Why Harlequin?

The name Harlequin is taken from the classic Harlan Ellison short story "Repent Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman, possibly the best speculative fiction short story ever written. If you haven't read it, go find a copy and do so. I'll wait- it's only eight pages long. (Please make sure you obtain it legally- otherwise the author might hunt you down.)

All of our machines are named for Ellison short stories. The current roster of machines, along with name inspirations, in our group is:

      
harlequin,
ticktockman:
"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman
basilisk:Basilisk
beast:The Beast that Shouted Love at the Heart of the World
cathedral:Midnight in the Sunken Cathedral
deathbird:The Deathbird
deadman:Pennies, Off a Dead Man's Eyes
demon:Demon with a Glass Hand
edge:City on the Edge of Forever
glowworm:Glowworm
goblin:Shattered Like a Glass Goblin
grail:Grail
hutch:Life Hutch
kadak:I'm Looking for Kadak
mefisto:Mefisto in Onyx
myshkin:Prince Myshkin, and Hold the Relish
outpost:The Outpost Undiscovered by Tourists
paladin:Paladin of the Last Hour
phoenix:Phoenix Without Ashes
prowler:The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World
roost:All the Birds Come Home to Roost
spikes:Driving in the Spikes
tardis:The non-Ellison inspiration in the bunch, deriving instead from the Gallifreyan mode of transportation.