|I am a 58 year old man living in the beautiful Hudson Valley in New York State. I am a Network Technician for the local County government. I enjoy listening to Jazz, "Classic" Rock, American Folk music, and Blues. I have been known to play some folk guitar from time to time. I like to read and view Science Fiction, Science Fact, and some Mystery. In my "spare" time I enjoy sailing on the Hudson River, brewing my own ale, mead, and cider, and astronomy, not necessarily in that order. I am a member of the local historical society, the local homebrewer's club, a couple of local environmental groups, the local astronomy club, and the Planetary Society. I have always believed that there is intelligent live out there somewhere, and am extremely proud to help find it. Since I was a child I have wanted to work on the space project. I think that SETI@home is probably the only chance I will have to fulfill this life long desire.|
|Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home|
|1. There has to be some other life out there somewhere. I think that we will find it in a more basic form than ourselves. Like microbial. Benefits of this discovery are endless. Dangers are few to none. Our society has always explored its environs. I am rather dissapointed that my government has chose to spend so little on its space program. If we are to find some solution to our problems on our planet, we might well find them out in space. We should, as a society spend every effort we can to clean up this planet, and colonize other planets, as our ancestors have. Maybe a whole lot more humanely than our ancestors, but we should do it none the less.|
2. We should send a beacon for others to find, on the order of what was sent out on the Voyager missions of the 70s.
3. I run SETI@home to contribute my computers' unused cycles to better understand the universe in which we live. I think that the project is one of the best bets that we have to contact another civilization. I joined the Planetary Society for this reason. I also hope that they can lobby our government into spending lots and lots more on projects like SAH, and future exploration of space. Our future generations will depend on it.
Maybe you folks at Berkeley could help convince the administration that this project and others like are worth more than big tax write offs to big buisness.
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