Michael May lost his sight when he was a kid, and only had it restored a couple years ago. While the operation was successful, May has had to work hard to learn how to see.
Scientific American: Learning to See Requires More Than Just Eyesight
May finds it particularly difficult to interpret faces and facial expressions–during testing, he could only correctly identify a face as male or female 70 percent of the time, and expressions as happy, neutral or sad 61 percent of the time. In addition, seeing only the face of his own wife is still not enough for him to identify her, and he relies on clues such as hair length or gait to help him recognize people.
I bet his wife’s a little relieved he can’t recognize faces; he won’t be disappointed by her looks.
BBC News: Spam celebrates silver jubilee. Unsolicited commercial email made its debut 25 years ago. The term “spam” to refer to multiple posts on Usenet made its debut 10 years ago.
Okay, maybe not hot, and maybe not new, but it is a phone! Selling my old Samsung mobile on eBay. So far I’ve gotten no bids. Bummer.
Check it out.
Some weird little Flash stuff by H. Hoogerbrugge. Critics call them “extremely odd,” “very weird indeed,” and “kind of cool.” Check it out.
At this point, I don’t even remember how I got onto Toby Slater’s mailing list. Toby Slater is a band (a man?) in the UK, and the music’s ok, but the reason I don’t unsubscribe is the great links to cool stuff. Like this one:
1960s IBM COMPUTER PRINTER PLAYING MUSIC (mp3)
Toby Slater’s also anti-war and anti-RIAA (their strong-arm legal tactics and rhetoric, anyway) and posts links to great stuff like this Bush vs Bush debate from the Daily Show.