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09
Sep
09

9/9/09 – it only comes once in a while

CNN offers — you guessed it — 9 ways to celebrate 9/9/09. Have fun!

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18
Jul
09

A legend of news passes on

CBS news legend Walter Cronkite died on Friday. He was 92 years old.

Like most families of the 1960s and 1970s, my family spent a lot of time watching television. We ate dinner to the local and national news, wiled away evenings with sitcoms and variety shows, and learned about the world through various National Geographic specials. Most of it slipped from my memory since then (probably on the same night that I originally watched it), but some things remain.

Among those memories, I distinctly remember watching Walter Cronkite.

Dad called him “Walter Crankcase” sometimes, for reasons I never knew. As a child, he was like the grandfather I never had, telling me things that I needed to know and reassuring me that, despite everything, the world was fundamentally okay. I remember him reviewing the casualty rates during Vietnam, telling me about the moon landing, and sharing all kinds of other stories, from fun to sad to dramatic.

He did it all with a calm power. I knew that I could trust him. I just knew.

Those nights listening to Walter’s newscasts probably impacted my desire to go into journalism, although I didn’t know it at the time.

Even thought I turned off the TV many years ago, I’ll miss you, Mr. Cronkite. For me, you were the grand gentleman of the news.

13
Jul
09

eReleases launches 11 week anniversary party

The folks at eReleases.com celebrate their service’s 11th anniversary in October, but they decided to start early with an 11 week party! Check out their products and services here: eReleases.com Press Release Distribution Services and Press Release Writing

Their big thing is what they call Web 2.0 Online Press Release Distribution, which covers everything from release writing to proper formatting to get the most from search engine optimization.

Be sure to register for their contest while you’re there! They’re giving away 11 Asus netbooks and 77 days of free press release services. Enjoy!

08
Jul
09

Let’s have “inflexible over-regulation for $200”

Some British police have no sense of civic fun. (Or, apparently, any sort of fun at all.)

Despite the efforts of the Norwich City Council and the Norwich Theatre Royal, the original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car can’t participate in this year’s Norwich Street Procession. The Norfolk (UK) police ruled that because Chitty doesn’t have a current Ministry of Transportation certificate, then it’s a public hazard, and can’t drive slowly down a closed street in city parade.

“The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car does not have a valid MoT certificate and therefore breaches regulations,” said a police spokesman.

Thank goodness they’re protecting public safety!

27
Jun
09

Origins 2009 photos!

Watch my progress through this year’s Origins Game Fair in my Origins 2009 photo gallery on Facebook! I’ll post new images of the coolest happenings throughout the show.

27
Jun
09

Friday at the Origins Game Fair

Friday at this year’s Origins game fair started a little rocky, but the customer service team quickly resolved our badge snafus. (Thank goodness for the Senior Volunteers!)

We took a quick spin around the convention center to see the layout of this year’s show. The exhibit hall moved from hall d to the smaller hall C, trading places with the miniatures games. Tabletops and collectible card games took their traditional spot in hall E/F. The popular TerrorWerks live-action adventure moved into one of the Hyatt ballrooms, and the fabulous Origins Art Show took TerrorWerks old location across from main registration.

The famous BattleTech Pods made their debut at Origins this year. The pods were created many years ago as high-end, immersive video game systems for installations in Chicago, Seattle, and other major cities. After the locations closed, the pods went into limbo for a while until the current owner started collecting and rebuilding them. He updated the computing and networking systems, then took them to some regional conventions for shake-down tests. Here at Origins, they’re running well and pulling in the crowds!

Things seemed smooth at this year’s show. It’s hard to judge the attendance because of the show’s physical size, but it seemed lighter than last year. Many exhibit hall vendors reported good sales on Thursday, followed by a dip on Friday, but people were definitely spending money. Peeks into the various event halls showed energetic activity everywhere, but plenty of open tables. Saturday remains the “big day” for measuring the show, so we’ll see what happens!

26
Jun
09

Origins 2009 Coverage and Interviews

It’s (finally) time for Origins — and that means the Chief Elf is on the move!

Armed only with a camera, digital recorder, paper, pens, pen refills, a freaking huge stack of business cards, a big refillable cup, and some games that I never get to play because I can’t find opponents anywhere except at this show, I’ll prowl the convention, looking for the coolest games, the best fun, and the most entertaining images. It’s all for you!! (And because it’s just so darned much fun to do stuff like this!)

Show coverage from your favorite Chief Elf

Provided the Internet connections work, I’ll post photos and updates here from Friday through Sunday, with a wrap-up post coming Monday or Tuesday. If you can’t attend, at least you can see what you’re missing!

For Exhibitors — looking for games to review

As always, I’m looking for new board games to review, particularly games that work well for families, as well as fast games — anything that plays in 30 minutes or less.

This year, I’m also looking for games to include in my new parenting book, “Dad Tonight: How to laugh, love, and live with your kids – starting tonight!”

For Media — interview schedule

I’m available for interviews about my new book, family and European board games, retailing tips, and other random topics any time during the show. To arrange an interview, you can catch me as I wander the halls, find me in the Board Room, or just do it the easy way and call me at 260-312-0562.

I hope to see you at the show!!!




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