I am a retired Pollution Control Engineer who has a passion for space. I grew up reading Heinlein, Norton, Russell, Hamilton and Brackett. I used todo a bit of consulting in the environmental field for fun and profit, until I had to retire for health reasons. I am currently undergoing treatment for liver cancer and will sometimes be away for a week at a time so if you send me a message please be patient, I WILL respond!
I build computers for fun and do a bit of computer gaming under the nom-de-plume of Wizard17. COD: Black Ops, COD: MW3, Halo2, Counterstrike Source, War Thunder, Guild Wars 2 etc
My new system is an Intel i7-3770k @ 3.5 GHz, 12 gigs of Corsair Dominator RAM @ 2200, one EVGA 470 GTX video card, 860 watt Corsair Platinum Power Supply all in a modified Nzxt Switch 810 Case, water cooling for the cpu and a bunch of 14 cm fans for cooling everything else.
My old system was an Intel i7-920 @ 2.67 GHz, 6 gigs of Corsair Dominator RAM @ 1600, TWO EVGA 470 GTX video cards, 1000 watt OCZ Gold Power Supply all in a massively modified Thermaltake VA-8000 Armor Case.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I joined SETI some years ago and regularly check to see if we have found something. I am most impressed with the sheer brute power of this machine to which we are each a small part. Over a million years of CPU time is a mind boggling figure to conjure with.
I do indeed believe that we are not alone and hope that we establish contact in my lifetime.
The danger is, I believe more perceived than real. The benefits of inter-solar communication are pretty obvious from the sharing of scientific knowledge to the sharing of the social insights between cultures.
A beacon would be an interesting idea, and the information that we send should be such that it piques the interest of those receiving it. Basic information to establish the basis of communication, plus some simple puzzles - with answers.