Dave Barak was born in Lynwood, California and grew up in nearby Lakewood. He served in the US Navy as a Sensor Operator (SENSO) aboard S3-A Viking aircraft, deploying aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and based in San Diego, California.
After leaving the Navy, he worked for a number of years in the newspaper industry as a photographer, business columnist, copy editor and illustrator.
Dave now runs San Diego-based Malfunction Films, a production company specializing in feature films, short films and episodic web series.
He has lived in the West Palm Beach area of Florida and in the Columbus area of Ohio, where his wife Laurie is originally from. Dave volunteers as a docent on board the USS Midway Museum in downtown San Diego.
Dave is currently researching details about the search for intelligent life forms "out there," and hopes to create a film that tops "Contact" for a realistic portrayal of the subject. He'll soon be looking for a bit of technical advice to ensure accuracy and plausibility.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I've always been interested in the subject of life in other parts of the universe. As a kid, it was all about UFOs, but now that I'm older and there are serious publicly-promoted efforts to delve into the subject, my interest has been rekindled.
My only suggestion is that the "classic" version of the software be made available. I used to use it, but I'm now running BOINC on a Linux-based MacBook Pro. For some reason, I can't get the screensaver to work (I'm not much when it comes to technical prowess), and I really miss the ability to see what my computer is doing, even if I don't fully understand it and it's likely just sifting through random noise.