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Message 557944 - Posted: 2 May 2007, 6:32:49 UTC
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SplatRat's Manifesto

HI, I am SplatRat. Some of you might know me as that wacky Rat who made the Flash team logo for Paddy's In Space :D !!

I am a Flash Videogame developer who believes strongly in Seti's goals. But a something has happened that has upset me and shook my faith in seti@home and I beg your indulgence to speak my mind about what I think seti@home teams should be about, thank you :D !

A) I believe the purpose of Seti@home teams should be to foster:

1) Goodwill
2) Friendship
3) Assist Seti in accomplishing its goal of discovering a radio signal of extra-terrestrial intelligence
4) Assist Seti in suriving - that means donations, money.
5) Reach out to the general public to come in and do 3) & 4) above.
6) Have fun!

The Team should not be solely about crunching numbers, tho that is important. Also, neither politics nor egos should get in the way of developing good team camraderie.

B) I believe that if someone joins a team in good spirit and goodwill, they should be able to leave whenever they want, with no pressure, no guilt. I will, however, give some notice and an opportunity for discussion.

Whether you're in a team or not, your RAC is still helping, right? There are tons of people NOT on teams, right? So listen up Team Leaders:

Goodill on the way in, Goodwill and blessings on the way out. Someone might leave and then come back at some future date - let's not burn bridges, but build them and keep doors open!

C) Someday, I would like to be a roving ambassador, moving from team to team, doing good work, spreading fun and helping out. It shouldn't matter if I join the team or not. Maybe I'll join for a day, a week, a year, maybe I won't. The main thing is to be focused on the greater cause - to look "OUT", not look "IN".

And that is what I believe is a good attitude to have as regards participating in Seti@home! signed - SplatRat O'Drat Bye all :D !!
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Message 557962 - Posted: 2 May 2007, 7:51:45 UTC
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Another Canuck! You'll find plenty of company! Welcome SplatRat from your US neighbor! You've got quite the profile there!

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Message 557969 - Posted: 2 May 2007, 8:14:56 UTC

Hi dune Finkleberry, that's a COOL name. Are you related to my cousin Huckleberry down in Missouri LOL!

Yeah, that profile is waaayyy too long - problem is us ratties just don't know when to shut up Ha :D !!

Hope u didn't mind the part in my profile about my relatives roastin marshmallows at the White House aHa Ha LOL !!!

Anyhow, nice talking to ya, anytime. I'm going to make my splatsite.info site better soon. I'm working on 3 neat retro "rat" themed games that should be a riot . And I'm going to start a blog - the world from a ratty's point of view ;) bye !


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Message 557971 - Posted: 2 May 2007, 8:25:15 UTC

We have had someone who joined for a little while, then moved on to another team. All contributions count. Everything helps the team.

The Team should not be solely about crunching numbers, tho that is important. Also, neither politics nor egos should get in the way of developing good team camraderie.


You should read our description. :-)
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Message 557982 - Posted: 2 May 2007, 8:52:33 UTC - in response to Message 557971.
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Hi again Knightmare - it's me, The Inspector LOL ! Us rats love playing jokes.

The Inspector is my "roving ambassador" disguises. One of them .....

I've got a great new idea - but not a ticking bomb this time like at the Oh Canada site. How about this: a rat running in a wheel, and after the wheel goes around 1,000 times ... Ha Ha you get the idea. And I promise a good ending this time - lots of pazzaz! And oh yes, there'll be a beeping timer this time.

Hey, u once said to John30709 that u wanted to hire him to make you a team banner, well I'm the one who made it. I used Flash 8 for graphics and a lot of scripting. I'm a flash videogame developer. And of course I work for free for the seti@home cause. I also luv making animated signatures. Check my website to see me flyin my ufo. You can see how that became the basis of the Paddy's in Space Team banner. I substitued a Leprachaun, slogans, scripted in fireworks .. and ta daaa !

If u ever need help with that, it'd be my pleasure. I seize every and any opportunity to inflict my flash stuff on people ;) Just send me an idea, and I can see if it's feasible and reasonable. come up with a good concept, like you are a director, explaining in detail what u would like. I can also come up with ideas.

I'll probably be looking for a team by the end of today - and will go park myself at a friend's team for a while (he asked first, sorry ). but I want to be a roving ambassador ratty of good will who will spend time in lots of teams - so ONE DAY - if you'll allow me to infest your site, I will join UP !!! bye knightmare and thanks for replying :)


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Message 558017 - Posted: 2 May 2007, 11:20:26 UTC
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There are 3 people involved in this message and seeming as Splatrat has taken this discussion public, i have sent an e-mail to the other person to let him know that this is where Splatrat has decided to take the discussion.

1. Me; John37309...Team Founder of PADDY'S IN SPACE(Many of you know me anyway)

2. Splatrat....Who you have already met with a nice introduction... PADDY'S IN SPACE member for about 1 and half months.

3. Timmygadget..... A good friend and team member of PADDY'S IN SPACE for about the last 3 months.(timmy, when you arive, do say hello)

So hopefully everybody will turn up for the interesting chat that is about to happen.

Everybody, please get your popcorn and drinks and sit in and enjoy the discussion.

John in Ireland.

{EDIT} We might have to allow some time for Splatrat to have some sleep as he is on Eastern Canadian Time. GMT -5 hrs i think.

P.S. I will be proudly wearing my New Team Banner, displayed in my Signiture, that Splatrat "Offered" to make for the team for no money. It was just as a nice gesture to the team.
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Message 558026 - Posted: 2 May 2007, 11:59:42 UTC
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My Declaration.

I have never done anything else except help people to get started on the seti@home project. I help everybody, not just my own team. I help other teams also. I do not discriminate in anyway. I try to help everybody for the greater good of this project because i believe in the science that is being carried out at the Space Science laboratory in Berkeley.

There were less than 10 people on my team in early January this year.

There are 137 people with credit on my team today.

There are 168 people on the team with or without credit.

Of the 168 people, about 90 of them are brand new to seti@home. I introduced them to seti@home and got them to join my team.

About 50 people on my team PADDY'S IN SPACE had already quit seti@home and i got them back into it. Many of them are really glad to be back and participate a lot on my team.

I have also been responsible for signing up approximately 125 other people who i could not get them to join the team as my team PADDY'S IN SPACE has its roots in Ireland. About 3 months ago i removed all the Irish Flags off my team pages and team stuff to promote the team as a truly international team. We now have members in 36 countries around the world. The Name and Guinness stuff is part of my team and the way it is branded.

I have also helped many other teams with impartial advice and what ever help i could offer them.

John in Ireland.
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Message 558031 - Posted: 2 May 2007, 12:42:22 UTC

Timmygadget left the team PADDY'S IN SPACE about 2 days ago and took with him the other 2 people that he recruited.

Timmy now has his own team.
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Message 558036 - Posted: 2 May 2007, 13:23:54 UTC

John I said to you I wanted to stay helping you with your team and to contribute to your forum but I am locked out and cant login is that too much to ask. - Timmy
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Message 558040 - Posted: 2 May 2007, 13:58:47 UTC - in response to Message 558036.

John I said to you I wanted to stay helping you with your team and to contribute to your forum but I am locked out and cant log-in is that too much to ask. - Timmy

But you have your own team Timmy, what do you want with mine.

You were not tied in any way to the team. You could have set up your own team at any time. You had 2 teams of your own before.

There are 47,000 teams. What do you want to do. You said you just want your own team. To do your own thing. Have a forum to chat to your family while your away. I never stopped you or asked you not to have your own team.

I offer help to any team that wants it. But i don't go helping teams that i am personally not a part of. If they want help they can have it.

I locked you out of the forum because you were angry for what ever reason. You started to delete your profile and you removed yourself from the "Team Group". I had to stop you because i did not know what you were planning to do.

Timmy if you have your own team then you are not on the team PADDY'S IN SPACE. That's simple.

Its a shame Timmy, you were the best helper on the team and the only one that i could rely on for team stuff.
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Message 558053 - Posted: 2 May 2007, 14:49:44 UTC
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{Quote from Timmygadget's new team description}

A new team for anyone with Irish interests from anywhere in the world, you don't even have to be Irish to join as long as you enjoy the craic - Céad míle fáilte

{un-quote}

Timmy will i send you a picture of a pint of Guinness so you can put that in the team description also.

{Quote from my own team description that has not changed in 6 months}

PADDY’S IN SPACE is an INTERNATIONAL TEAM with people from ALL OVER THE WORLD.

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I used to have the bit about not having to be Irish to join but i removed it. Gee timmy, that was clever thinking to put in that bit in your description!

Timmy, what are you doing to me? what? ... What did i do to you?

I am the first person in several years who has attempted to unify as many Irish people from around the world as possible on to one team. In fact nobody has ever looked to get people from across the world. I am the first in Ireland. All the other teams just have 95% Irish members. God knows, i have been looking at it for long enough, i should know.

Timmy, where did you get the Idea?

That was just a revelation you had to think of asking Irish people from all over the world.

Timmy, you say you want to help me with my team?

What do you want to do. Ask them one at a time to join your team?

Or will i just make it easy for you Timmy and i will send you the e-mail list for my team?

Would that be better?

Can you not think of a better theme for your team?

Maybe "The Gadget Team" or something like that. and i am being serious

The last team you had was called "SETI IT Carlow" or something like that

Timmy at least be creative if you are going to do this on your own. Don't just hog the back of my theme.
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Message 558365 - Posted: 3 May 2007, 0:04:42 UTC - in response to Message 557982.
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Hi again Knightmare - it's me, The Inspector LOL ! Us rats love playing jokes.

The Inspector is my "roving ambassador" disguises. One of them .....

I've got a great new idea - but not a ticking bomb this time like at the Oh Canada site. How about this: a rat running in a wheel, and after the wheel goes around 1,000 times ... Ha Ha you get the idea. And I promise a good ending this time - lots of pazzaz! And oh yes, there'll be a beeping timer this time.

Hey, u once said to John30709 that u wanted to hire him to make you a team banner, well I'm the one who made it. I used Flash 8 for graphics and a lot of scripting. I'm a flash videogame developer. And of course I work for free for the seti@home cause. I also luv making animated signatures. Check my website to see me flyin my ufo. You can see how that became the basis of the Paddy's in Space Team banner. I substitued a Leprachaun, slogans, scripted in fireworks .. and ta daaa !

If u ever need help with that, it'd be my pleasure. I seize every and any opportunity to inflict my flash stuff on people ;) Just send me an idea, and I can see if it's feasible and reasonable. come up with a good concept, like you are a director, explaining in detail what u would like. I can also come up with ideas.

I'll probably be looking for a team by the end of today - and will go park myself at a friend's team for a while (he asked first, sorry ). but I want to be a roving ambassador ratty of good will who will spend time in lots of teams - so ONE DAY - if you'll allow me to infest your site, I will join UP !!! bye knightmare and thanks for replying :)



Good call, Inspector. LOL

Actually, I do have a couple of ideas for banners, but they wouldn't be anything nearly as complicated as the Paddy's In Space banner.

If you look at my sig in the Seti forums, you'll see the reaper I have there. All I am really looking for is a little motion. Maybe have the reaper beckoning instead of just standing there with a hand out....lol

Other than that, if you know where I can get a program that will allow me to have multiple sigs that rotate when the page gets refreshed, that would be good enough for me. I have something like 20 sigs that Red Atomic made, and all of them are really good. Makes it VERY hard to choose one. lol

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Message 558523 - Posted: 3 May 2007, 3:39:13 UTC

Hi Knightmare ! My pleasure bringing your cool reaper to life a bit (he won't hurt me will he ;) ) I thank you for another opportunity to create some mishchief!

If you want, we can also put a gloss on "Calm Chaos" if u want, a kind of shimmery effect or something.

I will 1st make it as 1 Flash swf file. But we can't use the Flash file, because in the "signatures" part of this page, Seti only allows BBCode those [ ] things.

ie: Use BBCode tags to format your text
Max length (including newlines) is 250 chars.

And that means I have to do what I did for Johns team banner: I have to convert the finished swf to an animated gif.

On these boards, Seti doesn't allow us to use html, and certainly not the weird and extensive flash coding required to make a swf appear. Sorry about that.
The animated gif wont look quite as sharp and glossy as the swf, but not bad. Compare John's animated gif version to the real mcCoy (by clicking on the banner, for example to see the differences.

Also, because of the code limitations on these Seti boards, the following won't work:

You send me the 20 sigs, I assign a number to each one. I then write a small script that chooses a random number ( signumber = random(20) ), and thus a random sig is displayed each time the sig is loaded.

However, you can use a swf like that if ... html is allowed in signatures, like at FreeForums. Now, how the script would acutally work is like this: the chosen number would correspond to a sig specific url, where the sig is housed, and have it loaded. If the sigs aren't too big, we could possibly put all twenty, compressed into the swf, so they are all in there, but the size might be a bit huge. It all depends. Flash has an amazing ability to compress images and sound.

Sorry for the long post, but these techy kind of things are like that. I can right click in the post and save your reaper sig and start doin stuff like that (arm beckoning). U let me know what u want done in regards to the 20 sig random rotation - since u can't use on these boards, do u still want to go with it so you can use it in other forums that have html enabled sigs? Thanks, bye, Splat :D !!


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Message 558534 - Posted: 3 May 2007, 3:55:34 UTC - in response to Message 558523.

Hi Knightmare ! My pleasure bringing your cool reaper to life a bit (he won't hurt me will he ;) ) I thank you for another opportunity to create some mishchief!

If you want, we can also put a gloss on "Calm Chaos" if u want, a kind of shimmery effect or something.

I will 1st make it as 1 Flash swf file. But we can't use the Flash file, because in the "signatures" part of this page, Seti only allows BBCode those [ ] things.

ie: Use BBCode tags to format your text
Max length (including newlines) is 250 chars.

And that means I have to do what I did for Johns team banner: I have to convert the finished swf to an animated gif.

On these boards, Seti doesn't allow us to use html, and certainly not the weird and extensive flash coding required to make a swf appear. Sorry about that.
The animated gif wont look quite as sharp and glossy as the swf, but not bad. Compare John's animated gif version to the real mcCoy (by clicking on the banner, for example to see the differences.

Also, because of the code limitations on these Seti boards, the following won't work:

You send me the 20 sigs, I assign a number to each one. I then write a small script that chooses a random number ( signumber = random(20) ), and thus a random sig is displayed each time the sig is loaded.

However, you can use a swf like that if ... html is allowed in signatures, like at FreeForums. Now, how the script would acutally work is like this: the chosen number would correspond to a sig specific url, where the sig is housed, and have it loaded. If the sigs aren't too big, we could possibly put all twenty, compressed into the swf, so they are all in there, but the size might be a bit huge. It all depends. Flash has an amazing ability to compress images and sound.

Sorry for the long post, but these techy kind of things are like that. I can right click in the post and save your reaper sig and start doin stuff like that (arm beckoning). U let me know what u want done in regards to the 20 sig random rotation - since u can't use on these boards, do u still want to go with it so you can use it in other forums that have html enabled sigs? Thanks, bye, Splat :D !!



I have absolutely NO idea about half of what you just said.....lmao

I will wait and see what you can do with the sig I have up before I hammer you with all of them....lol

I wil also check with our Site admin to see if our sigs will work on html.

I'll let ya know. And thanks again for the offer. :-)

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Message 558538 - Posted: 3 May 2007, 3:59:32 UTC

Hi John, was great skypin with ya tonight! You are a cool guy, I like you and u sure know a ton about seti and teams and stuff :D!!

Ya, you've done a lot for seti. Too bad there's been misunerstandings and stuff. You know us ratties always mean well, honest we do ;)

Timmy had a blog for a while and decided to just start a team and name it after the blog - that is all - no more, no less. He's a good fellow and has been a good pal and helpful to you. Like I told you, no matter what happens, I will always be there to help you out, my door is always open to PIS and other teams. And yes that swf banner is yours forever and ever amen :)

I think we must always keep our eye on the prize - and that means doing what we can to keep seti alive, crunchin' and discoverin' that elusive extra-terrestrial radio signal :D :D !!!! Bye all and thanks, Splat :D !!!!!!

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Message 558541 - Posted: 3 May 2007, 4:08:17 UTC - in response to Message 558534.

I have absolutely NO idea about half of what you just said.....lmao


Ha ha - it's that wacky ratty techy talk lol - even us rats don't really understand it half the time ;)



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Message 558549 - Posted: 3 May 2007, 4:33:56 UTC - in response to Message 558541.

I have absolutely NO idea about half of what you just said.....lmao


Ha ha - it's that wacky ratty techy talk lol - even us rats don't really understand it half the time ;)




I am one of the least technically inclined people I know....lol

I turn my computer on...BOINC runs....good enough for me...lol

I did ask our Site admin wether we can use html in our sigs. We can't at this point, but he is working on it. It's more secruoty and forums rules issues than anything else right now.

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Message 558558 - Posted: 3 May 2007, 4:51:19 UTC - in response to Message 558549.
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I turn my computer on...BOINC runs....good enough for e...lol


That's funny - I like that :D :D !!! You have a good & zany sense of humor - you must be a ratty too ! ;) Good luck with that, hope they allow html :D :D !! Tell them they better allow it ... or ... or ... I'll bite 'em HA !

PS work is progressing - that poor reaper is bein dissected, calibrated and reduced to an algorithm hahahah! We luv torturin them reapers ;) !!!!
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Message 558647 - Posted: 3 May 2007, 16:51:25 UTC
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Do a nice job for Knightmare, he is a real trooper for the Seti@home cause. I almost ended up on Knightmare's team there at one stage running the Irish division LOL. He deserves to get a nice present in return for the work he puts in here.

Splatrat, do something really cool so that he ends up with a .gif version that he can use in his sig on THIS message board.

I cannot wait to see the end product. This should be cool!
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Message 558713 - Posted: 3 May 2007, 18:34:38 UTC
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