image tricks

I googled the cabbie’s number

Image from here.

771126 looked like a date to me, but backwards.

77/11/26 or 26th November 1977. I googled it and the very first hit was something called the Southern Television Broadcast Interruption that happened on that date. This is it:

This video is titled “alien broadcast” or something, but it’s actually real footage of a real thing that happened on 26th November 1977 (a real hoax, done by people, not aliens). It was a broadcast interruption through the Hannington transmitter of the Independent Broadcasting Authority in the UK on 26th Nov, 1977. The interruption is generally considered to be a hoax, and the hijaker remains unknown. The interruption lasted 6 minutes, and took over the sound, leaving the video signal unaltered aside from some picture distortion. The speaker claimed to be a representative of the “Intergalactic Association”. It interrupted the news, then transmission returned to normal shortly after. Southern Television later apologised for a “breakthrough in sound”.

An explanation is given for how this security breach could have happened:  “At that time, the Hannington UHF television transmitter was unusual in being one of the few transmitters which rebroadcast an off-air signal received from another transmitter (Southern Television’s Rowridge transmitter on the Isle of Wight), rather than being fed directly by a landline. As a consequence it was open to this kind of signal intrusion, as even a relatively low-powered transmission very close to the receiver could overwhelm its reception of the intended signal, resulting in the unauthorised transmission being amplified and rebroadcast across a far wider area. The IBA stated that to carry out a hoax would take “a considerable amount of technical know-how" and a spokesman for Southern Television confirmed that "A hoaxer jammed our transmitter in the wilds of North Hampshire by taking another transmitter very close to it.” However, like the Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion a decade later, the identity of the intruder was never confirmed.

** Which means they had planned the HLV broadcast signal interruption story line before they even made the props for ASiP **

After all that I went on to casually start reading about Max Headroom (a weird thing I actually watched on TV in the 80s when I was little and the satire and subtext of it were beyond me) and found the British made pilot, titled “20 minutes into the future”. Weirdly, it’s very very relevant, and I don’t know if this cabbie number clue was meant to point me towards this, but it did anyway. I pointed out shortly after TLD aired that “20 minutes” had been said quite a few times in TLD, and that it was probably important (also see this and this). Also, mentions of 20 minutes in TLD and elsewhere are almost without fail a reference to something that’s going to happen in 20 minutes time, that is, 20 minutes in the future, as if it’s a countdown to something. Culverton’s life will change in exactly 20 minutes. John asks Sherlock if he will be okay by himself for 20 minutes.

To tell you the short version for now… the movie “Max Headroom: 20 minutes into the future” is about an evil television network hiding a dangerous truth from it’s viewers. People are dying because of this secret, in a most violent and terrifying way. A journalist is working to uncover the truth, and while doing so has an accident and is “brain dead” at one point before resurrecting himself from a morgue and coming back to complete his mission - *spoiler* the hero (the journalist) finally uncovers the truth! And reveals it to all via a live television transmission. 

I also like this parallel …The evil television network had taken the face of a dead man (the journalist) and used circa 1985 computer technology to animate his face so that he could continue to appear on camera in order to convince the public that he was still alive. Essentially, they turned him into a puppet.

The fact that we only see Moriarty’s head, and the unusual choice of backdrop for this shot of dummy!Jim which looks like it might possibly have been inspired by the amazing Max Headroom animation grid background..

…is all hopefully just a reference to the fact that someone was using Jim’s image to trick the public into thinking he was still alive when he wasn’t (even though in the movie he was actually still alive). Basically, the movie is about the media as a villain, hiding truths from viewers and brainwashing them, and a small band of rebel journalists (from within the evil media) who go on a mission to reveal this truth to the public. And they do reveal it, and the rebels win :) You can watch the movie here.

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onceuponymous  asked:

This project is part of the reason I got a Code Academy account and started learning HTML and CSS.

I know approximately 3 things in HTML and CSS but I’ll be darned if I won’t stretch them as far as possible.

For the rest of it we just go ask ltparsons to save us. 

(I’d also recommend w3schools, by the way. I used it as a reference in my intro to IT course and found it very helpful.) 

Sony Vegas basics

So, I had a few friends asking me before how can they use sony vegas and, since I’ve been recently asked again, I decided that maybe using images will be more helpful than just..Write everything.

First of all I will start with the way you can import media.

One of the ways you could do so is by: File-> Import-> Media . Then a window will appear and you select the files you wish to import into Sony Vegas. But honestly, a much easier way to do so is to drag your files in SV instead.

Good. You’ve got all your files? The next thing I will show you now is some basic things you can use.

Fade in or out:

To do that you will have to go to the corner of your file/image/song and slowly drag it ( left or right depending on the corner you choosed ).

After that you can choose how long your file/image/song to be by going to the edge of it, and slowly drag it.

You can choose to make it shorter, or longer than the file already is. It’s an useful thing when  you’re editing with a song because you might want to put the images depending on the lyrics, rhythm or other elements. Also an other useful thing for both images and songs/other files is ‘Edit’->'Split’. I honestly use it more for songs so I can choose the exact part I want to edit with.

Now, moving on we have two options:

We got two buttons on the image we got right now. One is for masking and some other settings of the image ( position, make it move etc ) and the other for effects. We won’t talk right now about effects but there’s another way to put effects on your files too.

If we click the first button, a window like this one will show up

When you decide masking, be sure that 'Mask’ was checked. If not check it before you start working ( but it’s not a big deal if you check it after that either, it will still be the same result )

Once you are done masking all you will see on your preview screen will be the element/character you choosed from your image as in the picture above. You can choose to zoom in your image in the window opened for a better masking and move your image around as well so you could do everything easier. If you don’t like how it came out you can choose to undo and mask it once again.

Other than this you can go to the first line ( Position ) so you could choose the position of your image on the preview screen, zoom in or out, move it.

Keep it in mind that if you choose to move your image you must keep a certain size you first choosed for your image(this is not mandatory for backgrounds too if you want to play around with that) and once you want to change the position ( so you could make it seem like it moves on screen ) you must choose another place on the position line too ( check picture to see what I mean). You can play around with the 'Lock aspect ratio’ and 'Size about center’ buttons as well.

Other than that you can go to the 'Media Generators’ where you can add a background (or elements that can create a background) or text in your videos.

For each one of them ( background, text or other elements) you can choose to do the same thing as you did with your pictures. You can change their size, move them and so on ( for text and background I must note also the fact that you can change its color as well. It won’t be hard to find the way to change colors because a window will show up in the moment you drag the media on a video track)

Now we are almost done. You can choose to go to 'Video FX’ or 'Transitions’ to add effects and transition like in this image:

Sure, this is just an example. Go on and test all the other ones you can find (ps: Newblue FX can’t be found in SV unless you download them first–which most of the times can be a problem because of the watermarks).

Also, fade in and fade out are some kind of transitions too if we think of them. And the same way you could choose their duration you can do the same with the other transitions.

Now, above the preview screen there’s a saving button. This one will save an image of the frame you choose (to do that you must zoom in as much as you can the video track to make sure you get the exact frame you want). It’s useful as a trick to zoom in or out the whole image you just created ( background + text + other images/elements ) or even for transitions (if you want to change everything at the same time). After you click the button a window will appear. You write the name of the image and then save it.

The image you got should be like this:

Instead of 3 separated elements (initial image,background and text) now you got a whole picture. Sure, it’s just a frame so none of the initial elements will move differently or something like that. You can’t edit them separatly now that they are a whole image. There are other tricks for zooming in/out and other things like that while it moves but I won’t complicate things right now ( I probably already did…)


If you haven’t finished your video you can go to 'File’->'Save’/'Save As’ and return later to your project, or if you are done with your work you can go to 'File’->'Render As’ to get your actual video. It can take a short while or it can take a lot of time depending on how long your video is and the effects you used too.

Now I am done. I will leave here the usual settings I got as well since they are different than the usual ones SV initially has:

To change your settings go to 'File’->'Properties’

Picture in the tutorial can be found on


Early &  Rare Example of Paradoxical Illusion

This very rare electrum hekte (only 8 known examples) is from the ancient city of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, circa 454-427 BC. On the obverse is the head of Athena wearing a crested Corinthian helmet while the reverse shows two confronted female heads with their faces overlapping, all within an incuse square.

This coin seems like a perfectly ordinary hekte when the obverse is first viewed; it is only when the coin is flipped to reveal its highly unusual reverse does the importance and novelty of the type become apparent. Employing a simple but effective form of optical illusion, the reverse appears to show the same female portrait both to the left and to the right. The design is deliberately intended to confound the eye and engage the viewer’s attention in attempting to resolve both portraits independently of the other, which is of course impossible, thus presenting the viewer with a visual paradox.  The importance of this type, both in terms of numismatic art and in the wider context of Greek art in general, cannot be understated. It is a thoroughly novel, and never to be repeated experiment in paradoxical illusion on the coinage of a Greek city-state.

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A series of animations I made for my physics final, featuring a physics lab (GET IT?) I chose to do the physics of animation!

For those who care, there are very brief explanations in the captions. But it might not make sense unless you know physics. Or animation. (If anyone is interested in seeing the whole powerpoint I made, I can attempt to share it. It goes into more detail.)

Hush (2016)
Movie Review by: Tristan Bunn

It’s still possible. Good horror films CAN still be made. Hush is truly more of a thriller/home invasion film, but it’s amazing regardless of what genre you decide to place it in. Mike Flanagan’s direction elevates a once wonderful genre back into greatness with a beautiful twist on the home invasion thriller. His direction had me on the edge of my seat for the whole film and I honestly didn’t know what was going to happen. I thought this movie was going to be predictable and revert to a horror film trope that we’re used to, but Flanagan weaved this beautiful picture away from every cliché in the book and it paid off. 


I could talk about his directing all night if I wanted to, including one particular shot where he turns the camera 90 degrees to create a beautiful image. He tricked me and taunted me for 80 minutes, and as an amateur filmmaker, he taught me a lot in 80 minutes. He also edited this thriller to perfection and reminds the audience that editing is an art form as well. The script is strong and has incredibly smart characters that never make you sigh at their actions. The characters are a step ahead of the audience and constantly trying to outsmart each other. Flanagan also wrote this script (this man is a true talent to keep an eye on) with the help of his leading lady, Kate Siegel.

That brings us to the performances. Kate Siegel gives one of the strongest female performances I’ve seen in quite some time. Considering her lack of dialogue, Siegel does an amazing job at bringing this character to life and navigating this wonderful script. John Gallagher Jr. makes you despise his character, and is the perfect amount of reserved and extraordinary. He reminded me a little of a young Sam Rockwell (high praise in my opinion).

I don’t even want to tell you the plot because it would be all the better if you just hit play. This film gave me the euphoria that few films give me and reminded me why I love movies and why I want to be a filmmaker myself. The directing, editing, and acting is exceptional. Mike Flanagan might have just revived a genre. Filmmakers, take notes. Hush blew me away, that’s all there is to it.

Hush is currently available on Netflix so I implore you to seek it out.

Grade: A+

Ten 100% fool proof ways to avoid stretchmarks FOREVER

Don’t have children. Don’t get sick. Don’t take certain medications. Don’t gain weight. Don’t lose weight. Don’t exercise. Don’t move. Don’t go through puberty. Don’t grow. Stay an infant forever. 

I keep getting sponsored ads on Facebook for OUAT merch, and I’m pretty sure it’s all a scam. I’m sure I’m not the only one, and I know people have also been having their art stolen and put on shirts, so I want to make a post about it to avoid fans getting ripped off.

For example, here’s the one I saw today:

That’s a photoshopped image of Lana. She’s never worn that shirt. This photo is from when she was promoting her “Long Live The Queen” shirt, for charity, and tbh taking that photo and making it look like she’s promoting a shirt these guys are selling for profit is already kind of gross.

Then you go to the page where they’re selling the shirt and see this:

Oh, I guess people are buying it. It must be legit. Except, wait, if I click on the other shirt the same page was advertising

… there’s the exact same numbers. Because that’s not an actual tracker, it’s an image meant to trick you into thinking that these are legit numbers and that other people are buying these shirts.

So - be careful. Don’t take these things at face value. Look into who is selling these things and whether they’re resorting to any shady tricks like this, because if they are, chances are the product’s no good.

And another thing: stolen art makes for crappy products. The art you tend get on the internet is too small to result in a good print, so while it might look great on the product preview, in reality the print will be blurry and discoloured. If you want official merch, buy it from reputable places that carry it. If you want fan-made stuff, buy it from the artists’ store if they have one. Buy it from reputable sites and people you’ve heard of, not a Facebook “fan page” that doesn’t ever credit the artist who designed the shirt. You will get ripped off. There are even places out there who steal people’s art and pretend to sell it, but they’ll just take your money. Any page/site that posts a bunch of different products in a lot of different styles etc, without any artist name attached, is probably a bit shady.

So just keep a look out, and please make sure these things are legit before you give someone your money. And please signal boost if you can, this is something the fandom should know about!