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January 8, 2003 6:04 PM   Subscribe

These links are probably best viewed only by the blind.
posted by crunchland (32 comments total)
 
NSFE.

(Not Safe For Epileptics)
posted by mr_crash_davis at 6:13 PM on January 8, 2003


here's one more.
posted by crunchland at 6:17 PM on January 8, 2003


I think the one under "viewed" is the best (worst?) of them all - it made my eyes hurt even without being animated. Still, great collection there.

And for those of you who read the comments before the linked pages, don't worry, these are perfectly safe (unless, as Crash mentioned, you happen to be epileptic).
posted by wanderingmind at 6:19 PM on January 8, 2003


whoa...no matter how many times i see these things, i never get tired of torturing myself. my fav is 'viewed', like wanderingmind already said.
posted by poopy at 6:21 PM on January 8, 2003


*kills crunchland*
posted by mcwetboy at 6:21 PM on January 8, 2003


These links are probably best viewed only by the blind.

Not a problem. We had a post about boobs a few hours earlier that's probably best viewed only by the stupid.

Crunchland, what's the origin of this? Does whoever made them cite a reason, or did they just like to post the weird 5-line BASIC algorithms they discovered that day?
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 6:22 PM on January 8, 2003


Holy freakin' crap! Who hosts this site, Excedrin?
posted by boomchicka at 6:23 PM on January 8, 2003


My eyes! The goggles! They do nothing!

I liked "best" and "viewed". They really hurt.
posted by qbert72 at 6:26 PM on January 8, 2003


"These" and "probably" would make great screensavers, for experiments in coworker torture.
posted by boomchicka at 6:28 PM on January 8, 2003


I wasn't blind before, but I am now. Ouch! Not good for those with Astigmatism - not good at all.
posted by dg at 6:32 PM on January 8, 2003


Only the last one is close to being unsafe for photosensitive epileptics, these aren't even close to Computer Warrior Polygon.
posted by yonderboy at 6:38 PM on January 8, 2003


A couple of these images strongly resemble the Op Art made famous by Bridget Riley in the 1960s. "Viewed", in particular.
posted by Bletch at 6:41 PM on January 8, 2003


These are cool. I dig very much. Goes well with my collection of Merzbow and Incapacitants albums.
posted by Fabulon7 at 6:48 PM on January 8, 2003


Blindin'
posted by Pretty_Generic at 6:58 PM on January 8, 2003


Oh My god! WHat kind of sick heartless bastard would subject us to THAT?

SHAME! SHAME I SAY LOUDLY!

Are you testing some sort of new Special Forces Legal Torture Techniques, angry at some jilting lover and taking it out on the world, or just a visually stunted sociopathic Sadist,

i hate you now.... A LOT! I need a strong beer.
posted by Elim at 7:01 PM on January 8, 2003


Reminds me of some of those tacky 3-D images that were popular a few years back.
posted by ParisParamus at 7:03 PM on January 8, 2003


Paris - I disagree: The "Magic Eye" images, tacky though they were, were very restful and soothing to the eye once you got them locked in at the right focus. The thing that makes these hurt, e.g. "viewed," is that your eye desperately looks for something meaningful, some recognizable content, within the pattern. But since the pattern is so relentlessly symmetric in one way or another, the eye keeps finding equally good prospective locations and goes crazy trying to prioritize them, finding only algorithm instead of information.

Well, at least, that's how my eyes told me it happened.
posted by soyjoy at 7:09 PM on January 8, 2003


aaaaaahhhh!!!
posted by adampsyche at 7:10 PM on January 8, 2003


Yikes, crunchland, my eyesight was just recovered after that godawful pink page in the disney death link yesterday. Now I fear permanent damage.
Mefi: it'll make you go blind.
posted by madamjujujive at 7:13 PM on January 8, 2003


Crunchland & I are working together to blind you all, people!
First the Disney post, and now this. Soon, we will be the only sighted mefi'ers, and then the rest of you will have to rely on us to do all the posting, commenting, reading, and mocking of our own posts....

Hmmm... maybe it's not such a hot idea after all...
posted by jonson at 8:11 PM on January 8, 2003


actually, I think they are pretty cool!
posted by mcsweetie at 8:14 PM on January 8, 2003


"Probably" and "These" are quite nice. I like'em, they don't make my eyes hurt. More stuff like this!
posted by Termite at 8:34 PM on January 8, 2003


reminds me of those experiments the BBC tried in the late '60's to convince us that we could "see colour" on B & W TV's by using flickering images. Where are you now Raymond Baxter??
posted by marvin at 8:47 PM on January 8, 2003


Better. Than. LSD.
posted by Shane at 8:56 PM on January 8, 2003




MUST BUY CHEESEBURGER

*snaps out of it*

Hey, all of a sudder I am in the mood for cheeseburgers. weird.
posted by Quartermass at 10:15 PM on January 8, 2003


Except, well, they don't have alt tags, so the blind would probably never know what they're missing. I recommend:

alt="sizzle burn eyeball pop fuck ouch *slam window shut*"
posted by RJ Reynolds at 11:18 PM on January 8, 2003


Here's a couple of similar animations I put together a few years ago.
posted by gametone at 4:06 AM on January 9, 2003



posted by quonsar at 5:16 AM on January 9, 2003


Whew! All that seizin' made me hungry.

[/Homer]
posted by gottabefunky at 6:56 AM on January 9, 2003


Hello, migraine...ouch.
posted by fijiwriter at 7:21 AM on January 9, 2003


Great stuff. I love the way it highlights certain visual frequencies as profoundly disruptive to some of us monkeys. Naturally, folks are investigating the use of this kind of thing as a weapon.

It wouldn't surprise me if we find fairly simple ways to screw with the common visual/audio frequencies most of us rely on to stay oriented, focused, or even conscious.

since the pattern is so relentlessly symmetric in one way or another, the eye keeps finding equally good prospective locations and goes crazy trying to prioritize them, finding only algorithm instead of information.

Interesting description. If you think of this stuff as the visual equivalent to white noise, though, it's possible to find a kind of peace with it. I've had experiences with images like these where I've 'locked in' to the visual pattern and kind of...well, ridden it for a while.
posted by mediareport at 7:38 AM on January 9, 2003


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