I am appoximately 52yrs old ;-).. I became a computer guy by accident in 1973 when I visited a friend in California and he was going to computer school. I figure I am still on vacation. I have been in the military and (non-pc view here) think that the discipline involved helps in later life. I computer for work and play, ride street motorcycles, shoot competitively and try to have fun. I am politically conservative (probably not popular at Berkeley) but think it is the only thing that makes any sense as nothing is free... someone works to provide everything. Those who take without giving damage themselves... ah, such is life.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
It makes sense to me that we are not the only life in the multiverse. It occurs to me that in our own (human) small shere of knowledge there is a wide variety of approachs to life... not all are altruistic. I think it naive to assume any life capable of interacting with us will be benificent. I think we will find out. The recent discoveries about Mars and the plans to go there will likely result in attention if something is watching. I expect it is egocentric to assume we humans are worth watching, more likely we are the equivalent of ants, a society we attempt to destroy without understanding it at all. I run seti@home because even though it is an incredibly narrow view, who knows, we might find something. If we do, I hope we like it. In any case it is a chance to participate in a global enterprise. I thank you for the opportunity. It is interesting to me to review the stats and see the number of work units done by people who cannot speak to each other, probably do not agree politically, may disagree violently if they were in proximity but still spend their energy, time and money to contribute to this cause. It gives a person hope. Maybe there is a chance for us.