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The Ordinal Amethyst Hatpin

I have been waffling on about this Hatpin on the PlurkThing over the weekend and really, it should now be released for Public Consumption; hence here it is. The Ordinal Amethyst Hatpin is a perfect accessory for anyone wishing to hold various parts of a hat together. As a minor extra function, it can also be used to stab people in eight different ways, with the usual custom animations, and also jab them to encourage their Rapid Movement.

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There are all sorts of fascinating Historical Details existant regarding Hatpins; or, at least, slightly diverting ones. For instance, this particular Hatpin would have been illegal to wear in public (without a licence) in Arkansas or Illonois after 1908, due to it being slightly over Nine Inches in Length. Such laws do not exist in Caledon or in general upon the Grid, but I would advise Purchasers not to jab too many people in the Behind, as this may be Socially Unacceptable.

A free Hatpin, incidentally, to the first Commenter pointing out the hidden meaning in the design.

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Ceejay Writer's picture
09 Jun200900:11
Ceejay Writer (not verified)

Brilliant. I suddenly cannot live without one!

Anonymous's picture
09 Jun200910:13
Anonymous (not verified)

Oh Miss Ordinal !!!!
I am thilled to type that I did rush and just purchased one for myself !! I can not think of a better real life birthday gift for my second life self, then a new creation from YOU !!! (and I got it a day early ! blush.... )
thank YOU soo much for staying active and creative for so many of we !!!
I was just on the roof of your shop In caledon Sunday am . I do love the landing spot .. makes for grand caming and a quick purchase ..
big smile and thank YOU !!
all the best always ..
ever
breezy carver
xoxoxo

Dale Innis's picture
09 Jun200916:24
Dale Innis (not verified)

A Hidden Meaning! Well, it must be... It must be... that it is shaped like a hat-pin! Or no, that probably is not it...

In Bottom-Jabbing Mode, does it actually exert Encouraging Force on the so-jabbed body part and associated Avatar (where such Force is enabled), or is the effect mostly due to the more subjective sharpness of the pin's sharper end?

Ordinal Malaprop's picture
09 Jun200919:36
Ordinal Malaprop

It does indeed attempt to use a Small Scripted Push, which I am aware will fail to work in most areas in this day and age, but, well, better to have it than not, really. The Hatpin also makes sure that it is publicly known that, say, "Ordinal Malaprop has jabbed Dale Innis with a hatpin!"

Incandescent Ember's picture
16 Jun200923:40
Incandescent Ember (not verified)

Lady Ordinal,

The gemstones are the traditional stones for June (Pearl), February (Amethyst) and August (Peridot). Is it depicting parents who were born in June and February and 3 children (perhaps triplets) born in August?

Otherwise we start getting in the Dubious Arts like Numerology and whatnot.

Or is the physical design meant to mean or resemble something?

Candy

Anonymous's picture
17 Jun200914:26
Anonymous (not verified)

Miss Ordinal .. saw this and came running
a new gun idea perhaps for YOU .. (( big smile ))
if not a fun watch for you .. twirlsss away and all the best
ever breezy carver ..
ps do blaim the duke .. for sparking me to share .. grins

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUkaQxLtzGM

Ordinal Malaprop's picture
20 Jun200922:10
Ordinal Malaprop

They are indeed birthstones, but the relevance goes beyond that - the combination of the three is important.

Lawra Idlemind's picture
21 Jun200904:18
Lawra Idlemind (not verified)

Dear Miss Ordinal,

Having received some training in the field of geology, I find that any mention of birthstones or other "mystickal properties" of minerals makes my mind go immediately and completely blank, if it does not run screaming into a dark corner to hide.

Yet I have rarely seen such a truly charming and also practical fashion accessory, and fear that I shall be forced to rush to the nearest store the moment my typist allows me to connect to the world again. The next step would naturally be to aquire a hat...

Yours in admiration

Lawra Idlemind.

Incandescent Ember's picture
22 Jun200918:00
Incandescent Ember (not verified)

Well, 62888 is a US Postal Service ZIP code in Illinois, which you mentioned as having the anti-giant-hatpin law?

Candy

Ordinal Malaprop's picture
28 Jun200917:35
Ordinal Malaprop

One more hint - it is related to the politics of the time. I really don't believe I can go any further than that without making it really rather obvious.

Lawra Idlemind's picture
28 Jun200922:21
Lawra Idlemind (not verified)

I regret to say that I am completely bamboozled, but at least I am enjoying learning about Annie Besant and the London Matchgirls Strike of 1888.

Incandescent Ember's picture
29 Jun200919:44
Incandescent Ember (not verified)

So that's the date of the Matchgirls' strike? 6/28/88? (but in European notation, that would be 28/6/88 - not to mention lopping off the 18...? I guess that means Lawra gets the freebie. :-)

Candy

Anonymous's picture
15 Jul200903:41
Anonymous (not verified)

I don't know the meaning of the three combined gems, but the stylized human figure is very reminiscent of Lowry.

Incandescent Ember's picture
06 Aug200914:14
Incandescent Ember (not verified)

Mr. Morin, if you're going to try to direct us to probable malware or worse URLs, at least get your coding right.

Ordinal, I give up on finding the meaning of the gemstones. I surrender! Can you share it with us now?

Thanks,
Candy

Ordinal Malaprop's picture
08 Aug200923:13
Ordinal Malaprop

I shall remove the post concerned, and as well as that, I do think that it might be time to reveal the answer. It really is as simple as the colours involved. Green, white and violet - the colours of the stones in the Hatpin - were a code for membership of the suffragette movement when worn together. "Green=Give, Violet=Vote and White = Woman".

Fuller explanations can be found in other places, for example here: http://melbourneblogger.blogspot.com/2009/02/fashion-is-always-statement...

Incandescent Ember's picture
10 Aug200921:58
Incandescent Ember (not verified)

Ah! Very good, Miss Ordinal! Thanks! I suppose I should save up and buy one now :-)

-Candy