Sigh… We are in week 10 of the new year already, isn’t that scary?
Anyway, time again for Share Your World Week 10 — and after that, I’ll chatter a bit about stereograms, also known as Magic Eye images.
It’s the flashlight to get things going, candles if this lasts longer. We seldom have storms that severe here. I own three or four working flashlights, a few more are lying around that aren’t functional any longer. Candles… there are always a few around.
You are given $5,000 and the chance to exchange it for one of two envelopes. One envelope contains $50,000 and one contains $500. Do you make the trade? Why or why not?
I don’t make the trade. Getting 5,000 just like that is nice. I don’t really need the 50,000 (although I’d take them), and while having 500 just like that is nice, too, having 5,000 is nicer. Greedy? Me? What?
What’s your first memory?
I can’t remember. Sitting in my grandparent’s yard and playing in the dirt, perhaps. Looking at the doves they kept. Watching grandpa feeding his rabbits. It’s difficult to say which exactly are my real memories, and what I saw on old pictures, or was told I did as a small kid.
What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep, toss and turn, or get up and try to do something?
This depends on why I can’t sleep. I usually sleep like a log. I’m a night owl and get too bed far too late most nights, have to get up in the morning anyway, and thus am always on the brink of not getting enough sleep. When I’m otherwise comfortable but can’t sleep because I’m restless for some reason: going through the different stages of relaxation while doing Savasana, the Yoga corpse pose, never has failed me. I usually drift off halfway through.
Recently I’ve seen stereograms popping up in unexpected places again and again. I’m sure all of you know stereograms, they were all the hype in the Eighties, but weren’t really all that present in the last decade or two, I think. I may be wrong, this may only be true where I live, but never mind.
Back in the Eighties, stereograms were all the hype with my friends. They could see the 3D images, and went all ooh and aah. I never could see them. We even went to an exhibition once, with large stereograms hanging on the walls and crowds of people admiring them. I couldn’t see it. One patient friend tried to show me how it’s done, he told me again, and again. I was close to tears, felt very, very stupid–and I think my friend considered me to be rather stupid, too–I could not see them.
About ten years ago, I chatted with a co-worker, a medical doctor. He has kids and they had forgotten a Magic Eye book in his office. I saw it, and commented how inadequate I felt, because I never could see them. He took a look at me and said, “Of course you can’t see them, you are short-sighted. Have you tried taking your glasses off?”
I must have gaped at him like a fool, because he laughed. He elaborated a bit: “Try without glasses, never mind the un-focused stare, move backwards and forwards until you see depth appearing in the image, try not to blink. Continue staring, and the image will appear.” And what do you know, they did. I felt such triumph. Only twenty years later… LOL
But, that’s the story of my life: I’m always behind on the ‘in’ things and learn about them, or appreciate them, when they are already ‘out’. This doesn’t bother me much any more, but ever since I found out how it works, I’ve loved stereograms. Meanwhile, I can see them with glasses, too. And in that sense, have a good weekend.