Relatively interesting has three good optical illusions in this post. My favorite is the Coffer Illusion, which was a Top 10 finalist in the 2006 Best Illusion of the Year Contest, but is new to me. Do to see all 16 circles? For me, it took a while.
The Troxler effect is a visual example of neural adaptation, where our brains filter out "superfluous" stimuli that does not change. It's the same way you don't notice the sound of rain or your room's background noise after a while. Swiss physician Ignaz Paul Vital Troxler first wrote about the effect in 1804. Understanding this… READ THE REST
In artists Erwin Driessens and Maria Verstappen's installation "Pareidolia," a computer vision system uses facial recognition software to find faces in grains of sand. Of course, "pareidolia" is a trick our brain plays that causes us to see meaningful patterns that aren't really there, like animals in clouds or hidden messages in songs. From the… READ THE REST
Stare into the black circle in this video to get a lesson in chromatic adaptation from scientist Andrew Steele. This is definitely my favourite optical illusion—it's mind-bendingly effective but infuriatingly ephemeral, vanishing as soon as you try to look straight at it—and a fantastic illustration of how our eyes and brain together conspire so… READ THE REST
There are few tools in the history of humankind that stretch back as far as the molcajete. Going back thousands of years to the ancient Mayans and beyond, the process of crafting stone mortar and pestle instruments to grind up spices is a staple of Mexican and South American food preparation. There are also few… READ THE REST
Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure? Those two titans are often the center of every question when considering cloud-based web platforms. While Amazon and Microsoft are the absolute 1-2 in that discussion, how about some of the other contenders in the cloud services space? That inevitably leads to the 3rd largest cloud platform Google Cloud.… READ THE REST
Sure, everybody is gaga about Apple's AirPods Pro. They love it all — except the $249 list price, of course. Especially if something should happen to those little darlings when you're working out at the gym, or running to catch a bus, or trying to escape an unexpected rainstorm. While the AirPods Pro sound great,… READ THE REST