|In the first part of my life I grew up in Wisconsin in a very rural area. I focused on music, went to THE University as a performance major on the trumpet and was a professional musician. In my spare time I played tennis, basketball (a lot), and dated lots of women...in the Arts, of course.|
In the second part of my life, I bowed to THE Man and decided to make money so I moved to the East coast, got a few degrees in Computer Science, and worked at a bunch of cool computer places (well they were THEN) -- Bell Laboratories, Data General, Digital Equipment, and the Open Software Foundation -- before helping to start a consulting firm called SystemExperts. In my spare time I play golf, run, try to be a good father and husband, and have fun with friends!
Only one thing is consistent in both lives: my mother. She is the inspiration of and giver of my life (no, I'm not a momma's boy! ;-), she gave me the spirit to think big, to consider other ways of looking at things, and to think outside the box...hence my involvement with SETI.
|Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home|
|I do think that there is extraterrestrial life, it just seems so hard to fathom that there isnâ€™t. There are two pictures, in particular, that humble me and sometimes frighten me because of the vastness of whatâ€™s depicted: the Hubble deep sky photograph (you know, the picture of thousands of galaxies â€“ GALAXIES â€“ in an area of our sky that was expected to be empty) and the National Geographic â€œyou are hereâ€ depiction (a dot is Earth, which is a dot in the Milky way, which is a dot, etc. etc.). The vastness humbles me, scares me, and convinces me there has to be more. |
I have always thought the question â€œWhen will we discover other life?â€ as truly human. We wonâ€™t discover other life; they will discover us. Earth looks as uninhabitable as many other orbs from only a short distance away (in cosmic terms). To discover that we are here will take technology we probably wonâ€™t be able to imagine for a very long time.
I do believe, however, that we should do whatever we can to help â€œthemâ€ find us, and so yes we should be sending a beacon. Math, of course, may turn out not to be THE common denominator, but itâ€™s the best thing we have imagined so far.
I have SETI running on four systems. I have run about 2,000 units so far and always seem to be in about 75,000th place. But I do what I can as I think itâ€™s important and the concept of using spare cycles is awesome.
Can we please use some spare cycles to cure diabetes? I would appreciate it; my daughter would appreciate it even more.
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