You could be reading my humor blog as part of your Reading Page or Friends Page if you liked, or by whatever method of RSS you use. Or maybe you just like these posts because it simulates archive-binging once a week. Your business. Here's the most recent stuff:
- How To Program (Computers), last week's big piece. Silly.
- Betty Boop, the Bum Bandit, and Missing Chances, an odd cartoon that makes me wonder why more weren't like it.
- Statistics Saturday: E.T. Fitted Into The Titles Of The Air Bud Cinematic Universe, really silly and also there's a lot of Air Bud Cinematic Universe movies out there.
- What’s Going On In Mark Trail? March 2017 – June 2017 and it's less than you'd think for how much stuff it is by volume.
- In Which I Am Amused By Fish Lip Research, based on real-world news.
- In Which I Just Have Some Excuses Because It’s Kind Of Warm that's a little less real.
- In Which I Am Surprised How Little Time British People Leave Tea Bags In according to some reading I did a couple weeks ago.
- In The Long Term, this week's big piece: long-range forecasting.
Enough old stuff. Here's Kennywood pictures!
The pizza stand in Lost Kennywood is decorated with these miniature wagons that, an information plaque explains, were used in the 1930s to showcase squirrels, rabbits, and raccoons as part of the park's free menagerie. It's up to you whether it says more about the park that they used to show off caged squirrels for Great Depression-era entertainment or that they kept the cages for decades just in case.
The Turtle ride, one of only two Tumble Bugs known to still exist. In the distance: the Phantom's Revenge roller coaster (blue, left), and the Thunderbolt roller coaster (white, right), and across the river, industry and commerce.
Statue of Kenny Kangaroo in the kiddieland area, near the SS Kenny miniature swinging ship ride. Yes, his nose looks weird compared to the way everybody draws kangaroos but you know, it's their thing.
Detail of the entrance to the Racer Moebius-strip roller coaster. I was just caught by the sign: 'George wants you to scan the QR Code to learn about his role in the French And Indian War events while enjoying your day here at Kennywood'. There were a couple of these QR Code historical markers there, posted by someone unaware that nobody has ever scanned a QR Code.
Kennywood's historic carousel, taken from a low angle because I discovered how good that can make carousels look.
bunny_hugger enjoying the Kennywood Grand Carousel and adjusting well to her right foot becoming a lion's paw.
Trivia: As British Secretary of State for War in 1914 Herbert Kitchener suggested that Britain delay its major war effort until 1917, by which time the Continental Armies would have exhausted one another in a standstill and the British Army would be fully trained and equipped. Source: The First World War, Hew Strachan. (Events outran this, mostly in how desperately Russia needed help to avoid collapse. It does seem to me like this is basically how the United States fought World War II in Europe, though.)
Currently Reading: Storm In A Teacup: The Physics Of Everyday Life, Helen Czerski.