Tricking Your Brain To See a Movie in 3-D

This just ended up being painful on my eyes.

The video on the right is playing one frame ahead of the video on the left, which apparently tricks your brain into thinking it’s seeing a slightly different angle in each eye – like normal (binocular) vision. I believe this is a type of stereogram, like those Magic Eye images from the 1990s. I think it’s interesting because the original video was shot with a normal digital camera from a single angle.

(via Kottke)

Models of Noah’s Ark


Noah’s Ark – from the minds and hands of model makers around the world.

From the Proceedings of the Athanasius Kircher Society who also has a link to a Dutchman who is building an Ark.

Dutchman Johan Huibers is building a working replica of Noah’s Ark as a testament to his Christian faith.

The 47-year-old from Schagen, 45km (30 miles) north of Amsterdam, plans to set sail in September through the interior waters of the Netherlands.

Johan’s Ark is a fifth of the size of Noah’s and will carry farmyard animals.

Chronology of Japanese Military Holdouts After the Surrender


Talk about persistence.

June 30 1951 Anatahan

A group of stranded survivors of a Japanese vessel sunk by the American military found their way to the island of Anatahan, 75 nautical miles north of Saipan. The island’s coast line is precipitous with landing beaches on the northern and western shore and a small sandy beach on the southwest shore. It’s steep slopes are furrowed by deep gorges covered by high grass. This brooding cone jutting from the sea floor is a large, extinct volcano with two peaks and a grass covered flat field, the final resting place for a B-29 Superfortress that crashed upon returning from a bombing mission over Nagoya, Japan on January 3, 1945 killing the aircraft’s crew.
By 1951 the Japanese holdouts on the island refused to believe that the war was over and resisted every attempt by the Navy to remove them. This group was first discovered in February 1945, when several Chamorros from Saipan were sent to the island to recover the bodies of the Saipan based B-29, T square 42, from the 498th Bomb Group, 875th Squadron, 73rd Wing under the command of Richard Carlson Stickney, Jr. The Chamorros reported that there were about thirty Japanese survivors from three Japanese ships sunk in June 1944, one of which was an Okinawan woman.

Pamphlets had been dropped informing the holdouts that the war was over and that they should surrender, but these requests were ignored. They lived a sparse life, eating coconuts, taro, wild sugar cane, fish and lizards. They smoked crushed, dried papaya leaves wrapped in the leaves of bananas and made an intoxicating beverage known as “tuba”, (coconut wine). They lived in palm frond huts with woven floor matting of pandanus. Their life improved after the crash of the aircraft . They used metal from the B-29 to fashion crude implements such as pots, knives and roofing for their hut. The oxygen tanks were used to store water, clothing was made from nylon parachutes, the cords used for fishing line. The springs from machine guns were fashioned into fish hooks. Several in the group also had machine guns and pistols recovered from the aircraft.

The most famous of the holdouts was Second Lt. Hiroo Onoda who finally emerged from the jungle in 1974 and wrote a book about his experience called No Surrender: My Thirty-Year War


Wikipedia watchdogs

Wikitruth is a website dedicated to the subject of flaws and issues with the Wikipedia, another website run by Jimbo Wales and a massive, insane army of Wikipedians that he controls with his mind rays. It’s very hard to really explain Wikipedia, but if you visit it, it says it wants to be “the online encylopedia that anyone can edit”. Instead, however, it is often filled with crazy people, experiences some issues with manipulative personalities, and falls prey to abuse and censorship.

Wild and Wacky Tales From the 1906 Quake


Big disasters produce amazing stories of struggle and survival that are usually more interesting, but oftentimes exaggerated.

True to form, the great San Francisco earthquake of April 18,1906 churned out its fair share of extraordinary behind-the-scenes vignettes, many of which have since been relegated to the file cabinet of other tall (and false) tales.

We’ve weeded out a few of the most interesting to emerge from the rubble, all of which historians claim are more than just hearsay:

(via Linkfilter)

William Sheldon and the Ivy League Nudes

One of the most bizarre stories I have ever read dealing with William Sheldon’s use of anthropometry and photographing nude freshmen at Ivy League colleges.

ONE AFTERNOON IN THE LATE 1970’s, deep in the labyrinthine interior of a massive Gothic tower in New Haven, an unsuspecting employee of Yale University opened a long-locked room in the Payne Whitney Gymnasium and stumbled upon something shocking and disturbing.

Shocking, because what he found was an enormous cache of nude photographs, thousands and thousands of photographs of young men in front, side and rear poses. Disturbing, because on closer inspection the photos looked like the record of a bizarre body-piercing ritual: sticking out from the spine of each and every body was a row of sharp metal pins.

The employee who found them was mystified. The athletic director at the time, Frank Ryan, a former Cleveland Browns quarterback new to Yale, was mystified. But after making some discreet inquiries, he found out what they were — and took swift action to burn them. He called in a professional, a document-disposal expert, who initiated a two-step torching procedure. First, every single one of the many thousands of photographs was fed into a shredder, and then each of the shreds was fed to the flames, thereby insuring that not a single intact or recognizable image of the nude Yale students — some of whom had gone on to assume positions of importance in government and society — would survive.

It was the Bonfire of the Best and the Brightest, and the assumption was that the last embarrassing reminders of a peculiar practice, which masqueraded as science and now looked like a kind of kinky voodoo ritual, had gone up in smoke. The assumption was wrong. Thousands upon thousands of photos from Yale and other elite schools survive to this day.

More about William Sheldon and his projects here.