In case you haven’t seen it before, here’s a sweet and fun optical illusion: a paper dragon that seems to always turn its head to look at you.
Curiously, this illusion works much better on video than in reality. In reality, you need to close one of your eyes to fool your depth perception.
This originated as a conference give-away made by Jerry Andrus in 1998. Fans meet biennially to celebrate the life and work of Martin Gardner, and an American popular mathematics and popular science writer. Each participant must bring 400 copies of something they made, and everybody leaves with one copy of each item. Fun!
Want to make one yourself? Here are three versions, ready to print, cut, and glue:
Oh, and “Percy”? I made one of these to show my kids, and Daniel named it Percy. It sits on my desk and watches me carefully.
I dedicate this post to my grandmother Lizzi who would have been 97 today. She would have enjoyed this illusion.
Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
Through passion, I gain strength.
Through strength, I gain power.
Through power, I gain victory.
Through victory, my chains are broken.
… Sounds good, doesn’t it? A wise code to follow if you want to free yourself from existing scripting and find your own path.
Heard it before? I only left out the ending:
The Force shall free me.
I seem to be fond of brilliant technology that is no longer available. Similar to my Psion pocket computer that I recently mentioned, a FingerWorks keyboard is probably another advanced device you aren’t familiar with, except possibly through my rantings.
I’m sure Star Trek would have used keyboards like this one.
This evening in Ikea (don’t judge me) we were just done shopping when the PA system blares this. Three times in a row. We notice that all staff around us go into action immediately.
Clever as I am (don’t judge me) I pull out my phone and google “Ikea code 1000“.
Turns out, first announcement means an unconfirmed alarm (fire etc.). Second time is a warning to all staff to prepare an evacuation. And third means business. Yes, we heard three, so I shovel the wife and kids out to the car right away.