I am a 53 (oops! - now 54) year old electronics engineer from eastern Pennsylvania. I also used to play the Hammond organ professionally (hence my choice of avatar/picture - the famous Hammond Model B-3) in my younger days, but now just play for my own amazement or amusement (not sure which ;-). Obviously I have a strong interest in music (an eclectic range would best describe it) as well as photography, sci-fi and most things relating to space.
I have been at KSC (Kennedy Space Center) for the first and third Space Shuttle launches (as a photographer) - a live launch is an awesome experience.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I was introduced to SETI@home in 2000 when I took a position at a company in Fremont, CA. (I have since returned to the east coast). Since then it has been a passion to find ET - unfortunately none of my classic units ever found a possible hit. My one regret on the classic site is that I fell just a few hundred hours short of 100,000 hours of CPU time before the project was shut down :-(
I feel that the odds of us being the only intelligent lifeforms (questionable description of the human race) in the universe to be quite unlikely and hope the project can ultimately find some form of intelligence (it would be most disconcerting to find out we really are alone).
For now all my CPU time is being dedicated to SETI, but I may take my slowest machine and let it work on another project.
EDIT 12-FEB-06 - I have now switched my slowest machine to SETI Beta (or Enhanced - whichever name you prefer).
EDIT 26-JAN-07 - I have turned all 3 of my systems to BETA and am no longer crunching the main project - mostly due to the sniping and backbiting on the fora (something about cheaters and the like) creating an unwelcome atmosphere