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Hi, my name is Jason Hurley. I am an aspiring author, a husband and father, and a business owner in the Boston area. I have a BA in Fine Arts and Information Design. I joined SETI in 2000 and ran SETI Classic on my Mac G4 until shortly before BOINC rendered Macintosh OS9 incompatible with the project.

I was initially drawn to SETI because of interests in distributed computing and information architecture. Despite the mundane, technical roots of my interest in the project, I am also enthusiastic about SETI's mission and I do think that contact is a possibility.

I have countless interests but as a business owner and father, I do not have a lot of time. Apropos of this project, I am interested in learning more about computer science, including C++, artificial intelligence, neural networks, video game modding and robotics. I would love to join a computer club to learn more, and my SETI dream is to build a Beowulf cluster to crunch WU's.

I am also interested in economics, political philosophy, semiotics and linguistics. I am writing a series of fantasy novels and corresponding short stories, and hope to finish, copyright and self-publish book one by the end of next year.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
1. I run SETI@home because I believe in the project.

2. I believe that SETI changed computing forever, enough said? Also, as other BOINC enabled astronomical and physics projects arise, SETI will become part of something larger, perhaps emergent; an dynamic, integrated understanding of the cosmos orders of magnitude greater than what we now grasp.

3. Perhaps establish a computing tutorial page, or reference for autodidacts like me who would be interested in developing a computer system that would allow me to better serve the project.
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