I noticed this AM one has apparently been feeding from dog bowl looking
at droppings...had to come 'round the house from the other direction;
this spaniel generally tries to chase anything w/ wings at least
We keep water out for them and the couple of covey of quail that reside
in the cedars/windbreak.
Last year was so dry had to turn waterers on in the feedlot to keep the
deer from completely debarking everything in the yard searching for
anything at all...we're not that bad off this year at least yet.
Made a pass around this AM; much of the wheat is, indeed, gone, though,
as far as making a grain crop. Boot but no grain and brown... :( Not
much revenue there; will start swathing to salvage at least something
Monday. Some of the sandier ground is still hanging on but unless get
some relief _real_soon_now_ which doesn't look likely it's in trouble, too.
And I'll add you need to have been around in the 30s (before me) or the
50s (was) to remember the hordes that literally stripped fields bare
after the coyotes and other predators (hawks and golden eagles as well,
but primarily coyotes) had been nearly eliminated to fully appreciate
there's a need for them in the system, too.
Part of the problem is that the newsgroup is not a single site.
It is a large number of news servers around the world, and particular
postings from nearer servers will show up before those from more distant
servers -- varying in particular in the matter of which server passes
the articles to which. I used to run my own news server, and got quite
accustomed to dealing with such variations. The news articles are
displayed based on the article number assigned by *your* server,
sequentially as the articles arrive and are processed. They then get
sent on to other servers, which either accept them, or reject them
because they already have a copy from another server. (They are
identified as unique based on the contents of the "Message-ID: " header,
which is usually allocated by the news server to which you posted it.
Anyway -- an article posted to your news server will show up
"first" on it, even though others will show up first on servers closer
to the point of origin.
You can see the path which the article took in the header
"Path: " with the most recent server to handle it at the left-hand end
of the line (which may well fold several times). Here is an example
from the 1st of January of this year:
Server names are separated by '!' characters, and often the last
entry will be something like "not-for-mail" because similar paths
(called "bang paths" for the '!' character used as a delimiter) were
once used for mail, but would end with a user name and not a system
So -- it is not that anyone is trying to give you a hard time.
Rob is basing it on the order in which articles arrive at the news
server which he uses. (BTW -- I understand that Google's news server
(which they like to call "google groups" has a very long delay between
posting and displaying an article on their server -- so it is possible
that someone posting there will see one or more followups (replies) to
what they posted before they see what they posted. (And sometimes they
post several times because they don't see what they posted in a
reasonable period. But -- what they posted does go out quickly to the
rest of the world. :-)
I typically wind up not getting to reading usenet newsgroups until the
evening, so I don't expect to be the first very often. It has to be
something really uncommon. :-)
2545 Hmmm... Lemme imagine... Somebody has some valuables locked up
somewhere. A robber shows up and threatens him. He produces the key.
He also produces a burning match. Carefully holding the key upright, he
subtly points the end of the key at the robber and applies the match to
the touch-hole. It goes boom. Makes sense.
On 5/3/2012 4:14 AM, Rob H. wrote:
into the treasure room and be in the process of stealing it. Insert key
into lock. Before turning it, apply match to touch-hole to discomfort
the thief. Or... Unlock room, prime touch-hole, apply match.
2545, a "bit key" that might not have a lock to go with it.
2546, this is an electrolysis device. My science teacher had one, when I was
in school, back in the good old days. The two tubes at the bottom, the
teacher put in rubber stopper, with a wire that goes into the tube. Then,
the glassware is filled with water, and some electrolyte. I can't remember
off hand, but think that would be a pinch of table salt. Might have been
sodium sulphate, instead. By applying direct current, the water would break
in to hydrogen and oxygen. The gasses could be drawn off, by opening the
valves at the top of the thin tubes.
2547, looks a bit like a US quarter that's been in a stamping press.
2548, totally no clue.
2549, native American arrow head.
2550, seriously no clue.
2546 is a laboratory electrolysis demonstrator / oxygen-hydrogen
The bottoms of the open tubes are plugged with stoppers holding
electrodes that extend up into the tubes.
The petcocks are open, and an electrolyte (often dilute sulfuric acid) is
filled into the gas columns through the reservoir/funnel.
When a column fills completely, the petcock is closed. When both are
filled an DC supply is hooked up to the electrodes. The reservoir is
kept full by the operator.
As gas accumulates in the columns, it's extracted via rubber tubes stuck
over the petcock spouts. When the petcock is opened, gas escapes, and is
replaced by fresh electrolyte from the reservoir.
The vase-shaped bubbles make me think that it's a form of "explosive
art", where the coin was laid face-down on hardened rails, and a thin
sheet of high explosive was laid over it and detonated.
Of course, I'm in that general trade, and when you have a hammer,
everything looks like a nail!
I guess this could also be what the Mint does to defective coins to
render them unusable.
2545 - Jailers key gun -
2547 - corrugated quarter - used for whatisit quizzes
2549 - Can't tell what it's made of: glass?
2550 - Guessing: Vintage "speculum" type tool. Seems to be made of
brass for 1) use in a wet environment or 2) prevent a spark ....
I believe that 2549 is a "torpedo"/round bottom/"ballast" mineral
water bottle. They were designed to stay on their sides so that the
cork stopper/seal wouldn't dry out and allow the bottle to leak. I
found a reference at <<http://www.sha.org/bottle/soda.htm , about 2/3
of the way down or so.
I was just going to say that 2545 was an intricate bit key for a
warded lock -- I'd never heard of gun keys before, but it sure could
be one with the firing mechanism missing.
I don't think that it's missing, it probably never had one to begin with,
didn't see any way for a mechanism to be attached or for it to ignite the
powder. I would bet they fired it by touching a cigar to the small hole.
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