Posts by KWSN THE Holy Hand Grenade!

11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's give us a caption #65 (Message 1832683)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile KWSN THE Holy Hand Grenade!
First I'll use this solid rolling pin, then my ravioli pin!
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's give us a caption #65 (Message 1832031)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile KWSN THE Holy Hand Grenade!
If I stare at this long enough, will I be permanently cross-eyed?
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's give us a caption #65 (Message 1831385)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile KWSN THE Holy Hand Grenade!
one way to keep Arabella quiet...
14) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (103) Server Problems? (Message 1831251)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile KWSN THE Holy Hand Grenade!
I'd happily buy them a new RAID card (if that's what they need) out of the petty cash, but I think the global (if that's the right word) picture is bigger than that. I received this email overnight - I imagine most of you will receive yours over the next few days.

Dear Richard Haselgrove:

In recent years it's become clear that planets are common around stars in our Galaxy and the number of possible abodes of life number in the billions. The number of civilizations that inhabit our Galaxy is still unknown, but thanks to SETI@home anyone can help search for those civilizations using their home computer or mobile phone. But SETI@home still needs your help.

It's been an exciting year for SETI@home. In addition to our ongoing search for extraterrestrial radio emissions with the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, we've started analyzing data collected by the Breakthrough Listen project at the Green Bank Telescope, the largest fully steerable radio telescope in the world. Breakthrough Listen will soon start collecting data at the Parkes radio telescope, the largest steerable radio telescope in the Southern Hemisphere, and SETI@home could analyze these data.

To do so, SETI@home needs two things. First, we need you, and your friends and family. The current flood of data requires more processing power than SETI@home volunteers currently provide. Please spread the word about SETI@home. Second, SETI@home needs the funding to obtain the hardware and develop software required to handle this new data source. SETI@home has only obtained one third of the $450,000 in funding it needs for the coming year. If SETI@home doesn't meet these funding goals, expansion to new telescopes may not be possible.

I'm hoping that you will give generously. Together we can reach the stars.

Happy Holidays!

Eric Korpela
Director of SETI@home


. . Hi Richard,

. . Sadly that request, in light Of David Andersons message about being asked to submit a final report on Seti, seems rather damning. With the probable closure of Arecibo and the seemingly inevitable delay in Parkes joining Breakthrough Listen the project seems to be caught twixt the rock and the hard place. Seems like we need an injection of optimism as much as, or even more than, just an injection of capital.

. . We need promoters :)

Stephen

.


Even if Arecibo quits, we still have the Greenbank data to sift through...
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's give us a caption #65 (Message 1831247)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile KWSN THE Holy Hand Grenade!
Well, the extra 24 hours have passed, with no additional entries: therefore let Judgement Day the judging begin!

Dis-honorable mention to Carlos for "It's Obama's fault" I don't see the connection between Washington DC, and a city sidewalk problem in Albany, CA...

Carlos does take THIRD PLACE, though, for:
"Postman's Retirement Plan"

SECOND PLACE goes to Jaundiced Eye for:
"This really gives me a sinking feeling..."

and FIRST PLACE and next post go to Jumpin' Johnnie for:
"Bad plumbing causes bad sidewalks causes bad ankles causes less walking."
(although I think this particular crumple is a tree root problem...)

PM going out as soon as this missive is posted...
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's give us a caption #65 (Message 1830999)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile KWSN THE Holy Hand Grenade!
I count 7 entries, so another 24 hours are called for...
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's give us a caption #65 (Message 1830866)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile KWSN THE Holy Hand Grenade!
I'm back - and now, for something completely different; Caption THIS:


bad sidewalk 926 Kains 1-15-16 by Paul Sullivan, on Flickr

As always, Copyright © 2016, Paul Sullivan (AKA: THE holy Hand Grenade!)
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's give us a caption #65 (Message 1830843)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile KWSN THE Holy Hand Grenade!
I thank you, and will get one up as soon as I locate one...
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (103) Server Problems? (Message 1830842)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile KWSN THE Holy Hand Grenade!
Is the lack of a stats export from the last several days related to the download woes? (and the server needs a kick, again...)
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's give us a caption #65 (Message 1830585)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile KWSN THE Holy Hand Grenade!
...gives new meaning to the term "truck bed"!
21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's give us a caption #65 (Message 1830339)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile KWSN THE Holy Hand Grenade!
Umm, primary rule is 24 hours, so that the whole world has a chance...
22) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (103) Server Problems? (Message 1830337)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile KWSN THE Holy Hand Grenade!
One of the download servers needs a kick in the pants, again!
23) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (103) Server Problems? (Message 1829992)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile KWSN THE Holy Hand Grenade!
I know these are low-priority, but...

1) the "science status" page hasn't been updated for over two years. I'd say either take it down, or get someone to work on it!

2) the "Client Connection Statistics" page was last updated in March of 2013! Same comment: take it down or get it working... this was (in the past...) usually an easy fix...

3) If Arecibo isn't going to share the data of where the telescope is looking, take that part of the Science page down. Look into getting that data from Greenbank, and/or the LOFAR array...
24) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's give us a caption #65 (Message 1829989)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile KWSN THE Holy Hand Grenade!
"Shall we wallow in this sweet muck?"
25) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (103) Server Problems? (Message 1829984)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile KWSN THE Holy Hand Grenade!
One of the download servers is totally FUBAR, and needs to be reset or re-booted... on some of my computers the downloads come through as normal, on others I get the dreaded "transient HTTP error"...

Yep, still getting sticky downloads.
Lots & lots of retries and then they finally come through Ok for a while. Till the next log jam.

Glad to see they managed to get the system back up again. Hopefully it'll make it through the weekend.


Some downloads getting through (especislly when they're on a different computer from one that "hangs"...) and others hanging, particularly when a whole batch hangs, is a symptom of one of the download servers hanging, and needing a kick in the pants... (10 year veteran of SETI hangs...)
26) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (103) Server Problems? (Message 1829869)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile KWSN THE Holy Hand Grenade!
One of the download servers is totally FUBAR, and needs to be reset or re-booted... on some of my computers the downloads come through as normal, on others I get the dreaded "transient HTTP error"...
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's give us a caption #65 (Message 1829866)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile KWSN THE Holy Hand Grenade!
Teaspoon of Thai girlfriend in your iced tea?
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's give us a caption #65 (Message 1829615)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile KWSN THE Holy Hand Grenade!
"Duck" is also an appropriate response to the US presidential election results...
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's give us a caption #65 (Message 1829000)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile KWSN THE Holy Hand Grenade!
"E.T., Message received..."
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's give us a caption #65 (Message 1828861)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile KWSN THE Holy Hand Grenade!
the Tiny Town PD gets its first vehicle...


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