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7:19 pm on Sep 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Just remembered it's me to host, is anyone waiting?

I had something but knowing me it's old hat and will be gotten in 30 seconds flat!

PS: I'm recording Panto parts right now (bah humbug!), this is my first time (panto-ing) & I can't believe I'm doing this!

7:33 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I had something but knowing me it's old hat and will be gotten in 30 seconds flat!

Well, we will never find out unless you give it a shot.

7:44 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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am working on it, lost me gizmo page, here's the image if you want.. page with clues coming in a mo..

well? [suzyit.com]

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A pipe threader or cutter?...KF
8:17 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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nah KF, but thanks for guesstimate

you deserve this [psptuts.serenitysheri.com]

8:40 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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It is most definitely electrical, yes?
8:47 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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It looks like it's to some kind of optical device.
8:55 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Light switch for an octopus.
8:58 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Telephone or telecommunication industry?

A better use for neoprene, IMO [skinsuits.net]

9:03 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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>>electrical = no, I don't think so (but I retain the right to change my mind as only a woman can!) - in other words as far as I know there is no external power source

>>optical = depends what you're looking at

>>Light switch for an octopus.

oh lawman what the heck can I say, no but I've the toothbrush holder [flickr.com] for one of those ;)

9:04 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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hello grandpa.. c'mon you can do it this week, but not looking at pics like those ;)
9:05 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Is the little wood box in the background relevant?

but not looking at pics like those ;)
Ummm.... that was for lawman.
sorry, I behave now
9:11 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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>> Is the little wood box in the background relevant?

no not really, but I'd want it, if I had this little baby to look after .. and before y'all ask I think the box/tool is no more than 8" long/wide - can't find the specs so you're gonna have to try to narrow to a "trade"

[edited by: SuzyUK at 9:12 pm (utc) on Sep. 13, 2008]

9:15 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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ah, old traditions never die!

Looks interesting, but I'm still thinking... ;)

9:17 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Did the brown box belong to Pandora?
9:19 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hmmm...some type of clamp it would seem.
9:24 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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>>pandora's box
It mght have done, but let's hope this [ninocka.com] is not the outcome!

clamp = no.. not even close? [affordablehousinginstitute.org]

9:25 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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clue time?

can be used for! [ewtn.com]

9:25 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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is the weight of the gizmo relevant to its function?
9:26 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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no weight is not relevant, though I would imagine a master of the trade would have a preference for the "feel"

[edited by: SuzyUK at 9:27 pm (utc) on Sep. 13, 2008]

9:34 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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which implies a manual craft, and not something high-tech...
9:34 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Before the operators of the LHC can find the God particle, they have to call in old world craftsmen to use the device to make final adjusments using the thumbscrews. Surprisingly, this is all done by feel - with the future of the world in the balance, apprentices and journeymen can watch but are not allowed to make the final adjustments.

[edited by: lawman at 9:39 pm (utc) on Sep. 13, 2008]

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"Good or Evil, who decides?"

It is part of a Turing machine?

9:47 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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>> which implies a manual craft

yep :) one of the few the few that still needs the "touch", and yes Lawman I dare say the LHC could benefit from this, as it could unlock some secrets

grandpa, no, but good guess, I especially liked this bit (as I searched!)

Turing machines are not intended as a practical computing technology, but a thought experiment about the limits of mechanical computation.

so you get the the official merit award [magicbob2000.com]
9:49 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Some kind of electro-optic effect device?
9:56 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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it reminds me of tools used by hatmakers to adjust the size and shape of their hats. But those are much wider in diameter and have many more of the adjustable pins at the top...
9:59 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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OK have added another couple of pics, so do a refresh.. the bottom one is simpler version that does nearly the same thing.

btw, you do know it's past bed time here right?

[edit]added nearly! - it, the bottom tool, will do the same job for some if it's not so complex[/edit]

and no it's not hats [hatsinthebelfry.com], bird

[edited by: SuzyUK at 10:04 pm (utc) on Sep. 13, 2008]

10:06 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Scotty had to reverse the polarity of this device by attenuating the axial servo - I just can't remember what it's called.
10:09 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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would someone *please* beam him [chrisbyrne.com] up! :)

have you had your nap yet?

10:10 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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No, wait a minute; it's really used by veternarians to clamp birds beaks to keep from getting pecked while trying to determine the bird's gender.
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