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    tinkering and repairing things, photography, ball jointed dolls, finding problems and sometimes solving them.

    Obsessively making Sherlock designs...

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  1. J.P.


    Today I had a dream - a crossover of The School Doomsday and The Loo Apocalypse. I was at some school, trying to find out about the exams I'll have to take (3 Months, no idea about what the exams would be) and while running around through this school/uni building I made a little trip to the toilet. Messy as usual in my dreams, but it was the first time I remember, when I've got massively contaminated during that visit. Woke up from trying to wash my blazer. Urgs…
  2. Yes, some wild animals adapt to the living in an urban environment.
  3. They changed from "Staff Department" into "Human Ressources" at my workplace. The changes didn't stop at the name.
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    Favourite "Sherlock" Pictures, etc.

    Well, the opinions vary… BTW, agents also wanted Viggo Mortensen to change his name.
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    Favourite "Sherlock" Pictures, etc.

    Well, many people advised him to change his name.
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    The Dress (color perception)

    First of all - making this picture into science is BS. It's based on a bad, washed-out image, seen on different monitors that may show colors very differently. Secondly, the crucial question is what people were asked for in the original posting. Because if you asked me about the colors and not about the dress, I would say bluish and greyish, because it's what I see. But because you asked for the dress, I forgot about what I actually see and told you what I think I see. And before they start making assumptions about physiology and psychology of participants, they should ask a simple question: how often have you made photos in your life or are you a visual artist. I bet my socks it's the main factor. This would also explain why older people don't have this bias. Photography was much seldom a hobby before smartphones and digital cameras - and it's quite likely older ppl had less contact with this technology. PS. Even if a part of the illusion is thinking, it mostly happens beyond the conscious (as the example with the checkered field shows). Because initially, I could hardly imagine the dark color could be anything near black, now I can. Because I know it is. If you mean settings in your brain - yes. The picture we have about the world outside only partially is made of what we see. AFAIK it's not even the half. The rest is imagination, or what our brain assumes it sees - based on former experience. Otherwise, any kind of visual arts, probably including photography, wouldn't be possible.
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    The Dress (color perception)

    Well, you have to differentiate between seeing and interpretation of what you see. The question was not "what colors do you see?" but "what color is this dress?" First is about seeing, second is about an interpretation. I see light blue and brownish. But by the overexposed background, the picture suggests, it was taken on a bright sunny day and the dress is in a shadow. Because of my experience with photography, I know that on sunny days shadows are always bluish and usually make white appear as blue, I interpret it as white and some kind of brown (grey minus blue will give you brown as I showed with my experiment with the pic from Amazon) Here is another explanation https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2015/02/27/if-it-isnt-llamas-its-dresses/ This is by the way, what your brain makes all the time without your knowing - adjusting colors. PS: Do you see that squares A and B are of the same color? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Checker_shadow_illusion
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    The Dress (color perception)

    Well, the first picture is not like that because of the lighting, it has nothing to do with the colors of the actual dress, which would NEVER look like this in RL. It's just bad Photoshop. I tried it myself with the image from Amazon - after letting the automatic filter to balance all the blue in the picture, that's what I got: If I make it lighter, because it seems too dark, I'll get this. Looks familiar? And I haven't even started with special effects yet. And OF COURSE, the other mentioned picture looks different because it was taken with a different camera in a different light and processed by different people with different tastes for colors.
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    The Dress (color perception)

    You could also read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_balance https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colour_cast This is a nice example from a photography blog https://foodphotographyblog.com/what-is-white-balance-color-temperature-and-kelvin/ https://photographylife.com/what-is-white-balance-in-photography shows how colors in a photo can change by slight change in the sunlight.
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    The Dress (color perception)

    Not with a poor quality photo run through a PS filter. Actually, claiming that anyone could deduct that this washed out brownish is actually black in RL is BS. I could make the dress look red in one second btw, and ask the same question. As for the shoe: I SEE light turquoise and greyish pink, but I also see the hand holding it - and having processed tons and tons of such photos in my professional life, I'm quite sure that the shoe is pink and white in RL. Lighting is the key. Human eye and brain can make corrections based on the ambient light colour, new cameras can do it also, but not always.
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    The Political Thread

    Does anybody know if there will be a shut down of the parliament? Is it unavoidable? (buying popcorn for the three more months, just in case)
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    The Political Thread

    Okay, I meant those who are supposed to "manage" the situation.
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    The Dress (color perception)

    Hmm… you might see things differently, but the fact is - this something had certain colours as it was photographed.
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    The Political Thread

    I know about the consequences. I knew most of them even before the referendum. And knowing a bunch of people from the UK doesn't allow me to feel the good old German schadenfreude about it. But from afar I have the impression UK politicians don't even take the whole thing seriously. As if they believed the EU will give in if they fuss around long enough. And they seem to be willing to drag this situation forever when the EU allows them to. Because they never had a plan.
  15. Today I spent almost 2 hours with two bank counsellors. But I smiled often because one of them looked like Culverton Smith. I suppose having a Jim Moriarty lookalike would top it, but I'm not THAT picky.

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