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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW 255 - Dear Mama...When Doves Cry (Message 1784535)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Glad to see you survived it.

Not only did I survive it, but I am stronger for it.

Ah, yes, great-great uncle (my Aunt says he is a distant relative on the Brockman/Bruckman side) Nietsche (sp?)
"What does not destroy me makes me stronger." He was a pretty smart fellow.

Spent most of my day with the Wounded Warrior I have been helping, taking him to the VA clinic and helping him pay bills. Mostly a win.

How kind. The world needs more people like you, Mister J.

Thank you, ma'am. I've heard you do a fair share of that yourself.

Enjoying a cool, quiet morning.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW 255 - Dear Mama...When Doves Cry (Message 1784432)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Horrible day win.

Glad to see you survived it.

Spent most of my day with the Wounded Warrior I have been helping, taking him to the VA clinic and helping him pay bills. Mostly a win.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 19/10/2015 (Message 1783084)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
So its no longer a secret anymore i guess. :))


Rocky's Cafe has always provided us with the best quality food and drinks :)

Speaking of which....
May I have 2 pints of red ale and a plate of sausage rolls? Thanks much.
I'll be back in my usual hiding place by Callaghan's fireplace.
Those wing-back chairs are soooo comfortanle.....
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part III (Message 1782843)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Yes, I got one, too.
Nothing scheduled on that date,
if nothing comes up this week, I may go.

Anyone going?

"Dear Carlos:
In recognition of your past support as one of our most generous donors, the Berkeley SETI Research Center cordially invites you to attend a reception and lecture:
DR. ANDREW SIEMION
"The Search for Extraterrestrial Technologies and the Breakthrough Listen Initiative"
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Lecture begins: 7:00 p.m.
Dessert & Tour of the Breakthrough Listen Lab: 8:00 p.m.
~Doors open at 6:30pm~
635 Campbell Hall
University of California Berkeley Campus"
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1776776)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Old grey sailor is back up to 238.

Too much time in the car and computer chair, not enough time pushing the lawn mower and triming trees.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation Safety 3 (Message 1776775)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Not sure I like the idea that anyone can crash a car through a gate into a naval base, or that that fact has been publicized.

In the UK, I think most - if not all - airbases have deliberately weakened sections of fencing: not weak enough to let casual trespassers wander through, but weak enough for a fully-laden fire tender to crash through without waiting for a keyholder. Usually they are in remote parts of the perimeter, far away from any sensitive equipment, so initially I was more worried that the car could crash through the gate and run into a fighter plane in one sentence.

But then I read

The driver eventually left State Route 198, smashed through a gate at the base and hit the FA-18E Super Hornet parked about 7 miles inside the base, Ashliman said.

Not much base standing orders can do about that.

That "7 miles inside the base" can be misleading. NAS Lemoore is huge, with many square miles of farmland surrounding the Operations/Flightline area and separating it from the Admin/Housing area of the base. The OPS area is about 7 miles from the Main Gate, but it is accessed via roads that do NOT go through the Main Gate. It is a separately fenced and secured area.

The way local news is reporting this episode, I can't tell whether there was time to raise the Security/Crash barriers at the Ops Gates before the speeding car came through. I do know that once it got onto Ops, it was chased by both Base Security and the CHP helicopter, but the CHP helo was first on the scene when the car hit the aircraft.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Memories (Message 1775034)
Posted 30 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Maybe someday people will be able to "backup" their brain like we do now with a computer's hard drive. A couple years ago, there was a piece of fiction in The New Yorker about a virtual reality device that enabled the user to replay memories.

Have you read "We Can Remember it For you Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick?
They made a movie of it as "Total Recall" with Ahnolt in the lead.
The book was better - and scarier.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V8 (Message 1775031)
Posted 30 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
I used one of these many times in the Navy, but the last two times I won this thread, "real life" jumped up and bit me, and I an still recovering from the last episode. Sorry, guys and gals.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Memories (Message 1774480)
Posted 27 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
I can't remember anything from my car crash anymore. Wished I did at times, maybe goodbyes would've been easier..

Many of my friends who are mental health professionals tell me it is quite common to NOT remember much of such traumatic events. Seems to be a natural defense mechanism of the brain - it fences off such painful memories, so you can continue living life. But they are still there, deep down inside. It is when the brain cannot fence off those memories that we have PTSD and similar problems.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : If you were going to live in the USA which state would you choose to live in? (Message 1774474)
Posted 27 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Born in Wisconsin but raised in Central California.

Lived in San Diego (3 tours), Vallejo/SF Bay Area (2x), Idaho in the winter, Charleston SC (it snowed all three Januaries I was there), and Hawaii (3x), plus many port-calls in Guam and Adak, Alaska during my Naval career. Also visited Dunoon Scotland, Halifax Nova Scotia, Gander Newfoundland, and Andros in the Bahamas,.

I have relatives all over Wisconsin, in Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Texas, Florida, and Maine. I have enjoyed everywhere I have lived and visited, but am well-settled here in the San Joaquin Valley. I am an hour's drive to the snowy Sierras, and 2-3 hours to the Central Coast, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay, or the Mohave Desert. The cost of living is much lower here than in the San Francisco Bay area, but the summer temps (100F+) are a bit warm for some folks.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Memories (Message 1774456)
Posted 27 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
I struggle with my mother's dementia, as her most recent activities seem ephemeral, but she embraces things from adolescence and back, as if yesterday. She remembers her adulthood if asked questions, but her sense of current reality versus the past can be very blurry.

What are your oldest memories? Best memories? Do you have a feeling of frustration you've lost some of your memories? I can tell you right now when I think back to even my best memories, I don't remember everything, but I wish I did.

Gordon I can sympathize. My mom dives deeper into dementia on a daily basis. The past of my brothers & I growing up is nearly crystal clear but current is a blur.

I've got a good memory but I have started forgetting names

My Mother had a few episodes like that in the months before the cancer took her. One Sunday morning, she woke up at about 0200, frantic that she was going to be late for school. Took me over an hour to calm her down and convinve her that it was Sunday, and there was no school that day..

My earliest clear memories are of the airplane ride when we moved from Milwaukee to Visalia in May 1957. I have pictures, but almost no memories of my Dad's father, who died od cancer shortly after that move. or his mother, who we visited once in Milwaukee, but refused to come to California, even when Dad offered to pay for the trip. My Mother's family visited often, and I have been back to see them many times, so the memories are stronger.

Some of my friends are amazed at the things and people I remember from growing up. And a phrase can trigger memories of songs I heard long ago. I joke about it, but it is true - I can remember, in excruciating detail, things that happened 30, 40, 50 years ago, but need a pocket calendar to remember what I have to do 2 hours from now.
12) Message boards : News : Main web server crash / migration. (Message 1774359)
Posted 27 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
I have not had any changes to the computer in over 5 years, it was humming along just fine until the "Web Outage"
I even tried removing boinc and doing a fresh install. Still no joy

If you have not already done so, Report your problems in the Number Crunching section of these Forums.
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (102) Server Problems? (Message 1774155)
Posted 26 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Did you notice that the Astropulse science database on marvin is disabled?

9 days without any panic, but now that AP's are being split again, I think it would be a good idea to start the AP assimilators. They've been in state "Not running" for a day or so now. The number of Workunits waiting for assimilation for AP is growing and growing, and with new AP's being split and crunched again, if the AP assimilators aren't running, something will break, sooner or later.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tlptphw 253: Celt Wins!! Celt Wins!! (Message 1772640)
Posted 19 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Sunny Saturday morning win.
Whole yard is in bloom - doubling up on my allergy meds.
SubVets luncheon today in Fresno,
probably followed by a nap under
the mulberry trees when I get home.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1771369)
Posted 13 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
He's looking much better. Good to see.

16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 19/10/2015 (Message 1771368)
Posted 13 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Mike, that is a much more appealing spread than the hotel puts out.
Mostly breads and jam, not much fruit, no meats or cheeses.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tlptphw 253: Celt Wins!! Celt Wins!! (Message 1771367)
Posted 13 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Rainy North Bay Sunday win.
Taking my time getting out of the hotel today.
May do a little sight-seeing here in Vallejo ,
see what has changed in 18 years since I was last stationed here.
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part III (Message 1771190)
Posted 12 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
I'll have a slice of each, please. Preferably chocolate.

Thanks much.

No you people have it all wrong,
"Pie are round, cake are square!"

:):)

Beep!


edit:
That is why Bruderheim is such an advanced place, we know these things...

re-edit:
As stated by Old Kuzak's sister here in my town...
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tlptphw 253: Celt Wins!! Celt Wins!! (Message 1771189)
Posted 12 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Winning in the early morning rain........
From a hotel room in Vallejo, California
Fleet Reserve Association Regional meeting
Doing a little Association business, but mostly
a bunch of Sailors & Marines (and their spouse)s
sitting around telling stories. Lots of fun.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tlptphw 253: Celt Wins!! Celt Wins!! (Message 1770851)
Posted 11 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Winning on a warm Thursday evening.
American Legion meeting tonight,
then pack for trip to Vallejo this weekend.

If anyone in the Bay area still wants to get together
the best times will be Saturday evening,
as I am going to pass on the Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner.
Or maybe I can stop someplace on the way home Sunday.
Probable route I5/580/680 through the East Bay and Benicia.
I still don't have a cell phone, but will have my iBook,
so send me a PM.


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