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The Morning After

March 22, 2009

There are but three concerns that remain after last night’s delightful extravaganza:

1. The long and noteworthy meltdown of a very tired girl after a short night of sleep. She kept it together this morning during church, but naptime came suddenly, noisily, and with much wailing.

2. Some lingering concerns about animal cruelty. Admittedly, these are more a result of my kind friends’ inquiry than my own sense of compassion, but it was a tad disturbing to see so many animals so confined and so trained, now that I think about it.

3. A problem from a physics class that I never took, which has lingered from my favorite feature last night. The motorcycles in the globe event was incredible, especially when they added the seventh motorcycle and started to have them riding on at least two axes. Wow. What I noticed then was that the whole sphere was rocking back and forth, and the stagehands were doing their best to hold it steady. My question, then, is about the physical forces at work inside that globe: if the whole thing came loose of its moorings, would the riders still be able to perform? I mean, if they were theoretically able to keep their bearings with respect to the other riders and the inside of the sphere, could they continue their performance as the sphere rolled randomly across the floor? (I am assuming that the sphere would need to be secured again before they could bring their performance to its conclusion.)

I’ll keep thinking about this ethics and science stuff, and keep hoping that the girl goes to sleep.

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2 Responses to “The Morning After”

  1. kate says:

    Let’s be sure to note that at least one of those kind friends has circus tickets that she actually plunked down money for! Thereby contributing to the morally ambiguous issue before resolving for herself how she feels about it.

  2. P3T3RK3Y5 says:

    i think the bikes wouldn’t stick if the globe didn’t offer resistance. and so the bikes would begin to fall. also if the globe was moving perpendicular to the direction someone was driving – it would tip them over as sure as concrete moving perpendicular to our direction of travel would tip us over.

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