I am an independent computer consultant in Austin, Texas, USA. I've been fascinated by the possibility of ET intelligence from a very young age. Yes, I'm a Sci-Fi enthusiast, too, and have been an avid reader of same. I read War of the Worlds at age 9. I enjoy rebuilding computers (sometimes for profit, sometimes for fun), learning new technology, playing with our 3 cats, swimming, and I play lead guitar in an original rock 'n' roll band (buy a CD at http://notty.homestead.com). I use mostly old computers to run SETI@Home.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
There is no doubt in my mind ET is out there, and it's up to us to find them. We may not like what we find, though! But, as a race, we are doomed to extinction unless we explore space, as our sun obviously has a finite lifespan. The argument of social development vs. technological, including the development of space travel, will continue, but I feel it is justified to pursue space exploration. SETI@Home is a great example of smart people doing things right. Maybe not perfect, but then who is? ET? God?
So who knows what we'll find? Nobody does. It would seem there are only more questions to be found. That's good.
P.S. I wish we could get some time on the Hubble...