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In cargoland there are numerous tall buildings, many being 50
and greater in height. Although most of these vertical
are vulgar eyesores, they nevertheless present the perfect
opportunity to facilitate the idea of having A Long Slow
the proposal, all that's required is an area of obstacle
free public space immediately adjacent to a very tall building. A
substantial horizontal girder can then be added to one of the
uppermost floors, projecting outwards and overhanging the space
below. Attached to this girder are pairs of hanging chains, each of
which terminates in a very comfortable seat positioned a few feet
from the ground.
This are the seats that provide for their relaxing occupants the full
experience of A Long Slow Comfortable Swing, as they lazily
backwards and forwards, confirming the periodic time of the most
satisfying of equations: T = 2 x pi x the square root of L / G
The perfect cocktail to serve
[xenzag, Aug 28 2016]
||Make it just hang from one cable, and have a time-
pendulum. Of course now you need a mich stiffer
girder, and a circular footprint.
||If two buildings are near each other and both are at least a
suitable height (they don't have to be the same height;
they just need to be a minimum height), then some sort of
girder spanning the gap between the buildings could be
installed, and several swings hung from it.
||Better make it pretty heavy or basically rigid because otherwise the slow and comfortable is going to be replaced with violent harmonics and lethal responses to slight breezes, breezes found to be frequent near large structures.
||This is one way to measure the height of very tall
buildings...height in m = 1/4 of time squared.
||An interesting way to commute.
||Like George of jungle without the tree.
||Oh the options for vandalism...
||Is the cocktail served while I relax in the motion?
||How will the swingth be generated?
||Some time ago, I built a super-duper swing
the branch of a beech tree - it was about 40ft
long. It then
transpired that it is almost impossible to generate
with such a long rope, unless either someone
pushes you or
you can scrabble your feet along the ground.
||I suspect that this problem could be overcome by
some sort of motorized cam that moved the
points back and forth at exactly 2 x pi x root L / G
||Maxwell, I suspect that you needed around 3/4 ton to get a smooth swing at that distance.