August 13, 1998

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On the Plane

Preparations for the conference have finally come together; I have managed to make it onto the plane without forgetting very many things. I did manage to forget to purchase VHS tapes for making copies of Rosalie's videos, but no doubt Boulder is not so primitive as to be entirely barren of video stores. The latest report from David and Rosalie is that the pendulum tests carried out with one orbital in DemoGIT were unconclusive. It seems that the force apparent with two orbitals in last weeks initial tests was not to be duplicated in the wee hours of this past morn.

I stayed up until 4 AM working to make the paper super-revised and to put together some overheads for an as-yet-to-be-written presentation. Thanks must go to my roommate, who has published many more papers than I and critiqued my paper quite harshly. I confess I have a real fondness for using four words where one word would be adequate, but that hardly makes for easy reading. The small child that is my seat mate is being quite helpful and aiding me in typing this report. Her revisions, while novel and ground-breaking in the realm of journalism, are unreadable enough to make this a typical academic paper but tend to break up the text stylistically. I have thus not retained them.

The plane took off late, so I will not be getting in to the airport for half an hour or so. The flight attendants are coming around to break my kneecaps if I don't put the computer away, so let this serve as the first entry in what is sure to be a saga of science, heroism, and the future of mankind. Details of good restaurants in Boulder (if any) may accompany the saga.

Signing off,


Amanda J. Gilbert, Domestic Correspondent, Gyroscopic Inertial Flight Team






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