Profile: QuietIce

Personal background
I'm an old geek living in Kansas City, Missouri, who has spent most of his life land surveying and working on construction sites. I love tinkering - in the den overclocking my computers, in the garage working on my '72 Road Runner, or just spending time in the shop with this or that for around the house. The first book I ever read on my own for fun was by Robert Heinlein and I haven't stopped reading science fiction since. I still re-read Dune and Stranger In A Strange Land about once a year. I've read several layman's books on particle physics and wonder at the beauty of String Theory/M-theory.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
In the 1990's I was very much into astrophysics and was a member of The Planetary Society for many years. When they came out with SETI@Home I was one of the first on-board. I ran the screen-saver for over a year before circumstances caused me to abandon it. In 2006, in preparation to building my next computer, I came across and soon after joined their SETI Team to get back into crunching. I've found the team environment to be much more satisfying than crunching solo. The social and competitive aspects of team crunching keep me interested year after year instead of waning as most of my interests do over time.

SETI, as a field of endeavor, is an important part of understanding our universe. I know that every bit of effort I put into SETI@Home frees up more resources for the rest of SETI science - extra-solar planets, exo-biology, and better radio reception and filtering, to name a few areas. Having never had the opportunity to pursue a science career I'm more than happy to contribute what I can to SETI ...
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