|by Captain. Arloth Talghet
Greetings from the Center Seat
Good day fellow crew and guests. This week has been a bit busy, both my wife, (our reserve ships staff counselor) and my daughter have been fighting with a bad case of bronchitis, as well as a fever. My work is short staffed and things a bit more hectic than usual. However I am still sane and functioning quite nicely thank you.
In a past article I mentioned a progam sponsored by a very real, modern space program called SETI. It is called SET@home, and it is a way anybody with a computer, a monitor and a few minutes a day can participate through a World wide web connection in a real-world possible first contact event for mankind with another intelligence. It works like this, you join the SETI @ Home organization, and they provide you with a set of diskettes and a password, which will give you a screen saver unlike anything you have ever seen before! What will come up on your screen is a view of the night sky from one of several real observatories on the Earth, and occasionally a view from our good friend and eye-in-the-sky the orbiting Hubble radio telescope. You then spent some free time at home looking at your screen saver for signs of intelligence. Dont worry, the program comes with guidelines, a newsletter and phone numbers of people and machines to call for questions, findings etc.
Since we as an organization are planning on focusing more on the a w.w.web-based information based culture of the future, this idea of using personal computers as additional research tools for projects affecting all of mankind is an idea whose time has come, kind of like casting a vote.
Almost everyone who has been in school has been exposed in some way to
the science of astronomy. And it is a more widespread knowledge of our universe
that will most effect our daily lives in the future, imagine walking out
under the night sky and having the ability to know where your friends and
relatives are on those little points of light without having to look the
names up in a book or (more likely) an internet database.