Posts by William Rothamel

1) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Next year, scientists will send messages to search for aliens (Message 1890680)
Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Profile William Rothamel
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I'm not keen on the idea of sending out invitations to unknown recipients.


If other civilizations all felt that way then SETI is a royal waste of time and energy. I doubt that eavesdropping will prove to be fruitful unless the "I am here"
messages are beamed out into promising places in space.
2) Message boards : SETI@home Science : FRB 121102 Intense Burst of 15 Weird Signals (Message 1887690)
Posted 3 Sep 2017 by Profile William Rothamel
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Because William it is 99.999% likely that they are of natural origin.


Yes that's probably true but I would like to see a report such as: " that a burst of transmitted "signal" was observed and upon examining it for content was found to contain no modulation or other information to indicate other than a natural phenomenon of unknown origin. Scientists and astronomers are uncertain as to what kind of cosmic events could account for this type of Burst transmission. Bla Bla Bla "
3) Message boards : SETI@home Science : FRB 121102 Intense Burst of 15 Weird Signals (Message 1887656)
Posted 3 Sep 2017 by Profile William Rothamel
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Was the signal itself recorded; or only it's amplitude? If it were recorded then what is it's content--any modulation ?
Why is there always a lack of specificity in these "WOW" type signals ?
4) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Solar eclipse Aug 21, 2017 (Message 1887049)
Posted 31 Aug 2017 by Profile William Rothamel
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Here's a good one that I took at the moment of totality.

5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1885362)
Posted 21 Aug 2017 by Profile William Rothamel
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Sorry LOL couldn't resist
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1885361)
Posted 21 Aug 2017 by Profile William Rothamel
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Just to make you envious over across the pond,I have taken a snapshot of our eclipse here in the States--right here in Tennessee.

7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : 2017 Total Eclipse Plans (Message 1885251)
Posted 21 Aug 2017 by Profile William Rothamel
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The eclipse brings people together. Our two guests, friends of my son, arrived last night. My son went to ST John's college in Santa Fe. Wound up mostly working in coffee shops. While there in DC there was a young girl working there in the coffee shop who also went to St Johns--3 years behind my son--they didn't know each other. So: these two guests who actually met at the coffee shop, also have friends in the Nashville area. Makes for a smaller world and a wide community.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Jerry Lewis dead at 91. (Message 1885239)
Posted 21 Aug 2017 by Profile William Rothamel
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Loved watching his telethons each year for Muscular Dystrophy. I would take my jar of pennies and spare change and drop them in the bin at the local TV station--channel 3 WCIA Champaign/ Urbana Illinois. He was very New York and it always seemed to connect me with the city of my birth and occasional visits in my very young years on into college.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : 2017 Total Eclipse Plans (Message 1884788)
Posted 18 Aug 2017 by Profile William Rothamel
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We have a couple that are friends with my son coming in from Washington, D.C. tomorrow to stay with us for the eclipse. We also have 4 pairs of glasses and I will make a pinhole projector as well. We will get almost the full 2min, 45 sec of totality here in the Nashville TN area. I expect it to be a profound spiritual experience. Forecast does include some cloud cover though--shades of Eddington's first adventure haunts me.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The joke thread Part 4. (Message 1883998)
Posted 15 Aug 2017 by Profile William Rothamel
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Maybe she will keep an eye out for him next time.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers Thread Part 27 (Message 1883134)
Posted 11 Aug 2017 by Profile William Rothamel
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I went to a friend's retirement party earlier this evening, and bourbon is more often than not the drink of choice around here in Kentucky, but I'd rather have a bourbon barrel stout:

We here in Tennessee take pride in our Tennessee Whisky. It is time for my annual pilgrimage to Lynchburg and Jack Daniel's grave.

12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers Thread Part 27 (Message 1883129)
Posted 11 Aug 2017 by Profile William Rothamel
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The wife , me and Grandpa had some Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA yesterday while waiting for a realtor to show our house. We bought it in bottles at the local Kroger Grocery store. It was really delicious; nice hops softened with a good malt. We were surprised that it still tasted fresh and sweet since many craft beers here sit on the shelf for a long time since there used to be few upscale beer drinkers here in the south. It is 9.5 % alcohol so one beer goes a long way to giving you a good buzz.
13) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Solar eclipse Aug 21, 2017 (Message 1882223)
Posted 5 Aug 2017 by Profile William Rothamel
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I have read and printed the NYTimes article on the Eddington expedition. Many USA universities are going to repeat his observations.
Tullio


Thank you Tullio
14) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Solar eclipse Aug 21, 2017 (Message 1882184)
Posted 5 Aug 2017 by Profile William Rothamel
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Think of the two solar eclipses that Eddington pursued which ultimately proved Einstein's theory of General relativity.
15) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Solar eclipse Aug 21, 2017 (Message 1882183)
Posted 5 Aug 2017 by Profile William Rothamel
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We have two guests coming in from Wash DC area for the eclipse--friends of my son.. Welcome here.

Nashville TN area a prime location here.
16) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Asteroids & Comets (Message 1881940)
Posted 3 Aug 2017 by Profile William Rothamel
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There was one overhead in Key West Florida which exploded and hissed by in flames. I saw it as we were about to march in for the sacrament of confirmation. The Navy said it landed in the ocean around Cuba --100 miles away. Size was indeterminate as you had no frame of reference to judge it's height.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The joke thread Part 4. (Message 1881780)
Posted 3 Aug 2017 by Profile William Rothamel
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While attending a Marriage Weekend, Frank and his wife Ann listened to the instructor declare, “It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other.”
He then addressed the men.
“Can you name and describe your wife's favorite flower?”

Frank leaned over, touched Ann’s arm gently, and whispered,
“Gold Medal-All-Purpose, isn't it?”

And thus began Frank's life of celibacy.
18) Message boards : SETI@home Science : 'Peculiar' Signal from Nearby Star Ross 128 (Message 1880862)
Posted 29 Jul 2017 by Profile William Rothamel
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Global warming is a false religion in the sense that we are not able to do anything about it. Human activity is not causing it ; if in fact it is actually warming.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The joke thread Part 4. (Message 1880551)
Posted 27 Jul 2017 by Profile William Rothamel
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I recently picked a new primary care doctor. After two visits and exhaustive lab tests, he said I was doing fairly well for my age. (I am past Seventy).
A little concerned about that comment, I couldn't resist asking him, "Do you think I'll live to be 85?"
She asked, 'Do you smoke tobacco, or drink beer, wine or hard liquor?'
'Oh no,' I replied. 'I'm not doing drugs, either!'
Then he asked, 'Do you eat rib-eye steaks and barbecued ribs?'
'I said, 'Not much... My former doctor said that all red meat is very unhealthy!'
'Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf, boating, sailing, hiking, or bicycling?'
'No, I don't,' I said.
He asked, 'Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or have a lot of sex?'
'No,' I said...
He looked at me and said, 'Then, why do you even give a shit?'
20) Message boards : SETI@home Science : 'Peculiar' Signal from Nearby Star Ross 128 (Message 1880360)
Posted 26 Jul 2017 by Profile William Rothamel
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Yes, NASA has been Obama-ized where bureaucrats want to collect their salary without much effort. Trump needs to get it back on track. Our probes to Mars and the planets seem to be repeating the same somewhat tired and largely ineffective science. I am referring to the Mars Rovers which still don't tell us if life ever started there and the Jupiter probes which can't tell us if there is a solid core. The latter may not have been NASA but I am suggesting international efforts led by NASA. As for a Moon and Mars effort I think that we are no further away than we were when Kennedy announced the effort to get to the Moon and back.


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