I'm a starving artist living in British Columbia, Canada. My kind neighbour gave me a computer he assembled from spare parts. Got my seti account at that time but had a 33.6 kb dial-up connection and data processed very slow. Took 10 minutes to see one little square. Came into some money recently and spent most of it on a new kick-ass hard-drive with a dsl connection. Now I watch the squares climb accross the graph as I watch. I'm very happy to be a part of seti and I hope it leads to *contact* if not then new scientific discoveries.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I discovered a rather obscure Christian religion about a decade ago called Swedenborgianism to which I now belong. It follows the writings of a 16th century mystic named Emanuel Swedenborg. One of the books he wrote was called "Earths in the Universe" where he describes life on other planets. That is why I was open to the idea of the seti experiment.
I do think extraterrestrial life must exist somewhere. Was watching "The Blue Planet" narrated by David Attenborough and in it they showed the bottom of the ocean near volanic smokers where life exists at 176 degrees. If life can exist there, if figure it can exist in other hostile environments on other planets.
If seti was to make *contact* it would be the most exciting thing that has ever happened on this planet (other than the birth of Christ.) If not then I'm sure the data will lead to exciting scientific discoveries that were not possible without it.
Thank you for providing this elegant program for regular folks like myself to download.