I am a HelpDesk Supervisor for a Software Company by day/night (forever on call) and am a trekkie on my off hours.
Most of my free time is spent working for Not-for-Profit Organizations, www.sfi.org, and doing Charity work, www.somd.org. I like to go to and participate in conventions and visiting new places.
I like helping others and making people people happy. A lot of my organizational work helps me accomplish this.
I believe that there is someone or something out there, it is just a matter of time.
Until then, lets party with the rest of us.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
1. Yes, it is imminent. It is a good thing as we will no longer be alone as an intelligent species, but then again, going from being an only child to a larger family is a hard transition for many.
The benefits will be in the scientific arena for the most part. Social advances are hard to offer as an outsider to peoples who have been living in set roles for eons. The scientific advances will then cause the socio-economic changes, but in a good way. The society will expand mentally, physically and spiritually as a result of the discovery, but it will not be easy at first. Shock and social unrest and fear will have to be overcome.
2. Yes. Tell them who we are and where we are. The lesser the mystery we deal with, the easier the contact will be.
3. I run SETI@home to help advance the human race per the points above. The project is great, and there are ways to improve it.
-Allow for downloading of multiple packets for computers that spend a lot of time offline, like laptops.
-Find a more stable server for packets to be sent out, for example, a large remote server dedicated to sending out and receiving packets only, which then communicates with Berkeley results and stats so you can do the rest of your work there.