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Jun. 12th, 2017

You know what I've noticed in my mathematics blog? That a serious post like one in my Why Stuff Can Orbit series eats up my writing energies for other stuff. Run the past week was just this:

But I think it's some good stuff anyway, especially the post about second derivatives. Thanks for reading, if you read it.

Also, since you wondered, What's Going On In Mark Trail? March 2017 - June 2017. You're welcome.

Kennywood's big feature attraction for 2016 was the newly renovated and restored Noah's Ark ride. It's a kind of ride that used to be all over the place, and this seems to be the last of its kind left. So here's some pictures of it.

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Noah's Ark, renovated and restored for 2016. Also set up with a couple of dumb jokes for kids to like while in line.


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Noah, Ark, and giraffe (right). I love how the shingles are ``broken'' by the giraffe.


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[profile] bunny_hugger entering the whale's mouth that leads into the Noah's Ark, a feature that makes sense because that's just how these rides work? Not sure.


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The back of the whale's mouth, leading into the Ark and a storeroom.


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In the storeroom, a bunch of glow-painted boxes containing things like Apples and Corn and Crickets and, well, there you are. If I remember right you can get near this box and it'll blow a spray of warm air at you.


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One of the few animatronic scenes I photographed after I remembered oh yeah, I have a new camera that's much better at dark scenes. Yes, it's one of the few with bunnies. I don't remember that this one had any punch lines or surprises, just like, mild motion.


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One of the other animatronic scenes in the Noah's Ark that I could photograph: owls. I was helped by the lighting here. I forget what was in the other cage within the cage.


Trivia: In 1658 the Province of Massachusetts ordered the death by hanging of any Quaker who entered the colony a third time after being twice put out. Source: Rhode Island: A History, William G McLoughlin.

Currently Reading: Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers, Simon Winchester.

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