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2001 A Space Odyssey: Did Stanley Kubrick get it right in his iconic film?

Let’s find out!

Q. Did the space station spin at the right speed to recreate 100% artificial gravity?

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey

Now to estimate (guess) from the film: –

  1. angular velocity in rotations per minute (hint: is it rotating about as fast as the second hand on your watch = 1.0 RPM)
  2. diameter of the rotating space station (hint the approaching space ship is about 100m in length)

Now enter your results into the Calculator: –

Here’s how it works: –

Person p standing on rotating space station floor gets subjected to artificial gravity as velocity v is constantly changing direction as it spins, but not magnitude

The Editor’s first-guess estimate for the space station from the calculator: –

Enter data into the calculator: –

Radius = 500m

Angular velocity = 1.0 RPM

Reading data out from the calculator: –

tangential velocity = 52.35987755982988 (52.4 m.s(-1) approx.)

Centripetal force as acceleration (g) = 0.5591219790816185  = 5.6 m.s(-2)

Or has the Editor got it wrong?

Q. Could 0.5591 .. g actually mean 5.591 .. g? (being careful with your measures expressed as “equivalent units”)

A. No, as the calculator also has a m.s (-2) acceleration (deceleration) readout where 1.0  g approximates to 10 m.s(-2) or expressed in plain English, the acceleration of an object falling freely under gravity (being dropped to the ground) at or around sea level accelerates at 9.81 m.s(-2) (approximately 10.0 m.s(-2) therefore)

Found: other independent estimates of space ship’s length: “Orion”

Fairground Rides – roller-coasters 🙂

5.5 g is quite unpleasant compared to 1g (as we experience our full weight standing on the ground still) – and a fairground roller-coaster ride may only ‘pull’ as much as 4 or 6g in the z axis (acting forwards and or upwards through the seated body). Pull-down, pull-back and lateral forces (x, y and y axees) are far more unpleasant and potentially damaging – height and age restrictions also apply! Injuries can and do happen – fun does have an element of danger and risk!

What’s your favourite fairground ride?

Dont miss: the world’s first zero-gravity roller coaster

Discussion

Q. Given all the problems with long-term exposure to weightlessness in space like loss of fitness, muscle and bone mass, will astronaut Tim Peake wish the designers at the ESA had made the ISS to be rotating?

Q. The Editor’s estimate of the rotation and diameter of the space station were slightly too slow and too small respectively. Can you change the figures to approach an optimum 1.0 g using the calculator? The value for g was too low at 0.55912 g – however this might be quite sufficient for long-term exposure on space missions to Mars as it may reduce the hull stresses, size of space ship and hence mass involved. Scientists will no doubt work this out! There is a further question: what happens to the human sensation of rotation when she is subjected to 1.0 or more RPM over sustained periods?

The organs of balance in the inner ear also need to be considered.

Q. Is there a centrifugal force?

A. No, since in a rotating body the  centripetal force is always acting tangentially outwards in the direction of rotation, so the supporting floor will have to be on the outside surface of the spining body to allow the occupants (also rotating) to experience gravity as a deceleration force pulling them in and towards the floor giving the impression of centrifugal force (unless they’re riding a roller-coaster – that is!)

Q. Referring to the figure above; how would you break down the calculation to include  ‘x’, ‘y’ ad ‘z’ axees to create a more costant model for ‘g’ as the space station rotates through a full 360 degrees?

Answers please to cottingham.tv!

Nick 🙂

Cottingham Civic Hall, 6th. Feb

Stamp collectors corner of the fair inside the Civic Hall – pan left

 

Arts & Crafts Fair Today – pan right

Today in the Cottingham Civic Hall: Admission just 50p!

On the lookout for Marine Art

The editor’s favourites:  marine oil paintings! (UK Royal Society of Marine Artists)

East Yorkshire’s Marine Artists

“Catch me if you can” Contemporary Artist Adrian C. Rigby (sold for $25,000)

Had the editor the resources, he would cover his walls with original, antique, contemporary, 20th Century, classical and naive marine oil paintings. They are however quite valuable now and over the last few decades at least  highly collectible both Nationally and internationally!

Note: it’s a “Bears Market” for art collectors currently so now’s your chance to snap up some potential longer-term investments!

The editor settles for stamps and prints instead – which for all intents and purposes fulfill his interest as an art ethusiast rather than a collector for investment reasons

First Day Editions Stamp Collection

The Editor also wanted to recover his lost “first editions” stamp collection he started with his mother’s assistance from the age of about 8, as collected over his teenage years from the Hull Stamp Shop, then located on the top of Princess Avenue near the junction with Spring Bank. A sample above which he bought today which he is thinking of mounting in a picture frame.

Many of the stamps are worth little more than they were bought for some 50 years on taking inflation into account, but stamp collections are considered as a very long term investment and the market may turn eventually.. but look out for the rare Victoria “Penny Black”!

There are a number of societies catering for local art and collectors in the region including NADFAS, Hull & East Riding Antiques & Fine Arts Society – and the Myton Gallery in Hiull’s Silver Street Arcade is difietely worth a visit for collectors of marine art and the history of marine art in the region!

Nick

 

Picta Ornaments

More dynamic duo superheroes

Garden ornaments take a humorous slant!

Eagerly-awaited updates to a traders range of garden ornaments 🙂

Q. When is a gnome not a gnome, Wallace?

A. Why, when it’s a Gromit of course!

You’re never alone with a gnome

Gnome alone?

Home a gnome!

As far as  is known, there are no known home grown home alone garden gnomes in Knowsley

Ouch!

As featured in the film, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit – the super villain vs. the superheroes.

Now please eat your delightful greens – before he does!

Also seen

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Can anyone from the younger generation tell the Editor who or what this character is?

Contact

Picta Ornaments, Bilton Tel: 01482 813812

Please mention Cottingham.tv!

Nick

Are you a bawler or a boomer – or are you just super cool?

Which empty vessel makes the most noise?

‘Superheroes’ can come in many different shapes and guises!

Spiderman (above right) has lots of speed dynamism and tenacity, whereas Supervan (centre) is very sedate and thoughtful with much carrying capacity and dyamic duo Zen (left) has lots of taste with a calming yin and yang balance! Which type of mug best depicts your personality and when with other people, which role do you prefer to take on? Would it be supercool to take Spiderman to Glastonbury?

Coffee break tip from Cottingham.tv

Here’s a trick I learned from teaching: purchase some coffee mugs locally and the next time you have a coffee break, make them available for staff to choose!

#bawlerorboomer

Nick

 

 

 

Ferguson Fawsitt Arms in Walkington hosts a local arts and crafts show today 25th July!

Fantastic range and level of locally-made crafts, bric-a-brac and hand-made produce on offer

Entry free

Knitpickers Babywear

Knitpickers

(above and on Facebook) babies and toddlers handknits

 

Dietary solutions to health and slimming

24 : 24-Hour Athlete

Metabolic training, body transformation: workout smarter not harder (above) a combination of diet, workouts and physical training designed to burn fat more efficiently!

Hull, Brough / Elloughton Space limited: TEXT 24LM to 074 115 172 03

 

Kevin Sugden and Family

Simply Gifts

(above) gifts for all occasions bric-a-brac memorabilia (contact on Facebook SIMPLY GIFTS; kevin@hillsugden.co.uk Tel: 07852 278772)

 

Beverley-based local craftswoman

Visiting The Ferguson Fawsitt, Walkington

Renowned for its excellent meals providing some of the best value pub food and dining in the region!

A square deal for a square meal – with greatly appreciated consistent quality and variety – the editor is a long-repeated Sunday lunch-diner there since childhood and it remains a firm favorite!

 

Visiting Walkington

Quack! Quack!

We return to the theme of ducks and geese – how could we resist!

Duck Island takes centre-stage (centre-left)

 

Walkington is famous for its duck pond – providing a watering hole for both geese and ducks!

And of course, the duck house on the pond is easily missed if you don’t get out of the car and have a look round (next to the long pond grass)! For those in the know, a walking path exists signposted from the spot we’re standing on whilst photographing this)

Duck Island, Duck House

Please shut the gate afterwards for some obvious reasons and other less-obvious ones – it’s part of the Countryside Code!

Many Societies support Young Arts groups or students in their area

National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies

If you like the arts and crafts, broaden your horizons here!

NADFAS

 

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Cottingham Day – Great Success!

Cottingham Green

See Videos! Events Were Staged With The Themes Of Fire and Rescue and we visit the Civic Hall exhibitors and enjoy a game of Bridge!

Event organizers Cottingham Parish Council with the generous participation of many contributors have pulled off a great success!

Hallgate walk-through of today’s 4th of July festivities

the festivities begin ..

Retailers claim it to be the best ever!

View along Hallgate

Cottingham Day walk-through

Vintage Cars

Ford Cortina GT Mk 1

After a slow start, a packed event brings out the crowds

The wet overnight weather cleared up and by midday the sun was out which brought out the crowds in droves!

Traders reported a successful day with some reporting selling out of stock

The event was more spread out than previous events, with the fairground attractions moved from the Green to behind the Memorial Club

read on .. as we continue our walk-through taking in the superb vintage car exhibitors and turn into King Street – and visit the Civic Hall exhibitors

 

Nick

Local Voice: Martin Greene champions culture at the YIBC!

Credit to Martin Greene leader of the Hull City of Culture who is “on a cultural mission” speaking out for the inclusion of Culture in the YIBC local business awards ceremony last week 05.06.2015!

“You can create all the local employment and enterprise you want, but if people don’t want to come and stay to live in the City, it is futile!”

He gave a passionate and impressive address to the conference and it’s wider televised audience and the message was to have empathy for and support people who have and pursue creative and cultural interests.

Putting individuals first rather than the blanket imposition of business models

The editor has met numerous creative local individuals over the years, having come from Hull originally, studied in London and worked abroad and returned to the region. He has met numerous struggling musicians, creative writers, artists, designers, poets and law graduates who have been unable to gain employment relevant to their skills and talents. Scholarships and support for students wishing to study in London that were available in the ’70s are now insufficient, with many potential students opting to not take up places at the London Colleges on financial grounds – fear of getting into debt being foremost.

Supporting art students to study in London colleges

The efforts of creative individuals create networks ‘bottom-up’, not the other way round. Collaboration and culture are generated from having trust, support and empathy for these individuals in their endeavors, not just developing the network ‘top-down’!

The blanket imposition of business rules and networks to cultural development are it is argued inappropriate and stifling of individuals and their creative and cultural initiatives

The Doughnut Effect, cultural dilution of the few by the many and The Noblesse Oblige

Inner City Regeneration

The Doughnut Effect

Although Hull suffers like many other cities from The Doughnut Effect, The Noblesse Oblige  of Hull and its  hinterlands (East Yorkshire and The Humber Region), need to support local cultural initiatives by creative and gifted and talented individuals within the City boundaries, not just through the imposition of business rules and networks where the benefits of the many always always seem to outweigh those of the few, but not the one. Calling Star Trek –  we need your assistance!

Putting the Horse before the Cart – rather than the other way round

Two Cultures: putting one culture before the other counter-culture

We’re not just widgets!

In our inner-city secondary schools, a battle for the hearts and minds of pupils is taking place pupil-by-pupil on a daily basis. In the classroom, the learning culture of the individual pupil is counteracted by the counter-culture of the collective. Often mob rule applies and some pupils are discouraged from studying by the many, where learners may risk becoming labelled as ‘swats’ or worse suffer from bullying out of class. This counter culture often runs in families and spreads through communities and generations as is shown well in the film (and now latterly musical) Billy Elliot: –

Billy Elliot

http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/430301-billy-elliot-the-musical-at-the-victoria-palace-theatre

It has been shown and is now recognized that the best way to tackle disruptive pupil behavior is to treat them as individuals and to give them one-on-one support away the classroom. In the majority of cases the needs of the many are prioritized over the needs of the few (again by the blanket imposition of business methods appropriate to mass production but inappropriate to individual human development) – but when the needs of the few are ignored, they may disrupt the needs of the many!

It is a priority that The Noblesse Oblige should identify and embrace Hull’s cultural arbiters individually!

Cultural activity is also potentially disruptive by its very nature. A well-oiled machine by comparison only produces one thing repetitively. Stifling individual creativity in a post-industrial economy that is traditionally suited to a business culture of mass-production is damaging to the whole – where the whole comprises both the many and the few.

Hull: One City: Two Cultures?

Your thoughts and discussion please to Cottingham.tv

Contact

Nick

Start a petition: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/

38 Degrees petition

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/vote-to-save-our-nhs-beverley-and-Holderness

38 degrees are a campaign group where you can start inform and run petitions to lobby politicians and Government ahead of the 2015 Elections and beyond.

The Editor supported a recent 38 degree petition to keep an arts and crafts department in Falmouth University open that was threatened with closure

 

Nick

Our seats are slowly killing us!

Vehicle seats

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32069698

The seat we are familiar with is also being radically improved!

The editor has a further interpretation of the sit or stand to work dilemma: he has been developing as an inventor a patented dynamic posture seating  system that allows us to maintain balance whilst sitting and keep our trunk muscles active.

The statistics are quite worrying: Americans spend over 100 hours commuting to work   every year and when they do get to the office, they spend a further 6 hrs x 5 days x 50 weeks = 1500 hours mostly sitting at screens – and several more hours per day sitting whilst watching tv!

With obesity steadily increasing, we need to seriously reconsider our lifestyles if we are going to out-live our parents in terms of life span!

Our parents led more active lives which required more physical and manual activity – but we have with the advent of automation and computing become too sedentary!

 

 

Nick

Contact: 07857 453299