Posts by James Sotherden

1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The perhaps last kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1883341)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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OK.....new doctor.
Had to go over my situation, as he apparently did not have enough time to go over all my comms with my other doctor.
This doctor is half GP, half phsych.
After much discussion, he agreed that it might help me and he would let me try the new med.
Prescription sent.
Walgreens put a hold on it.
Now they are fighting it out with the insurance company which may cover little or none of it.
Cash price? $573.49 for 28 pills.
OMG.

Meeeeeeeeeeouch.

I hear you on that. I'm due for a colonoscopy in a few weeks. The prep kit is $378.00. For two doses that I need to take. I'm lucky my insurance paid for it.
Back when I first had to have the Hubble telescope treatment, You could buy the stuff right off the shelf for a few bucks.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers Thread Part 27 (Message 1881439)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Thank you all. Ive had a few cold beers so far this evening.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers Thread Part 27 (Message 1881296)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I'm going to bed soon. I will have a few more beers tomorrow.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers Thread Part 27 (Message 1881287)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Hello everyone. Been a bit since Ive been here. But I'm having a nice cold brew celebrating my 65th birthday. Cheers.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Newspapers (Message 1879852)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I to love to have The paper in my hand when I read it. Same as a book.
Several years ago , Our one paper went to hard copies on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, And the Sunday edition. I just get the Sunday paper by subscription. That also gives me access to the On-line editions they publish each day. Which I do peruse often.
The Sunday paper I read from front to back. Not every story of course But those that interest me. For me its relaxing.
The problem I have with the online paper is that my kindle ( Which is what I use to read the online edition is way to small.) I'm wondering if maybe larger tablet would be better?
The day will come sooner than I want it to. That hard copy will be done and online only . I'm not sure what I will do when it happens.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Depression (Message 1876389)
Posted 2 Jul 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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@ janneseti, Yes that does work. We have a county park that was formed during the last ice age. The lake has a 5 mile long trail around it. I found it very peaceful.
I also took long bike rides. I always felt a lot better after.
@ Tom Miller, I never knew that what I and others had , Had a name.

To the room at large. I'm almost 65, Is it the way us elders were brought up that such a stigma is placed on depression? If only I knew what I know now . I would have been to grief counseling right away.
I sure hope that we as parents didn't teach that message to our kids.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Depression (Message 1875848)
Posted 30 Jun 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I'm one of those folks who must have some good brain chemicals. I see the upside of even mishaps that occur. How ever that being said.
When my second wife was in a car accident and was in a coma for 13 days before she died. That sent me for a loop.
Id come home and still feel her presence in the house. But of course she wasnt there. It was hard seeing the things that she and I had bought to make our home. So I started working overtime so I didn't have to go home. And when I did go home I went to bed. Well working 70 hours plus a week for 2 months straight did not work. It only made me angry that she had died. Then I was mad at myself for being angry at her.
It was a tough 7 months. Before I found an online support group of widows and widowers.
In our discussions I found that every thing I was going through is normal. That's when I found relief in my soul.
It was after that I started to become myself again. My mom told me later , We were worried about you. Geez I wish they would have said they were worried about me when I was worried about me. ( it might have helped get me started sooner for some help)
So was I depressed or just going through the grieving process? Me I think it was both. And I will tell you up front, I don't want to go there again.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : News about the SETI@Home Wow Event 2017 (Message 1875130)
Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I'm signed up. Worked ok for me.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Seti Science Fiction Book Club (Message 1874778)
Posted 24 Jun 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Another author I have read and liked is Jon DeChancie. his Skyway series was so good Ive read it twice now.
Star Rigger- 1983
Red Limit Freeway-1984
Paradox Alley-1987

He also did the Perilous Castel series. Which is fantasy, But very funny.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1874774)
Posted 24 Jun 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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After my dad died. Mom found a bag of at least 50 rounds of green moldy looking .38 special rounds. They were green even with the cases being nickel plated.
Mom gave them to me knowing I have a .38 special pistol. There was no way I was going to shoot those things. I took them to the local police department. They took them and said they would send them to the county's ballistic lab where they would test them. I always wondered if any fired.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1874232)
Posted 21 Jun 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I can only say to Bernie that from what he is telling us, there has been a significant turn in events. With mum we never had the DNR situation facing us, and I am glad that we didn't. How can you ask a child to agree to that for a parent?? But what we did have was in some ways worse.

When she had the second stroke, she was transferred to the hospital from the Home. Dad use to go in every day, spend 3 hours with her beside the bed holding her hand. Most days she didn't know he was there or who he was. Then came the day when my brother and I went to see the Matron and asked to be told what the prognosis was. She sat us down and said there is nothing medically we can do any more for your mum, she has had two strokes which have pretty much paralysed her down both sides. We can keep her alive for maybe a couple more months at most on drips and tube feeding etc, but we will lose her at some point.

She went on, we can't do anything more for your mum, but we can do something for your dad. The poor man comes in each day, spends hours, and leaves in tears, neither has any quality of life. The considered medical decision is that we are going to put her on a saline drip only and gently let her go. She died peacefully in her sleep some days later. Dad accepted it as the effect of the strokes.

The day I walked out of that hospital I felt I had almost signed her death warrant, and I've never entirely forgiven myself for that 17 years later, it's a personal burden I still carry. So I can understand what a request for a DNR or to turn off life support would mean to someone. Until you have been in that position you can never know what it is like.

I wish Bernie and Annie all the best.


I have been there. Back in 1990. My second wife was in a car wreck. Sever brain damage, Coupled whit brain swelling. They had a drain tube to relive the pressure. But that increased the risk of infection after 7 days.
ever since we had know each other, She had harped upon me about she didn't want to be on life support. I don't want to be a vegetable. They did a scan and found out her brain was still swelling and was shutting down.
I signed the DNR. She still lived 6 more days.
Chris I can relate to how you felt. I still feel the same way after 27 years. In my case, I take comfort in knowing I abided by her wishes also.

Back in April mon was still in the hospital and still very ill, When she called a family meeting. She informed us that she had signed a DNR. Her reasoning is she will only get worse, So when she goes she wants to go. She dosent want to be brought back, Because she is afraid of being brain damaged from lack of oxygen. Or being in a coma to never wake up from. She looked at me and said. You know what its like.
And after she was asked questions by us kids. I have to agree with her choice.

Bernie, Best wishes for you and your Dad.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Seti Science Fiction Book Club (Message 1874145)
Posted 20 Jun 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I had forgotten about the Sector General books. They are very good reads.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1873948)
Posted 19 Jun 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Id like to add my 2 cents to this forum.
I know what its like when you father doesn't know who you are. It was temporary, But it still sucked. He passed from Parkinsons in 2008, At home where he wanted to die.
Ive posted this on my team forum, But my mom came close to passing at the end of April. Congestive heart disease and COPD. It wont get better. The Dr. told her she cant live alone and she cant live with my sister. Oxygen needs are to great for that. So mom is in an assisted living place. She was bummed at first. Having to give up her apartment. But she likes where she is now, And likes the staff.
So, We as the kids to our aging parents, Id say don't beat your self up over choices you have no control over.
I know its not easy.
Just my 2 cents worth.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Seti Science Fiction Book Club (Message 1873756)
Posted 18 Jun 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I tend to gravitate toward military Sci-fi. David Drake. Steve White, John Ringo, John Dalmas, Kieth Laumer and his excellent Bolo series, Joe Halderman and his forever war books.
Two authors who are grand masters in my book are Lester DelRay and Andre Norton. I didn't learn that Andre Norton was a woman until my late 20's. And no I don't care if its a woman author. Just give me a great read is all I ask.
Gordon, Try Hienleins, Starship Troopers. there was some flack when it was published about it glorifying war. I've read it twice and I think its and anti war statement.
Admiral, I take it you are talking about E.E. Doc Smith? I have read his Lensman and Skylark series twice now. And His work, though entertaining is woefully lacking in hard science. Why you ask. He wrote the outline for his lensman series back in 1937. The premise of that series is that aliens come to earth and steal iron to make energy. Well now we know that iron cant be fused by a star. The star blows up or becomes a neutron star or a black whole. And his description of electronics is lacking a lot.
Now before everyone piles on me. I liked his work, Its like swashbuckling in space. And as teen in the mid 60's It was awesome. I reread it when I was in my 40's. It was still a great swashbuckling story. Only his technology was really dated. He wrote it in a time when tech was still being born.
edit- Tom, thanks for recommending those tiltes. I will check them out.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Seti Science Fiction Book Club (Message 1873526)
Posted 17 Jun 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Please BYOB (bring your own book).

Looking for conversation. I am wondering what everyone who reads SF (not fantasy, get your own thread :) is currently reading, currently rereading.

Will David Weber ever write something more about the Honorverse that moves the plot forward?

Who are your favorite New Space Opera authors?

Who are your favor hard science fiction authors?

Are Asimov, Clarke and Heinlein still the (past) Grand Masters?

What is your favorite (short story, novella, novel, series)?

Tom
(starved for some book talk about SF)

To answer your questions in order.
I am currently reading David Webers, Honor Harringtons series At all costs. I just cant seem to get into this book at all. I had really enjoyed all his others in this series.

I don't know any of the currant SF authors ,I haven t bought a new SCi Fi book in close to 7 years. I have to many I haven't read yet to justify buying more.

hard sci fi That's a tough one. I don't really know what hard sci fi is. My definition is sorely lacking on that.

Yes they are still Grand masters in my book. Their stories are still timeless. I started reading Sci fi when I was 11. I'm almost 65. I read all the authors who had made sci fi respectable. Pohl, Leinster. Simak . Bradury,
Etc. Etc.
For short stories you cant beat The Green Hills of Earth. By Heinlein.
Novella, It would be an Ace book printed in 1964 and cost a whopping .40 cents. One side has Murry Leinster's The Dupilacators and when you flip it over it has Philip E. Highs No Truce with Terra. Great reads when your12 years old.

The novel I have read 3 times is Dune. By Frank Herbert. I always pick something up I missed the last time. I read it. I thought the movie strayed to far from the book But Mr. Herbert liked what they did.
For a series it has to be David Drakes Northworld trilogy. I have read those 3 times. But his Hammers Slammers series Is a close second.

Hope this starts a dialog for you and other members.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : CRL (Angela) got a new hat for her birthday. (Message 1869682)
Posted 26 May 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Happy belated birthday Angela.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1865834)
Posted 6 May 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Gordon, I'm so sorry to hear that. Please take comfort in knowing you brought joy to her final years. Again I'm so sorry for your loss.
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : New Phone Scam. Pretending to be a telemarketer from a resort. (Message 1863412)
Posted 24 Apr 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Our good old-fashioned copper phone line has an answering machine attached to it. I prefer it to digital voice mail. It's easier for me to hit "play", and to screen calls.

Same here. Its one reason I keep it. If its an important call they will leave a message. I used to be annoyed by folks who screened calls. Not anymore. Not with the amount of scammers and robo calls out there.
19) Message boards : Number crunching : My Computer Builds And Other Projects (Message 1856236)
Posted 18 Mar 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I would suggest sticking with simple ready-builts with air cooling, and running them as is.

Nahhh... That would be too easy :-)

Id say it would be too. My wife bought me a HP Intel I7 -6700 for $500. 00 Even with out a GPU its gets 1100 RAC.
Ive lost track on much Vic has spent buying junk and trying to get it to work. I'm betting he could have bought a few good rigs all ready to go.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : If I get your goat :) (Message 1855571)
Posted 15 Mar 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Here is one I heard when I was stationed at Otis AFB on Cape Cod. All the locals used the saying( and I will be nice) Your butt is sucking Canal water.
From what the locals could tell me , Was that during construction of the Cape Cod Canal there was some very fierce opposition to it.
The meaning I got from the folks who used it, Was your full of B.S.


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