see-the-llama

great comet characters as shit my classmates have said pt. 2
  • natasha: "i gave my boyfriend a stick of deodorant to celebrate our one month anniversary"
  • pierre: "gender is a social construct, time is a social construct and i don't want to exist anymore"
  • anatole: *holding a bottle full of an unknown green substance* "do you think it would be dangerous to use this as a face wash?"
  • dolokhov: "why the fuck is there eleven water bottles in your locker? i'm not kidding what the fuck"
  • marya: *trying to read while a group of kids are arguing loudly* "our father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name please give me the sweet release of death"
  • andrey: *after missing an entire week of school* "what the fuck am i doing here"
  • sonya: *after seeing someone throw a stuffed llama across the room* "do you think llamas have feelings?"
  • mary: "yeah my dad has some pretty funny nicknames for me. my personal favorite nickname is 'disappointment'"
  • hélène: *after angrily slamming a locker so hard that the lock breaks* "what class was i supposed to have now?"
  • balaga: "i just found a dried apricot slice in my sock"
  • bolkonsky: "i think i just forgot how to breathe for a minute there"

This might be an unpopular opinion, but this is the man I believe in. He’s still Samshine. My opinion of him did not and will not change because of a suspicious fan pic. No one but him will make me change my opinion and so far he didn’t give me any reason to. I will not lose respect for him because he has to play a role that he may hate as much as we do. And I will not judge him because I do not know what he has to face.

Disagree with me, call me naive, a Sam apologist (I am), unfollow me if that upsets you. This is my decision. I believe he is a big-hearted and kind man, I believe what people who *actually* know him have said about him. And he pours his heart and soul into his job and is the best Jamie which is ultimately the only thing I can ask of him.

On that note, I will vote my fingers off for Samshine, for Cait, and for my favourite show.

Downey’s Daughter

“Did you see the llama?”

“What?” Chris asked, the furrow in his brow said he didn’t believe it.

“Out back,” Sebastian insisted, tossing the M&Ms in his palm into his mouth. He elbowed Anthony beside him to back him up and he chewed.

“There’s a llama,” Mackie agreed, his brow pulled high to emphasize the truth. “There’s a llama in the backyard. You can feed it alfalfa and shit.”

“There’s not a-” Chris stopped himself, considering who the were talking about. “Is there?”

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Lapis: Jasper, I watched you fire a harpoon into the captain’s face!

Jasper: That sounds dangerous.

Lapis: You were head-butting children off the side of the ship!

Jasper: That uh.. that must’ve been horrifying to watch.

Lapis: And then you started making out with the ice sculptures!

Jasper: Well thank God that the children weren’t on board to see it.

((Source: Llamas With Hats))

Giving You a Stuffed Animal

PJ: PJ would give you his Totoro just before you go on a long trip. He tells you it’s so you can cuddle it when you miss him. You love to cuddle it while you’re gone, especially since it permanently smells like him.

Dan: Dan and you would be out shopping and you would see a black llama toy. You would point it out to him and insist it’s the stuffed animal version of him. He laughs and you two move on to the next store front and you forget about the llama. He surprises you on your next date by giving it to you.

Phil: Phil would give you his stuffed lion’s “wife” and use it as a reason for you to come over when he misses you. The lion still stays with him but you keep the wife in your room. He sometimes insists you bring her over, so his lion won’t get lonely.

Chris: You and Chris would be at a fair and Chris would insist on winning you a bear at one of the games. It takes him a few tries but he finally wins a large bear that you cuddle with. Chris starts to joke that he’s jealous of the bear so you hug him and thank him for winning it for you.

#stopbtstwitter2k16
  • Can someone please explain to me wtf the boys are doing to their Twitter account? Like before I went to bed they had horses all over the page and when I woke up I see about 20 pictures of llamas and what I assume to be some sort of fox.. I'm honestly thinking that they're either drunk or I just don't understand what I think is some sort of April fools joke?
  • Oh the joys of being an international fan ;.;
Can You See What I See?

When you look at this duck, you may not see the same duck that I see. And those black lines I drew around it could appear to you as different shades of grey.

Yes, I’m going to write about… the dress. It was posted on Tumblr this week and we just can’t agree on whether it’s really blue and black, or white and gold. 

When we look out into the world and see something like—a llama—we don’t just see it’s fluffy white and brown coat. The wavelengths of all the light around it, bouncing off the fence, the ground and the field, enter our eyes too.

These wavelengths enter our lenses, hit our retinas and the light rays travel as electrical impulses through optic nerve to our brain’s visual cortex—this process results in us seeing a picture. A picture of a simply adorable, rolling llama. 

This system does have individual differences in how we perceive things we see—be it objects or colour.

Previously I’ve spoken about how the differences in our subjective experiences are tied to the different sizes of certain areas in our brain.  

In one study, researchers asked participants to judge which of these orange circles is larger. Even though you know these two circles are the same size, it’s almost impossible to see it that way.

Using fMRI, they mapped the participants’ visual cortex. They found those with a larger visual cortex were better at judging the true size of the inner circle, and those with a smaller visual cortex were the least accurate. And they came to the same conclusion using other illusions.

It’s difficult to say why exactly the size of one brain area leads to people being more easily tricked by optical illusions. It could have to do with the concentration of chemical messengers inside the visual cortex. Other studies have found that the magnitude of optical illusions differs in people with autism or in people from different cultures.

Which brings us to… the dress. It’s an individual difference in our vision, but it’s a huge individual difference. And it seems to be consuming everyone as we look at “the dress” again and again and ask, why is it so?

Basically, your brain is trying to correct for the other colours you can see around the dress.

Just like that adorable llama, when the wavelengths from the dress enter you eye, so do the wavelengths of all the light all around us. Your brain subtracts the other wavelengths from the “real” colour of what you’re looking at. In this case, a blue and black dress. Yes, really. IRL, it’s blue and black. 

This is where all the drama lama is coming from with “the dress”—our eyes are colour correcting in different ways.

Over at Wired one neuroscientist suggested that some people discount the blue side, so they end up seeing white and gold; and others discount the gold side, so they end up seeing blue and black.

The image seems to hit some kind of perceptual boundary, which makes the individual difference pretty huge.

So you’re just going to have to accept that another person’s visual system gives them different information and their brain processes it differently. 

And it has nothing to do with the i-llama-nati.


Images: via Holly Fischer/wikipedia and furlined/flickr.