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Trebuchet List Updates

Addendums, clarifications and modifications

18. Prohibited Object (Class/Activity): Card games and tricks including but not limited to shuffling, throwing, sharking, flourishes, scaling, poker and blackjack.

  • 18.A. Clarification:I am not allowed to grow up to be Gambit.
  • 18.B. Exemption: Ad hoc poker. Professional, amateur or pro-am prohibited under the provisions of Temporal Certainty.
  • 18.C. Exemption: Fantasy Poker, particularly the series I’ve been developing.
  • 18.D. Exemption: Live Action Role Playing resolution devices. I may carry upwards of two full decks of cards for the period immediately prior, immediately after or during a LARP event to facilitate the resolution of in-game conflicts.
  • 18.E. Clarification: I am to have the cards confiscated immediately if I start throwing them, charging them with psychokinetic energy or generally acquiring an inexplicable Bayou accent.
  • 18.F. Exemption: Tarot cards. Fortune favors the predicable.
  • 18.G. Operational Exclusion: For the period of 2012, card throwing is within the legitimate use category. This is subject to review in 2013 for extension.

 

23. Prohibited Object (Class): Planes, space ships, space shuttles, including most forms of star fighters, fighter jets, conventional fighter jets, or anything that would cause any member of the Air Force hierarchy to suddenly break into a cold sweat at the mention of my name and that technology in the same sentence.

  • 23.A. Exemption: A-Wings (Models)
  • 23.B. Exemption: UAV drones may be exempted if I’m working on cash or contract basis.  Ban still applies for recreational use. When do I ever do recreational use?
  • 23.C. Exemption: Remote control helicopters (unarmed)
  • 23.D. Clarification: Unarmed means not having weapons or cameras, or the capacity to accidentally acquire weapons or cameras through magnets or duct-tape
  • 23.E. Exemption: Legitimate use clause: Remote UAV or equivalent equipped with a camera for the purposes of recording Nerf event, sporting events, civil unrest or journalistic outcomes up to and including posting to YouTube as a citizen journalist.
  • 23.F. Exemption: Legitimate use clause: Training in the use of acquired equipment for the purposes of 23.E

 

Additions

77. Prohibited Object (Object): Big Red Reset Buttons

  • 77.A. Clarification: I have a propensity to make those sort of gag props work.
  • 77.B. Exemption: Save points, file back, Undo functions, Dropbox, and "Revert to previous saved" functions in software are just fine.
  • 77.C. Extension: Plot devices for fiction. 
  • 77.D. Exclusion: Plot devices for history. 

78. Prohibited Conduct (activity): No longer permitted to combine arduinos, ancient summoning rites and equivalent banishing procedures to create perpetual loops

  • 78.A. Note: On this plane of reality, we mostly agree to respect the right of the Laws of Physics to have dominion over perpetual energy.
  • 78.B. Exclusion: No requirement to actually adhere to the Laws of Physics.

East Coast Roadshow: Field research for the #Trebuchet List update

Items for consideration to be added on the next review of the list.

  • Card games and tricks including but not limited to shuffling, throwing, sharking, flourishes, scaling, poker and blackjack.
    • Exemption: Nil.  Seriously, I am not allowed to grow up to be Gambit.
    • Exemption: Ad hoc poker. Professional, amateur or pro-am prohibited under the provisions of Temporal Certainty.
  • Demon pacts, or related deals with devil(s) up to and including buying, leasing, renting or reselling souls.
    • Exemption: I’m allowed to sign contracts of service, work for hire, and consultancy agreements as long as I’m paid in cash or direct deposit. I may no longer accept souls of the damned as currency.
  • Portraits that have the functional capacity to replicate the Dorian Gray Experiment.
    • Exemption: Flickr.
  • Submarines. Conventional, nuclear or yellow.
    • Exemption: Empire Earth.
  • An extraordinary array of currently science fiction technologies that may yet turn to science fact.
    • Time travel
    • Space ships
    • Most forms of star fighter
      • Exemption: A-Wings.
    • Most forms of capital ships, including the USS Enterprise, Battlestar Galactica, Shadow Fleet, Star Destroyers
      • Exemption: Rebel Blockade Runners
    • Light sabers
    • Chainsaws (Doom style)
    • Anything with the words “Portable” and “Thermonuclear” associated with it
    • Temporal anomaly
    • Mind reading equipment.
    • Time travel.
    • Advanced cloning technologies
    • Basic cloning technology
    • Unsupervised access to any form of cloning
    • Teleportation (all, any and some)
    • Any form of time travel that requires some form of clock motif, metaphor or messing about with a time piece which could result in a temporal loop.
Recent survey on trusting me with science fiction vehicles

Recent survey on trusting me with science fiction vehicles

  • The West Wing (TV show, location) is going onto the Trebuchet list until further notice.  Further notice being the point at which I can no longer remain retired from politics.   The Season 2 finale just wrecks me emotionally each and every time I watch this scene. I know me well enough to know where that path will lead, and that’s in the “In case of emergency” only category.  Of course, in the event of that emergency, I plan to Barltet like none have Bartleted before in this country.  This update is scheduled to occur just after I’ve used this clip of the Bartlet vs. Richie Debate in a presentation in Perth on the dividing line between political marketing, social marketing, and the battle of “evidence driven versus ideological” social change. I am sneaky, and I am taking a risk using this particular scene to fire up the presentation to go into full flight. It’s worth it though. The 10 word answer remains one of my favorite lines of TV.
  • Any other suggestions for the list?