Friday, October 26, 2007

bits and bytes

After yesterday's uber-serious post I wanted to lighten the mood by sharing these great links. I just love the idea of your own personal moon, but the "physical isolation and its visual confirmation" in this project mess with reality even more.

And for the comic geek I love these vintage '50s sci-fi comic covers. Kitsch at its most classic. And speaking of book art, the 16th century blows the lid off what book artists are doing 500 years later.

My favourite link, though, is the latest instalment in the right brain vs left brain test department. Check it out here. Not surprisingly I mostly see the figure turning clockwise but can pretty much change it at will proving my 'superior hemispheric integration' (snort). My favourite is still the camera viewfinder test: whichever eye you look through, then the opposite hemsiphere is dominant.


Blogger Tori said...

I want my own personal moon- art is amazing- a completely dorky statement but I am always awed at what people are dreaming of and creating!

26/10/07 5:27 p.m.  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

The right brain/left brain figure was pretty freaky. It started out clockwise for me, but then kept switching, seemingly at random. I found I had to move my eyes somewhere else to get it to switch more at will (HOW does it do that??) I hadn't heard the camera viewfinder test before - if that is the case, my right hemisphere is apparantly dominant. In less visual tests for hemisphere or quadrant dominance, I come out nearly symmetrical... (I think less so right now since I am working/painting so much of my waking time... That has to effect *something*)

26/10/07 5:30 p.m.  
Blogger Leah said...

woah, that test was super cool! i saw clockwise and with some looking could switch it. very interesting. and now, i'm curious about the camera viewfinder trick!

26/10/07 8:46 p.m.  
Blogger dinahmow said...

Dinah wants a moon!Dinah wants a moon! And if you could possibly arrange for it to come with that window, second from bottom...
Yep,I'm right-brained, although I did notice it reversing after a few spins. As to the camera, well, that is not a sufficiently accurate guide as shutter buttons are on the right and if you wear glasses, using your right eye is easier.
I can use my left eye, but due to nerve damage now use my right.
Great fun post.Thanks.
PS I shall watch for the postmoon!

26/10/07 8:50 p.m.  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

Are you sure that the shapely dancer isn't programmed to alternate? Everytime I looked back to read the list of differences she would reverse.

I watched a show on the Brain this week that had a young man without a corpus collosom..which is the scientificky name for the thingamabob part of the brain that connects the two halves. Apparently we need to connect the two to manage our most difficult task in life..processing social situations and interacting with others.

26/10/07 10:45 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

OK, you guys are all blowing my theory that I'm somehow special because I see the direction changing. Thanks a lot! :) And Dinah: you're exempt from the viewfinder test with your glasses and nerve damage, but most people naturally want to look out of one eye or the other, buttons or no buttons. Looking out of my right eye feels so *wrong*. And HE: it's also been shown that women have better hemispheric integration (corpus colossum development?) which makes sense as women are (usually) more concerned/in tune with the social.

27/10/07 6:36 a.m.  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

I saw this spinner on another site and for the longest time she only went clockwise. When I would look at her through my peripheral vision, then she would change direction. When I first saw the spinner on your blog, it went counter clockwise. Funny, but the first site I saw it was on a techie site and it went clockwise. Wonder if expectation had to do anything with it?

27/10/07 10:07 a.m.  
Blogger nadine said...

This is driving me crazy! I keep going back to see if I can get her to go counter-clockwise, and it's only happened once for a split second. I was convinced David, who is a scientist, would see her counter-clockwise. But no. He sees her clockwise too (although he can get her to switch back and forth). It's very cool though :-) I gotta tell you, I am an exclusive right eye viewer. My vision is so poor in my left eye, I don't have a choice if I want to take a half decent photo...

28/10/07 5:27 p.m.  

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