BENEFITING: SETI INSTITUTE
If you're like me, you have always taken for granted that there are scientists are out there doing research and making discoveries. With the current economic situation, however, non-profit organizations -- especially those that provide "non-essential" services -- are losing funding.
SETI is a non-profit institute dedicated to the search for extra terrestrial intelligence. They look for aliens.
Last week, SETI's Allen Telescope Array went offline. (http://www.seti.org/ata) This facility investigates "goldilocks planets" -- planets where the conditions are "juuuust right" for life to exist.
SETI needs $5 million to operate the ATA for the next 2 years. My personal goal is to raise $500. How? By providing you an evening of dinner and entertainment for your charitable donation sometime in the next few weeks.
For your donation of $40/person, I will include:
-Planet Hunting: While I cook, you can help SETI scientists by identifying possible goldilocks planets. (http://www.planethunters.org/)
-Dinner: A 3-course homecooked prix fixe dinner (BYOB -- $40 wouldn't cover what some of you can drink)
-Movie: Choose from one of my many alien-themed DVDs to watch while you eat your dinner. Some suggestions: Contact, Cosmos, Alien, Star Trek, Stargate
-As much or as little dorky conversation with me as you want.
If you're not in San Francisco (or don't feel like making the trip up) I'm going to sell a cookbook of my recipes (which you can see here http://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.869278706377.2496846.3600338&l=d475bb6eaa) for $20. Please remember that I'm an amateur and a vegetarian and there are only about 20 recipes I know.