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The goal... is elevation

I spent the last week on the 20th floor of ...I guess the building that Senator Obama will be staying at during this upcoming convention, or so said the concierge. ...So there was lots of elevator testing going on. ...So there was lots of waiting that took place on my part. Because there were only 21 floors.


I had learned a lot about elevators a few weeks ago around the time the New Yorker ran a piece about a guy who got stuck in one for a whole weekend. They are mysteriously interesting, both as a controlled vessel for awkward social interactions and as things that a whole lot of engineering goes into in bigger systems, like how many to put in a building and how to do the speed testing and how some buttons don't actually do anything...but I am not on my standard computer and it is consequently trickier to dig up my browsing history.


Here is the video that sort of went along with the story, though.



Also, I totally don't keep a browsing history. Seriously, you guys.


I better get back to work. Hee, so the album that "Elevation" was off of was one of 2 compact disks of music that we had around the lab, back in 2001. I still get the weird feeling that I should be washing the desalting column whenever Bono hits a certain pitch.