Wizards of Oz

"Life is fraughtless ... when you're thoughtless."



Big changes are afoot in Oz. First, and certainly most importantly, Lady of Oz is expecting:

The little cashew is due in late September, so we're hoping for a cool Tennessee summer.... And since I'm probably twice the age of your average blogger (i.e., shlok + tdaxp = Oz), this is doubly joyful -- and doubly daunting!

As if adding a third child isn't enough for 2008, I have moved on to other professional opportunities. It was a fun year-and-a-half with Enterra Solutions -- I learned volumes from Stephen DeAngelis and Tom Barnett, and am thankful for the opportunity to hitch my wagon to their star. However, my role in Tennessee and the company's explosive growth in other areas (e.g., Kurdish Iraq) were not a good fit.

So, effective tomorrow, I will join Dr. Yaneer Bar-Yam and his extremely impressive team at the New England Complex Systems Institute as their Director of Program Development. Since I have long believed that "Complexity Theory" will be for the 21st century what "Quantum Theory" was for the 20th century, I am very excited to help apply new scientific methods to everyday challenges.

In addition to joining NECSI, I am also launching a new company: EMC2 LLC, a consulting and team-building firm that seeks to fill a void between high-level emergency management and local (individual, family and company) disaster preparedness.

I watch the ripples change their size
But never leave the stream
Of warm impermanence and
So the days float through my eyes
But still the days seem the same

Strange fascination, fascinating me ... :-)

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At 29/2/08 23:21 , Blogger mark said...

AWESOME and on so many levels!

Heartiest congratulations on the additional wizard and the new gig - working with Yaneer would put you back into physics in an intersectional field. Sounds very cool!

At 1/3/08 13:12 , Blogger deichmans said...

Thx Zen - it's been quite a month! :-)

At 1/3/08 14:22 , Blogger DF said...

Wow, when you decide to make a change, you really make a change LOL! Congrats and good luck :) I wish y'all the best!

At 1/3/08 20:50 , Blogger Jay@Soob said...

Congratulations on all accounts but especially regarding that little cashew, as it were. Me thinks Herr Deichmans is going to be a tad busy in the upcoming months. But busy in the best way.
Good on yeh, Shane and best of luck.

At 1/3/08 20:58 , Blogger Purpleslog said...

Congrats on all of the good news!

At 2/3/08 12:13 , Blogger deichmans said...

d, Ain't it the truth... Reminds me of when R & I got married -- we 1. bought our first home, 2. moved, 3. changed jobs [both of us], 4. sold her car to become a 1-car family, and 5. got married -- all in a four-week timespan.

General of the Hordes & Purpleslog, Thx for the well wishes!

At 2/3/08 12:27 , Blogger Dan tdaxp said...

Now Congrats are in order!

At 2/3/08 12:38 , Blogger Stephen Pampinella said...

Congrats indeed, great news!

At 2/3/08 18:48 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shane, best of luck with your new endeavours.

At 3/3/08 15:12 , Blogger Sean Meade said...

wholey moley. methinks you were not entirely forthcoming during our 24+ hours together on the Road Trip ;-)

at any rate, congratulations and good luck!


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