Moscow, 1970
Dmitry Baltermants

This fox likes to nap on my lawn on sunny days


The Flashed Face Effect

Here is some really surprisingly research coming out of the University of Queensland. While working on an unrelated project, researchers aligned a bunch of faces at the eyes. The surprise came when the faces were played back in succession while not looking directly at them. Viewed in the periphery, what you perceive is a procession of horrific, scary, monster-like faces. But stop the video on any one of them, and each turns out to be a pretty, pleasing face.

According to the researchers, Sean Murphy and Matt Thompson, what your brain keys on are all the specific differences between each face. As the center of your brain’s attention, those differences appear magnified and greatly distorted.

Watch this video twice. First do as it says, and keep your eyes on the cross. Note how ugly the faces are that go by. And then play it a second time, looking directly at the faces, and pausing it whenever you like. There is not an ugly one to be found.


by Brian Dunning.


The Grand Canal and Santa Maria della Salute ~ Claude Monet
Things are always a little brighter when there’s a giant cat lying on you 

Smiling Red Fox - Yellowstone National Park | by: [Ben Chase]

this is so relaxing
Me, Lily and Priscilla on a mini road-trip to Gott’s Roadside in Napa
Panoramic Hill, Berkeley