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First, a warning:this may have been outlawed in Wisconson as being cruel and unusual. :-)

I am going to attempt to build a full scale prototype model of the race track in time to include the steps here...

We need a track, which will consist of a piece of stainless steel on an incline of no greater then 40o with a substantial width to accommodate all contestants.

Concerning the Video, this is my first attempt at this type of video, and I worked on it all afternoon yesterday, and spent hours last night (08/07/08) until nearly midnight trying to upload it to YouTube (unsuccessfully). After 8 more recompiles today (08/08/08), I finally got something that YouTube did not distort TOO badly. My apologies for the lack of quality.



Step 1: Rules and Regulations

The Track must be wide enough to accommodate all entrants with no greater than a 2 inch (and no less then a 5 centimeter) area on either side of the racers.

The track is to be a maximum of 76 inches (6 feet 4 inches) but no less then 2 meters in length.

The track is to face in a southerly direction in order to take full advantage of the sun's heat.

In the event of cloud cover, the race may be called and rescheduled or delayed in accordance with the decision of the Cheesi-ref. Under no circumstances should the race be delayed past sundown.

The gate must be constructed in such a way to allow the cheeses to start simultaneously.

There will be 4 classes of racers: Hard cheeses; semi-soft (but non-spreadable) cheeses; soft (spreadable) cheeses; and crumbly (as in Feta) cheeses.

Cheeses that have been pre-oiled will be disqualified.

Cheese owners are forbidden to touch, molest, whip, or push their own or another's cheese in any way, shape, or form.

The winner will be the cheese that reaches the finish line first, not having lost through melting or crumbling a weight in cheese equal to itself (one must be able to pick of the finishing cheese).

Winter races may be held indoors using sunlamps.

I am sorry that I only had enough time to build a Prototype out of board and a vent screen from an old IBM server. ( one more note: the time on the photos is incorrect. I worked on this all day long of 08/07/08 )

NOTE TO SELF AND OTHERS: It appears as though a tripod, stand, or other steady platform to rest the camera on is a neccessity for this type of video....I will have to consider a way to make a portable one in the future for successor projects.

Have fun at the races !!

Nice idea! Sounds fun, get a bunch of friends together, go to the grocery store and buy a bunch of cheese, go home and RACE!<br/>I would definitely use Parmesan or Asiago (similar to Parmesan, for those who aren't obsessed with cheese).<br/>P.S. If you AREN'T a cheese freak already, go to <a rel="nofollow" href="http://cheese.com">cheese.com</a>cheese.com to increase your knowledge of cheese! (Its a sweet site)<br/>
I LOVE cheese, but only recently have I had the opportunity to taste Asiago....I like it (but then, so far, I haven't met a cheese I DIDN'T like ;-)
The only cheese I wouldn't eat a ton of is Pepper Jack... it gets really spicy if you eat only a couple of cubes of it.
I wouldnt eat blue stilton, it tastes disgusting and they make it so that it is mouldy...
I love pepper jack, but then I also get Jalapeno and Habarnaro versions of the pepper encrusted cheese and love them too :-)
You have quite the tolerance for spices!
The more often one partakes of them, the more <em>tolerant</em> one becomes. It is mainly an acquired taste :-) <br/><br/>I make medium or hot salsa's hotter with Dave's Insanity Sauce :-) <br/>
Oh, and I forgot about <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.mycheesestore.com/gensym-1.html">Horseradish Cheese</a> Yum <br/>
(removed by author or community request) <br /> lol - I put that there<br /> Cheese racing sounds random.....perfect!<br />
That me, I&nbsp;have plenty of RAM&nbsp; :-)&nbsp; <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
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:-(&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /> <br /> Why did you remove your comment? <br /> <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
I didn't! read it more closely...
Oh, ok,&nbsp; I&nbsp;thought I&nbsp;had upset you or something :-)&nbsp;
"The track is to face in a southerly direction in order to take full advantage of the sun's heat." If your in the southern hemisphere you would need to face it north.
True enough, but I suspected that those in the southern hemisphere had enough sense not to be racing cheeses LOL
Awesome. I have some friends in Wisconsin. The next time they come over, I am going to set this up in our living room and play it as they walk in the door. They'll scream to death!
You do realize the &quot;bit&quot; about being illegal in Wisconsin, is a <em>joke</em>, right ? :-) <br/>
Yeah-The relatives don't like cheese anyway.
Ack ! how can one not like cheese ? (unless they are allergic)
Wow! That's on heck of a stop-motion video, and an idea from somewhere way, way, wa-a-ay beyond left field. Kudos to you!
Thank you, it was my first attempt at that, and I didn't have a tripod or other stand for the camera (which is why it is more <em>jerk-motion</em> than stop motion :-) <br/><br/>The idea literally came from my reading of many of the Ripley's Believe it or not books from over 30 years ago. Combining the strange with my warped sense of humor made for what I thought was hilarious....especially the part that mentions it being outlawed in some states for being <em>cruel and unusual</em> <sub>I guess it is lost on some though, playing off the old <em>cruel and unusual punishment</em> idea. </sub><br/>
Admittedly, Pixar doesn't need to start looking over its shoulder just yet, but there is something about the not-too-seamless animation that kind of adds to the charm of the thing. ...That is, unless watching cheese slide down a piece of plywood is just so inherently charming that it overwhelms all other factors. :) (And I got the "cruel and unusual in Wisconsin" joke right away. I guess some of the cheeseheads out there just aren't cheesy enough.) (Insert follow-on joke about Scrapple Races here? ...maybe not)
Scrapple against Pork Puddin LOL
Head Cheese can't be far behind! :)
Ah yes, what is the Wurst that could happen? ;-)
What about the bottom of the cheese ? If you altered the shape to use less surface area wouldn't it move faster ? (Depending on how heavy the cheese was !
It would wear away more quickly for sure :-)
LOL Cheese racer skidding
Cruel? Outlawed for been cruel? How is this cruel, unless Wisconin is full of vegans.
Yes Yes I know it was a joke when you said it. Sometimes is hard to tell on the internet though..
It is a play on the old saying that something is <em>cruel and unusual punishment</em>, whereas I just left it at <em>cruel and unusual</em> ;-) especially <em>unusual</em> LOL<br/>
lovely game, I won my race against the feta, Swiss, and blue cheeses =)<br/>
Well, I assume that with the Feta and the Blu cheese, the competition just <em>crumbled</em> and the Swiss just had too many spaces in it's attempt :-) <br/>
=) I'm into the finals against a cheese that has been training in a cellar for 3 years! I am hoping to represent Australia at the next Olympics<br/>
Those soft cheeses can turn on you in a moment (you saw what happened in my dramatization video), so watch out for any trickery ;-)
Dem cheeses best have not moved!
Well, not those in the LOLCAT photo, but the ones in the cheese race do, albeit very slowly (in the heat of the day) ;-)
this raises the question, which is faster, American or swiss?
Sometimes it just depends on the condition of the track ;-)
So the holes have nothing to do with aerodynamics?
If anything, they would create resistance, if they moved faster then an inch an hour LOL
did you mean, ....piece of stainless steel on an incline of no <em>grater</em>....<br/><br/>:D<br/>
Well, we definately want to keep all graters away from a cheese race :-)
Very funny! I'll vote for you for the sheer lunacy of it. Very creative.
:-) thanks for the vote
ha ha! hillarious how'd you do the video, stop motion?
yeah, individual pictures melded into a video using MonkeyJam
Is there a smiley that means "big eejit grin"? Classic, GH, just classic.
Thanks.....I hope it has enough detail in it to qualify as a sport (except in Wisconsin of course) :-)

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