Day 34: Monorail Porn

We start the day by kicking up a smoked salmon scramble with fried capers. Plenty of energy for what’s to come.

I got to go into work with Kris today.


The posters for his show are six stories tall.


On the left is the main entrance, on the right, Kris stands in a training room (tightly cropped to respect the show’s secrets).

Request #1: Right, monorails! Who am I to turn down a request for a photo shoot?

Some of you are familiar with Mr. H, who wanted to know, more than anything, if I had ridden the Las Vegas Monorail. And could I please post pictures. Of course I did, and of course I will.

It’s actually hard to get a good photo of the monorail, unless you want one from underneath. Not so sexy.

I did find a place outside where I could hang out, high enough to be level with it. It’s not strictly forbidden, and there are no security cameras anyway (they’re all inside watching the money).

So here they all are, by special request.








Okay, Mr. H is right. Monorails are cool. Kris and I were thinking that they should extend this one to the airport, but it looks like that’s already planned.

Request #2: Another request I got, from a cryptographer friend, was to encrypt the secret parts instead of just blacking them out. That could get me in trouble, but what the heck, that’s not unusual.

So Mr. N/Po, here’s what I did for the rest of the day:

There’s an excellent [qsyop piydofr pg s apvsa vsmyoms] where the bartender knows how to [zslr rcvraarmy zsthstoysd] and if you’re willing to wait, [s brtu dqovu rmvjoasfs] with three different extremely hot [dsivrd]. After the first one, when I asked [gpt dpzr arzpmsfr, jr dsof jr fofm’y aolr yjr dyigg om yjr dpfs] gun at all, so [jr zsfr dpzr gtpz gtrdjau] squeezed [arzpmd, ejovj esd qrtgrvy, smf mpy ypp] sweet.


The pole-dancing [vsdomp od vapdrf imyoa momr, dp O qasurf dpzr nasvlksvl mrstnu].

…It’s all true, and I was even in perfect time to catch my flight home.

…and my beautiful muse picked me up at the airport in SF, and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse: dinner at Incanto. Oh yum.

Whew, that’s enough for one day. (It’s kind of enough for three days, really.)

Random assertion: Many things which are not encouraged are also not technically forbidden.

Steganographic data: 1888/6.4

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  1. I rode the Vegas [zpmptsoa ypp], it reminds me of the [pmf sy fodmruasmf]. My favourite though is the one in [dsqqptp], the [tsoa od s yjum] blade. It [domti] as it approaches, like a [bopaom] bow [pm s dse]!

    Did you see Kris’ show? How many g’s did he pull?

  2. Somehow I knew Mesh (Mr. N/Po) would be the first to crack it and respond. That’s high-class. :]

    I’ve seen his show, and the g-forces are easy to calculate. Here’s a photo of the rig:

    …so:
    – The swing’s radius is about 8 ft (2.4m)
    – He goes over he top, swinging full 360.
    – (geek time) At the bottom, his feet hit max velocity of 9.77m/s (about 22mph) (derivation: mgh = 1/2mv^2, h = 2r)
    – max centripetal acceleration is about 4 G’s (v^2/r) (Note r actually cancels out when you combine the two equations.)
    – …and then add one extra G from our beloved Planet Earth

    …so his momentary peak G-force is just under 5 G’s, but he spends most of his act between zero and 2.5, which is comfortable and fun.

    (Mesh or Kris will surely correct me if I’m wrong here)

  3. Hmm, so with the the radius of the swing doubled (16ft), the G’s are essentially the same…? On that monster I built (the 16ft swing), as I passed though the bottom half of the circle, I sustained more time in and around peak G’s, which made it very uncomfortable, but, of course, gave me more time for fun over the top. I was always curious how truly I was risking sudden unconsciousness? Isn’t it 5 G’s when astronauts in training start to pass out? And can you imagine how silly I’d look if my red devil jumpsuit were pressurized? 😛

  4. For comparison, stunt planes (like the Citabria Decathlon http://www.amerchampionaircraft.com/newac/decath/sdspecs.htm ) pull +6/-5. After that, they experience asymmetric structural divergence.

    A pressurized red devil jump suit sounds cool! I think it’s about time Cirque did a space themed show!

  5. Yep, longer time at peak G’s was the problem with the old rig. Space theme: you know they’ll do it. Cirque du Soleil Système. :]


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