Monster Manual V


Monster Manual V is the most recent volume in the best-selling Monster Manual line.

It’s a 224-page D&D supplement with a fully illustrated horde of new monsters, as well as ready-to-play variations of previously existing monsters.

Also, it appears this supplement features maps of monster lairs, sample encounters, and a tactics sections to help Dungeon Masters run the more complex creatures. And many entries contain information about where monsters are likely to appear in the Forgotten Realms and Eberron campaign settings.

The Amazon price at the time of this writing is about US$23, the release date is going to be next month- July 17 2007.  


Car Area Network

Quote from UCLA Today:

“In a world where people already feel over-connected by cell phones, the Internet, iPods and PDAs, it’s easy to take the power to communicate for granted. But these connections are a lot more fragile than one might imagine.

In the frenzied aftermath of Sept. 11 and hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, communication lifelines were suddenly cut off completely for emergency personnel when infrastructure was destroyed.

That’s one of the primary reasons why public agencies such as the California Department of Transportation are paying close attention to a project led by Computer Science Professor Mario Gerla at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.”

Link to the rest of the article.


HTC Touch – The Big Announcement


The other day I gave you a heads up on the impending big announcement from HTC.

Turns out the odds-makers had it right, they did in fact announce a multi-touch phone featuring finger gestures similar to the Apple iPhone. If you want the details, skip on over to SlashGear’s reveal.

They’ve branded the Elf as the ‘HTC Touch’ running Windows Mobile 6, the finger gesturing is handled by HTC’s application TouchFLO. It’s available in the UK today and in the US later this year.


Have fun keeping up with the Joneses.

Gadgets / Devices

Reminder: Dictionary Society of North America Meeting Soon!


I know you’re all busy and I hope this didn’t fall off your calendar, but here’s a friendly reminder that the Dictionary Society of North America has it’s biennial meeting June13-17 in Chicago.

In fact June 16 at 4:30pm- 5:45pm is ‘New Word Open Mic’ , so if you have a new word and want to try it out on the attendees, this is your opportunity to shine. :grin:

For the newcomers, in case you’re interested -

The Dictionary Society of North America was formed in 1975 to bring together people interested in dictionary making, study, collection, and use.  The 500 members who live in 42 countries around the world include people working on dictionaries, academics who engage in research and writing about dictionaries, dictionary collectors, librarians, booksellers, translators, linguists, publishers, writers, collectors, journalists, and people with an avocational interest in dictionaries.

The only requirement for membership is an expression of interest in language, in words, dictionaries and lexicography, or any combination of these.

The DSNA was founded by participants in a colloquium entitled “Research on the History of English Dictionaries” held at Indiana State University, in Terre Haute, Indiana, on May 20-21, 1975.

As stated in its handbook:

 ”The purpose of the Society is to foster scholarly and professional activities relating to dictionaries” (defined as lists of words or other vocabulary items, with information about their meaning or other linguistic properties).  “The Society shall carry out its stated purpose by promoting the exchange of information and ideas among members through meetings, research projects, publications (such as a newsletter, a journal, bibliographies, directories) and any other means it may deem appropriate.”

Here’s the latest newsletter: DSNA – Spring 2007

Here’s the registration information for the event.

Here’s the schedule of events.

Word Geek

My Favorite Homeless Guy Has A Blog!

Benjamin Morris talks about his encounter today.