An Open Letter to our friends and neighbors in the oil patch

“Nothing’s quite as sure as change”, goes an old song by the Mamas and the Papas. This is as true in technology as it is in affairs of the heart. While the oil patch may seem timeless and immutable — something you grew up with — it has only been with us for a century and a bit. Now you may forget this, but every job in the oil patch originally came at the cost of a job in the stables or the field. People who worked as long and as hard as you do, forging horseshoes and shodding horses, shoveling horse puckey, fixing cart wheels, hauling bags of feed…