Profile: Benjamin

Personal background
Born In Chicago, Raised in Huntsville AL aka Rocket City, age 37, Married seven years, Disabled, Christian, Stoic, Amateur Radio Extra Class, FEMA Professional certification, UN Security certification, Electric Universe Theory Supporter, Suspicious Observer, Programmer, Shade Tree Mechanic, retired hotelier, ARRL VE, QRP 1k miles per watt award, Arrl legacy circle member, Studying towards EE with a heavy interest in plasma physics, learning Russian, learning to use and program cluster computers for parallel processing for machine learning. Other interests include Baroque era artist and framing, classic rock, edm, and Beethoven, former n scale model railroader, former mk4 supra, mk3 supra, sw20 mr2, fd3c rx7, currently frame up restoring a 1991 Mazda miata retrofitting the complete nb2 power/drive-train on a stand alone ecu and garret turbo, former vfr800 rider, DIY enthusiast, Skywarn fixed asset storm spotter, weather, climate change and the helio driving aspects across the solar cycles, student of history, fan of Marcus Aurelius, Halton Arp, Hannes Alfvén, Maxwell, Tesla, Donald Scott, Ben Davidson, Walt Thornhill, Ilya, Prigogine, Eric Lerner, Kristian Birkeland . Old school everquest & everquest 2 & Dark Age of Camelot, eve online player. Major interest in Sumerian era history, music, technology. Astronomy and radio astronomy fan. Former Viola, clarinet, guitar player. Solar weather enthusiast. And much much more!
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
SETI is something my late father and I both shared an interest in since the earliest days of the original client. It is noble to donate cpu/gpu cycles to causes like these because research grant money and man power is limited but widely needed in many fields. Citizen science is extraordinarily fun whether manually inspecting images and identifying galaxies, to looking for dips in a stars luminosity to prove potential positive for exo planet research or merely running any of the BOINC projects. If not now? When? If not me? then who? Sometimes things that take very little effort on an individuals part contribute to a greater good not just for society, civilization but most hopefully all of mankind. SETI is a wonder example of a project that knows no boundaries and to me is a shining example of human innovation in order to potentially achieve a higher goal no matter the geopolitical comings and goings.

Pico Cluster computing is becoming affordable for the end user; I would love to see if possible further optimization towards this end. Such as optimizing ARMv8 or greater clients to maximize there computing potential not just individually but also as more and more pico cluster scale-able home based systems become normal for those with interests in distributed computing or parallel processing donating meaningful cpu power for the greater good of seti. The possibility of support for potential use of ASIC and FPGA's as well would be great. Leave no cpu/gpu cycles behind!

“For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either. The ends of things and their beginnings are impregnably concealed from him in an impenetrable secret. He is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness out of which he was drawn and the infinite in which he is engulfed.” -Blaise Pascal

When you're an anvil, hold your still; when you're a hammer, strike your fill. -English Proverb

"Why you doin' this, Doc?
Because Wyatt Earp is my friend... - Friend? Hell, I got lots of friends...Doc Holliday: I don't."
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