austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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Where the field was warm and green

One more busy week in my mathematics blog. What was there, waiting to be on your RSS feed? Some, frankly, great writing on my part, including:

Meanwhile over in the story strips, do you know What's Going On In Mark Trail? Thanks to me, yes, you do now!

Now let me give you pictures from last year when they made a miniature golf course out of the local ballpark.

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The ball field! A rare chance to see the Lugnuts stadium almost completely shut down, except for the miniature golf course carved out of the right outfield and a little bit of the infield. Note the apartment buildings past center field; they're built on the edge of the park, for everyone who wants home living to come with the threat of being beaned by a long fly ball, in case someone hits one. (It is lower-level A baseball.)


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And here's the main action, a couple rows of golf holes carved into the to-be-replaced grass of the outfield. There were way more people than we expected, although after the initial line to start everything moved at a pretty good clip.


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The grab-bag of golf balls available for the course. Where did they come from? I'm guessing someone asked everybody they knew to bring in all the spare golf balls they had, and then someone went to Goodwill with like twenty bucks and directions to scour the sports section.


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Panoramic view from on the actual outfield grass, where we were allowed to walk like that was a normal sort of thing. This was also when I decided I was going to master my camera's panoramic options even if it killed me.


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Look, it's people having fun! Me being arty and photographing through the wrong side of one of the scenic foregrounds set up as a minigolf prop.


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This should give you a good idea what the holes really looked like. The greens were carved out of the actual grass, which plays way slower than the artificial stuff on every miniature golf course ever. And sports equipment was used for most of the obstacles or features of the course; see the base on the left side of the picture, not pressed into the ground and used as something to bounce the ball against.


Trivia: The 1924 filibuster of a new state constitutional convention was broken after six months when Republicans hired a thug to set off a stink bomb behind the Senate rostrum. After the evacuation the Republican legislators fled to a hotel in Rutland, Massachusetts, preventing a quorum from assembling. Source: Rhode Island: A History, William G McLoughlin.

Currently Reading: The Improper Bohemians: Greenwich Village In Its Heyday, Allen Churchill.

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