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For the last few weeks, I have been on the phone and fax several times a day with either our case manager in the IRS or the state of New Jersey, trying to get SPARC its tax exempt status. In the process, I realized I'd forgotten to post about a good deed that I'd like all of you to join me in. For those of you not aware, there is a lovely program called BOINC ( that uses your spare CPU cycles and your screensaver to help do big things. For those of you old enough to remember those halcyon days shortly after Al Gore, blessings be upon him, created the internet, you saw it in its early form, when it was used as SETI, which helped us search for alien intelligence. Now we can use it for things like helping cure forms of cancer, finding new drugs, etc. I personally am connected to the World Community Grid ( in order to try to do good things. I ask all of you to consider downloading BOINC, and, if you can find it in your hearts, connect to the World Community Grid, which seems to be doing a lot of good work. If you don't feel comfortable creating a new account there, I will temporarily lend you my account information long enough to connect you to them. If you do feel comfortable joining, and wish to go a step beyond being an individual user, I have set up a team page for SPARC, which I invite you to join. Most people I know use their computers fairly often (and hey, if you're reading this, chances are you're on a computer right now). You can easily set the program to use a very minimal amount of CPU cycles if you're worried about it slowing down your computer at all, but every little bit helps. Even if you don't do it, thank you for at least taking the time to read this.


ETA: If you've signed up already, is the link to the team, and if you haven't, and are curious, will let you sign up and automatically enter you into the team.
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