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Re: LoC #47: Fictional Tools & Weapons
« Reply #90 on: May 04, 2011, 10:04:15 PM »
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Captain America's shield is a fictional item, the primary defensive and offensive piece of equipment used by the Marvel Comics superhero Captain America; he is seldom seen without it. Over the years, Captain America has had the use of several different shields of varying composition and design. His original heater shield first appeared in Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941), published by Marvel's 1940s predecessor, Timely Comics. The circular shield best associated with the character debuted in the next issue, Captain America Comics #2.

Captain America uses several shields throughout his history, the most prevalent of which, introduced in 1980s comics, is a nigh-indestructible disc-shaped shield made from an experimental alloy of steel and the fictional vibranium. The shield was cast by American metallurgist Dr. Myron MacLain, who was contracted by the U.S. government, from orders of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, to create an impenetrable substance to use for tanks during World War II. This alloy was created by accident and never duplicated, although efforts to reverse-engineer it resulted in the creation of adamantium.

Captain America often uses his shield as an offensive throwing weapon. It makes a pretty good frisbee for giant dogs too.


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Re: LoC #47: Fictional Tools & Weapons
« Reply #91 on: May 04, 2011, 10:08:08 PM »
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The Fing-Longer- Futurama
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A Fing-Longer was an invention Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth regretted not inventing. It was similar to a glove, but it had an extended index finger, thus allowing him to use it during mission briefings. It allows him to reach much further to press things than he could have done with his normal hand. He first saw it in a What If? scenario but later went on to invent it as he thought it was a good idea.

An underlying difficulty that the invention of the Fing-Longer creates is whether Professor Farnsworth can properly be said to have invented it if he got the idea from a What-If Machine. The first question is to what extent does external inspiration affect one's claim as inventor. The second question is does another version of one's self count as external inspiration (most likely it does).


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Re: LoC #47: Fictional Tools & Weapons
« Reply #92 on: May 04, 2011, 10:15:59 PM »
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Replicators- Star Trek
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A replicator is a machine capable of creating (and recycling) objects. Replicators were originally seen used to synthesize meals on demand, but in later series they took on many other uses.

A replicator works by rearranging subatomic particles, which are abundant everywhere in the universe, to form molecules and arrange those molecules to form the object. For example, to create a pork chop, the replicator would first form atoms of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, etc., then arrange them into amino acids, proteins, and cells, and put it all together into the form of a pork chop.

This process requires the destructive conversion of bulk matter into energy and its subsequent reformation into a pre-scanned matter pattern. In principle, this is similar to the transporter, but on a smaller scale. However, unlike transporters, which duplicate matter at the quantum level, replicators must be capable of a large number of different materials on demand. If patterns were to be stored at the quantum level, an impossible amount of data storage (or a set of original copies of the materials) would be required. To resolve this, patterns are stored in memory at the molecular level.

The drawback of doing so is that it is impossible to replicate objects with complicated quantum structures, such as living beings, dilithium, gold, or latinum. Additionally, read/write errors cause a number of single-bit errors to occur in replicated materials. Though usually undetectable to human senses, computer scanning can be used to reveal these discrepancies, and they may explain the frequent complaint (by some gourmets and connoisseurs) that replicated food and beverages suffer from substandard taste. These errors also may cause a nontoxic material to become toxic when replicated, or create strains of deadly viruses and bacteria from previously harmless ones.

One of the most important pieces of technology in the Star Trek universe, the replicator is used primarily to provide food and water onboard starships, thus eliminating the need to stock most provisions. (Starships, starbases, and other installations stock some provisions for emergency use, in case of replicator failure or an energy crisis.) On Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, it was established that replication is also used to provide breathable air on ships and starbases (and to disassemble the carbon dioxide exhaled by the crew), thus providing an endless supply of oxygen and eliminating the need to carry air tanks.

The technology is also used for producing spare parts, which makes it possible to repair most ship damage without having to return to a starbase. Other applications include replication of Starfleet uniforms, as well as everyday objects such as toys and souvenirs. Replication is also used by the Holodeck program to allow food, clothes and other objects belonging within a simulation to be used or consumed by the participants.

Starfleet's safety protocols prevent unauthorized replication of dangerous objects, such as weapons and poisonous substances. Replication of any medicine is restricted to medical personnel bearing a valid identification code.

Replicators can also convert matter into energy. Following that principle, the device can dismantle any object into subatomic particles. The ensuing energy can then be stored for future use or immediately applied in a subsequent replication. This process is referred to as "recycling", and is applied to everything from dirty dishes to outgrown children's clothes.

Replicator technology, even if produced on a larger scale, cannot be used to create complex objects such as shuttlecraft or starships (production staff felt that being able to replicate entire starships "at the push of a button" would severely impact dramatic potential). However, in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, industrial replicators are used to replicate large components of ships, shuttlecraft, and other pieces of this sort, which are later used in shipyards to construct such vessels. In this manner, as few as 15 industrial replicators are enough to replicate the components needed to build a fleet of starships or to help a civilization recover from a planet-wide natural disaster.

By virtually eliminating material scarcity, replicator technology plays an important role in the moneyless human economy within the Star Trek universe.


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Re: LoC #47: Fictional Tools & Weapons
« Reply #93 on: May 04, 2011, 10:23:37 PM »
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The Green Lantern- Green Lantern
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Green Lanterns possesses a power ring and power lantern that gives the user great control over the physical world as long as the wielder has sufficient willpower and strength to wield it. The ring is one of the most powerful weapons in the universe, and can be very dangerous. While the ring of the Golden Age Green Lantern (Alan Scott) was magically powered, the rings worn by all subsequent Lanterns were technological creations of the Guardians of the Universe, who granted such rings to worthy candidates. These individuals made up the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps.

No hard upper limit to the power ring's capabilities has yet been demonstrated; it is often referred to as "the most powerful weapon in the universe."

The power ring's most distinctive effect is the generation of green, solid-light constructs, the precise physical nature of which has never been specified. The size, complexity, and strength of these constructs is limited only by the ring-bearer's willpower; whatever the wearer imagines, the ring will create.

When active, a power ring will encase its user in a protective, life-supporting force field. This force field allows the user to fly, travel through inhospitable environments (outer space, underwater, etc.), and enter hyperspace in order to move vast distances quickly. The ring also generates its wearer's Green Lantern uniform: the uniform appears over their normal attire and vanishes at the user's will. The uniform varies from Lantern to Lantern, based on anatomy, personal preference, and the social norms of their race. The only rule in this regard seems to be that the uniform must openly display the symbol of the corps, though even this has been modified based on preference, (a vampire-hunting Lantern adapts the symbol into a cross, and a blind Lantern with no concept of light or color uses the image of a bell) as in the case of Kyle Rayner who wears a modified version of the symbol on his uniform.

Power rings also appear to be highly advanced computers; they are able to talk to and advise the wearer as to various courses of action, as well as act as a universal translator. The ring can also scan for energy signatures or particular objects. For more intricate problems or problems that require a back logged history (Of a planet, person, group, ETC.), the ring connects with the main power battery on Oa which is the "main" computer, of sorts.

Power rings are able to give off electromagnetic radiation of various frequencies. This radiation can be focused by the wearer into a beam, similar in appearance and effect to a powerful laser. The ring is also capable of producing an electrical current. Less frequently used capabilities include splitting atomic nuclei and manipulating subatomic particles (thereby transmuting chemical elements). A power ring is also capable of creating fully-functional duplicates of itself.


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Re: LoC #47: Fictional Tools & Weapons
« Reply #94 on: May 04, 2011, 10:30:55 PM »
Bonus Entry: Silly Looking/Sounding Weapons/Tools
Green Arrow's Boxing Glove Arrow


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*Get it? Cause a knife is a weapon? I'll be here all week!


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Re: LoC #47: Fictional Tools & Weapons
« Reply #95 on: May 05, 2011, 12:33:50 AM »
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The Green Lantern- Green Lantern
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I must call fowl for you missed the greatest Green Lantern of all time in that pic.
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Re: LoC #47: Fictional Tools & Weapons
« Reply #96 on: May 05, 2011, 05:54:00 AM »
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Replicators- Star Trek
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Good one, but I always imagine that the food from replicators tastesbland or week.  I put something else on my list that probably won't make it that's similar, but it's more of a home appliance that makes tools.

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Captain America's Shield- Captain America
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I'm surprised neither of these are higher up.  I expected both to be in the top ten at least.

Bonus Entry: Silly Looking/Sounding Weapons/Tools
Green Arrow's Boxing Glove Arrow


If you think that's Green Arrow's silliest arrow, you've got another think coming.


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Re: LoC #47: Fictional Tools & Weapons
« Reply #97 on: May 05, 2011, 05:59:01 AM »
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The Green Lantern- Green Lantern
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I must call fowl for you missed the greatest Green Lantern of all time in that pic.
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 :D :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: LoC #47: Fictional Tools & Weapons
« Reply #98 on: May 05, 2011, 07:32:36 AM »
Those were the things I was refering to earlier. They explain how the federation doesn't seem to have money.


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Re: LoC #47: Fictional Tools & Weapons
« Reply #99 on: May 05, 2011, 09:36:50 AM »
I hope the Blitzball shows up in the Goofy Weapons list.



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Re: LoC #47: Fictional Tools & Weapons
« Reply #100 on: May 05, 2011, 01:06:38 PM »
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I must call fowl for you missed the greatest Green Lantern of all time in that pic.
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 :D  Nicely done.


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Re: LoC #47: Fictional Tools & Weapons
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Re: LoC #47: Fictional Tools & Weapons
« Reply #102 on: May 05, 2011, 01:17:27 PM »
To be fair, sometimes he makes big shovels.


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Re: LoC #47: Fictional Tools & Weapons
« Reply #103 on: May 05, 2011, 01:35:04 PM »
Kyle would make mecha with his. Hal's a bit lacking in imagination.


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Re: LoC #47: Fictional Tools & Weapons
« Reply #104 on: May 05, 2011, 01:36:49 PM »
Or really fond of fists...for...some...reason.