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19th Apr '16 1:58:57 AM aye_amber
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* Initially played straight, but ultimately averted with the Observatory in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIV''. The spinny bits just act as a giant projector, the important part does not only not spin, but doesn't need the spinny bit at all. It just can't create giant sized images by itself.

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* Initially played straight, but ultimately averted with the Observatory in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIV''. ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag.'' The spinny bits just act as a giant projector, the important part does not only not spin, but doesn't need the spinny bit at all. It just can't create giant sized images by itself.
24th Feb '16 4:17:23 PM StFan
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'', Twilight's magic-detecting device sports a purple light spinning along the round outer shell once activated. When the light stops spinning, it points in the direction of any magical energy it detects.



** The TARDIS spins while she's in flight or travelling through the time vortex. Although it's revealed in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]] that is because the Doctor has a hard time stabilizing it on his lonesome, when she's conceived to have six pilots.
** Professor Lazarus' machine in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E6TheLazarusExperiment "The Lazarus Experiment"]].
** Lampshaded in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead "Planet of the Dead"]] with one of the Doctor's little science-detecting gadgets.

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** The TARDIS spins while she's in flight or travelling through the time vortex. Although it's revealed in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]] "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Journey's End]]" that is because the Doctor has a hard time stabilizing it on his lonesome, when she's conceived to have six pilots.
** Professor Lazarus' machine in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E6TheLazarusExperiment "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E6TheLazarusExperiment The Lazarus Experiment"]].
Experiment]].
** Lampshaded in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead "Planet "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead Planet of the Dead"]] Dead]]" with one of the Doctor's little science-detecting gadgets.



** Combined with ItRunsOnNonsensoleum in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink"]], where a gadget has a big rotating wheel on the end:

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** Combined with ItRunsOnNonsensoleum in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink"]], "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink Blink]]", where a gadget has a big rotating wheel on the end:



** And the "jammer" concocted by the Doctor in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E5TheTimeMonster "The Time Monster"]], made of all sorts of household junk and a nice cup of tea.
** The Doctor uses a similar approach to create some sort of scanning device in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger "The Lodger"]] from bits and pieces of terrestrial "technology". {{Lampshaded}} when the Doctor has to pass it off as an artwork, "commentary on modern society". Craig [[BlatantLies doesn't buy it.]]

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** And the "jammer" concocted by the Doctor in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E5TheTimeMonster "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E5TheTimeMonster The Time Monster"]], Monster]]", made of all sorts of household junk and a nice cup of tea.
** The Doctor uses a similar approach to create some sort of scanning device in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger "The Lodger"]] "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger The Lodger]]" from bits and pieces of terrestrial "technology". {{Lampshaded}} when the Doctor has to pass it off as an artwork, "commentary on modern society". Craig [[BlatantLies doesn't buy it.]]



* The most literal example on this page comes from ''[[{{Earth2150}} Earth 2160]]''. The UCS faction's research center has a big sphere with rings around it (called a [[AllThereInTheManual GENIUS-class processor]]). The rings start spinning while research is in progress, so, quite literally, when those things spin, ''science happens''.

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* The most literal example on this page comes from ''[[{{Earth2150}} ''[[VideoGame/{{Earth2150}} Earth 2160]]''. The UCS faction's research center has a big sphere with rings around it (called a [[AllThereInTheManual GENIUS-class processor]]). The rings start spinning while research is in progress, so, quite literally, when those things spin, ''science happens''.



* Large spinning external reel-to-reel [[ComputerEqualsTapeDrive tape drives]] are how you know computers are working. Shown as recently as ''RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal''.

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* Large spinning external reel-to-reel [[ComputerEqualsTapeDrive tape drives]] are how you know computers are working. Shown as recently as ''RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal''.''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal''.



* Initially played straight, but ultimately averted with the Observatory in VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIV. The spinny bits just act as a giant projector, the important part does not only not spin, but doesn't need the spinny bit at all. It just can't create giant sized images by itself.

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* Initially played straight, but ultimately averted with the Observatory in VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIV.''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIV''. The spinny bits just act as a giant projector, the important part does not only not spin, but doesn't need the spinny bit at all. It just can't create giant sized images by itself.



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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' spoofs this in the ParodyCommercial "Coach Z's 110%":
-->"My whole deal's backed up with actual scientific findings and rotating computer graphics, so you ''know'' it's legit!"[[/folder]]



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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' spoofs this in the ParodyCommercial "Coach Z's 110%":
-->"My whole deal's backed up with actual scientific findings and rotating computer graphics, so you ''know'' it's legit!"

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[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' spoofs this in the ParodyCommercial "Coach Z's 110%":
-->"My whole deal's backed up with actual scientific findings and rotating computer graphics, so you ''know'' it's legit!"
[[folder:Web Original]]



'''Baljeet:''' (''(rom inside the machine'') I am getting nauseous!\\

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'''Baljeet:''' (''(rom (''from inside the machine'') I am getting nauseous!\\



* The spinning Beach Ball of Death in UsefulNotes/MacOS X and the spinning hula hoop in [[UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows Windows]] Vista and above. UsefulNotes/MacOS uses the Beach Ball when an application is unresponsive, so it's spinning when science is ''failing'' to happen.
** Also the spinning icons while progressive download buffers video content.

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* The spinning Beach Ball of Death in UsefulNotes/MacOS X and the spinning hula hoop in [[UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows Windows]] Vista and above. UsefulNotes/MacOS uses the Beach Ball when an application is unresponsive, so it's spinning when science is ''failing'' to happen.
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happen. Also the spinning icons while progressive download buffers video content.



--> "some sort of governor device. I feel I could do something with a pair of revolving balls."
--> "Funnily enough, when that lightning bolt hit, the thing started glowing, and we went scudding across the water, I distinctly felt ''my''-"

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--> "some ---->"some sort of governor device. I feel I could do something with a pair of revolving balls."
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"Funnily enough, when that lightning bolt hit, the thing started glowing, and we went scudding across the water, I distinctly felt ''my''-"



22nd Feb '16 2:27:33 PM LBHills
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We all know EverythingsBetterWithSpinning, but sometimes it is so much better that science happens.

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We all know EverythingsBetterWithSpinning, but sometimes it is so much better "better" means that science happens.
starts happening.
26th Dec '15 7:00:14 PM nombretomado
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* Franchise/{{Superman}} in the SilverAge could even stop tornadoes and TimeTravel by doing so.

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* Franchise/{{Superman}} in the SilverAge UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} could even stop tornadoes and TimeTravel by doing so.
16th Nov '15 4:03:47 AM Kitch
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* [[AndZoidberg Let's not forget flywheels!]]

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* [[AndZoidberg Let's not forget flywheels!]]flywheels!]] Spinning wheels that are used for stability. These have become ''very'' useful in [[UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace space probes]].
26th Jul '15 5:54:45 PM StreamofConsciousness
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* The [[https://polymathically.wordpress.com/2015/07/25/foucault-pendulum/ Foucault Pendulum]] at the California Academy of Sciences.
2nd Jul '15 4:47:45 PM nombretomado
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* We don't actually get to see them doing their thing until very near the end of the series, but jump drives in ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'' must "spin up" before being activated.

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* We don't actually get to see them doing their thing until very near the end of the series, but jump drives in ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'' ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' must "spin up" before being activated.
11th May '15 12:59:44 PM nombretomado
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* From the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse:'' Herr Doktor Archeville possessed a machine that his teammates called "the spinny gizmo". No one was sure what it did, really, but it sure looked fancy, and it had that spinny part on the front of it.

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* From the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse:'' ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse:'' Herr Doktor Archeville possessed a machine that his teammates called "the spinny gizmo". No one was sure what it did, really, but it sure looked fancy, and it had that spinny part on the front of it.
29th Apr '15 3:46:36 PM StFan
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* ''Film/SpiderMan'':

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* ''Film/SpiderMan'':''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'':
24th Apr '15 5:32:38 AM StFan
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* Roberta Leigh's (associate of Anderson) puppet series ''Series/SpacePatrol'' (a.k.a. ''Planet Patrol'') had doughnut-shaped spacecraft that were surrounded by spinning forcefields in flight. For a group of people who had to worry about things like strings getting caught, they sure did love this trope.

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* Roberta Leigh's (associate of Anderson) puppet series ''Series/SpacePatrol'' ''Series/{{Space Patrol|UK}}'' (a.k.a. ''Planet Patrol'') had doughnut-shaped spacecraft that were surrounded by spinning forcefields in flight. For a group of people who had to worry about things like strings getting caught, they sure did love this trope.
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