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Your personal background.
I am currently a student at Portland State University, where I plan to graduate summer term with a BA in Theater Arts, with a minor in Business Administration. Although I still don\'t know what I will be doing when I get out of school, I would like to at least use my degree for a year or two before moving on to other things. I have been involved in theatre since High School, and love to work with lighting/electrics and scenic carpentry.

When I\'m not busy with school or a production, I work part-time as a ramp agent in operations for American Airlines at Portland International Airport (PDX). It can be a very interesting job, but as I work for a contractor (and not the airline itself), the pay isn\'t too great--so it\'s definately a temporary job for while I\'m in school. However, if I had the opportunity to become a pilot (preferably on shorter, regional flights) I would jump at it.

These days, my free time is very limited but I do like to play computer games such as Day of Defeat, Team Fortress Classic and Dystopia, and old-school RTSs like the Command & Conquer series and Total Annihilation. On term breaks, I do like to get out of the city into the outdoors, and go camping and hiking. If I had loads of money, I would spend lots of time traveling the world. And, of course, construct the world\'s larged BOINC/grid computing farm!
Your opinions about BURP
I am very excited about the use of grid computing for all kinds of projects where lots of computing power is needed. While I don\'t expect that the results of grid computing will end up saving the world, it should at least foster progress a little bit, and provide smaller projects with access to resources they normally wouldn\'t. I also see it is a way to conserve energy and resources, by taking advantage of the idle computing resources sitting on the desks of millions of homes and offices. Hopefully, some research teams might be able to make use of this technology, rather than having to spend large sums of money building their own computing farms that waste energy.

Another related hobby of mine, is recovering abandoned computer hardware and refurbishing it for use. One of the (many) problems of our society and culture, is the mentality that everyone needs the latest and greatest technology. My \"everyday\" computer is a Pentium III/550MHz system that I have pieced together with parts from a number of sources. While this is pretty slow compared to new computers on the market, it\'s more than sufficient for the majority (probably 80%+) of users who browse the Internet, send emails, and use Office software. We need to get out of the \"throw away\" mentality, and be a little more conservative with our resources, both natural and commodity-wise. I also have an extensive collection of old Apple Macintosh computers and hardware, and try to pass it on to other entusiasts who could use it, saving it from going to the landfill.
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