What's there to show for another week of progress humor blogging and comic-strip explaining? The chance to tell you all about this:
- Explaining Vacuum Cleaners, last week's big piece, some silliness.
- MiSTed: Galactic Federation Update, Part 4/4, closing out a giddy bit of fanfiction.
- Statistics Saturday: Books Making The Case Against to balance out with the previous week's cases for.
- What’s Going On In The Amazing Spider-Man? April – July 2017 And why has it gotten all Mary Worth in there?
- In Which I Question Santa’s Staffing Decisions featuring a Story Book Land picture from Egg Harbor, New Jersey!
- Phantom Enjoys Daring Last-Minute Escape From Certain Doom some legitimate comic strip news that I learned by having the guy who write The Phantom pop in to tell me.
- In Which The Retirement Community Billboard Baffles Me a piece which bunny_hugger knew what I was writing about from the title alone, because it's something we saw last week while up north.
- In An Imperfect World, a bit of existential dread that I bill as this week's big humor piece.
Next, finally: my pictures from the closing day of Michigan Adventure's season last year, in early September, which is how far behind I'm running. Maybe I should pick up the pace some.
Michigan Adventure's Mad Mouse roller coaster on a much more normal day, although at a pretty nice angle that makes it look as though it has a steep drop off the lift hill. (The ride is nearly horizontal at that point. The fun of a Mad Mouse ride is lots of sharp turns.)
The front entrance of Michigan's Adventure as seen on its closing day for 2016. Cedar Point's front entrance got a major --- and fantastic --- renovation a few years ago when the GateKeeper roller coaster was put in, and we got to wondering if and when Michigan's Adventure would get a similar modification.
And this is why an update to the entrance seemed likely: detail of the Snoopy figure on the Michigan's Adventure sign. That, must say, doesn't really look good. We somehow haven't been to the park yet this season so can't say if it's been replaced or repainted.
And then to reinforce the thought of maybe new signs being a good idea: detail of the sign showing the same sort of wear and minor rust damage.
The eternal frustration. Michigan's Adventure had put in a coffee stand, but we never saw it open all 2016. Peeking inside we could see the evidence of a stand maybe being in working order, but it was never a spot we could get coffee or any other hot drinks.
Trivia: When James A Pollack, of the Viking 1 imaging team, told a press conference on the 21st of July, 1976, that the Martian sky was pink and the wrongly-color-corrected images of the previous day were misleading, he got (friendly) boos and hisses. Source: On Mars: Exploration of the Red Planet 1958 - 1978, Edward Clinton Ezell, Linda Neuman Ezell. NASA SP-4212.
Currently Reading: Prime Mover: A Natural History of Muscle, Steven Vogel.
PS: Why Stuff Can Orbit, Part 12: How Fast Is An Orbit? and a scary bit of mathematics we dub approximations.