|A retired Telecomms and computer man that tries to do his bit for Seti and other worthwhile Boinc projects. My BT Retired Team has now passed the magic 1 Billion credit!!! |
It's incredible to realise that it's all been around for over 16 years now, from Seti Classic to Boinc, it seems like half a lifetime, and probably does to the lads in the Seti lab!
What initially were on-line friends around the world have now in many cases translated into real life friends, that I have now met, and I'll never be able to thank Seti enough for that. I try to do help by supporting the Seti project, by donating money, or doing Beta testing.
I live in London UK, and regularly visit family and friends in other parts of the country as well, previously Devon and now Yorks and Lancs. I have also visited Seti people in Western and Eastern USA, Sadly It seems unlikely I will go back. But in 2016 Germany has been booked for May, and Western and Northern Canada has been booked for the Autumn, plus Italy and Spain.
2015 was a sad year for me personally and politically. Most importantly my dad died aged 101. Also my party lost the Council, then the election and our MP, and other matters came to the fore.
I basically withdrew from posting at Seti generally for some months for personal protest reasons, on two occasions. But the message didn't get across to those that ought to have taken notice. I have now done so permanently from Politics as I was deliberately forced out by a gang of four. (pm me for names) The 8-10 regular posters there that it is only basically run for, are not worthy of my contribution. I have also now withdrawn permanently from all the other Seti boards and forums. Other Boinc projects have become more attractive to chat in.
It is clear that the lunatics run the asylum now, and I'm not interested in being part of what seems nothing less than a Day Centre for the worlds psychologically challenged and waifs and strays, and those looking for a free TV. There are dedicated doctors, nurses, and social workers for that, not University scientific projects that have lost their way. Seti needs to make its mind up about what it wants to be, a scientific project or competing with networking sites like Facebook. Whilst there is this lack of direction I choose not to participate.
A la the famous biblical town, "Sod 'em and go tomorra!" Says it all for me, and more.
I have left them a generous legacy which may or may not become apparent in time. But no matter, I was happy to do so. I will always support the project by crunching and financially, but not via the forums any more.
|Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home|
|It never ceases to amaze me at the number of people that throw a total brain fart when Seti runs out of work units to send. There are plenty of other BOINC projects that are worthy of being crunched in the meantime, I just marvel at the angst displayed. Half the world are starving, the other half are killing each other every day, most are quite happy to slaughter innocent animals for fun, and none of them believe in female equality. But Seti work seems more important to some than any of that, just makes me wonder where some peoples priorities come from.|
Life on this earth is so fragile at times, I really do wonder if it can exist elsewhere.... Maybe in the words of DeForest Kelley "It's life Jim, but not as we know it".
And to quote another famous line from the Galaxy Song,
"And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth".
I'd like to find out in the rapidly decreasing time that I have left. I won't I know that, but there's always beer in the fridge .... usually .... and if not there is the pub!
Just remember folks, being a Setizen and crunching is PART of life, it is NOT life itself.
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