Archive for the ‘illusion’ Category

Sartre’s Star Wars

May 2nd, 2011 by frankie23

Ever wonder what Star Wars would have been like as an existentialist French film with dialogue by Jean-Paul Sartre? No, me neither, but some clever bastard decided to show us anyways. Well played, m’sieur. Well played.

“Guerres des Étoilles Existentielles” [Topless Robot]


High-Dive Whut?

January 17th, 2011 by frankie23

From the old Frank Sinatra TV show, the “King of Diving Board Comedy” Larry Griswold; seriously, they just don’t do comedy like this anymore. I mean, literally, they just don’t. Awesome.

Today in Diving Board Comedy [The Stranger]

Monkey Drummer

February 5th, 2008 by frankie23

Wow. This is some neat effect work. Monkey drummer, yeah!

It’s a little too early in the morning for clever dialogue. Bugger off, or give me whiskey.

Monkey Drummer [YouTube]

Water Monster Vs. Japan

January 28th, 2008 by frankie23


Okay, maybe it’s just a hologram projected over a fountain, but damn, isn’t it pretty? This is a Japanese promotion for The Water Horse, a new Disney movie about some Loch Ness Monster type of critter. Yes, it’s a giant, animated holographic projection of a water monster. I dunno, I saw the commercials and just couldn’t get over how crappy the CGI looked. However, this is way neater. The holographic technology was apparently developed by Disney years ago for their theme parks; I’ve never heard of it before, but it’s sure spiffy. The way it moves! Be sure to follow the link below for video footage!

Cool Stuff: Holographic Water Monster Invades Japan [/Film]

Adelson’s Checkerboard Illusion

August 17th, 2007 by frankie23

Adelson’s Checkerboard Illusion

I’m told that Square A is the exact same colour as Square B. I can’t see it really, but apparently this is a scientifically recognized principal, published by Edward H. Adelson in 1995. From the Wikipedia article,

“When interpreted as a 3-dimensional scene, our visual system immediately estimates a lighting vector and uses this to judge the property of the material.”

Fascinating, really. I’ve always known that what we see is only a rough interpolation; as it is, my eyes see certain blues differently when viewed with one or the other. This sort of thing just blows me away though. Some people say if you squint you can fool your brain into seeing them as they truly are, and I can almost make it, but there’s still some variation. See? You literally cannot trust what your eyes tell you! How’s that for paranoia inducing truth?

Adelson’s Checkerboard Illusion [bioephemera]