[unrev-II] Reintroduction...

From: Rod Welch (rowelch@attglobal.net)
Date: Sat Nov 03 2001 - 20:51:36 PST

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    Thanks for for letting us all know in your letter on November 1 that you have
    relocated to Vancouver B.C. I have found memories of that area from having
    thrown a touchdown pass there many, many moons ago, and then very many years
    later presenting a paper on POIMS at a professional event. Coming from
    California my image of Vancouver B.C. was of a cold, backwater locale; but, of
    course it is a real jewel of the Pacific, very much like San Francisco in the
    richness of culture and opportunity.

    Now, you, Alison and young Maxwell will be adding to those riches, while
    continuing to pursue your breakthrough work with NODAL advancing Doug
    Engelbart's goals for an OHS/DKR. You will be greatly missed at SRI, especially
    excellent work organizing and contributing cogent ideas and expertise during the

    Thanks again for the reintroduction, relating you are settling in under
    convenient arrangements for family and work. Look forward to your continuing
    help with OHS/DKR as you advance NODAL, and of course best wishes in your new


    Lee Iverson wrote:
    > About time I got off my butt and let everyone know what's up. First
    > things first. Hello from wet and rainy Vancouver B.C. For those who
    > haven't been following the saga (and I'm definitely to blame for
    > making that difficult) Alison, Maxwell and I moved back to Canada at
    > the end of August. Alison has a new Faculty position at the
    > University of British Columbia, and we've always said that we'd head
    > back. Seemed like a good time for it, and we were happy to be coming
    > home again.
    > We are living on campus at UBC, so most everything is ridiculously
    > convenient. Alison walks to work (about 7 minutes), Maxwell and I
    > walk to his daycare (about 5 minutes) and there are cafes and even a
    > golf course just around the corner (sweet). Maxwell has transitioned
    > well into his new life here (a wonderful daycare and a very lively
    > bunch of kids to play with in our apartment complex) and is busy
    > making every effort to learn how to read. Alison has been busy
    > writing grant proposals and teaching a (can you believe this) a
    > hands-on nursing skills lab for this first semester. The only thing
    > that can really be said is that almost anything else will be easier.
    > But she is generally pretty excited and exhausted.
    > Comes to me, I guess. The plan when I left SRI was that I would
    > continue to work on a part time basis on existing projects and any new
    > opportunities that came up. Seemed like a fine idea at the time and I
    > actually spent the last two weeks in CA writing a proposal for
    > continuation of some of the Digital Earth work. To make a long story
    > short, that arrangement hasn't worked out. The AIC is in a pretty
    > deep financial hole, progress in getting money out of Washington
    > drastically slowed down in September, and a big NSF proposal that we
    > submitted in February was just rejected. I'm still officially on
    > leave, but it does seem as if my time with SRI is really pretty much
    > over.
    > That said, I haven't been sitting on my hands. I've been doing a lot
    > of reading, research and coding. I'm continuing work on the NODAL
    > design and prototype(s) (see http://nodal.sf.net if you're curious)
    > and been making a lot of contacts here in town. At this point, I've
    > submitted applications to both UBC (Dept. of Elec. and Computer Eng.)
    > and SFU (CS). I've been in contact with a number of local companies,
    > given a couple of talks, and established a relationship with the New
    > Media Innovation Centre (an brand-new kind of Media Lab Canada). In
    > fact last week I had a very productive visit with the CS Dept. at SFU,
    > on Tuesday I had a full day interview for a faculty position at UBC,
    > and yesterday a sit down with NewMIC executives regarding funding and
    > interaction opportunities. So, I'm actively moving forward and things
    > are actually looking pretty good. With the kind of work I'm
    > interested in doing, I'm pretty happy at the possibility of a faculty
    > position and the people I've met up here, both in industrial and
    > academic settings, have been very interesting and (luckily)
    > interested.
    > All that said, we had a blast on Halloween yesterday and all three of
    > us were complemented on our costumes and willingness to get right out
    > there. I was a red-headed, kilted Viking, Alison a biker chick and
    > Maxwell a mischievous little monkey (a real stretch). Pictures will
    > have to follow, I imagine.
    > So, I'm ready to re-engage with the world now, and am becoming a
    > little desperate for some good, stimulating conversation both online
    > and in person. Anyone interested in visiting, please feel welcome.
    > The ski hills will be opening soon and the golf courses stay open all
    > winter. And since we've found a willing baby sitter now (not to
    > mention the relative proximity of my relatives), some of the night
    > life is open to us as well.
    > --
    > -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > Lee Iverson
    > leei@telus.net #105-2700 Acadia Rd., Vancouver B.C. V6T
    > 1R9
    > http://www.ai.sri.com/~leei/ (604) 222-9312
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