I am overwhelmed and gratified by the response to my first blog post. Thank you all for all the thoughtful and constructive comments. The dialog has exceeded my expectations by quite a lot. I also appreciate that my blog was noted or reproduced on several other websites and the conversation is flourishing in various places. Quite amazing.
Just a couple of notes from this overwhelming response.
First of all, my time to participate online is still somewhat limited and the reading and moderation of comments here and other places has completely taken up my time to write up my next blog post. I have a good idea in mind and am anxious to get it out there, but simply haven’t had the time.
Second, I have had personal emails from several folks that I wish would join in the public discussion. I’m in a quandary about how much to publish from these otherwise private emails. I welcome your email as well as your comments here but really wish that you would join us in the public discussion rather than sending it to me privately. Always happy to get your emails, however.
Third, since this is my personal blog site – I no longer speak for the agency or anybody else – I reserve the right to moderate the comments as I see fit. Several folks have asked why their comments haven’t been posted; here are several reasons: (1) I simply haven’t gotten to it (time is limited), (2) I refuse to accept a comment that is longer than the original post (silly, but its my rule), (3) several folks provided comments that were basically an argument for a particular architecture – while that is interesting and perhaps important, it is not germane to the topic I started. So the rule is, stay on topic, and (4) sorry to report but some people crossed the line into the not-quite-civil side of the discussion and this I will not tolerate.
So I feel very much blessed by your attention and your considered comments, and I will allow more time in my schedule in the future to deal with all of them.
Together, I am certain that we will get to the stars!