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(CNN)   "California wildfires temporarily suspend search for extraterrestrials"   (us.cnn.com) divider line 38
    More: Strange, California wildfires, SETI, Seth Shostak, small satellite, alien life, Allen Telescope, wildfires  
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2014-08-06 12:34:43 PM  
California wildfires are the laziest things on the planet. "Oh, I should be searching for ET, but I'm going to take a smoke break."
 
2014-08-06 01:18:04 PM  
Well, when you get done with your break, California would you be so kind as to remove your smoke from the Willamette Valley. We've already got plenty what with all the lightning caused wild fires in the area.

Thanks!
 
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2014-08-06 01:37:28 PM  
Wildfires have notoriously short attention spans.
 
2014-08-06 01:42:17 PM  
So the fires were set by the government as a cover up concerning extraterrestrials? I KNEW IT.
 
2014-08-06 01:42:58 PM  
Came to a 3-comment thread to make a joke about wildfires searching for extraterrestrials, and two of the commenters beat me to it.

Bastards.
 
2014-08-06 01:43:38 PM  
You know the wildfires have been burning too long when they take up a hobby.
 
2014-08-06 01:45:20 PM  
What a way to secure our borders!  A wall of fire would keep them out.
 
2014-08-06 01:46:57 PM  
Hey, you SETI guys, you keep listening for ET. But you do NOT answer when he calls. Got that? If ET has interstellar spacecraft and shows up here, he will rape us to death, eat our flesh, and sew our skins into his clothing. And, if we're very, very lucky, he'll do it in that order
 
2014-08-06 01:49:14 PM  
Why should we be looking for intelligent life on other planets? Shouldn't we concentrate on finding some on this planet first?
 
2014-08-06 01:50:12 PM  
But what if the Wildfires are the Extraterrestrials??

www.notentirelystable.com
 
2014-08-06 01:52:36 PM  
That's just the telescopes, right?  The data from Aricebo will still be farmed out to the distributed computing scene?  'Cause I just got a new graphics card.
 
2014-08-06 01:53:00 PM  
I welcome my new Wildfire Overlords.
 
2014-08-06 01:55:14 PM  

LazyMedia: Hey, you SETI guys, you keep listening for ET. But you do NOT answer when he calls. Got that? If ET has interstellar spacecraft and shows up here, he will rape us to death, eat our flesh, and sew our skins into his clothing. And, if we're very, very lucky, he'll do it in that order


The only scenario that could possibly happen is that we somehow signal another civilization that is super far away and we only get messages to each other once every century or thereabouts.  The distances are just crazy.

Even having SETI at all is like playing the lottery, but with worse odds
 
2014-08-06 01:55:43 PM  
i think we've identified the prime suspect....

images3.cinema.de
 
2014-08-06 02:00:00 PM  
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She comes down from Yellow Mountain
On a dark, flat land she rides
On a pony she named Wildfire
With a whirlwind by her side
On a cold Nebraska hot California night
 
2014-08-06 02:00:18 PM  
TFA: "To expect that E.T. will somehow reach out at this moment, that would be very bizarre."

For a SETI scientist to say this, is hilarious.
 
2014-08-06 02:01:00 PM  
You'd have to...how could you see ET through the smoke?  (Yes, I know..."Smoke / Gets /
In / Your / EYYYYYYYEEEESSSSS!")
 
2014-08-06 02:01:12 PM  
Are these wildfires taking jobs from good, hardworking Muricans???? It should be our citizens up there looking for extraterrestrials!!!
 
2014-08-06 02:04:10 PM  

fireclown: That's just the telescopes, right?  The data from Aricebo will still be farmed out to the distributed computing scene?  'Cause I just got a new graphics card.


I did that for a bunch of years.  I had the app running on like 1 Mac, 2 Linux, and 3 Windows machines, all at once.  This was like 15 years ago.

Never found anything.  Go figure.

So how's that going?  Anything promising?

Now...  To the nerdy science side of things.  I hope everyone realizes that radio waves don't travel very fast.  Not nearly as fast as light even in a vacuum.  Assuming light is the benchmark, it would take 12 years at the least for a radio signal to reach us, and that's assuming that the wikipedia entry for the closest possible Earth-like candidate is inhabited.
It's more likely that any such planet is a helluva lot further than that.  And considering the distance the signal would have to travel, it's unikely that it would even be discernable.  That's also considering the incredible unlikelyhood that the radio signal was pointed this general direction, let alone directly at the Earth.

Just the same, I commend the concept.  Because I really do feel that absolute proof - 100% proof - of extra terrestrial intelligence, will be the single most important and profound discovery in history.  And I would love to see the religious people crap their pants over it!
 
2014-08-06 02:05:59 PM  

Snarfangel: California wildfires are the laziest things on the planet. "Oh, I should be searching for ET, but I'm going to take a smoke break."


Can to say this but in a much less witty way.

/damn you.
 
2014-08-06 02:17:42 PM  
Proof of a cover up.
 
2014-08-06 02:21:12 PM  
Sure. You just know that as soon as we quit listening they will call. It is like waiting for an expected call when you really need to take a dump.
 
2014-08-06 02:22:09 PM  

Danger Avoid Death: Why should we be looking for intelligent life on other planets? Shouldn't we concentrate on finding some on this planet first?


They aren't looking. They're sending distress signals.

"Is there anyone out there? Please! Take us! Get us out of here!"
 
2014-08-06 02:29:31 PM  
www.ufocasebook.com
 
2014-08-06 02:41:14 PM  

machoprogrammer: [www.ufocasebook.com image 240x210]


alien-ufo-research.com
 
2014-08-06 02:41:46 PM  
The aliens probably started the fires to mask its approaching armada.
 
2014-08-06 02:47:29 PM  
This would be an opportune time to invade ... quietly.
 
2014-08-06 02:47:43 PM  

durbnpoisn: So how's that going? Anything promising?


Still chugging along.  I admit, I've moved some of my resources over to other distributed computing projects like Einstein@home and folding@home.  They aren't as much fun, but a lot more practical.
 
2014-08-06 02:48:13 PM  

durbnpoisn: I really do feel that absolute proof - 100% proof - of extra terrestrial intelligence, will be the single most important and profound discovery in history.  And I would love to see the religious people crap their pants over it!


They'll just adjust and carry on, like Jehova's Witnesses did when their Armageddon prophecy date passed - they declared that it actually happened, without anyone noticing, and now we're in the End Times.

If religious beliefs had to adjust to accomodate observable reality, they wouldn't be religious beliefs
 
2014-08-06 02:52:20 PM  

ReverendJynxed: The aliens probably started the fires to mask its approaching armada.


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of alien armadillos! OH NOES!
 
2014-08-06 02:55:57 PM  

durbnpoisn: fireclown: That's just the telescopes, right?  The data from Aricebo will still be farmed out to the distributed computing scene?  'Cause I just got a new graphics card.

I did that for a bunch of years.  I had the app running on like 1 Mac, 2 Linux, and 3 Windows machines, all at once.  This was like 15 years ago.

Never found anything.  Go figure.

So how's that going?  Anything promising?

Now...  To the nerdy science side of things.  I hope everyone realizes that radio waves don't travel very fast.  Not nearly as fast as light even in a vacuum. Assuming light is the benchmark, it would take 12 years at the least for a radio signal to reach us, and that's assuming that the wikipedia entry for the closest possible Earth-like candidate is inhabited.
It's more likely that any such planet is a helluva lot further than that.  And considering the distance the signal would have to travel, it's unikely that it would even be discernable.  That's also considering the incredible unlikelyhood that the radio signal was pointed this general direction, let alone directly at the Earth.


Er.... Radio waves are part of the electromagnetic spectrum. The only difference between radio waves and visible light is the frequency/wavelength. They do travel the speed of light. Light moves slower in a medium such as air or water, but in space radio waves travel 3X10^8 m/s just like visible light.
 
2014-08-06 03:11:09 PM  

LazyMedia: Hey, you SETI guys, you keep listening for ET. But you do NOT answer when he calls. Got that? If ET has interstellar spacecraft and shows up here, he will rape us to death, eat our flesh, and sew our skins into his clothing. And, if we're very, very lucky, he'll do it in that order


Did you see Alien? The humans responded to a beacon from an unknown planet despite not knowing who was calling them and for what purpose. The fact that they couldn't communicate with anyone didn't deter them from investigating. Of course it was all a setup from the beginning, but still I can imagine intelligent beings being moved to investigate our presence despite us not responding back.
 
2014-08-06 03:17:16 PM  

durbnpoisn: fireclown: That's just the telescopes, right?  The data from Aricebo will still be farmed out to the distributed computing scene?  'Cause I just got a new graphics card.

I did that for a bunch of years.  I had the app running on like 1 Mac, 2 Linux, and 3 Windows machines, all at once.  This was like 15 years ago.

Never found anything.  Go figure.

So how's that going?  Anything promising?

Now...  To the nerdy science side of things.  I hope everyone realizes that radio waves don't travel very fast.  Not nearly as fast as light even in a vacuum.  Assuming light is the benchmark, it would take 12 years at the least for a radio signal to reach us, and that's assuming that the wikipedia entry for the closest possible Earth-like candidate is inhabited.
It's more likely that any such planet is a helluva lot further than that.  And considering the distance the signal would have to travel, it's unikely that it would even be discernable.  That's also considering the incredible unlikelyhood that the radio signal was pointed this general direction, let alone directly at the Earth.

Just the same, I commend the concept.  Because I really do feel that absolute proof - 100% proof - of extra terrestrial intelligence, will be the single most important and profound discovery in history.  And I would love to see the religious people crap their pants over it!


The Catholic Church has already said that if there is alien life it is also part of God's creation and doesn't contradict any Church teachings.

/who knew they'd be on the leading edge?
 
2014-08-06 03:21:54 PM  

whither_apophis: durbnpoisn: fireclown: That's just the telescopes, right?  The data from Aricebo will still be farmed out to the distributed computing scene?  'Cause I just got a new graphics card.

I did that for a bunch of years.  I had the app running on like 1 Mac, 2 Linux, and 3 Windows machines, all at once.  This was like 15 years ago.

Never found anything.  Go figure.

So how's that going?  Anything promising?

Now...  To the nerdy science side of things.  I hope everyone realizes that radio waves don't travel very fast.  Not nearly as fast as light even in a vacuum.  Assuming light is the benchmark, it would take 12 years at the least for a radio signal to reach us, and that's assuming that the wikipedia entry for the closest possible Earth-like candidate is inhabited.
It's more likely that any such planet is a helluva lot further than that.  And considering the distance the signal would have to travel, it's unikely that it would even be discernable.  That's also considering the incredible unlikelyhood that the radio signal was pointed this general direction, let alone directly at the Earth.

Just the same, I commend the concept.  Because I really do feel that absolute proof - 100% proof - of extra terrestrial intelligence, will be the single most important and profound discovery in history.  And I would love to see the religious people crap their pants over it!

The Catholic Church has already said that if there is alien life it is also part of God's creation and doesn't contradict any Church teachings.

/who knew they'd be on the leading edge?


CS Lewis beat them to it, so protestants are covered too.


d.gr-assets.com
 
2014-08-06 03:31:55 PM  

ringersol: TFA: "To expect that E.T. will somehow reach out at this moment, that would be very bizarre."

For a SETI scientist to say this, is hilarious.


I'd say it's ironic...
 
2014-08-06 03:38:33 PM  

SnakeLee: The only scenario that could possibly happen is that we somehow signal another civilization that is super far away and we only get messages to each other once every century or thereabouts. The distances are just crazy.


This. Honestly, our only real hope for near-realtime communication is using something like a wormhole to get the radio signals there. Otherwise, it's just a mind-boggling distance. And frankly, if we have wormholes, we probably don't need the radio anyhow.
 
2014-08-06 04:23:40 PM  
I hope they checked their voice mail when they got back into the facility.

"..ice mail, stupid backw.... oh! Hello? Hey, uh, hi! It's George of Zanthar here... Sorry I missed you, we were gonna stop by and give you backwards folks some help with your technology, but, well... We're going to be back in a couple zargblats, that's only about 1300 of your years - we'll try again then! Bye!"
 
2014-08-06 09:03:49 PM  
"Mr. Shostak, your table at Milliways is ready.  Don't leave the gas on."
 
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