Profile: Roger

Personal background
My name is Roger. I'm currently residing in North Carolina, which has been my home now for the past 17 years. I was actually born here in NC, but being the son of a military man I've spent a fair amount of time traveling both inside and outside of the United States.

I'm employed with the US Postal Service, where I've been for just over 10 years (as of September 2005). Working 6 days a week, I don't have a great deal of free time - but when I do, I have a number of hobbies to keep me occupied:

Reading - I'm in the first few chapters of JRR Tolkien's Silmarillion (a prequel of sorts to Lord of the Rings).

Writing - I'm working on a fictional piece at the moment which promises to be several chapters in length. I also maintain my own LiveJournal which I update pretty much on a regular basis, discussing various topics of interest (politics, religion, home life, etc).

Gaming - I enjoy playing video games (PC and XBox) at times - whether it's managing a character in The Sims or fighting orcs in Lord of the Rings, I always relish a chance to work off some frustration or just get away from things for a while.

I've been a SETI@Home member since September 2000 (during the days of 'classic SETI') and being part of such a huge project has deepened my interest not only in astronomy and space exploration, but the notion of distributed computing in general. At the moment I'm participating in 3 different DC projects - SETI, Einstein@Home, and ClimatePrediction.Net. I look forward to seeing what other things BOINC has in store - there are lots of possibilities out there to be explored.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I started running S@H back in the days when it ran as a screensaver - at the time I didn't know enough about the command line version to really use it. Once I got the hang of it, though, I realized just how revolutionary it was. Here was a program that could do a huge task (scanning the sky with radio waves) in a fraction of the time that a research facility using a supercomputer could. It represented (and in many ways still does) a big step up in the field of research - not only for astronomy but potentially for other sciences as well.
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