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Notes from The Buffer Zone: Get Off My Phone!

 


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Notes from The Buffer Zone: The Jetsons And The Alternate Future

 


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Notes from The Buffer Zone: The Shifting World Order

 


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This Issue’s Cover – 72

This Issue’s Cover – 72

 

Ode to the Legal Pad

 

Sometimes it’s the little things.

 

While reading David Carrico’s very amusing ‘Whodunnit?’ I was struck by the following passage, the feelings of a downtimer lawyer toward the new uptime technology he has embraced:

 

“Andy pulled one of his beloved legal pads out of a desk drawer—he could forgive the up-timers for a multitude of sins for bringing the concept of legal pads back with them and showing down-time papermakers how to make them-”

 

That’s a pretty strong statement. Even something as ubiquitous as a legal pad can play an important role in our daily lives, right up there with electricity and the automobile. I know I would be lost without my black ballpoint pens and spiral notebooks, or any number of little things- they add up to a lot!

 
With apologies to Rembrandt, I think of the fellow on the cover as one of Andy’s senior partners. I felt the need to have something written on that pad, so I went with their firm’s motto- Non Illegitimi Carborundum– Don’t let the bastards grind you down! Good advice, indeed!

 

 

 

The Balticon Minicon After-Action Report

 


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Notes from The Buffer Zone: Wonder Woman

 


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This Issue’s Cover – 71

This Issue’s Cover – 71

Joy Ward’s toe-tapping tale of downtime youths forming an uptime style rock band inspires this issue’s cover. As a lifelong fan of rock and roll it’s great to see the music spread through the Europe of the new timeline, as it should! Maybe next time Barbie and the MOB will take requests, so how about playing me some Who? I also love the art of ‘psychedelic’ rock concert posters, so it was really fun to try my hand at one. Rock on!