Profile: The Ox

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Personal background
Well, I'm not sure where to begin...

I'm a graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla with degrees in Computer Science and History. I love both subjects, but in the words of Monty Python, "Now for something completely different." Currently I'm in my first semester as Master of Divinity student at Phillips Theological Seminary. I am a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and am seeking ordination upon graduation.

Basically I'm into all things computer. I love history, both reading and writing about it, and I love God. I'm also a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan, so if you like the Cubs, well, I'm really sorry for you. :) Naw, seriously, I love you guys. Fans of the team with the "curse of the goat" have to be treated with some respect!

I'm also moving into the digital world, so if I'm not opinionated enough for you here, come check out my website <a>[/url] to get an earful of whatever it is I happen to be talking about at the moment. Well, this should about do it. If you're still reading, you obviously have too much time on your hands...
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I run SETI@home because I think distributed computing is the wave of the future. There are so many great projects that could be tackled by scientists with the power of volunteers sharing their computer time through projects such as this. Call me optimistic, but I think BOINC can change the way the scientific community approaches computationally intensive problems.

As far as my views about the project, I think that that we are far too limited by our search technology to truly be effective in trying to weed out extra terrestrial signals. However, I still think it's a fascinating project. Since BOINC has expanded to include ClimatePrediction.Net and LHC@Home, I've joined both of those projects as well. I intend to join Predictor@Home as soon as its BOINC version comes on line. SETI is interesting, but I think there is more we can learn from these other projects, so I am focusing my computer time on them. I'm more concerned with curing cancer than I am with finding ET.

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