I'm just a Civil Engineering student at the University of Missouri - Rolla. I spend most of my time with school or my girl back home. I have sort of a love-hate relationship with computers. I love their usefulness (and take advantage of it a lot), but I think they can also really take a lot away from the individual. I enjoy being away from civilization a lot, but I also love being in the city where there are all kinds of fun and interesting things to do.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I think the answer to the question of life in other places in the universe is actually stated fairly well in Men In Black. "1500 years ago, everyone knew the Earth was the center of the Universe. 500 years ago, everyone knew the Earth was flat. 15 minutes ago, you knew people were alone on this planet. Imagine what you will know tomorrow." Maybe there isn't life on this planet yet (maybe there is), but the note still rings true. History is filled with beliefs and "facts" that have consistently been proved wrong. Flying and traveling faster than sound are just a couple. Life on other planets is one of those things that people will simply have to accept. Whether humans will discover (or encounter) it or not depends on if humans last long enough to find it. If life is discovered or encountered then there are risks. Their technology may be more primitive, the same, or more advanced. They may be violent, they may be peaceful. Those are the risks. Perhaps a system is already in place to help gradually answer those questions for civilizations that are deemed ready. I think any message sent should be just a simple hello and maybe a small planetary introduction free of all political influences, local and global.
I run SETI@Home basically because I want to help find solid proof that there is indeed other life out there to put the speculation to rest. Regardless of the findings of SETI however, the only real proof for most people, will be an actual encounter.