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<p>Well, I'm not sure where to begin...</p>

<p>I'm a graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla with degrees in Computer Science and History. I love both subjects, but in the words of Monty Python, "Now for something completely different." Currently I'm in my first semester as Master of Divinity student at Phillips Theological Seminary. I am a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and am seeking ordination upon graduation.</p>

<p>Basically I'm into all things computer. I love history, both reading and writing about it, and I love God. I'm also a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan, so if you like the Cubs, well, I'm really sorry for you. :) Naw, seriously, I love you guys. Fans of the team with the "curse of the goat" have to be treated with some respect!</p>

<p>I'm also moving into the digital world, so if I'm not opinionated enough for you here, come check out my website www.clintcollins.org to get an earful of whatever it is I happen to be talking about at the moment. Well, this should about do it. If you're still reading, you obviously have too much time on your hands...</p>
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<p>I originally got into distrubed computing through SETI@home. So, when they moved to BOINC I became really excited about the possibilities for other projects expanding on to the scene. When I discovered ClimatePrediction.Net, I signed on. I think due to the nature of the SETI search, our technology is not practical for making the exhaustive searches for signals that we need. This project however gives me the option of suppling my idle cycles to science more likely to be useful to humanity. I like that thought, and now I'm on board.</p>

<p>I think this project is good science and is a problem that should be looked at. I only know the vagueries of what is being done behind this research, but I'm happy to support it. Don't ask me about global warming - I'm inclined to believe that the data is inconclusive at this time. It's a possibility, but I just can't see anything that really supports the theory. Nonetheless, I think this project should help us determine the direction of earth's climate in the future, and that is a pretty exciting thing to be a part of.</p>

<p>And speaking of exciting, I'm also a member of LHC@home, which is helping CERN researchers discover stable beam configurations for the new Large Hadron Collider to be built in 2007. If you're looking for another great project, I highly recommend this one. Also, I intend to join Predictor@Home as soon as the release their BOINC version. This project is attempting to predict protein folding in order to advance research into the fields of disease such as cancer. I'm very excited about this project.</p>
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