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mikemunsil
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There were so many new members lately that I thought it appropriate to bring this benefit back into focus.

New members! Don’t forget to take advantage of the Hatrack Utility Belt and its ever-growing list of upgrades and attachments! The HUB is now issued in version 1.2.

We urge caution. Please review the threads at revised link 1 and revised link 2 for examples of the device in use.

[ December 17, 2011, 11:43 AM: Message edited by: Kathleen Dalton Woodbury ]

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Merlin
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Ohhhh... When do I get mine?
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mikemunsil
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You already have it.
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Mmm. With great power comes great responsibility!
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Yep. Tom Swifty ate my lunch one day. And I have a permanet set of Furry Dice, with my name engraved!
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Don't forget the web of intrigue: useful for collecting loose plot fragments, among other things.

Also, where did my idea generator go? There's a place for it on my belt, but it's empty.


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My Fuzzy dice(jet black BTW) seem to keep catching fire, am I using too much acetylene?
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mikemunsil
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The HUB!

IT's time for an upgrade, folks.

I challenge our new members to propose some additions to this device!

Quantum Tunneling for working your way to the top of an editor's slush pile?

An armor-plated ego for taking critiques in hand?

Go for it!


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JohnSWalsh
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Buttseatium: Super adhesive to keep the seat of the writer attached to the chair so he/she actually writes.

Turnoffium: Prevents the writer from turning on the internet connection when he/she is supposed to be writing.

That is all...


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Note for non-American HUB users, most specifically any UK HUB user:

"Suspenders" in the US are equivalent to "braces" I believe. However, "braces" doesn't quite fit the whole disbelief thing, thus we recommend the American variant.

For American users: Suspenders in the UK are the garters that hold up a woman's stockings.


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Final note:

My HUB has a special button for activating an insta-Survivor-critique, by the way. I press it and Survivor immediately responds with anything that is wrong with my story. Quite handy, I admit.


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mikemunsil
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Re: UK Suspenders

We knew that! Why else would the manual say "Use the suspenders on their own to add enjoyment to any flight of fancy you may encounter.".?


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Sometimes I gloss right over the obvious, Mike. Sorry.
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You should be sorry. I am offended.

Offendedly yours,

mike et al


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Emergency Shut-Off Switch: Disables all telephones, televisions, and doorbells in your home for a four hour period. You may not over ride this four hour period no matter how frustrated you feel with your writing.
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HSO -- I had to dissable my insta-Survivor-critique button. Everytime I'd activate it my brain would start hurting and it'd take me hours to recover. That button knows too much, that's all there is too it. It's lethal in the hands of a fool like me.
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Is that ethical, to shut the Survivor button off? It must, after all, be sentient....
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Don't worry about the Survivor Switch (or was it a button?). It is an optional upgrade and acts as a sort of back-up to the Hatrack Bosun Whistle, which is used to summon The Penmanship, the Hatrack Sloop captained by our very own Survivor.
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From my world I have carried with me a "BUCKET OF SUBSTANCE" It has properties of unusual character and so far no one has been able to define what it is made of. All new people who come into our world are required to go and obtain the Bucket of Substance on their first day.

Maybe this substance could be bottled in smaller portions that could be attached to the utility belt and used when needed.

I just placed an order for the HUB so I can see if the substance is compatable. I'll let you know.

MC

[This message has been edited by MrClean (edited February 23, 2005).]


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Jeraliey
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How did I miss that Survivor was the captain of the Penmanship?


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http://www.hatrack.com/forums/writers/forum/Forum11/HTML/000386.html

It was after the split infinitve broke part of Texas off and the Gulf surged in, Survivor surfing the leading wave with his usual flair, at the helm of the Penmanship.


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Actually, MaryRobinette had already made it home from Texas. The split infinitive caused part of the West Coast to fall off into the Pacific Ocean, making Portland a seaside city.
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I was checking back through the Dallas thread a bit and discovered that we've forgotten to include the literary license. Every writer needs one of those!
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Duly noted.

Thanks, Mike!


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Just bringing this back up to the top for our new snacks! er, victims. No, friends, that's it! Our new friends!
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The "Survivor Switch" could be misconstrued as a punishment device.

What's a clever name for something that will tell you that your dream from last night is not the brilliant source material that it seems to be when you first wake up? Ex-dream makeover?


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Mid-Summer Night's Dream Cream?
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quote:
Is that ethical, to shut the Survivor button off? It must, after all, be sentient....

Hmmm. Well, Survivor is actally a 3 million-year old robot from the future. Is it ethical to shut him down? Well, he's our offspring, and he's older than we, albeit in a time-warped sort of way. You tell me!


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Disabling the switch doesn't to anything to the main iteration, it only disconnects the local node.

A note of caution, I can (and have) capsize a boat without getting myself wet. This doesn't mean I'll do it on purpose, it's just something to remember when sailing with me. Just because I'm confident I won't end up in over my head, that doesn't mean that you won't.


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mikemunsil
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bringing this back up to the top again.
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Newbicide Spray

( joking, just joking )


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I just read the threads that started this whole thing and laughed my head off. We used to do that on an old message board I was part of. We called it The Neverending Story.

I would suggest a fragment fragger for the HUB.


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quote:
Newbicide Spray

Slow-acting, must be mixed with equal parts of sweat-equity and humility.

[This message has been edited by mikemunsil (edited March 07, 2005).]


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quote:
Fragment Fragger

Used without caution, it leads to a superfluosity of commas and a shortness of breath.


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Or the dreaded semicolonoscopy.
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OUCH!

You MUST be related to Survivor. Your words are equally barbed.


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Uncommitted-Newbie Night-Vision Goggles!

Those who aren't going to last more than a dozen posts show up glowing green on the forums!


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What do the Night Vision Goggles say about me?
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The Newbie-goggles work extremely well, but they're a bit slow. Ask us again in a month.
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OOH! I know what I want for Christmas this year.

I have an immunity to newbicide. It must be the special natural protection of my thick skull and naturally enlarged ego (much better than an enlarged prostate, far less medically dangerous, and provides disbelieving friends with hours of hilarity).

On a more practical note, I would like to add an uber-back-brace, for those of us with uncomfortable chairs we can't afford to replace, and an Automatic Glute Exerciser, so even those with a sedentary lifestyle can enjoy Buns Of Steel (also helps with uncomfortable chairs--see above).


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Two or three more devices and we're going to have to go to Version 2.

I think we should prepare a user manual. Anyone up to helping out with that, or taking over the project? I'm behind on 1)critiquing, 2) submitting, 3)writing, and 4)paying bills. Well, 4) can wait.


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The Portable Door- Allows you to walk through walls. Good for exporing ideas beyond your reach and horribly fun at parties.

The Paperweight Reader- magically reads your hard-drive in the case of computer tradgedy. (I've actually had to use this once. BACK UP EVERYTHING!)

Ice Cream Dispenser- Good for a cold sweet sensation that makes people happy. Caution: if used too much will cause brain freeze.


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Hmm. Ray...

Two days, three posts. At this rate--if you choose to keep it up--you ought to make the cut. But just BARELY!!


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I didn't realize it was possible to view post counts. Then I checked the profiles. Weird. Oh look, there is a smilies legend too. And a UBB code legend. You can tell I've been made soft by hanging around the books, film and whatever forum.
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Why don't we do those stories anymore? Those look like fun!
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I agree.
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Mostly because I refuse to get stuck in anymore airports. Not that it's done me much good...
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I feel a MaryRo story coming on.

It's almost here. Better set the stage, or we will! *evil grin*


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I got stuck in JFK for 24 hrs...pretend it was Mary, and foil her insidious plot to avoid more Destination chronicals!

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