I periodically get overcome by a feeling of what I can only describe as existential angst. Almost as if I can see life stretching in front of me and it's just more of the same: the daily grind of work, housework, weekends that are never long enough. Never feeling like I've achieved enough or done all the things I should, but also feeling like there's never enough time for it all. And what's the point anyway? Not in a "life is so meaningless I wish I was dead" kind of way, but just this nagging feeling that there's supposed to be something more than this. [more inside]
My boyfriend is legally blind. He was born with cataracts in both eyes and has moderate to severe astigmatism in one of them. I'm struggling to get some idea of what he sees. [more inside]
I'm drawing/painting a globe (in time lapse, so the sun appears to rise) and trying to figure out what shape, exactly, the longitude (not latitude) lines are when a globe is flattened into a circle (I know I can just trace them, but I've gotten curious). So, the outermost longitude lines are tangent to the circle, they are half-circles, and the centermost line is a straight line from pole to pole, it's the progressively flatter curves in between that I'm trying to figure out. Do they have a name? Are they catenaries? Are they the curves of progressively larger circles? How do I construct them (easily)? Example image: HERE
Are there any good exercises online (video or otherwise) that help? Or possibly some books? [more inside]
Have you felt one way that was impotent or powerless, but now you feel calm and empowered? And the only thing that changed was you? [more inside]
Anybody have any experience with needing to come to a fresh start? [more inside]
If I want to draw something in one-point perspective, say, like a set of railroad tracks where the vanishing point is on the horizon, and the tracks are represented on the picture plane by an equilateral triangle (they appear that way to the viewer), the apex of the triangle being the vanishing point on the horizon and the base of the triangle is where the tracks meet the picture plane, how do I calculate where the railroad ties would be? (Given that in 3D they are evenly spaced. Also, I'm not really concerned with the thickness of the ties -- we can consider the ties to simply be horizontal lines.) [more inside]
Help me identify an optical illusion where abstract blotches of color on a page turn into words/an image when viewed from the side/edge of the page. [more inside]
I have been married, my marriage didn't work out. Please share the unique and unexpected concerns you encountered in your second or subsequent marriage(s). [more inside]
Why did all the supposed-to-be-massive sets in Immortals 3D look tiny? Did it have something to do with the fact that it's a 3D conversion? It was like the whole thing was shot in tilt-shift. [more inside]
How do I learn to focus on my own life? [more inside]
Women, what makes a sexual experience rank high for YOU? I'm not just asking about technique, but the whole ball of wax. What makes it the best for you? [more inside]
How does the world view Behavioral Psychology? I keep getting conflicting viewpoints on how mainstream or accepted it is. I am currently a student of Organizational Behavior Management, and even from the professors and students do I get different perspectives on how the world sees Behaviorism. [more inside]
Looking for thoughtful criticism (either pro- or anti-) on WikiLeaks, in particular works that explore WikiLeaks' moral dimensions and/or historical context. [more inside]
RelationshipFilter: Kind of at my wits end here, so turning to the collective for some perspective. My wife and I have been together for 10 years, living together for eight and married for six. Now I'm considering a divorce... much more inside. [more inside]
I've realized that my fundamental drive is to avoid negative consequences, rather than to achieve positive outcomes. I'd like to change this. Can you help? [more inside]
What are your strategies for girding yourself against the chaos or banality of the modern office workplace ? How do you manage to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous requests, insanity-induced decisionmaking, and mass amounts of meaninglessness? For sure, those who are gainfully employed at this moment in history are more fortunate than they might know, but perspective is difficult to achieve, or keep, when the pile of unfinished TPS reports on the desk is about to topple over & shred your soul by a million tiny papercuts. What thoughts do you keep in your head, or spirits do you bring into your heart (or substances into your body?). Quotes, movies, books, blogs, etc.. -- all are welcome. Extra points for recommendations that are particularly geared towards 'life' in a tech / software company.
How can I learn to see with an Asian eye? [more inside]
Determining the difference between self sabotage and glutton for punishment with a job that's great on paper? (Way too much inside.) [more inside]
Annunciation. Have long been fascinated by representations of the Annunciation. A great story, covered by many artists. Esp. interested in the architectural, interior/exterior elements, diptych, or triptych layouts, and varying perspectives. (such as the tiny window at the vanishing point). Have a small collection of colored postcards/prints, (mostly Italian, Fra Angelico, etc) but would like to expand it, and understand more about the ideas behind them. Cultures vary. Viewpoints vary. Times change. Any leads/ideas/ opinions welcome.
I want to make an optical illusion with wood. How can I fool the eye into thinking these pillars are all the same size? [more inside]
If I'm sitting on the terraformed surface of a Culture orbital, what does the horizon look like? [more inside]
What are some good travel guide websites that aren't so Western-centric and don't treat other countries like exotic sights to gawk at? [more inside]
3D GeometryFilter: Is there a mathematical equation that defines relative lengths of objects at different depths of field for humans?
Is there an equation that defines the change in apparent size as a function of distance from the viewer? Basically, if I'm looking at a set of railroad tracks head on, if one plank is like 10 ft away, it appears to be one size. The same plank 20 ft away appears smaller. What is the relative size difference? Put another way, how big does a 1ft line appear to be at 10 ft, at 20 ft, etc.? [more inside]
Languages: 'I'm coming' versus 'I'm going' in response to 'Come here!' [more inside]
looking for examples of world-changing innovation as the result of seeing a conventional thing in an unconventional way. [more inside]
How do I Change my Worrywort Perspective? [more inside]
I'm looking for two brief historical accounts of the same event or events, to show how history can be distorted. Bonus points if the events relate to European encounters with indigenous peoples in the Americas. [more inside]
Hello, a while ago I heard a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt but since then I haven't been able to find it anywhere. It was along the lines of your mind growing with your experiences and age. The quote expresses her initial worry when as a late teenager she assumed her mind would maintain the same (limited) mindset, paradigm, mentality even into her adult, aged years. If I remember correctly the quote is short, being only a line or two. Thank you so much, this quote is very important to me!
I was looking for a cat groomer on Yelp today and was struck by the comments: only place that will do lion cuts in the city, most places won't shave cats, please don't shave your cat, etc. I realized that I've seen this sentiment quite often on the interwebs... [more inside]
How do living conditions affect an artist's perspective and art? [more inside]
Gleaming the Cube: displaying a 3-d box of perspective-transformed bitmaps using client-side web technologies?
How would one create a web page showing a 3D rotating cube, with sides of the cube displaying arbitrary visitor-supplied images as their faces? [more inside]
Fiction usually comes in two flavours: 1st person narrative or 3rd person description. What short stories or novels have been written in 2nd person perspective (i.e. from the reader's viewpoint)? Also, are there any movies shot entirely from this angle?