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 !!
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