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September 2017

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How about that mathematics blog? I've got one, yeah. Here's what it's run this past week:

Also if you were wondering: What's Going On In The Amazing Spider-Man? I know and I can tell you. Meanwhile, back at the Calhoun County Fair:

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The drop tower, reaching up from dusk to night. I think it wasn't all that enormous, maybe forty feet or so, but that's still plenty to get a breathtaking view of the fair grounds and to rival the Ferris wheel's view of things.


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Also here's the Ferris wheel. At the bottom the ride operator had this cozy-looking seat and just put his foot up on the ride platform while there was little to do but let the big wheel keep on turning.


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Platform and lots of reflections from the Wipe-out ride, which is one of those many spinny platform rides that are a good deal of fun. I couldn't resist what the lights did to the metal plating, though.


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Another view of the merry-go-round and the ride operator helping it brake to a stop. Or maybe helping it get up to speed; it's hard to tell just from his body language. But I think he had to help stop it more.


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Farewell shot of the fairground rides as they closed up for the night and we tried to find somewhere that still had elephant ears for sale. We found them.


Trivia: In 1977 Spain had the highest per-capita fish consumption of any Western country, and almost no fishing grounds within the 200 miles of its coastline that could be reserved to itself. Source: Cod: A Biography Of the Fish That Changed The World, Mark Kurlansky. (That year Canada's Exclusive Economic Zone cut Spain from many cod grounds.)

Currently Reading: Introvert Doodles, Maureen 'Marzi' Wilson.

I'm thinking maybe the Calhoun County Fair for my pictures tonight.

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Fairground rides at early dusk, including the giant slide, the swinging ride, and on the right the drop tower.


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We skipped the haunted house dark ride as in past years it had been too small and cramped to actually have, you know, stuff in it. But the outside is good to watch and here they had a skeletal piano player set up.


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Figure on the Stinson band organ. Stinson's making new band organs for parks and fairs and the like that need music and you can see how the work looks pretty good. I understand you can upload new music into one of these things by plugging in a USB stick, which seems like it ought to being the cast of Voyager down on your head for breaking the Temporal Prime Directive or something.


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The swing ride at dusk with one of the more gorgeous clouds I've seen in along while behind it.


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As long as the cloud is being so gorgeous why not photograph some people riding the swings in front of it?


Trivia: For the 1953 release of Peter Pan Disney, in association with Colgate, printed a map of Neverland, available for fifteen cents and labels from three packs of soap. It was inscribed, ``This map is a collector's item of limited use''. Source: On The Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration Of The Way The World Looks, Simon Garfield.

Currently Reading: Introvert Doodles, Maureen 'Marzi' Wilson.

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You know what? Let's take in some pictures from the Calhoun County Fair.

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Some of past fair program books on display in the historical museum section. I particularly like how the 1880s covers are set in the 1880s Typeface, like you see on book covers of the time and the occasional building inscription.


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More of the Calhoun County Fair's own history: tokens for rides and probably also redemption game tries. It does make me feel a bit bad that the lineage of this has come to an end. I suppose there are still ride tickets, but they're not customized to any fair or year or anything, and a pay-one-price wristband isn't custom-fitted to any year either.


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Old prizes from the fair, including a ``Chalk-Ware Elephant and Bunny won at the Calhoun County Fair in 1951.'' There's a lot of stuff like this on display --- notice the Kewpie dolls beneath --- but I know my readers here.


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Commercial art turning into fairground art: mural made up of candy bar wrappers, many of them not local or from limited-edition runs. Up top on the center is a candy tied to Cedar Point's Top Thrill Dragster roller coaster. Elsewhere on the mural (not in picture) is the wrapper for the Star Trek: First Contact movie chocolate bars. That sort of thing.


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The merry-go-round, running at a good six rotations per minute just as it had a few weeks earlier in Fremont, here seen going into warp.


Trivia: In 807, the Sultan Harun ar-Rashid --- the sultan depicted in The Thousand And One Nights --- sent to Charlemagne a number of gifts, including a brass water clock that rang the hours. Source: The Calendar: The 5000-Year Struggle To Align The Clock An The Heavens --- And What Happend To The Missing Ten Days, David Ewing Duncan.

Currently Reading: Barnaby, Volume 3, Crockett Johnson.

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Let me take a break here to share stuff that's been on my humor blog the past week. I've spent a good part of it posting some Mystery Science Theater 3000 fan fiction from a decade-plus ago. It'll be finished tomorrow.

That said, how about that Calhoun County Fair?

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Poor little chicken, all deflated and set out on the cage floor between shows.


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Poor little chicken, aware that I was saying something about her and worrying that it was worse than it actually was.


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``Can I help you?'' Turkey is not at all sure about being on camera, especially my camera.


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Turkey decides to do something about my camera once and for all!


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From the fair's historical museum section: the pre-2003 corn dog frying machine. It's not an industrial-grade machine; that they got in 2003. This was their homemade contraption for frying up corn dogs and I'm charmed by it.


Trivia: Insurance companies wanted to charge $35,000 to cover the 1947 move of the 200-inch mirror from Pasadena, California, to Palomar, well outside Caltech's budget at the time. The journey was eventually insured for $1,800. Source: The Perfect Machine: Building the Palomar Telescope, Ronald Florence.

Currently Reading: Barnaby, Volume 3, Crockett Johnson.

PS: What Would You Like In The Summer 2017 Mathematics A To Z? The request lines are open! Featuring art from [personal profile] thomaskdye!

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More in the Calhoun County Fair!

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Calhoun County Fair rabbits who've had to split the apartment down the middle, like they used to do in sitcoms, to accommodate their different lifestyles.


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Meanwhile one of the guinea pigs presents my favorite guinea pig expression of all time, ``Are you sure you meant to invite me to this meeting? Because I could go take care of some other projects if you don't really need me here.''


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Rabbit hoping to inflate one of her cage-mates by way of the ear. So it turns out rabbits manufacture vitamin D in their ears, and get it by grooming their ears and now I wonder if mutual grooming like this isn't also a chance to get some precious fat-soluble vitamins off their partners.


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After a bird flu scare the previous year(?) we got fine examples of chickens and other fowl, such as this one, who'd chosen to go along with my intruding camera.


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Bee who took the chance to drink a bit of lemonade(?) that had spilled on our table. Got a good bit of the drop in, too.


Trivia: By 1893 Stern's department store, then in New York City, employed three female sales clerks for every four males. Source: Service and Style: how the American Department Store Fashioned the Middle Class, Jan Whitaker.

Currently Reading: Barnaby, Volume 3, Crockett Johnson.

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I don't quite have the time I need to finish my blog-writing just now, and I'm way behind current on my photos, so I'm going to fill out the rest of this week with photo entries. I hope you like. I liked taking them and curating them and all that. Now let's go back to last August (see, I told you I was running behind) and the Calhoun County Fair!

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Cattle barn at the Calhoun County Fair. [profile] bunny_hugger's father was interested in petting all the cattle, especially if there were a sign asking people not to touch them.


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``Can I help you?'' Horse more interested in my camera than I was of him, really, but I'm really happy with how the picture turned out.


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Sheep wearing their slickest, most skintight pajamas in the middle of the day. I've rarely so wanted to just roll around on a pile of sheep so much as their shorn skin inspired me to ponder.


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Show rabbit beating the heat by sublimating into a cloud of her own design. After the previous year when none of the small mammals were on exhibit (there was some health concern, I believe) rabbits and guinea pigs were back in full count.


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It's just one checkered giant rabbit, but somehow it looks like a checkered giant holding another checkered rabbit against its chest.


Trivia: The 1963-64 report on Project Orion prepared by General Atomics devoted two pages of its 725-page, four-volume report to the problem of fallout. Crew compartment noise received nine pages of comment. Source: Project Orion: The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship, George Dyson. (To be fair there wasn't much to say. Just a big embarrassed coughing.)

Currently Reading: Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, Sarah Lohman.

PS: Why Stuff Can Orbit, Part 11: In Search Of Closure, laying out my plans for the next essay at least.

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