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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1614330)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Francis Noel
Thanks Angela. The half-marathon is still a project for the fall of 2015....we'll see.

celttooth that would be in Québec in the early 90s. But then again I am francophone and I was born in '78 so the odds were against.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1614239)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Francis Noel
Good going Monday !

Lenghty post today with some human physiology insight. You guys let me know if it was interesting/boring/meh to you. I do tend to ramble.

I've had a rough week. That bug I talked about last monday turned out to be a nice seasonal Cold. You know the kind where you ache all over, get super weak, miss work and so on. I'm better today (still stuffy tho) and I'm starting to feel the spring come back in my legs. I'm here with my Monday Weigh-In but it needs some backstory.

As I was barely able to shuffle around I skipped all the workouts I had planned this last week. You may have guessed from my previous posts that I was on a pretty intense workout schedule. I was. I have hopes of running a half-marathon next summer and that is what I am training for. To put some numbers on that claim I'll state that GPS data (from an iPhone) for the month of october where I could still run outside says I ran 225km at an average pace a bit over 8km/h. When the snow settled in I transitionned to a treadmill. This is (for me and my fitness level) a very,very high volume of rather intense cardio training. Due to illness I stopped all physical activity for a week.

One of the (many) specific adaptations prolonged steady-state cardio training brings (think running for 60 to 90 minutes without pausing) is a systemic increase in blood/blood plasma volumes. Think of it as the body holding on to more stuff, a lot of which is water, in order to sustain the training load. Well since I've stopped training my body let all that extra stuff go over the last week. Last weigh-in was at 196,5 and this morning the scale said 189,00 so I'm down 7 pounds week-on-week. I was extra watchful of my diet so I've probably lost some real weight in there but there is no way to tell how much and what proportions of fat/lean muscle mass it was that I lost along with all that other stuff. My next weigh-ins should show a gain as I slowly rebuild the stores when I start training again. Might be tonight or wednesday, I dunno.

Have a great week everyone !
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1610812)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Francis Noel
No mississipis celttooth but I do use 'seconds since epoch' under certain circumstances.

This morning's weigh-in is at 196.5 pounds. Again this is a half-pound drop week-on-week and the trend continues. Quite satisfied with that result since it has been a rough week with holiday baking (fruitcake is like kryptonite for my willpower), an office party and I caught a bug so the workouts are +1 hard (cough, cough).

I don't expect to lose much faster than .5/week in the future. The workout plan I laid out for myself had me start weight training in addition to the cardio once I broke 200 pounds and that happened in the last weeks of november. From now on I am still losing fat but also (hopefully) gaining muscle mass so the net change in weight according to the scales is going to be pretty low until I reach 185 someday. At that point I'll have to measure my BMI and set new objectives or devise a maintenance plan. Sounds complicated but you need to have a goal in order to reach it, right ?

Have a good week everyone and hang in there!
4) Message boards : News : New Data from AO (Message 1609542)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Francis Noel
Joy !
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1607717)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Francis Noel
I am glad you guys enjoyed Thanksgiving :). No guilting and lets get back to working towards our respective goals, yes ?

Checking in at 197 this morning. Adjusted for the light morning factor (no workout yesterday) this translates to a net loss of half a pound week-on-week and is on target.

Since Canadian Thanksgiving was back in october I've not had to deal with that over my week-end :)

It's good to hear that you are on target Francis. Well done and thanks for sharing.

Thanks Monday!
I think you have the right idea in looking at this on the long term. 400 grams is a pound so this is far from negligible. Progress is progress :D.
Being Canadian I measure distance in meters, volume in liters, temperature in celsius and megaweight in metric tonnes but for small dimensions and bodyweight I revert back to imperial. Fun!
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1607708)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Francis Noel
I am glad you guys enjoyed Thanksgiving :). No guilting and lets get back to working towards our respective goals, yes ?

Checking in at 197 this morning. Adjusted for the light morning factor (no workout yesterday) this translates to a net loss of half a pound week-on-week and is on target.

Since Canadian Thanksgiving was back in october I've not had to deal with that over my week-end :)
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Favorite candy bars (Message 1605941)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile Francis Noel
I am surprised, I really thought it
was better known out side of Quebec....


How about that.....no one got it.




Oh I know what that is. Yes, it is addictive.

Speaking of addictive does anyone remember Lowney's Caravan ? That was, and still is my favorite bar. Sadly Lowney was Borg'd by Hershey and their products disappeared.

I know you still have the recipes Hershey! Bring it Back !
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Talk about your profile pic (Message 1605768)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile Francis Noel
I like this thread.


My profile pic is me, as The Ray-Ban Warrior.
Pic was taken some 11 or 12 years ago at least. That night me and some friends decided to do some drinking. Outside. In the winter time. All we had was Budweiser, but we did have quite a lot of the stuff. I was being funny, and had chosen what I deemed an appropriate vessel for the Bud in the form of a very, very small mug. Also sunglasses at night. Funny. Drinking outside had to be canceled as the beer kept freezing since we hit -42 that night.

My avatar is Milkman Dan.
That's just horrible...


Your profile pic reminds me of the beer walks we do here in the winter. There are parts of town where there is bar after bar after bar, and some people like to hit each one in one night. :~)



We call that 'Faire la tournée des Grands Ducs'. The expression originates from the late 1800's where Russian Dukes would visit Paris and do exactly as you said.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Talk about your profile pic (Message 1605516)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile Francis Noel
I like this thread.


My profile pic is me, as The Ray-Ban Warrior.
Pic was taken some 11 or 12 years ago at least. That night me and some friends decided to do some drinking. Outside. In the winter time. All we had was Budweiser, but we did have quite a lot of the stuff. I was being funny, and had chosen what I deemed an appropriate vessel for the Bud in the form of a very, very small mug. Also sunglasses at night. Funny. Drinking outside had to be canceled as the beer kept freezing since we hit -42 that night.

My avatar is Milkman Dan.
That's just horrible...
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1605512)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile Francis Noel
Thanks Monday !
Keep the goal in sight but no obsessing 'kay ? :)


I see lots of talk about diets. Specific calls of "eat this, don't eat that" and so forth. 'Bleah' indeed. Bleah I say !

Diets do work. But they do not work because of what you eat/do not eat while following them. They work because they are thought-out, calculated, nutrition plans that were purpose-built with a specific goal in mind.

Think about it.

You could base a complete 'diet' on carrots and oatmeal and lose weight...or bulk up. The foodstuffs themselves are unimportant (but you must get all necessary nutrients to stay healthy).

Be very weary of people telling you what you must/must not eat...or do... or think.

Food is fuel, food is fun and pleasure.

How are you all eating right now ? Do you have a plan ? I have one. Made it meself to suit me and me life. It includes hamburgers, pie and ice cream !
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1604977)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile Francis Noel
Hi there

Just stumbled on this thread.
I truly wish everyone's weight loss efforts are met with success.

I kicked myself in the butt mid-july this year and shed 30+ lbs since. I've been under 200 lbs for two whole weeks now. Final goal is maintaining at 190 lbs but there is much more to it than what the scales say.

Losing weight is hard work but the rewards are worth the effort, and the process (it *is* a process, not an end result) can yield so many other benefits !

Hang in there !
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers thread part 18 (Message 1551141)
Posted 1 Aug 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
Today opens the first edition of the Festival de la bière de la Côte-Nord in my town. 12 microbreweries to be present on-site :D.

This is going to be a good week-end.

Cheers !



That sounds awesome! I need to brush up on my French, and head to Quebec. :~)


A beer tour of the province would be quit possible...
There are over 100 microbreweries (and less than 8 million inhabitants...), and at least 10 distinct beer festivals that I am personnaly aware of. Most of us understand English, too !
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers thread part 18 (Message 1551082)
Posted 1 Aug 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
Today opens the first edition of the Festival de la bière de la Côte-Nord in my town. 12 microbreweries to be present on-site :D.

This is going to be a good week-end.

Cheers !
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Why do you run SETI@home? (Message 1488085)
Posted 12 Mar 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
make things better for humanity. My
ordinary life wont make that happen


Sir I disagree with your statement. I believe
that the reason that all of us are here is because
you and others like you, now and all through time do
what you do every day. You pay your taxes, you
keep the laws, you make small children smile and feel
safe. You should not say that you are not important to the
big picture. With out people like you and me, and all
the others who put in the time and effort to live every
day, there would be no Seti project, there would be
no town, city, country, or even human race. If you only
once had some one say, "You made my day" you are
important. I am glad that I know that you are alive,
and I am willing to bet that there are great many other
people in your life who are able to say the same thing. I'll
even say that the whole human race would have reason
to say the same thing. With people like you, me, or the
others in here, the future looks as bright as it can ever be.
I have read that there have been millions of other kinds
of animals that have come and gone on this world, but
we are here now. the reason for all of this is because of
individuals who living as we do, make things better for
humanity.


I agree with what you are saying celttooth. I do try, every day, to be the best human possible and to better myself along the way. I am not a native anglohpone so I'll try as best I can to clarify.

What I meant by that statement, which is to be taken along with those following it, is I do not have any more impact on the advancement of Civilization than any other average Joe. However I feel that S@H and BOINC give me an indirect opportunity to contribute and help advance real knowledge for everyone and generations to come just by runing software and paying the Hydro bill. Whitout those means I could maybe contribute money to some research fund but doing actual signal analysis and making BOINC possible is so much more hands on ! I am greatful to be able to contribute is what I'm saying.
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Worth running two WUs simultaneously on mainstream Kepler cards ? (Message 1487831)
Posted 12 Mar 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
Thank you Juan.

The cases you present are very interesting in regards to my concern about a slower CPU keeping a faster GPU fed. The Q8200 vs GTX670 seems to illustrate this well.

From what I see it looks my 1090T is still able to keep up with the 660 while crunching on all cores.

Tuning based on GPU load seems like the way to go.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Why do you run SETI@home? (Message 1487827)
Posted 12 Mar 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
Many reasons.

Not so much to find ET..

but

Because I have resources available taht would otherwise go unused.
Because it is a genuine and valid radio-astronomy project and I can help.

but mostly

Because I want to make a difference and make things better for humanity. My ordinary life wont make that happen, but by participating in S@H I believe I am making things better by furthering human knowledge. S@H is real science. It produces results: hydrogen density was mapped from its data, micro black-holes were theorized and proven (Astropulse) and then S@H spawned BOINC.

S@H advanced radio astronomy, distributed computing, probably cryptography and other stuff by motivating GPU use outside of graphics, got the public interested in science again, made incredible resources available to other real and valid projects, allowed many of those projects to be possible in the first place while operating on a budget that would not have covered the coffee and donuts for the project that designed your MP3 player. Go ahead and compare the science per dollar that happend through S@H to anything else being done in the world... And I Helped.

I will be with the project for as long as I can because it matters.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers thread part 10 (Message 1487811)
Posted 12 Mar 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
bartender ... a round of drinks for everyone ... on me :-)

Splendid! thank you sir.
It is good to see you here Byron.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Worth running two WUs simultaneously on mainstream Kepler cards ? (Message 1487809)
Posted 12 Mar 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
One other topic I'd like to touch on is the CPU 'share' BOINC reserves to 'feed' the GPU. The Lunatics' app_info sets it at what I assume is .04 cores per GPU task. My box has an AMD 1090T CPU which is not so great at single threaded work. It seemed to keep up fin with the GTX640 but maybe more 'shares' would be required to feed the 660? Then again if I can get the GPU load is at 99% I'd assume it is not starved for data...

The CPU share for CUDA applications is indeed set by the Lunatics installation process at 0.04

Changing that number actually makes no difference whatsoever to the application's CPU or GPU loading: it's not even worth experimenting with.

The only time it would be worth changing is in connection with the OpenCL apps for GPUs - Astropulse only, as far as the installer and NVidia cards are concerned. Because OpenCL applications often perform better if the loading on the CPU from other processes is reduced, setting a high number here can reduce the number of other tasks that BOINC allows to run, and hence provide the breathing space if OpenCL needs it. But again, that's not needed for what you described.



Thank you Richard for the very definitive answer :)

Looks like I'm good to go then, thank you all once more!
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Worth running two WUs simultaneously on mainstream Kepler cards ? (Message 1487804)
Posted 12 Mar 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
Thank you all for your input.

Everyone agrees more work gets done by going parallel so I will definitely start experimenting some more. Jeff's observations (and mine) seem to indicate that GPU load is the most significant metric and from what I've seen on my rig up to now running two WUs pegs it at 99% so I'll probably go with that. For now I'll leave it alone for at least two weeks to try and get a somewhat reliable yardstick.

One other topic I'd like to touch on is the CPU 'share' BOINC reserves to 'feed' the GPU. The Lunatics' app_info sets it at what I assume is .04 cores per GPU task. My box has an AMD 1090T CPU which is not so great at single threaded work. It seemed to keep up fin with the GTX640 but maybe more 'shares' would be required to feed the 660? Then again if I can get the GPU load is at 99% I'd assume it is not starved for data...

This is pretty much the last tweak I intend to look into. With the optimized apps instaled, all CPU cores chugging and the GPU saturated with work I'll be satisfied with the setup.
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Worth running two WUs simultaneously on mainstream Kepler cards ? (Message 1487627)
Posted 12 Mar 2014 by Profile Francis Noel
Hi everyone

Had to take a break from crunching for a while but I'm back now. Feels good to be processing WUs again :)

Decent mainstream Kepler cards are available for under 200 Canadian moneys now so I got my hands on a GTX660 OC from Gigabyte. For me its been 8800GT -> GTX460 and I'm now moving up to the 660.

I've been playing with the card and compared to the 460 I like how cool it runs and I LOVE how frugal its power apetite is. On paper the 660 has twice the grunt of the 460 at half the wattage. Not sure how the RAC will fare tho.

I am using the Lunatics apps (love the installer) and the GPU tasks coming in are tagged (cuad50) now. GPU-Z reports a GPU load that oscillates between 65-70%.

For multibeam with the GTX 460 and the Lunatics cuda42 apps I could gain a marginal advantage by running two WUs simultaneously. I do not have dedicated crunching rigs so it is very hard for me to establish a baseline running a single WU at a time and then change up to two and see which way the RAC goes.

I thought I'd ask here if, as a general rule, any gain was achieved by going parallel on the GTX 660 or if the extra effort is lost to task switching and other overhead.

Curious folk can check out Computer 5819478 where the new 660 has been living for a week now.

Thanks for reading !


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