Posts by James Sotherden

21) 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.
22) 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.
23) 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.
24) 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.
25) 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.
26) 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.
27) 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.
28) 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.
29) 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.
30) 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.
31) 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.
32) 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.
33) 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.
34) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tullio joins the Mod team (Message 1855500)
Posted 14 Mar 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I'm so sorry Tulio that now you have to read politics.

Congrats otherwise.

The one place even MODS fear to tread.
Congrats Tulio, You will survive. Burned but survive:)
35) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Spring forward! (Message 1854972)
Posted 12 Mar 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I have two electric clocks that were programmed to set them selves automatically. That was before CONgrASS decided to muck the woks up.
Just leave the time alone. Jeez already.
36) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mr. Kevvy is now a forum moderator (Message 1854699)
Posted 11 Mar 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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No problem give the lot a 12 hour cool off. Job done. Remember you are professional Moderators, not school Prefects with attitude!

Make a judgement call, and deal with any aftermath later. That's what you are there for.

As a former Mod I have had to make the call. And yes a few times I was called on it. That's part of the job. I was spanked by other Mods and by Fred.
And in hindsight I can see where it might have been wiser to wait for a group decision before I took action.
I stand behind the current MODS. They do a great job under thankless conditions.
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The oldies fight back! (Message 1854692)
Posted 11 Mar 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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You see these young kids age 5-7 on the bus clutching a smartphone in their hands, and both thumbs going 19 to the dozen sending a text. And you think how the hell do they do that on such a tiny touch screen? I'm a one finger merchant on a phone, or 3 fingers and a thumb on a keyboard. Now you laugh, but I can copy type at 40 wpm, and time was when you could get a Pitmans certificate for that speed albeit on a manual typewriter.

I can do two thumbs on the small screen. I'm not the fastest touch typer. But I manage to muddle along. My iPad gets some added finger action on it's bigger screen.

I'm a ham handed one finger texting dude on my phone. And I still screw up and have to delete. I have grandkids that can do the thumb texting. The sad thing is that some schools don't teach how to write Cursive anymore.
So I think in the not to distant future you will have kids signing documents by using block letters because they were never taught Cursive.
And to take that further. What if they are not taught how to even do block letters by hand? I'm 64 years old I can remember trying to make a letter appear readable while learning to write.
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mr. Kevvy is now a forum moderator (Message 1854030)
Posted 9 Mar 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Politics, Where angels fear to tread.
Good luck Mr. Kevvy. I have been there, Done that, And have the T-shirt. Although after wading in the political thread it is now in shreds:)
39) Message boards : Cafe SETI : OH, Hello again.......I am back for a while. (Message 1852765)
Posted 4 Mar 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Mark you are either manic- whatever, Or bi-polar. In either case drinking is the wrong thing to be doing.
You should see your family Dr. first and tell him whats going on.
Do you know the saying, Measure twice and cut once? Maybe you should think twice and post once.
And to tell the truth, I think you are loosing it. There was a time where you could hold a decent conversation with anybody on here. Those days are rare now.
Yes I know you saw your brother commit suicide. That would be tough to see.
But there are worse things. Like seeing a pilots cooked brains in his flight helmet. Or having a woman you are giving CPR to have a massive hemmorage in your mouth. Or seeing a 3 year old girl get ejected out the rea window of a van. Or seeing a jogger get hit by a car that ran a red light. And seeing him cartwheel through the air. Or when your fighting a fire and finding a 5 year old girl whos burnt to death, And your glad she was face down so you didn't have to see her face. Yeah that's what ive seen.
Life is tough. You either get on with it or you just give up and die. Me I want to live.
So you can get help and live or just feel sorry for yourself that you had a bad life.
Its you who decides what life you want. Not us!
40) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers Thread part 26 (Message 1849915)
Posted 19 Feb 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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That's what I'm worried about Wiggo, staying occupied. I like working at my job and I like the people I work with. I just hate having to have to go to work.
Its kind of scary actually thinking about being retired.
And I'm having a few beers here.


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