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July 14, 2010 1:00 PM   Subscribe

The Alcatraz Swim-o-Meter calculates the time and path of your watery escape from Alcatraz, designed and built by San Francisco Dolphin Club member Kent Myers.
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot (13 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
Where's the part where sharks eat you? How long does that take?
posted by Pope Guilty at 1:11 PM on July 14, 2010


Swimming is for suckers. I would fly like the Bird Man. That's why they called him the Bird Man, right?
posted by Think_Long at 1:12 PM on July 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


38 min per mile is pretty optimistic IMO although perhaps not for people who are planning to swim from Alcatraz.
posted by GuyZero at 1:14 PM on July 14, 2010


My friend did the Escape From Alcatraz Tri and said that the current pushes you toward (and laterally down) the beach a lot. So 38min/mile is probably taking that into account.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 1:20 PM on July 14, 2010


That "worst time" setting is wacky.
posted by .kobayashi. at 1:24 PM on July 14, 2010


I set it for -10 minutes per mile. I think I'm in Larkspur by now.
posted by zippy at 1:45 PM on July 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


I set it for 70 minute miles... and it took less than 2 hours leaving on July 5 at 7:15 AM.

Timing is everything, apparently.
posted by MikeWarot at 2:30 PM on July 14, 2010


Man, setting it for 90 minute miles and 'Crab' is awesome. You just drift away.
posted by xorry at 2:56 PM on July 14, 2010


I was just over at the Aquatic Park on Monday and was watching some open water swimmers warm up in view of Alcatraz, and was wondering how tough it would really be to make that swim. Now, not two days later, I know!
posted by QuarterlyProphet at 7:02 PM on July 14, 2010


Think_Long: I actually had someone ask today if that was how he got his name. First time I'd been asked that.
(I work the info desk in the cellhouse.)
posted by primalux at 8:47 PM on July 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


Wait, someone actually asked if he could fly? That's hilarious.

Since you work there and all . . . have they done anything with the morgue since I was there in 2005? Last time I saw it it was just a door with a clear bit of plastic and a faded piece of paper with a factoid looking into a creepy room with a big cement slab.
posted by Think_Long at 9:14 PM on July 14, 2010


Haha. She didn't ask if he could fly, but asked if he got his name due to some sort of escape attempt involving flying.

They are currently restoring the morgue, so people should be able to go in it relatively soon, but at the moment it's still pretty much the way you saw it. The funny part is it was only ever used once, but it is kind of cute in it's tiny mission-style-building way.
posted by primalux at 9:29 PM on July 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


I don't get what's so bad about "The Worst Time."

Since I can swim a 3 Minute mile, it says it will only take me 4 minutes to shore.
posted by Debaser626 at 8:07 AM on July 15, 2010


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