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Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble online, as well as from Powell's, from my favorite place to buy books online, Books-a-Million, and from my favorite place to buy DVDs online, which has now expanded into bookselling and of the vendors listed here does in fact have the best price for this book, with no club-membership requirement: Deep Discount.
At I-Con I read from the chapter that mirrors the first chapter of Illumination from a nineteen-years-later perspective. It was received well, and reading it gave me a wonderful feeling of coming full circle while still moving forward.
As of this morning my device has returned eight results: three for FightAIDS@Home (homepage here), two for Human Proteome Folding Phase 2, one for Help Defeat Cancer, and two I'm not sure of because the jobs ran from start to finish while I was sleeping or working or running errands or out at a christening and luncheon on Sunday. It's 76% done with some more work for Human Proteome Folding 2 right now. If I decide to, I can set my preferences so that my device works only on certain projects, but I've left it at the All Projects default for now, because I don't want my machine to sit idle if it queries for more work and my chosen project doesn't happen to have any at that moment.
The computer doesn't seem to be running appreciably hotter (I left the CPU throttle at the current default of 60%), and I haven't noticed any effect on other applications. The interface/screensaver has a duration-configurable Snooze button, and I can set the application to run only when the screensaver kicks in, but so far it's been problem-free running all the time, and I'll probably open the throttle.
I feel quite virtuous, and much better about leaving the machine on when I'm off doing other things, and I'm very glad I heard about this and decided to participate. Thanks for the heads-up, Dan!
If anybody around here feels like joining forces to start a team, let me know. I'm user IronGall over there.
A couple of posts I found useful/interesting in the WCG forum are this one (and the one it links to) about hibernation in Windows XP (to avoid losing work because of a reboot), this one about electricity cost, and this one about dual-core processors and the UD Windows client versus BOINC (worth reading before downloading and installing a client).
Edit to add: This post is a spam attractor for some reason, along with the Gilhoolie post, so I started logging spam IPs because I'm just curious like that. 188.8.131.52.
Dubhsidhe Studios | Mythological Art
While reading there, I discovered that MaryAnn Johanson (who introduced us, and whom I've known since back in the days of the N3F round robins and possibly even before that, and whose Flick Filosopher site I've enjoyed reading for years) has a second, equally cool blog: Geek Philosophy.
The thing that struck me about the Best Buy invasion was that they'd have had very little to chronicle if they hadn't been trying to chronicle it. What got them into trouble, and made fodder for all the anecdotes, was the cameras they smuggled in to record the invasion. Attempting to observe the phenomenon not only changed the quality of it, but made it into something.
I really, really loved their Cell Phone Symphony mission, though.
Whoever keeps putting my middle initial on my convention badges
Circle I Limbo
The people who canceled Firefly in favor of "reality" programming
Circle II Whirling in a Dark & Stormy Wind
Cellphone performance artists
Circle III Mud, Rain, Cold, Hail & Snow
Anyone who contributed to making Microsoft Word suck
Circle IV Rolling Weights
People who talk in theatres during shows /// Homicidal Domino's Pizza drivers
Circle V Stuck in Mud, Mangled
The corrupt and inept people destroying the library where my friend works
Circle VI Buried for Eternity
Racists, homophobes, and the other socially intolerant
Circle VII Burning Sands
Cheney, Rove, and Dubya
Circle IIX Immersed in Excrement
Abusers of children, the elderly, animals, domestic partners
Circle IX Frozen in Ice