Profile: Sean Ward

Personal background
I live in San Antonio, Texas, and have a small web development company called Netriffic. You can visit Netriffic on the web at

We recently updated one of our project sites,

Metaplanets features interactive streaming 3D animations of the planets in our solar system, and just received the Dr. Matrix Award for Science Excellence.

I enjoy doing a lot of things, especially hanging out with friends and family, and occasionally staring up at the night sky. :)

I have some poetry and art on the web. If you'd like to see it, go to
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I don't know if extraterrestrial life exists. I certainly don't dream of meeting ET, Jabba the Hut, or Spock. It would be nice to know if someone else or something else is out there. Hollywood has shared plenty of visions of what might happen if we encounter beings from across the realm of space, experiencing alien life forms from the benign and banal, to warm fuzzy happy go lucky and plucky, to the absolutely terrifying.

Should we transmit a beacon? Sure. Send a stream of music out into the void, a little Rick Braun or Sugar Ray, maybe some Linkin Park. The worst thing that could happen is we're all brutalized or the planet is destroyed. Heck, we may do that on our own, so if we bump into some cool aliens that like to share gadgetry and trade dog poo for platinum--all the better. They'd likely look different from us, so we'd have someone entirely new to make fun of.

I run Seti@Home because of all the cool prizes. There are prizes, right? What? No prizes...?

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