Reblog of Russell Deasley’s “The World’s Top 10 Best Images of Upside Down Cats”


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I tried to reblog this here tonight, managed to mess it up and now the WordPress reblog function won’t allow me to do it again.  So, here’s a link to Russell’s blog, which has some great Caturday pictures:

http://theverybesttop10.com/2013/04/27/images-of-upside-down-cats/

The World's Top Ten Upside Down Cats

The World’s Top Ten Upside Down Cats

And here’s a picture of our cat Frasier which fits the category:

Frasier Relaxing

Frasier Relaxing

Fraiser, by the way, is a rescue cat — he was a stray coming around Candy’s work at Canyon Manor.  She brought him home, we took him to the Marin Human Society and then adopted him once he was available.

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“Take Off Those Red Pants!”


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I never liked school uniforms, which I had to wear for the four years I attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Elementary School in my hometown of Lindenhurst, New York.  I was delivered from the uniform obligation when I transferred from OLPH to the Edward W. Bower public elementary school in the 4th grade. From then until I went to college at West Point, the freedom to choose what I would wear to school didn’t seem to be a particularly controversial issue. Except once.

In 1958, at the start of my 8th grade year at Lindenhurst Junior High School, my Mom bought me new school clothes, including a red shirt, red pants and red corduroy sneakers. She thought it weird that I wanted to wear red pants, but they were neat, clean and properly fitted. So, one day shortly after the start of the new school year, off I went in my all red outfit.

To my surprise, I was promptly hauled down to the vice principal’s office, where I was told, “Don’t ever wear red pants to school again.”

I didn’t even know that the junior high had a dress code, much less that it prohibited the wearing of red pants.  Girls often wore red skirts, but I suppose it never specifically occurred to school officials that any boy would wear red pants.

In any event, when I got home, I told Mom what had happened. She asked me how I felt about it and I said, “I like my red pants.”

She said, “Wear them to school again tomorrow.”

So I did. And once again found myself in the vice principal’s office. When he asked why I was wearing red pants after having been told not to, I told him that my mother had said to call her. He did and I heard him introduce himself.

Which was the last thing he said, other than “yes, ma’am”, and “no, ma’am”, for about five minutes. He finally finished his end of the conversation by saying, “yes, ma’am, thank you”, after which he told me to return to my class.

Thereafter, I wore my red pants (and red corduroy sneakers!) in my regular rotation of school clothes for the rest of 8th grade — and was never again told by anyone else to “take off those red pants”.
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Epilogue:  #1 son Douglas became a student at the University of California in January of 1991.  Shortly before he began attending Cal, we went to the 1990 “Big Game” between the California Golden Bears and the Stanford Cardinal.  Doug worked the 1991 and 1992 football seasons as a team manager for the Bears, starting what is now a 23 year family love affair with Cal football.

One of the traditions at Cal home games is that any fan who dares to wear the hated color red is unceremoniously told to “take off that red shirt/hat/dress”, as the case may be. For example, see this YouTube clip of the 2009 Big Game bonfire rally:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nn9hwzMP30

As a result, the color red has now been entirely banished from my wardrobe, but I retain fond memories of the time my Mom stood up for me against the vice principal’s demand that I not wear my red pants.

There is No Magic in the “Magic Tile Box” …


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… video that is being touted on the internet:

http://videos.komando.com/watch/3022/kims-picks-magic-tile-box-will-make-your-brain-explode#

… nor, once you know that the apparent magic is nothing by video deception, will this make your head explode …

…  if you haven’t already done so, watch the video all the way through before reading the rest of this expose … see if you can find the chicanery by which the “magic” is accomplished …

… then read on for the secret …

… the first thing that you should have noticed in the film (easier to see, of course, if you play it in slo-mo) is that there are two jump cuts in the film …

… the first as the “magician” takes the tiles out of the frame the first time:

Magic Tile Box Jump Cut #1

Magic Tile Box Jump Cut #1

… and then (surprise!) as the “magician” takes the tiles out of the frame the second time to restore the original layout:

Magic Tile Box Jump Cut #2

Magic Tile Box Jump Cut #2

“Jump cuts”, of course, are places where two different videos are spliced together …

… during these particular jump cuts, the large piece in the man’s left hand is switched out each time … here it is after the first jump cut, the original piece having been switched out and replaced with the piece seen here:

Magic Tile Box Large Piece 1

Magic Tile Box Large Piece 1

… note the size of the partial tile in the 6th row of this display (circled in yellow) …  it is more than half of a full tile.

Then see the large piece after the second jump cut (restoring the original large piece to the puzzle):

Magic Tile Box Large Piece 2

Magic Tile Box Large Piece 2

…  and note the size of the partial tile in the 6th row of this display (circled in yellow) …  it is barely a sliver.

These 2 pictures show the resultant mis-alignment of the tiles when the original large piece is replaced during the first jump cut:

Magic Tile Box Mis-aligned Tiles 1

Magic Tile Box Mis-aligned Tiles 1

Magic Tile Box Mis-aligned Tiles 2

Magic Tile Box Mis-aligned Tiles 2

Essentially, the trick is that the partial tiles in the replacement piece are slightly larger than the partial tiles in the original piece … which, of course, is returned to the trick during the second jump cut … the extra material in the replacement piece is enough, when put together properly, to make the three apparently “extra” tiles …

… it took considerable ingenuity to configure and cut the pieces to make this work … nevertheless, it is the “sleight of hand” in the jump cuts that makes it look like “magic” in the film.