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  1. Arcadia

    Which Sherlock Holmes are you?

    When I saw your premise ("Bilbo Baggins IS John Watson"), I was all set to argue, but your arguments are so compelling I have concede the wisdom of your insight. Well played. 🙇‍♀️ <--- is supposed to be a woman bowing.....
  2. Hi there Seventhdoctor! Welcome to the forum! I think I'll have to go with Rathbone too, not just for the nose but also for his height. I don't think he was really that much taller than my second choice, Jeremy Brett, but he seemed taller.
  3. Oh noes, is that true? Wah. Because my kitties have pulled the tails off of several over the years. 😞 Wait … Wikipedia says they can grow them back, but maybe not as perfectly. Hmm.
  4. Speaking of reptiles, do you know skinks? Speedy little guys. Cute. Zip all over our porch. I've been letting my cat go out on the porch with me when I sit out there, so she won't have to stay in the house by herself. I leave the door open a crack in case she gets scared and needs to run back inside. One day she's out there, half snoozing, and there's a sudden commotion and she's got a skink in her mouth … and she dashes inside with it. Aaarghhhhh! A lizard in the house! A fast lizard! Noooo! I go running after her … and she's already deposited it on the landing. Thankfully (for me) it's already dead. She starts batting at it, then looks at me and gives the most piteous cry … "Mommy, why won't it play with me anymore?" I felt so bad for her I went into the kitchen and fed her some special treats.
  5. Yes, we've had lots of toads this year! One of those little guys landed plop! on my back yesterday when I went outside; I guess he'd been climbing up the door when I opened it, and was knocked loose. If it had been one of the big ones I would've shrieked, but the little ones are adorable. Good thing the cat didn't see him. Frogs, on the other hand … we used to have what sounded like hundreds of them in the "swamp" out back, but the past few years I've hardly heard any. There's one or two croaking right now, and that's it. And I never see them; just the ring on the water where they were a moment before.
  6. Or maybe it's just a very literal-minded snake. It just occurs to me I've never seen a green snake. All of ours are black, brown, black-brown, reddish brown and some have spots or stripes, usually yellow. But no green snakes. Isn't that odd? You'd think green would be excellent camouflage for a yard snake.
  7. No wonder people look at me funny when I say I used to work in "Personnel."
  8. Arcadia

    Favourite "Sherlock" Pictures, etc.

    At least the man himself has a sense of humor about it. Not that he has much choice, I guess.
  9. Arcadia

    The Dress (color perception)

    Nope. The only way I can see the "gold" color as a dark color is to squint so much that everything looks dark. And even then it doesn't look black or dark brown, just medium-gray. I do have the brightness turned up high on my monitor, so that might be a factor. But didn't one of those articles say they took that into account somehow? Not unless they're next to each other. Law of contrasts. That's a good point. For example, I know my beginning art students really struggle with drawing in perspective … because the brain is so good at interpreting what the eyes see, they have trouble seeing what the eyes actually see. In other words, if they look at a scene like this: they have a tendency to draw something like this: because their brain (quite accurately) understands that roof and the floor, which photograph as "slanted" perspective lines, are actually parallel to each other. (Can't blame them; I'm getting confused just trying to describe the phenomenon.) So they draw what they know, instead of what they see. My illustration is a bit extreme, but hopefully you see my point. I'm sure other factors are involved as well, but it's interesting how consistently "newbies" struggle with it. I was trained to draw in perspective, and I use it often, so it now comes rather naturally to me; because I "know" the slanted lines are actually "correct." (Huh? )
  10. Arcadia

    Favourite "Sherlock" Pictures, etc.

    You're in the "favorite Sherlock pictures" thread. So, no, it doesn't count anyway, as it belongs in the "favorite Benedict Cumberbatch pictures" thread. If we had one, which we don't. Hence, "close." 😛
  11. Arcadia

    The Dress (color perception)

    I think we've strayed off the original point, though, which is that some people see this picture: and accurately identify it as a blue and black dress. So it doesn't matter whether the image is photoshopped or not ... some people still manage to see blue and black (or blue and dark brown). I didn't find the "scientific explanation" very satisfactory, by the way. I'd be more convinced by an argument that involves the function of rods and cones in different people's eyes, for example. But I accept that some people accurately identify the dress as blue and black, based on this photo ... as impossible as it seems to me. We may also mixing up the difference between light and pigments. Carol's right that there's no truly white or black pigments. They all have a color cast of some kind. But there is "true" white light (which is all the colors at once) ... and "true" black is the absolute absence of light. Which probably isn't a significant factor in this case, but it's fun to point it out.
  12. Arcadia

    The Political Thread

    So, how was it? And can you make cheap knock-off videos of it for the rest of us? Me either. I just spent 20 minutes reading about it and I'm more confused than when I started.
  13. Arcadia

    The Dress (color perception)

    I see gold and white in the light version and blue/black in the dark version. I can't make myself see one as the other. They both look like they're in shadow. My assumption, without further evidence, would be that they are both poor quality photos that have been photoshopped.
  14. Arcadia

    Favourite "Sherlock" Pictures, etc.

    Close, in other words. 😉
  15. Egad, Dabbler, don't encourage her!
  16. Boy do they ever. The newspapers are full of stories of people who had an enemy so dangerous they do wind up dead. So yeah, John's statement is a bit of fiction. That's unfortunately all too true in the literal sense. But maybe what Jess meant was that John doesn't think of anyone as his enemy, even though he may not like them. I think that's consistent with what he told Sherlock. And it doesn't mean that he's horribly altruistic, it just means that's how he naturally views the world. If you're at all familiar with the Myers-Briggs personality paradigm, you may recall that one pair of traits is Perceiving versus Judging. John is apparently a Perceiver. Oh, I love that point. Possibly because I really am a Perciever. We revel in ambiguity. Much to the dismay of the J's. (Say it now, say it loud, I'm a P, and I'm Proud!) P.S. Now I'm sitting here trying to decide if Sherlock's an INTJ or an ISTP. Heaven help me.
  17. Arcadia

    The Dress (color perception)

    Interesting. I can see that only if I squint. Although even then I see more of a light blue and charcoal gray. I've "always" known that we all see color differently, but this is an extreme example. Very interesting.
  18. Arcadia

    The Dress (color perception)

    I remember this one, but I don't remember what all the different color schemes were, so I'll play! First of all, what I see looks more like a lampshade than a dress, but hey.... at any rate, I see alternating bands of white and gold, or maybe it's yellow ochre.
  19. Arcadia

    The Political Thread

    Actually, I think Strange resides on Bleeker Street …..
  20. Arcadia

    The WTF Thread

    There is indeed a crush on the National Mall during the July 4 fireworks.
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    The WTF Thread

    Oh, that's right! I'm so used to the term "National Mall" that I forget how confusing it can be! We've had more than one visitor wonder why the heck we were taking them to a shopping center. More specifically, the Mall runs from the US Capitol building in the east two miles down to the Lincoln Memorial in the west, with stops for the Washington Monument and bunches of memorials and museums along the way. So, yeah, LOTS of photos.
  22. Arcadia

    The Political Thread

    And since she fits in perfectly around here, what does that make the rest of us?
  23. Arcadia

    The WTF Thread

    Or maybe you noticed them and didn't think anything of it. I think part of it also depends on where you are … if I go to the National Mall, for example, I think it's a given I'll end up in someone's viewfinder. Not so much if I'm walking across the parking lot at Macy's, though.
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