm of science fiction and the occasional John Woo film, is actually easier to do than reattaching a severed finger -- in theory, anyway, according to these members of England's Royal College of Surgeons, who are itching to give it a try . . . read article

November 23, 2003:
Okay, so we're not exactly coming out with breaking news on the STIKFAS. Everybody's already seen them . . . read article

November 24, 2003:
Well . . . sometimes. Our Tuesday movie a couple of weeks ago was The Gamers, a not-completely-professional, but very funny, film about a group that really ought to be playing Munchkin . . . read article

November 25, 2003:
Austin got its first real taste of winter Sunday night. But this wasn't written till sometime Monday, because I was hurriedly working to get my outside plants under cover before the freeze . . . read article

November 26, 2003:
The Steve Jackson Games offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. No one will be here to take phone calls and no orders will be processed. Pyramid will post Friday morning, as usual . . . read article

November 27, 2003:
Our friends over at Worlds Apart Productions - yes, the same ones working with us on GURPS Online - are very close to launching The Lord of the Rings Online Trading Card Game, a digital version of the award-winning TCG from Decipher. The beta is now open to all and sundry for testing, so get in there and check it out! . . . read article

November 28, 2003:
Some see it as a downward spiral, but you can shine your own light on the evils of public relations in the Disinfopedia. PR firms will give you your opinion on everything from war to washing powder if you let them . . . read article

November 29, 2003:
I had never heard of this site, but when I read this CNN.com story about it, I checked it out and bookmarked it instantly. The Astronomy Picture of the Day is just what it says it is, with the best space (and space-related) photography anywhere . . . read article

November 30, 2003:
Nothing says "Happy Holidays!" like turning your entire torso into a large pink cat face. No, really . . . read article

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