The 75th Golden Globe Awards were held Sunday host by Seth Meyers.
Oprah Winfrey received the Cecil B. de Mille Award.
In no particular order, Kara of In The Pit, put together her top 12 alternative albums of 2017! Did your favorite make the cut?
1. The Used - The Canyon
2. lovelytheband - everything I could never say
3. The Maine - Lovely Little Lonely
4. All Time Low - Last Young Renegade
5. PVRIS - All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need of Hell
6. Paramore - After Laughter
7. Neck Deep - The Peace and The Panic
8. Can't Swim - Fail You Again
9. SAINTE - smile, and wave
10. Stand Atlantic - Sidewinder
11. Little Image - Musings
12. Sleeping With Sirens - Gossip
The website illusionoftheyear.com came up with the Best Illusion of The Year Contest of 2017 and here are the Top 10. Can you figure them out??
1. Shape from Motion Only - Hedva Spitzer, Dana Tearosh, Niv Weisman: “Shape from motion only”. School of Electrical Engineering. The Iby and Aladar Fleischman Faculty of Engineering. Tel Aviv University. Israel
Author description: The phenomenon “Shape from Motion Only” presented in its purest form in the video i.e., the information is only in the temporal domain, without any clues in the spatial domain. Both the object and the background are created by flashing the pixels on and off, while the only difference is expressed in the temporal properties. We examined various properties of the phenomenon such as: statistics and object size. Furthermore, we examined how several known optical illusions like “Rubin’s Vase” might occur using this temporal phenomenon. This research has the potential to open a hatch for better understanding the visual system mechanisms.
2. Skye Blue Cafe Wall Illusion - Victoria Skye: “Skye Blue Café Wall Illusion ”. USA
Author description: Do the dark blue rows appear to slant? Surprise! They are completely straight and in parallel rows. The rows appear to skew due to the contrasts and variants in light and color as well as the varying angles of the diamond targets at the intersections. Blurring the image dissipates the illusion by dissolving the contrasts and angles. The Skye Blue Café Wall is an adaption of previously discovered versions. Richard Gregory made the original illusion design famous after documenting the illusion seen on a café wall in Bristol England. Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka has created multiple versions of the illusion that include the contrasting targets.
3. Dynamic Müller-Lyer Illusion - Gianni A. Sarcone: “Dynamic Müller-Lyer Illusion”. Archimedes Laboratory Project. Italy
Author description: Müller-Lyer’s illusion proves that a segment can visually appear longer or shorter depending on the sense of the arrow heads at its ends. As shown in the animation, the red dot in the middle of the line is equidistant from the other two red dots, although the ends of the line visually appear to alternately stretch and shrink like a rubber band! The radial version of the illusion is even more impressive: http://goo.gl/sas92D. The perceptual increasing and decreasing of the segments occurs in a very short time. Thus, I suppose it is more a physiological phenomenon, rather than a psychological bias. Our attention seems to be attracted by the receptive field WITHIN the V-shaped arrow heads, causing an illusory inward or outward shift of the ends of the line.
4. TILLA at the beach - Joel Ydring: “ TILLA at the beach”. Sweden
Author description: When my daughter Tilla practiced writing her name in the sand I looked for a fun way of capturing the moment. I found that the long depth of field of a mobile phone camera was perfect for making an illusive perspective. A simple panning makes the letter installation reveal itself as the subject makes her way through it, creating an interesting play with size, distance and the joy of learning.
5. Partial Disappearance Illusion - Kokichi Sugihara: “Partial Disappearance Illusion”. Meiji University. Japan
Author description: There are three objects that look identical, but when we reflect them in the mirrors, different parts disappear. For the first object the rooster at the bottom disappears, for the second object the upper half of the structure disappears, and for the third object the lower half disappears. They all come from the height-reversal property of horizontal pictures; when we interpret a horizontal picture as a 3D object, the perceived height is reversed in the mirror. In fact the three objects are a mixture of 3D structures and 2D pictures, and the 2D pictures create unusual visual effects.
6. The Windmills of your Mind Illusion - Michael Pickard and Gurpreet Singh: “The Windmills of your Mind Illusion”. The University of Sunderland. UK
Author description: How is it possible to see simultaneous forward and backwards rotation in the windmill when it is turning at constant speed and direction? Key factors in this illusion include: symmetry in the windmill design; the amount of rotation per frame; persistence of vision; and the propensity in vision to group together things that are in close proximity. The schematics provided show how differences in pitch together with the careful positioning of the windmill arms determines how visual groupings can be formed one way or the other and it is these that determine the direction of motion seen.
7. The Mask Induced Filling-out - Shuichiro Taya: “The Mask Induced Filling-out”. Hiyoshi Psychology Laboratory, Keio University. Japan
Author description: In the presentation video, a line circle (‘mask’) and a textured circle (‘disk’) are alternately displayed in successive short time intervals. However, if one keeps their eyes fixed on the central red cross, the texture inside the ‘disk’ appears to have subjectively spread out and cover the entire display. This appearance of illusory texture is quite clear. Under the ideal case, one cannot distinguish whether the peripheral texture is an illusion created by one’s brain or if it physically present for real.
8. The Material Inversion Effect - Juno Kim and Phillip J Marlow: “The Material Inversion Effect”. University of New South Wales, UNSW Sydney and Sydney University. Australia
Author description: In this effect, we show that the same image can appear to depict an object constructed from either an opaque shiny material (like polished metal) or a transparent refractive material (like solid glass). The appearance of glass or metal depends on whether the image is presented upright or inverted. This illusion reveals that our brain visually infers the material properties of objects from images using knowledge about how prevailing illumination interacts with the optics underlying refractive and reflective materials.
9. The Shrink and Swell Illusion - David Phillips and Priscilla Heard: “The Shrink and Swell Illusion”. University of the West of England. UK
Author description: The illusion is that the objectively static sides of a V-shaped window appear either to expand or to contract horizontally. Portraits within the window, expanded at the top and squashed at the bottom into the V-shape, rise or fall at constant speed. The illusion may arise because the V-shape of the window presents powerful linear perspective, suggesting depth, whereas the moving patterns within it only indicate change in size, and look flat. Illusion vanishes if this “optic flow” within the window moves not only with horizontal shrinkage and expansion, but also with vertical acceleration, typical of movement in depth.
10. Complementary Afterimage (Quantum Rainbow) - John Post: “Complementary Afterimage ( Quantum Rainbow )”. Belgium
Author description: Colors can cancel each other out in different ways, one way is to observe an almost full color spectrum in a rainbow. It’s since ancient history debated whether a rainbow is caused by waves or also quantum physics.
Christmas is saved!
Thanks to TyLon Pittman, a 5-year-old boy, who took it into his own hands to help out the cops this year. He was going to make sure the Grinch wouldn't be stealing nothing! Tylon called 911 to give them a warning that the Grinch was going to come and steal Christmas.
“I just want to tell you something. Watch for that little Grinch,” Tylon told the 911 operator. “Because the Grinch is gonna steal Christmas, okay?”
Take a listen below:
The Dispatcher posted the exchange on her Facebook page, which quickly caught the attention of police officer Lauren Develle from Byram, Mississippi. The officer took it upon herself to head over to the family home and give the young boy some hope.
"The Grinch is not going to come steal your Christmas. I won't let that happen," Develle said to TyLon.
TyLon told Develle that he had seen the video on Facebook. He showed her the video, and told her he watches all the videos about the Grinch.
"So what are you going to do if he tries to steal your Christmas?" Develle asked TyLon.
"I want y'all to come back to my house and take him to jail," TyLon replied.
On Monday, Develle kept her promise and called up honorary junior officer TyLon to come help them put the Grinch in his holding cell. The Grinch could be charged with crimes including attempted theft of Christmas, Develle said. It wasn't as much about charging him for his wrongdoing as keeping a promise to her new friend.
TyLon Pittman saved Christmas!
On December 1st a video was posted on YouTube titled "Paul McCartney's Christmas Disc 1965". And now Beatlemania is alive again!
Now it's not an album of McCartney recorded songs, so don't get your hopes way to far up. But back some 50 years ago, he had created a sort of mix of songs for his bandmates for Christmas in 1965. It was said that there was only 3 additional recordings along with the original, one for each of them. So could this be the actual recording of one of them?
In a 1995 interview McCartney explained: “I had two Brenell tape recorders set up at home .. once I put together something crazy, something left-field, just for the other Beatles, a fun thing which they could play late in the evening. It was just something for the mates, basically.”
It sort of sounds like a radio station with McCartney playing the role of the DJ and introducing what songs he was playing next. Songs from The Rolling Stones, Elvis, and Nat King Cole all accompany each other on the recording. Sorry to say, you won't be hearing anything from The Beatles or McCartney himself.
Some are dead set on it being the real recording, while there are others who believe it is a fake. One way or another it's a great listen!
Happy National Cookie Day!
An absolutely perfect holiday for the perfect time for the year! I don't know about you, but as soon as December hits I just want to eat all the Christmas Cookies in sight! And on the National Cookie Day here are some places that will really get you in the spirit and also free stuff:
- Cinnabon: In celebration of National Cookie Day, Cinnabon is making it easier than ever to decide between a cookie and a cinnamon roll by combining the two into a single treat: the Cookie BonBite. They’re available for $2.99 a limited time, but if you buy one today, you can get a free 8 oz. bottle of milk too.
- Coolhaus: Get a free cookie at Coolhaus scoop shops with the purchase of any sammie, scoop or shake.
- Great American Cookies: Get one free original chocolate chip cookie, no purchase necessary.
- Insomnia Cookies: Get a free traditional cookie with any in-store purchase. Flavors include: Chocolate Chunk, Double Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter, Classic with M&M’s, Snickerdoodle, Sugar, Oatmeal Raisin, Double Chocolate Mint, and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut.
- Mrs. Fields: The first 400 visitors to every Mrs. Fields location will get a free chocolate chip cookie. Plus, you can save up to 40% on select items from the Mrs. Fields online store.
- Nestlé Toll House Café By Chip: Get a free regular cookie, no purchase necessary.
- Whole Foods Market: The grocery chain is having a 50% off sale on the cookie bar.
- Corner Bakery Cafe: Get a free cookie with any purchase Monday and a coupon sent to eClub members. While supplies last at participating locations.
- DoubleTree: The Hilton hotel brand known for its warm cookies announced in a National Cookie Day news release that its U.S. DoubleTree locations will celebrate the holiday with the 12 Days of Cookies Dec. 13-24. During the 12 days, guests and non-guests can get a free warm DoubleTree cookie for stopping by.
- Great American Cookies: Get one free original chocolate chip cookie at participating stores Monday. No purchase necessary and limit one per customer.
- Hershey's: Get a printable coupon for one free Hershey’s Cookie Layer Crunch 6.3-ounce pouch, up to $3.99, with purchase of a pouch.
- Hot Box Cookies: Get a free chocolate chip cookie Monday when you retweet this tweet and show your cashier.
LANCO - Born to Love You
New single from LANCO's Debut Album, Hallelujah Nights, Out Now!!
Safeguard - I'm A Stranger to Myself
Safeguard released their new EP 'I'm A Stranger to Myself'. Here is their latest single November
Glassjaw - Material Control
Glassjaw's new album Material Control was released 12/1! Check out their new song 'shira'.
Devin Dawson - Asking For a Friend
Devin Dawson's new album 'Dark Horse' will be released on January 19th! Here's an acoustic version of his new song 'Asking For a Friend'.
Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday has come and gone, it's time to switch gears into a different mindset. There is no denying this year has been a hard one. Whether that be Hurricanes, Wildfires, Mass Shootings, and so much more, it's almost been hard to comprehend one thing after another. Donations have been rolling in at multiple places during the year, but also now that we've officially hit the Holiday Season, donating and helping has just began to pick up steam.
Back in 2012, Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact team at the 92nd Street Y created #GivingTuesday to "connect diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving." In 2015, #GivingTuesday had raised $177 Million online!
We here at PPR are all about community and helping hands, so we've been trying to give you place to donate this past year. I know it's sometimes hard to find charities that you can trust. Here is couple of places that we have did our research on and that your help/money will go to helping.
Click the links below to find out more:
There are plenty more out there. If you have a specific place you want to donate but don't know if you're money is going to the right cause check out Charity Watch where they do all the hard for you in find out whether an organization is legitimate or not!
Following a lengthy illness, country singer Mel Tillis has died. He was 85 years old.
A press release reports that Tillis died on Sunday morning (Nov. 19) at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla., the city in which he was living. It is suspected that he died of respiratory failure.
Over the course of his career, Tillis penned more than 1,000 songs, with approximately 600 recorded by other artists. He recorded more than 60 albums, and celebrated 36 Top 10 singles and nine No. 1s. His last studio album was You Ain’t Gonna Believe This from 2010. Tillis received the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award from the ACM in 2010 and the National Medal of Arts from then-President Barack Obama in 2012.
Article from The Boot.com
David Cassidy, the actor, singer and teen heartthrob best known as the band member with the green eyes and the feathered haircut on “The Partridge Family,” the 1970s television show about a family band, died on Tuesday in a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 67.
Mr. Cassidy was married and divorced three times. He is survived by his son, Beau, a musician; his daughter, Katie, an actress; Ms. Jones, his stepmother; and three half brothers: Shaun (who had his own moment as a teen heartthrob in the late 1970s), Patrick and Ryan.
Article from NYTimes.com
Are you a Turkey lover? Is your favorite stuffing or filling or dressing? Maybe instead of the actual meal you just can't wait to eat all the pumpkin and apple pie you can!
Personal taste & trends depended on where you live and your upbringing it looks like. General Mills did the hard work of collecting date from the top recipe searches on Pillsbury.com, BettyCrocker.com and Tablespoon.com, starting in November 1st of 2016 through Thanksgiving day of 2016. And from the outcome it looks like we definitely all have a little bit of a different palate.
From the looks of the map below, we can tell that people in the mid-west definitely have a sweet tooth for the deserts. States like Texas and Missouri are actually fans of Chicken Spaghetti, while Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia are lovers of Buffalo Chicken Dip.
Maybe you can try one of these Thanksgiving Traditions for your meal!
Check out all the state below!
(photo by General Mills)