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1) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : 100 Finalists Have Been Chosen For A ONE-WAY Trip To MARS. (Message 1647827)
Posted 7 hours ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I would recommend reading the content of this web site http://www.mars-one.com/ . They are planning on staying on Mars for a long time. Their stated time table is one launch every two years sending four pioneers at a time.

Whether or not they succeed is debateable. But they do have a plan for survival over the long run.
2) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Supermassive Black Hole - 12 Bil. times the size of our sun. (Message 1647765)
Posted 10 hours ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
For my money I think the evidence overwhelmingly proves the existence of black holes. Whether or not this recent finding has been established as factual remains to be seen. If it is what they think it is then a lot of previous theories on the formation and growth of supermassive black holes will abandoned and new ones formulated to match what has been observed.
3) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : 100 Finalists Have Been Chosen For A ONE-WAY Trip To MARS. (Message 1647758)
Posted 10 hours ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
No test pilot ever expected to die from it, well maybe a rare few. I still say these brave new pioneers have every expectation of living out their normal lifespan on Mars.
4) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : 100 Finalists Have Been Chosen For A ONE-WAY Trip To MARS. (Message 1647668)
Posted 16 hours ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I rather doubt that any of these people are suicidal. They wouldn't volunteer for the mission expecting to die in the process. Now I'm sure they are aware of the risk involved but that is not the same as expecting to die in the attempt.

I am also sure that the planners are expecting to give these people the equipment tools and supplies to make a go of it assuming they reach Mars and successfully land.

The first pilgrims from europe to the Americas knew they were taking a one way trip and the possibility of dying along the way was in their minds, but they also believed they had at least an even chance of surviving to a natural death. I think these new pilgrims also hope to have a chance of surviving the trip and living out their lives on Mars.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Images of the fruit of the labor of my hobby (Message 1647534)
Posted 23 hours ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Alright... I'm a bit of a model train fan though I don't have any time to actually play around with them these days. I liked those pictures of the rail cars at the end there. :-) Are those models too? Or did you put the dirt and other details on them? They look really good!

Yes, I am also a model railroader, without a railroad to run my trains on. However I still have several locomotives and probably 100 freight cars. Some were kits I built while others came pre-assembled. Most all got a weathering treatment to more accurately represent how they look in the real world.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Images of the fruit of the labor of my hobby (Message 1647448)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Here is a link to my photobucket account which is mostly filled with images of my models.
http://s193.photobucket.com/user/Modlerbob/library/?sort=3&page=1
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What song was #1 the day you were born? (Message 1647423)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
The Candy Man, Sammy Davis Junior.


...but rather disturbingly it suggests I was conceived when the number one song was "Go Away Little Girl" by Donny Osmond.

Wow, you are really young!
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Images of the fruit of the labor of my hobby (Message 1647414)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
The big thing that keeps me going on a day to day basis is my model building hobby. I build pretty much everything that is produced in plastic kit form and even a few wood kits. The following is a small sample of the models I have built, most of them recently but the model of the USS Constitution dates back to my years in college and was finished in 1972. Since then I have repaired it several times but it has aged well and after retrieving it after my mother died I still have it in my collection.








9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How we see colours (Message 1647409)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Either very light blue or white and gold.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Say E.T. lands, does SETI go on? (Message 1647408)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Depends on what form contact takes. If it is just a radio message I think the search would continue. If ET actually lands on earth and is hostile I doubt that continued searching would yield positive results. If ET lands and is friendly I'm sure they might share their galactic phone book.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What song was #1 the day you were born? (Message 1647405)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Aug, 20, 1949 Perry Como - Some Enchanted Evening

Perry Como was one of my mother's favorite singers
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy (Message 1647403)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
He will be missed. So indeed RIP Mr. Nimoy
13) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : 100 Finalists Have Been Chosen For A ONE-WAY Trip To MARS. (Message 1647390)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I question whether the government of the country that hosts the launch site for this adventure will readily grant permission for the launch, or launches. that will be necessary to make this venture happen. I would feel sorry for the twentyfour people who will dedicate several years of their lives in training only to be denied permission to launch.

Also,I wonder whether this organization will have the resources to make follow up launches of additional pioneers assuming the first four successfully make it to Mars. I think for long term survival at least 100 pioneers would be a minimal population.

What will the scientific community think of having the Martian environment invaded by a host of settlers?
14) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : 100 Finalists Have Been Chosen For A ONE-WAY Trip To MARS. (Message 1647279)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I just hope I am still around to see it. I'd rather be young enough to participate but I will settle for just still being alive to witness the event. But I have a feeling red tape will push the event well beyond my life span.
15) Message boards : SETI@home Science : The Father of SETI: Q&A with Astronomer Frank Drake (Message 1647274)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Interesting interview. Frank Drake still seems ever the optimist regarding the chances of detecting ET's communications.

Even though recent studies indicate that radio signals emitted from earth dissipate into the background noise only a couple of LY out he still refers to the notion that radio signals from earth have reached stars out to over 100 LY. I wonder who is right.
16) Message boards : Politics : Net Neutrality Wins in U.S. (Message 1647157)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
TRON in real life.
17) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Supermassive Black Hole - 12 Bil. times the size of our sun. (Message 1647156)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
When observations contradict theory it's time to put the thinking caps back on and come up with a new theory.
18) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Strange Question: Time Difference between stars (Message 1646720)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
The fact that time passes is universal. The means by which we measure that passage is entirely subjective and a product of our local situation. A day is the time it takes the earth to make one revolution on it's axis. A year is the amount of time it takes for earth to make one revolution around the sun. A light year is a measure of the distance light travels in an earth year. As long as we are the only intelligent beings that we know of, how time gets measured is totally dependant on how we choose to do it.

A day as we measure it for ordinary use is the time period between sun crossings of the north-south line (solar day). The actual one revolution on earth axis relative to the "fixed stars" is shorter, about 23 hours 54 minutes and 4 seconds (sidereal day). Rotation around the sun effectively removes one day, so there's one more day in the sidereal year.

That doesn't make much difference except for astronomical observations, but since that's what we're analyzing it is important to the science we are doing.
Joe

I was aware of the technical definition of a day and a year. However, for the casual level of knowledge displayed by most members of this board I was trying to keep things as simple as possible. No matter what the technical definition is the measure of time is still a subjective value we assign to allow time to have meaning.
19) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Strange Question: Time Difference between stars (Message 1646613)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
The fact that time passes is universal. The means by which we measure that passage is entirely subjective and a product of our local situation. A day is the time it takes the earth to make one revolution on it's axis. A year is the amount of time it takes for earth to make one revolution around the sun. A light year is a measure of the distance light travels in an earth year. As long as we are the only intelligent beings that we know of, how time gets measured is totally dependant on how we choose to do it.
20) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Should Humanity Try to Contact Alien Civilizations? (Message 1646466)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I don't know if you guys have seen this or not ...


http://www.space.com/28632-active-seti-search-alien-life.html

From Space.com but my answer is absolutely yes!!

Messages like this make one wonder whether the person that started the topic even reads the list of threads before posting.


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