I got this email today:
You’ve been chosen as the Einstein@Home user of the day!
Your profile will be featured on the Einstein@Home website for the next 24 hours.”
In 2005 I signed up to the Einstein@Home program that according to their site “uses your computer’s idle time to search for weak astrophysical signals from spinning neutron stars (often called pulsars) using data from the LIGO gravitational-wave detectors, the Arecibo radio telescope, and the Fermi gamma-ray satellite. Einstein@Home volunteers have already discovered about fifty new neutron stars, and we hope to find many more”. Being part of Einstein@Home just requires downloading a free software called BOINC, available on the website.
Apparently my profile has been with them all these years, of which I did initially donate a little computer time, and I’ve been randomly selected to be on their website. It’s like being part of a lottery that you never knew…
As my profile shows my interests haven’t changed much since I was 13.