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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : NFL 2015 Season (Message 1635730)
Posted 3 minutes ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Since the head coach of the seahawks cheated big at his last job and the patriots are also a bunch of cheats, it isn't good for football, sports or America that they are playing in that game.
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Gary remember this is not a game or sport this is a business.
Go Hawks

The entertainment business, so they should compete for Oscar.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1635727)
Posted 12 minutes ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
FWIW, I do NOT plan to buy one of these.

I suppose you could fill it with your favorite variety of A*c*h*l or similar ..... ;-)))))))

You know that is the one thing I haven't seen someone model, how to fill it.

You don't actually want to get water or any other liquid near this water tower or a model steam engine. Both of them are full of electronics.

I did recently buy a steam engine that uses fluid to produce smoke from its stack, but I turned that function off. It stinks.

I did not mean put water in the model, but how would a real RR fill the tank. A lot of those tanks from the steam days weren't near a town with a water company. If they were then they didn't need a tank, just a hose. All the models I see have roofs so they aren't filling them with rain. So where is the pump house? Gravity feed from a stream? Run a service train out with a tank car and a pump?

My guess would be from windmill that powers a pump from a well or aquifier.

Here in Naperville, they had a pipe from a pump at the river, nearly a mile away. Other places would have had a well or some other source.

BTW, a mere hose is not adequate. The spouts on those things are huge, a good 6 or 8 inches in diameter so they can dump 10,000 gallons in a few minutes. When a steam engine runs these days, they get a modern fire engine with a 2 or 2.5 inch hose and it still takes upwards of half an hour to fill a tender (which is part of the reason they usually drag around an extra tender). Or they just connect to a hydrant and let it run for a while. UP's yellow auxiliary tenders have standard fire hose connectors at frame level; from there, a pipe runs up to the top and dumps the water into the tank. They carry hoses in the tool/parts car.

Hose covers 3 1/2" fire hose at 200 PSI, might move more water than 8" at 8 PSI, about 16 feet vertical water column.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1635491)
Posted 12 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
FWIW, I do NOT plan to buy one of these.



I suppose you could fill it with your favorite variety of A*c*h*l or similar ..... ;-)))))))

You know that is the one thing I haven't seen someone model, how to fill it.

You don't actually want to get water or any other liquid near this water tower or a model steam engine. Both of them are full of electronics.

I did recently buy a steam engine that uses fluid to produce smoke from its stack, but I turned that function off. It stinks.

I did not mean put water in the model, but how would a real RR fill the tank. A lot of those tanks from the steam days weren't near a town with a water company. If they were then they didn't need a tank, just a hose. All the models I see have roofs so they aren't filling them with rain. So where is the pump house? Gravity feed from a stream? Run a service train out with a tank car and a pump?
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : NFL 2015 Season (Message 1635452)
Posted 14 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Is it possible to root for both teams to lose big?!

Since the head coach of the seahawks cheated big at his last job and the patriots are also a bunch of cheats, it isn't good for football, sports or America that they are playing in that game.
5) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1635443)
Posted 14 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Now for a pizza advertisement, where there just might be some truth in advertising, but not the kind they mean!
http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/eats/domino-launches-fifty-shades-grey-ad-article-1.2094877
The print ad running in Israel reads, “You’re going to suffer and enjoy every moment.”
6) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1635396)
Posted 16 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
I'm old enough to have eaten fish and chips in Britain wrapped in old newspapers. Some connoisseurs could then even tell what newspaper it was:)

Janne my good man you have redeemed yourself. Actually though, the food was always wrapped first in greaseproof paper then the newspaper. But 'elf 'n safety stepped in by the 1980's and decreed that printing inks were detrimental to health. Nobody actually died from eating fish tainted by the Daily Mail, but one couldn't be too careful considering.

Then they switched to soy based ink just so you could eat your newspaper.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1635393)
Posted 16 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
FWIW, I do NOT plan to buy one of these.



I suppose you could fill it with your favorite variety of A*c*h*l or similar ..... ;-)))))))

You know that is the one thing I haven't seen someone model, how to fill it.
8) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1635086)
Posted 23 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Of course it would have to be localized for the Brits and not serve the same thing is does for the Ozzie.
9) Message boards : Politics : Middle East Timebomb (Message 1634868)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31052064
At least 26 people have been killed in a series of attacks by Islamist militants in the north of Egypt's Sinai peninsula.

A car bomb and mortars hit military targets in the North Sinai capital El-Arish, killing a number of soldiers.

Other attacks took place in the nearby town of Sheik Zuwayid and the town of Rafah, bordering Gaza.

Militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which pledges allegiance to Islamic State, said it carried out the attacks.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How do those of yous who live on the Ring of Fire feel? (Message 1634860)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
We get quakes of that magnitude over here!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31032930

So you have had your one earthquake.
Key on map: 951 earthquakes on map. That is the last seven days.
11) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1634542)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
I think that Angela has just found a new career for herself. She makes powerful arguments on this topic, she should take it further and become an official spokesperson somewhere :-)

Now now Chris, both of us having seen Angela's Kitchen ......
12) Message boards : Politics : The price of oil (Message 1634540)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
More Production + Economic Slowdown in China and Western Europe = Lower Prices.

Lower Prices/Profits = Game of Chicken.

Will be interesting.

But I keep hearing that if oil goes below 30 Dollars a barrel its going to trigger a world recession.
Maybe Im stupid but dosent low gas pricees mean people have a few more dollars to spend On something else?

Except all those people being paid to drill baby drill lose their jobs.
13) Message boards : Politics : Thor is the Designer! #3 (Message 1634539)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
All Hail Thor on his day today.
14) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Shuttle Orbiter, alternate designs to be nuclear (Message 1634538)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
A question I have always asked with no real reply is why did they design the ISS not to have artificial gravity? Was it not technically possible?

They want the zero G environment for science experiments, it wasn't built as a hotel.
15) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1634385)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
... Interesting how that is the best you can do to try to convince us all that we can pollute on an industrial scale all without consequence.
Only in the dreams and fantasy world of your mind is that being suggested.

So that's agreement then that the industrial pollution and worldwide consequences are very real.

Industries pollute. Pollution has consequences. Note the word "worldwide" has been removed because it does not apply to all industries, consequences or pollution.
16) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1634384)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Remember that large corporations are conservative, and conservatives value status quo, they are afraid of change. Two other things come to mind, salt is cheap and adding it seems to make more people buy larger quantities increasing profit margins. The other is their competition finding a spice/blend that they patent and freeze out others from being able to use after a mandatory reduction. Not all R&D is like Seti and done in the open.

Next thing we know there will be a trans-fat tax. ;)
17) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Question about signal polarization (Message 1634383)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Hello everyone,

I have a few questions about signal polarization as it applies to SETI research in particular, although I suppose it's really more of a basic radio question. I tried a search here but got lots of returns and couldn't effectively sort through them.

Anyway, let's assume:

...an intentional ETI signal is discovered, and the polarization periodically flip-flops. (As I understand it, at the long distances dealt with, detecting polarization might be a bit tricky, but for this let's say it's easy to detect.)

...the science team isn't concerned about the signal polarity and therefore isn't checking it. To them, the signal is just one of undetermined and unexamined polarity.

...another science team looks at the signal but they're experiencing some sort of technical glitch and can only detect the signal when the polarity is the one they're currently able to see.

So the questions:

What sort of glitch, if any, would let them detect only one of the two polarities? What equipment would be the source of the problem?

Is this even a scenario that makes any sense in the real world, or is it something that wouldn't/couldn't happen because of the nature of radio signals?

Just so you know, I'm getting in way over my head. I usually can't even find the TV remote. ; )

Dave

For the purposes of Seti there are 2 types of polarization, linear and circular, which has two flavors. Polarization is a property that is determined by the physical construction of the antenna. As such there isn't a way for it to fail. Circular polarization antennas will receive linear polarization signals, but at a small loss. Linear antennas will receive circular signals, also with a small loss. As two the flavors for circular they are either left or right. Left antennas are terrible at receiving right signals and vice versa. That is why every Seti project collects in pairs. As to linear, here on earth, we have two flavors commonly used, vertical and horizontal, but which way is vertical in space? That is why linear is generally ignored in favor of circular.
18) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1634330)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Ian, the sugar tax is very much "on topic"!!! It is an example of a local government (Berkeley) levying a tax on consumption of a class of foods (high sugar beverages), because heavy consumption of sugary beverages poses public health risk. The money generated from this tax is supposed to be used to educate and support citizens of all ages in the area of making healthier food and beverage choices.

Berkeley was one of the few areas where that measure passed. I hope the idea catches on. I also hope it works!!!

I know there were, and still are, opponents of this measure. I know there will be some inconsistencies in the execution of this tax. I still think it is a step in the right direction.

A sugar tax is a nice idea, but perhaps needed at least as much is a salt tax.
19) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1634193)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
And if you want me to get REALLY political, I am all for government funded, single payor healthcare... the kind of healthcare we DIDN'T get with the recent reforms.
(Where is my liberal utopia, gosh darn it!!!

If the government is to be involved in health care, single payer is the only viable option. There is no reason to create a additional layer of bureaucrats in private insurance companies, wall street investment bankers wanting their payout, etc.
20) Message boards : Politics : 100 days to go (Message 1634092)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Would a do nothing parliament be the best result? From the do nothing congress country.


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