Profile: Drew Blood

Personal background
Hi. My name is Andy Schwartz. I was born in 1954 (you can do the math) and I live in New Hyde Park, NY, with two conures (Jasper and Comsai).

I work as a Technical Writer for a small company called Intellicheck Mobilisa in Long Island, New York ( It is an interesting place to work, and allows me to indulge in a few of my great passions: writing, creating graphics and solving problems.

I also enjoy music, both listening to and performing of. I am a member of The Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island, and also its webmaster ( I play the recorders (all sizes), guitar and BBb tuba.

Also, I love reading, particularly Science Fiction: Would it were only fact!

I am, additionally, a Kingdom of Loathing fanatic. If you haven't checked it out, it's the "low-end" answer to World of Warcraft, and it's a heck of a lot of fun! Check it out:

From the time I was a small child, and to this day, I have firmly believed that I was left on my "parents" doorstep by aliens. Some day my people will return for me and transfer all my knowledge, experience and memories into their databases for analysis and further study. This being so, it has been my duty to learn all sorts of "useless" (i.e. - different) things in the course of my life, in the hopes that it may help my true parents and their civilization to understand and cope with Humanity. And even, perhaps, forgive them for some of the things they do, especially spelling errors.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
1. Why do you run SETI@home?
It's a good way to keep my computer busy, so it doesn't get lazy.

2. What are your views about the project?
Frankly, my hope is that the discovery of an alien civilization or civilizations would foster greater tolerance between different peoples here on Earth, and might help some religious fanatics to see that we are all part of a greater scheme than their (possibly) limited view of the universe can explain.

3. Any suggestions?
Never give up.
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