Actually, I answer to Bob. KICKS is the license plate on one of my Corvettes. Thus, Kicksvette became my screen name years ago. That's also a tie in to my summertime hobby. If it's warm and dry I can be found with the top down enjoying a cruise night or attending a race or show. When snow hits the Windy City suburbs I retreat to the basement for some model railroading. Beyond that I also manage to have fun wasting time with photography, bicycling, computers, home improvements and watching NASCAR. I'm happily divorced, have 2 lovely daughters and I get paid by Snail Mail.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
As a child I used to sit out in the yard at night and stare into the sky and wonder. Science and science fiction both caught my interest. And the more we learn about science, the more plausible some of the fiction becomes. Are we alone? I hope not. That would truly be a waste of this vast universe. If we don't self-destruct, contact with ET becomes our future. It may already be a part of our history. As for sending out a beacon, we've been doing that since Marconi fired up the first radio. I just worry that our first impression to another intelligent life form may be a 3 Stooges rerun. Running S@H is, as Spock would say, logical. It provides a way to perform research that would otherwise be cost and time prohibitive. It also gives my computer something to do when I'm not aimlessly surfing. And should I find something.... :-)