[chbot] Thanks for all the fish

Chris Hellyar chchrobotics@lists.linuxnut.co.nz
Sat, 05 May 2007 20:58:22 +1200

Good luck in Japan Andrew, that'll be a definite change of pace for you.

What part of Japan are you going to?  I have some friends who are moving
to Narita (sp?) in August, on a 3 year 'gig' doing something at a (the?)
University there.

Cheers, and all the best...

I can't help with the meetings though, I'm already burning the candle at
both ends, and gently warming it in the middle.  I think I only made it
to two meetings, about 3 years ago! :-).

I think it would be good if the meetings could continue though, give me
somewhere to show of my new 18 servo hexapod when I finally get it
going. :-).

On Tue, 2007-05-01 at 10:50 +1200, Andrew Errington wrote:
> Hi all,
> Well, some of you know this, but to others it will be news.  I am leaving 
> New Zealand to teach English in Japan for a while.  This is a fantastic 
> opportunity for me, and I'm very much looking forward to it.  I must 
> apologise as submitting the application, studying Japanese, and preparing 
> the house for sale has eaten into my robot-building time.  I leave at the 
> end of July.
> I have been giving some thought to the future of the club/society/whatever 
> we call ourselves, and it is clear to me that the majority of you would 
> want it to continue in some form or other.  As I see it, there are two 
> facets of the group.  The first is the mailing list.  Although it is fairly 
> low-traffic I think the quality of discussion is very high.  People are 
> talking about their projects, asking questions and getting answers.  The 
> mailing list is hosted by Jim Cheetham and administered by Nick Rout (thank 
> you both).  There is no problem with the continued existence of the list in 
> its current form.
> The second aspect is the real-life meetings.  I'd like to thank all of you 
> who have become 'regulars', and I hope that the meetings have been 
> interesting and useful for you.  I'd like to thank everyone else who has 
> showed up from time-to-time.  I know it's difficult to schedule free time 
> to come along, but your attendance is appreciated.  I cannot say what the 
> future of these meetings will be, but before I leave there will be one 
> further meeting on 20 June.
> I would like to hear from anyone who would be prepared to take over the 
> 'running' of the group.  This is not imperative: the mailing list will 
> continue without a person in this position, but the meetings will not.  
> Running the group is not an onerous task, but you do need some committment 
> (otherwise rooms won't get booked, people won't show up, mailing lists 
> won't get unclogged etc. etc.).  Unfortunately my arrangement with Science 
> Alive! will not automatically be conferred onto my successor.  It might be 
> possible to renegotiate, or my successor might have to find a new venue.  
> Of course, I have done this in the past, and I have been helped by you all, 
> so the new incumbent will not be completely alone and without resources.
> I'd like to thank everybody who has been associated with this group for 
> your interest and support, it's been fun, which is what it's all about.
> Best wishes,
> Andrew
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