Saturday, July 11, 2009

You Spin Me Right 'Round

Getting Ready to Spin- Fun!

Ronan's favorite playground activities change; first it was swings, then slides, followed by teeter-totters, and now it's the "how could this possibly be fun?" spinning seats. Ronan gets his "dizzy on" by rotating himself silly on these contraptions. The three lobed seat is his favorite- when he gets too dizzy to maintain balance, he can lie backwards and let the spinning continue.

Building Angular Momentum

Dizziness is Starting...

Balance is Fading...

And Poof! Down Ronan Goes...

We are not sure why he enjoys it- when he finally falls off his little eyes twitch from side to center, side to center in an attempt to correct for the previous spinning state. He inevitably tries to walk but immediately lists to one side and crashes. Though delirious and unsteady Ronan giggles the entire time.

We are fortunate he has not fully grasped the concept of angular momentum, nor the fact that he has the ability to change his moment of inertia. When he does discover pulling hands and feet in close to the axis of rotation increases his angular velocity, I'm concerned it will lead to high speed ejections of Ronan from the contraption. I just hope it will be to a soft landing.


Serene Love... of a Spinning Platform

"Ugh, I'm not Feeling So Hot"

3 comments:

vontetzel said...

You do know that a getting "dizzy on" is a precursor to excessive drug use right? You might want to look into it.

Next up.....Tea Cups at Disney Land.

Oh, I have a Marley CD if you want it:-)

Holly said...

Angular momentum... axis of rotation.... humm, sounds like something Bush/Cheney cooked up. No wonder little Ronan crashes!
Amazing how kids can find such torture delightful!
Carry on......

Erik said...

Love it- spinning chairs will soon be classified as a "gateway drug".