And in the End...
BROE at AARDVARK.UCS.UOKNOR.EDU
Wed Feb 6 09:09:00 EST 1991
As we progress deeper and deeper into the unknown,
pushing back the frontiers of knowledge, learning more about
ourselves, our environment and how the physical, chemical
and biological world works, we push ourselves to the limits
of our capabilities and beyond. We succeed in some efforts
and fail in others, but we keep on pushing forward until we
reach our breaking point, and then we quit when the light at
the end of the tunnel is no longer visible.
Such has just happenned with the resignation of
Rob "pushing back the frontiers" Harper in his position with
IRLEARN. Rob's contributions, along with Dave and others,
have allowed many of us who use BIOSCI as a tool for our
research to get about our business, while they help us
communicate with others and teach us how to broaden our
horrizons and look towards the future where we all will
communicate easily via computers. We sometimes forget that
their work is research too, as they also are pushing back
frontiers of knowledge and doing experiments to improve
our abilities to communicate, discuss, educate and grow.
Some experiments succeed while some almost succeed
and yet others fail miserably. Such is life and life goes
on. When our experiments fail or even when they succeed,
we re-adjust our priorities and we push forward in a new
direction. We make our contribution in one area and then
move on to new areas. Some of my collegues have left the
bench for administration, full-time classroom teaching, or
selling insurance. All continue to make a contribution,
some more visible than others, but a contribution none the
To Rob, good luck, hug your kids for me, continue to
be yourself, thanks for your efforts in helping us communicate
and keep pushing back those frontiers.
To Dave and others who are "working behind the scenes",
you have our support and go-for-it.
To those of us who are users of the network, let us
remember the 11th commandment:
"Thou Shalt Not Take Thyself To Seriously"
Life is too short to get all bent out of shape when
someone doesn't use the network correctly or equipment or
human made programs don't work properly. The novice user
eventually will learn the correct proceedure, the engineers
will fix the equipment and the programmers will eliminate the
bug. People are killing each other over oil, children are
starving to death in under developed countries, the AIDs
crisis is upon us, drugs are taking over the lives of other
wise productive people, and some of us are upset because of
bounced mail messages. As my teenage daughter would say.
"Get real and get a life".
I'm not sorry for this long message and just hope it doesn't
fall on blind eyes.
Best to one and all,
Bruce A. Roe
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
INTERNET: BROE at aardvark.ucs.uoknor.edu
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