Posts by William Rothamel

1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cats Part II (Message 1930497)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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Yes, Cats rule !!
2) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Fusion power on the grid within 15 years? (Message 1929569)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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Fusion will be the energy source of the future. It will always be thus.

For now, content yourself to the expensive use of photo electric panels to convert the fusion taking place on the sun directly to electricity . I suspect this will always be cheaper than trying to bring fusion here on Earth to our power plants. Conversely, you could try focusing the Sun's rays to boil water to turn an electric generator's turbine blades. Better leave this method to the power (actually energy) companies to fund and build.
3) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : A brief hypothesis of space/time universe and non time microverse to find a meaning for the BIG BOUNCE BANG and ALL MATTER ENERGY. (Message 1929567)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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Let's all pool our collective ignorance on the subject. Pardon my own personal ignorance; but, I like to think that the energy for the expansion came from the intense heat of the "Big Bang". I claim that we don't know if the expansion is accelerating or slowing since what we see at 13.2 billion light years at the edge of the universe is what was happening 13.2 billion years ago. At this point in time gravity would have had little time to slow the initial expansion of the Big Bang. Additionally, if more space is being created, and since the universe is bounded, then imagine the 2-dimensional analogue of a balloon that is covered with dots being inflated. The dots will be moving away from each other. In a 3 dimensional version of my balloon analogy the Galaxies at the far reaches of the universe would be moving away faster than the closer in ones under a constant expansion rate.

Obviously fuzzy thinking here but then there seems to be a lot of it surrounding these issues. Also, did we ever decide on the mass of a neutrino ?
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4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Fond Farewell reprised (Message 1927299)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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Chris,

You broke a lot of hearts when you announced your departure from the boards. We all enjoyed your cogent posts.

I too have the same sentiments as you. I don't feel that the work units that appear to have a narrow-band content (if any) are being examined for any type of message; and that we are just engaging in typical University research involving polishing turds.
I also can't abide the notion of the co-existence of the SETI institute at the same University.

lately I have started up crunching again after a hiatus of a few months while we were downsizing our house. The application, when running on my MAC, prevents my printer from printing and my EXCEL spreadsheets from loading. Also, it starts up on its own after I have suspended it. I am going to expunge the application; but, I still like to have a dialogue with the cogent members of the forums. Therefore, I will reload it when I run out of RAC so that I can still post to the forums (Fora ?).

How do others feel about understanding what we are doing here and how we are doing it?

I console myself with the thought that: for one chance in a billion in Proxima Centauri's neighborhood, there just may be a civilization that has turned on their first TV transmitter or that they have spotted the Earth and are beaming a "we are here" message at our vicinity.

I also like to think and believe the unlikely possibility that we have captured such a message; but are not looking inside the recorded data for intelligent content.

Perhaps my alter-ego can express my sentiments better than I.



5) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery, Search for other habitable planets (Message 1927083)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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Bob, I see that your calculations are indeed correct. 24 trillion miles to Alpha /Proxima Centauri. Give yourself a raise in pay.

This points out the stark truth that to travel to a new Earth will require a power source/engine that can deliver one G or so acceleration for a sustained period of perhaps several years. So it's possible to reach Alpha Centauri in less time but I posit not with less energy than calculated by a sustained acceleration of a few G over a 25 trillion mile distance for whatever mass you think that the space ship might have..
6) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery, Search for other habitable planets (Message 1927082)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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Bob,

I think that you are off by a big factor. I will check your work. I gave this problem to my Physics students before I got fired at Belmont University for telling a student that he made a good deduction in class and should be getting better grades ! I seem to recall 25 trillion or so.
7) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : A brief hypothesis of space/time universe and non time microverse to find a meaning for the BIG BOUNCE BANG and ALL MATTER ENERGY. (Message 1925790)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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It doesn't have to be "added" unless it is actually accelerating.
8) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : A brief hypothesis of space/time universe and non time microverse to find a meaning for the BIG BOUNCE BANG and ALL MATTER ENERGY. (Message 1925781)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
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How about this explanation from a simple-minded viewpoint. The Big Bang created all of the energy that we now say causes the universe to expand. We say that the expansion is accelerating. The evidence for this is that the farthest reaches of the universe are said to be moving away faster than the nearer galaxies. Well now: If we view a galaxy that was at the edge of the universe ,we see what was happening 13 Billion years ago or so. I claim that his was at a time when gravity would not have had much time to slow the expansion. So maybe the universe is actually contracting. Obviously, I might be engaging in fuzzy thinking here; but I don't see my fallacies, and I like the simpler reasoning as opposed to inventing dark energy
9) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Giza pyramids (Message 1924233)
Posted 12 Mar 2018 by Profile William Rothamel
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They built a sloping ramp out of sand and then pulled them up on sleds using oxen, rope and rollers (logs). When they were done they moved the sand away.
10) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Fusion power on the grid within 15 years? (Message 1924218)
Posted 12 Mar 2018 by Profile William Rothamel
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Lets see: Fusion Power for electricity, Quantum Computers, UFO's all good fodder for the Science Channel.

Let's see a diagram of the Fusion Power Plant plant that would contain the fire of fusion, extract the heat and control the radiation.

I have an acquaintance here in the Nashville area who worked on the Lawrence/Livermore billion Joule laser used in fusion research. so far as I know they have achieved fusion for only a few billionths of a second.
11) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Giza pyramids (Message 1924216)
Posted 12 Mar 2018 by Profile William Rothamel
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so accurately placed, that we couldn't do it today.


We would have no problem building it today. As evidence: consider the Washington Monument and the reproduction of the Parthenon here in Nashville, both of which were done over 100 years ago.

They used sand ramps, oxen, sleds and rollers to move the massive blocks into place. to build the Egyptian pyramids.
12) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Fusion power on the grid within 15 years? (Message 1924095)
Posted 12 Mar 2018 by Profile William Rothamel
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A watt is an indication of power. i.e. work per unit of time. (joule/second) A watt hour (or kilowatt hour) is the unit of work (energy) that we are concerned about and pay the mis-named "Power Company" for.
13) 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.
14) 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 "
15) 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 ?
16) 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.

17) 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
18) 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.

19) 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.
20) 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.


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