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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's Give Us a Caption #58 (Message 1611121)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
I gotta GO!
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V5 (Message 1611064)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Flight involves leaving the earth. Could be space flight.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V5 (Message 1610815)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
An old flightworthy hard disc.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Berks R Us Report (Message 1609978)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
I am speechless.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-s-worst-driver-youtube-video-spurs-police-investigation-1.2862750
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1609683)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Chris, the Canadian railroads had a long history of chemical suppression of rail side growth on an industrial scale. I suspect that modern laws have put some restrictions on that now, but back in the day if you wanted to really REALLY kill some troublesome weeds, you tried to find a railroad man.

Not naming names, but I know of a gravel driveway near a rail yard in a certain western Canadian city that has been totally vegetation free for 50+ years. And that is even after the new property owners tried to relocate the driveway, and grow grass where the old driveway had been
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Black Friday (Message 1608892)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
My last involvement with Black Friday found me at a mall (for a legitimate reason) walking past a long line of young hipsters waiting to get into an Apple store. I stopped, surveyed the scene, and announced "Sheep! Mindless sheep!" in a loud clear voice. They all avoided eye contact with me. My wife doesn't let me go to the mall on Black Fridays anymore.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Jean BĂ©liveau a true gentleman RIP..... (Message 1608748)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Very sad. And Gordie Howe looks to be next. Saw Johnny Bower on the TV a few nights ago, he's looking good for 90.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Dead phone (Message 1608479)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Why wait 2 years, when you can buy it now?

Of course it is terribly wasteful of energy, and generates all sorts of RF fields we don't really understand yet, but hey. That hasn't stopped us before.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : British vs. French system (Message 1607680)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
The warmer guinness is it tastes better (up to a point) but it gets worse to pour. On hot days we used to turn the cooler up to make it easier to serve, but we got some complaints that it was too cold. It was a juggling act. The worst beer in the whole wide world is universally acclaimed as Watneys Red Barrel, now thankfully discontinued. Watneys Mild was nothing more than coloured water and came a close second.


You need to widen your horizons to find truly bad beer. This is what I had in mind when I said "for some beers removing tastes and flavours is an improvement".

10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V5 (Message 1607678)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Used for heading nails?
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : British vs. French system (Message 1607347)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Bill Walker


Taste and flavours often get lost with lower temperatures.


With some beers that is an improvement!
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V5 (Message 1607346)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Anything to do with brick laying?
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1607343)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
He was hiding behind the settee :-))))


In Canuckistan you hide behind the chesterfield.
14) Message boards : Technical News : Another Update (Nov 21, 2014) (Message 1607341)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
(an old) Newbie here. (trans. have been away for a while...)

Any reason not to "Suspend" project until informed here that things are up and running again?

Thanks.


I'm still getting a few work units once in awhile. Maybe re-sends, or maybe they re-split a data tape occasionally. I'm leaving S@H on, and running some backup projects. That way I will get new WUs when they are available, with no further input from me.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V5 (Message 1606916)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Used to clean flesh off animal hides?
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1606591)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
I need a vaporizer ray.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : British vs. French system (Message 1606570)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Celsius and Kelvin use the same unit, but are very different measurement scales, generally used for very different purposes.

And Chris, water freezes at 0C and boils at 100C at one very specific pressure, in one very specific atmosphere. And it has to be very pure water. All these measurement systems and units are arbitrary. As I said before, it just depends which one you get used to.

This sums it up nicely.
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : British vs. French system (Message 1605049)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
This of course brings to mind the Mars Climate Orbiter incident in 1999: "The 'root cause' of the loss of the spacecraft was the failed translation of English units into metric units in a segment of ground-based, navigation-related mission software - -"



This to me is still not a root cause, it is just a symptom. You don't correct problems by telling people "don't do that again". Humans don't work that way. You might be able to correct the problem if you know WHY the human made the mistake, and then fixed that. Better expressed root causes might be "a lack of fluency in multiple unit systems" and/or "a lack of understanding of the presented data because of a lack of fluency in different unit systems", and/or "a lack of understanding of the presented data because of a lack of understanding of the task described by the presented data".

Just saying you shouldn't be too quick to blame the metric system.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : British vs. French system (Message 1605030)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
I can't get too excited about the whole Imperial versus Metric thing. After 40 years of working around the globe in engineering, I realize there is metric, and then there is metric. Ask industries in 5 different metric countries what the standard units are for pressure, and you will get at least 6 different answers.

It all boils down to local preferences, and if you want to work in a region you need to learn to communicate with those people. Base ten makes some thing easier, but you can learn almost anything if you have to. I can still recite the decimal equivalent, and the millimetre equivalent, of most 32nd and 64th fractions of an inch. That's after two years of working in a drawing office that used inch fractions on the drawings, but bought material in inch decimals and metric.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's Give Us a Caption #58 (Message 1604699)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Alright, judging time. Several good ones, but nobody used my first idea "how much further to Florida?"

Third place to Celttooth "we fought the British for this place?" I think that every time I visit Buffalo.

Second to Admiral Gloval (Where's that darn newspaper?) and Wiggo (I hope that I have mail when I get to that letterbox) for very similar thoughts.

But first has to got to David, if only because that very thing has happened to me several times: "Why didn't I put gas in the snow blower last week?"

PM on its way.


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