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 Post subject: Re: Roll Call! (or Who are you people?)
PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:39 pm 
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Hey this is pretty cool. I'm in NW Indiana, LemurWrangler looks like Chicago, Gero1369 Wisconsin and Full_Taoer somwehre in Indiana. Nice bunch of mid-westerners. How about you R3D? Anywhere between the Tigris and Euphrates?


I noticed Chicago too. I am about an hour 45 mins west of Chicago.

Haha, nice. Good down to earth folks from fly-over country keeping it together. Oh and L1vingStone is from Minnesota (L1vingStone, L1vingStone? You all right, buddy? Getting worried.)


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 Post subject: Re: Roll Call! (or Who are you people?)
PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 6:37 am 
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Very cool! Grew up in The Region, but have been putting down roots in Chi-town for a while now.

So, in this extended metaphor, is the Euphrates the Mississippi River and the Tigris the Ohio River?!?!? Please don't tell me that the Tigris is supposed to be the Little Calumet River... :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 7:13 am 
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I'm from the Milwaukee area, so pretty close to Chi-town too! We head to Schaumberg twice a year or so for visiting relatives. I may eventually try hitting the Fry's or whatever in the Chicago area for my eventual next build (whenever that may be).


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Any time I go to Shaumburg I have to get some Cheesecake Factory! I've made a few roadtrips out there just for a slice, and that's like an hour 15 mins or so. The vanilla bean is AMAZING!

I also went to school in Milwaukee, if only for a year. MSOE. It was a fun experience, but I needed to switch majors, and that was way to pricy of a school to be searching for what I wanted to do.


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I also went to MSOE for a year ('99-'00), then MATC for many years. No degree yet, but I do OK. Good thing web development is hot ;) I also do odds and ends stuff for some $$ when I make time, but I mostly don't.


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Not a lifelong Region Rat, I was born in Virginia, but spent my youth in rural Illinois i.e., not Chicago. (Livingston, La Salle, Grundy county area). Been here the majority of my life though.

I really wasn't sure where I was going with that Fertile Crescent bit, I had a vague idea of the mid-west being fertile land and contrasting mid-west against Middle East, but yeah, Mississippi and Ohio crossed my mind as our two rivers. Sometimes you have to overlook me; I'm subject to say any damn-fool thing.

There's a Fry's in Downer's Grove (which is cool, I thought the closest one to me was by Indianapolis). Sounds like the makings of a Team 11108 field trip. Cheesecake and computers.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 2:45 pm 
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crwlngkngsnk wrote:
...I'm in NW Indiana, LemurWrangler looks like Chicago, Gero1369 Wisconsin and Full_Taoer somewhere in Indiana...

I'm in the East Central part of Indiana. Definitely a nice cluster. :mrgreen:

My folding got started innocently enough when I finally broke down and got internet in my home. Living a half block from the library made it easy to just go there when I wanted to search something up. About the same time, I purchased the laptop I'm writing this on and decided to see what folding was about. The bug hit and I was due (overdue, really) for a new desktop. At that time, quad-core with hyper-threading bought you entry into the world of BigAdv. Between that and a couple of video cards, I made my way into the Top 100 and even sneaked into the Top 20 Producers off and on. Unfortunately, my wife had a health setback and I had to scale back the folding. Eventually, I gave up my desktop to her when her's crapped out. Between cost of folding and her games interfering with production, I finally gave up. At some point, I will return to folding, but that schedule is undetermined as of now.

My wife and I celebrated our Silver anniversary a few months ago, so I have been blessed in that regard. I work for a manufacturing company (over 21 years) and made my way from a floor worker, to a training coordinator, to now working as an industrial engineer. Not bad for a schmuck with no college experience, eh? :P


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 Post subject: Re: Roll Call! (or Who are you people?)
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Wow, that's pretty cool Full_Taoer (great nick by the way). Congrats on the anniversary, that's pretty special. So is the career path. I wonder how able someone would be now to follow a similar trajectory. I wasn't sure if we would hear anything from you here. Most of the old hands don't bother. Not that I blame them, but you can never go home again. I figure everybody has a point at which life or finances move them out from the Fold, so to speak. Hey, you've done your bit (but y'know, if/when you start again, we need all the points we can get. The new Maxwell based cards from NVIDIA look poised to have great price/performance). Hope everything is good on the homefront, healthwise and sundry.


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Such interesting folks around here! And, I could definitely get behind a field trip for cheesecake and computers! I'm more of a Dutch Apple Caramel Streusel cheesecake sort of guy, but at that place it's tough to go wrong with most anything on their menu.


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 Post subject: Re: Roll Call! (or Who are you people?)
PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:04 pm 
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Looks like we need a west cost representative.

Started life in OC California, living now in Phoenix Arizona. Got the nick name Easye from some work friends, because I would choose to sit back and try and understand a problem instead of act on it. Did not work well in a fast paced manufacturing environment but I am a believer in haste makes waste. Years later I am called Mr. Wizard or Dick depending on what they want. :-)

I was always interested in computers first one was a vic20, moved into the C64D, The first computer I build on my own was a 386DX the investment was so I could play games (wing commander, X-wing, Tie-Fighter, Ultima underground) I saved for months just so I could buy a sound card.

I am currently still in AZ, and work in manufacturing as a controls (electrical) engineer, no official education, but have automated machines that make products that we all use. My wife and I have two foster kids, a girl and a boy.

I play the drums, some of my influence are: Rush, DreamTheater, Iron Maiden. I have a 12pcs. pearl drum set, that is a great stress release. I like to play to the radio sometimes too.

I got into folding for the most part because I saw my dad die from Parkinson, It is something that kills you way before you die. I saw him loose the ability to do everything he loved. The frustration and hate of his own body. His mind stopped him from living, I could see it was painful for him, he never gave up. I was by his bed when he could not even open his eyes, I would play his country music that he loved. He was unable to eat, or drink. We just watched him die.

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 Post subject: Re: Roll Call! (or Who are you people?)
PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:11 am 
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Wow, EasyE, your post resonated on so many levels with me. Thank you for such a deeply personal and meaningful post. A couple mantras that I carry with me (that might resonate with you) are:

"Seek first to understand, and then to be understood." -Stephen R. Covey

"Judge a man by his question, rather than his answer." -Voltaire


Also, thank you for sharing about your dad. I found it incredibly powerful. It brought back many feelings about my mom, who passed just over 2 years ago. She developed an autoimmune disease that attacked her lungs over a period of 10 years that started with a little cough. Watching the disease affect not only her lungs but bones, liver, cardiovascular and neurological systems broke my heart, but she never let you know she was suffering. The entire time, she showed the quiet stubbornness that she had her entire life, like in the small town (not that there are any large towns...) in Montana where she grew up and her grammar school teachers told her that her career paths included becoming a nun or housewife, and her college professors asked her why she was taking such difficult classes for a woman, and that she was taking up a seat for a male student. She ended up being the first woman from the college to graduate with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering, and then went on to earn a Masters in the same field. I am certain that she responded with the same sweet and warm smile to those naysayers as she did up to the end, as if she knew that everything was going to work out, despite the challenge and suffering that she endured.

What is beautiful about science is that the answers it develops place no limit to the scope of questions that can be asked of them. As we begin to understand the mechanisms and structure/function relationships of these proteins in the context of the disease in question, there is nothing to say that those results won't prompt questions in other fields of medicine that rest on the dynamic interactions of DNA-->Protein-->Trait. This is why I fold.


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 Post subject: Re: Roll Call! (or Who are you people?)
PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:23 am 
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crwlngkngsnk wrote:
Wow, that's pretty cool Full_Taoer (great nick by the way). Congrats on the anniversary, that's pretty special. So is the career path. I wonder how able someone would be now to follow a similar trajectory. I wasn't sure if we would hear anything from you here. Most of the old hands don't bother. Not that I blame them, but you can never go home again. I figure everybody has a point at which life or finances move them out from the Fold, so to speak. Hey, you've done your bit (but y'know, if/when you start again, we need all the points we can get. The new Maxwell based cards from NVIDIA look poised to have great price/performance). Hope everything is good on the homefront, healthwise and sundry.


Hey snake,

Good observation, I think. Life (work/health) pulled me out of Folding for a significant stretch (years). I wasn't happy about it, but lack of time/funds made the decision for me. When Rose & Gordon passed, I was compelled to do something, and seeing as I had to replace a dying home pc anyway, I decided to go with what was MaxPC's budget build at the time, so as to allow sufficient flexibility to game (son), check email/surf (wife/daughter), and Fold (me).

I think in years' past I may have maxed out at around 10K PPD during the Mighty Marathon, and it took getting everything I had set-up to Fold: desktops, laptops, several office pc's, a couple of friends' pc's, the toaster, microwave, blender... Now I have just the one desktop build (quad core + 7770), and at the moment an i7 office laptop with a lamer vid card folding (temporarily) - combined, when I am home to maintain them, they total close to 30K PPD.

My basement, affectionately know as "The Cave" (since where else would a "monster" live but in a cave), used to house so many machines that it was hard to walk around without tripping over Cat5 cables - now, after the flood, it's nearly bare, except for the HD projector & a couch - and I manage almost 3 times my Marathon PPD at just a fraction of the power usage and real estate footprints.

Maybe some of the old timers will pop in for a shout-out. It looks like several of them are still folding, albeit at much reduced rates.

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 Post subject: Re: Roll Call! (or Who are you people?)
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I've been a member of MAXPC forums for quite some time but only reading and seldom posting.

I recently decided (out of boredom) to start folding again after a long layoff.

I've been working with mainframe computers since 1967 after I completed my army service.

I worked my way up from "control Clerk" all the way to "Systems Engineer" to finally owning my own consulting company.

I retired back in December 2000 after my third auto accident when I was rear ended sitting at a stop light.

I once served as a "systems Specialist" at a major telecom company where I did dual duty as a "PC Coordinator" along with my other duties.

I have built literally dozens of machines over the years and my current stable has been downsized from 10 machines (when I was doing the "United Devices) research to only two remaining.

My current stable consists of #1 AMD 8350 processor with a Geforce 760 video card and #2 an AMD 1090 processor with a very poor quality video card which serves as my media server and HTPC.

I am seriously thinking about upgrading the HTPC to a much better video card and processor.


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 Post subject: Re: Roll Call! (or Who are you people?)
PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:33 pm 
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Hey dglang,

What handle did you fold under previously?

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 Post subject: Re: Roll Call! (or Who are you people?)
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Nice to hear from you dg. Hopefully you get folding more soon :P

How's that retired life? Hopefully keeping you busy enough. Being a Veteran retiree (in both senses), your budget may be better than many retirees, but if you don't mind, I'll recommend a site to you (and everyone else on earth, over and over): Mr. Money Mustache.com. I recommend it to absolutely everyone due to the sheer badassery and plain awesomeness that comes from it. Most people find at least some useful things in it and I just love recommending it.

Easy & Lemur, I thank you for your powerful stories and insights. Life is certainly, at times, an adventure, roller coaster, and slog to make it through, but we're still here and we can hope to do good while it lasts. My grandma passed away recently so your stories, along with the countless others that have been shared here and elsewhere, resonate especially well with me at this time. Things aren't nearly as bad for me as they are for my mom, aunts and uncles. I can't even fathom the intense heartache and loss that they must be feeling. Yet, I know that someday the same will end up happening to me, as it has for the vast majority of people throughout history. That thought is of little comfort for a grieving individual, but it is still true. Everyone before has been able to pick up the pieces and move on. It's all part of the process. Life marches on.

Kind-of a downer. Here's something much happier:
http://youtu.be/cw2egW_HxTU

Old, but fun and cool:
http://youtu.be/RbsVATiVekc


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Posting another reply since this is interesting.

I am hackman2007 and have been around here for quite a while but unfortunately have resorted to lurking in the past couple of years. I got in to FAH in 2005 with some assistance from other members here. As for work, I'm currently a system engineer at Cerner, a large EHR/EMR vendor based in Kansas City, Missouri.


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What?! We got the legendary and elusive hackman to come out of the woodwork? See, I told you guys this was gonna be awesome.


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LemurWrangler wrote:
Wow, EasyE, your post resonated on so many levels with me. Thank you for such a deeply personal and meaningful post. A couple mantras that I carry with me (that might resonate with you) are:

"Seek first to understand, and then to be understood." -Stephen R. Covey

"Judge a man by his question, rather than his answer." -Voltaire


Thanks LemurWrangler,

Great Quotes. :D


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crwlngkngsnk wrote:
What?! We got the legendary and elusive hackman to come out of the woodwork? See, I told you guys this was gonna be awesome.


Agreed, I learned a lot from hackman2007, and have helped many others from what I have learned from him.


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Should I feel bad for not knowing of the legend that is hackman?

...because I do. :cry:


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