dean13 sent around this link to a Very Cool optical illusion. I did it several times to see if it would affect the sequence, speed, or pattern of the illusion for me. (It didn’t.) And for my last “trial,” I kept watching for a while after all the pink dots had disappeared. My results:
1. The moving pink dot goes green very quickly, within a second or two of focusing on the black cross. I then see a green dot cycling clockwise through a circle of pink dots.
2. The pink dots disappear rapidly afterward, usually as the “green” dot sweeps over them. They go in swatches or clumps–several at a time in sequence. That is, the “green” dot swipes some off in one circuit, then another in the next, until they’re all gone. I do, occasionally, have some just fade out, without having been swept over by the green dot, but again it’s not individual dots but several in a sequence.
3. A green dot remains, circling in clockwork fashion.
After my last, longer trial, the pink dots fade in and out, also in swatches. They tend to be fainter than they were originally. I did get a return of the whole pink circle with the green dot circling them briefly, but they quickly got “wiped” out again.
dude_the, who is dyslexic and has some eye musculature wonkiness, had a different effect from the illusion; he had a harder time in general getting the pink dots to disappear. I’m really curious if and how the pattern of the dots disappearing across individuals correlates to reading strategy and speed. Also whether the illusion would manifest differently for an autistic person.
Okay, I recently broke down and made a foray into the hullabaloo which is MySpace.com (user name “eugiefoster”). I found and friended some of y’all, but for those of you I didn’t, I’d love it if you could give me a myspace hello. (Although I’m still not sure what the fuss is all about.)
And while I’m pimping, buy the shiny new magazine:
– 1600 on the freelance gig, an editing pass on the whole shebang, and off it went. Now I really need to get back to work on the various and sundry fiction projects I’ve got on my plate.