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  1. Hyde

    Lightning Rod Status

    That checks out - if the point is to Iron Horse the most intense parts... those are it. 😉
  2. Hyde

    Could we ever see real coaster enthusiast shorts?

    There is definitely a sweet spot for pocket placement, especially if you're trying to keep a wallet or phone in an open, normal pocket. I've found T-bar Intamin restraints to be easiest to work with, the belt especially can easily "cut" into the cargo within your pocket, pressing it along the...
  3. Hyde

    Could we ever see real coaster enthusiast shorts?

    Eg. One should not have to pay $2 to ride Steel Vengeance. Mandatory lockers (unless you can manage to sneak a cellphone through metal detection), with no free option.
  4. Hyde

    Could we ever see real coaster enthusiast shorts?

    ^ Ugh too true. FWIW, women's hiking shorts can be promising, if not still obviously smaller pocket size than the male version. 👎 I only wish bags were easier to use in American parks; alas the proliferation of pay-for lockers has only gotten worse, not better. Let's just say cargo shorts are...
  5. Hyde

    Could we ever see real coaster enthusiast shorts?

    Indeed, these do have zippable pockets. These are also marketed as "heavily water resistant", and can confirm they work perfectly well for the occassional water ride or downpour. FWIW, a true "waterproof" short doesn't really exist, outside of good ol' rain pants. There are some lines of...
  6. Hyde

    Could we ever see real coaster enthusiast shorts?

    Might I humbly submit to the court: hiking shorts Something like this: https://www.eddiebauer.com/p/12951064/hiking-shorts/?sp=1&color=Graphite Everything you described is, in short (hah, pun) exactly aligned with what's desired for general outdoor wear. Utility to carry stuff...
  7. Hyde

    The Staff v. User counting game!

    ah, such a good streak too.
  8. Hyde

    Cocktails

    Definitely recommend toying with absinthe rinse! You can buy it specifically with a pipit to make it easier. And you are very correct on Sandusky establishments - if you are at the Thirsty Pony, you are doing it wrong. :P
  9. Hyde

    New Mack Prototype

    Looking at the footage, do we think the spins were programmed, or just more “dampened” by the reduction gears to not spin as freely as the earlier blue fire spinning test?
  10. Hyde

    Your year in review - 2020 edition

    Lol, 2020. The year I was supposed to do wide, expansive travel of the country for work, and pick up dozens and dozens of credits in the process, alongside a large Denmark/Sweden trip we had planned for April. At a glance, new parks I had planned to visit in 2020 for work and leisure travel...
  11. Hyde

    Top 10(ish): 2020 Edition - page 96

    Very cool - and I absolutely love R as it's a very versatile open-sourced program. Ironically, I too have calculated linear regressions of various ride statistics against one-another, if only as a footnote to the graphs I created of comparing ride statistics. Notice there is an R^2 value...
  12. Hyde

    Gröna Lund | Monster | B&M Invert | 2021

    Really good point - the pacing definitely meanders and feels more suited for a flyer. Sorry if I missed it, did we ever get a proper reason for why the final corkscrew was removed?
  13. Hyde

    Top 10(ish): 2020 Edition - page 96

    IS SOMEONE TALKING ABOUT R^2 VALUES AND ROLLER COASTER RANKINGS!? Major hats off @JoshC.! Really love the approach and using R <3 (I am currently using R to conduct a spatial economics study for electric vehicle charging stations in a major U.S. city actually!) As @HeartlineCoaster kindly...
  14. Hyde

    Universal IoA | Jurassic World VelociCoaster | Intamin Blitz | 2021

    I too really suspect they are purposely underlaunching - good to set the baseline as they break in the ride!
  15. Hyde

    Rank the RMC inversions

    Ahhh man, it's questions like these for why I'm in the middle of categorizing all inversions on all coasters I've ridden. 😂 Here's a general rundown: 153 Overbank - Outlaw Run: Talk about a hell of a way to start off your first RMC! Probably my top moreso for sentimental reasons, it's an...
  16. Hyde

    New Mack Prototype

    I got it! It's going to be a launched spinner! ... oh wait.
  17. Hyde

    Fantastic old coaster footage/pics

    Or how insane we thought it was to put a loop on a wooden coaster. ;) This guy's Youtube channel is a treasure trove of amazingly high quality, backdated videos! Even love his 2002 video of Beast with the old skid brakes, before they upgraded to magnetic brakes for the brake shed and finale helix:
  18. Hyde

    Busch Gardens Tampa | Iron Gwazi | RMC Gwazi | 2021

    Some quick math gives IG a 49 second runtime from the top of the lift to the brake run. As I anticipate the SV vs. IG debate of 2021; I think length and intensity will be the two key factors. IG has plenty of promise in it's opening elements, maybe even moreso than SV. But for length, I ran the...
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