Living in Germany, I'm a strong believer in science and technology.
I'm entangled in the nuclear power business (a very scientific and technologic field ...), and my hobbies are tortoises and other animals, reading (especially SF, Perry Rhodan particulary) and sometimes doing gardenwork.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I strongly believe that there's intelligent life in the universe ... although I'm in serious doubt that a significant amount of it is present on Earth. (Beam me up, Scotty, no intelligent life down here).
I think that detection of ETI is possible at any time, given the resources needed.
I think we should transmit a beacon to get an answer. We should transmit something that's worth to be transmitted, but how could we know what our blind date might like ... at least it should be more worthy than our TV programmes :)
I run SETI@HOME to give my share to the work, and I think it's a good approach. My suggestions: Do the analysis as deep as possible ....