I've funded an experiment by providing some equipment. I may provide more for the experiment as well, this remains to be determined. I turned this equipment over to someone yesterday. Initially this someone carried the descriptor 'minion' for this post. Incorrectly, however, as they are quite as interested in the particular experiment as I am for their own purposes as well. In need of an alternate desriptor, the word 'Ally' is selected. Indubitably, this seems a much better choice.