I'm an engineer in the chemical process industry, helping to develop new plant and processes and optimise and troubleshoot existing installations. I am married and we have an amazing 5 yr old. My interest in SETI and other DC projects has lead to my being able to tell him more about the stars, planets, the earth and physics in general which, at times, he just can't get enough of! He has a great question that I just can't answer, but then again no one has yet answered.
"Dad what happened before the big bang?" Hmmmm.... Maybe he'll be the one to answer it one day.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Our galaxy is huge. It just makes sense for there to be intelligent life out there so we should try and find it (but let's not tell them we're here, just yet). The SETI@home project is a great way to get us laymen involved. I always thought that a huge amount of computing power was going to waste with our modern computers, this is a great way to put it to good use. The sooner SETI@homeII comes and opens up the southern hemisphere to this great project the better!