Since it's Sunday-ish, here's the reminder you could put my mathematics blog on your Friends page, or in your RSS reader, or you could follow these links to recent essays:
- Making A Joke Of Entropy, about the quantification of funny words.
- The Equidistribution of Lattice Shapes of Rings: A Friendly Thesis, about a mathematics PhD thesis that you too can read. Promise.
- Reading the Comics, December 30, 2015: Seeing Out The Year Edition, which includes a Jumble puzzle.
- How December 2015 Treated My Mathematics Blog, which was less good than November but I can't fairly complain.
And now returning to Conneaut Lake Park, here's what we saw on a stroll down the main midway:
Ride Wristbands, at the intersection of the main midway and a secondary road, is where you actually buy tickets (as we did in 2013) or all-day ride bands (as we did in 2014 and 2015). It's not normally this crowded. There's one of the New Conneaut Lake Park flags flying there, with a yellow background as opposed to the white of the old ones which we have. And finally you may ask: why is it the Log Cabin Gift Shop? Well, there used to be a Log Cabin Restaurant. Logic would seem to suggest that it used to be in that location, since, why else name something the Log Cabin Gift Shop if it didn't use the Log Cabin Restaurant location, and why would there be a low counter all around the gift shop's windows, with regularly spaced stools in front, if that didn't used to be a restaurant? But I stop short of concluding it was the restaurant because I do not believe logic can apply at Conneaut Lake Park.
Merchandise inside the Log Cabin Gift Shop. And, to a wonder, all the items at the Conneaut Lake Park gift shop were for Conneaut Lake Park! (Or were generic stuff like sunscreen or the like.) I know this sounds like a ridiculous thing to document but in previous visits this shop --- which used to be about double its present size --- held stuff for, like, Paramount Kings Island (Cedar Point bought it like a decade ago) or Geauga Lake park (which closed in 2007). I bought one of the Park After Dark t-shirts, which fluoresces brilliantly in the sunlight. The park does not have a Ferris wheel, nor does it have a looping steel roller coaster, the two amusement-park features of the shirt.
A prize from the Art Gallery, showing off items to be auctioned off the next day. This is from an event held back when the park was known as Exposition Park at Conneaut Lake. The Art Gallery space was, as late as 2015, part of the Log Cabin Gift Shop. The auction was to be run by C Sherman Allen, whom you'll recall from his write-in campaign for County Commissioner and his mighty, mighty grip.
Puppetteer plying his trade (puppetry) in the area between the midway games and the boardwalk. It's one of the biggest and most lifelike human dolls I've seen an ostrich operate. He called up kids to do magic tricks and trade corny jokes, as is natural.
View out over the beachfront and Conneaut Lake proper. At the bottom of the picture are remains of the beachhouse, which burned down a couple days after we visited in 2013, and about the same time that Mission Amusement program aired, although I don't believe they even mentioned it, missing a fantastic moment.
Trivia: On 4 January 1677 the Royal Society examined a sample of phosphorus sent by one Christian Baldwin. It was found to luminesce, and Baldwin was elected a fellow. The sample was calcium nitrate. Source: The 13th Element: The Sordid Tale of Murder, Fire, and Phosphorus, John Emsley. (Just was phosphorus was hadn't yet been worked out perfectly at the time.)
Currently Reading: Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape The Universe, Marin Rees.