Spin your brain

November 7th, 2007

Is this woman spinning clockwise or anti-clockwise?

Spinning girl - left brain ~ right brain

If you see her as spinning clockwise, it’s supposed to mean you’re right-brain dominant (uses feeling, “big picture” oriented, imagination rules, symbols and images). If you see her spinning anti-clockwise you are supposedly left-brain dominant (uses logic, detail oriented, facts rule,words and language).

Whichever you see, it’s possible to switch to the other, although it’s perhaps telling which direction you perceived straight off.

For me, she was spinning clockwise. Definitely, definitely clockwise. Until she wasn’t.

What about you?

Thanks to the folks at the Herald-Sun for this one.

Stray shopping carts beat Ukrainian tractors

April 14th, 2007

The annual Bookseller.com/Diagram Prize for the oddest book title of 2006 has been awarded. The winner is:

The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification by Julian Montague.

The book arose from Julian’s online Stray Shopping Cart Project which is the world’s first attempt at the categorisation of stray shopping carts according the condition and circumstances in which they are found.

I quote:

Until now, the major obstacle that has prevented people from thinking critically about stray shopping carts has been that we have not had any formalized language to differentiate one shopping cart from another.

In order to encourage a more nuanced and comprehensive understanding of the phenomenon, I have worked for the past six years to develop a system of identification for stray shopping carts. Unlike a Linaean taxonomy, which is based on the shared physical characteristics of living things, this system works by defining the various states and situations in which stray shopping carts can be found. The categories of classification were arrived at by observing shopping carts in different situations and considering the conditions and human motives that have placed carts in specific situations and the potential for a cart to transition from one situation to another.

The resulting Stray Shopping Cart Identification System consists of two classes and thirty-three subtypes that can be used singly or in combination to describe and thereby “identify” any found cart. One of the unfortunate difficulties in implementing a situational taxonomy of this kind is that one is often required to speculate about where a cart is coming from and where it is going next. While this uncertainty can at times be vexing, it must be remembered that this system is the first attempt to categorize and analyze the transient nature of the shopping cart. The refinement of this system is an ongoing process.


Apparently data is sorely needed from some continents and I encourage those with a bent for fieldwork to grab your cameras and notebooks and venture forth in the spirit of discovery:

The System has not yet been tested on these continents. I have been sent photographs of what appear to be stray shopping carts from both Japan and Australia, but no rigorous investigations have taken place. I have also heard of wide spread stray activity in Argentina, but I have not seen any documentation.


Yard Art

April 4th, 2007

There are many little treasures to be discovered in any neighbourhood and ours is no exception. I recently shared with you the magnificent coconut palm and now behold . . . Yard Art:

I have digitally removed the phone number from one of the photos but if anyone is interested in buying any of these sculptures let me know and I’ll hook you up.

By the way, that’s a turtle’s head, not something else.