Hi Everybody --
I'd like to say thanks to everyone for the outstanding response that we had
on Saturday night to our test & setup show for the Energetic Garage webcast.
Even without well publicizing the event, and certainly without much planning
beforehand, we had a sizeable audience tuning in, and some great call-ins
from Brian Feeney, Richard C. Hoagland, John Hutchison, and Bill Alek.
We're planning to officially launch the show next Monday, and I'm going to
begin booking guests this week. Our goal is to provide a stable daily
environment for community interaction, as well as provide an interactive
forum for energy & space news and current events.
As for American Antigravity, I think that we're up to something like 25
video-clips online, all in Windows Media format, and I have several more to
add in the near future. Additionally, I hope to add a variety of new
materials at this year's STAIF conference, to hopefully provide some
additional insight into the papers & concepts being presented there, or at
least present a different perspective on all this material.
I just received another follow-up from one of the event planners that we
contacted last year about setting up a BPP / AG conference. It's a good
idea, but one that we've neglected due to the growing popularity of the
STAIF Conference. Is STAIF going to become our central community gathering
to bring everyone together in one place? If so, then we should promote that
as being our primary forum to bring the community together, and perhaps work
a bit more on adding some additional post-conference events to engage the
larger community who might be interested in attending but not presenting
This year, that means a post-conference get together at Richard C.
Hoagland's house on the 17th or 18th to talk about community leadership. If
you're interested in attending, it may require bumping your airline & hotel
a day further out in Albuquerque.
Finally, since everybody's probably read the recent New Scientist article on
Heim Theory, I thought that it would be interesting to reflect on the
general scientific ignorance about this theory conveyed by the authors. I
think that we can take from this the idea that for whatever reason, these
hyperdimensional theories of physics truly are uncharted territory for new
ideas, but also that we as a community can provide a valuable service to the
larger scientific community by providing educational materials to help
science better understand the concepts that these theories express.
From what I've seen, the better part of the aerospace industry is bored with
the status quo, and open to new & innovative ideas for the future of the
industry. Nick Cook has elaborated on this point, suggesting that it may be
the only way to attract new blood to an aging industry. Given the sharp rise
in BPP interest over the last few years, even despite the financial
constraints imposed by our economy and troubles in the middle east, it bodes
well for the future of the space-industry in general to see so many people
getting involved with previously undervalued approaches to innovative
I repeatedly hear comments about the patent office nearly being closed in
the 19th century because they believed that all the innovative ideas had
already been found: most people focus on this as being ignorance in the
period, but I'd like to focus on the fact that this plateau in the
technology of the day didn't last very long. Similarly, I suspect that what
we currently see as a type of stagnation in science only serves to set the
stage for breakthroughs so profound that they're difficult to imagine today,
but will be looked back upon as the foundation for a new technology in the
decades to come. After all, the history of the 20th century is finished--
opening a blank page to begin writing the history of a new century in the
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