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SlinkyFest!

Hahahaaa! We should so do this on that really long escalator going down at nats! It's not like anyone ever uses it Better yet! Every FIRSTer buy and bring a $2.00 slinky and then once we finally reach the top, set one down on a fateful trip to the bottom. (Or you'd start it at the bottom if the escalator tends to carry the slinky motion "up")

It would be so cool!

Think about it! To have a few hundred slinkies endlessly slinking on the escalator. An unbroken cadence of springs! It would definitely give some entertainment for the long ride up

So how about it people? Anyone interested in SlinkyFest '06 at nats?
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Re: Never ending Slinky?

YAY SLINKY FEST!!! Though i think we would have to make our own escalator though....
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Re: Never ending Slinky?

Nah, we don't need to make our own escalator, just use that really long one, you know, the one that comes up from the subway into the Peachtree center? It's long enough that the slinkies could be going for hours. At least theoretically. And for the clueless passerby, it would also lead them to ask questions about who are we, what is FIRST, Etc. Either that or they'd give us some really funny looks

Go SlinkyFest '06!




(oh shoot, I just realized something, it couldn't be on the "down" escalator unless gravity somehow got reversed, and the long one is in constant use, perhaps we could hold the SlinkyFest in one of the hotels? )
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Re: Never ending Slinky?

if you ppl have this slinky fest this coming year... i'm gonna be sad if i miss this..

this is though a cool problem to think about it... in theory it seems to work.. i'm sure we can figure a way to get ppl to not use them and have some slinky fun @ nats. lol..

enjoy!
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Re: Never ending Slinky?

so whos getting the slinkies?
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Re: Never ending Slinky?

Peachtree station. Bah. How about the longest freestanding in North America aka the CNN center escalator!
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Re: Never ending Slinky?

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Peachtree station. Bah. How about the longest freestanding in North America aka the CNN center escalator!
This one: http://mywebpages.comcast.net/chris_...lanta/cnn3.jpg ?
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Re: Never ending Slinky?

That would be the one. I've got a picture from the top somewheres around here. Only problem with the CNN one is the 10 dollar tour fee that one must pay to ride this beast.
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Re: Never ending Slinky?

omg! i have access to an escalator!
Theres a really pitiful mall down the street from my house, and it has some escalator! And the mall is always very empty (there's a Sears and a Macy's and that's about it) so people wouldnt be too hindered by a slinky experiment.
i wanna go to the mall now.
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Re: Never ending Slinky?

that would be amazing.... get lotsa pictures for us!!!!
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Re: Never ending Slinky?

I just happened to have a slinky and a treadmill...I had to use a chair to keep the back end up at the proper elevation. I set the speed to .5 mph and let the slinky go. It worked quite well except it liked to go to the side.
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Re: Never ending Slinky?

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I just happened to have a slinky and a treadmill...
Wow, why didn't anyone else think of that?
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I just happened to have a slinky and a treadmill...I had to use a chair to keep the back end up at the proper elevation. I set the speed to .5 mph and let the slinky go. It worked quite well except it liked to go to the side.
I head about this today in Physics. Most of the kids that overheard our conversation were like "I never thought of that one!" I was like you all don't know what made him think of using a treadmill. Darn kids, how can they not be addicted to ChiefDelphi?
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I just happened to have a slinky and a treadmill...I had to use a chair to keep the back end up at the proper elevation. I set the speed to .5 mph and let the slinky go. It worked quite well except it liked to go to the side.

... yet another proud moment to be a TechnoKat.

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Re: Never ending Slinky?

(jaw drops down in awestruck happiness)

NICE! The CNN thing would be even better! I mean, it's not like we'd have to ask 800 people to stop using the peachtree escalator, and we'd also get quite a bit more viewage. Though we'd probably have to set the thing up with the CNN center ahead of time.

Thinking along those lines... Perhaps we could get CNN to do a spot? I mean it's not everyday you see several hundred slinkies going down an escalator set by a bunch of robot builders and future engineers It could be a very round-a-bout way to give a plug for FIRST

We should probably do it during lunch one of those days, since that's when the most people are in the eatery area, and are free to start slinking.

Oh, Michael, nice thinking with the treadmill. Perhaps you could set up some kind of side guard to prevent the slinky from going too far off to the side?

Anyways, here's for Slinkyfest '06! Bring your slinkies!
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