I am Gerd, born 1958, and I live in a little village close to Luebeck in Germany. The Baltic Sea is only five minutes (by bicycle) away from my home, where I live together with my wife Ragna.
My interest in astronomy has been present from my early teen period, and I participated a lot of interesting astronomical meetings and joined a working group that was engagend in planet observations. I really made some photos of plantes (like saturn, jupiter) in those days.
After scholl, I have benn studying physics and have specialized on applied physics (radio frequency aspects).
Nowadays, I am working in a test laboratory for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). That is a quite interesting job, as there are so many aspects on fields, distortions etc. and you get an impression on many modern technologies.
I like cycling, reading good books, and helping or village to become more attractive.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
To my opinion, SETI is a useful project - how the search result will ever be. I think extraterrestrical life exists (or has existed or will exist), but the chance that it exists in our vicinity and in a time slot which makes it possible to us to detect them, is very small (but higher than 0).
Of course, we shoud transmit a beacon for others. But the information should not only consist of some basic data, but of more specific items - as an outer intelligence will probably not have the chance to answer in time and therefore they should get as much information as possible.
I run seti@home, as I think it´s worth looking for that small, small chance to find signals from outer intelligence. However, the monitored hemisphere should cover a wider range as it actually is.