September 29th, 2020

krazy koati

Picture book, a holiday in August, outside a bed and breakfast in sunny Southend

The exciting day is here! I published Playful Math Education Blog Carnival 141, bringing together dozens of links and over four thousand words! Plus a lot of amusement park photographs, many of them ones you have not seen here before! Please read and enjoy.


Since that was, as I say, four thousand words I didn't have time to write up what we did this weekend. That'll come tomorrow and later. Here, let's have some pictures. Not too many. But from July 2019. It's a grab bag thematically but, you know? You'll probably follow well enough.

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From a night at Marvin's Marvellous Mechanical Museum: their King Cobra striking machine was having a bit of a rough time.


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I don't know why I photographed this moment of a Revenge From Mars pinball game. I suspect because this --- Robo-Lincoln about to punch the giant Martian so hard he soars into a flying saucer and explodes it --- is bunny_hugger's favorite moment in the game.


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A last look at our old fridge, and how we arranged magnets on it, before its replacement.


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The lower door of the fridge had less stuff on it because of that incident a few months before when the door kind of fell off.


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Our new fridge, at the neatest it will ever be for the rest of its existence.


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Ooh so now finally bunny_hugger likes the Grauniads of the Galaxy pinball. Not depicted: how I couldn't get anywhere near a decent score however many times we played.


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Wooden figure ``Dedicated to the American Indians (Seneca)'' and carved by Peter Toth in the early 70s. This was donated to this one rest area in Pennsylvania. Toth did a bunch of these and scattered them around the country. Lansing had one of Toth's carvings at the Potter Park Zoo. Toth reappeared a couple decades after the donation to do some repair work on Lansing's, but unfortunately it continued to decay and had to be taken off display like a decade ago. I have no idea where that one's gone, or why this one in Sharon, Pennsylvania, at a rest stop is in such good shape.


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Proud plaque at the Sharon rest area celebrating the opening of I-80 back in 1970.


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Lower-key plaque commemorating the building of I-80 in Pennsylvania. Dedicated the same day as that other plaque so I wonder if they felt sheepish about how much quieter this plaque was.


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Bear figures at the Sharon rest area on I-80 that have had some better days.


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Oh gads what kind of stupid logic puzzle is this, rest area vending machine? I just want a huge bag of Combos.


And now what kind of weird thing could be going on that we'd be driving on I-80 in Pennsylvania? In July? Hmmm ... [ Deep thinking emoji goes here. ]

Trivia: Mission control was surprised by the three-second loss of telemetry when the second stage of the Gemini 1 launch vehicle fired. The loss of signal, caused by a momentary cloud of charged ions around the vehicle, was observed on every Gemini flight afterwards too. Source: Gemini Flies! Unmanned Flights and the First Manned Mission, David J Shayler.

Currently Reading: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, Barbara Kingsolver, with Steven L Hopp, Camille Kingsolver.