My name is Saskia and I'm from Belgium (a little solar system somewhere far far away in the a galaxy called Europe, it is situated between the nebula of France, the wormhole of Germany, the black hole of the Netherlands and the tail of the comet of the Channel.) Located it yet? Good. That's where I live, on the main planet called Brussels. Next time your galaxy hopping, stop by it's a beautiful planet and a wonderful system. I was born 23 revolutions ago (I believed you refer to them as 'years') on the 24th day of the fifth month. I won't make a refenrence of the year (with so many cultures living together it is difficult to keep the year straight as each has it's calender based upon an event important to them.) I recently finished my higher education and I'm now looking for employment (our economy is based on monetary exchange,not barter).
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Yes I do believe there are Others out there. However I think that as long as we don't develop a technology capable of traveling faster than light none of us will be alive by the time we get an answer to our message.
Another fact that we have to consider is wether the Others WANT to contact us? It is possible they have 'a prime directive' that stops them from contacting us however much we would like that. Besides will they consider us 'evolved' enough to communicate with us? And to be just a bit pessimistic it is entirely possible that whoever contacts us doesn't have friendly intentions and just exterminates us. For possible scenarios see SF movies.
What I'm saying is let's be careful and let us learn to crawl before we try to run a marathon.