I’ve been a member since 2003 and have greatly enjoyed participating in the hunt for extraterrestrial signs of life. I went from a very lowly production rate to earning a two-digit ranking over the years I’ve contributed. My highest rank has been 79.
That said, the costs to participate at the level I am adds about $115 to my monthly electric bill. I also find that I’m not willing to spend the capital to radically upgrade my three crunchers to the current technology and somewhat lower my electrical footprint.
I am also 13 years into my diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and am losing my ability to trouble shoot and maintain my systems to the levels I desire. All my life, I’ve been able to learn something new every day. Now I seem to be losing something I’ve known for years, every day.
I’ve been very lucky over the years to have joined SETI@home. I attended a SETI@home Christmas party a couple of years ago and met many of the SETI@home staff and luminaries such as Frank Drake, Dan Werthimer, and Jill Tarter.
Of all the folks that have helped me over all these years, I wish to recognize Richard Haselgrove. Richard is among the ‘gods’ of SETI@home with his knowledge and patience in helping me and so many others with our attempts to contribute.
I’ve never met any of my fellow participants of SETI@home although it would have been nice to have done so.
Live Long and Prosper,
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I run SETI because I am very interested in the universe we inhabit and have always looked up and beyond the human sphere of influence.
I do not believe that humans are the center of the universe and to seek out other life forms is one of the highest achievements our life form can accomplish.