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21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1248633)
Posted 771 days ago by Q
You may end up with a whole family of raccoons knocking on your back door!

Suppose need to prepare then. Let me see... coons like cat food, right?

Any particular preferences or will any cat do?


Cheers

PK
22) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1248402)
Posted 772 days ago by Q
Ahoy, shipmates!

Seven raccoons have moved to Helsinki Zoo: http://www.korkeasaari.fi/zoomissa/pesukarhut.saapuivat.korkeasaareen - this is in Finnish, but there is an image as a proof, too.

Nothing too special there as such. After all, they have lions and camels in the same zoo as well. But these very specimens came from the Netherlands, from a sanctuary for exotic animals by the name AAP Foundation, http://www.aap.nl/english/. It seems to be the case, that people have taken young raccoons as pets and then later abandoned them.

Originally, there weren't raccoons in Europe, but those were imported, and the Helsinki Zoo news release says that in Germany and Poland, there already is a fairly robust population. I seem to recall Angela once said so to me, but I was unbelieving. Now I wonder, if might someday find a ringtail looking for a snack in my backyard, too... but perhaps the winters here continue too harsh.

Next time I visit Helsinki, must remember to go to the zoo, too.


Regards

PK
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1244360)
Posted 781 days ago by Q
Up here in the Great White North - -

I guess you know the feeling: Being fishing on some riverside, fish eating good. Concurrently, a black cloud of a zillion gnats whimpering around you. And you are well aware, that your mosquito repellent will withstand only so long...


Regards

PK
24) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1244309)
Posted 781 days ago by Q
Ahoy, shipmates!

I suppose insects are counted as critters, too. There seems to be a very promising gnat summer incoming hereabouts.



However, am not exactly sure how happy am about this.

Regards

PK
25) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cafe Game - (2) How off topic can you be? (Message 1241174)
Posted 787 days ago by Q
Not personally, but I will take your word for it.

Very good, son. Someday I may tell you about those times I was young. ;-)

Those were the times indeed... like my old buddy Väinämöinen... we had some good times, although this sampo business backfired a bit...

But keeping strictly off topic, I might note that I only once met this fellow Khufu. It was a fishing trip together, but he was rather old already.


Regards

PK
26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cafe Game - (2) How off topic can you be? (Message 1241133)
Posted 787 days ago by Q
Help. I don't know what topic we have, that I could try to be offtopic of.

Remember when Wessex, East Anglia, Mercia and Northumbria all were separate kingdoms?

And now, proceeding off topic from the 9th century England, I believe the point isn't exactly the topic, but not. ;-)


Regards

PK
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1241132)
Posted 787 days ago by Q
To start us off, here is a shot Eric took this afternoon.

Did the cat survive?


Worried

PK
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cafe Game - (2) How off topic can you be? (Message 1241099)
Posted 787 days ago by Q
Whilst cutting some wood I once - -

Zapped, should we form the Grand Masters' Hall of Excellence, or something as modest?

Some years ago:

Plan: With one group, to mow some hay with scythes.

Self: Said already in advance to the guys, that shall take first aid kit with me, cause somebody will be fumbling anyway.

Result: They did a good job in the provincial hospital operating room. I still have even my right thumb.

Lessons learnt: When sharpening your scythe, you will keep your eyes in the job. Also, may be a good idea sometime to practice binding also one's own wound single-handed. ;-)

But am not staying on no topic, no sir. Was about to say, that there may be pine martens in Wales, after all.


Regards

PK
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cafe Game - (2) How off topic can you be? (Message 1240087)
Posted 789 days ago by Q
Ahoy, shipmate!

Edit, If I square root -1 in a calc, it comes up as "i". I still dunno what the heck that means, or why. :-D

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/i.html
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/ImaginaryUnit.html
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/ImaginaryNumber.html

You may appreciate, that any number squared yields a positive... well if you take 0 as positive, too. E.g.:
    2^2 = 4
    -2^2 = 4

Therefore: square root of -1? Imaginary unit, i for short.


Regards

PK

Edit: Dang, I kept on topic for one reply? By way of correction, so as to wander off topic, I might also add that there are 18 species of penguins.

30) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Construction technics over time and 12000 miles apart. (Message 1237993)
Posted 795 days ago by Q
Ahoy, shipmates!

This discussion brought two things in mind. Firstly:


And as SciManStev described:

Then they pick it up, and see where the dust either mounds up, or is pushed away.

    Isn't this what the present time dentists do, too? They fill a hole, put some sort of colour indication paper there and tell you to bite a few times. Then they look in and drill away extra stuff.


Regards

PK

31) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Window view? (Message 1232856)
Posted 804 days ago by Q
Ahoy, shipmates!

Something indeed was not perfectly satisfactorily in order this week, because neither the uploads nor the normal WWW pages nor the fora were working for an unusually lengthy period of time. Well, it happens. This was very simple to get confirmed from the most logical source possible, too: http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2012/05/16/power-outage-darkens-lawrence-hall-rest-of-campus-hill-area/.

But this then brought another matter into mind: this Silver Space Sciences Laboratory, mentioned in the above release. So, I gather the building pictured in http://berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2009/08/28_spacescienceslab.shtml, “the Space Sciences Laboratory, later named the Samuel Silver Space Sciences Laboratory”, is the very home of the SETI@home, right?

On which floor are you guys? Is there a car park in your window view or the San Francisco Bay?


Regards

PK
32) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Int’l Photo Day (Message 1232466)
Posted 807 days ago by Q
Ahoy, shipmates!

Today, 15th May, is the Int’l Photography Day. I understand this is the first one of its kind. You must shoot this date—if there still is any 15th May left for you—but then there is a week to upload the images.

Here are some language variants, and there are more:

http://www.aday.org/
http://ru.aday.org/
http://fr.aday.org/
http://zh.aday.org/

In fact a lot of people seem to be active today, and there are server issues. But photographing first, and patience then.

I was out with camera today. This was one view: a spring flooding river rushing through a regulation dam or sluice.



Regards

PK
33) Message boards : Cafe SETI : S@H Cook's Corner 2012.................... (Message 1231066)
Posted 810 days ago by Q
Ahoy, shipmates!

Apparently a celebration time: “Sandwich celebrates 250th anniversary of the sandwich”, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-18010424.

As a 92.8% unrelated aside, was viewing one cocktail recipe: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/hitchhikers/guide/alcohol.shtml. Gather am able to find some ingredients—like an olive—but others are harder to come by. Anybody has an idea where one might get some Qualactin Hypermint extract and a small amount of Zamphuor?

Regards

PK
34) Message boards : Cafe SETI : More light (Message 1226186)
Posted 820 days ago by Q
Ahoy, shipmates!

I’m glad to present you with this image. This ain’t exactly about the light any more, but something related anyway:



It’s the last snow spot in my backyard this spring—or at least I hope so. Taken at about 15:48LT today, with a pencil and matchbox attached in order to assist the evaluation. Counting, diminishing...

On the other hand, a snowfall sometime in June would not be unheard of...


Regards

PK
35) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Not too bad a choice (Message 1225361)
Posted 822 days ago by Q
Ahoy, shipmates!

One could choose worse than this guy, right?

Have a good May Day.


Regards

PK

36) Questions and Answers : Windows : how to use seti@home??? (Message 1223139)
Posted 827 days ago by Q
Ahoy, shipmates!

It occurred to me to suggest, that somebody who is able might want to add a message in this forum into the sticky and closed “Read me first!” thread. Namely, a reference to the “About SETI@home” page could often be helpful in that context: http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/sah_about.php.

Actually, a similar sticky and closed note might as well be useful someplace else, too, e.g. in “Questions and Answers : Getting started”.


Regards

PK
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : More light (Message 1220642)
Posted 832 days ago by Q
In Poland I know that the people of Warsaw also call these very bright nights “The White Nights”.

Yes, I gather in Russia they have the same phrase. The 19th century Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky even has a piece of work by the name “Белые ночи”, “Belye Nochi”, “The White Nights”.

Cheers

PK
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : More light (Message 1220617)
Posted 832 days ago by Q
— — waiting for the sun to set, and waiting, and waiting, and waiting!

Patience. You only need a few dozens of picnic lunches and some good books, preferably thick ones. It will set, eventually. ;-)

The present change is fast. Four days ago the local day here was 15 hours and seven minutes long. Today, 15 hours 32 minutes. But, John, you will have your share again in six months while we shall be getting our twilight-between-two-darks-period in turn.

Regards

PK
39) Message boards : Cafe SETI : More light (Message 1219249)
Posted 836 days ago by Q
By July in Northern Alberta twilight at sunset and sunrise will start to overlap.

Yes, in the very Midsummer I also tend to think that there is no night but just a period of twilight. At that time of year, seen from my summer cabin across a lake, it is easy to get an illusion that the Sun only passes for a moment behind one particular hill. ;-)


Regards

PK
40) Message boards : Cafe SETI : More light (Message 1219005)
Posted 836 days ago by Q
Ahoy, shipmates!

In the Northern hemisphere day is growing longer. I have seen this phenomenon over 50 times, but it is still fascinating.

Here where I live, the upper edge of the central star of our solar system is reported to have risen this morning at 5.27am, and it will set down at 20.34 hours. Today thus is 15 hours and seven minutes long. Actually, I believe it may even be an instant longer, as this calculation by the Finnish Meteorological Institute is based on sea level horizon, but my place is on the hundred-metre contour.


Regards

PK


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