Cedar Point Announces Gate Keeper

Cedar Point Announces Gate Keeper

Post by skiguy77 » Thu, 06 Sep 2012 20:02:46


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> Even I've laid off of bashing certain people. What I don't get where anyone on a trip to China has time to bash a guy who is known to not be all ther mentally.

Thanks everyone.    I still go to parks and post content, that's the difference.   I've been on all but 5 of the top steel coasters in "The List" in the USA and I want to get a few more.  Some of them are new, like the New Texas Giant, so a trip to Texas will be needed.    New coasters come on the list each year, so it's a challenge to stay current.    "The List" is the top 50 from the Golden Ticket awards.   Try it everyone.   Click this link, and see how many USA coasters you've been on.   Scroll down the PDF until you come to the top 50 Steel coasters (page 37).    
http://www.goldenticketawards.com/pdfs/2011_golden_ticket_section.pdf
That's the scoreboard I talk about along with the record holders on RCDB.
http://rcdb.com/rhr.htm

I repeat the same thing about the videos because I can't stand it when people post a POV yelling and screaming, when it isn't necessary.   The coasters shows treat the rides like a joke, taking scaredy people on them.   They hype the rides as death machines.   I don't understand how the parks put up with this.  

Oh, Bizzaro did stop at the end of the ride.   There's actually a brake run, a 90 degree turn to the station, and the main brakes.    Yet the most recent show had a remark wondering whether the train would stop.   Yes, it stopped.      

 
 
 

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Post by David H.--REMOVE » Sat, 08 Sep 2012 04:59:38

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>Totally agree, Mitch's Poll is FAR better than the Golden Tickets.  Much more representative of the top 50 wood and steel.  I hope he re-instates the steel poll.  If you ride the top 50 coasters in Mitch's poll then it would be a pretty safe bet you've ridden the best coasters in the world.

>Ted

I'm working on it, Ted! ;-)

Just ticked off one of the top in each category in the past two days!
Atlantis Adventure and T-Express.  More T-Express tomorrow, since
Everland's Halloween event starts then.  (Bad planning on my part.)

 "With the first link, a chain is forged.  The first speech censured,
 the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us
 all irrevocably."  -Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
                     "The Drumhead", _Star Trek: The Next Generation_

 
 
 

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Post by skiguy77 » Sat, 08 Sep 2012 07:39:24


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> >Totally agree, Mitch's Poll is FAR better than the Golden Tickets.  Much more representative of the top 50 wood and steel.  I hope he re-instates the steel poll.  If you ride the top 50 coasters in Mitch's poll then it would be a pretty safe bet you've ridden the best coasters in the world.

> >Ted

> I'm working on it, Ted! ;-)

> Just ticked off one of the top in each category in the past two days!

> Atlantis Adventure and T-Express.  More T-Express tomorrow, since

> Everland's Halloween event starts then.  (Bad planning on my part.)

See, isn't that cool?    The top 50 of each category becomes the new "list."

It's the scoreboard the parks need to strive to get on.   Otherwise they put in carnival coasters with small foot prints that don't mean anything.   If a park is going to put in a new ride, they really have to ask, "Will this coaster make it onto The List?"    "Will this coaster make it into the top 50 and stay there?"    "Will it make it into the top 10?"  

That's the true scoreboard, not some hype job by a CEO during an announcement.    I think the scoreboard is a better challenge than a total number that most posters put in their signature.    

 
 
 

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Post by j.. » Sat, 08 Sep 2012 11:40:11


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> But, of course, you'll have to leave the country to get on most of the

> really good rides!  One of which I rode today!

RRC, we need your help. We've got a drinking game going in which we must take a drink every time Hamburger reminds us that he's in Asia riding roller coasters. Does the post above count?

Thanks.

 
 
 

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Post by Edward » Sat, 08 Sep 2012 12:04:54

Yes
 
 
 

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Post by skiguy77 » Sat, 08 Sep 2012 21:44:03

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> Yes

Yes, it counts.    I'm wonder whether he'll post pictures, and how long it will it take for him to post a TR.    Normally, it takes a year for these people to post anything.   Me, I got back from Hartford 2 days ago, and my TR is already up.    Still have some stuff to add to the web page, and need to fix some typos, but my report is up.  

That's a long flight back, maybe you can type up a TR, resize your pictures, and post something this year.  

 
 
 

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Post by ansle » Mon, 10 Sep 2012 05:55:35

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> > Yes

> Yes, it counts.    I'm wonder whether he'll post pictures, and how long it will it take for him to post a TR.    Normally, it takes a year for these people to post anything.   Me, I got back from Hartford 2 days ago, and my TR is already up.    Still have some stuff to add to the web page, and need to fix some typos, but my report is up.  

> That's a long flight back, maybe you can type up a TR, resize your pictures, and post something this year.

In Dave's defense, he mentioned on Facebook, even though he doesn't like using Facebook that much, it a fast and simple way to post quick photos and TRs. He has been doing a great job with that....of course you have to one of his Friend's on facebook!  

I have literally dozen's of TRs I wanted to post on RRC, and maybe other places, but writing and posting a good TR takes time, and unfortunately it they fall of the bottom of my "to do" lists rather quickly.

Ted

 
 
 

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Post by skiguy77 » Mon, 10 Sep 2012 09:38:46

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> > > Yes

> > Yes, it counts.    I'm wonder whether he'll post pictures, and how long it will it take for him to post a TR.    Normally, it takes a year for these people to post anything.   Me, I got back from Hartford 2 days ago, and my TR is already up.    Still have some stuff to add to the web page, and need to fix some typos, but my report is up.  

> > That's a long flight back, maybe you can type up a TR, resize your pictures, and post something this year.

> In Dave's defense, he mentioned on Facebook, even though he doesn't like using Facebook that much, it a fast and simple way to post quick photos and TRs. He has been doing a great job with that....of course you have to one of his Friend's on facebook!  

> I have literally dozen's of TRs I wanted to post on RRC, and maybe other places, but writing and posting a good TR takes time, and unfortunately it they fall of the bottom of my "to do" lists rather quickly.

> Ted

What takes you people so long?   You're quick to rag, but can't post TRs?   C'mon.   I posted my TR of SFNE in 2 days.     I post TRs in time to give people an idea of the crowd level.    

The idea of posting a TR a year later is absurd.    People want to know the crowd level, the weather, the rides that were open.  They want to know stats that will effect their trip NOW.    Not some info of what you did a year ago.  

Why does it take you people so long to post a TR?    

You get home, START TYPING.  

Wow.   What a concept.   In my case, I not only type, but resize pictures, put them in my web space, update a web site (make a new page), and post a TR here.    

You people are turtles, my gosh, try speeding up your postings.  

Here, you wanna see an example?   This was last weekend.

http://www.nogodforme.com/Hartford2012.htm

Why can't you do this?  

Oh, you're too busy telling me I should repent and not go to Universal anymore.   I get it.   Ok, I won't go.    I surrender.     No more Universal.  

Now what?  I'm not banned from all the other parks.   Guess what?   I post TRs faster than you and Dave.  What a concept!!!!!!!  

Where is your web site?   Were are your pictures?    

 
 
 

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Post by Andrew Brawle » Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:30:03

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>Where is your web site?   Were are your pictures?  

Where are your manners?
 
 
 

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Post by ansle » Mon, 10 Sep 2012 22:27:13

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> > > > Yes

> > > Yes, it counts.    I'm wonder whether he'll post pictures, and how long it will it take for him to post a TR.    Normally, it takes a year for these people to post anything.   Me, I got back from Hartford 2 days ago, and my TR is already up.    Still have some stuff to add to the web page, and need to fix some typos, but my report is up.  

> > > That's a long flight back, maybe you can type up a TR, resize your pictures, and post something this year.

> > In Dave's defense, he mentioned on Facebook, even though he doesn't like using Facebook that much, it a fast and simple way to post quick photos and TRs. He has been doing a great job with that....of course you have to one of his Friend's on facebook!  

> > I have literally dozen's of TRs I wanted to post on RRC, and maybe other places, but writing and posting a good TR takes time, and unfortunately it they fall of the bottom of my "to do" lists rather quickly.

> > Ted

> What takes you people so long?   You're quick to rag, but can't post TRs?   C'mon.   I posted my TR of SFNE in 2 days.     I post TRs in time to give people an idea of the crowd level.    

> The idea of posting a TR a year later is absurd.    People want to know the crowd level, the weather, the rides that were open.  They want to know stats that will effect their trip NOW.    Not some info of what you did a year ago.  

> Why does it take you people so long to post a TR?    

> You get home, START TYPING.  

> Wow.   What a concept.   In my case, I not only type, but resize pictures, put them in my web space, update a web site (make a new page), and post a TR here.    

> You people are turtles, my gosh, try speeding up your postings.  

> Here, you wanna see an example?   This was last weekend.

> http://www.nogodforme.com/Hartford2012.htm

> Why can't you do this?  

> Oh, you're too busy telling me I should repent and not go to Universal anymore.   I get it.   Ok, I won't go.    I surrender.     No more Universal.  

> Now what?  I'm not banned from all the other parks.   Guess what?   I post TRs faster than you and Dave.  What a concept!!!!!!!  

> Where is your web site?   Were are your pictures?

I have a life, three kids and a job.  Usually have other things to do instead of write a TR, but sometimes I do.  As I mentioned before, there are probably 100 TRs I haven't written in the last 15 years, but sometimes I will write a quick TR of only a paragraph or two to highlight a specific part. I guess that is better than nothing.

Ted

 
 
 

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Post by Dave Althoff J » Fri, 05 Oct 2012 07:29:55

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> CP won't tell me the speed of the coaster during the rest of the
> elements.  They say it's not available to the public.  We know the
> coaster is going 67 MPH at the bottom of the first drop.  Anyone know
> how fast it's going through the rest of the elements?  How about the
> brake run, the helix?  How many Gs in the Helix?  I'd guess 3.

Get a video camera. Set it on a tripod and record the train going
through the element in question. Get a tape measure and measure the
length of the train in the station, or of one of its cars.  Load the
video into a decent viewer and perform a little analysis on it. You can
find out how fast the train is going to a precision of 1/30th of a
second.

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Post by rmor.. » Fri, 05 Oct 2012 16:43:19

Or if the track ties are evenly separated, figure out that distance and use it for your measurement scaling.  It's simply a conversion between pixels and actual length.  Barring any unusual lens / parallax distortions, of course.  Lots of free / open-source software out there can decompose video into a series of individual frames, and most photo editors have a measurement tool.

--Richard
(who remembers slogging through way too many frames of video in grad school doing just that)

Quote:

> Get a video camera. Set it on a tripod and record the train going

> through the element in question. Get a tape measure and measure the

> length of the train in the station, or of one of its cars.  Load the

> video into a decent viewer and perform a little analysis on it. You can

> find out how fast the train is going to a precision of 1/30th of a

> second.

> -- Dave Althoff, Jr.