Keen amateur/reader of Cosmology and related subjects.
DIY carpenter and brick-layer!
Born and grew up in SE London; Joined the Royal Air Force at 17, stayed in for 10 years. Trained as a computer programmer, 20+ years later I was a redundant IT consultant. Trained as a chef. Free-lanced as a chef and IT consultant from 2005 to 2015 - redundancy again! 2 years building industrial, commercial and custom servers, then damnit, redundancy again.
I've lived in Reading, Berkshire in the UK (about 40 miles west of Central London) since 1984.
Remarried in 1986 to Kathy (my second Yorkshire lass!)
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I like the idea/concept of Grid-computing - it 'tickles' my IT interests;
As an amateur cosmologist, it tickles my evolution in the universe interests;
I do not believe that humanity will ever travel to the stars, the distances are too great. I also do not believe that ET have visited Earth, same reason.
I believe that SETI is the one chance we have of knowing whether or not there is (or was) intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. Not a very practical means of communication though :-)
I understand that the SETI team keep champagne on ice in the event that a signal is received. What about an award (trophy, shield, medal or other prize) for the individuals responsible for analysing and validating the signal?
What about an annual SETI-lottery, the winner receiving an all-expenses-paid trip to the SETI HQ, and an escorted tour of the facilities? This could also help to raise funds for the continued running of the project.