December 2, 2005


The guy in the… the $4,000 suit is uploading a shotgun post for a guy who doesn’t make that in three months? Come on!

  • MAKE’s Mostly Under $100 Gift Guide 2005! (shopping, diy, magazine, blog, toys, wishlist)
    • Great ideas for <$100 holiday gifts, if you’ve got engineering/gadget geeks in your circle of friends.
  • Flash Puzzle (animation, flash, game, fun, puzzle)
    • Easy jigsaw puzzle, but novel for the fact that the pieces are animated. Very similar to somehting from Banjo Kazooie.
  • Grand Illusions (illusion, magic, fun, photography, physics, science, tricks, weird)
    • Many interesting illusions, some of which even I in my weird travels have not seen before. This link is worth a visit for the Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid link alone - aka Dr Angry and Mr Smiles.
  • Life of Larry Part 2 (animation, video, tv, funny, humor)
    • More Life of Larry
  • Life of Larry Part 1 (funny, humor, video, tv, animation)
    • Seth MacFarlane's student film. The seeds of Family Guy are unmistakable.
  • Howstuffworks “How Swearing Works” (language, science, words)
    • Why do you swear? Where is swearing processed in your brain? You need to know.
  • U.N. Man (flash, funny, wft)
    • UN Man is funky. It's his birthday, and he just wants to help.
  • One Red Paperclip (blog, funny, lifehacks, wtf, stories)
    • Can you trade a red paperclip for a house? Well, maybe you could trade a red paperclip for successively bigger and bigger things, and eventually get a house. That's what this fellow is trying to do — trade up from red paperclip to house.
  • Oprah's Problem (humor, images, tv)
    • Looks like Oprah has some 'splaining to do.
  • Cyber Monday safe shopping tips | 43 Folders (shopping, online, consumerism)
    • Tips for a safe cyber-shopping season, collected on 43 Folders.
  • string spin - (fun, graphics, flash)
    • It's a spinning flash thing. You draw in the air and this thing spins your pencil line in 3D.
  • Readability scores in a flash! (writing, tools, english)
    • Have your web page or Word document judged for readability, lickity-split, using a variety of formulas.
  •, A great idea for meetings, parties, friends, reunions, weekends, corporate events (organization, work, web, tools)
    • Online meeting scheduler.
Posted by James at December 2, 2005 9:56 AM
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Mr. Smiles looks like a woman to me. (An angry woman!)

Posted by: Julie at December 2, 2005 11:28 AM

Interesting article on swearing. Motor function. Never would have guessed that.

I couldn't get Dr. Angry to work. I may have to move further back. Or is the trick getting people to back a mile from the monitor waiting to see something. :)

My favorite is the string spin, though. I could waste hours on that thing. Hours I say!

Posted by: briwei at December 2, 2005 2:31 PM

Brian, I didn't have enough room to move back, so I copied the picture and pasted it into another application, than shrank it until I could see them switch. :)

Posted by: Julie at December 2, 2005 3:13 PM

I think your eyesight plays a role in that illusion. If you have very bad eyesight, it might not work (it would be like a normal person already back too far). If you have very good eyesight and can't back up far enough, you also won't see it.

In any case, it definitely does work, and I hadn't seen it before.

Not necessarily an illusion, just the way your eyes process certain kinds of images differently.

Posted by: James at December 2, 2005 5:47 PM

James, I love the grand illusions site. We downloaded the diagram of the little dragon with the hollow face illusion some time ago and enjoyed making it and showing it to other people.

Lynnea took it to school. Her teacher said it "freaked her out".

I would love to try out one of their pseudoscopes but at $860 for something that is basically a curiosity? Ahem. "No effing way."

Seems to me that maybe one could build one with wood, glue, and pieces of mirror, but I think you have to get the angles just-so. I would love to try it though... it sounds really keen.

Posted by: Chuck S. at December 2, 2005 11:04 PM

Now that you mention it, I may have linked to it a while back, when we first discovered the dragon illusion. I can't remember if it was ever a shotgun post. I guess I failed to look the site over, because I'd never seen that smily/angry illusion before.

That dragon, though, really is as remarkable as you say.

If I had a ton of time, I'd attempt to build things like pseudoscopes. But, it ain't happenin.

Posted by: James at December 3, 2005 11:46 AM

By the look of it, the angles in the pseudoscope are not actually that mysterious nor must they bee too precise.

There are 2 parallelograms involved, and I don't think the angle between the two is actually that important, so long as you get the parallelograms correct. No matter how you turn the parallelogram, light will continue in a straight line.

WHat you might have to adjust for is the distance between the virtual eyeballs, but it doesn't look like their pseudoscope worries about that. In fact, with a greater distance between virtual eyes, you get increased parallax and increased depth perception (well - inversed).

I wish I had time to try making one of these. Maybe work will ease up. Someday.

Posted by: James at December 3, 2005 12:04 PM

I've seen the dragon thing before, and I'm pretty sure the only person who would have shown it to me would probably be you.

Posted by: Julie at December 3, 2005 10:06 PM

I definitely remember getting the dragon here. It didn't work as well for me, but it was still pretty cool.

Posted by: briwei at December 5, 2005 1:40 PM

Oh, man, then I need to start paying attention to my shotgun posts, because I really don't remember ever seeing that blurry face illusion before, and it is pretty darn nifty.

Posted by: James at December 5, 2005 3:16 PM

The blurry face illusion was a recent addition to that site, so you didn't forget anything.

Posted by: Julie at December 5, 2005 3:44 PM

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