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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Even crocodiles arn't safe from snakes in Australia. (Message 1484135)
Posted 46 days ago by aka_Sam
And with that the subject of tonight's nightmare has been decided. Thanks. :P
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics (Message 1480958)
Posted 54 days ago by aka_Sam
Oh snack, them darn Canadians have
gone and won the Gold in hockey again....


Whaaaaaa Hoooooooo!!


3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : motorcycle riders (Message 1480957)
Posted 54 days ago by aka_Sam


My dyna glide. Bought it a few years ago for next to nothing but it took a lot of restoring.

Building a custom design for my gal Patrice. I'll post a pix when it's ride ready.

Been riding for 40 or so years.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Seti@home beard survey (Message 1480349)
Posted 56 days ago by aka_Sam
True manly men will not be afraid to post a pic of their fuzziness.

As a link lest I frighten off the citizenry.

A manly man's beard

And survey completed.

:P
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : My Mom (Message 1474735)
Posted 68 days ago by aka_Sam
I just wanted to let everyone know that Allie is feeling a little bit stressed at the moment. Starting this thread was prolly good therapy for her but it also was a bit like reopening a wound that had just begun to heal. Patrice and I are going to take her up to Whistler-Blackcomb later today and we're going to spend a couple days snowboarding, snowmobiling and getting a little change of scenery.

Would like to try to answer a few of the questions that had been raised.

Shannon was from the eastern part of Quebec and Northern New Brunswick part of Canada. She will be buried next to her mom in the Matapedia Quebec Cemetery. Not sure of the date yet but as I understand it over-winter deaths are usually buried in May. When I have an exact date I'll pass it along.

There was no obit either online or in print. As most of you know, she was an intensely private person and she felt that she did not her passing to be overly public.

For those considering flowers might I suggest a donation to your local Cancer society as being more in line with her personality? Or perhaps, considering how she felt about SAH, a donation to the project might be in order.

Regardless, Allie or I will post the burial date when those details have been decided and you can make the decision with regards to flowers at that time.

Thank you all for your support in these trying times.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Super Bowl (Message 1472410)
Posted 74 days ago by aka_Sam
Could tell it was going to be a rough day for the Broncs from the opening snap.

Yeah Seahawks!

7) Message boards : SETI@home Science : What would be the best signal to announce we are here? (Message 1470800)
Posted 78 days ago by aka_Sam
Just my 2c worth but methinks firing off a nuke or two, even from 50 ly away, is a pretty aggressive way of saying 'howdy-nieghbor'. :P
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW 205 The year is brand new (Message 1462637)
Posted 98 days ago by aka_Sam
It was bound to happen:



At least I got to see it.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What are you watching on YouTube today? (Message 1461176)
Posted 102 days ago by aka_Sam
Oh, I am so going to get in trouble for this, but . . .


Patrice covers Blue Eyes
10) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : CERN (Message 1460667)
Posted 104 days ago by aka_Sam
The task is left to future generations


Humans do get smarter and smarter but I somehow doubt if we will ever get the big picture.


Oh, I dunno. The human race has only been asking these questions in a serious, scientific way for a hundred years or so. The various religions and philosophies have been at it for thousands of years with disappointing results. Compared to that, science has only just begun.

Answers to the big questions will likely not happen in our lifetime but at least give serious science a couple thousand years to work on it before saying never.



Humans only use a very small percentage of their brains, we do get smarter as we evolve but I just ask myself what would happen if that percentage would rise. Would telekinesis be 'normal' then? Now I'm wandering off but what I want to say is, it's a pity we won't be there to experience that evolution.


Scientific American on brain usage

I hate to seem like I'm picking on you, Julie, because I'm not. It just irks me to no end when people pass on falsehoods and myths as if they were true.

In point of fact, we use pretty much all our brain. Most of it isn't used for actual thinking, of course, but it is all used.
11) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery (Message 1460639)
Posted 104 days ago by aka_Sam
What do you all think is an essential parameter and it's range for intelligent life to form.


I have added the existence of volcanoes to the list of essential parameters. This is the source of Carbon Dioxide which is essential to get life going on land and sea.


Then I'm thinking of the theory of life originating from the collision of 2 celestial bodies...


Not necessarily. If we use the solar system as an example then volcanoes on rocky planets would be very common. Earth has volcanoes, as did Mars and Venus has an estimated 1500 active volcanoes and there is considerable evidence that Mercury had volcanoes in the distant past.

I'd be surprised to find rocky, roughly Earth sized planets that didn't have volcanoes at least somewhere in their history.



True, but it could be not every rocky planet has a liquid and spinning core I think.


Not all, but many probably do. Mercury and Mars both have magnetic fields (albeit weak fields) which would tend to indicate a liquid, spinning core at least sometime in the past. Though, at least in the case of Mars, it is believed that the planet has cooled to the point where the core is solid.

I would tend to think that rocky worlds roughly earth sized or larger would most likely have liquid cores unless they are very, very old and have had time to cool.
12) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : CERN (Message 1460628)
Posted 104 days ago by aka_Sam
The task is left to future generations


Humans do get smarter and smarter but I somehow doubt if we will ever get the big picture.


Oh, I dunno. The human race has only been asking these questions in a serious, scientific way for a hundred years or so. The various religions and philosophies have been at it for thousands of years with disappointing results. Compared to that, science has only just begun.

Answers to the big questions will likely not happen in our lifetime but at least give serious science a couple thousand years to work on it before saying never.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather forecasts II (Message 1460610)
Posted 104 days ago by aka_Sam


And that's all I have to say about the blankety-blank weather.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW 205 The year is brand new (Message 1460561)
Posted 104 days ago by aka_Sam
Dig through your old attic boxes and find your calendar for 1975 because it is the same as 2014.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW 205 The year is brand new (Message 1460401)
Posted 105 days ago by aka_Sam
For those into recycling the 2014 calendar will synch with 1975. So head up to the attic and dig through those dusty boxes and reuse those calendars!



:P
16) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery (Message 1460388)
Posted 105 days ago by aka_Sam
What do you all think is an essential parameter and it's range for intelligent life to form.


I have added the existence of volcanoes to the list of essential parameters. This is the source of Carbon Dioxide which is essential to get life going on land and sea.


Then I'm thinking of the theory of life originating from the collision of 2 celestial bodies...


Not necessarily. If we use the solar system as an example then volcanoes on rocky planets would be very common. Earth has volcanoes, as did Mars and Venus has an estimated 1500 active volcanoes and there is considerable evidence that Mercury had volcanoes in the distant past.

I'd be surprised to find rocky, roughly Earth sized planets that didn't have volcanoes at least somewhere in their history.
17) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery (Message 1460330)
Posted 105 days ago by aka_Sam
At the same density as the Earth; a planet with twice the radius of the Earth would have 8 times the gravity

8 times the mass, not 8 times the gravity. The relationship between the two isn't linear.

where m = mass, r = radius, G = gravitational constant (6.673e-11)

and where we assume the planet has twice earth's radius and 8 times mass:

g = mG/r^2

g = (4.78e25 kg) * (6.673e-11 Nm^2/kg^2) / 1.26e7m^2

g = 20.08m/s^2

which is just over 2 X earth's standard gravity
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Good reasons to not ride the Harley. (Message 1458270)
Posted 111 days ago by aka_Sam
Happily married but the dyna glide still draws the occasional female glance:



And Partice's build is progressing nicely. Hopefully ready to roll in the spring of 2014:

19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Good reasons to not ride the Harley. (Message 1458262)
Posted 111 days ago by aka_Sam
One upside to riding a Harley is you'll never, ever lack for female companionship. :)
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Worst Christmas Jokes (Message 1458247)
Posted 111 days ago by aka_Sam
Why does Santa have 3 gardens?

He likes to hoe, hoe, hoe.


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