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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XIX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1505203)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
One man's pet (or flower) is another man's pest (or weed). It all depends on your point of view. I love to watch the raccoons playing in my back yard. I deeply, deeply hated the raccoon that briefly moved into my attic a few years back.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A bit difficult language, perhaps (Message 1503290)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Where we really get our beer.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A bit difficult language, perhaps (Message 1503239)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Chris, I take it your source is not Canadian. Everybody knows it came from "hose bag", which came from ... well, I don't want us to get moderated.

Back when I first started hearing "hoser" most ice rinks didn't involve a hose. That was just for the rich kids in big cities.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1503230)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Most liquid hydrocarbons need to be vapourized before they burn. As Donald pointed out, one good way to vapourize them is a high speed crash. The resulting cloud of vapour still needs to come into contact with something very hot (like a really hot exhaust pipe) before it ignites, so vehicle fires resulting from crashes are relatively rare. Most road vehicle fires are electrical in origin, second leading cause is a ruptured fuel line on a running engine (like Mark's example).
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1503151)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Diesel is harder to ignite than pump gas, but not impossible. Once you get it vaporized, it burns very nicely.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A bit difficult language, perhaps (Message 1503011)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
TAKE OFF EH.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A bit difficult language, perhaps (Message 1502864)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
@ES99 -
Just try getting an American to say Worcestershire sauce.

they would say Brown sauce. Pronounced brow-n not br-own.

In Canada they don't seem to know what brown sauce is. They have HP sauce.


Depends on the Canadian. My wife usually has at least two types of Worcestershire in the cupboard, plus HP. We also have Katsup, from Holland, which is nothing like ketchup. And Maggi, from Holland as well. I know this is a brand name for a lot of stuff, but we use the term in our house to refer to their brown sauce, which is closer to soya sauce then to HP. Mr dearly departed mother-in-law would sometimes refer to soya sauce as "that Chinese Maggi".

All this shows the beauty and at the same time the difficulty in English. We freely adapt terms from other languages, along with their spellings and pronunciations. Makes for a colourful, but confusing, language.

It also means that all the local dialects of English are quite legitimate, eh.

Noo doobt aboot it, as Celt would say.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A bit difficult language, perhaps (Message 1502858)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Just try getting an American to say Worcestershire sauce.


I actually do this, every chance I get. It can be great fun, eh.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A bit difficult language, perhaps (Message 1502415)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Now there is a proper Englishman, using proper pronunciation, eh Chris?

Interesting rhymes:

Hallelujah / peculiar

Dough / know / no

and so on ...
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time v3 (Message 1502412)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
For holding chalk?
11) Message boards : Politics : Crimea (Message 1501369)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Raistmer, how many US (or NATO) troops are in Libya today, or even close to Libya today? How many Russian troops are in Crimea today, and how many are lined up on the Ukraine border?

Two different patterns, I think.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's Give Us A Caption #55 (Message 1499254)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Why does the photographer keep pointing up?
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A bit difficult language, perhaps (Message 1499252)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
In English, we park on driveways and drive on parkways.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Favorite commercials from years past (Message 1499121)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
I mostly remember catchy songs from old commercials. I still wonder where the yellow went.

And here is one for anyone watching TV in Ontario back in the 60s. What were they singing about when they told you to have "one at noon, one at night, and one along the way"?


MILK


For what? FOR MILK! (Chorus of animated cows then sings "Drink three glasses every day!")

Did this ad run in the US as well?
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Favorite commercials from years past (Message 1499092)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
I mostly remember catchy songs from old commercials. I still wonder where the yellow went.

And here is one for anyone watching TV in Ontario back in the 60s. What were they singing about when they told you to have "one at noon, one at night, and one along the way"?
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : HI to Chris S, celttooth and Jeremy and everyone :) (Message 1499090)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Hello back at you Dr. CETI.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XIX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1494828)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
I've finally seen the season's first hummingbird! I knew they were nearby. I put
out two feeders about a week ago.


Whereabouts are you? We are still a month or more away from the first hummingbirds here. Here in the Great White North we did get the first robins last week, and the first song sparrows yesterday and today.
18) Message boards : Politics : For plain silly news (Message 1493505)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
I just find that ridiculous Chris that cops have to have sex with the prostitutes 1st before they can book them for soliciting.

What's the world coming to.

Cheers.


Sounds to me like they have a really good union.
19) Message boards : Politics : The end of civilisation is nigh (Message 1493490)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
OK, I did some digging and the US has improved teacher requirements since about 1980. Most states now require a bachelor degree, but the "alternative teacher certification" route still exists.

From wikipedia: "Alternatively certified teachers typically possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and are completing (or have completed) an alternative certification program while teaching full-time. Other state certification requirements, such as the type of education coursework or the length of practice teaching, may be modified or waived. In the United States, alternative certification is offered in forty-eight states and the District of Columbia."

Note the words "typically", and "may be modified or waived". I know personally grade school teachers in the US, younger than me, who don't have a bachelor's degree. In Canada a teacher needs the following before being certified:

-at least a bachelor's degree in the field they will be teaching in
-at least one year university level work in teaching (this is after the basic B.Sc. or B.A.)
-to pass a written and practical test

I wouldn't consider dollars spent per student as the only way to compare various school systems. Thing like land costs and teacher's wages vary considerably from country to country. Take a look at the 2006 world rankings at http://www.geographic.org/country_ranks/educational_score_performance_country_ranks_2009_oecd.html , which show the US in 27th place in student performance in math (just one example). Countries ahead of the US on the list are the ones stealing our jobs and economy right now: Korea, Japan, most of western Europe,and several emerging eastern European countries.

You also need to look at variations in educational quality within the US. Take a look at http://www.governing.com/gov-data/education-data/state-education-spending-per-pupil-data.html and you will see the spending per student ranges from $19,076 in New York state to $6,200 in Utah. Are these students receiving the same quality of education?

I don't want to just pick on the US here. Some of the same trends are appearing elsewhere. Here in Canada, governments are quick to cut school spending (or at least not keep spending in line with inflation) in order to cut taxes and buy votes. This has been going on long enough to cause major shifts in our higher education student populations. Take a look at the students in any post grad program in a Canadian university and you will see a very large number or foreign students. This is partly due to them being the only ones willing to do the low paid long hours in such a program, and partly due to them being the only one qualified any more. Those degrees in film history and gender studies that the Canadians are getting lead to a very limited number of grad school positions, although they are relatively cheap.

Which brings me back (finally) to the topic of this thread. If the end of civilization is nigh, a big cause of it will be our modern trend of selling our future for short term gains for a small (but powerful) part of the population. If you listen to political discussion in Canada today, an amazing number of people are telling me that is just and proper to decrease the quality of life of a majority of people today and in the future so a small percentage of the population can put a second Mercedes in their driveway.

And finally, I didn't mean to say that MajorKong was a christian fundamentalist, but like so many North Americans you appear to carry the baggage of a Christian style upbringing. Things like objecting to sex education in public schools, plus denying evolution and climate change, all in the face of clear evidence to the contrary, can all be traced to a christian style upbringing, whether that included going to church or not. We may have to add that to the list of causes of the end of civilization.
20) Message boards : Politics : Malayan Boeing B777-200 missing (Message 1493092)
Posted 30 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
If this wreckage is confirmed, then where it is could have been expected, at the end of the "southern arc" given maximum flight time.


Chris, those arcs we see on the various news web sites are the possible locations of the aircraft at the time of the last ACARS transmission. They are not flight paths. Because ACARS is not designed to locate a transmitter, that is the best they can do with the data they have. Pick any point on either of those two arcs, draw a circle of about 2,000 miles radius centred on that point, and those are the possible locations of the aircraft when it ran out of fuel (assuming it flew that long). This is a very big area.


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