Posts by Bill Walker


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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Favorite trees (Message 1784192)
Posted 9 hours ago by Profile Bill Walker
Has to be a maple, eh. Any kind, but I'm particularly fond of the red ones.

2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part III (Message 1783863)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bill Walker
Boom? Really? Please.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuNcSp2T4Lw


I love it!
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1783348)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Mister W!!!

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I'll have you know that my beautiful, gentle, sweet and charming little woodland friends DO NOT have "filthy little paws"!!! They have frequently washed, perfect little pristine paws!!!



Based on what they leave on the ground next to my garbage cans, they had filthy little paws for at least part of the time.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1782734)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
My thought was that it would make an interesting jigsaw puzzle.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1782731)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bill Walker


Strategically placed bungee cords = problem solved


Yes and no. The local raccoons figured out bungee cords several years ago. They can't undo them, but they can knock the can on its side (placing garbage up against the lid), and then stretch the cord enough to get their filthy little paws into the can. Took me a while to figure this out, as what you find in the morning is a can on its side, bungees and lid intact, with chewed garbage all around. It takes a combination of locking handles and bungees to defeat them now, and even then I need to get a new brand of locking handles every few years, as they figure these out eventually.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1782727)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
All this grey! It really is too much!

As a tonic, I offer a recent photo that shows North American colour, North American long trains, and North American spring weather this year. Picture taken today in eastern Ontario.

7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Anyone┬┤s leaving the project ? (Message 1779287)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
I agree. The points awarded for S@H are outrageous. Everybody should leave the project as a sign of their disgust.

Then I might finally get a Greenbank WU...
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1776652)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
I think the issue in North America is the large number of uncontrolled crossings, mostly rural with very light vehicle traffic. This accident was on a Class 1 line, with 25+ trains a day, a lot of Class 2 lines see one or two trains a week.

According to Wikipedia (I know) Canada and the US total about 267,000 miles of track. Germany, France, Italy, UK and Spain total 130,000 miles.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1776467)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/via-train-car-collide-near-london-ont-killing-2-1.3520018

This is about an hour from my house, and I've driven the crossing a few times. Flashing lights and buckboards, but no barrier. The land is dead flat, with good visibility of trains from both directions. Initial reports are that lights were working, train was doing about 60 mph. Kind of amazed this could happen at this location. The road was probably slippery, from snow the previous night, remains to be seen if this was a factor.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1776027)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
While looking for something else, stumbled on some video of a track cleaner in New Jersey.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1774337)
Posted 27 Mar 2016 by Profile Bill Walker
The line was out of use, but it is still sad to see it go. These old wooden trestles are being filled or replaced, one by one, but this one got missed.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : If you were going to live in the USA which state would you choose to live in? (Message 1773583)
Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Profile Bill Walker
Having lived in California and Oklahoma, I would pick the State of Denial.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rock make overs (Message 1771834)
Posted 16 Mar 2016 by Profile Bill Walker
One of my favorites in this niche genre: Beatles Go Baroque.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V8 (Message 1770347)
Posted 8 Mar 2016 by Profile Bill Walker
A minor point, my small engine guy called it a crankshaft seal installer. I guess both are correct.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V8 (Message 1770179)
Posted 7 Mar 2016 by Profile Bill Walker
Pretty sure a constant speed and variable pitch are the same thing. Fixed pitch is the type that would not require this tool.


Forgive the thread drift, but you are in my field now ;)

Variable pitch is one method of achieving constant speed, and the most common one we see today (at least on seized wing). Back when Pontius was a pilot, and the air regs were carved in stone, there were manually adjusted variable pitch props, that only sorta kinda gave constant speed.

But after showing the picture to some Friends In The Know, it is nothing to do with props. But close.....
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V8 (Message 1769934)
Posted 6 Mar 2016 by Profile Bill Walker
I'm somewhat surprised Bill Walker doesn't know what it is.


I'm sure I have seen it, and I'm sure it was a tin basher that owned it. Of course, he could have been multi talented.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V8 (Message 1769810)
Posted 5 Mar 2016 by Profile Bill Walker
For shaping sheet metal?
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1769617)
Posted 5 Mar 2016 by Profile Bill Walker
GO (Government of Ontario) is not so superstitious.

19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1768924)
Posted 2 Mar 2016 by Profile Bill Walker
Apparently, these guys are really serious about the Great Lakes Basin Railway. When you get to the last page, if you click the link to the company, their map is very interesting. It still shows rail lines that are long abandoned. This simultaneously annoys and pleases me. Annoys because it's bad info, pleases because I can see in good detail where these lines used to be.


In Canada a rail company can own certain land rights even after the tracks are removed, like the right to run electrical or telephone lines. for some companies, that is a big part of their value. Maybe GLBR is in a similar situation,and wants to sell or rent the unused lines?
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V7 (Message 1768437)
Posted 28 Feb 2016 by Profile Bill Walker
Does it store multiple attachments in the case? Used for precision work, like watches or electronics?


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