F@H: Featured Folder - Akely
Posted on Monday, December 22 @ 00:00:00 PST by FatherTyme
Happy Monday folks! I wish all of you a very wonderful holiday season, and hope that this Featured Folder interview (even though it's a cat), kicks this week off nicely! So, before you jump straight into the chase, sit back, kick up your paws, and give a nice warm welcome to our feline friend, Akely!
Nattiebo: So,... Give us some details about yourself... - Age, Sex, Student/Career?
Akely: I'm still 37. I kind of like being 37, and plan to stay this age for several years. I'm male and also plan to stay so. I work at an air force base. I've been in the service since 1988, mostly doing stuff in the "War & Suffering Department" and Military Police duty. But since the base is closing and we no longer train any (conscript) troops I've been switched to running the garrisons intranet. It is mostly fun, even if sitting in an office is alien to me. I miss the mud at times.
Nattiebo: Please elaborate on your plan to stay 37... How does that work because I'm kind of diggin' 25!
Nattiebo: Easy. No birthday celebrations. I figure if I have no birthday party I do not have a birthday. Therefore I do not get older. Looks good on paper.
Nattiebo: Do you have any hobbies or interests other than computers?
Akely: The Flea is pretty cool to play with, so she is Number One. But that's family. Other stuff I do is role playing games, the old pen-and-paper kind. We're a bunch of old farts that try to get together every Wednesday night for a couple of hours.
Too much money is plowed down into HiFi stuff. At least Flea says so. I try to spend a lot of time listening to music or watching movies.
I ride, and often crash, a mountain bike too. Very convenient thing since we have no car.
Nattiebo: What is your favorite movie? Music genre??
Akely: There are many movies I like. Picking favorites is impossible. Some that I do like a lot is Hellraiser , Se7en and The Seventh Seal . Almost all John Carpenter movies are worthwhile, especially his earlier ones.
Music is almost impossible for me to pick anything favorite. My collection starts on ABBA and Ends with ZZ Top. I listen to classical, metal, jazz, opera, punk... and so on. If you want me to recommend something Swedish and good: Opeth.
Nattiebo: Is crashing a mountain bike a cat-like thing to do?
Akely: Probably not. Come to think of it: I rarely land on my feet. Strange. Perhaps it is due to my tail often getting stuck in the rear wheel.
Nattiebo: How did you get the name Akely, Akely?
Akely: The name originates from an H. P. Lovecraft novel. I used it in a role-playing game about 20 years ago. It was such a memorable character that the name stuck.
Nattiebo: When did you become a Folding freak?
Akely: I'm not sure. Been at it about five months I think.
Nattiebo: Where did you learn to Fold (or first hear about it)?
Akely: At www.littleblackdog.com. Of course. :)
Nattiebo: Do you have a favorite protein?
Akely:That would be the one I can eat. Or are there proteins in beer? If there are, those are my favorite ones. Project 638, 639 and 692 seems to be the Folding proteins I usually end up with.
Nattiebo: On how many machines are you currently Folding?
Akely: 10 at the moment. One is a hyperthreading P4 so it's 11 jobs running. All of them are running 24/7. It perhaps sounds like a lot. But only two of the machines are P4s. Three are P3s. There are two P2s and three Pentiums. The Pentiums rarely produce results on time. Ah well...
Nattiebo: Are you an overclocking "Freak" on your machines?
Akely: Yes. Generally I overclock about 10-15 % on those machines it is possible to do so on.
Nattiebo: Do you use any of the Folding add-ons to keep track of stats?
Akely: Electron Microscope is always running.
Nattiebo: What do you personally hope to accomplish by Folding?
Akely: Just knowing that I perhaps can help curing Alzheimer, cancer and other deceases feels rewarding to me. I've lost close friends to cancer and other deceases. It is something I feel I, and everybody, could be without.
Nattiebo: Have you participated in or would you ever consider any other computing distributions?
Akely: I've run SETI for years. I still do on some machines that is impossible to connect to the Internet.
Nattiebo: What is the most exciting aspect about the LWD folding team?
Akely: I guess it's the good natured competitiveness in the team. Another major thing is the great stats that Toast and lately Hummer have supplied.
Nattiebo: Who is currently your biggest Folding competition? Any people you would like to pass or ward off in the near future?
Akely: I promised a LWD donation ($20) if Hummer010, Jay-C and Pakiii where all before me by Christmas Eve. It is in this thread. Looks like I get to keep my money, because Hummer010 is behind. ***Small evil dance with obscene gestures edited out rof PG-13 rating***
A wet dream is getting enough power to pass that little SuperDwarf. He sure has gotten those little legs of his pedaling lately. Bah.
I'm also trying to pass Therapist and Kligenthatl BEFORE TheMightyHunter passes me. I visit Foldingatwork.com quite often to check up on the stats. It is a great site that allows you to check on how long it is before you pass (or is passed by) someone. Like this, for example. Great for checking any races.
Nattiebo: What does your significant other or good friends think about your Folding habits?
Akely: The Flea likes it and feels she also is a part of it. Most others don't really get it.
Nattiebo: Does she have an account as well or do you use your account together?
Akely: We share the account. The Flea isn't exactly computer savvy, nor does she aspire to be. Using Word and playing the Sims is what she does with the computers.
Nattiebo: Have you had any success in recruiting people to LWD?
Akely: I've recruited some friends, mostly from the old SETI team. Most of them are of the kind that turn off their computers when they don't actively use it. Weird, huh?
Nattiebo: How did you find LWD in the first place?
Akely: Don't remember exactly. I suppose it was a Google search on some hardware. I usually do too many of those.
Nattiebo: If you could improve or change anything about the Folding@Home Project, what would it be?
Akely: I'd like to be able to Fold on machines that never can be hooked up to the Internet. We have a lot of those machines at work. And I think I perhaps could use some of them. There are such programs for SETI, SETIHide, for example.
Nattiebo: What do you think the best thing is about LWD?
Akely: For me LWD and LBD (and the LWD Chat)is pretty much the same thing. The LWD has articles/news/links that are on my level of experience. LBD I like a lot. It's one of the few forums I go to that people act responsibly in. Well... almost all and almost always. People are helpful and kind. That occasionally brings out some niceness in me too. And I like that. There are to many people on my A-list to mention here, you all know who you are peeps!
Nattiebo: So without LWD/LBD influence would you be another one of those evil cats that gives felines a bad rep?
Akely: Erm... Yes.
Nattiebo: Are you at least declawed?
Akely: No. De-clawing is a heinous act. It should be punishable by having ones nails ripped out. De-clawing is almost as bad as hunting wolves - another of my favorite animals.
Nattiebo: Well, thanks letting us get to know you a little better. Do you have any final comments (free reign here)?
Akely: Life is like hockey: you don't deserve to score. You just make it happen.
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