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Gonometer

Absence Measuring Device.
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Ever wonder how far gone someone is?

Wait! Whats this in my pocket? A gonometer! Wahay...

Hmm.. how do I use this..

Ah!....point..aim, ...er....press the button...!...TZZZZZ Phhhpppp......Ding!

Ooooo...

Oh he wont be back till next Tuesday. Blast!

blammo, Oct 07 2004

The Be Back Countdown Board http://www.halfbake...20Countdown_20Board
... once had so many croissants - now, none! [jonthegeologist, Oct 07 2004]

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       [blammo] same functionality as the linked idea?
jonthegeologist, Oct 07 2004
  

       [JTD] More or a personal wireless device you carry around with you. Probably relies on MS "out of office assistant" world domination and global positioning.
blammo, Oct 07 2004
  

       out of office assistant - yeah right! <sneers>
po, Oct 07 2004
  

       This would be ideal for my purposes. My office is right next door to my PhD supervisor. Unfortunately he is a very busy man and is often absent when I want to speak to him. Not only that - he is absent when his myriad of other students come by his office. They then turn to me... and time after time after sodding time I have to make guesses or just tell them that I don't know.   

       Since we are in the mobile telecommunications division, I really should try and make one of these...
Jinbish, Oct 07 2004
  

       Goes up to guy at party:   

       "Didn't we meet last new year at Jim and Sarah's place?"   

       "Could be dude! Was that where we were all laid out on 'shrooms or was that the one where it was raining in the field? I'm sure we met in some world - you get? Hey! Check the shape of my knuckles when I do this! Isn't that great? Do you ever get the feeling that knuckles are the windows of the soul?"   

       Takes out gonometer...TZZZZZ Phhhpppp......Ding!   

       Reads: Subject is really far gone. May come back, may not.
wagster, Oct 07 2004
  

       Jinbish, how much could you do a plausible imitation your prof? Do you look approximately alike? Do you want a new office? ;-)
RayfordSteele, Oct 08 2004
  

       An idea from this idea:   

       1. Take a 'back in 5 minutes' sign. Place an ordinary kitchen timer over the 5.   

       2. Wind it up to '30' for a half-hour trip to the [bank/post office/pub].   

       3. Bob's your uncle. Jane's your aunt.   

       ?
not_only_but_also, Oct 08 2004
  
      
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