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41) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : sugar the bitter truth (Message 1489818)
Posted 30 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
Stevia is much better than sugar, much sweeter too and it's 100% natural.


I've been using Stevia for about nine months now and it satisfies my sweetening needs completely.


Trying to cut sugar out of my diet... I used to bring a 1.5L thermos of coffee to work daily with 12 teaspoons of the white death in in... eagh. I switched from that to a Crystal Light type of sugarless instant iced tea singles. Bonus: I don't have to haul it every day, just fill up the bottle at work and add it.

However, I tried stevia for my usual coffee/tea/cappuccino and detested it. It has (for me at least) the same chemically, bitter pseudo-sweetness as saccharine. So I'll stick with Splenda aka sucralose, which may be superficially scary as it's an organochloride, but so is one of the enzymes in peas and beans, and it was pretty thoroughly tested. It goes with everything I've tried it in, and it can even be baked with as it's stable at oven temperatures.
42) Message boards : Cafe SETI : I'm going to bed now...night night everone. (Message 1489612)
Posted 31 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
...and ruled the world! :)


Hah... yes, I had shades of Leo at the prow of the Titanic while I was writing that, but I'm sure I looked more like Star Wars Kid to any passersby.

Edit: Oh, and in keeping with the theme of the thread, g'night!
43) Message boards : Cafe SETI : I'm going to bed now...night night everone. (Message 1489608)
Posted 31 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
When I was at college we had a field trip to the Drax powerstaion. The finale was ending up at the point where the output is fed into the national grid. Stood under power lines at 400 kilo-volts (no mention of not opening an umbrella) we were told that at such a high voltage, the bonds between the atoms of hydrogen and oxygen at those voltages break down. And that is why they "crackle".


I used to walk home from school under Toronto's largest high-tension power corridor (four pylons wide.) When the day was rainy/foggy/misty the lines would hiss with electrolyzed water. I walked under them with an umbrella open once and noticed a coronal discharge in the apex of the umbrella, where the spokes meet the shaft.

So, I did what any STEM-interested kid would do: returned at dusk with a fluorescent tube, which obligingly glowed a flickering green in the intense fields, and waved it around like a light sabre. :^)
44) Message boards : Number crunching : Results/Finds page? (Message 1489439)
Posted 31 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
Someone also donated $25.00 anonymously through GPUUG to the campaign, just the right amount and at the right time that I would think that it was my matching donation being manually added... it wasn't.

So, thank you muchly to whoever who you are and here's my matching donation to cover it:

Thank you for your gift of $25.00 via Visa on 03/15/2014.
Your gift will benefit the following area:

SETI@home - $25.00

Your confirmation number is: 130574
45) Message boards : Number crunching : Results/Finds page? (Message 1489311)
Posted 32 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
You may put the donation in any SETI fund you wish.


Thanks! Moved it to the SERENDIP campaign and that just effectively doubled your contribution as I can match it, and Roy's too...

Thank you for your gift of $25.00 via Visa on 03/15/2014.
Your gift will benefit the following area:

SETI@home - $25.00

Your confirmation number is: 130569


This wasn't easy on mobile... Lol. But it's great that it works..
46) Message boards : Number crunching : Results/Finds page? (Message 1488882)
Posted 32 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
A little OT, but I really like the idea of tax deductible donations. We have that in Norway to, but only for a few, gouvernment choosen, norwegian associations. No foreign donations, or donations that's not on their list, are tax deductible.


Well, most countries don't consider donations to foreign universities tax-deductible. I'm very fortunate (or maybe I should say that SETI@Home is... heh) that I live in one that does. Was ecstatic when I discovered this accidentally and it motivated me to donate a lot more; previously was just enough to keep the star on.

I would check with your tax authority and you may end up surprised... I certainly was!
47) Message boards : Number crunching : Results/Finds page? (Message 1488843)
Posted 32 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
OK, I just donated 5% of what I used in electricity crunching the last three months.

Paid to
GPU Users Group, Inc.
gpuugmain@****.com
314 9560812


That's fantastic... thanks! :^)

You donated through the general donation to SETI@Home... if you wanted it to go to the SERENDIP campaign please advise (only matching that one) but it's all excellent. Transfers from GPUUG to SAH are done at the end of the month, so you should get your star first week of April. Please let me know if you don't, and yes, it's tax deductible of course.
48) Message boards : Number crunching : Results/Finds page? (Message 1488827)
Posted 32 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
Maybe we need a thread to discuss the revival of the GPUUG fundraising...


The SAH team is awaiting the specs of the new NVidia offerings (Titan Black, 790, etc.) that should be out this month so may change the requirement, so I thought I'd see if we could get the total down a bit on my own in the interim as >$4K is a lot for a weekend.

However, once they've finalized, then we'll have a fundraiser weekend as we did with the hard drives/case and sticky threads, put it on the main page and so forth. And yes, I'll be matching... I earmarked $3K for this so it's well within the budget (hope that doesn't change!)
49) Message boards : Number crunching : Results/Finds page? (Message 1488817)
Posted 32 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
I will not donate...


RAC: 154,906? It appears you do donate. We all have our different parts to play. :^)
50) Message boards : Number crunching : Results/Finds page? (Message 1488683)
Posted 33 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
Well, I did donate directly to SETI@home when I first joined last month, but I just donated a few bucks towards the hardware as well. Since my mouth is so big.


Thank you. :^) And you you're only the fourth donor not counting my matches (two of the donors are the #2 and #4 ranked crunchers so it's not like they haven't paid their dues either... heh.) Don't worry about the amount as it's all good and all welcome and if everyone chipped in a little it would be done in days.

I make my donations through the Berkeley portal (use an earmark code so the right project gets the funds) as it's the only way as a Canadian that I can qualify for the tax deduction (GPUUG is registered in the U.S. only) and they have a $10 minimum. So when any more come in I'll match and post it here. The other $10 collected today was a direct donation to SAH through the GPUUG portal.
51) Message boards : Number crunching : Results/Finds page? (Message 1488669)
Posted 33 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
The only break to the cycle is for people to realize that donating to the project is a long-term investment that may never show results in their own lifetime, and many simply refuse to accept that.


Well said. Good funding is essential. Everybody needs money to get s**t done. SETI included. Personnel and hardware ain't cheap.


OK, let's see if you two click the banner below and donate to the Green Bank SERENDIP receiver then. Break the cycle! Provide that essential good funding! :^)
(I am matching all donations!)

(Note that this is an official SETI@Home requirement... GPUUG handles the fundraising and acquiring the needed hardware because among other things UC Berkeley doesn't take PayPal.)
52) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Let's see some results! (Message 1488191)
Posted 34 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
If memory serves, when v6(?) was released with significantly more processing per work unit, Dr. Anderson put out a mass mailing to current and former crunchers indicating that there was more work than processing capacity allowed. It had a good effect and many people came back. I returned, if not then, for another similar entreaty.

When (not saying "if"!) the Green Bank receiver is finally done, I highly suspect there will be another one as, since it's going to be an exact duplicate of the Arecibo one, it could double the amount of work units to process. Unlike before, the infrastructure is now equipped for this as well due to the much-appreciated CoLo facility move. I know that quite a few people left SETI@Home when were having months of snail's-pace downloads and server downs prior to CoLo; they may return if they know these problems are solved.
53) Message boards : Number crunching : Results/Finds page? (Message 1487980)
Posted 34 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
What I started off to say, before I distracted myself, was that while "the signal" could come in 100 years or tomorrow, we would all find it rather frustrating if it turned out it came and we crunched it 3 years ago and the lab didn't analyze the results right away.


Ah... noted and agreed. :^)
54) Message boards : Number crunching : Results/Finds page? (Message 1487970)
Posted 34 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
I don't think they would even go public (in a big way at least) with something that old. Anything interesting would require recent reobservation to confirm, first by the SAH team and then confirmation by different astronomers on different receivers to rule out near sources through parallax and equipment weirdness...

Which is why I stick to my estimate that there may be a hundred signals as good as the "WOW" buried in the SAH results over time. It's just that with the vast number of completed work, the criteria are so much stricter that WOW, being a one-off, would never have seen the light of day... anything even considered for manual observation in the biannual or so candidate checks has to have been reobserved broadcasting at least once.
55) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Why do you run SETI@home? (Message 1487941)
Posted 34 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
Because I want to make a difference and make things better for humanity. My ordinary life wont make that happen, but by participating in S@H I believe I am making things better by furthering human knowledge. S@H is real science. It produces results: hydrogen density was mapped from its data, micro black-holes were theorized and proven (Astropulse) and then S@H spawned BOINC.

S@H advanced radio astronomy, distributed computing, probably cryptography and other stuff by motivating GPU use outside of graphics, got the public interested in science again, made incredible resources available to other real and valid projects, allowed many of those projects to be possible in the first place while operating on a budget that would not have covered the coffee and donuts for the project that designed your MP3 player. Go ahead and compare the science per dollar that happend through S@H to anything else being done in the world... And I Helped.

I will be with the project for as long as I can because it matters.


Now there's another profile that could use an update... that's inspirational. "PIGS IN SPAAAACE!"... er... not so much :^)
56) Message boards : Number crunching : Results/Finds page? (Message 1487795)
Posted 35 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
That's a big, bold statement. Can you substantiate it?


The SETI@Home receiver at Arecibo is also the receiver used by the SERENDIP project which does real-time analysis of basically the same area of the radio spectrum... it does "shallow and wide" and we do "deep and narrow". So anything SERENDIP found would be known immediately on receiving the signal, whereas our findings wouldn't be known for weeks/months.

Wouldn't call it "chaff" though... lol. IIRC the frequencies we do the deep analysis on are considered the most promising.
57) Message boards : Number crunching : Results/Finds page? (Message 1487596)
Posted 35 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
This thread may prove useful.
58) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Why do you run SETI@home? (Message 1487590)
Posted 35 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
...but I haven't done one yet...


Well, if it's written like the rest of your post it's about time!
59) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Why do you run SETI@home? (Message 1487571)
Posted 35 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
Maybe the different user profiles could help you.


I have one, so I volunteer it. :^)
(I've had it basically unchanged since the beginning too.)
60) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How's life going for me? (Message 1486000)
Posted 39 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy
I tried to post this to another thread, but I was too late. Another Friday night...

You already have four threads on the main page. How many do you need? Why not keep it to one?

Others may have just as many or more but they were designated as the "keepers" of other people's threads so they keep going. If you keep starting these you're going to end up on vacation again.


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