It's essential to one's fundamental humanity. Carts is serious bizness.
Is taking a firm stance on the issue obligatory to being a TR member?
... Was Spork originally a doubter? ...
Was Spork originally a doubter?
Quote from: Faid on June 05, 2016, 02:02:01 PMIs taking a firm stance on the issue obligatory to being a TR member? I hope not. I thought one just had to know the thread existed :shrug:
Quote from: buttershug on June 05, 2016, 03:30:23 PMWas Spork originally a doubter?I'm the one the originally conceived of this silly thing and posted it as a brain-teaser. Along with JB, I'm also the one that built it and set the upwind and downwind records with it. So no - I wasn't a doubter.
Would you agree that almost everyone does doubt when they first hear it?
Quote from: buttershug on June 06, 2016, 06:42:34 PMWould you agree that almost everyone does doubt when they first hear it?Yup - that's nearly universal. Although I'm sometimes not sure whether to be just as dismayed at the people that say "sure - I don't see any reason why a wind powered vehicle can't go downwind faster than the wind". I sometimes wonder if maybe they didn't even get it wrong right.
I just received two requests to give talks about the downwind cart 30 minutes apart. This hasn't come up in years.
Quote from: spork on June 09, 2016, 08:27:10 PMI just received two requests to give talks about the downwind cart 30 minutes apart. This hasn't come up in years.Yesterday I visited the physics department in one of the biggest German Universities (Free University of Berlin), during an open house day where they show cool science stuff to the public. One of the demos was this one build to educate their students about DDWFTTW:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JL_7cx7lncThey also knew about the Blackbird and noted that it was the most impressive demo of the concept.