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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : book readers (Message 1573189)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bill Walker
I recently found a first edition of Pearl S. Buck's Peony for an absolute steal in a used book store. Don't judge the story outside of the time it was written, but it is quite the little page turner.


My mother was a serious Pearl S. Buck fan. I think I still have some of her Buck books in boxes in the basement, along with the poetry books my mother collected.
Taken in strictly modern terms, some of Buck's work seems incredibly racist. But in context, she was one of the first popular western authors to portray Asians as "normal people".
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : book readers (Message 1573046)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bill Walker
I have recently discovered Project Gutenberg, to go with a Kindle I "inherited" from my kids. I get their hand-me-downs when they move on to newer technology.

Now on Volume 2 (of 6) of "The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" by Gibbons. Heavy going, but interesting.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Scenery (Message 1572498)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Here is my own shot of one of the sites in Celttooth's last video: The Seven Sisters. One of my favorite spots in Banff. (there is one more to the left, and three to the right, for a total of seven.)

4) Message boards : Politics : ECONOMICS!! (Message 1572399)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Can somebody explain how stricter voter ID rules would have prevented Box 13?
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V5 (Message 1571872)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Tensiometer of some sort.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V5 (Message 1571615)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
A vernier measuring device?
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Is anyone famous left? (Message 1571480)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
You, me, and Julie, Chris.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Is anyone famous left? (Message 1571211)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
You and me, Chris.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V5 (Message 1569966)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
I'm rather shocked you would make that statement. Currently, this should be discussed in the pun thread.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V5 (Message 1569784)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Well, some sort of current limiter or protector. If it is not starting a load, is it protecting from peak loads on a line?
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V5 (Message 1569780)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
It is part of the start up wiring of a really big electrical load, probably a large electric motor.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What's for breakfast? (Message 1569685)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Today was home made peach muffins. I love the fresh fruit season.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V5 (Message 1569434)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Looks like some sort of variable power supply. A portable transformer, or a power supply tester?
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What does being GREENmean to you? (Message 1568437)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
It is people like you two that make it difficult to be green.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What does being GREENmean to you? (Message 1568265)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
16) Message boards : Politics : So, where is the thread against Islamic violence? (Message 1568241)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Probably no thread with that topic because the topic is so blatantly racist. If the actions of ISIS and their kind deserve a thread about "Islamic violence", then we also need threads about "Christian violence" or "middle aged white guy violence" because of people like Wade Page or Scott Roeder (Google them).

By all means condemn violence, but don't justify the actions of these people by becoming the semi-fictional bigots that these groups (Islamic, Christian or whatever) claim exist in order to advance their primarily political agendas.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V5 (Message 1567553)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Nozzle for a daylighter?

I have no idea what a daylighter is, but this is not one.


I think you Yanks call them hydrovacs. High pressure water into a hole, mud gets vacuumed out, so you can dig up a buried wire or pipe without breaking it.

18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V5 (Message 1567353)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Nozzle for a daylighter?
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V5 (Message 1567074)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Pressure relief valve?
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V5 (Message 1566998)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
I think I see a tapered thread and an internal passage at one end. Do you screw this into a fluid system to get a sample or introduce something into the fluid?


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