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UnmannedSpaceflight.com and The Planetary Society, "A match made in the heavens"
djellison
post Oct 6 2010, 03:11 AM
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Oh - we still leave the sawdust on the floor here - but then all the good ideas written on the back of beer-mats get pinned up next door for everyone to enjoy smile.gif
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post Oct 6 2010, 03:42 AM
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So contributions will be tax-deductible at last!

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post Oct 6 2010, 03:43 AM
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Tom Tamlyn
post Oct 6 2010, 04:28 AM
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>>Ever since I discovered I would be working at JPL

Hello -- did I miss an announcement somewhere?

And congratulations to all on the new joint venture!

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post Oct 6 2010, 04:39 AM
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QUOTE (Tom Tamlyn @ Oct 5 2010, 08:28 PM) *
Hello -- did I miss an announcement somewhere?


I just let the news seep out by osmosis - I've been there since May smile.gif
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Tom Tamlyn
post Oct 6 2010, 04:53 AM
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A second round of congratulations are in order. That's a big change. I guess it will no longer be strictly accurate to call you a spokesman for the amateur community. ->

Can you share what you're doing there, or will that just seep out too.

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post Oct 6 2010, 04:56 AM
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It'll seep out in about 3 weeks smile.gif
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post Oct 6 2010, 05:02 AM
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It's quite refreshing to hear encouraging stories involving seepage! laugh.gif
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post Oct 6 2010, 05:29 AM
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QUOTE (Tom Tamlyn @ Oct 6 2010, 02:28 PM) *
Hello -- did I miss an announcement somewhere?


It pays to follow Doug on twitter! ph34r.gif laugh.gif
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post Oct 6 2010, 06:11 AM
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Great new indeed!
Doug, on my UMSF profile, can you change "joined 2006" by "joined 1989" please ? wink.gif


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post Oct 6 2010, 06:24 AM
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Interesting news on both accounts. Congratulations all around.

This also reminded me that it has been a while since I donated to UMSF. I took care of that tonight, thanks to the new link at the bottom of the page. smile.gif

Let's wish the best to our new proprietors.



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post Oct 6 2010, 07:10 AM
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sweet smile.gif
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Stephen
post Oct 6 2010, 07:14 AM
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QUOTE (elakdawalla @ Oct 6 2010, 08:45 AM) *
Some of you may be a little concerned about this new partnership -- you may be thinking that the Planetary Society will try to change the way the forum is run. Let me assure you that that will not happen. My bosses at the Society recognize that the reason this place is so great is that it is a community that has grown around itself, developed its own rules, and is functioning very well on its own terms. The administrative policies will not change.

Congratulations and best wishes.

But I do have a question or two: are these new arrangements in writing? What actual guarantees are there that the reassurances you gave will in fact remain in place over the longer term?

I ask that as someone who has been through more than one amalgamation himself. My experience of such things is that previous arrangements never remain the same after the big change, especially over the longer term.

More specifically, bosses change. When that happens anything that's not nailed down in writing has a habit of going out the window. There is always someone with a bright idea who believes his way of doing things is better than the way his predecessor(s) went about them. For example, recently a whole slew of bosses got turfed put where I come from and a brand-new management team brought in, a team which then proceeded to make wholesale changes to the way things were run, causing vast amounts of angst and gnashing of teeth in the process, at least among those who had no say themselves in the running of things. The point of view at the top was that they were only proceeding in what they saw as everybody's best interests, but it would be equally fair to say that among the lower echelons the general view was very different. Morale plummeted, and more than one decided they would have a better future elsewhere.

In that context I cannot help but notice that it wasn't Doug who made this announcement but Emily. That in itself would seem to be saying something.

That said, let me again say best wishes. I look forward to seeing what the Brave New World looks like.

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post Oct 6 2010, 11:11 AM
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Unfortunately, the conversation has become so restricted/directed that you've missed many important geological/morphological features on the traverses. But you do have pretty pictures. wink.gif

Good luck...

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post Oct 6 2010, 11:41 AM
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Awesome!


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