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1) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the World a 2D Hologram? (Message 1563310)
Posted 43 minutes ago by Profile William Rothamel
Oh there will be vibrations detected alright but I doubt that they will be quantum or gravitational until they set up in space. We'll see I am convinced that gravitational waves exist. Maybe there will be a big enough SuperNova near enough to us soon.
2) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1563009)
Posted 9 hours ago by Profile William Rothamel
Ecofix is 8 eurocent per kWh peak and 5 eurocent per kWh off-peak


That's a very good tariff. I would have guessed double that price. It is comparable to what we pay the local TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) distributor which is heavy in Hydro and Coal.

Is this number subsidized by incentives to the provider for tax abatement and capital expenditures ?
3) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1563001)
Posted 9 hours ago by Profile William Rothamel
All going forwards for clean electricity:


Martin Luther--I am amazed that the numbers are that high. What do you pay for a kilowatt-hour ?

When I worked for Pacific Gas and Electric we had only 10% in our section of California from the Geysers which actually were real polluters.

They are just north of Yountville where the recent earth quake caused mayhem in the my beloved Napa Valley.

The Napa Valley is headed (near Yountville) by a large, extinct volcano which covered the valley in volcanic ash and soil. You can go to a parking area just north of there and wait for a geyser to erupt--it was not as regular as OLD FAITHFUL in Yosemite National Park however.
4) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the World a 2D Hologram? (Message 1562767)
Posted 20 hours ago by Profile William Rothamel
I sincerely doubt that they could isolate their interferometers from vibration to get down to the accuracy I think that they need.

Perhaps out in space this would make more sense.
5) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the Universe Infinite? (Message 1562633)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile William Rothamel
An old subject for sure.

Space is very large but it is not infinite. If you believe in the big bang then you can more easily see that it is not infinite--it may be getting bigger but it is not infinite. We say that it is finite but unbounded.

Think of a balloon that is being inflated, The surface in 2 dimensions is finite but unbounded.

Attempts at finding the curvature in the universe have so far shown it to be flat--possibly because it is so large. With space based, long baseline interferometers we may find that a triangle has more or less than 180 degrees which would indicate that space is not flat but rather curved.

General relativity would also indicate that the mass of the universe would cause space to warp as well which would suggest a non flat configuration.
6) Message boards : Politics : GOod GOodly MOogly.*** U.S. Embassy in Baghdad***Oh Heeba Habba GOoba Gabba (Message 1560675)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
So everyone in the oil industry is a terrorist sympathiser? How quaint!


The point I was making was that Oil Money is funding terrorism--Not all oil money but Money from ISIS, Iran and you can name the rest. High oil demand keeps the price up and necessitates some in the world to buy from States that sponsor terrorism.

Also a source of funding is from the paying of ransom for those seized by various terrorist organizations
7) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Messerschmidt's paper on broadband signals (Message 1560550)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Thank you
8) Message boards : Politics : GOod GOodly MOogly.*** U.S. Embassy in Baghdad***Oh Heeba Habba GOoba Gabba (Message 1560549)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Who by is the main question they should be asking & tracking.


They are funded by you and I each time we fill up our gas tanks in our cars.
9) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1560546)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
why would anyone with a top degree go into teaching when they could earn far more in the private sector?


They can teach part time at night while they pursue another career for which they are suited and wait till they are retired to teach full time as I have done. In this way I have satisfied my calling to teaching as well as my affinity for science, engineering and the desire to live a more abundant life.
10) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Messerschmidt's paper on broadband signals (Message 1560543)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
reaching further with out AP than with our MB?


HUH ?
11) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Square Kilometer Array Radio Telescope #2 (Message 1560541)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
You must also find a way of paying the salaries of the people who operate it,


If we did not have the UFO crazies and the huckster scientists proclaiming that there are 50 billion habitable planets in the Galaxy then funding would be in better shape. If it appeared that there were a united effort in SETI endeavors rather than competing thrusts then more people would be willing to support a focused SETI community financially.
12) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Square Kilometer Array Radio Telescope #2 (Message 1559987)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
The telescope is so sensitive that it could even pick up television signals from distant worlds — 50 light years away.


There are not many stars within 50 light-years. Perhaps about 150. There are more red dwarfs also. I suspect that we would be concentrating on these stars with the Kepler-like survey and also all of the listening efforts as well.

That is why I have often postulated that we are more likely to receive a high power, one time, focused beacon from further out in the Galaxy. I think that we should have detected TV from this distance by now if it existed.
13) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Night light pollution limiting star gazing. (Message 1558911)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
At 10,000 feet in Colorado at night you can see thousands more stars. That's about the altitude at Breckenridge Ski Resort at the bottom where the lodgings are --such as Gold Camp Where I stayed several times over the years.

Here in the suburbs of Nashville there is always a glow in the sky. I gave my telescope away years ago.
14) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Dark matter/Dark Energy (Message 1557907)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Dark matter pervades the entire universe and makes up for the bulk of its mass,


If so lets send a probe and bring some of it back.
15) Message boards : SETI@home Science : SETI@home in the News (Message 1556511)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Data suggests our galaxy has 40 billion planets with potential for life


Some unsophisticated folks would think that this well known figure is implying that there are that many Earth Like planets with that many civilizations just sitting out there in our galaxy.

It is irresponsible statements such as this that cast a poor light on our endeavors in listening and looking. To my knowledge not one other Earth-like planet as yet has been found that has all of the dozen or more necessary conditions for life. Therefore such a statement as this is wildly speculative and premature. If there are any such planets with an advanced civilization such as ours they are most likely too far away for us to ever detect. A professional in the field of astronomy should know this far better than I. So I say this with the same certainty of the putative 40 billion number. Since we are UNCERTAIN to a high degree at the moment we keep searching and listening for a possibly rare event to occur--we have been doing so for 50 years now.

Those in Academia don't need to be polishing unsavory items such as this.
16) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1556136)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Myself, I think the biggest near-term savings would be quickly gained by merely raising the building standards and the intelligence of the builders!


So very true. I had to refit my very nice Early American Home in Central Illinois. The builder used only 2 inches of fiberglass in the walls. 20 Below Fahrenheit was not uncommon there in the winter. One day while hosting a party on a windy 20 below day my furnace could not keep up and the temperature in the house kept dropping--I actually had ice forming inside in the living room outside wall.

I added another 12 inches of insulation in the ceiling, Insulated the box sills in the crawl space with 2 inches of urethane and glued Urethane panels to below grade in the crawl space. I also added storm doors to both entrances and taped insulation panels to my sliding doors out to my deck.

My calculations showed that I cut my heat loss in half under those weather conditions. Since I was single then I could keep the house dark by taping insulating panels over some of the windows and could lower the temp with an automatic thermostat at night and when i was at work.
If I were to build from scratch again I would specify 2 by 8 exterior framing with an additional inch of urethane cladding on the exterior walls. Attic insulation to R-40. Low E double pane windows with storm windows and screens. Foam core front doors with external glass storm doors and insulated box sills and insulation to below grade in the basement or crawl space.

A whole house fan venting into the attic would also help in summer energy usage, The attic would also be ventilated with wind-driven turbine extractors as I now have on my current house. My current house has no less than 7 doors to the outside most of them double size or sliding doors. In the summer my electric bill is over 400 dollars per month even with thermostat cutbacks on my three cooling zones and high efficiency HVAC units,
17) Message boards : SETI@home Science : UFO lights over Phoenix Arizona, real or not? (Message 1556123)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
A fireball in the sky (especially during the day ) is a meteorite. They can appear to be moving almost horizontally and not too fast.

As I was walking in procession into the church for my Conformation ceremony in Key West Florida we heard an explosion in the sky. Looking up we saw a fireball moving across the sky in what appeared to be a low altitude. Pieces broke off and you could hear the sizzling sound as it passed almost directly overhead. The speed seemed to be slow--maybe a few hundred miles per hour. It was impossible to gauge speed, size and altitude since there was no object to act as a point of reference in the sky.

The next day the Navy at Boca Chica Naval Air Station stated that it was indeed a meteorite that landed in the ocean near Cuba-some 90 miles away. Since we heard the sonic boom it must have been traveling more than 600 miles per hour. In those days sonic booms were common from the jet fighters at the Naval Air Station so we knew what the sound indicated.
18) Message boards : Politics : GOod GOodly MOogly.*** U.S. Embassy in Baghdad***Oh Heeba Habba GOoba Gabba (Message 1555064)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Hindsight is always better. If I felt it were essential to go in and topple Saddam, I would have occupied with a 600,000 man army and shot looters on sight,

I would have kept the Iraqi Army and police forces intact -down to and including the rank of Colonel. I would have partitioned the country as follows:

Kurdistan in the North. The Marsh area becomes part of Iran, And a New Iraq (mostly Sunni) from what was left.

Now it appears that Iraq or a good part of it will be forming the new Caliphate when Syria falls as well.
19) Message boards : Politics : First Scientific Proof Of God Found (Message 1555010)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Time to simplify.

DNA CODE: G A T C

Bible Code: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Such is the stuff of information.
20) Message boards : Politics : GOod GOodly MOogly.*** U.S. Embassy in Baghdad***Oh Heeba Habba GOoba Gabba (Message 1555006)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
ala Seoul '75,


It was Saigon


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