September 3rd, 2020

krazy koati

Something in the air just ain't right

I finally got to the (first) topic suggestion by bunny_hugger in My All 2020 Mathematics A to Z: Leibniz or, as she would have it, ``Leibniz, the Inventor of Calculus''. His legacy's more complicated than that.


So rather than go into a day that should have been quiet if two houses down they hadn't let the dog outside bark for an hour-plus, let's get back to Darien Lake and the last couple hours we spent there in June 2019. That's more fun.

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bunny_hugger making friends with a fish sculpture in the center fountain.


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The Gazebo, which would have shows sometime later in the season.


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Boomerang: the last coaster we would get to. We've been to a lot of parks with this same model shuttle coaster. It's a fine enough coaster, just it's a bit much riding the spirals backwards.


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Boomerang launching, and going past the operator's station. Take a look at all those nice colorful buttons!


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Somehow in going past Boomerang we exited the amusement park area and got into the camping area. Here's a return gate for it which, fortunately, they just left open that time of day and that time of year.


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Campground path, I think, that just walks along a lake. Predator's visible in the background.


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The Beaver Brothers' Lakeside Cafe, which I think we considered for a snack but decided was too much overhead for just eating.


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Oh, and here they came up with some backstory to explain why they have the Beaver Brothers Lakeside Cafe, as though the stereotype for 'beaver' wasn't already 'short order cook'?


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Rentable animal scooter rides near the Beaver Brothers that the clerk tried pretty hard to coax us into trying .


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The Tin Lizzies, or possibly Test Drive The Tin Lizzies, is one of Darien Lake's original amusement rides. I believe I let bunny_hugger drive our tin lizzy on the grounds that I drove the whole rest of the trip, even though she offered every time to drive and reiterated her offer every couple hours on the road.


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Back to the Ride of Steel; we waited for a front-seat ride and got this view of the operators' station.


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Lift hill and return hill for Ride of Steel as seen from exiting the ride.


Trivia: By the end of 1973 --- four-plus years after the Manned Orbiting Laboratory project was cancelled --- the Air Force finally turned over to NASA the Laboratory Module Simulator and the Mission Simulator built for the project. Source: Spies in Space: Reflections on National Reconnaissance and the Manned Orbiting Laboratory, Courtney V K Homer.

Currently Reading: The Plastic-Man Archives, Volume 8, Jack Cole. Editor Dale Crain.