Day 32: Melting
is the goal of the program? Our challenge is to cooperatively make
things out of gold. Things, plural, out of gold. Make things, very
difficult because the only pure gold we have is the nugget we found
in the treasure box. The gold we collected ourselves has many other
metals and elements mixed in with it. Purifying gold, need intense
Intense heat like none of us has ever used before. Make the furnace
ourselves out of available materials. Not much time. Even less experience.
We'll be mighty lucky if it gets hot enough. Different styles.
Irrational, imperfect beings, who often say things they do not mean.
mid-morning today I think we were doing pretty well. Mike L. went
off to build bellows. The rest of us identified and discussed the
main factors that will determine the success of the furnace we are
building: insulation, heat source, and airflow.
good clay, free of air bubbles and mixed with charcoal.
2. Heat source: supposedly we have coke, which is a very hot-burning
form of coal.
3. Air flow: position of fire with relation to openings in the furnace,
Hard work. Cooperation,
a must. Steep learning curve for all. We'll see what happens
dinner we were asked to talk about how we, the five of us, work
as a group. Jonathan was sick in bed, so he wasn't there.
This is a tough conversation to have, as well as a huge one, especially
during program 6 and with one person missing. Also, what is the
goal of talking about how we communicate? I would like to see our
goal to be to devise ways to work together better and to communicate
more effectively with one another. Without a shared goal, however,
this kind of conversation can degrade quickly. I think it stayed
right on the edge for a long while. When it looked like it might
slide into bashing, I chose to leave. I want to be productive and
effective. We are hired as scientists and professionals. I'd
like to see us have as a common goal to work effectively as a team
to produce high quality science programs for television, but people
have different agendas.
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