Hello, My name is Lee F. Smith. I live in the north end of the Sacramento Valley in the small town of Gridley, California, USA.
I used to be a firefighter, but injured my knee in a fall. This was my career of choice. As corny as it sounds, "Firefighting is something you are, not that you do".
I have done a number of different things since that time to make a living. None of them has captured my interest or provided a living. Therefore, it is taking a little while to find something to "do". I hope a degree will help me get into the information and computer fields. I have always enjoyed computers and technology.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I do believe that were not alone. It is the pinnacle of self-centeredness to think that we are the only life that exists in the universe. I know when we do find other life out there it will be dry and scientific, relatively speaking, but I would love to see us turn on the camera after a successful landing on another planet and see some life form looking back at us.
Yes, we should be sending a beacon, although, I do not know what we would send. Distributed computing fits right in with my belief that interdependency is the only way we will survive as a species. The more we need each other the less likely it will be that we will commit offenses against each other. As we have become more aware of this interdependency between us and the life we share this planet with we all have benefited. I think in time this will be the lynchpin that will lift us up or drop us like a rock into the pages of history.