April 1st, 2009

moscot, : eye glasses, zeiss


I went to an advanced screening of Adventureland last night, complements of Time Out New York. The movie, set in 1987, at an amusement park called, you guessed it, Adventureland. This is a great coming-of-age story that will take you back--watching it, I felt like I was 14 again...

There is an amusement park on Long Island with the same name, but Director Greg Mottola said it has undergone major renovations and now bears no resemblance to the park he remembers growing up. My friends and I went there several times. They had a Gravitron, a ride that resembles a space ship and is completely enclosed, with 45 padded panels lining the inside wall. Riders lean against these panels, which are angled back. As the ride rotates, centrifugal force is exerted against the pads by the rider, removing the rider from the floor, due to the slant. The ride can reach a maximum speed of 24 rpm in less than 20 seconds, due to the 33 kW 3-phase motor. At this speed, the riders are experiencing centripetal force equivalent to four times the force of gravity.

Well, as you can imagine, a couple of kids puked on the ride; free-floating puke is not pleasant.