An interesting article about Arthur Conan Doyle being deceived by two illusions, which he then insists are still due to supernatural causes. It demonstrates that we are all prone to fall into such cognitive traps.
Which is why when I see magicians do their tricks, I simply assume I am not smart enough to figure out how they did it, rather than believe they have supernatural powers. Ditto for some 'religious miracles'.
Interesting. "By next month, the compass needle will point directly to true north at Greenwich in London, before slowly turning eastwards."
I love the tone in this bit from the Long Beach Comic-Con FAQ
"To complete my costume, I carry a large battle-axe that I hone to razor sharpness every day. It's cool for me to bring that, right?
Ummm, seriously? Props are one thing, but anything that could take an eye out, could hurt someone, or make the cops (or my mother) take it away from you, is not allowed. Please refer to our policies for more clarification."
Pokemon go silliness
It's still there... 4 full days and made it to closing time. Now that I understand the motivation mechanics a bit better, it makes more sense.
I'd assumed that motivation would keep decaying to 0 even without being attacked, and the Pokemon would eventually get bored and leave, rather than hitting a lower limit and staying. Which I suppose means you could end up with a Pokemon trapped forever in a gym if no one from another team ever visits. Edge case, but easy to imagine.
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