I am an underemployed techwriter in the Austin, Texas area. I spend far too much time on the computer, which is why I downloaded and installed the SETI@home client. And it is a great way to test the limits of this here computer I built in July of 2002. It also helps me keep my apartment warm.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
While there is an infinite range of possible organic combinations in the universe, many that would lead to little more than stagnant pools of congealed amino acids, it seems highly likely that other forms of life would exist beyond the bounds of the big blue marble. Why not? Can we as a species truly believe that we are the only intelligent life to evolve by chance? Can we believe that we are the culmination and acme of universal existence? I would like to hope that we are not. And to those who say, "if life exists in the universe, why have they not contacted us," I would say, "why would extraterrestrial beings look for other forms of intelligent life in the sparsely populated backwaters of the universe?"
Not to mention, it would be great fun to have a beer with a being from another world. I would suggest Guinness; after all, I would prefer to show that the human race at least has a sense of good taste.