Barking Mad

How do you like this gorgeous beast? If you find him as appealing as I do, you can visit a vast menagerie of cross-cultured creatures at Tedmus's Gallery, which I found via B3taPaper (the place to go when your eyes are bored and your desktop is taking itself way too seriously).

In other news, you know I couldn't just post such a calm and soothing group of patterns as yesterday's "Lullaby" without experiencing some withdrawal symptoms, so of course I had to sit down and immediately come up with something psychedelic-insane. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Sweet Alice. (Example box here.)

Posted by taz on May 4, 2004 at 03:54 AM in Illusion, Silly, Wallpaper | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Less is Moiré

I had bookmarked the Project Lite Moire Phenomena site some time ago, but was frustrated to find that the Bush necktie debacle brought it into the glare of the blogging world before I could gather the other links that I wanted to include with it. Here are a couple of nice ones: Molecular Expressions' Moiré Pattern Generator, which we've visited before, and their fun page of moiré-fueled movement illusions, and's animated moire circles and moire fractal pattern generator. More, more moiré at Sandot Science, Mathematik, and Eluzions.

For some nice moiré-style tile backgrounds, see these "silk moire" patterns from my old Tile-a-Day.

Posted by taz on April 22, 2004 at 04:13 AM in Illusion, Optical Art | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The McCollough effect

Can an after-effect color illusion predict whether you are an introvert or an extrovert? Via MetaFilter, the wacky McCollough Effect, an "on-line science exhibit". I'm an extrovert, evidently. (Now go away and leave me alone.)

This particular McCollough Effect page was presented by Bill Cheswick, who also has a funny little chart of "Children's Antipodes". Sadly, it doesn't tell me where children in Greece think they will end up if they dig a hole through the center of the earth. I guess I'll have to dig up my own research on this burning question.

Posted by taz on April 12, 2004 at 03:42 AM in Illusion | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Eye Feats

Just a quick note to say that I uploaded a new set of tiles yesterday - a nice group with a sort of low-key Op Art pattern (well, low-key for Op, anyway!). These are designed especially for you to colorize (though I actually like them a lot in their neutral state), and I've also created a set of OverAlls out of the larger tiles for those of you who like to skin your sites, or if you just want to change background colors without changing patterns.

And while we're on the subject of Op, as in "Optical", let me recommend (for the more daring among you) Akiyoshi Kitaoka's tricky wallpaper, because you have to love desktop designs that come with the warning, "might make you feel sick". See a whole lot more eye-defying feats on the rest of his illusion pages. By the way, I love his idea of "Illusion therapy" - I just might have to steal that, and do some "tile therapy". I mean, check out his "Muscarinergic therapy" (third from bottom), and my third tile on this page. Now doesn't that activate your depressed mind?

Posted by taz on April 9, 2004 at 11:33 PM in Illusion, Optical Art | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack