November 18th, 2014

krazy koati

She opened strange doors that we'd never close again

Back to Cedar Point After Halloween: I don't mean to harp on this point, but, cold and windy. We would probably have had dinner at the Midway market anyway --- it's the most economical deal, especially at Halloweekends --- but since it's in a real normal building it was irresistible. At that, we ended up sitting in a spot that got waves of cold air blowing in when people came in, which maybe was because we accepted a seat a little too close to the front, but also might be there's just no way to keep that much cold out of a building designed for summertime use. The buffet tables seemed to be almost overflowing with food and we realized that, oh, yeah, this is the last weekend they have to use up anything perishable so of course they're going to shove out everything they can. I'm curious what they do with unused food at the end of the season; I'd imagine Cedar Fair donates it to local food banks or the like, but that's just a supposition based on the renowned niceness of publicly-traded multinational corporations (stock symbol: FUN).

We were able to get rides on pretty near anything that was open, understandably, and some of them were pretty good --- Mean Streak, for example, had not just short queues but also we got at least one ride in without the trim brakes that slow down and, bunny_hugger believes, make the ride rougher throughout. (The brakes are quite controversial in roller coaster circles.) And I was surprised to see that Maverick was open and had almost no line; Maverick always has a line, but what was it doing open?

The answer, probably, is that while Maverick is a most exciting ride (despite the head restraints that batter people so), and it's got a really thrilling more-than-90-degree drop, it isn't actually a very tall ride; it's just 105 feet at the maximum. It's not very much taller than Blue Streak (78 feet) or Corkscrew (85 feet); if I don't miss something it's only the tenth-tallest roller coaster at Cedar Point. Assuming that winds are more troublesome the higher you go, then, it's probably one of the least wind-vulnerable roller coasters out there. And between the low crowds and, I guess, people assuming the ride must have been closed because rides like GateKeeper were, there was almost no line. And that's how we got what's definitely my and possibly bunny_hugger's first night ride on Maverick: it was there.

Trivia: The Old English ``impa'', source of ``imp'', was used to mean ``a young shoot of a plant, a seedling''. Source: Webster's Dictionary of Word Origins, Editor Frederick C Mish.

Currently Reading: In Pursuit Of The Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed The World, Ian Stewart. So what marks Stewart more explicitly as a British writer: that he casually mentions something being ``dross'', or that he explains that while, yes, Leibniz developed about the same results in his calculus as Newton did, Leibniz didn't do anything useful with them the way Newton did?

PS: Radius of the inscribed circle of a right angled triangle, reblogging an answer to that ``About An Inscribed Circle'' problem. This is, neatly, not the answer I'd come up with. First of these since the last roundup.