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21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V6 (Message 1655223)
Posted 21 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
Is it used in paper tole?

If paper tole is what I think it is, Bill, another name for 3D decoupage (?) then no - it is not used for producing decoupage (paper tole). But the end products, when combined, can be very impressive.

Ooooooooooooooooooooh... you're getting sooooooooooooooo close :)


Yes, I meant 3D decoupage.

Some other paper based art form, then?
22) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V6 (Message 1655188)
Posted 21 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
Is it used in paper tole?
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Numismatics R Us (Message 1654510)
Posted 19 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
No, it isn't a misprint and it is real.




These are ok, but change is still a problem.....



Fortunately, vending machines won't take them. Imagine trying to hold a cup of coffee and pick up 99,998 loonies coming out of the change chute.
24) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Numismatics R Us (Message 1654270)
Posted 18 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
Er, you pay a tailor to fix your pockets??


Tailoring expenses (category 534.322.42 to CRA) includes threads, needles and thimbles.
25) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Numismatics R Us (Message 1654247)
Posted 18 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
You have to be careful when getting rid of the smaller coinage. Prices start going up when you can't place a fractional price on small purchases.


Not my experience with the removal of the one cent coin in Canada. For every $4.99 that gets rounded up, there is a $4.91 that gets rounded down. Also, any electronic transactions, like debit card or credit card, still get calculated to the penny.

And even if I pay a few cents extra on each transaction, it gets lost in the noise. Typical month for me has maybe 10 cash transactions, everything else is by debit card.
26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Numismatics R Us (Message 1654149)
Posted 18 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
Toonie is far more Canadian than doubloon. Although I would suggest the more correct spelling would be twoonie.

Sadly, the demise of the penny and the rise of the loonie/toonie are just reflections of inflation. I have strong memories of being ten years old, and digging in to my pocket to find enough coins to buy an airplane magazine or a cold drink. I do the same today, except I dig up toonies and loonies, instead of quarters and dimes.
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : I have been impolite as of late..... (Message 1654132)
Posted 18 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
+3
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Numismatics R Us (Message 1654130)
Posted 18 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
Canadians have adapted well to one dollar and two dollar coins, loonies and toonies. They are longer lasting and therefore cheaper than their paper equivalents. We had some issues with adapting vending machines, particularly when the loonie was resized shortly after its introduction. But people forget those issues pretty quickly once they are resolved.

BTW, Canadian pennies are gone. Can't say I miss them.

29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Linguistic fun... (Message 1652864)
Posted 14 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
Roadsign


In Canada that sign means tourist information ahead.
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Linguistic fun... (Message 1652063)
Posted 12 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
In Sweden we use daily English loanwords like "chat", "mejl" and "brunch". But in the case "After Work", to grab a beer or glass of wine after work, it is not an expression we borrowed but invented ourselves. According to the English-language newspaper The Local English speakers in Sweden are puzzled by the term "after work" that is neither used in the US or in the UK rather, "how about some drinks?" Or short "pub?".

'Chat' and 'brunch' i recognise, what does 'mejl' mean? I'm not even sure how to pronounce it.


I assume the j is pronounced as an i.
31) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Linguistic fun... (Message 1651727)
Posted 11 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
I started working for a German firm in 1987, and still do consulting for firms in Germany and Scandinavia. They often ask me to help with their English in written reports, but after so many years I really have a hard time finding the small errors they want me to correct. I know what they are saying, so it all looks OK to me!
(Or as some would say, it all to me OK looks.)

Hmmm.
The most reluctant countries in Europe to speak English are France and Germany.
I have also worked at a German firm, Siemens. Concern language they said was English.
When people from Germany came here to have a seminare they all talked German.
Why? Since in the computer business there are so many tecnical terms that are German:)
Yes. Datei Übertragen, Tastatur und Datenbank!

Datei Übertragen DÜ is the Enter key on the keybord.


The German firm I worked for merged with a French firm about 5 years after I got there. After literally years of debate, it was decided that the official internal language would be English. Because Germans refused to speak French and French refused to speak German. As one of the 5 % of employees who were natural English speakers, I was quite happy with this.
32) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1651726)
Posted 11 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
As an aside, this created a lively discussion in the office as to exactly how many cats you had to own before you officially became a Crazy Cat Lady.


I have heard "four" or more, which we had for a couple of years.

I have also heard "double digits".


Most of the cat owners in the discussion claimed it was "one more than I have".
33) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1651682)
Posted 11 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
That moma cat was a smart cat. She was a rescue sort of. She was pregnant and went people shopping. We did not select her. She selected us. How that works. I do not know. We had no say in her decision making. Even the dog had to move on over. She just came over and moved in and stayed.
Has anyone have that happen?


Many years ago a co-worker purchased a rural house, complete with shed and shed cat. She had two house cats of her own at the time, and only ever saw glimpses of the shed cat. When she had been there about a year the shed cat came in to the house for the first time, and gave birth to a litter. After a few weeks she moved back to the shed, minus the kittens.

As an aside, this created a lively discussion in the office as to exactly how many cats you had to own before you officially became a Crazy Cat Lady.
34) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Linguistic fun... (Message 1651681)
Posted 11 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
Years ago in California I had a job that lasted about a year before the company crashed and being somewhat of a low budget operation they had about half the workers asian. In the software area where I worked I suspect the numbers may have been a bit higher. They came from China, Japan and several other countries in the areas so their accent was mixed but after a year of working there, I didn't notice the accent very much and had gotten over any issues of understanding them.


I started working for a German firm in 1987, and still do consulting for firms in Germany and Scandinavia. They often ask me to help with their English in written reports, but after so many years I really have a hard time finding the small errors they want me to correct. I know what they are saying, so it all looks OK to me!

(Or as some would say, it all to me OK looks.)
35) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V6 (Message 1651164)
Posted 9 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
Used in spinning threads?
36) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1651096)
Posted 9 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
There are numerous theories on why birds fly into glass. Not the least of which happens in the spring when they see their rival (reflection) in the glass and attack it.


We get gold finches attacking their reflections in car mirrors and windows every spring here, fighting till the drop of exhaustion sometimes. But I've never seen one ram the window fast enough to do damage to themsleves. Instead they flare as they approach the glass, hover next to it, and strike out with their feet and beak.
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1651069)
Posted 9 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
The hawk silhouette decals are quite common on big buildings up here. I guess that means they work. My understanding is that the bird see reflected sky, focused at a very long distance, and thinks it is about to fly through a "hole" in your building and come out on the other side. Anything that forces them to focus on the actual distance to the window should clue them in.
38) Message boards : Politics : Atheists New ten Commandments (Message 1650775)
Posted 8 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
I'm a Militant Agnostic. Our motto is "I'm not sure, and neither are you".
39) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Boat Thread (Message 1650652)
Posted 8 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
The Hood was designed and built for the previous war

Not quite, but was likely designed to many of the previous war specs.

The HOOD
Laid down: 1 September 1916
Launched: 22 August 1918
Commissioned: 15 May 1920

Don't forget also RMS Lusitania.


You kind of prove my point Chris. The Hood was specified and designed prior to September 1916, launched by August 1918, First Great Unpleasantness ended November 1918.

Billy Mitchell proved that large capital ships were obsolete death traps in 1921, and got court martialed for it. It took a few more decades, and much waste of resources and lives, before others saw his point.

Can't quite see the connection to the Lusitania. She was sunk by a sub.
40) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Boat Thread (Message 1650382)
Posted 7 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
The Hood was designed and built for the previous war. Churchill, despite his many strengths, continued to support capital ships long after their time had passed. To be fair, some leaders in the US, Germany, Japan, and Italy had the same problem. They all wasted a lot of steel, a lot of money, and a lot of lives by sticking to old ideas.


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