Heyas. I was born in Massachussetts, grew up in Florida, have since travelled about half the world. I'm a SSgt. in the U.S. Air Force & now work in the Air Force Space Command as a crewmember for the Milstar satellite constellation. Satellites & shuttles might be the extent we regularly inhabit space for now but it's fun to think I'm helping to form the precursor to stellar exploration in the future.
Good luck & hopefully something will be found in the relatively near future.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I'm on of the 'quacks' who believes it exists. There's just too many possibilities for us to be the only ones. It might be on the other side of the galaxy, it might be in another galaxy, it might be so far behind us on the evolution scale it's not yet intelligent or could be so far beyond us it doesn't believe we're worth the while yet. But so long as the chance is there it's definitely worth looking.
When, who knows? I'd hope its in the next century or two but if not then at least it's an extra reason for us to get out into space. How, I believe will be through persistence &/or pure accidental meeting.
Beacons have always been simple yet quite reliable methods for letting others know there is someone/something else out there. As for what's on it that's always debatable. I believe something simple, something 'universal', that could get the ball rolling. The more in-depth discussions will have time to take place later.
I run it because every little bit helps (even my small & troublesome home computer). I believe it's a worthwhile & rather fun project that I can only hope continues to grow larger & therefore more powerful.