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21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : PTSD 2 (Message 1796800)
Posted 17 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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.
22) 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
I'm am doing well Julie. Don't post much on the main boards anymore. The Angst isn't worth it:)
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : PTSD 2 (Message 1796277)
Posted 15 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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.
24) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1796048)
Posted 14 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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.
25) Message boards : News : Arecibo still threatened with closure. (Message 1795309)
Posted 11 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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.
26) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1794971)
Posted 10 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
No right to carry concealed weapons in public

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dealing a blow to gun supporters, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Americans do not have a constitutional right to carry concealed weapons in public.

In a dispute that could ultimately wind up before the Supreme Court, a divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said local law enforcement officials can place significant restrictions on who is allowed to carry concealed guns.

By a vote of 7-4, the court upheld a California law that says applicants must cite a "good cause" to obtain a concealed-carry permit. Typically, people who are being stalked or threatened, celebrities who fear for their safety, and those who routinely carry large amounts of cash or other valuables are granted permits.

Sounds like the elites to me. Why should they be more special then I or my wife? We unwashed folks don't get preyed upon?
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Help! GoFundMe, why did I bother... Yaks (Message 1794969)
Posted 10 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
Credit is credit no matter who issues it, Try not paying Paypal and see if it dosent get reported.

As for credit cards, I don't have one anymore. I pay cash for what I need. Yes its damn hard! Things break and need to be fixed. That's why I have a savings account. And yes that too has been down to zero. Credit cards if abused like most Americans who use them, ( and I was one of them ) are a bane. The last 3 years I have learned to live with out them. I actually find I can save more money by not having one.

How much money have you wasted on E-bay junk, That you hoped you could fix? I remember a TV set you thought you could repair. How'd that work out?

Your always saying you don't have a lot of money, But you were buying all the E-bay crap using credit. Stop.
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Help! GoFundMe, why did I bother... Yaks (Message 1794191)
Posted 7 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
Vic - you compartmentalise your income far to much for your own good - ANY money you get, from what ever source is your money. So if you get ANY money from GFM then part of ALL your money has come from GFM.

Now you have a black driver's seat and are looking at some seat covers on ebay - just to remind you:
and buy some tan seat covers($15 on ebay for a '99 escort zx2)
. Don't waste your money on the covers, just get the seat in so you can drive your car SAFELY.


May I remind you Rob, the temp was 107F today outside, yesterday 104.4F, I live in a HOT Dry Desert, We get a lot of Sunlight here, today it was 14 hours 26 minutes worth(37 seconds longer on Tuesday I've read), it's My ass that drives the car and I will get the seat installed, asap.

The only people who might be able to do this, is a friend of Mine nearby or Ford, Ford would cost money, as would My friend, who said He'd do My car's rear struts for $100, which is the price I paid Him for the front strut installation and He even did an old fashioned alignment, I just won't be able to pay Him until August, He'd have to agree to that, Ford will not.

If memory serves me. You also have a port that will shade your car. If you are driving your said car than a black seat won't absorb much heat.

A black seat does absorb a lot, I used to ride motorcycles, I have lived in the Desert since 1988, 28 years, I don't have fully working car a/c, yet, that is not cheap to fix, plus the car is 17 years old, some parts are not being made anymore.

Places where I go often do not have shade, hence the term:

Bring
Your
Own
Shade
And
Water

Well if you don't leave any thing of value in the car why not leave the widows down? Maybe they will steal your ratty blanket over the black seat? I don't care where you live a lot of places you got to don't have shade. And even here in NY inside a car temps will go over 135 F. If you leave your windows up.
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Help! GoFundMe, why did I bother... Yaks (Message 1794185)
Posted 7 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
What's wrong with putting a blanket over the seat if it gets so hot it's uncomfortabe to sit on , do that and you probably got a blanket in your house you can use then worry about saving up for seat covers / re upholsterd later down the line .
A blanket might not be fashionable but it's cheep and practical . The seats held in by 4 torx bolts (or they are in our cars) half hour job at most to swap over and i'm a amputee so it's not that hard to do yourself


Possible worry about someone breaking into My car(My insurance does not cover theft or much else, just what the state wants, uninsured motorist coverage), I park My car under a carport, since I have NO garage, I get fingerprints of people looking in the car, My previous car was broken into here, so having something walk away on its own power is a real problem here, a friend here had a generator stolen here, He thought He had it secured really good, they got it anyway...

The car is a 1999 Ford Escort ZX2 Sport Hot Coupe, which on the 1st I bought the final 4th tire for $44.00 with Free shipping(Discount Tire on ebay), the front tires will get mounted and balanced for $36.00(Barstow Tire and Brake), in August, My funds are limited to around the 1st, once money is spent I just wait, I'm existing on what is here.

So if you put an old ratty cheesy looking blanket over your black seat, Some poor wrecthed soul might steal it? And If you car insurance is that bad for a break in then you have crappy insurance. Or you have submitted way to many claims in the past.
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Help! GoFundMe, why did I bother... Yaks (Message 1794183)
Posted 7 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
Vic - you compartmentalise your income far to much for your own good - ANY money you get, from what ever source is your money. So if you get ANY money from GFM then part of ALL your money has come from GFM.

Now you have a black driver's seat and are looking at some seat covers on ebay - just to remind you:
and buy some tan seat covers($15 on ebay for a '99 escort zx2)
. Don't waste your money on the covers, just get the seat in so you can drive your car SAFELY.


May I remind you Rob, the temp was 107F today outside, yesterday 104.4F, I live in a HOT Dry Desert, We get a lot of Sunlight here, today it was 14 hours 26 minutes worth(37 seconds longer on Tuesday I've read), it's My ass that drives the car and I will get the seat installed, asap.

The only people who might be able to do this, is a friend of Mine nearby or Ford, Ford would cost money, as would My friend, who said He'd do My car's rear struts for $100, which is the price I paid Him for the front strut installation and He even did an old fashioned alignment, I just won't be able to pay Him until August, He'd have to agree to that, Ford will not.

If memory serves me. You also have a port that will shade your car. If you are driving your said car than a black seat wont absorbe much heat.
31) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Help! GoFundMe, why did I bother... Yaks (Message 1794180)
Posted 7 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
But he brags in the number crunching thread that he buys crap for his old second hand computer build all the time. Id rather have a damn car to drive then build an ebay computer.
But that's me just me be a whiner
And Vic It gets over a 100 F. here in NY also. with humidty you cant even imagine.
32) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Help! GoFundMe, why did I bother... Yaks (Message 1794174)
Posted 7 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
So what the replacement seat is black!!! Put the damn thing in so you can drive the stinking car. Who the hell cares if it matches. You start this go fund me crap and then don't install a seat that some one gave you money to buy?
And you whine about its a black seat?
33) Message boards : Cafe SETI : PTSD 2 (Message 1794171)
Posted 7 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
Gordan, Glad you and you and your mom are getting on well.
I found your post of spending hours in a waiting room aggravating to me. I had a DR. like that. Id wait up to 2 and a 1/2 hours just for the pleasure of then waiting for him for another 1/2 hour in the room. I switched Dr's. Yes I did like my Dr. but Id had 6 years of the same crap.

Hope that this thread has help you cope some.
34) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1793322)
Posted 4 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
Any suggestion how we may stop The Left Wing Thugs, from ensuring a Trump Victory?
Have the secret service look the other way?

Was, for the first time, going to push the Red 'X'.

Thought it would be better for all to see what Gary is.

The better question is who is better Trump or Clinton? They both stink to high heaven. I'm sick to death to have to vote for either of them. 3rd party candidate please come forward.
35) Message boards : Politics : Boxing should be illegal (Message 1793295)
Posted 4 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
I wont dispute that at all. But football should also be banned. Along with Mixed martial arts, and or any sport where one can sustain a head injury.
He had Parkinsons. I hope some day they find out what causes it. Its not hereditary as the Drs. tell me. But as my dad wasted away from it I hope it isn't. As far as I know my dad never had a concussion or brain injury. He played no sports in school. But here in NY state we all take the slip on a icy sidewalk that's rings our bell.
I think sports should really take a second look at player safety. ( Hello NFL are you paying attention )
But we as humans still like to go see the gladiators.
36) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Muhammad Ali, boxing legend, cultural icon dies at 74 (Message 1793289)
Posted 4 Jun 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
He was the most complete boxer to ever be in the ring. Yes other boxers had more power. maybe speed, power of the punch. maybe fancy footwork. But Muhammad Ali had all of them to a very high degree.
RIP Mr. Ali.
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What If... (Message 1785479)
Posted 7 May 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
Would another species have reached self awareness or domination in the way we have?


I've always wondered this about dinosaurs. They certainly were around long enough to get smart, so why didn't they invent computers?

I read a Star Trek novel some years ago in which the Enterprise (no bloody A, B, C, or D) got into an alternate universe where there was no Federation and nobody had ever heard of humans. Eventually they discovered that in this universe, dinosaurs had survived the asteroid and become sentient and technological... and wiped themselves out with nukes or something because they still had the more ferocious temperament of their ancient forbears.

[edit]
I don't remember what species of dinosaur was in the book.


If you remember the title, PM it to me?

The title is First Frontier. Book 75 by Diane Carey and Dr. James I. Kirkland.
And the dinosaur in the book is the troodonts, The most intelligent of dinosaurs according to Dr. Dale Russell of the National Museum of Canada.
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Missing Persons Bureau (a.k.a. The Mother Hens Thread) (Message 1785471)
Posted 7 May 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
I am just checking in again.
The last time I posted in this thread I was starting a new job at a hotel.
Since that time (roughly a year) I have been promoted from the third shift position to Front Office Manager, to assistant general manager.

I am hanging in there, but its a lot of work.
I'll never forget my Seti friends!
I am always near by.

Nice to see you again Young James:) Glad to hear that things are moving up for you.
39) Message boards : Cafe SETI : . . . dropping by to say hello to each of you my friends (Message 1780922)
Posted 21 Apr 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
Hi Dr. C.E.T.I. Its been awhile since your last post. Hope you and yours are well.
40) Message boards : Politics : House of Cards (Message 1779259)
Posted 15 Apr 2016 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
Its really simple. Don't vote for the idiot who's in office. I really believe in this day and age term limits. You get one shot at what ever office for how many years the law says you can have it. Then Bye, Bye you go home.


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