Profile: Oliver Clarke

Personal background
I'm a 47 year old Police Sergeant from Manchester in England, married with no kids (but the wife makes up for that [grin]), a standard poodle, a border collie, an African Grey Parrot, a sulphur-crested cockatoo and a pond full of koi. Interests include Bridge, Canals, Caravanning, programming, DIY, music and reading. I work in uniform in the City Centre in Manchester where I help to supervise a shift of 25 officers.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I think this is a fascinating project, particular the concept of farming the number-crunching out to thousands of users all over the world. What a brilliant idea!

I think there must be ETI out there somewhere and this initiative must be our best chance of encountering them at this stage of our development.

Yes, we should be sending information as well as looking to receive it. What should we send? B&W images encoded as sequences of binary numbers should be easy enough to decode anywhere. Given the distances involved, establish 2-way communication is out of the question in anything but the extreme long-term, so simply communicating the fact that we are here is enough.
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