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F@H: Featured CaptMorgan - Monday, February 2, 2004 – CaptMorgan
Posted on Monday, February 02 @ 00:15:05 PST by FatherTyme

Monday greetings to you all. I hope this interview brings some excitement into your lives on this otherwise depressing day of the first day after the Superbowl where you have to wait several months to watch football again! We have just the man to cheer you dogs (and cats) up today! So I’ll shut up now and get on with the interview. Here is… CaptMorgan!

Nattiebo: Aye, CaptMorgan,… Give us some details about yourself… - Age, Sex, Student/Career?
CaptMorgan: Sure. I’m 35 (damn, that old already?), normal American male, and I work at a major retailer as a Systems Architect for their stores. It’s cool because I help make decisions on the software and hardware for the company. I also own my own business doing computer work (repairs, installation, websites, consulting..)

Nattiebo: Do you have any hobbies or interests other than computers?

CaptMorgan: Yep a few that seem to occupy my time. I work with a band, Catz Ass ( www.catzass.com ), I play golf, ski, and bowl. That pretty much takes up all my time.

Nattiebo: After your first answer, I was surprised that you have the time to have the hobbies! What kind of cool things do you do with Catz Ass? What type of music is it?

CaptMorgan: Yeah, that’s what my girlfriend says! Somehow I manage to find the time for everything. Sleep is so overrated. I do the Catz Ass website (along with a couple bars we play), I do their photography (2 great digital cameras & 1 Camcorder that I use), help manage them, play enforcer (for the girls) and just started playing saxophone on a couple songs. They play everything from Neil Diamond to the latest rock ‘n’ roll. We’ve also put out 2 CD’s. It’s really a great time with the band.

Nattiebo: Your favorite Neil Diamond song?

CaptMorgan: Well, I’m not a Neil Diamond fan, the band just plays it. But, if I had to choose, I would say either “Love on the Rocks” or “Cherry, Cherry”.

Nattiebo: How did you get the name CaptMorgan?

CaptMorgan: Well, I got it from this group of people I hang out with from work. We started going on ski & canoe trips about 11 years ago and my favorite drink is Captain Morgan & Coke. I guess they put two and two together and it stuck.

Nattiebo: Have you ever gone to the dark side and had Bacardi?

CaptMorgan: Funny. I have tried Bacardi, and I resort to that when there is no more Captain Morgan left. It’s ok, it’s just not Captain Morgan.

Nattiebo: Is your girlfriend a big fan of the Captain as well?

CaptMorgan: By that, do you mean me, or the drink?  She loves me (I think), but her fondness for alcohol is more in the wine area. She likes all kinds of wines.

Nattiebo: When did you become a Folding freak?

CaptMorgan: When I realized I couldn’t compete in SETI.  Actually, it was a couple years ago.

Nattiebo: Where did you learn to Fold (or first hear about it)?

CaptMorgan: From littlewhitedog. The team was just starting and I knew if I got in on the ground floor, I could be one of the top and hopefully make a difference in the cure of many diseases.

Nattiebo: How often are you able to check the Folding news?

CaptMorgan: Well, I was checking it at least once a day, but like I said, I fell off for a month or so. I’m back to checking it at least once a day. It breaks up my day at work.

Nattiebo: Do you ever read up on the proteins you are folding, and if so, do you have a favorite protein?

CaptMorgan: Yikes. I have only read up on a couple proteins. I know I should read more on it, but I haven’t, sorry.

Nattiebo: On how many machines are you currently Folding?

CaptMorgan: About 5 machines. (2) PIII 866 dual-cpu machines, a HT 2.6GHZ P4, a Dual PIII 1Ghz, and a P4 2.6 Ghz

Nattiebo: Are you an overclocking "Freak" on your machines?

CaptMorgan: Naw. I used to overclock a bit and still have a Celeron 300a overclocked to 450, but I chose stable over cutting edge.

Nattiebo: Do you use any of the Folding add-ons to keep track of stats?

CaptMorgan: I tried EMIII one time, but I have machines in different locations, so I just check on them once in awhile and hope for the best now.

Nattiebo: What do you personally hope to accomplish by Folding?

CaptMorgan: I’d like to be one of the people that found a cure for cancer. I’ve had too many relatives die from it and I know there has to be a cure.

Nattiebo: Have you participated in or would you ever consider any other computing distributions?

CaptMorgan: Yep, I did SETI for a long time. I’m not sure what else is really out there now.

Nattiebo: What is the most exciting aspect about the LWD folding team?

CaptMorgan: The great people we have at LWD and the fact that I am in 3rd place doesn’t hurt. 

Nattiebo: Any plans to take steps to get closer to that number 1 spot?

CaptMorgan: And overtake bathomps? Never happen in my lifetime. I have thought about putting some more machines in use and taking back my #2 spot from Fido (he passed me about 6 months ago I think). It’s a possibility…

Nattiebo: What does your significant other or good friends think about your Folding habits?

CaptMorgan: Oh they don’t like it. I have friends that think it is spyware, that someone is really using it to get data from my computer. My girlfriend thinks it’s ok, but she doesn’t want to do it.

Nattiebo: Have you had any success in recruiting people to LWD?

CaptMorgan: Not really. I’ve tried and I know they surf the site, but I don’t know any that have registered.

Nattiebo: How did you find LWD in the first place?

CaptMorgan: Good question. I don’t remember. I stuck with it, because it is located in my state and I thought it was full of a lot of good info.

Nattiebo: If you could improve or change anything about the Folding@Home Project, what would it be?

CaptMorgan: Actually, things have improved. It used to be if you terminated the folding program, your work units would be corrupt. They’ve really worked on that and I can’t think of anything that I would improve. Except maybe to have cool certificates like SETI did. 

Nattiebo: Was it a tough adjustment when you first started Folding to jump into a project that didn’t have as much feedback as SETI has?

CaptMorgan: Yeah, actually it was. But, I started when Fido started the LWD team and the people on the forums were great and exchanged info, showed us where info could be gotten, etc… So, it wasn’t that bad.

Nattiebo: What do you think the best thing is about LWD?

CaptMorgan: The great people there. And the way that they jump in and help and don’t expect anything out of it.

Nattiebo: Well, thanks letting us get to know you a little better. Do you have any final comments (free reign here)?

CaptMorgan: Sure, if you are in the Metro Detroit area, check out one of the Catz Ass shows. (I’m sure I can come up with a couple more comments, I just need to run off to work…)



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