I read the opening post announcing Jkrog's passing just before having to head out this morning, and I've had the entire day to attempt to mentally process the in-processable. I haven't yet and don't think I will. ATS is now bereft a great member, mind, and friend.
I think I last spoke with Jkrog directly on Mutter in early February. We spoke about time, consciousness, the universe, entropy, hyperspace...the
nature of reality. I told him I was most interested in the philosophical and theoretical side of science, so the rest of our quick conversation
focused on what consciousness was and whether it had any real relevance in the universe and beyond - it was a great discussion, and I'm glad I had
the opportunity to speak with him. I definitely wish I had gotten to know him better, his threads were always so interesting (and right up my
I hate to admit it, but I fear I took his presence here on ATS somewhat for granted - his contributions were always so worthwhile and intriguing, it
was like he was just meant to be here. The information he presented fit in perfectly, and his method and demeanor of presentation was always positive
and welcoming. This was the perfect place for his mind. I will miss him.
I think from now on, given how I feel now with his passing and that I didn't put in that extra effort to get to know him as Justin, rather than
'Jkrog08,' I'll look at all the information and creativity posted here on ATS with new eyes and a changed heart. I'll take more notice of the
thought behind contributions, the time it took to prepare them, and the real person typing away somewhere on the planet with the hopes of entertaining
and informing us.
I would say 'God rest your soul, Justin,' but I don't think we ever truly rest. Matter and energy brought together briefly in one reality still
exist in some form beyond that reality, and they will eventually take on infinite forms. May this be a transition and continuation of the journey you
began long ago. God speed, Justin.