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21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 22/4/2015 (Message 1682184)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
(I hope he likes Sauerbraten.)


Honestly, do you know any Germans
who don't like Sauerbraten?


I'm of German ancestry (my grandmother Brockman from Milwaukee was fluent in German), but I'm not sure if I've ever had Sauerbraten.
22) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 22/4/2015 (Message 1682007)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Tuesday evening I went to the Visitation for a Submariner who had died. It was 50 miles each way, and on the way home I stopped for dinner at a diner in Dinuba. The special was bacon-wrapped meatloaf. I got a 4-inch square by 2-inch thick chunk of meatloaf, wrapped in 4 strips of bacon before baking, and topped with Barbeque sauce. Came with green beans and stewed tomatoes, onion rings, and garlic toast. MMMMM, good.
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : OTUS? (Message 1681917)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
I may have too much time in my hands today, but it somehow occurred, while checking some twitterings—there is a background to this, but long story... However:

There is this newly presented @POTUS. There is the @FLOTUS, too.

Taking into account a future possibility, what would be the necessary abbreviation, and on which grounds: @FGOTUS, @FHOTUS...?

I have read that when we have our first "Female POTUS, the appropriate title for her husband would be First Gentleman (as in "Ladies and Gentlemen"), so FGOTUS woould be the accronym. I'm not even going to attempt to pronounce it.....
24) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mark's FreeKibble IV (Message 1681913)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Links to Feed Needy Animals/Pets/Lost Friends waiting to be found.
http://www.freekibblekat.com
http://www.freekibble.com
http://www.freekatlitter.com
http://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ars/home

Today's Topics: "Makes a Good Cat Bed" & "What Gear Was Rescued From"

14.8332 million meals fed so far.....
1.2536 million scoops of KittyLitter 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!
25) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mark's FreeKibble IV (Message 1681912)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Links to Feed Needy Animals/Pets/Lost Friends waiting to be found.
http://www.freekibblekat.com
http://www.freekibble.com
http://www.freekatlitter.com
http://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ars/home

Today's Topics: "Makes a Good Cat Bed" & "What Gear Was Rescued From"

14.8332 million meals fed so far.....
1.2536 million scoops of KittyLitter 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!
26) Message boards : Number crunching : Why use CPU on SETi@home? (Message 1681769)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
NONE of my computers has a graphics card. I'm not a gamer, I don't do anything that NEEDS a GPU or other graphics card, so I'm not going to spend the money for one, no matter how inexpensive they are.

My Windows boxes take between 1 and 3 hours per MB v7 Tasks, and I run 2-3 at a time. My ancient Mac iBook takes 3-4 days, but that is still plenty fast for this project. Some folks take weeks to complete a Task, but they are usually running only when the machine is not doing other things (as this project was ORIGINALLY designed).

If this project went to GPU-only, how fast would they chew through the data files? And what would that do to the servers, which already struggle for a day after each weekly outage, as they catch up and build a ready-to-send cache?
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Last Person To Post Wins #U-238 (Message 1681646)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Goodnight everyone. :-)

I got back from the polls at 8:35 PM - PDT, ate dinner, watched the Bachelorette, and now I'm here saying goodnight.

Up at 4:30 AM and going down at 9:40 PM - PDT makes for a VERY LOOOONG day. If; however, the rest of the county votes the way my precinct voted, my candidate won!!!

Steve Glazer <-- (I think that I spelled his last name correctly.)

My American Legion Post works a Polling Station every election, so I know how long a day it can be. Thank you, Scott, for helping your fellow citizens exercise their Right to Vote.
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mark's FreeKibble IV (Message 1681500)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Links to Feed Needy Animals/Pets/Lost Friends waiting to be found.
http://www.freekibblekat.com
http://www.freekibble.com
http://www.freekatlitter.com
http://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ars/home

Today's Topics: "Ann Feeds a Stray" & "Dealing with Dog Health Problems"

14.8252 million meals fed so far.....
1.2479 million scoops of KittyLitter 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!
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mark's FreeKibble IV (Message 1681172)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Links to Feed Needy Animals/Pets/Lost Friends waiting to be found.
http://www.freekibblekat.com
http://www.freekibble.com
http://www.freekatlitter.com
http://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ars/home

Today's Topics: "Creature of the Mist" & "Why Dogs Eat Grass"

14.8197 million meals fed so far.....
1.2439 million scoops of KittyLitter 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!
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1681168)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Also of course the system in the news, Positive Train Control, in it present form will not prevent grade crossing accidents.

If the barriers and lights are working the train will proceed, I do not believe there are any plans to put detectors in the roadway of the 38,000 grade crossing that are used every day.

From the FRA website

The reality is that nearly every 180 minutes in America, someone is hit by a train. Combined, highway-rail crossing and trespasser deaths account for 95 percent of all rail-related deaths and most of these deaths are avoidable.


Still some way to go.

Yeah, until we can correct for human stupidity......
31) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1681166)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Old grey sailor weighs in at 239 lbs.

And today I am at 240.

2015/05/04 Steady @ 240

2015/05/11 242 - but I ate well (maybe tooooo well) yesterday, even helping clean up after the FRA Branch breakfast.

2015/05/18 Back to 239. Strating to look like off-season equilibrium.....
32) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1681163)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Yes, but that commercial is decidedly lacking in raccoons.


Friends, too

Jeez, can't a kitty get a little rest around here?

Sounds like Roger Miller singing.....
33) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Last Person To Post Wins #U-238 (Message 1681006)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
@Donald.
Is your number associated with SSN 571 or aviation?

Not this time......
34) Message boards : Cafe SETI : My Best Lifetime FRIEND (Message 1680840)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
4 blood clots - no, that does not bode well for Max. But the outcome is not certain, he could recover. Or God could call him home. We pray for what is best for Max and his family.

As Vic noted, you may be poor and white, but you are not trash. You are a valued member of your family and this community. God loves all his children, no matter what we look like or what we do. He loves, He cares, and He forgives. Have faith, and draw strength from His Grace.
35) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather Forecasts VI (Message 1680762)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Partly cloudy, forecast high 76F
20% chance of rain Monday - last two times they said 20%, we got gully-washing torrents and hail. And some say El Nino is back, strong, so we might have a wet summer and lots of snow this winter.....
36) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Last Person To Post Wins #U-238 (Message 1680758)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Winning on a cloudy Sunday morning.
See you after the outage.....
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mark's FreeKibble IV (Message 1680757)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Links to Feed Needy Animals/Pets/Lost Friends waiting to be found.
http://www.freekibblekat.com
http://www.freekibble.com
http://www.freekatlitter.com
http://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ars/home

Today's Topics: "Cats' Whiskers" & "The Seeing Eye"

14.8114 million meals fed so far.....
1.2379 million scoops of KittyLitter 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!
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1680655)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
The locomotive involved is the Siemens ACS 64

The locomotives are designed to be capable of accelerating 18 Amfleet cars to maximum speeds as high as 125 mph (201 km/h) on the Northeast Corridor in a little over eight minutes, with trains of eight Amfleets taking two and a half minutes to reach the same speed

I believe this was an 8 car train so 0 to 125 in 150 seconds.

So assumeing a relatively linear acceleration (NOT a valid assumption, but for the purpose of this discussion), this type engine can increase the speed of the train about 25mph every 30 seconds. That means a 35mph increase needs between 30-40 seconds. 60mph = 1 mile per minute, the train could have been as close as 1 mile from the curve when the speed increase began.

Now we just need to know where the train was when the projectile hit the windshield.....

Edit: Latest news.
39) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1680472)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
PHILADELPHIA (CBSNewYork/AP) — An assistant conductor said she thought she heard an Amtrak train engineer say his train had been hit by projectiles before the derailment this week, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday.

The FBI has now been asked to join the investigation, according to NTSB member Robert Sumwalt.

FBI To Join Amtrak Wreck Probe After Reports That Projectiles May Have Hit Train

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/05/15/amtrak-derailment-latest/

It is a talking point, and certainly an issue.
But even so, unlikely to have had any bearing on the crash.

Last night late news said they have reports of 3 trains (a south-bound Amtrak, a SEPTA commuter, and Amtrak 188 that derailed) being hit in the short time before the derailment. One wonders if the shock of the windshield being hit didn't cause the driver to accelerate rather than brake into the curve....

And just what would the acceleration rate of that train be???? From the stated 70mph limit to 106mph?
It would have taken a lot longer than the shock to a driver from a rock in the windshield, I suspect.

The TV news reported that an assistant engineer heard him talking on the radio about it. Not knowing how far ahead of the curve it happened, might be enough time to gain 35mph. Probably something the NTSB is looking at.
40) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Last Person To Post Wins #U-238 (Message 1680461)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Donald L. JohnsonProject donor
Congrats, Donald.
And may you have selected a number somewhat less than 3,395.....

Oh, yes, significantly less than 3K....


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