Profile: Cesium_133*

Your personal background.
I AM John Sawyer, aka Lieutenant Commander Data. Do you think I might like Star Trek TNG?

Born: Stardate, er, 17 March 1973, Charlotte, NC.
Resides: Charlotte, NC 1973-1999
Triangle, NC 1999
Matthews, NC 1999-2002
Charlotte, NC 2002-2003
Butner, NC 2003-2005
Charlotte, NC 2005-

High School: Myers Park Senior High School, 1988-1989 (dropped out, didaskaleinophobia; who'da thunk it?)
GED, August 1993

Occupation: professional eBayer, username thetrendywoman, 2005-
sports official, 1994-2005
front end manager, Arthur's at SouthPark, Charlotte 1999-2000
stock clerk/dairy dept. manager/factotum, A+P, Charlotte 1989-1995

Hobbies: DC'ing (have worked with in the past; found this outfit by the lucky break of seeing Rosetta featured in Wikipedia); reading; Latin; travel; card games, esp. hearts, spades, and Texas Hold 'Em; intellectual TV; current events; baseball, football, soccer, and basketball; playing trivia games...

Did you know? I have never been to Nebraska, Iowa, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or American Samoa; nor have I been to New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, or Nunavut; nor to any countries but the USA (duh), Canada (duh), the Bahamas, and the Netherlands Antilles (St. Maarten, Dutch side). I've not even been to Alabama, Mississippi, or Louisiana (the last 3 even though I live in North Carolina!) Other than that, I've been everywhere, man...

Lest you think I have any political correctness in me at all, my favorite sports teams are the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Braves (and UNC Tarheels). I also like the Kansas City Chiefs to a degree, and the Chicago Blackhawks are ok with me due to their storied history.

Also, I'm 1/4 Hungarian, 1/16 or so Cherokee Indian, probably some German, and definitely English/Irish/Scottish. I can be a constipated limey, a neat-freak/detail-obsessed Kraut, a war-loving bohunk (UFC rocks!) or a loud mick with the best of them (note my b'day). I also hold my liquor well :)
Your opinions about Rosetta@home
Going after mutant proteins can stop cancer. Using proteins in ways I can't even comprehend (and I'll toot my own horn; I have a damn good mind) to combat cancer and pre-cancerous conditions is the next step in beating that scourge. I lost a grandmother and great aunt to cancer; my father had it, but caught it early (being an MD helped him realize the signs- he's cancer-free 17 years, no chemo, no radiation :D ); and my grandfather had prostate cancer when he died of a heart attack.

I want to help beat cancer, and I will do what I can here, with my computer. I wish I could do more. Any other projects that come online via BOINC that deal in proteins... count me in if they research proteins and cancer in a different manner than Rosetta. POEM, Docking and SIMAP are all great endeavours. I want to work at the spear-tip of things, with applied science that comes from work like POEM. Immunology? Count me in there, too. If it's medical, count me in...

Beyond immunological and genetic research, I am most worried about NEA's and other NEO's. We had one get within 18,000 miles, another which will pass at about that distance in 2029, and the Chelyabinsk bolide. Sounds like research can be done there, so I'll help out in those projects, too, as best I can. I hope Orbit gets some more WU's :)

Incidentally, the pretty lady you see is not I, but one Hayley Westenra. She's a classical crossover singer from Christchurch, NZ, and has perhaps the best voice on the planet today. She is the biggest entertainment act in the history of New Zealand, and worldwide is 4x platinum in total sales. Check her out... guys, do you not wish she were your gf? Ladies, would you not kill to look that hot? Would that she were my girl... but she's engaged, and not to me :p

Whatever happens, for God's sake, keep this project and this concept running. Keep ALL protein-related DC projects going. This will, mark my words, be a mover and shaker in the fight to cure cancer, as it actually is now. Vive les flops!
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