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506. Bright Idea: this perspective on getting engaged September 10, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Experience, Optical Illusion, Video.
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My brother sent me a link to this video clip. What a creative way to pop the question. The clip is a little long, but enjoy the music, the buildup, and the passion. I found it quite moving, actually.

I thought I recognized the woman: Sara Cantor, who has a great blog that I came across because it was featured in Fast Company. It’s called The Curious Shopper, and it has her analysis on why some shopping experiences work and others don’t. The guy in the clip has his own blog, Things We Think but Do Not Say.

The clip is reminiscent of my previous post on perspective illusions (HERE).
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479. Sparked Art: Tilt-Shift Photography August 31, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Art, Optical Illusion.
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This above photograph may look like it is of a scale model, but it’s not. By using a technique called “tilt-shifting,” you can make a regular scene (below) look a like a fake miniature (via JavaJive). Click HERE to listen to a photographer, Vincent Laforet, talk about this technique while watching a slide show of his work (via NickBaum).

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467. Bright Idea: Half Portion Mirror August 27, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Art, Optical Illusion, Product.
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Half a dinner plate is attached to this regular mirror to create the illusion of an entire plate (with a line down the middle of it). Pretty cool. But at $200, I would rather make my own. With my handy pocket plate cutter. Buy it (or not) HERE; Via Uncrate.

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439. Bright Idea: Cardboard Kids August 16, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Optical Illusion, Product.
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An Ohio man used this cardboard kid cut-out to slow down traffic. NBC4 ran a story on it HERE; via Hemmy. The guy is now selling the cut-outs for $60, or you can learn to make your own HERE (via FreshCreation).

IdeaSpark*: create several life-sized cut-outs of yourself looking through binoculars, then place them next to your windows at night. It should make you popular with your neighbors.

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379. Sparked Art: The Pool Illusion July 16, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Art, Optical Illusion, Video.
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By Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich, this fake swimming pool is an installation in an art museum at Kanazawa City, Japan. See below for a quick clip. Via Hemmy, where you can also find more photos.

344. Bright Idea: The Bit Fall June 14, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Art, Optical Illusion, Video.
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Check out this waterfall that spells out words from the web. About 320 nozzles synchronize to display randomly chosen words from internet news sources. This is an art installation by Julius Popp, and is some sort of comment on the flood of information that contantly bombards us. Whatever. I think that the machine is pretty cool. Via Neatorama.


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327. Sparked Art: Barsamian Kinetic Sculpture May 29, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Art, Optical Illusion, Product, Video.
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Like stop-motion animation of sculpture, these rotating 3-D zoetropes give the illusion of movement thanks to strobing light. Though this 17 second video is not the best quality, you should get the idea. You can see more of his work at his website, HERE. This clip was taken at London’s Kinetica Museum.


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323. Quickie Web: Video: Reverspective Illusion May 22, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Art, Optical Illusion, Quickie Web, Video.
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I recently filmed this eye-bending illusion at ArtDC. Video is sufficiently able to capture the effect of this painting, but when I first saw this in person, I thought I was hallucinating. Check out this 1-minute clip. Find the artist’s website HERE.


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319. Quickie Web: Image: Window Illusion May 17, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Art, Optical Illusion, Quickie Web.
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Look at this cute cat sitting next to the window, sipping his wine. For some reason, this image causes a stirring in my loins. Via moillusions.com.

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305. Quickie Web: Illusion: Hot bod? April 30, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Optical Illusion, Quickie Web.
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Before your get too excited or envious with the image in this photo, wait for it to change. Via MoIllusions.com. The missing belly-button should be the giveaway.

(Hopefully, you can see the image.  If not, it is worth following this link HERE).

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285. Quickie Web: Perspective Illusions April 19, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Art, Optical Illusion, Quickie Web.
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You can only see these images perfectly aligned from one specific vantage point. Via Moillusions.com.

(1) The Cardiff Bay Barrage illusion: the yellow circles are actually painted on all the objects. Click HERE to see how it was made.

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(2) Perth Impossible Triangle illusion: look closely, and you will see that this is the classic impossible object (i.e. it cannot really be constructed as it appears). Click HERE to see how it was made.

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(3) Painted room illusion. Click HERE to see more similarly painted rooms.

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274. Quickie Web: Illusion: Hybrid Images April 5, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Optical Illusion, Quickie Web.
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I thought this was quite cool. The left image appears to be an angry man, and the right is a calm woman (or a very pretty man). Now step back a few feet and squint your eyes. The images switch. Pretty amazing, huh?

Created by Dr. Oliva and Dr. Schyns, this hydrid illusion “illustrates the ability of our visual system to separate information coming from different spatial frequency channels” (got that?).

Here is a picture of Albert Einstien. Step back and squint, and you should see another timeless icon.

Via Hybrid Images@MIT.

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126. Quickie Web: Optical Illusion: Negative Color January 13, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Optical Illusion, Quickie Web, Video.
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Stare at the dot in the image. After 30 seconds, the image will then switch to the original image, which will seem like it’s in real-life color (if you keep staring at the dot), but it is actually in black-and-white (which you can see if you look away from the dot). This is a neat demonstration of how your eyes can work.


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