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Message 665863 - Posted: 24 Oct 2007, 20:56:54 UTC

More of the same from yesterday. Getting the SETI gang ramped up on the wiki. When there's actual content I'll announce it. I had to screw around with the BOINC database a couple times. First, there was a minor issue with the my.cnf file, but the server has to be stopped/restarted to enact any changes (which meant quickly bringing the project down and back up). We're also continuing to have mod polarity issues due to DNS round robin not working as it should (one scheduler has plenty of work in its queue, the other gets pegged at zero so clients connecting to it are erroneously told we are out of work, etc.). We need a better solution instead of continually reversing the polarity "by hand" (changing command line options on the feeders and restarting them). We tried "balance" which may ultimately be our best bet, though I don't like that our apache logs only reflect the IP address of the balance server (and the IP addresses of the connecting clients). Anyway... What else... oh yeah... The connection client type page *was* working, it just was firing up the same time as the web log rotater, so it was analyzing empty log files. Ha ha.

Suddenly some pigeons are nesting right outside the lab. Every so often I feel like I'm being watched, and I turn to find a pigeon standing on the other side of the window next to my desk, staring intently at me ("what is that funny monkey doing in there?").

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Message 665864 - Posted: 24 Oct 2007, 20:59:11 UTC

where the bb gun at when you need it?
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Message 665873 - Posted: 24 Oct 2007, 21:30:24 UTC

Careful - might be the E.T.s in pigeon form.

Nobody said intelligent life-forms had to be dolphin-shaped. ;-)

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Message 665885 - Posted: 24 Oct 2007, 22:18:52 UTC
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Thanks for the Post Matt . . . Pigeons (what's neXt?) ;)))


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Message 666425 - Posted: 25 Oct 2007, 16:36:39 UTC

Splitters are online, but not (apparently...) creating new WU's...

No work from project.
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Message 666429 - Posted: 25 Oct 2007, 16:58:48 UTC

We're on it. No big deal. I'll explain later...

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Message 666454 - Posted: 25 Oct 2007, 18:44:01 UTC

They're cute but they also can dirty things up. How about getting some cats? I saw one carry away a pigeon years ago. I'm not guaranteeing that will work. I might not. Mark Sattler will know.
Las palomas son lindas pero pueden suciar las cosas un poquito. ¿Cómo te parece conseguir algunos gatos? Hace años vi uno que estaba llevando una paloma allá. No estoy garantizando que esto funcione. Es posible que no lo haga. Mark Sattler sabrá.
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Message 666455 - Posted: 25 Oct 2007, 18:49:59 UTC
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I HATE Pigeons (Columbia Livia). I consider them feathered rats... and just as dirty. They're exotic imports from Europe, known to ornithologists as "Rock Doves", so you may fire when ready, Gridley!

Other California exotics that should be stamped out, if possible:

Blue Gum trees (Eucalyptus Globulus)
Monterrey Pine -outside the Monterrey peninsula- (Pinus Sp?)
Starlings (Sturnella Neglecta)
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Message 666456 - Posted: 25 Oct 2007, 18:52:02 UTC

Regarding the pigeons:

The windows in this particular lab do not open or close. This is for various reasons (lab cleanliness and climate control more than anything else). So the pigeons aren't actually ever going to make it inside. They just stare at me and make me nervous.

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Message 666600 - Posted: 25 Oct 2007, 23:28:18 UTC

Here's lookin' at you, Matt!



All in good fun, my friend...

Thanks much for all the updates, and information!
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Message 666738 - Posted: 26 Oct 2007, 3:21:25 UTC - in response to Message 666456.

Put a pic of a cat in the window. Or an owl.
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Message 669246 - Posted: 30 Oct 2007, 2:21:37 UTC - in response to Message 666738.

Put a pic of a cat in the window. Or an owl.

African Eagle owl's are good they just love pigeons, Yummy.

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Message 669520 - Posted: 30 Oct 2007, 13:20:30 UTC

Peregrine falcon pictures should work, too...

Correction to my earlier post: Rock doves are Columba livia (no i!)
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Message 669598 - Posted: 30 Oct 2007, 20:55:54 UTC

Squab!

You might suggest a win-win situation that helps the homeless at the same time!
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Message 669972 - Posted: 31 Oct 2007, 12:31:47 UTC - in response to Message 669598.
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Squab!

You might suggest a win-win situation that helps the homeless at the same time!


Sorry, city feral Rock Doves have too many diseases and/or parasites (lice and fleas) for your suggestion to work.
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Message 670150 - Posted: 31 Oct 2007, 21:05:59 UTC

Ornithophobia- Fear of birds.
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Message 670285 - Posted: 1 Nov 2007, 1:47:34 UTC - in response to Message 669972.

Squab!

You might suggest a win-win situation that helps the homeless at the same time!


Sorry, city feral Rock Doves have too many diseases and/or parasites (lice and fleas) for your suggestion to work.

Parasites are killed by thorough cooking. Only a few diseases or parasites pass on anything harmful after cooking.
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Message 670583 - Posted: 1 Nov 2007, 13:16:20 UTC - in response to Message 670285.


Parasites are killed by thorough cooking. Only a few diseases or parasites pass on anything harmful after cooking.



Key phrase: "thorough cooking"! How many homeless are goin' to do that? (or have the facilities to do that?...)

Eating your typical urban Rock Dove would be like chowing down on a Norwegian Rat (Rattus Norwegicus) - you might do it if you're hungry enuf, but there's plenty of better options out there. Another homeless suggestion that's slightly cleaner than pigeons - 24 Starlings (the "blackbirds" of the song) baked in a pie!
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Message 670706 - Posted: 1 Nov 2007, 18:05:31 UTC

Try this, it's the only way to eat Dove.
http://www.backwoodsbound.com/zdove7.html
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Message 671158 - Posted: 2 Nov 2007, 13:45:59 UTC

Spring is here, a-suh-puh-ring is here.
Life is skittles and life is beer.
I think the loveliest time of the year is the spring.
I do, don't you? 'Course you do.
But there's one thing that makes spring complete for me,
And makes ev'ry Sunday a treat for me.

All the world seems in tune
On a spring afternoon,
When we're poisoning pigeons in the park.
Ev'ry Sunday you'll see
My sweetheart and me,
As we poison the pigeons in the park.

When they see us coming, the birdies all try an' hide,
But they still go for peanuts when coated with cyanide.
The sun's shining bright,
Ev'rything seems all right,
When we're poisoning pigeons in the park.

Lalaalaalalaladoodiedieedoodoodoo

We've gained notoriety,
And caused much anxiety
In the Audubon Society
With our games.
They call it impiety,
And lack of propriety,
And quite a variety
Of unpleasant names.
But it's not against any religion
To want to dispose of a pigeon.

So if Sunday you're free,
Why don't you come with me,
And we'll poison the pigeons in the park.
And maybe we'll do
In a squirrel or two,
While we're poisoning pigeons in the park.

We'll murder them{ all }amid laughter and merriment.
Except for the few we take home to experiment.
My pulse will be quickenin'
With each drop of strychnine
We feed to a pigeon.
It just takes a smidgen!
To poison a pigeon in the park.

Tom Lehrer: Poisoning Pigeons In The Part.
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