Our Chez Lunatique crew (3catsjackson, kit_ping, and I) ran our first gimmick rallye last weekend. Not in the sense of "participated in" but in the sense of "conceived, wrote, tested, edited, coordinated, directed, performed, and panicked." Overall, it went okay for first-time rallyemasters, thanks to support from senior club members. We ended up with about 25 cars running the rallye, which is not bad for the holiday times.
Since it's us, our theme was furry-related. Our rallye was "Critter Chaos", in what turned out to be a hauntingly prescient title choice. It provided us with an excuse to have fursuits wandering about for extra fun. (And we managed some good furry PR, I think, countering some of the CSI-inspired questions.) Special thanks to yippee and crocodile for some quality performances!
Other than that, I've been busy with work, as usual. Book stuff. Web stuff. Programming stuff. Holiday stuff. Stuff stuff. You know how it goes.
Some offbeat and interesting news stories (guess which one is a joke):
Robot home companion chats with seniors to prevent senility
Government decides mandatory Internet content filtering is stupid and opts to educate parents instead
Scientists use mice in experiments because they don't have any sympathy for them
Scientists create a mouse-chimera with human brain cells
Scientists use rat brain cells (minus the rat) to pilot a simulated jet
(There's enough brains flying around here to make a good 50's horror movie!)