Profile: WHOSIT

Personal background
My first name is Rick and I'm a 56 y/o male, disability retired professional EMT-D from N.J. - USA. My interests include, but are not limited to: tent camping, fishing, cooking, SW listening, computing, general science, biology and medicine, everything aerospace, space flight (manned or unmanned) and space exploration, including of course, a touch of astronomy, which is a scientific domain of interest I've had since six years of age.

I also, despite it's expense, waste of resources, and detrimental effect on the earth's entire ecosystem, enjoy a nice, relaxing "ride to nowhere" within my gasoline fueled, internal combustion engine propelled, personal SUV type vehicle, with my wife serving as copilot / navigator, every now and then.
{BTW, my SUV is NOT a "yuppie mobile"! It is a "work wagon", used to carry rather large, bulky, and/or sometimes very heavy loads, which just also happens to transport my numerous modes of handicapped personal mobility devices within and on the outside of it. So there! Naner, naner, naner!}

None the less, I bid ALL my fellow passive "@home" researchers continued scientific "fun" and, at the very least, always valid results.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I would have to say, that because this particular computer is in actual use by me perhaps only 25 percent of each day, which is such a waste, I felt it would be an excellent idea for it to be "borrowed" by researchers, in order to provide an operational productive medium for them to use, while also in a sense, I would also be playing, even being though an infinitesimal portion, none the less a part in the whole grander effort to increase mankind's knowledge base of the universe.

Although believing that Radio SETI may be basically flawed in some ways and that the old Drake Equation is now somewhat. . . "off" shall we say, I none the less can not accept the very stoic, unshakable, doltish ideas expressed by so many persons, which would place planet Earth as the absolute only place in the entire vast universe with life existing on or in it.
As Mr. Spock, of television's "Star Trek" fame had stated, "I would like to think, that there are always possibilities.".

I personally believe, that not only this particular "@home" project DOES make a difference, both in the time taken to accomplish the tasks necessary and providing equipment to use, for which there may not be the funding available to purchase or rent, but other like volunteer projects offered, are just as worthy for the common man to partake of and in.

On this and another of my computers, I crunch "@home" numbers for:

Being my over burdened one single brain cell's synapses are barely operating these days, I can not think of any possible suggestions to make at this time. Perhaps after a total brain transplant or contemplation of the matter further, maybe while trimming my remaining five toe nails, will provide an actual workable and fruitful suggestion to be offered. . . or perhaps even two! :-)
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