I was born in Jersey (that's the one in the Channel Islands, not in the US) in 1956 and moved to Malta for 2 years with my family in 1969 before moving to the UK. I studied for a BSc in Astronomy at UCL, but have since left the field, retaining only a passing interest in the subject (when I have the time). I am now Business Development Director and part owner of a small software development company (www.badgernt.com). I married in 1977 after graduating, but divorced a few years ago. I have two grown-up children, one a keen Star Wars fan, the other into art and design and not at all interested in anything to do with space. I have always been an avid reader of Science Fiction, but don't get the time for reading these days.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I think that given the number of stars out there, the chances that extraterrestrial life exists are astronomical. I think it will probably be a case of them finding us rather than us finding them, as they are statistically certain to be more intelligent and more technologically advanced. I think that if any of them are capable of physically reaching Earth, then they must be "friendly", otherwise they would have destroyed themselves first (as mankind has almost done). If we transmit a beacon, maybe what we already send as TV signals is enough. It would give them an idea of what we are like, and they would need to be able to understand our irrational tendencies to avoid any conflict. On the other hand, it might put them off contacting us!
I run SETI@home because I want extraterrestrial life to be found within my lifetime, and I would like to be a part of the effort. It also makes use of all that unused computing power around the world.