I have a giant coffee mug (holds about half a gallon — no exaggeration), but it’s plain white, which is sometimes rather boring (and also the color of vanilla ice cream and Moby Dick: a color which I don’t think is ugly, but sometimes these things need to be pointed out anyway), and earlier this year I had an idea to paint it with the mission patch design for the Roald Amundsen, assuming I could come up with something for that.
A few weeks ago, Paul started making preliminary sketches for the patch.
It is possible, if “that novel” and its sequels/prequel sell well, that I’ll decide to make normal-sized mugs with that design available for sale on CaféPress or wherever. (We need to set up a CaféPress account anyway, so we can make those “Everybody wave…” t-shirts. And occasionally I think it would be funny to wear a shirt with GMO written across the front, but hardly anyone would get the joke, and a lot of people would be offended because they’d think I was advocating unsound agricultural practices… I’m not a plant, friends, and I’m at least ninety-eight percent human.)
Wow, that tangent went places I didn’t expect (not noticing the vectors today, I guess 🙂 ), although I should have.
Anyway, the mega-mug with a mission-patch design for the Amundsen makes sense in-story, too, as a joke about how much coffee the Amundsen‘s captain drinks. It seems like the sort of thing Mike would give him, and at least this joke wouldn’t have any… unforeseen consequences.