austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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Never in your life

(A pause, once again, to remember that terrible day in 1999 when humanity forever lost the Moon.)


Still holding at two things a week on my mathematics blog, which is as much of a pace as I can do. Here's the last couple weeks' worth of writing for it:

I'm sorry to report nobody will actually be impressed by your multiplying certain big numbers in your head, but it's nice to imagine. Anyway, some more Cedar Point pictures, as I try to get photos caught up to text again:

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Woodstock's Airmail, one of your Frog Hopper type rides, although it is given a theme matching something I can imagine Woodstock doing, at least. The return address on the letter is Camp Snoopy, Cedar Point, Sandusky, so that checks out.


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The Balloon Race entrance has these silhouette squirrels that have got to reflect some earlier theme for the ride. I'm not positive that a squirrel ever appeared in Peanuts, but I can say, they did not look anything like that.


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Back to the main part of the park. Here's one of the guest services Courtesy Desks, where you might enter to win a lifetime pass. These booths had photographs of old-time attractions. Here, Jungle Larry's Safari Island ran from 1965 to 1994 and I'm so glad we don't have to think about them keeping performing animals these days.


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Magnum XL 200's track and, to the right, station; this is looking out toward the hotel entrance. Somehow the area feels even more wet than it did when it was raining.


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Corkscrew crew looking out from the station. We thought they might be about to open the ride --- Corkscrew is a tank, never going down for mere weather --- but were at least a couple minutes too early for that.


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Looking back at Top Thrill Dragster, and the clouds getting lighter behind it. I don't remember if we ever saw the ride running; it's extremely sensitive to weather. We won't see it running if we get back this year, though. The ride had an accident the next week, with a piece coming off and hitting someone in the queue.


Trivia: Kiritimati, the Pacific Christmas Island, is on the opposite side of the International Date Line --- and so is about a day ahead --- of Hawai'i, which lies at about the same longitude. Source: Marking Time: The Epic Quest to Invent the Perfect Calendar, Duncan Steel.

Currently Reading: QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter, Richard P Feynman.

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