Re: Y2K preparations/was Re: hello again...

From: Doug Jones (
Date: Sun Feb 13 2000 - 00:30:29 MST

"Robert J. Bradbury" wrote:
> On Sat, 12 Feb 2000, Doug Jones wrote:
> > Why does it not surprise me that (some) extropians go to Burning Man?
> Hmmmm.... not all Extropians know what this is... Got URLs?

Ya might try an altavista search for +"burning man" +"black rock

> > I really oughta go there next year. Maybe if we have it ready by then,
> > take our mobile test stand and offer to light the pyre with the exhaust
> > from a 2000 lb thrust engine...
> >
> > Nah, my boss would never ever go for it. Nice daydream, though.
> One word Doug... Clones!
> If I dig *way* far back in my memory banks, I think I can operate
> a milling machine, and of course welding is something I've always
> wanted to master. Me and a couple of the dudes that clean their
> firearms blindfolded while hanging upside down from chinup bars
> and you have a ready made rocket-engine construction crew.
> Go for it (we will be happy to sign the non-disclosure agreements...).

Hmmmm... maybe your gang could build a bare-bones (no data aquisition)
test stand from my piping diagram... and I could, er, salvage an
obsolete engine (if we have such six months from now)... we'd meet a day
or two before to bolt it all together... put on a show... and I'd take
the engine back (in however many pieces it may be).

Never happen. We do, hoever, seriously plan to build a replica of the
X-1 and fly it at places like Oshkosh. Major coolness.

Doug Jones
Rocket Plumber, XCOR Aerospace

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