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Hey guys! Much has been happening with this blog over past few days – so I advise you to relax, and keep reading. First, I’d like to apologize about the Yahoo widget that has stopped functioning few weeks ago. There was a problem that has been fixed, and additional small bug that prevented Yahoo from updating the widget. Fellow of mine helped to fix the problem, and corrected the bug which prevented Yahoo to update version number with the new widget. I ask you once more to be patient, and we’ll have the widget rollin’ soon!

Another news, is that I have hired someone to fix small problems that prevented this website in functioning properly in some web browsers. Everything should be standardized now, and you should be able to see the site correctly via all browsers you use. Please reply with your experience. Is there still something buggy?

Also, the “surprise” I have spoke of in my previous posts, is 99% complete. Tomorrow should be the day I announce it publicly, just need to polish some minor details and we’re ready to go!

Last problem, I haven’t been able to fix, is the “Random Illusion” button. Somehow the script won’t work properly, and it only loads some random comments. If you are experienced with scripts (java, I think), please view the source code of the site, and mail me if you know where the error hides. I would be more grateful than ever!

And now for our newest optical illusion collection – This time I collected some spot the object cards which picture Sailor, Watchman, Shepherd, Snake Charmer and Poacher. They are in trouble, because they lost their instrument of profession. Help them find it, so they can carry on doing what they usually do, anyway.

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So, while waiting for someone to help me fix random illusion hack, and for the Yahoo stuff to update the widget, I decided to share an interesting optical illusion collection with all of you. Previously illusions like this were posted in each separate post, but now as we all got used to

All of these are variations of the original Ponzo illusion. Previously I thought it’s the same phenomena as Ebinghaus illusion, but there is a slight difference. The Ponzo illusion is an optical illusion that was first demonstrated by the Italian psychologist Mario Ponzo in 1913. He then suggested that the human mind judges an object’s size based on its background. He originally showed this by drawing two identical lines across a pair of converging lines, similar to railway tracks. The upper line looked longer because we interpret the converging sides according to linear perspective as parallel lines receding into the distance – a farther object would have to be longer than a nearer one for both to produce retinal images of the same size. If this collection still wasn’t enough for you, be sure to check Ponzo variation of: soldiers, terrain vehicles, nuns, monoliths, pigglets, spheres, monsters and others .

There are fifty abstract paintings present in this work done by Salvador Dali in 1963. When it’s seen from two yards, they all suddenly change into three Lenins masquerading as Chinese. When the distance, from which the image is observed, grows further, they all fuse into giant Head of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Talking about abstract art! Ha! Can’t be sure what was happening inside Salvador’s head when he was doing this, but I’m sure it would be interesting to know! Enjoy this illusion! Be sure to check other works from Dali: Lincoln Illusion, Matador and Apparition!

Btw, have you tried our new Vista Gadget? Has this illusion appeared in it? I hear there are some cache issues with it, but I have already created version 2.0 which will be available for download shortly. How do you like the “Featured Post” I added to Mighty Illusions? I thought of changing it every few days or so. Any sugestions?

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I have found another spotting game for you to solve. Do you really like them so much? I got this impression from emails I receive. Today, your assignment is somewhat harder: try and find 17 wolves in the picture below. Some can be easily seen, but few of them are real experts in hiding themselves. Yeah, I know we had wolves before (… and previous to that). But this one was so beautiful I just had to share it with my friends – at least I hope I can call you that 🙂 The artwork was done by Steven Michael Gardner, but you can probably recognize his works by now. We had so MANY of them here. He is truly an amazing artist. Check out more of his stuff inside spot the object category.