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  • david/Aleksandr
    Unless you have always gone back and were either ignored or became legendary, the longer you stayed, esp. with modern supplies, the more your chance of
    Message 1 of 12 , Aug 26, 2007
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      Unless you have "always" gone back and were either ignored
      or became legendary, the longer you stayed, esp. with modern
      supplies, the more your chance of existing in the "future" would
      become a metaphysical issue. I'd hate to vanish in the middle of a
      good party when 'chance' rose to @0

      Anyway:

      Several hundred pounds of gold I could account for owning.
      Freeze-dried hidden medications, viatimine
      supplements and vaccines.
      (if coming back) a high-speed unobtrusive camera
      capable of copying an entire library or three.
      (if not) the best milspec'ed hardened concealable PC
      loaded with language courses and a library or three + spares.

      Water can always be boiled before consumption, and after an
      adaption period for my internal flora, beer would be safe. (one
      reason it was the beverage of the day - the other was its caloric
      value - beer formed a big part of everyone's diet.

      d/A,
      Shrödenger's human, not.



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    • binsteaj
      Here s my boyfriend s list. I m still pondering. World Atlas (with mineral deposits noted) Broad-spectrum antibiotics Good set of standard measurements
      Message 2 of 12 , Aug 26, 2007
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        Here's my boyfriend's list. I'm still pondering.

        World Atlas (with mineral deposits noted)
        Broad-spectrum antibiotics
        Good set of standard measurements (weights, lengths, etc.)

        Interesting question! Looking forward to reading others' answers.

        - Philadelphia





        --- In EKSouth@yahoogroups.com, Carowyn Silveroak <silveroak@...>
        wrote:

        Greetings!

        I was chatting with some friends late night at our last Wednesday
        Craft Night, and we pondered an evil question, and I thought it was
        thought-provoking enough to pass it on.....

        If you had a time machine, what 3 things would you take back with
        you to the Middle Ages?
      • Brian Matthews
        if I am also able to take my current knowledge with me..... A sun/moon/weather chart showing exactly every eclipse,storm etc. that will occur (set me up as
        Message 3 of 12 , Aug 26, 2007
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          if I am also able to take my current knowledge with me.....
          A sun/moon/weather chart showing exactly every eclipse,storm etc. that
          will occur (set me up as all knowing)
          1 nuke, I would set it off during the plague, in a town that was
          destroyed anyway, but proving my omnipotence and establishing my will as
          law.
          lots and lots of non-perishable medications, thus proving my largess.
          Hey, if your going to dream, you mite as well dream big...

          Carowyn Silveroak wrote:
          >
          >
          > Greetings!
          >
          > I was chatting with some friends late night at our last Wednesday Craft
          > Night, and we pondered an evil question, and I thought it was
          > thought-provoking enough to pass it on.....
          >
          > If you had a time machine, what 3 things would you take back with you to
          > the Middle Ages?
          >
          > Here were my 3 answers:
          >
          > - plate glass, many sheets (clean out Home Depot) - Angus the Tailor & I
          > agree on that one, though he said it first
          >
          > - packs and packs of stainless steel needles
          >
          > - lots and lots of aluminum pots and pans
          >
          > (And of course, before going back, I'd get almost every vaccination know
          > to humanity)
          >
          > I was going with the idea of bringing expensive things I can get cheaply
          > in this time, and set myself up as "richer than all the emperors combined
          > , MWA-HA-HA oops, outdoor voice again" - what would your answers be and
          > why?
          >
          > -Carowyn
          >
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        • anyakyle
          ... Wednesday Craft ... with you to ... Tailor & I ... vaccination know ... cheaply ... combined ... be and ... well, first i d have to have Lasik on my eyes.
          Message 4 of 12 , Aug 27, 2007
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            > Carowyn Silveroak wrote:
            > >
            > >
            > > Greetings!
            > >
            > > I was chatting with some friends late night at our last
            Wednesday Craft
            > > Night, and we pondered an evil question, and I thought it was
            > > thought-provoking enough to pass it on.....
            > >
            > > If you had a time machine, what 3 things would you take back
            with you to
            > > the Middle Ages?
            > >
            > > Here were my 3 answers:
            > >
            > > - plate glass, many sheets (clean out Home Depot) - Angus the
            Tailor & I
            > > agree on that one, though he said it first
            > >
            > > - packs and packs of stainless steel needles
            > >
            > > - lots and lots of aluminum pots and pans
            > >
            > > (And of course, before going back, I'd get almost every
            vaccination know
            > > to humanity)
            > >
            > > I was going with the idea of bringing expensive things I can get
            cheaply
            > > in this time, and set myself up as "richer than all the emperors
            combined
            > > , MWA-HA-HA oops, outdoor voice again" - what would your answers
            be and
            > > why?
            > >
            > > -Carowyn
            > >
            well, first i'd have to have Lasik on my eyes. doesn't count as
            something i'd bring . . .

            1. a huge stash of medicines.
            2. a huge stash of gold
            3. a huge stash of candy-- chocolate, caramels, swedish fish, gummi
            bears, cow tales, etc . . .

            --anya
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          • Robin Carroll-Mann
            So much depends on one s purpose. Am I going as a tourist? as a historian/anthropologist, staying long enough to gather material for my book as a settler,
            Message 5 of 12 , Aug 27, 2007
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              So much depends on one's purpose. Am I going

              as a tourist?
              as a historian/anthropologist, staying long enough to gather material for my book
              as a settler, intending to assimilate?
              as a conqueror?
              as a treasure-hunter, "rescuing" beautiful works of art from oblivion?
              as an interventionalist, averting great disasters, and preventing key people from dying young?




              Brighid ni Chiarain
              Barony of Settmour Swamp, East Kingdom
            • Carowyn Silveroak
              Greetings! ... Pick one, some, or all - it was meant as a fun question to have you sort through what you know from the period we study, which is why I took the
              Message 6 of 12 , Aug 27, 2007
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                Greetings!

                > So much depends on one's purpose. Am I going
                >
                > as a tourist?
                > as a historian/anthropologist, staying long enough to gather
                > material for my book
                > as a settler, intending to assimilate?
                > as a conqueror?
                > as a treasure-hunter, "rescuing" beautiful works of art from
                > oblivion?
                > as an interventionalist, averting great disasters, and preventing
                > key people from dying young?

                Pick one, some, or all - it was meant as a fun question to have you sort
                through what you know from the period we study, which is why I took the
                "rich as Croesus" angle, since I'm fascinated with what's expensive now
                versus what's expensive then. I mean, FLAT, *and* CLEAR glass?? ;-)
                That you can *see* through, with no distortions?!? hee hee! not to
                mention aluminum was a rarer metal than gold....

                (And don't even ask how much platinum I'd be bringing back, if there was
                a return trip on the time machine....)

                Although, I have an entirely *other* list, if I take the treasure-hunter
                route....but since my librarian friends tell me they still don't have a
                tradition of "if you see the glowing blue light, shovel every book you
                can through it, then jump through", I haven't been given a time machine
                yet.....

                -Carowyn
              • theregent@optonline.net
                I d take a well supplied doctor, a expert in medieval French & Latin and finally an MMA specialist (mixed martial arts) as my bodyguard... Richard Blackmoore
                Message 7 of 12 , Aug 27, 2007
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                  I'd take a well supplied doctor, a expert in medieval French & Latin and finally an MMA specialist (mixed martial arts) as my bodyguard...

                  Richard Blackmoore

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                  From: anyakyle
                  Date: Monday, August 27, 2007 12:18 pm
                  Subject: [EKSouth] Re: Evil Question
                  To: EKSouth@yahoogroups.com

                  > > Carowyn Silveroak wrote:
                  > > >
                  > > >
                  > > > Greetings!
                  > > >
                  > > > I was chatting with some friends late night at our last
                  > Wednesday Craft
                  > > > Night, and we pondered an evil question, and I thought it was
                  > > > thought-provoking enough to pass it on.....
                  > > >
                  > > > If you had a time machine, what 3 things would you take back
                  > with you to
                  > > > the Middle Ages?
                  > > >
                  > > > Here were my 3 answers:
                  > > >
                  > > > - plate glass, many sheets (clean out Home Depot) - Angus
                  > the
                  > Tailor & I
                  > > > agree on that one, though he said it first
                  > > >
                  > > > - packs and packs of stainless steel needles
                  > > >
                  > > > - lots and lots of aluminum pots and pans
                  > > >
                  > > > (And of course, before going back, I'd get almost every
                  > vaccination know
                  > > > to humanity)
                  > > >
                  > > > I was going with the idea of bringing expensive things I can
                  > get
                  > cheaply
                  > > > in this time, and set myself up as "richer than all the
                  > emperors
                  > combined
                  > > > , MWA-HA-HA oops, outdoor voice again" - what would your
                  > answers
                  > be and
                  > > > why?
                  > > >
                  > > > -Carowyn
                  > > >
                  > well, first i'd have to have Lasik on my eyes. doesn't count as
                  > something i'd bring . . .
                  >
                  > 1. a huge stash of medicines.
                  > 2. a huge stash of gold
                  > 3. a huge stash of candy-- chocolate, caramels, swedish fish,
                  > gummi
                  > bears, cow tales, etc . . .
                  >
                  > --anya
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                • Haraldr Bassi (yahoo)
                  In the spirit if limiting the list to 3 items , not 3 sets of items of vastly larger quantities than a single person could ever manage... I d like to offer my
                  Message 8 of 12 , Aug 27, 2007
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                    In the spirit if limiting the list to 3 'items', not 3 sets of items of
                    vastly larger quantities than a single person could ever manage... I'd
                    like to offer my list.

                    The first item I'd bring back with me seems very obvious to me but I
                    haven't seen it mentioned... I would want to bring a time machine
                    through with me. Something small and innocuous looking like a Tardis
                    would be fine :)

                    Secondly, I know that my own brain is not able to hold all of the
                    knowledge that I would ever want access to, so I would bring a solar
                    powered military grade toughened laptop with sufficient storage such
                    that all the various reference and non-reference works I would want
                    would be included (yes I would want it to have a large RAID array with
                    several hot-spares installed if it needed to use mechanical drives).
                    Optimum would be a petabyte or three of solid state storage. Still
                    counts as a single item, just a very complex one :) It should have the
                    library of congress and a copy of Google's archives stored in it :)

                    Lastly, I'd like to bring through self-replicating nano-bots that I can
                    control and interface with. With them, I can build and make anything I
                    need and they should be able to effect self repair functions on my own
                    body.

                    Of course, I'd have to be dressed but clothes don't count as an 'item',
                    right?... I'm thinking of something along the lines of an Elton John
                    'studded' stage outfit but using very large man-made gems... rubys,
                    diamonds, emeralds etc set on a base of kevlar worn over a set of
                    welded/riveted titanium maille with a very large cloak to cover the
                    gemstone outfit as it would otherwise be like a drunk sailor flashing a
                    $5,000 roll in the wrong bar.

                    Would it be cheating to have the shipping containers I use to carry my
                    items be made of platinum, titanium, aluminum etc?

                    Haraldr

                    Carowyn Silveroak wrote:
                    > Greetings!
                    >
                    >> So much depends on one's purpose. Am I going
                    >>
                    >> as a tourist?
                    >> as a historian/anthropologist, staying long enough to gather
                    >> material for my book
                    >> as a settler, intending to assimilate?
                    >> as a conqueror?
                    >> as a treasure-hunter, "rescuing" beautiful works of art from
                    >> oblivion?
                    >> as an interventionalist, averting great disasters, and preventing
                    >> key people from dying young?
                    >
                    > Pick one, some, or all - it was meant as a fun question to have you sort
                    > through what you know from the period we study, which is why I took the
                    > "rich as Croesus" angle, since I'm fascinated with what's expensive now
                    > versus what's expensive then. I mean, FLAT, *and* CLEAR glass?? ;-)
                    > That you can *see* through, with no distortions?!? hee hee! not to
                    > mention aluminum was a rarer metal than gold....
                    >
                    > (And don't even ask how much platinum I'd be bringing back, if there was
                    > a return trip on the time machine....)
                    >
                    > Although, I have an entirely *other* list, if I take the treasure-hunter
                    > route....but since my librarian friends tell me they still don't have a
                    > tradition of "if you see the glowing blue light, shovel every book you
                    > can through it, then jump through", I haven't been given a time machine
                    > yet.....
                    >
                    > -Carowyn
                    >
                  • Carowyn Silveroak
                    Greetings! Haraldr, Corwyn and I loved your answers! They re great! ... Yes, it s cheating - but why *platinum*?? Ptui! Worthless metal, which is why there
                    Message 9 of 12 , Aug 27, 2007
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                      Greetings!

                      Haraldr, Corwyn and I loved your answers! They're great!

                      > Would it be cheating to have the shipping containers I use to carry
                      > my items be made of platinum, titanium, aluminum etc?

                      Yes, it's cheating - but why *platinum*?? Ptui! Worthless metal, which
                      is why there are Russian peasant farms still buried in the tundra with a
                      king's ransom of platinum cooking pots......many vanished during the 14th
                      century plague.....

                      Hadn't thought about titanium, though....silly me.... ;-)

                      -Carowyn
                    • Mary Spila
                      Here are my three. I am takeing a slightly different look at things. 1. Knowledge of three languages: The local dialect of where I am dropped, Latin, and the
                      Message 10 of 12 , Aug 28, 2007
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                        Here are my three. I am takeing a slightly different look at things.

                        1. Knowledge of three languages: The local dialect of where I am
                        dropped, Latin, and the French of the time period.

                        2. A hand written european plant based herbal, with period and modern
                        uses for the plants.

                        3. A companion or two appropriate for a middle aged widow on
                        pilgrimage, so that I would not "stick out" while I am traveling.

                        Optional:

                        4. Planted "drafts" on some of the major "banks" of the time period.
                        So that I would have access to funds, without being a target for every
                        brigand by carrying wealth.

                        Marian of Kilkenny
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