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In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2012 21:31:20 BDT
Jim Webster says:
Actually The Pan has quite literally left his fingerprints over all sorts of things.
But if you think about it, they have materials with a memory so a snurd can pretty well reshape itself.
Perhaps they have a material which remembers impacts but doesn't necessarily show them. So you put the material out as some sort of hand rail, and it will 'remember' the finger prints of everyone that touched it since the last time it was 'downloaded'.

Posted on 30 Jun 2012 21:46:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Jun 2012 21:46:30 BDT
Hmm... I don't think K'Barth would be that advanced but Snurd might have it. I'm thinking they may have some kind of in-the-event-of-a-theft recall thing that would have the snurd return itself to them and that they, in turn would return the keys - which they still have, The Pan has been using the spares - to the Parrot. And then he'll just wake up and find it outside one morning looking a bit dog eared and minus portal but otherwise very chipper.

Cheers

MTM

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2012 22:12:43 BDT
Jim Webster says:
Certainly that seems to be the sort of option that could be reasonably standard in snurds. Perhaps if the snurd isn't driven by the correct person (recognisable by the snurd through driving style, body weight, posture, etc) then the snurd will just return to the company who will send it back to the legitimate owner.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2012 22:53:19 BDT
Yeh that's the kind of thing I had in mind but it was going to be doing it on fingerprint and driving style in that it wasn't going to 'like' the way Captain Snow drove but to make it a security feature makes eminent sense.

So, General Moteurs or a GM minion, removes the portal and leaves the 'fingerprint' which Captain Snow sees and appropriates, deciding that the SE2 is 'spoils of war' and that he'll have it for himself. He would find it difficult to drive - partly because it's a manual and he usually drives an automatic - but also because it's set up for The Pan so it won't 'like' him.

Unaware of the high end features of snurds Captain Snow will take it to the manufacturers to get it fixed or maybe get an auto box put in.

They will then look it up on their records and discover The Pan is the real owner and that Sir Robin, who paid for the rebuild, has left explicit instructions that it should not be returned to (or modified for) anyone without written permission The Pan.

So they'll return the keys to him and tell Captain Snow to sod off. Which also allows me to show the tide turning and K'Barthans actively standing up for themselves and resisting the Grongles...

Mmm. I like that. Thanks.

Cheers

MTM

Posted on 3 Jul 2012 16:28:03 BDT
I think MTM has been eaten.

Posted on 3 Jul 2012 17:02:21 BDT
Jim Webster says:
I suspect life, plus small child.

Posted on 3 Jul 2012 17:57:58 BDT
Small, bored child, rain and holidays

Posted on 3 Jul 2012 21:17:09 BDT
See? Eaten.

Wonder what sauce was used?

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2012 21:26:44 BDT
Jim Webster says:
probably the wrong stuff

Posted on 3 Jul 2012 22:11:30 BDT
Hope she was tasty!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2012 22:25:04 BDT
Almost. Tidying up pre family visit, family visit (three days), wine tasting plus blinking and missing of olympic torch going past house, lots of washing and a couple of days of school, holiday in Isle of Wight, couple of days of school, birthday party planning for small bored child and then holidays... so yeh. Quite busy.

Cheers

MTM

Posted on 3 Jul 2012 23:33:03 BDT
Well, that's one afternoon accounted for.

What, I wonder was MTM doing the rest of the time? Could she be a secret agent?

Posted on 4 Jul 2012 07:02:04 BDT
She doesnt have time to be a secret agent! Hmmmmm. . . would be a good cover though.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012 07:37:24 BDT
Jim Webster says:
you mean she passes her self off as a secret agent because the truth is so much more interesting?

Posted on 4 Jul 2012 07:46:14 BDT
What is the truth?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012 10:10:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jul 2012 10:11:05 BDT
Jim Webster says:
An interesting question, once asked by the fifth Prefect of the Roman Province of Judea.
At the very least it landed him a walk-on part in history

Posted on 4 Jul 2012 10:45:52 BDT
I think he asked 'What is truth?', which is slightly different. And then he washed his hands of the whole thing.

Posted on 4 Jul 2012 12:12:46 BDT
Jim Webster says:
Yes you're right.
But I still think his best line is one that all Authors should remember. "What I have written, I have written."

Posted on 4 Jul 2012 12:59:47 BDT
I am tempted to do a review that consists only of
'Mene, Mene, Tekel u-Pharsin'
If I can find a book bad enough.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012 13:05:37 BDT
Jim Webster says:
Trust me, there is stuff out there that probably warrants it!

For me the best one word answer is "Peccavi",
It was the message Charles Napier used to announce that he had conquered Sindh Province (Something her Britannic Magesty hadn't actually asked him to do)
Peccavi is Latin and translates as 'I have Sinned' :-)

Posted on 4 Jul 2012 13:45:47 BDT
Just don't mix that up with Peccary, which is quite different!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012 13:55:44 BDT
Jim Webster says:
Certainly the latter is better eating, although without literary affectation

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012 14:14:36 BDT
I have actually used that one. Phew have just finished the personal re-edit of book 1. Will get it sorted properly shortly.

Cheers

MTM

Posted on 4 Jul 2012 14:17:03 BDT
Literary affectation certainly does not make a tasty sauce. I would prefer Hawkshead Relish Sun Dried Tomato & Garlic Chutney - 180g

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012 14:43:43 BDT
Jim Webster says:
I tend to browse the 'jam' stalls at local parish coffee mornings etc. People also donate home made chutney etc. Last year I wandered in late and picked up a large jar of banana chutney for 40p because none of the ladies on the stall could envisage anyone ever eating it. Actually it was excellent.
I currently have a jar of Pear chutney in the fridge which is rather nice.
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