Wednesday, October 19, 2005

cool illusion

It's not for lack of material that I've not posted for the past few days, but lack of time. B and I spent the past couple of evenings working to get online air travel services to yield up flight information so we can get Nick home for the family reunion, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. With info from Nick on dates & times, and on airport shuttle [corrected from "shutter", thanks Nick] service between Ft. Collins and DEN airport, we finally got it all together and now have reserved and paid for all the flights. We were amazed and somewhat unsettled to find that in the few days over which we did the research, the holiday flight situation didn't get less favorable, but in one case anyway, more favorable (the Thanksgiving flights were better/cheaper last night than the previous one). We used Mobissimo and Kayak for scheduling and price availability and contacted airlines directly (or in one case a packager -- onetrave).

So, no [formerly "not" thanks again] recent posts here. Still, as you know, I check blogdex, trendalicious, and oishi each morning to see what people are buzzing about. Today Oishi showed a very interesting optical illusion that I'd like to pass along. I recommend to take a few moments to check this out; it's neat. It's just a single illusion, but one of the best I've seen. Click on the link below to view it. I give the text that accompanies the illusion to give you an idea what's happening.

cool illusion

If your eyes follow the movement of the rotating pink dot, you will only see one color, pink. If you stare at the black + in the center, the moving dot turns to green. Now, concentrate on the black + in the center of the picture. After a short period of time, all the pink dots will slowly disappear, and you will only see a green dot rotating if you're lucky! It's amazing how our brain works. There really is no green dot, and the pink ones really don't disappear. This should be proof enough, we don't always see what we think we see.


GobberGo said...

Wow!! That is cool! It took me a while but all the pink dots did disapear.

I wonder what "airport shutter service" would be like. A shutter installation/painting/repair service based out of the airport?
Someone who follows you around shutting doors and windows in your face? Other people's faces? Or maybe it's the lines and prices that make one shudder, only they thought it would be clever to spell it differently like "flickr."


Jeff said...

An airport shutter service shuts down airports, I'd guess. Like closing miltary bases.

I should have left "shutter" as it was but can't resist correcting errors.

GobberGo said...

Aw! You should have left it. But if you're that concerned with correcting errors (an impulse we share) then you'll probably want to address "So, not recent posts here."