Profile: Feet1st

Your personal background.
I\'m a computer programmer, but I don\'t \"do Windows\".

I just got a house on the river last Fall. Witnessing the normal Spring flooding was an awesome sight. Really love awaking each morning to a different setting as the river changes from day to day. Really DON\'T love picking up a Winter\'s worth of sticks across my new ~4 acre lawn!

I\'m interested in all sorts of odd things. River-Powered pumps was a hot topic with me last Fall. I still hope to make one. I may run the relatively cooler water up to cool my A/C units in the Summer. More recently was studying how to make my hot-water heat system more economical, and less noisy at the same time (hope to use off-peak electricity to replace some of the propane I would otherwise use). Have always believed in ecology, recycling and learning from nature.
Your opinions about Rosetta@home
I run Rosetta, and have removed ALL of my other DC projects, because I feel it has the largest leverage for mankind. Proteins are everywhere, in enzymes, viruses, immune cells, receptors of various signals in the body... if we nail down a complete understanding of how they work, and can accurately model them by running just a few iterations of a computer model, then mankind will basically have immunity to every known infectious disease, plus some that are not \"infectious\" diseases. Things like Anthrax, Ebola, SARS, flu (bird or otherwise), HIV, the common cold... will all have vaccines available within months of the first reported cases. Catastrophic diseases such as HIV and the Black Plague will NEVER be able to happen again! Because cures will be available before most people are ever exposed to the virus.
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