OK. The basics. I'm a Male who entered this world in 1969 currently living in the Central part of the U.S.A. I say currently like that is a new thing. Honestly, I have lived here all of my life. So much for the thoughts of progress, huh? I have a wonderful wife who was born in the Pacific Rim and between the two of us we were blessed with an absolutely beautiful daughter in 1997. I have no idea what I did to deserve either one of them, but I wouldn't trade them for the world (this one or any other, for that matter :-)
As of 2011, I am currently an Enterprise Technical Support Analyst for the Dell Corp working 3rd shift. Not much to say there beyond the fact that it is a very interesting and, sometimes, challenging role to be in.
I am a closet computer geek at heart. Every computer I have ever owned was hand built by yours truly with the exception of one that was given to me. That one was so slow that it was only good for use as a file server (but does very well with that!) I also haven't gotten into the habit of building out notebook computers yet so those have been retail purchases (or gifts/trades) as well.
Funny, when most people look at me they usually think "biker". Most of them have to do a double take when I tell them that I am a computer geek. Go figure, huh?
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Do I think that extraterrestrial life exists? If I didn't, would I be here doing this? When and how will we discover it? I have no idea, but since we have to start somewhere this seems as logical a place as any.
The beacon seems like a bad idea to me. Each civilization should have the benefit of progressing through the stages it needs to without being pushed. I don't know that we (humans) are truly ready to send our calling card out to the universe at large. If we do get a response, would we be prepared to handle it? Seeing how most of the governments on earth right now seem to think that the best thing to do with life they don't understand is to dissect it, I think not!
I run SETI@home for a simple reason. I want to prove to myself and others that we truly aren't the freaks of the cosmos and that out of all of the millions upon millions of stars, each with solar systems of their own, that this strange thing we call life actually did happen again. Why should we be so arrogant as to think that we are the only ones in the entire Universe? Psychiatrists would probably call that "delusions of grandeur" under any other circumstances...
I hate to say this, but I don't think we are taking a broad enough view of the data we are receiving to find the signs of life just yet. We are still looking for human type patterns in a very non-human environment. I doubt that we will find it using those parameters. But, like I said before, we have to start somewhere. Since this seems to be the only place even considering the possibilities at this time, I am very proud to be a part of it.
Thanks for taking the time to read my nearly insane ramblings.