I have been fascinated by Astronomy and Astrophysics since I first looked up into the night sky of our farm in rural Indiana to see the Milky Way in all its splendor outside of the city lights and before every farm had a halogen yard light or 10. I still remember the cold sharpness of that lacework of stars and I haven't seen anything like it for many years.
I annexed a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics with a minor in physics (Astrophysics pulling at me again) and an interest in computational mathematics. These two interests naturally pulled me to the Milkyway@home project.
Your opinions about MilkyWay@home
I have seen enough of the science coming out of this project for me to say that the science is its own defense and justification for participation.
Well, I got very ambitious earlier this year and bought two Tesla M2090s along with a new motherboard and all in the interest of not only running my own simulations but to maybe get ahead of the crowd on some project in Boinc. I was doing pretty well with this one, but the coming of summer has brought a serious heat problem to light. I am currently running an open case with two fans directed at the GPUs to keep going. Looks like liquid cooling is in my future. I suspect at the moment I am in the "time out" corner since I have been adjusting things on a daily basis without turning off the Boinc client first and therefore sending a bunch of messed up work units. Sorry about that.