A couple years ago, the documentary Project Grizzly chronicled Canadian Troy Hurtibuse’s ten-year, $150,000 quest to develop a suit of armor powerful enough to protect the wearer from an attack by a grizzly bear.

On December 9, the rubber meets the road. An American animal trainer is bringing his adult Kodiak bear and, under allegedly controlled conditions, the bear will attack Troy.

I would be remiss if I did not mention that the suit’s construction materials include 2,289 meters of duct tape.

The details are online at the site of the Annals of Improbable Research.

We’ve announced the Delta Green computer game, and you can read more about it at the software company’s web site. I spent the day there yesterday planning the press campaign, brainstorming revisions to the strategic-mode design document, and possibly buying a car from one of the ArtCo team, the trio of graphic artists who work at Flying Lab.

Something odd happened this morning. I was asleep, and I’d guess it was around 4am. A dream had just finished, and I was in a light sleep, slightly aware of my surroundings in bed. Then I heard, quite clearly, a voice say: “John?”

There wasn’t anybody else in the room, or in the basement for that matter. It sounded like a woman’s voice, but the sound was slightly slowed-down and unreal. But it did not at all have the quality of a dream, nor was it accompanied by any dream imagery. In fact, all it did was bring me the rest of the way out of sleep into full consciousness.

Because, of course, I was terrified. My immediate reaction was panic. I burrowed further under the covers and thought about anything and everything but the voice I’d just heard. I was completely freaked. After a couple of minutes the panic passed, but even then I didn’t want to think about it. The experience was freaky as all heck.