Profile: Odysseus_2K

Personal background
Currently, I am a Systems Engineer working in the capacity as an Information Technology Manager for a large financial service company. Since this occupies a great deal of my time, most of my other passions are placed in special people in my life and for the wide interests I explore.

I have been haunting the Bay Area in Northern California for most of all my life, having gone through lower and higher education here. One of the great appreciations I have for this place is the diversity woven into this area, while not being quite as manic as some other places.

I try to travel somewhere when I can - even if it is a day drive somewhere far, get into a conversation with someone new to me, learn another facet of the "big picture", try something different at least once, try to search for the "truth", forget everything when I can, ride the bike, play some crazy on-line multiplayer game, and still try to find myself behind a wheel autoracing wherever, whenever, however.

Go Gaels!
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I must admit I am involved in this project for multiple reasons, but mostly for selfish ones.

I first will say that I see SETI to be a very noble mission, and very noble practice. SETI@home is an awesome display of social computing, certainly "the" textbook example of public distributed processing.

Extraterrestrial life most certainly has to exist out in our infinite(x)vast universe, even in multiple states - but intelligent life is something that may never be found. And even if we do, are we really ready? Not only are we a weak example to ourselves in the aggregate, what would we be like to another civilization? Ask yourself how violent the 20th century was. How can we trust the many who will panic and lose control of themselves if we do make contact? With all the extremists of different faiths or those who loathe spiritulism, who hate even humanity, I do worry at this point in time if our reaching out to another intelligent civilization is the wisest thing for us or the extraterrestrial life. As pessimistic as this sounds, I FIRMLY also believe that we must continue to venture, explore, and must colonize another place in space since we all know our time on Earth is only temporary.

On the selfish side of why I run SETI@home, is I am in competition with curning out more work units. It's a sort of sheer processor time bragging rights thing. I am always searching for systems to run this on while not footing the bill. So many systems sit aroudn doing nothing, but I am not in a academic or scientific area, so there are less options to choose from.
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