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21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Fundraising time again..... (Message 1568110)
Posted 6 Sep 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
I love a theme!!!

Your donation was far more generous than mine, so it deserves a raccoon trying to be Jean-Michel Jarre:

22) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Fundraising time again..... (Message 1567990)
Posted 6 Sep 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Edited: never mind... got an answer and it was a misunderstanding. Let's return to fundraising.

Thank you for your gift of $10.00 via Visa on 09/05/2014.
Your gift will benefit the following area:

SETI@home - $10.00

Your confirmation number is: 136706

Not much, I know, but >$0.
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What does being GREENmean to you? (Message 1567845)
Posted 5 Sep 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
I do have a compost bin!

I have a compost bin... in a way. I was given a green one by the city, which was too small, stunk, was a pain to empty (and was probably being landfilled by our building anways) and required a big diesel-burning truck to move the collected organic waste around.

Then I realized I had a much better one already: It's powered by gravity, it's great at hiding the smells, and everything that goes into it gets returned to the earth or turned into mulch. Just about everyone else has one too.

It's called a "toilet" in case you were still wondering. :^) So I chop up the waste until it's small enough and down it goes. And I don't do a special flush for it either.
24) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Fundraising time again..... (Message 1567812)
Posted 5 Sep 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
"The fundraisers you host interfere with the staff-supported fundraising schedule."

I agree that is weird... is the money going to go stale and have to be thrown out? Didn't realize that this project was so well-off as to refuse donations or any efforts to raise them. Hrm.

Hope that next time there's a major server failure it occurs during the staff-supported fundraising schedule. :^p
25) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What does being GREENmean to you? (Message 1567626)
Posted 5 Sep 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
I only eat meat because I believe my body needs the proteins. We evolved from hunters and still need the protein.

Some complete protein sources from plants:

Soy ferments (miso, tofu, etc.)
Quinoa (is pricey though but needs to be eaten only occasionally to get anything missing.)
Mixed beans and rice (yes, that is enough. Rice should be brown of course!)
GABA/GBR (germinated brown rice): Simply soak brown rice for 1-2 days in near-body-temperature water and then cook normally.

You only need these if your diet is otherwise monotonic. If you're eating a variety of vegetables, grains, legumes and fruits you don't have to worry about protein.

The bigger concern is lack of vitamins D and B12. You can get D from shiitake mushrooms but B12 is only from animal sources (milk and eggs are good non-meat sources) or chemically synthesized supplements.
26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What does being GREENmean to you? (Message 1567574)
Posted 5 Sep 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
No vehicle; moved to an optimally public-transit-accessible locale to allow this.
No children of my own; raised two though.
Live in an apartment instead of a house.
Recycle whatever I can; this includes diverting any recyclables I find in our building in the trash to the right place.
Eat little meat, and no mammals (exception occasionally only at restaurants.)
Try to save energy by minimizing use of AC/heat, shorter showers with a low-flow showerhead, non-incandescent lighting, etc. Major exception: SETI@Home obviously. :^)

...none of us is being totally green because we burn excess carbon cycles searching for ET.

Nuclear here.
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Actor-Director Richard Attenborough Dies at 90 (Message 1561743)
Posted 24 Aug 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
The linked BBC article doesn't mention the role of his which was my favourite, but this one does:

The role he found the most personally disturbing was that of murderer John Christie in 10 Rillington Place.

Important movie very accurately based on a true story... must-see. R.I.P. Lord Attenborough.
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : We all haz badges! (Message 1558707)
Posted 18 Aug 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
I don't have a badge.

If you want one, you'll need a higher RAC than my cell. phone's. ;^)
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : We all haz badges! (Message 1557313)
Posted 15 Aug 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Well as I cannot remove my "badge"...

I would also like the idea one can disable it...

The badges are easy to remove with the browser plugin AdBlock Plus (available for FireFox and Chrome... unsure of others.) I don't mind them but I'm too used to the look of the site as it was and found they cluttered it so I removed them. Did I mention AdBlock will also remove 99%+ of all web advertising everywhere as well and it's the first essential plugin I grab on a new install? But I digress...

With the plugin installed just right-click on a badge image, choose AdBlock Plus: Block image from the context menu. Do not accept the default selection of what to block on the window that appears, or all images on this site will disappear; instead choose the one just above. The three images are:

Once you've added them, refresh the page and they will disappear. Note that this will also remove the badge from your own profile page, but I imagine you probably know your standing there already. :^)
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cats (Message 1546581)
Posted 24 Jul 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww :) I think it is Mr Kevvy - thank you! :)

You're welcome. :^) One of our cats was found as a stray kitten in the winter under a highway overpass. When we brought her home we wondered if the adult male would accept her. Soon we found them curled up in the pet bed cleaning each other like this. They are certainly endearing beasties, aren't they?
31) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cats (Message 1546575)
Posted 24 Jul 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
I came across a really cute clip recently. Sadly it was of a lonely Lynx in a zoo but it had been befriended by a stray domestic cat...

Could this be it?
32) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Jupiter's Red Spot is shrinking. (Message 1544608)
Posted 19 Jul 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
researchers aren't certain of the cause

Chandra: Can you analyse the image on monitor circuit 2?
HAL: Yes. There is a circular object near the equator. It is twenty-two thousand kilometres in diameter. It is comprised of rectangular objects.
Chandra: How many?
HAL: One million, three hundred and fifty five thousand, plus or minus one thousand.
Chandra: And what is the proportion of the objects in question?
HAL: One by four by nine.
Chandra: Do you recognise these objects?
HAL: Yes. They are identical in size and shape to the object you call the monolith. Ten minutes to ignition. All systems nominal.
Chandra: Is the number of monoliths constant?
HAL: No, they are increasing.
Chandra: At what rate?
HAL: Once every two minutes.
Curnow: Look closely. Tell me I'm nuts - are the cloud formations going towards the spot?
Floyd: You're not nuts.
Orlov: Looks like the thing is eating the planet.
Floyd: I think it is.

Arthur C. Clarke was sure of the cause. ;^)
33) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Science Channel's THROUGH THE WORMHOLE with Morgan Freeman Returns 6/4 (Message 1542694)
Posted 16 Jul 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Isaac Newton — 'What goes up must come down.'

Even Newton knew that wasn't true. :^)
34) Message boards : SETI@home Science : First detection of fast radio bursts outside Parkes Observatory (Message 1540089)
Posted 12 Jul 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
A link to the story from the Max Planck Institute

Since the discovery was made from Arecibo data, and this is just the kind of thing that Astropulse is designed to find, so I wonder if we'll discover any of these bursts in our results...

Edit: Looks like this was already mentioned. :^)
35) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Goodsearch - donnation to S@H (Message 1529490)
Posted 18 Jun 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Can't seem to get signed in here at work, will try it at home later on, thanx for the link Rob:)

I do use Goodsearch often, but be aware that it does set two tracking cookies (which are widely decided to be Not Good Indeed.) If you have anything that blocks tracking cookies ie realtime antivirus/malware detector, firewall, browser plugin (Privacy Badger is an example) you either won't be able to sign in or search results will be blank.

Guess it's the price we pay for their donations. :^)
36) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Donated Computers in Canada and elsewhere (Message 1523818)
Posted 2 Jun 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Two locations in the Toronto area I like are FreeGeek and Reboot Canada.

Reboot no longer has a retail store but takes donated computers and parts, in any condition working or not. The working parts/machines get built into computers for charitable causes/foundations, and the non-working are recycled properly.

FreeGeek is very similar, and also has a retail store chockablock with computers and parts. Scored some nice parts and even small systems from there at prices as good as anything you'll find on Kijiji or Craigslist.
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : ARGH!!! (Message 1523802)
Posted 2 Jun 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
What do they see in this horrible show???!!!

I guess it helps to have a medieval fantasy/adventure/RPG background or be interested in that era, but it's so far becoming my favorite fictional show ever. Didn't think anything could displace Breaking Bad and House.... just started season two.

Tyrion is The Only Reason I watch the tv show. Tyrion 'is' dA Man.

Hey, something we can agree on... strongly. :^) So far loving that little guy, and we aren't the only ones: as good as the rest of the actors are, he's the only one who's picked up any (and several) awards. Can hardly wait for the next episode and no spoilers please!
38) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1523661)
Posted 2 Jun 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
Not to undervalue the effort that you put into that collection of citations, but the data (and conclusions) are rather old. AR4 was from 2007 and the rest are older (back to 1998). The NOAA report I linked is from last year, The ScienceDaily article (directly extracted from journals) was from 2008. A more recent citation in the NOAA:

Nghiem, S. V., and 8 others, 2012: The extreme melt across the Greenland ice sheet in 2012. Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, doi: 10.1029/2012GL053611.

I don't usually chip in one way or another either unless I see factual errors or misrepresentations. As the old saw goes: "You are entitled to your own opinions but not your own facts."

As for the future effects of HCGW, I'm far less concerned about them than I am that the science's detractors are doing so to shackle the entire human race's food supply, economy and mobility to a resource whose own industry estimates will be gone in about forty years.
39) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Message 1523551)
Posted 2 Jun 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
GreenLand has 3.5 MILLION MORE Sq. Miles of Sheet Ice Added since GW/CC Hype Started.

I would like to see a peer-reviewed citation for this, please, as it's complete and utter hogwash. If you can't come up with one, then I would like this retracted, and you to stop denying/spreading falsehoods about peer-reviewed science in anywhere but the Politics forum. Thank you.

Greenland lost an average of 195 cubic kilometres of ice per year between 2003 and 2008

Edit: Wouldn't also mind seeing a list of these "scientists coming out in droves" too.
40) Message boards : Politics : UK Food Warning (Message 1513671)
Posted 8 May 2014 by Profile Mr. KevvyProject donor
To a non Muslim it makes not a smidgeon of difference.

Not true. Halal slaughtering involves cutting the animal's throat and letting it bleed out while conscious, instead of using a compressed-air bolt to the head or otherwise stunning the animal beforehand into unconsciousness. There is some controversy around this as to whether the animal suffers so some people may not want to eat it.

Also a religious non-Muslim may object to having the animal slaughtered by a Muslim with the requisite Islamic invocations, etc. (also required for the meat to be deemed Halal.) Doesn't make any difference to me (I only eat chicken and fish anyways) but it may to some.

(But I agree this thread would be a better fit in Politics.)

Edit: Forgot one thing... for those who like to eat mammals: during the Mad Cow scare when BSE-tainted beef was being discovered, Halal meat was actually safer, because the bolt method dislodges possibly infected neural tissue into the animal's bloodstream, which circulates and can contaminate the entire animal with prions in seconds. So, it can also be a positive benefit to have Halal meat properly noted should this happen again.

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