It was a more normal week on my mathematics blog. As seen on your Friends page, or maybe on your RSS feed if that's still a thing, I had the comic strips and then a fairly major piece explaining something mathematicians just know how to do. Here it was:
- Reading the Comics, September 6, 2016: Oh Thank Goodness We’re Back Edition as there's finally mathematics in the comics again.
- Reading the Comics, September 10, 2016: Finishing The First Week Of School Edition as there was a lot of mathematics in the comics again.
- Dark Secrets of Mathematicians: Something About Integration By Parts which has a little trick that dazzles calculus students.
- Reading the Comics, September 17, 2016: Show Your Work Edition from a normal week of comics.
And now to close off my Holiday World pictures. Don't worry. I'll have other amusement parks soon!
Scenic foreground in Halloween and don't ask me how they get away with this. Frightful Falls is the classic 80s log flume. The roller coaster way in the background is the Legend roller coaster.
The Legend, as seen from the front of its launch station. Goblin Burgers offers just what you'd expect (though no vegetarian burger, alas). You can see how the area is Halloween-themed even if it's basically ordinary park stuff there.
From Halloween looking back. On the left is the entrance to the water park, with elephant statues. To the right is Thanksgiving. The Voyage roller coaster is the one visible in center-right.
The first hill, and track spiral, on Thunderbird, just as a train's been launched. The track is coming out towards the camera on the upper left.
The Turkey Whirl: a Tilt-a-Whirl made all Thanksgiving-themed. The sad thing about the sunset is the day was getting one, but it was also beautiful to see.
Sunset near the park entrance, with the main Christmas Tree, a couple of shops, and of course the Raven roller coaster in near silhouette.
And what the heck: where I parked at the hotel. It's very, very far down a steep hill to ... everything. bunny_hugger wasn't perfectly comfortable with this part of the lot.
Trivia: Three completely independent schemes for getting the stuck Skylab solar sail were conceive, developed, tested, and practiced by flight crews between the launch of the station on the 14th of May, 1973, and the launch of the first crew on the 25th. Source: Homesteading Space: The Skylab Story, David Hitt, Owen Garriott, Joe Kerwin.
Currently Reading: Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles's War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News, A Brad Schwartz.