Profile: LaFlamme

Personal background
I'm a newspaper reporter, a lifelong star-gazer and a recent X-Files freak. I cover crime up here in Southern Maine but I've covered sky phenomena on more than a few occasions. That people are fascinated by what occurs above them goes without saying. Reaction is always enormous and lively.
I have a weekly column that mostly deals with street issues but occasionally turns toward the unexplained. The column was named best in the state this year and I suspect part of that success might be based on my willingness to wonder aloud and marvel.
I'm completely new to SETI@home. And since I tend to stay up until dawn, the program should be a great enchancement for my frequent, wee hour musings.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I'll never understand those people who aren't at least occasionally overwhelemed by the possibilities of the universe. And those who insist we spend to much time and money exploring outright confound me.
To turn our eyes away from the sky would be to turn away from our ultimate purpose -- to imagine, wonder and discover. Manifest destiny on a cosmic level. To be intrigued, raise questions, seek answers.
It's a wonder that there are people who feel the ambitions of programs like SETI are trite and wasteful. Science and destiny aside, there's a childlike giddiness that comes with staring into a sky full of stars and wondering about the possibilites.
That there is an effort underway to probe for intelligent life in the heavens should be a given. That is has come only after a struggle and after much debate is disheartening.
It's a pleasure to be a small part of this monumental task.
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