Profile: Robert T Turner (aka Ryn Covine)


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Personal background
I am a 53-y/o, male, critical care paramedic employed by Carter County Rescue Squad and a former volunteer paramedic and lifetime member of both the Bristol Life Saving Crew and the Johnson City Emergency and Rescue Squad. I have been a participant with SETI@Home since Monday, January 3, 2000 @ 19:48:28 UTC (beginning my 14th year). I am married to Mary Morrison and we have two children: a son, William "Will" Theodore II, age 14, who has identified one candidate SETI@Home signal, and a daughter, Rachel Nicole, age 12.

I attended the launches of the Apollo-Soyuz project as well as Space Shuttle launches STS-1, STS-3, STS-8, the launch abort of mission 51-F and the last launch, STS-134. I have been interested in space exploration since the flight of Apollo 10 and followed closely each subsequent manned space flight as well as the general unmanned space science and exoplanetary search programs.

Totals for our 'Star Song Data Analysis Group,': tallies 2,932 work-units involving 116,614 hours (13 years, 110 days, 16 hours), 5 minutes, 52.8 seconds of C.P.U. time, as of Friday, December 25, 2005. As the ranking participant of the group, I have completed 2,847 work-units w/ 110,176 hours C.P.U. time. This places my effort ranked at 109,797th place out of 483,221 participants, having completed more work-units than 77.27831% of the other participants from SETI@Home Classic.

Star Song Data Analysis Group completed 165,781.56 work-units credit, ranked 30,228th out of 96,574 teams, more than 68.70069% of the other teams, as of October 6, 2012. In the United States, the Star Song Data Analysis Group ranked 8,942nd of 96,574 groups, ahead of 90.74181% of other U.S. groups. The group has completed 348,052 Cobblestones of computation (300.72 quadrillion floating-point operations) as of the aforementioned date.

As the only remaining member of the 'Star Song Data Analysis Group,' I continue the endeavor under the BIONC SETI@Home Enhanced system, having tallied a total credit of 958,639, placing my effort as 113,835th of 2,985,050 users, ahead of 96.18653% of other participants, as of Tuesday, October 14, 2014. I also rank in 67,741st place out of 552,227th United States participates, ahead of 82.54794%, as of Wednesday, March 20, 2013. I have completed 150,629 Cobblestones of computation (544.11 quadrillion floating-point operations) as of Wednesday, January 1, 2014.

I have also participated in the Einstein@Home project since Saturday, June 17, 2006, completing 15,161 work-units, ranking my effort as 93,199th out of 280,405 users, ahead of 66.7627% of other participants, as of Saturday, November 6, 2010.

May I recommend that everyone consider reading the 450-page, insightful, philosophical, scientific work by Michael A. G. Michaud, entitled "Contact with Alien Civilizations: Our Hopes and Fears about Encountering Extraterrestrials." Additionally, I recommend reading "Beyond Contact: A Guide to SETI and Communicating with Alien Civilizations," by Brian McConnell. Both titles give consideration to all the aspects of the SETI search efforts and is a fascinating read.

The exoplanet survey and search has done much to aid in the exploration of local star systems and determine the population of solar systems that may have viable ecosystems. I continue to keep my own database of exoplanets as information on these systems becomes available.

Good luck to everyone who, like us, has chosen to participate in this endeavor in the hopes of sharing the potentially profound achievement of 'First Contact.' One day our efforts will change our planet, forever.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
1. Definitely, extraterrestrial life must statistically exist in the vast expanse of the universe. As astronomical science discovers and charts solar systems, the argument is strengthened. As with any discovery or technical advance, there are benefits, dangers and social changes to be experienced from such an event. The gravity of which is beyond our comprehension.

2. Perhaps. The subject should be addressed after serious consideration as to the magnitude of the consequences. Then decide upon its content.

3. I run the SETI@Home program in order to be a part of this historic undertaking. It gives me the personal satisfaction to know that I was an active partner. The project should proceed over the course of many more years as on the cosmic scale, that scale is a mere blink of an eye. My suggestion is that with as many users that are active that there should be an expansion of the frequency search.
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