Making my humor blog's big weekly pieces be a bunch of how-to articles this month has strangely relieved me of my deepest problem: thinking of what to write. Have you seen what I've written recently? Try this if you haven't.
- How To Clean A Thing, a how-to that went horribly wrong.
- On The Problems Of Credit In The 19th Century New England Economy as I try to figure out what you could buy on credit in Norwich, Connecticut, in Like 1890.
- Statistics Saturday: Some Things That Yeah, We’ve Tried Already, They Didn’t Work but thanks for suggesting them again.
- What’s Going On In Rex Morgan, M.D.? June – September 2017 Adoption!
- World Possibly Ending Sometime Wednesday so I guess we passed that, at least.
- Watching Some Cartoons: Educated Fish as I was thinking Fleischer Studios some.
- In Which I Am Again Baffled By Modern Capitalism but then aren't we all?
- How To Sketch A Thing featuring some art I spent literally four minutes on.
Let's get back to Cedar Point Halloweekends. That's a fun time and place to be.
Mean Streak, several weeks after its closure, and partly torn up for its renovation. The roller coaster train underneath is from Maverick.
Old West-themed building near Maverick, which itself is at the end of the Frontier Trail. The 'White Water Coal Co' suggests to me the White Water Landing log flume ride, itself taken out a decade-plus ago to make room for Maverick. There's several bits of park decoration that have increasingly faded White Water Landing logos or references but since they're all in the Old West part of the park that just makes them fit the theme better.
Entrance to the Frontier Trail at night on Halloweekends. For the Halloween season the trail is dressed up to this steampunk walk-through attraction and making the trees look like that is part of the show.
Entrance gate of the Steampunk thingy on the Frontier Trail at Halloweekends. It hasn't got started quite yet, which you can tell because there's not lasers shooting out of the eyes.
Brass-plated (well, painted) swan on the Frontier Trail as part of the cyberpunk thing. The swan had been part of the Swan Boats ride; others of the swans were sent to Michigan's Adventure. This one went into seasonal performances instead.
Rally of the haunted-house/haunted-walkthrough-area performers at the Luminosity stage. This was new this year, with all the performers gathering for a good send-off just before the witching hour of 8 pm.
One of the performers on the Luminosity stage, set up outside the Iron Dragon roller coaster, in a show that we were a little too far away to hear quite clearly what was going on.
Trivia: In the early 1940s Orlando Scott offered lie-detector screenings of potential employees to high-volume clients at $15 per interviewee. He pledged to test for ``integrity, intentions, loyalty, competency, intuitiveness, stability, alertness, efficiency, ambition, vocational stability, sabotage, etc''. Source: The Lie Detectors: The History of an American Obsession, Ken Alder.
Currently Reading: The Global Transformation of Time, 1870 - 1950, Vanessa Ogle.