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Space Skating Dave

while whiling away the hours
 
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Park an immense, very dense 2001-type monolith at a stable Lagrange point or make a colossal, smooth landing strip on the side of an asteroid there. Place a space skater at one end with magnetic slightly repelling soles.

First quite slowly, but then with increasing speed, the star slider will effortlessly glide towards the other end of the strip. After whipping by the center point, the cosmic rider will slowly decelerate to stop just before the other end, and then immeasurably start slithering back towards the starting point. Continue to pendulate until bored or awake.

Add excitement with several astro-surfers starting at slightly different points at opposite ends. Space shuttling could also be done along the axis of a huge, dense doughnut.

FarmerJohn, Aug 16 2004

LaGrange Point http://www.paroles..../chansons/46894.htm
[thumbwax, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

"I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that" http://www.imdb.com...le/tt0062622/quotes
[normzone, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

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       I'm not sure that works. Isn't a langrange point the neutral gravity point between two bodies? Objects aren't attracted to it, they're attracted to the bodies that generate the garvitational fields that create it. [edit] ah, you want the gravity of the monolith to be the accelerant] [/edit]
scubadooper, Aug 16 2004
  

       Aye.
FarmerJohn, Aug 16 2004
  

       Why?
macncheesy, Aug 16 2004
  

       Just for fun.
FarmerJohn, Aug 16 2004
  

       Sounds fun. [+]   

       [edited stupidity out of anno]
destructionism, Aug 16 2004
  

       You're not really a farmer at all are you?
DocBrown, Aug 16 2004
  

       Not even a half-farmer.
FarmerJohn, Aug 16 2004
  

       <invites contempt>who's Dave?</invites contempt>
dobtabulous, Aug 16 2004
  

       "I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that"
normzone, Aug 16 2004
  

       But what about Naked Ned?
destructionism, Aug 16 2004
  

       Why me? I'm scared... One more reason for the quote, "What are you doing, Dave?"
david_scothern, Aug 17 2004
  

       Ummm dude how is this different from a gravity well??   

       I am gonna put the gravity well back...
madness, Aug 17 2004
  

       I am gonna delete this...
FarmerJohn, Aug 17 2004
  

       Don't you dare. This has great implications for spiral bowling.   

       (Norm, yeah, we've seen it.)
waugsqueke, Aug 17 2004
  

       Is that why I keep getting gutter balls?
RayfordSteele, Aug 17 2004
  

       Yeah, and then we drill a large hole through the earth, coat the hole with stuff that keeps it hollow and then jump in. You would get the same yo-yo effect but here on earth. (no ice skates needed)
macncheesy, Aug 18 2004
  
      
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