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21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V4 (Message 1535708)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Used by a potter while turning clay, to remove material?
22) Message boards : Politics : Corporations are people? (Message 1535180)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile Bill Walker


Do you believe a Roman Catholic Doctor should be forced to give an abortion (where the life of the woman is not involved). Or forced to give up the Profession, if he/she refuses?


This is only very loosely related to the original question. Neither of the two choices you offer are correct in any sense. The answer would of course be that the Doctor can do what they like, PROVIDING THE WOMAN HAS ACCESS TO ALL NECESSARY HEALTH CARE (i.e. from another doctor). Big difference to the Hobby Lobby question.
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V4 (Message 1535173)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Should have read all the replies before replying to David. It is indeed a runway friction measurement tool.

Chandorchasma has it! Winner! PM sent.

I think the new rules say you get to accept the win, or throw it up for grabs.
24) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Discussion of Cafe games #7 (Message 1535137)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Sometimes I also have to consider whether I'll be available to run the thread while it's mine. For example, if I'm right on my current guess, I'll have to either find something easy or let someone else do it because I expect to be busy tomorrow and even busier Friday and Saturday. It wouldn't be fair to everyone else for me to post something and then not be here to say whether the guesses are correct.


My experience is similar David, and has held me back sometimes from taking a guess. I think people just have to be patient, and realize some of us have a life away from the computer. I don't think the world would end if the winner takes a day or three to post a new picture, or to reply to guesses.
25) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V4 (Message 1535134)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Something to do with towing luggage carts?


It is towed (next clue), but nothing to do with luggage carts.
26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V4 (Message 1535121)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Not used with a jetway. But more likely to be used at an airport big enough to have a jetway. (Your next clue.)
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V4 (Message 1534944)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
An aircraft taxiing tow bar?


Nope.
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V4 (Message 1534846)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Bernie is very very warm.
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V4 (Message 1534829)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Not a stump grinder.

Not a jack.

Not made for use on roads. (Big hint.)

Thanks Wiggo, what did you change to make it work?
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V4 (Message 1534657)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Okay, lets broaden our definition of tool. I us one like this at work, from time to time. I've edited out the brand names.

tool by wtbalance, on Flickr
31) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V4 (Message 1534644)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Measures run out on something turning. Maybe on a bicycle wheel?
32) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Canada Day eh? (Message 1534588)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Spent a very interesting hour in the local Anglican cathedral today, for a Canada Day concert and singalong. They were really playing to their audience. Along with several Canadian folk songs re-arranged for organ, or piano and harp, we got Jerusalem and The Maple Leaf Forever, and then closed with Pomp and Circumstance on the organ. Nearly blew the roof off.

You non-Canadians may not appreciate this subtly, but the audience actually stood to sing The Maple Leaf Forever. My wife, of Dutch ancestry, was horrified.

For you Yanks, this is kind of the Canuck equivalent of flying the Confederate flag. London is very Anglo.
33) Message boards : Politics : Malayan Boeing B777-200 missing (Message 1534443)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Gotta go with Bob on this one. There are large chunks of the Indian Ocean not covered by any radar. Those areas are far enough away from any coast line that any surviving wreckage would probably break up and sink before reaching the coast. Heck, there might be bits of wreckage still floating out there, unseen by human eyes. Only a small portion of the Indian Ocean has been searched in detail so far.

The ELT probably was activated, the black box pingers probably were activated, and all ran out of batteries before any human got close enough to detect their signals.

Any deserted island big enough to land this airplane has been covered by satellite imaging several times since the accident. One government might hide their images, but you can't hide all of the images all of the time. This plane is gone, most likely on the floor of the ocean. The big question, why, remains.
34) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Doctor Will be Back ... (Message 1533778)
Posted 31 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Yes but ...

What about the copy of the doctor in the parallel universe? What about the Tardis getting involved in a few re-generations? What about The Doctor-Donna? All rules have been broken, so anything goes at this point.
35) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Doctor Will be Back ... (Message 1533644)
Posted 31 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
IIRC, the limit of 10 re-generations was for a "normal" Time Lord, living on Galafry. Our Doctor is anything but normal. The last 40 years or so are just dripping with potential loopholes.
36) Message boards : Politics : Political typology quiz (Message 1533299)
Posted 32 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Two observations Es:

1. Most Americans think they are the world, and that their point of view represents the whole planet. This is how they can call their baseball championship "the World Series" with a straight face.

2. We really shouldn't be feeding the trolls.
37) Message boards : Politics : First Scientific Proof Of God Found (Message 1533294)
Posted 32 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
...

... And Bill Walker, your response, "garbage". How very scientific! Great analysis, good scientific breakdown of your opinion.


You provided "scientific" research in the fields of biology and linguistics from an institute founded to work in the fields of "automotive, diesel, collision refinishing, motorcycle, marine technology, as well as construction trades" (from wikipedia). Garbage in, garbage out.
38) Message boards : Politics : Political typology quiz (Message 1533251)
Posted 32 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
This is clearly biased towards US politics, and further biased towards "liberals are bad", as defined in US politics. It has no relevance for the majority of the world's population.
39) Message boards : Politics : First Scientific Proof Of God Found (Message 1533249)
Posted 32 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
I know why this thread is not in science. Because it contains no real science. Why is it in politics? Are we invited to offer political comments on this garbage? If so, my comment follows:

This is garbage.
40) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1532081)
Posted 35 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Both are very regular events. You don't have to go to the third world to find planes landing at the wrong airport. The important message in both those stories is that nobody and nothing was hurt. They erred, but on the side of safety.

Maybe we need a thread about "transportation inconvenience". I could tell you so many stories....


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