Posts by Donald L. Johnson

1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLOTPW - 261, the first of 2017 (Message 1839886)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject Donor
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No, just been working 9-hour days 6 days a week since the 2nd week of September. Got called back earlier than I expected - new machines to learn and break in. I am soooo tired of being the beta-tester for new versions of the cotton grading machines. They should be using the home office in Memphis, not us.

Glad to see you haven't shipped off for Alpha Centauri Donald L. Johnson.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 16/11/2016 (Message 1839882)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject Donor
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Yes, Admiral, a fitting tribute.
Mike, may I have one of those, with a pint of red ale, please?
Thanks much.

​​Celebrate with us, a tribute to our friend Celttooth with our limited edition and downright dirty, spam, egg and chip sandwich, accompanied by a 175ml glass of ETM red, white or rosé wine, bottle of Long Arm Brewing Co. beer or soft drink.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLOTPW - 261, the first of 2017 (Message 1839880)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject Donor
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Ooops - sorry.
Double clicked the "Post" button.
Guess I'm buying a round at Rocky's.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLOTPW - 261, the first of 2017 (Message 1839879)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject Donor
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Winning after an evening meeting.
Listening to the steady patter of rain on my window.
Glad to be back here. Been too long since my last visit.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Last Person To Post Here Wins - 257 - Marvel's Luke Cage 1x01 Moment of Truth! (Message 1812328)
Posted 25 Aug 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject Donor
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Winning at home, before the evening news.
6) Message boards : Number crunching : Anything relating to AstroPulse tasks (Message 1812321)
Posted 24 Aug 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject Donor
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It seems to do better when you just leave it alone. Almost reminds me of changing the outcome by checking it.

that has been my experience as well. Hammering the server for new work seem to be a bad plan.

Almost like the Scheduler says "Up yours, buddy, you'll get some when I want to give you some, and not one minute sooner". Or so it seems.....
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 19/10/2015 (Message 1811049)
Posted 21 Aug 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject Donor
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I had something similar at my favorite Mexican restaurant on Friday. Pork Chile Verde, refried beans, and eggs scrambled with onions and bell peppers, over hash browns, with shredded Monterey Jack cheese on top. MMMMMM.

Hash Brown Breakfast Pizza
Prepare a large round hash brown on the stove until it is almost done and crispy on the bottom. Transfer to a baking sheet and top with your toppings and eggs. Bake at 350°f for 20 minutes and check if eggs are done. Cook longer if needed.

8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A happy monument (Message 1808015)
Posted 8 Aug 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject Donor
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One of my Shipmates has a tattoo of such a scene on his left bicep. Most people don't know it's there, but I've seen him with his shirt off. His wife claims she is the model - could well be true...

That might make for an interesting tombstone - one concept of paradise.

How about an image of a young sailor sitting on
a tropical island while being attended to by a comely
mermaid?
Etc, etc......

9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Last Person To Post Here Wins - 257 - Marvel's Luke Cage 1x01 Moment of Truth! (Message 1808013)
Posted 8 Aug 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject Donor
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Winning, after a fashion, following a funeral this morning. Preparing for another on Wednesday. Both WWII Veterans, both friends and Comrades.

POSTING


Seeing a lot of that at dairies around Hanford and Porterville. Installing large sun-tracking solar arrays to power pumps and cooling fans.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A happy monument (Message 1808010)
Posted 8 Aug 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject Donor
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Nicely done, Gordon.

As an officer and Committee Chair for Visalia Avenue of Flags, I've seen a few markers done and placed before the owner occupied the parcel, but none quite so whimsical.

Were my remains not already arranged to be sent to Davy Jones' Locker via submarine, I might consider something similar, perhaps a seascape with a periscope peeking up out of the surf, or perhaps a submarine just beginning to dive......
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Last Person To Post Here Wins - 257 - Marvel's Luke Cage 1x01 Moment of Truth! (Message 1807825)
Posted 7 Aug 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject Donor
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Fighting off a nap-attack on a warm sunny Sunday afternoon.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather Forecasts IX Not Another Ice Age Please (Message 1804778)
Posted 25 Jul 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject Donor
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102-109F daily for the next 8-10 days.
Very little wind, low humidity.
Usual summer inversion layer, with smoke from 3 fires trapped underneath.
Not fun. Air tastes like dusty attic.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : phishing scam disguised as a phishing warning? (Message 1804684)
Posted 24 Jul 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject Donor
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My primary email provider is CompuServe/AOL. I use their web-based email suite, so nothing gets to my computer unless I download it. I have it set up to show me the actual email address of the sender, and it has a pretty good set of SPAM filters. It also shows me the actual IP address of any link in the email when I put the cursor over it (but NOT click on it).

The other thing that gives away phishers is that all the financial institutions I do business with use my Account Name to address me. No "Dear Customer" or "70524.....". And anybody who wants to give ME millions of USD$ is an obvious faker.....
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Last Person To Post Here Wins - 256 (Message 1804683)
Posted 24 Jul 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject Donor
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Winning on a warm Sunday morning.
84F on my back patio at 0900.
Off to breakfast soon.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1804681)
Posted 24 Jul 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject Donor
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I stepped on the scale today, for the first time in almost two months. When last I looked, I was holding between 235 and 240. Today I am 245.

I suspect it is the heat, and the stresses of the past two months. I have not gotten as much exercise as I should, and I am drinking more than 1 (US) gallon of water and juice a day to stay hydrated in the 100+F heat. Probably going to start walking and/or working in the yard early in the morning.

Good luck with the yardwork.
I am not venturing outside today....more 90ish temps and still sticky as heck.

I remember visits to Milwaukee, Brookfield, and Winneconne in the summer. High humidity and mosquitos - not fun. I also remember Charleston summers - 85F, 85% humidity. But you learn to deal with it, or you move elsewhere. No place has perfect weather, not even Hawai'i - they're getting whacked by a Tropical Storm today.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 19/10/2015 (Message 1804678)
Posted 24 Jul 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject Donor
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Hmmm, i`m a little confused to be honest.
Hows about the victims ???

The out-pouring of sympathy and support for the victims and their families has been widespread and highly visible. Of course I pray God's healing Grace for the families of the dead and injured. Those people were attacked for no fault of their own, and deserve comfort and support.

But the young shooter was also a human being, one of God's children. Whatever pain or mental illness he endured that caused him to do such a horrible thing, deserves our concern as well. So I pray for comfort for his family as well, and peace and forgiveness for him. As God forgives my sins, so I must forgive, as best I can, the sins of others.
17) Message boards : News : Vice Magazine article about Arecibo Closure (Message 1804671)
Posted 24 Jul 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject Donor
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Arecibo is the only planetary radar besides Goldstone capable of tracking Near Earth Objects potentially dangerous to Earth. Since NASA has the task of counting and monitoring NEOs I think NASA should maintain Arecibo in operation, maybe with a reduced program and budget.
Tullio

As I understand the program, the search for NEOs involves both optical and active radar searches. Not a good match for collecting data useful to Seti@Home or other such projects.

In the current US federal budget environment, I don't see such a transfer happening. I think Arecibo will either continue under current management with current budget levels, or it will be deemed obsolete and shut down/dismantled.
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1804604)
Posted 24 Jul 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject Donor
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I stepped on the scale today, for the first time in almost two months. When last I looked, I was holding between 235 and 240. Today I am 245.

I suspect it is the heat, and the stresses of the past two months. I have not gotten as much exercise as I should, and I am drinking more than 1 (US) gallon of water and juice a day to stay hydrated in the 100+F heat. Probably going to start walking and/or working in the yard early in the morning.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 19/10/2015 (Message 1804603)
Posted 24 Jul 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject Donor
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Nine people killed by one 18 years old man of Iranian origin born in Germany who then killed himself.
Tullio

I always have to wish in these cases that they would just take themselves out first.

I have seen reports that the young man battled depression, and claimed he was bullied for years. He also reportedly had been studying American mass-killings. People with such anger issues are looking to go out with a bang, and take with them as many as they can. I suppose we are lucky he only had a pistol, and not a large-capacity rifle or explosives, although reports say he had over 300 rounds in his backpack.

I pray that in death, he has found peace, and forgiveness.
20) Message boards : News : Vice Magazine article about Arecibo Closure (Message 1804414)
Posted 23 Jul 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject Donor
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No. The telescope is a US Government property. Once funding for operations is cut-off, the telescope will be dismantled and the site restored to forest. There will be NO telescope or workers to operate it.

I believe we are talking about Federal Funding of the Telescope. Once that ends we can discuss individual funding of the infrastructure and the people manning it.


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