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21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : World Cup Woes (Message 1529893)
Posted 69 days ago by Profile John Neale
22) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Birthday Sir! (Message 1529732)
Posted 70 days ago by Profile John Neale
You'll end up in the Tower of London you will :-))

Ah... like one of my ancestors did :)

Ah, the 1st Earl of Orford, Robert Walpole - the first (and also the longest-serving) Prime Minister in British history!
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday (Message 1529444)
Posted 70 days ago by Profile John Neale
I know I'm a latecomer to this thread, and I hope you don't mind the intrusion. I've read every post over the past two days, and it motivated me to such an extent that I've emerged from my self-imposed SETI forums exile.

I want to encourage all of you to stick with what you've embarked on. You've taken the first step towards a healthier and happier future.

Perhaps my story will inspire you a little bit. Twenty years ago (when I was young), I was a sedentary hell-raiser, probably a borderline alcoholic, and I smoked at least 20 Camel filters a day. I played the occasional bit of golf, but that was about it. (Most of my golf was played at the nineteenth hole, anyway.)

Then, in 1995, I stopped smoking. I had tried to quit many times, but after being dumped by a (smoking) girlfriend, I decided I couldn't feel much worse and went cold turkey. I've never had a puff since.

For the next few years, I tried a bit of social road running now and then, but it never took off. Then, in 1999, I discovered I was highly allergic to a range of foodstuffs, including most of the grains that are the staple of the Western diet: wheat (gasp!), corn, rye, buckwheat, as well as a few nuts and seafoods. I eliminated these from my diet forthwith, and my quality of life improved immediately - no more hayfever, skin irritations, or heartburn. As a result of these allergies, I seldom if ever eat takeaways, and there are no breads, pizzas, pastas, pies, cakes, breakfast cereals, or gravies in my diet. I now eat simple food: grilled meat, steamed vegetables, small quantities of rice and potatoes, and some fruits and nuts. Dessert is almost non-existent, and I avoid processed foods as far as possible. More recently, I've taken steps to reduce my sugar intake too. And it's fine!

Later that year, I started running more seriously. And the bug bit. (Those endorphins are like nicotine and sugar - they're addictive!) By then, I was drinking a lot less, and running with a hangover is not recommended anyway! I went on to complete my first half marathon in 2000, a full marathon in 2001, and I ran my first ultramarathon (of 50 km) on my 40th birthday in 2003. That was a training run for the 89 km Comrades Marathon that I completed in June 2003. It turned out that I had a bit more talent at road running than golf. I completed the Comrades Marathon in 7 hours 22 minutes, earning a prized silver medal.

I've remained an active, competitive runner ever since, and last year, when I turned 50, I managed to run a sub-3-hour marathon (something I last did in 2004) and I returned to run my second Comrades Marathon in June last year (not quite as quickly as last time, though.)

The point of all this is that I went from being an overweight, unfit, unhealthy and very unhappy slob to a slimmer, fitter, healthier, and very much happier person. I changed my lifestyle completely, and it was the best thing I ever did. You can too. You don't have to go to the extremes that I have, but you're on the right track. Keep it up. Do some research on nutrition and exercise, and read the labels on the food products before you buy them. (You are what you eat.) And listen to Esme (Es99) - her advice is on the button! :)

I've got more to say, but I'll save it for another day.
24) Message boards : Politics : Crimea 3 (Message 1519495)
Posted 98 days ago by Profile John Neale
In Australia there are many immigrants that make up our nation. Our government fosters multiculturalism and acceptance to keep peace and establish an Australian national identity rich in cultural diversity.

With only 21,727,200 people your whole country is smaller than the NY/Newark area and is 92% white. What do you mean by diversity? Some whites have green eyes and some have blue?

Australia's cultural diversity 1
Australia's cultural diversity 2
Ethnic & cultural diversity in Australia
25) Message boards : Number crunching : Badges on S@H ? (Message 1487760)
Posted 168 days ago by Profile John Neale
My countryman Stephan has a silver (5%) badge, and I have a bronze (25%) badge. His current RAC is ±588; mine is ±2,115. His total credit is ±2,734,800; mine is ±2,645,000. He joined the project in June 2006; I joined in March 2000.

From this simple analysis, it is clear that the badges currently displayed on SETI@home were awarded based on a set of criteria that were valid at the time that the badge-awarding script was first implemented, which was a while ago.

Let's hope that bug in the php gets squashed!
26) Message boards : Number crunching : Results/Finds page? (Message 1487757)
Posted 168 days ago by Profile John Neale
The most promising areas of the sky are looked at in-house and the chaff is blown to the little people.

That's a big, bold statement. Can you substantiate it?
27) Message boards : Politics : Cricket (Message 1481194)
Posted 184 days ago by Profile John Neale
BOOM! We're back.

That was a memorable comeback performance by the Proteas after the horrors of Centurion. It was great to see Mitchell Whatsisname copping a bit of his own medicine on Saturday, at the hands of Morne Morkel.

Australia lost nine wickets in the third session yesterday, including two golden ducks!

The third Test at Newlands in Cape Town should be a humdinger.
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : 60,000 happy cricket fans at the MCG. (Message 1472329)
Posted 205 days ago by Profile John Neale
Skildude, I see you're sporting (pun intended) a South African flag in your profile. It's a good choice, particularly when it comes to cricket (and rugby) teams! Not so good for football (soccer), though. We're pretty hopeless at that. ;)
29) Message boards : Politics : Cricket (Message 1462801)
Posted 229 days ago by Profile John Neale
Jacques Kallis. ;-)


You got it, Wiggo. South Africa's Jacques Henry Kallis played 166 Tests over a period of 18 years, scoring 13,289 runs at 55.37, taking 292 wickets at 32.65, and claiming 200 catches (many at slip).

We're looking forward to a great Test series when the Baggy Greens tour South Africa in February and March. I think the resurgent Aussies will present the Proteas with a stern test.
30) Message boards : Politics : Cricket (Message 1462563)
Posted 229 days ago by Profile John Neale
One of the greatest cricketers of all time, and one of the top two all-rounders ever to have played the game, retired from Test cricket. He scored a match-winning century in his final innings.

Tendulkar from India. Fantastic player.

Indeed, Tendulkar did retire last year, and he is also one of the greats. But not an all-rounder of any great distinction (with 46 Test wickets at an average of 54.17). The player I am referring to was. Tendulkar scored 74 in his final innings; the player I am referring to scored 115.

Have another go. ;)
31) Message boards : Politics : Cricket (Message 1462104)
Posted 230 days ago by Profile John Neale
Meanwhile, in real cricket news...

    The top-ranked Test cricket team beat the second-ranked Test cricket team 1-0 in a two-Test series.

    In the first of those Tests, the top-ranked Test cricket team came within a few runs of chasing down the highest-ever fourth innings total to win a Test match.

    One of the greatest cricketers of all time, and one of the top two all-rounders ever to have played the game, retired from Test cricket. He scored a match-winning century in his final innings.

I'll leave you to guess who the protagonists were. Here's a clue: neither of the teams was England or Australia, and it wasn't Mitchell Johnson who retired.

Yes, folks, there is cricket being played outside of Australia and England. ;)

32) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Nelson Mandela dies at age 95 (Message 1451579)
Posted 262 days ago by Profile John Neale
Today, I twice visited Nelson Mandela's house in Houghton, Johannesburg. First, the running club with whom I regularly do a long training run on a Sunday morning readjusted its schedule to allow us to run past Madiba's home. At that early stage of the day, things were relatively quiet, and we spent a few contemplative moments viewing the shrine of flowers, candles, and messages that has been growing outside his home. In the late afternoon, my wife and I took our young children there, and we joined what seemed like tens of thousands of others to place flowers and a card containing personal messages from my family on the (now much larger) shrine. I even caught a glimpse of Mandela's grandson, Mandla.

The mood at the site of Mandela's home was uplifting. Whilst mourning the passing of our global icon, South Africans are also celebrating a life well lived.
33) Message boards : Politics : Another subtle indication of the political bias of the US media (Message 1450579)
Posted 264 days ago by Profile John Neale
Oopps, check your figures, both websites you provided show figures for AFGHANISTAN in similar to those given by Bob.
I suspect you've included the figures for Iraq...

Of course I included Iraq, for the obvious reason that Bob stated that according to his website (which does not exist) "the USA lost 630 soldiers in the middle east during the eight years of Bush's presidency."

I'm sorry but if you use 'middle east' in this way you automatically include Iraq. In fact, if you know your geography, you would know that in this context, Afghanistan would actually be excluded, as it is located in Central Asia. If indeed, he just meant casualty figures for Afghanistan only, he should have specifically stated that.

In fact, he mentioned both Iraq and Afghanistan in the first sentence of the OP.
34) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Nelson Mandela dies at age 95 (Message 1450483)
Posted 265 days ago by Profile John Neale
RIP, Tata Madiba. You were a great man. Our nation mourns your passing, but thanks you for what you did.

I have tears in my eyes as I type this.
35) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : NASA unreachable (Message 1450256)
Posted 265 days ago by Profile John Neale
No problem reaching NASA and JPL websites from South Africa.
36) Message boards : Number crunching : SETI@home Enhanced v6 is now done, finito, kaputt. (Message 1449552)
Posted 267 days ago by Profile John Neale
And that makes the previously-mentioned task 3251310915 the only remaining one. It's the ninth task issued for workunit 1248804579.
37) Message boards : Politics : Why is teaching atheism good? (Message 1447386)
Posted 273 days ago by Profile John Neale
In this instance, this should suffice as the truth.

Robert, can you cite one Intelligent Design proponent who does not believe that the so-called "designer" is the Christian God?
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : John Clark (Message 1441475)
Posted 289 days ago by Profile John Neale
Chris S has me blocked, can someone please tell him I posted this on the Milkyway forum as well since he was active over there as well.

Thank You

I've informed the folks in the Malaria Control forum, where John was also a regular contributor.
39) Message boards : Cafe SETI : John Clark (Message 1441250)
Posted 289 days ago by Profile John Neale
That is sad news, Chris. I interacted with John now and then, and the impression he left was that of a thoughtful, caring, intelligent and humorous family man. His impish Robin Hood avatar was instantly recognisable in several BOINC forums. I will miss him. RIP, John Clark.
40) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Hello (Message 1439994)
Posted 293 days ago by Profile John Neale
Hello, aka_Patrice, and welcome. There is some oddity around here, but some of us are nearly normal! ;)

Although, having said that, I will be running through the streets of Johannesburg in peak-hour traffic tomorrow afternoon, together with several thousand other men, all wearing nothing but bright red Speedos and running shoes, in the annual DAREdevil Run.

Top that!

This thread has taken a few twists and turns, which is great! Keep it ROLLING.

(And Julie, if you ever make it to South Africa, please leave your rolling pin at home!)

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