Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Source Information; Helium Balloon, Lifeboat, Pole Vaulter

Okay, so 've been a bit lax when it's come to my blog recently, partly because I've just really been thinking about my story tbh, and didn't want to fill up blog with crap about not knowing what to do....wasn't entirely inspired, but I think it's time I started putting my thoughts down finally, and wrapping it up....

So my first steps are to really dig in to the information side of my objects, and get a good feel of what it is they encompass in regards to possible charactersations, I feel the more i know about my source, the more believable the logic and depth of the story really will be....

Helium Balloon:

An inflatable flexible bag filled with a type of gas, such as helium, hydrogen, nitrous oxide or air.
Modern balloons can be made from materials such as rubber, latex, polychloroprene, or a nylon fabric, while some early balloons were sometimes made of dried animal bladders.
Some balloons are purely decorative, others are used for specific purposes such as meteorology, medical treatment, military defense, or transportation.
A balloon's properties, including its low density and relatively low cost, have led to a wide range of applications.
(Rubber Balloon usually have a bouyancy of a day or so)
(Metallized Plastic Balloons usually have a bouyancy of several weeks)

Some example of Balloon Usage:

Decoration/Entertainment
Party Balloons
Ballooon Models, Balloons In Art
Balloon Drops
Balloon Publicity/Protests
Balloon Rockets
Hot Air Balloons


Lifeboats:

A rescue lifeboat is a boat rescue craft which is used to attend a vessel in distress, or its survivors, to rescue crewmen and passengers. It can be hand pulled, sail powered or powered by an engine. Lifeboats may be rigid, inflatable or rigid-inflatable combination hulled vessels.

There are generally three types of boat, in-land (used on lakes and rivers), in-shore (used closer to shore) and off-shore (into deeper waters and further out to sea)

Pole Vaulting:

Pole vaulting is an athletic field event in which a person uses a long, flexible pole (which today is usually made either of fiberglass or carbon fiber) as an aid to leap over a bar. Pole jumping competitions were known to the ancient Greeks, as well as the Cretans and Celts. It has been a full medal event at the Olympic Games since 1896 for men and since 2000 for women.

History:

Poles were used as a practical means of passing over natural obstacles in marshy places such as provinces of Friesland in The Netherlands, along the North Sea, and the great level of the Fens across Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk. Artificial draining of these marshes created a network of open drains or canals intersecting each other. In order to cross these without getting wet, while avoiding tedious roundabout journeys over bridges, a stack of jumping poles was kept at every house and used for vaulting over the canals. Venetian gondoliers have traditionally used punting poles for moving to the shore from their boat.

Material:

Solid Ash, Tapered Tubular Alluminium , Fiberglass Reisen/ Metal Mandrel

From this information I can start to really define the ground of my story, applying logic to my world.

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