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21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Memories (Message 1775034)
Posted 30 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
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.
22) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V8 (Message 1775031)
Posted 30 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
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.
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Memories (Message 1774480)
Posted 27 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
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.
24) 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. Johnson
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.
25) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Memories (Message 1774456)
Posted 27 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
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.
26) Message boards : News : Main web server crash / migration. (Message 1774359)
Posted 27 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
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.
27) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (102) Server Problems? (Message 1774155)
Posted 26 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
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.
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tlptphw 253: Celt Wins!! Celt Wins!! (Message 1772640)
Posted 19 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
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.
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1771369)
Posted 13 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
He's looking much better. Good to see.

30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 19/10/2015 (Message 1771368)
Posted 13 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Mike, that is a much more appealing spread than the hotel puts out.
Mostly breads and jam, not much fruit, no meats or cheeses.
31) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tlptphw 253: Celt Wins!! Celt Wins!! (Message 1771367)
Posted 13 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
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.
32) 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. Johnson
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...
33) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tlptphw 253: Celt Wins!! Celt Wins!! (Message 1771189)
Posted 12 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
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.
34) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tlptphw 253: Celt Wins!! Celt Wins!! (Message 1770851)
Posted 11 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
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.
35) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mark's Free Kibble V (Message 1770849)
Posted 11 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
My apologies for letting this get so far behind.
Got wrapped up in human issues.
Things starting to settle down finally.
36) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mark's Free Kibble V (Message 1770848)
Posted 11 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Links to Feed Needy Animals/Pets/Lost Friends waiting to be found.
http://www.freekibble.com
http://www.freekibblekat.com
http://www.freekatlitter.com
http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=3


Today's Topics: "Award-Winning Video Cats" & "Found in a Houston Shelter"

16.6052 million meals fed so far.....
02.4559 million scoops of Kitty Litter donated.

Click on the links to play the game. Right answer or wrong, every play feeds the critters -
but your computer can only play once a day, so play from as many computers as you can!
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V8 (Message 1770525)
Posted 9 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Looks very much like a tool we used to use in Damage Control training.
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tlptphw 253: Celt Wins!! Celt Wins!! (Message 1770270)
Posted 7 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Winning on a rainy Monday.
Sometimes it pours like a firehose,
Sometimes it's a gentle sprinkle,
but been raining off and on since
Thursday night. Ponding basins getting full.

A musician/artist friend of mine
has a showing at a local gallery.
I went to the opening on Friday evening.
There are a couple pieces I want,
but can't afford an original.
Talking to him about photoprints.....
39) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part III (Message 1768944)
Posted 2 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Have you aggravated a telemarketer today?

Roger Anderson’s Jolly Roger Telephone Co. offers sweet revenge against all those annoying callers

Roger Anderson, JRTC’s CEO, was being bombarded daily by multiple telemarketers. During one call, he handed the telephone to his young son, wondering how much of the telemarketer’s time the boy could waste. When the telemarketer hung up, his son looked very unhappy and complained that the man had called him a name and used a bad word.

Some people just have no manners, so they go rude and crude...

I like this solution better:
Evermoon Consulting

My number is on the "do not call list", so I don't have that problem.

So is mine, but with auto-dialers and random-number callers, some still get through. That's the whole point of these services - to mess with the ones that get through.
40) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1768794)
Posted 1 Mar 2016 by Profile Donald L. Johnson
Some toad with a pellet gun shattered 4 windows on Amtrak 702 shortly after it left Merced this morning. Nobody hurt, windows spidered but didn't break out.


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