Profile: Neil Blaikie


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Personal background
I am a 35yr old British Born guy living in Canada.

I used to work in the entertainment industry as a lighting technician and have toured with several major A-list bands (Bon Jovi, Madonna, Rolling Stones) to name a few.

I have been interested in Astronomy since about 1993 when I used the school telescope for the first time. During my time at school I was Head of the Astronomy club and ran a fund raising event to allow the school to upgrade not only the 50yr old observatory but to purchase a computer controlled Telescope (Meade 10" LX200), I was honored with meeting Sir Patrick Moore in 1999 who came to the school to open the project that I and several others started in 1994. I left the school in 1996 and still have ties to the Astronomy club today.

I live in Hudson, Quebec (45 minutes from Downtown Montreal)
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I wanted to participate in one of the fundamental research projects that may help to answer the question that man has about the cosmos. "Are we alone?"

I think sometime during the next few decades this question and other questions about the cosmos will be revealed. Personally I think that there is "something" out in the vastness of space, whether it be a tiny microbe or the stuff of science fiction and advanced lifeforms. With the ever increasing power of computing available to the world today and the fact that power is not be harnessed, projects like SETI give the scientific community power that only a few years ago they only dreamed of.

SETI is looking for a needle in one very very big haystack but also to answer anyone who has ever looked into the night skies and seen the stars and said "wow it's big and then thought can we be alone in this vastness?"

Keep up the good work and along with other projects helping science - I have to mention Rosetta@home (even though I don't participate in it) as being such a benefit to mankind as a whole that sometime/somewhere in the not to distant future something will be discovered that will revolutionize our understanding of the world we live in.
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