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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Weird Illusion!

If you watch the above images from your seat in front of the computer, Mr. Angry is on the left, and Mrs. Calm is on the right. Get up from your seat, and move back about eight feet!! They switch places!!

Weird Illusion

I believe this illusion was created by Phillippe G. Schyns and Aude Oliva of the University of Glasgow .

I do not know how they generated this fascinating image, and I believe no-one else is able to generate anything similar in Photoshop. I know it has something to do with "low-pass" and "high-pass" filters, but the details??

Interesting Facts

Year 1981

1. Prince Charles got married
2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe
3. Australia lost the Ashes tournament.
4. Pope Died

Year 2005

1. Prince Charles got married
2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe
3. Australia lost the Ashes tournament
4. Pope Died

Lesson Learned? - The next time Charles gets married, someone warn the Pope.

The Donkey

The Donkey. Click here
Click above to learn a valuable lesson

Bad Hombres, Nasty Women (ft. "Weird Al" Yankovic)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Why bicycle shorts should always be black!! Or should they???

... Hmm... I see nothing different between the two.. which photo does The Wizard like better???? Which do you like better? Vote by adding a comment!

Black Shorts

Black Shorts

Tower of Bears Game

 Tower of Bears Game - click here
Click on The Bears above to take you to the game, and move your mouse cursor across the bears --- you do not have to click mouse button. Amazing how they do this. German ingenuity. Don't ask me what to do.... all I can do is knock em down and around...


Count every "F" in the following text:




..................... 3?

WRONG, THERE ARE 6 -- no joke.

Really, go Back and Try to find the 6 F's before you scroll down.

The reasoning is:

The brain cannot process "OF".

Incredible or what?

Anyone who counts all 6 "F's" on the first go is a genius.

Three is normal, four is quite rare.

Send this to your friends.
It will drive them crazy!
And keep them occupied for several minutes.

Mamas don't let your babies...

The DC Cowboys
The DC Cowboys

An MP3 file ~1.3MB 96Kbps. Click above.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fairy Tale Ending

Click below for this short but funny clip. (wmv - ~592KB)

Fairy Tale - click here

Sylvester Catches Tweety

Watch this until Sylvester catches Tweety...(wait for it. It's worth it)... then scroll down...

Sylvester chases Tweety

This was an idiot test. How long did you watch?

0-2 seconds - there's hope for you
2-5 seconds - having a bad day?
5-10 seconds - are you maybe just a slow reader?
10-20 seconds - remedial classes are nothing to be ashamed of
20-30 seconds - it is recommended that you don't breed.
30 sec-1 min - you probably can't read this anyway. So why bother?
1-2 min - the equivalent of the average house plant
2-5 min - Good afternoon Mr Bush
5 min-1 hr - Dead people score in this range
1hr plus - congratulations. You have a negative IQ. To find out what your prize is, watch bugs until he finishes his carrot...

Bugs Bunny

The Cork Soakers

The Cork Soaking Room. Click here. ~3.7 MB-WMV
Click above to watch The Cork Soaking Room ~3.7MB-WMV.

Giuseppe.....Horatio Sanz
Marcello.....Jimmy Fallon
Female Tourist.....Janet Jackson
Male Tourist.....Chris Parnell
Luigi.....Fred Armisen
Cork Soaker #1.....Seth Meyers
Cork Soaker #2.....Darrell Hammond
Monica.....Maya Rudolph
Carmella.....Rachel Dratch

Richard Simmons

[ open on footage of wine country ]

[ dissolve to interior, corking room, as Giuseppe enters with tour group]

Giuseppe: Right this way, folks. You're now entering.. the corking room. This is where.. the final step in the bottling process happens - where we prepare all the corks for all the bottles of Brunello that you saw earlier.

Marcello: Any questions? [ a hand is raised ] Yes?

Female Tourist: I've always actually wondered about that. How do you cork the bottles?

Marcello: Excellent-a question, ma bella. As you can see, we are -asoaking all of the corks in this room right now. These three guys right here are some of the most talented cork soakers! Say hello, you all cork soakers!

[ the three cork soakers turn around and wave happily to the tour group ]

Male Tourist: Now, I'm curious - how does one become a cork soaker.

Giuseppe: As we-a like-a to say, "Cork soakers are born, not made."

Marcello: Yeah. Luigi here was simply born to soak cork! Come say hi, Luigi!

Luigi: I love-a soaking the cork! I could-a soak the cork all night long, if they let me! I want to-a soak two corks at once!

Female Tourist: So.. are all corks the same?

Marcello: No, no, no..

Cork Soaker #1: I like-a to soak the big-a, thick-a corks!

Luigi: I like-a the long-a, skinny ones.

Cork Soaker #2: I like-a the dark-a ones.

Giuseppe: The great-a thing about the cork soaking, is that while you are-a soaking the cork, you can also.. massage-a the grapes, until the cork is ready. [ holds up a bunch of grapes ]

Marcello: That's right.

Female Tourist: [ stumbling, on the verge of cracking up ] So, how did you learn to sork.. corks -- suck -- soak corks?

Marcello: You know, I'll never forget the first time I soaked-a cork. I was fifteen, in-a summer camp.

Female Tourist: You know, I've noticed that all the cork soakers are men. Do women make good soakers?

Giuseppe: Oh, yes! Yes! Monica, Carmella - come in here!

Marcello: Come in here.

[ Monica and Carmella enter scene ]

Giuseppe: Monica.. tell-a these-a nice-a people.. how you soak the cork.

Monica: Well, ever since I started soaking cork, I'm the most popular girl in school!

Marcello: It's-a true - men come-a from all over just to watch her soak a cork. And Grandma Carmella still-a soaking cork at age 87! I got to say that, too!

Carmella: [ speaking with her gums ] It's crazy! Ever since I lost my teeth, people tell me I soak the cork better than ever!

Female Tourist: Wow, this soaking corks really seems like a family business. So.. does your wife like soaking.. [ laughing ] ..s-s-soaking cork?

Marcello: Well.. she used to, when we were dating. Now, not so much.

Male Tourist: Um.. could you teach me how to soak cork?

Giuseppe: You know.. when-a you walked in here.. I could-a sworn you already an expert cork soaker!

Male Tourist: [ flattered ] Thank you! I dabbled in college. Um.. but, let me ask you this - do you ever run out of corks to soak?

Marcello: Oh, yeah, I'll never forget this one that was unusually large. And I thought Giuseppe would need extra cork.

Giuseppe: And I thought Marcello would need more corks.

Marcello: So we soaked-a each other's corks at the same time! [ to Giuseppe ] Do you remember that?

Giuseppe: Can you imagine that? Me-a soaking his cork.. while-a he soaked mine?

Marcello: Oh, boy!

Giuseppe: What year was that?

Marcello: The year we soaked each other's corks?

Giuseppe: Yes.

Marcello: That-a was, what.. that was like, sixty.. late 60's, right?

Giuseppe: Yes.

Marcello: Sixty.. eight?

Giuseppe: I-a wanted to say.. 70.

Marcello: No.. you sure it wasn't one earlier than that?

Giuseppe: It was sometime or other..

Marcello: Let's just say between 68 and 70, alright?

Female Tourist: This is all really so fascinating. So, do you think that one of you could teach me how to soak.. soak.. [ laughing ] ..s-s-soak corks?

[ the cork soakers cheer excitedly, each rallying to be the one to teach the beautfiul tourist the art of their craft ]

Giuseppe: Oh, I'm sorry. Come with me, ma bella. I will let you soak-a my cork as long as you like!

[ they depart from the group ]

Marcello: Cheers! Cheers!

[ fade out ]

Odd Socks

By Karen Alexander, Hello Poetry
Odd Socks
The Wizard ALWAYS wears odd socks. Life to short to match!
The Wizard ALWAYS wears odd socks. Life to short to match!
There’s no other choice but to wear them,
The drawer offered nothing but these.
An odd pair of socks might be quirky,
Odd sizes don’t normally please.

The one at my ankle was spotted,
The other was striped to the knee
The latter two sizes the smaller,
The former quite large by degree.

This mismatch I thought to keep secret
And cover the dissonant pair.
I chose from the wardrobe some trousers
And shoes, with considerable care.

My ruse would conceal the divergence
From prescribed social standards of dress
And none would be any the wiser
My discomfort I’d have to suppress.

Now, it’s harder to mask discomposure
When physical pain has attacked.
The small sock had cramped my toes tightly
That blood didn’t flow, was a fact.

My colleagues regarded me strangely
For they could see nothing amiss
But I could feel cold perspiration,
Anxiety I couldn’t dismiss.

It was then that I felt a strange itching,
The striped sock began to descend
And round my right ankle it wrinkled
And bulged at the trouser leg end.

Dismayed at my great consternation
But clueless to what was awry
My friends made comforting gestures
Need of which I could only deny.

The moral of this story’s transparent
Socks are always best worn as a pair
Their nature is in the relationship
Which provides a well-balanced air.

And take the trouble to remember
Be congruent in all that you do
For disparity will often bring discord
And that path, you’ll certainly rue.
The Wizard's Odd Socks
This pair of odd socks is exactly opposite of the others I was wearing

Happy 12th Birthday, Ubuntu!


Happy 12th Birthday, Ubuntu!

Ubuntu celebrates its 12th birthday today — hurrah!

Yup, it’s twelve years to the day since Mark Shuttleworth sat down to tap out the first Ubuntu release announcement and herald in an era of “Linux for human beings”.

Explaining the proposition behind the Ubuntu 4.10 ‘Warty Warthog’, he wrote at the time:

“Ubuntu is a new Linux distribution that brings together the extraordinary breadth of Debian with a fast and easy install, regular releases (every six months), a tight selection of excellent packages installed by default and a commitment to security updates with 18 months of security and technical support for every release.”

While that ‘commitment’ to 18 months of security was cut in two in 2013, the rest of the blurb could just as easily apply to the most recent release, Ubuntu 16.10, as the first.

But back to Warty. The release offered a simple, fast and straightforward installation from a single CD. It shipped with GNOME 2.8, Firefox 0.9, Evolution 2.0 and OpenOffice.org 1.1.2.

In a novel approach at the time, the Warty Warthog “worked hard to detect as much hardware as possible, simplifying the X install.”

As i’m sure you’re aware: Ubuntu was a game-changer from the get-go. In the 12 years since that release the project has grown in almost every area, ambition, scale, innovation and popularity. It has also grown in install image size, too ;).

So raise a glass to Ubuntu, its developers and its users.

Pop quiz time — how well do you know Ubuntu history?

Find out by taking our Ubuntu 12th birthday quiz. It (rather predictably) has 12 questions and 12 correct answers. Questions are listed randomly and vary in their difficulty to create a truly maverick mix.

All you have to do is pit your wily wits against our quantal quiz.

There are no prizes on offer for the highest score (sorry!) so this is purely for fun. Even so: don’t cheat by Googling answers that you don’t know. If you do, not only do you concede that you don’t know much about Ubuntu, but you’ll forever smell like a Warty Warthog!

Click on the quiz picture below to go to OMGUbuntu.co,uk and take the quiz!

 Click here to go to OMGUbuntu.co.uk. to take the quiz

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Cool Zodiac Art







Project Ara - The Modular smartphone

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Project Ara was a modular smartphone project under development by Google. The project was originally headed by the Advanced Technology and Projects team within Motorola Mobility while it was a Google subsidiary. Google retained the ATAP group when selling Motorola to Lenovo, and it was placed under the stewardship of the Android; Ara was later split off as an independent operation
Project Ara - scattered parts
Project Ara - scattered parts
Under its original design, Project Ara was intended to consist of hardware modules providing common smartphone components, such as processors, displays, batteries, and cameras, as well as modules providing more specialized components, and "frames" that these modules were to be attached to. This design would allow a device to be upgraded over time with new capabilities and upgraded specifications without requiring the purchase of an entire new device, providing a longer lifecycle for the device and potentially reducing electronic waste. However, by 2016, the concept had been revised, resulting in a base phone with non-upgradable core components, and modules providing supplemental features.

Google planned to launch a new developer version of Ara in the fourth quarter of 2016, with a target bill of materials cost of $50 for a basic phone, leading into a planned consumer launch in 2017. However, on September 2, 2016, Google announced that Project Ara had been cancelled.

Ara, the modular phone
Latest news: (From Google), looks like it’s on again. Click here to read about it.

Star Trek Meets Monty Python

One of The Wizard's favourites!

Very Cool Illusions! - Pleated-Jeans

Click above to go to pleated-jeans.com