Profile: kinhull

Personal background
Sometimes I think we are alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we are not. In either case the idea is quite staggering. - Arthur C Clarke

I am from Hull (UK), and am the founder member of Team ACC - Arthur C Clarke Fans - join my group, please (I need help)

Here are my instructions on setting up BOINC and doing some science: BOINC mini-FAQ

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My Poetry:

An Ode To SETI@Home

Hark the Herald Aliens sing!

Glory to the new found thing

Peace on Earth, and up there in Space too

Seti@Home analysed the signals, that's me and that's you.



From a time before the Earth was writ

Communiqués were flying via byte and bit

Messages, in unimagined forms and types

Beamed and leaked and lost and piped.



Aeons later, on this pale blue dot

Consciousness emerged, how and why we know not

Intelligence developed, and through curiosity

We started asking questions such as: Who Are We?



Hark the Herald Aliens sing!

Glory to the new found thing

Peace on Earth, and up there in Space too

Seti@Home analysed the signals, that's me and that's you.



Cocconi, Morrison, Shlovskii and Sagan

Kardashev, Clarke, Drake and Dyson

And others, far too many to adequately mention

Developed the techniques and ideas to answer the question.



Are We Alone or is there more to find out?

There can only be one way to remove any doubt

Make the effort, in the best ways we know as yet

Such as listen and study the incoming data set.



Hark the Herald Aliens sing!

Glory to the new found thing

Peace on Earth, and up there in Space too

Seti@Home analysed the signals, that's me and that's you.



Fast Fourier Transforms and other mathematical ilk

The kinds of things for which computers were built

Networked together under the aegis of BOINC

Supercomputing power almost beyond what we can think



Signals from telescopes half way around the Earth

Sent to our computers of which there's no dearth

For this is the mechanism by which our PC's crunch

Crunching numbers, with no need to stop for breakfast or lunch.



Hark the Herald Aliens sing!

Glory to the new found thing

Peace on Earth, and up there in Space too

Seti@Home analysed the signals, that's me and that's you.



Millions of people from each and every nation

At one time or another plugged in their computer station

To search the skies for the return of the WOW!

Creating a new paradigm, and creating it now.



Looking for Gaussians, Triplets, Pulses and more

Looking for the signs that we're all searching for

Are We Alone and how would we know

Join the search and perhaps the answers you'll show.



Hark the Herald the Aliens sing!

The telltale signs of their broadcasts, a wondrous thing

Are We Alone and how would we know

Join Seti@Home and perhaps the answers you'll show.



Are We Alone and how would we know

Join Seti@Home and perhaps the answers you'll show.


Kahir Ullah (aka kinhull) , 20th January 2007


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Crucible SETI

On the very shores, of the sea of space and time

Littered here and there, scattered, covered in grime

Are the artefacts of souls, long since been and gone?

Awaiting discoverers – whom are waiting to be born



Waves of civilisations, crash and sometimes burn

Some glimmer briefly, others extend their term

How many were out there, and how many remain

Do they have thoughts unlike ours, or are theirs the same



And how are we doing, in this game of life?

Will we put an end finally, to our suffering and strife?

Surviving long enough, to extend our corporeal reach

Beyond this single grain of sand, to the rest of the beach



And perhaps on our travels along this golden strand

We'll touch the magical relics with our very own hand

Glimpsing the shadows of lives, over a millennia ago

Diverse in ways we can't imagine, assumptions we forego



Perchance we find a voice emanating, from high up in the skies

A voice with life, loves and interests, awaiting our replies

Contact in its truest sense, one with communication

Are Homo Sapiens ready, do we tread with trepidation?



Deciding on a message, as a prelude to intercourse

A two-way flow of information, for better or for worse

Let us start this journey, and see where it may lead

To a crucible for allowing, ideas and friendships to breed.


Kahir Ullah (aka kinhull) , 25th January 2007

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My Seti Postage Stamps Art








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The Galaxy Song By Monty Python:

Whenever life get you down, Mrs. Brown
And things seem hard or tough
And people are stupid, obnoxious or daft
And you feel that you've had quite enu-hu-hu-huuuuff

Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
And revolving at 900 miles an hour
That's orbiting at 19 miles a second, so it's reckoned
A sun that is the source of all our power
The sun and you and me, and all the stars that we can see
Are moving at a million miles a day
In an outer spiral arm, at 40,000 miles an hour
Of the galaxy we call the Milky Way

Our galaxy itself contains 100 billion stars
It's 100,000 light-years side-to-side
It bulges in the middle, 16,000 light-years thick
But out by us it's just 3000 light-years wide
We're 30,000 light-years from galactic central point
We go round every 200 million years
And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
In this amazing and expanding universe

The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
In all of the directions it can whiz
As fast as it can go, at the speed of light you know
Twelve million miles a minute and that's the fastest speed there is
So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure
How amazingly unlikely is your birth
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space
Because there's bugger all down here on Earth


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I pointed out to you the stars and moon, but all you saw was the tip of my finger.
- Sukuma saying, Tanzania


When a distinguished but elderly scientist says that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he says it is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
- Clarkes First Law, from Profiles of the Future (1962)


The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.
- Clarkes Second Law, from Profiles of the Future (1962)


Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- Clarkes Third Law, from Profiles of the Future (1962)


For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert.
- A Clarke Law?


All explorers are seeking something they have lost. It is seldom that they find it, and more seldom still that the attainment brings them greater happiness than the quest.
- from The City and the Stars (1956)


The fact that we have not yet found the slightest evidence for life - much less intelligence - beyond this Earth does not surprise or disappoint me in the least. Our technology must still be laughably primitive, we may be like jungle savages listening for the throbbing of tom-toms while the ether around them carries more words per second than they could utter in a lifetime.
- from Odyssey p390


HAL: I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.
- from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)


It is better to know the truth than to dabble in delusions.
- Where? (1973)
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Here are my instructions on setting up BOINC and doing some science: BOINC mini-FAQ

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1: I believe that life does exist elsewhere, whether they will be sentient or even intelligent is another matter altogether - life will be common but intelligence (as we might understand it) will be much less so. I believe that any intelligence that does exist right now (whatever that might mean given the enormous distances involved) will be either much more primitive or so far advanced that they will neither be looking for or trying to contact us, and if they do it will most probably by some other method. Any civilisation that may exist and be technologically comparable to us will most probably be too far away for any reasonable form of contact. Though I could be wrong (I hope so). The possible benefits of discovery, beyond the usual, just cannot be predicted. The dangers should be minimal, our psychology and their technology notwithstanding, solely because they will be so far away.

2: Until the day we can tap virtually limitless energy, there will be little point in sending a beacon except perhaps to a very few of the most promising locations (determining what is promising is another question altogether). All we need to send is hello and the location of the Sun.

3: I use Seti@Home to use up my idle CPU time (I paid enough for my computer to not want it to go completely to waste whilst I am not using it) and I believe Distributed Computing can be a powerful tool if used wisely.
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