June 11th, 2018

krazy koati

The place is a madhouse, feels like being cloned

It was mostly a week of comics on my mathematics blog, but you can catch up with that here and now:

And ready for some real soap-opera comic strip excitement? Then you'll need to know What's Going On In Judge Parker? Is Something Happening In Apartment 3-G Suddenly? The answer is I don't know!

Now a big bunch of Rye Playland pictures because you're worth it.

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More of the exit facade. We particularly liked how the wizard and the dragon seem to be deep in discussion about this crystal ball.


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Dragon prop from the top of the Flying Witch dark ride at Rye Playland. The metal mechanism behind it is another ride, I think the log flume.


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Looking across the midway at the Dragon Coaster: after the first drop the train races into the dragon's mouth and through its middle and then you leave in a way they haven't worked out a tasteful answer for yet.


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Gorgeous tower at the north end of Rye Playland's midway and the park itself.


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Panoramic view from just north of Rye Playland, at the boat ride dock and a picnic area and the water beyond.


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Reverse panoramic view from the north end of Rye Playland, looking at the dock and beyond that the park.


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North entrance to Playland, with small gates to accompany the main tower. Beyond that, the Crazy Mouse ride has a car puttering along.


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Did you ever wish you were ... big?


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The other arcade at Rye Playland. Attack From Mars is everywhere. Cyclone is tolerably common but still a great fit for an amusement park's arcade. The Flintstones, based on the 90s movie (remember the 90s movie?) we were playing a lot at Blind Squirrel League although it's left that spot. Bugs Bunny's Birthday Bash is a comparative rarity. It's never played in competitive pinball, as it has a couple of fun pranks that make it unsuitable for tournament play. (Particularly, there's a funny randomly-generated prize at the end of each player's game that can give them extra points, or steal points, or --- and this is the killer --- take points from or even swap scores with another player. There's no way to turn that off, either.)


Trivia: David Steinmann, chief designer of the Mackinac Bridge, also composed a poem to the structure, The Bridge at Mackinac. One verse read: ``In the land of Hiawatha // Where the white man gazed with awe // At a paradise divided // By the straights of Mackinac --- ''. Source: Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of America, Henry Petroski.

Currently Reading: Neither Snow Nor Rain: A History of the United States Postal Service, Devin Leonard.