Posts by James Sotherden

21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : 47 years ago today, Apollo 11 landed on the moon. (Message 1804106)
Posted 22 Jul 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I was 17 years old. We were camping some where in Canada. The owner of the camp grounds invited everyone to his house to watch it on his TV. The place was packed. That's a memory I wont soon forget.
22) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Birthday Uli!!!!!!! (Message 1803433)
Posted 19 Jul 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Happy birthday Uli.
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : State Fairs (Message 1803073)
Posted 17 Jul 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Our New York State fair is held in Syracuse. It's better to go during the week. On the weekends you have to be packed in with the other 90 to 100 thousand people.

We have the bakeing contests, the farm animlas and the whole shebang.
It seems like when I and the wife go, It's 95F. and full sun. We don't go much anymore.
24) Message boards : Politics : US Presidential Race (Message 1802477)
Posted 14 Jul 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Polling Station


LMAO. The new standard for placards on where to vote:)
25) Message boards : Politics : US Presidential Race (Message 1802314)
Posted 13 Jul 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I will most likely vomit when I cast my vote.
We really need a strong 3rd party person running.
26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Real Pictures of Real Seti Friends (Message 1802313)
Posted 13 Jul 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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What wonderful pictures. Thanks for posting them.
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Name your top 3+ music artists (Message 1801524)
Posted 8 Jul 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Pete Segar
Bob Dylan
Peter, Paul, And Mary
And the first song that got me hooked on AM radio. Was the guy who did the Monster Mash. I was a young lad when I first heard that song.
28) Message boards : Number crunching : Say goodbye to SETI@home v7. (Message 1800836)
Posted 5 Jul 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Thats duh for me. I will slap my forehead.
29) Message boards : Number crunching : Say goodbye to SETI@home v7. (Message 1800520)
Posted 4 Jul 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I have 3 waiting to validate.
On computer 700318xx
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Birthday Eric!!! (Message 1800513)
Posted 4 Jul 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Happy Birthday Eric. May you have many more of them.
31) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The last news from Lake Wobegon (Message 1800205)
Posted 2 Jul 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I will miss that show. My local PBS station air it on Saturdays and rebroadcast it againiunday. He had great musical guests and I liked his humor. Guy Noir was my favorite.

Thanks for the memories Garrison.
32) Message boards : Cafe SETI : PTSD 2 (Message 1799314)
Posted 29 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Well as in another month I will be 64 I can tell you tastes buds do change. I used to love watermelon and bananas. Just the taste of anything water melon is gross. Now banana flavor I can eat. But anything with a real banana in it just makes me gag. As a kid I loved them.

So the foods that they once loved, They really might not like anymore.

My Mom called me tonight and said her oldest sister died this morning. She was 90. She was always the cool Aunt.
Out of five siblings It just my mom and her younger brother now.
That's how life goes. You watch the ones go before you.
33) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Missing Persons Bureau (a.k.a. The Mother Hens Thread) (Message 1797286)
Posted 18 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I am now and old geezer of almost 64


Junior....


Thanks Ian. You made me feel young:)
34) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Missing Persons Bureau (a.k.a. The Mother Hens Thread) (Message 1797043)
Posted 18 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I'm am doing well Julie. Don't post much on the main boards anymore. The Angst isn't worth it:)


Thanks again for the book suggestion, James!

You are very welcome Sarge.

James, might I say, that angst is in the mind of the beholder.

Meow.

That is true. But, I find that angst will find you. So why go looking for it, Or posting for it?
As I am now and old geezer of almost 64. I think, That maybe just maybe, I'm getting a bit wiser.
35) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Missing Persons Bureau (a.k.a. The Mother Hens Thread) (Message 1797025)
Posted 18 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I'm am doing well Julie. Don't post much on the main boards anymore. The Angst isn't worth it:)


Thanks again for the book suggestion, James!

You are very welcome Sarge.
36) Message boards : Cafe SETI : PTSD 2 (Message 1796800)
Posted 17 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Annie, I'm going to quote a passage from your last post that hits home for me. Its this. ( putting wretchedness into words )
I cant thank you enough for describing a problem, That I'm sure most of us have when trying to describe a hell we have gone through when trying to post in here.

I have found though, That some one who has gone through the same trauma, Can relate with what you are trying to say no matter how bad you say it.

Annie, I really take that passage to heart. It puts into words a feeling that I have never been able to communicate. Thank you.
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Missing Persons Bureau (a.k.a. The Mother Hens Thread) (Message 1796278)
Posted 15 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I'm am doing well Julie. Don't post much on the main boards anymore. The Angst isn't worth it:)
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : PTSD 2 (Message 1796277)
Posted 15 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I'm glad that this space is of help. Yes it goes dormant for a bit. But all anyone has to do is ask a mod to open it so you can post.

I too find this a place that gives me a different perspective on some things that some, Or all us go through.
So use this space as you need it.
39) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1796048)
Posted 14 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Well via a contact I got wind of a move that has been delayed but was on for today.

The newest diesel loco on the American market is the EMD F125 and Metrolink in LA are the first railroad to get any.

They are being built at the EMD plant in Muncie IN, which ia a long way from LA!!

The first one was moved past Chesterton today protected by 2 buffer wagons



Now there is something you don't see every day

The future of American passenger travel??

Why I think the style is almost Continental:)
I like it.
40) Message boards : News : Arecibo still threatened with closure. (Message 1795309)
Posted 11 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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People that were working primarily on SETI@home have transitioned to Breakthrough,


Obviously I'm confused, Eric. I thought SETI@home and Breakthrough were part of the same effort. I take it they're not. (?)


It's confusing to a lot of people. Let's see if I can provide the top down view of Breakthrough Listen. Breakthrough Listen is funded by the Breakthrough Foundation, and consists of multiple parts... The largest portion of the funding is going to purchase telescope time on the Green Bank Telescope and the Parkes Telescope. The second largest portion (from my understanding. I don't have access to the budgets) is for purchasing and developing data recording and signal analysis hardware to analyze the data for those telescopes and make some subset of the data available to the public (and to SETI@home). A third portion goes to the salaries of the people developing that equipment and analysis code. None, at this point, goes to SETI@home.

Each of these portions are controlled by the foundation, and any additional expenditure needs to be proposed to the foundation and approved by them. This is a significant departure from the media portrayal, wherein the UC Berkeley SETI group is handed a check from $100M. Because Yuri Milner did make SETI@home a significant part of the Breakthrough Listen announcement, I still have hope that SETI@home will eventually be funded through Breakthrough. If it is not, we will continue to pursue other funding sources. If that doesn't work, we'll limp along until were run out.

Every time I'm sifting through the results returned by SETI@home, I'm amazed that there is no other SETI program on the planet that can do this. I recently calculated the value of the computing all of you do for us. 100,000 CPU-years and 11,000 GPU-years every month. On the Amazon cloud that would run you $42M per month (primarily in GPU time costs). That's half a billion dollars a year. That's why the Breakthrough Listen pipeline will never do the kind of analysis that SETI@home does. They can't afford to. Not even a billionaire could afford what you provide us for free.

And we can't seem to reliably find 0.1% of that amount to keep us running. It's been the longest running story of the project. Moores law may apply to CPUs and GPUs, but it doesn't apply to dollars.

This isn't a fundraising plea... yet. We're still planning that things will work out.

Eric, Cant you use us a selling point to Breakthrough listen?
You have us.
The dedicated crunchers just wanting to sort through the data for free. Give them the stats you showed us here and say, If we could upgrade our equipment and get some people to keep them running, This is what we can do, And were damn good at it.
Show the man you can save him money.


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