Chapter 20

Chapter Annotations for Chapter 20 - Uber Bones
Prepared by: Willjann Ainsley Tam, COM12 A

Chapter 20 begins with Cayce Pollard waking up in her hotel room in Tokyo, Japan. She met with Boone and headed to Narita, the airport in Tokyo. When they were in the plane, Cayce showed Boone Taki's jpeg, the T-bone city. Hubertus was eagerly waiting for them to arrive and it is in this chapter that we will be able to witness Cayce having some hesitation in telling Hubertus all the facts she knows. Also, Boone lied to Bigend. It might have been a coincidence since both of them never really planned to lie to Bigend. Towards the end of the chapter, Cayce arrived in Camden Town in Damien's flat only to find out that a girl in the name of Marina was living in the flat with Damien.

Uber Bones

The title of the chapter basically refers to Marina. We first met her in this chapter. She is a friend of Damien and she is also the assistant producer in Damien's project in Russia. Towards the end of the chapter, we will soon be able to consider that Marina is not just an assistant producer in Damien's project, but also a girlfriend or a fling of some sorts. This was evident at the end of the chapter. Cayce, while in the airplane, already planned the things she will do once she arrives in London. Unfortunately, it all changed when she arrived at the doorstep of Damien's flat. The idea of having no choice, but to go to a hotel simply is bothering for Cayce. This has got to do with the next idea that revolves around in the chapter.

The so-called CAT Scanner/Blush Machines

This device is the closest to the one Cayce Pollard saw in the train station in Japan. Although this is more technologically advanced, this is how those so-called CAT scanners looked like.

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The Hokuyo URG-04LX Scanning laser range finder is a small and accurate laser sensor. Its maximum range for detection is 4000mm. It uses around 5V of electricity and it is mainly used for close range obstacles.

LMS200
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The LMS200 is the big brother of the URG-04LX. This is mainly used for long range obstacles and is commonly used in the robotics community. Unlike the URG-04LX, this device has a detection range of 80 meters.

Filson Outfitter Bags

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A Little History of the Filson brand

Filson - rugged quality for over 100 years

Born in 1850, C. C. Filson inherited his father's pioneer spirit and love of the outdoors. After homesteading in Nebraska and roaming the country as a railroad conductor, he moved to the small city of Seattle, Washington in the 1890's.

Filson's timing couldn't have been better. By 1897, the Great Klondike Gold Rush was on, and thousands of fortune hunters were stampeding into Seattle, headed north. Armed with a strong work ethic, a reputation for honesty, and several years' experience operating a small loggers' outfitting store, C. C. Filson was ready to stake his claim to fame.

"TO OUR CUSTOMERS: if a man is going North, he should come to us for his outfit, because we have obtained our ideas of what is best to wear in that country from the experience of the man from the North — not merely one — but hundreds of them. Our materials are the very best obtainable, for we know that the best is none too good and that quality is of vital importance. YOU CAN DEPEND ABSOLUTELY UPON OUR GOODS BOTH AS TO MATERIAL AND WORKMANSHIP."1

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These kinds of bags are used by people who are always on the go. These are considered to be field bags, and its sole purpose is to separate dry gear from the wet. The bag is designed basically designed for the outdoors. These Filson bags are made of twill and leather. The prices of these kinds of bags range from $350 to $400.

Furthermore, the brand Filson has had a reputation of being the preferred brand of people who are fond of outdoor activities. Filson bags are made to last and endure all kinds of weather. These has been tested through time and has been in the market for more than a century already.

L.L. Bean

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L.L. Bean is a shortcut for Leon Leonwood Bean, the founder of the company in 1930.

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L.L. Bean bags, particularly the picture above, cost approximately $100. It is relatively cheaper compared to those Filson ones. As for the size, it is also smaller and for lighter purposes. Like the Filson's, it also has a leather finish.

JR Stations

This is a railway in East Japan, still part of the JR Group.

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It is also known as the Japanese Railway Stations. It is part of the Japanese Railway Groups. It is in these JR Stations that one can buy relatively anything. Shops, cafés and restaurants, coin lockers, luggage storage, and many more can be found in these stations. There are also English signs in the station to help foreigners for directional purposes. Information booths are also located in strategic locations within the station in order to assist travelers especially tourists.

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These coin lockers are present in all JR stations. Some of these are big enough for big suitcases to fit in. These coin lockers have been used to replace staffed lugagge rooms. The prices are reasonable and 24 hours is usually the check period. As for security, these lockers are safe to use since Japan's crime rate is low. There is a bigger tendency for travelers to leave their bags rather than being stolen.

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Taxis are easily found in the stations. They are relatively clean and the drivers are known to be honest.

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Hunger will definitely not be a problem in the railway stations. Coffee shops, restaurants, and food kiosks can be found in almost any station in Japan. Stations are also attached to department stores with large food stores. Vending machines, which offfer several drinks and snacks, can be found within the station.

Chauffeurs

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This is most probably the scene when Bigend was waiting for Cayce Pollard and Boone Chu in the airport.

Chauffeur is a person employed to drive a private automobile or limousine for the owner.2 Ironically in this chapter, it was Hubertus, the owner of the Blue Ant company, who drove the Hummer. There has been a confusion of roles in this specific scene in the chapter.

The HUMMER!

The NEW 2009 Hummer H3T
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The Hummer has been known to have full power. It can go through numerous terrains. It has been designed for rigorous activities and it just stands out from any other vehicle. The new Hummer H3T has a price tag of around $34,000.3 It can go up a maximum of 60 degrees incline. It has a V8 powered engine to complement this. The Hummer is a very strong vehicle and its durability and strength has been tested throughout the years.

Footnotes:

1 http://www.filson.com/corp/index.jsp?page=aboutus
2 http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/chauffeur
3 http://www.gm.ca/gm/english/vehicles/hummer/h3t/overview

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The title of the chapter, Uber-Bones basically refers to Marina, Damien's "friend". As described by Cayce, she is "a young woman, taller than she is," with "enormous cornflower-blue eyes, tilted slightly above extraordinary cheekbones". With this description, one begins to have a picture of Marina as a beautiful woman with physical qualities similar to that of a supermodel. The "supermodel" image, of course, includes Marina's being super thin, hence, Cayce's calling her Uber-Bones. For Cayce to call Marina "Uber-Bones", she must have been really really thin. Although being thin is in in our current society, there are still some who tend to overdo it. Take for example this article in the New York Times about alarmingly thin girls.

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Since the media plays a very big role in society, girls seeing uber thin supermodels affect how they see their own bodies. Heidi Klum writes about being a super model in this article. Do thin models really warp girls' body image forcing them to make themselves look thinner? This article illustrates more regarding this issue.

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As pretty as Marina may have been described in the novel, she shares the characteristics of many supermodels who act like they are the most important persons in the world. An article on Tyra Banks shows just what i mean.

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