Friday, 14 January 2011

We've hit dirt, not paydirt, just dirt

I guess Frank knows what he's talking about. He was able to block the external interference once he built his Faraday Cage. I don't know who this Faraday guy is, but I think his cage looks more like a big-time wrestling cage than much of anything else. It's just a big box of chain-link fencing around, over, and even under the entire room. And let me tell you, having to walk across chain-link fencing is a real pain (and I mean that literally), but Frank says that we can put rubber mats over it for a temporary fix. He plans on replacing most of it with sheet metal, but until then he says that we'll just have to deal with it.

So anyway, once he got all the local magnetic fields out of the way, he was able to tweak the settings to get the Door to open where it had before or at least pretty close to there. He says that we're definitely still on the same planet, and probably even the same continent, but he can't guarantee that we're even close to the exact same spot where we were before. He says that that's a task for Tom to find out, and he will as soon as Frank declares the Door stable enough for a trip out.

I've got to hand it to Tom, with his willingness to just step out into the unknown like that. I don't know anyone else who would be eager to put their life in Frank's (otherwise well-trained) hands. I don't even like being in the Door room when they power up the system, especially after that total vacuum incident.

In fact as a result of that sucky episode, Frank suggested that we seal room where the Door is to prevent any pressure changes from this side to the other. Apparently some of the techies have noticed a wind whistling through the Door when it's opened, but no one bothered to mention it. They didn't think that we might be transferring all of our atmosphere away from Earth and out to some distant planet. That wouldn't be a good way to influence friends and win customers.  :-)

Well, it looks like I've talked too much already, so I'll save any more news for next week. See you then!

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