I am a retired graphics artist with a masters degree in geology and a specialty in Biostratigraphy/Paleontology. I currently run a B+B that lets you dig dinosaurs as part of the deal. I even spent a few years as a cop. For 10 years I was the CEO of a high technology computer operation in Jackson Hole Wyoming. I beat the real estate bubble bust and sold all those businesses in 1999, moved 40 miles from the nearest town and 14 miles from an asphalt road. I just can't keep a job.
We live on and own a 3000 acre cattle ranch on the Wyoming/Montana border that may be seen at www.wyomingdinosaurs.com . I personally belong to many organizations including: Mensa, Intertel, American Quarter Horse Association, the Paleontological Society, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the NRA (life), the American Numismatic Association (life), and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (life).I am currently involved in Emergency response and am an EMT first responder.
My hobbies are: astronomy, lead delivery systems, reloading, training working dogs (Airedales), minerals, fossils, numismatics, machinery, emergency medicine and serious jeeps. We either jeep, ride ATV's or motorcycles every day up here in the back country.
I currently have a farm of 8 PC's and 7 Macintoshs doing SETI @home computations which complete about 13000 work units per average day spread around my ranch headquarters. The Mac xeon dual quad processor machines kick butt.. Can't wait to get the quad xeon version.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I run SETI@HOME because it is a good use for the misc computers left over from my computer addiction. Cooperative computing is where it is at.
As a earth scientist, I will tell you that life certainly exists on other planets. How advanced are they is another question. I suspect that for two civilizations to just happen to be in the exact same level of expertise of radio communication is fairly low. It is not impossible however. They may communicate with light in a very directional manner as well. The radio spectrum may be useless to them. It is certainly worth the look however.
Make the new BOINC interface more interesting graphically.