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The Bad Astronomer
2005-Oct-14, 10:02 PM
I just saw that we now have our 11,000th member (HotShot,for those keeping track at home).

Wow.

mickal555
2005-Oct-15, 01:24 AM
Wow... :) :)

Congradulations :)

Matthew
2005-Oct-15, 02:05 AM
IIRC that would mean 200-300 new members since the merge.

Fraser
2005-Oct-15, 02:18 AM
A little more than that. It looks like we're gaining about 600 members a month right now.

The Supreme Canuck
2005-Oct-15, 03:41 PM
Any idea how many of those 600 are active members?

Halcyon Dayz
2005-Oct-15, 07:29 PM
Circa one-third of all members have never posted.

Fraser
2005-Oct-15, 07:45 PM
That's pretty normal. Maybe we have a few dozen new regular posters.

cran
2005-Oct-15, 08:15 PM
11,000 netizens ... does that make BAUT a cyber-city?
Gonna run for mayor, fraser?

damienpaul
2005-Oct-16, 03:06 AM
struth, the population of this board is 11 times the population of the town that I live in and approximately 2.2 times the town i work in (and a staggering 88 times the population of the school I work in)

mickal555
2005-Oct-16, 07:29 AM
wow- makes you think.

Thats.... 11 times the poulation of my school

Andromeda321
2005-Oct-16, 05:14 PM
1k more than all the students at my university... and that counts all the grad students!

The Supreme Canuck
2005-Oct-16, 05:18 PM
4500 less than my university.

Fraser
2005-Oct-16, 05:36 PM
It's 3K less than the population of my home town.

SolusLupus
2005-Oct-16, 08:27 PM
Yay! I'm people!

Er... I didn't say anything. Honest!

pumpkinpie
2005-Oct-17, 01:41 PM
That's 11,000 times the population of me!

Candy
2005-Oct-17, 02:24 PM
That's 11,000 times the population of me!
Your little, you better multiple that by 2. ;)

SolusLupus
2005-Oct-17, 08:35 PM
Size has a bearing on how you're counted in population? :o

GSii
2005-Oct-17, 08:57 PM
11.000 is nearly 1.000 more than the town I'm living in. And a mighty power to bring the bad astronomy / universe today space to the rest of the world ...

crosscountry
2005-Oct-18, 02:59 AM
I'm 5479. That's about halfway right :clap:

damienpaul
2005-Oct-18, 10:50 AM
my home town has 1088, my work town has 4909

Laguna
2005-Oct-18, 12:25 PM
That's 47.8 times the population of my town (230 people).

rahuldandekar
2005-Oct-18, 12:41 PM
Well... looks like we're growing fast! Three cheers to BAUT!
Let's get more of them to post, whaddaya say?
Maybe redirect them to a introduce yourself, or maybe some topic that everyone likes, just after they register, to encourage them to post.

mcsejung
2005-Oct-18, 12:52 PM
With 11,000 folks to draw from, one would think we could build our own observatory. With this many knowledgeable people we could self "open source" it and build it from raw materials. Can anybody get their hands on some optical grade sand?

Argos
2005-Oct-18, 01:00 PM
Itīs almost a nation. (http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/nr.html)

SolusLupus
2005-Oct-18, 01:43 PM
Ooo, our own observatory sounds fun...

Though I might be interested in working on other things. Hmm... an owned library, for instance, full of articles and ideas... hmm...

Maybe make our own publishing house, too.

The Supreme Canuck
2005-Oct-18, 06:48 PM
Well, why not? We should branch out. We have a bunch of smart, able, motivated people here. Let's do something with them.

Fraser
2005-Oct-18, 07:18 PM
Phil and I have been throwing some ideas about this back and forth. I'll try and give some additional details once we've worked them out. Sorry to be secret and mysterious. :-)

The Supreme Canuck
2005-Oct-18, 10:45 PM
Hey, no problem. It is your show, after all.

damienpaul
2005-Oct-19, 09:05 AM
Phil and I have been throwing some ideas about this back and forth. I'll try and give some additional details once we've worked them out. Sorry to be secret and mysterious. :-)

sounds exciting!!!

adam_ghy
2005-Oct-19, 09:05 AM
Hey, check this...Its about 262 times my class size...Wow

Matthew
2005-Oct-19, 10:43 AM
Its only 1/363rd of my home town. Its a city. Melbourne.

Ken Vogt
2005-Oct-19, 11:06 AM
Phil and I have been throwing some ideas about this back and forth. I'll try and give some additional details once we've worked them out. Sorry to be secret and mysterious. :-)
Maybe an observatory that BAUT members could use by remote control? I'd contribute money for that. :)

azazul
2005-Oct-19, 11:10 AM
Since we are large enough to have our own nation as Argos pointed out above, maybe we should create a new monetary system based on the baut. Where 1 baut is equal to 10 US dollars.

mcsejung
2005-Oct-19, 11:47 AM
Phil and I have been throwing some ideas about this back and forth. I'll try and give some additional details once we've worked them out. Sorry to be secret and mysterious. :-)

Very Great!

So what kinds of Raw Materials would we need to start collecting, while you two bounce your brains together?

Optical Grade Sand - Sounds like a beach in Florida, we have people there.
Concrete - More sand and stones, rocks, whatever, from almost anywhere, we have people there too.
Steel - hmmm tricky, from the rust belt, we have people there too.
Computer Software - I wonder if anybody has access to a computer, from anywhere there is electricity, we have people there too.

Now once we have the glass, I think we could all start grinding and polishing a 36 inch round. (While we are ginding it, it could double as a living room coffee table.)

Hmmm, 11,000 - 36 inch rounds would give us HOW big of a segmented reflector?

Ok, everybody that has free access to this stuff, mail it to Phil and Fraser.
I'm glad I could get the ball rolling.

azazul
2005-Oct-19, 11:53 AM
I've got dibs on the computer access.

SolusLupus
2005-Oct-19, 01:26 PM
Wait, you guys are serious? o.o 'cause if you are... :D :D :D

crosscountry
2005-Oct-19, 01:41 PM
Ok, everybody that has free access to this stuff, mail it to Phil and Fraser.
I'm glad I could get the ball rolling.


I'll donate my share of sand. then I'll mail it to either Phil or Fraser, whomever wants it.


I suggest we all donate enough sand for a 36inch round.:D

Tim Thompson
2005-Oct-19, 02:07 PM
11,000 members. Now that's impressive. If 11,000 have gone through the registration process, how many more are lurking around, quietly watching & learning? I was active on the BA board, before being invited to stick my nose into UT and finding I did not have time for both. The merger has solved that problem. So I don't just do this for the posters with whom I interact, but also for those anonymous members & lurkers, who can use this as a valuable resource (most of my messages are in the "Against the Mainstream (http://www.bautforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=17)" section, where I am not ashamed to be a mainstreamer). I would say that Fraser & BA have accomplished something here.

SolusLupus
2005-Oct-19, 02:41 PM
Something I've always found odd:

Just because you have a theory that's against the mainstream, doesn't necessarily mean you're against the mainstream as a person, right? I mean, if all you do is come up with theories that go against the mainstream, I guess you would be..

But surely the mainstream can't be wrong all the time :P There's a reason why "mainstream" is basically synonymous with "common belief/knowledge"