Thursday, June 27, 2013
Also referred to as the Stairway to Heaven
A mystery still remains about the Katskhi Pillar, located at the village of Katskhi in western Georgian region of Imereti, about 7 miles or so from the town of Chiatura. What we do know is that it is a stand-alone rock of natural limestone and is about 130-140 ft high, overlooking the river valley of Katskhura. The mystery surrounds the medieval monastery that was built atop. The people of Katskhi, revere it as The Pillar of Life. The structure was researched and ascended for the first time in 1944 and since has peeked the interest of many. That most current findings and reports can be easily researched online. I have found countless articles simply by typing Katskhi Pillar in my search engine.
Here's a link that is packed with information http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katskhi_pillar
What I personally found most interesting was the architecture of the structures themselves, which consists of
a church, a crypt or burial vault, three hermit cells, a wine cellar, and a curtain wall on the uneven top surface of the column. Unfortunately, I have not yet found any interior photos. I am anticipating my finding a documentary.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Grumpy Cat (born April 4, 2012), real name Tardar Sauce is a female cat and Internet celebrity known for her grumpy facial expression. Her owner Tabatha Bundesen says that her permanently grumpy face is due to feline dwarfism.Grumpy Cat's popularity originated from a picture posted to the social news website reddit by Tabatha's brother Bryan on September 22, 2012.It was made into an image macro with grumpy captions. "The Official Grumpy Cat" on Facebook has over 912,000 Likes. Grumpy Cat stars in Lil Bub & Friendz, a documentary directed by Andy Capper and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18, 2013.
The Bundesens say that Tardar Sauce's face is due to feline dwarfism and an under bite.She and her brother Pokey were born to normal parents with "a flat face, bubble eyes, and a short tail. Grumpy Cat is undersized and has hind legs that are a bit different. Ironically, Grumpy Cat is calm and Pokey has a grumpy personality.
For more information and fact references go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grumpy_Cat
Negative afterimages are caused when the eye's photo-receptors, primarily those known as cone cells, adapt from the over-stimulation and lose sensitivity. Normally, the eye deals with this problem by rapidly moving small amounts (see: microsaccade), the motion later being "filtered out" so it is not noticeable. However if the color image is large enough that the small movements are not enough to change the color under one area of the retina, those cones will eventually tire or adapt and stop responding. The rod cells can also be affected by this.
When the eyes are then diverted to a blank space, the adapted photo-receptors send out a weak signal and those colors remain muted. However, the surrounding cones that were not being excited by that color are still "fresh", and send out a strong signal. The signal is exactly the same as if looking at the opposite color, which is how the brain interprets it.
"When all wavelengths stimulate the retinal region adapted to green light, the M and L cones contribute less to the resulting percept because their photopigments absorb less light than the S cones. Thus, trichromatic theory can not explain all afterimage phenomena, indicating the need for an opponent-process theory such as that articulated by Ewald Hering (1878) and further developed by Hurvich and Jameson (1957). Afterimages are the complementary hue of the adapting stimulus and trichromatic theory fails to account for this fact." (David T. Horner, Demonstrations of Color Perception and the Importance of Contours, Handbook for Teaching Introductory Psychology, Volume 2, page 217. Psychology Press, Texas, 2000)
Ewald Hering explained how the brain sees afterimages, in terms of three pairs of primary colors. This opponent process theory states that the human visual system interprets color information by processing signals from cones and rods in an antagonistic manner. The opponent color theory suggests that there are three opponent channels: red versus green, blue versus yellow, and black versus white. Responses to one color of an opponent channel are antagonistic to those to the other color. Therefore, a green image will produce a magenta afterimage. The green color tires out the green photoreceptors, so they produce a weaker signal. Anything resulting in less green, is interpreted as its paired primary color, which is magenta.
For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afterimage
Monday, August 20, 2012
You may have seen this photo on the Internet along with the claim that "Castle House Island" is a real place in Dublin, Ireland. It's actually "James Bond Island" in Khao Phing Kan, Thailand. The castle was placed on the photo using Photoshop. The castle shown is only a portion of Lichtenstein Castle (Germany)
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Wanna learn more about the castle and the island...
(According to Wikipedia.com)
Lichtenstein Castle is situated on a cliff located near Honau in the Swabian Alb, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Historically there has been a castle on the site since around 1200. It was twice destroyed, once in the Reichskriegs war of 1311 and again by the city-state of Reutlingen in 1381. The castle was not reconstructed and subsequently fell to ruin. In 1802 the land came into the hands of King Frederick I of Württemberg, who built a hunting lodge there. By 1837 the land had passed to his nephew Duke Wilhelm of Urach, Count of Württemberg, who, inspired by Wilhelm Hauff's novel "Lichtenstein" Lichtenstein added the current castle in 1840. The romantic Gothic Revival architecture, Neo-Gothic design of the castle was created by the architect Carl Alexander Heideloff.
'Khao Phing Kan' or 'Ko Khao Phing Kan' is a pair of islands on the west coast of Thailand, in the Phang Nga Bay, Andaman Sea. About 40ft from its shores lies a 20 metres (66 ft) tall islet 'Ko Tapu'. The island is a part of the Ao Phang Nga National Park. Since 1974, when it was featured in the James Bond movie 'The Man with the Golden Gun', it is popularly called James Bond Island.