Make Your Own Magic Eye!

You guys know what Magic Eyes are, right? Those 3D hidden optical illusion images that you have to kind of cross your eyes to see?

Can you see the two seahorses here?

If you can’t see them right away, don’t worry. There was a time when I couldn’t either. I remember my dad handing me one of these in a newspaper and asking if I could see a lady on a beach. I could not. I was sure he was making it up. And then a year or so later, I looked at one and I could see it! I could see the duck. It was there. Hidden. Magic.

The only tips I have to see these (and there’s no guarantee that they’ll help) is to either put it right against your face and slowly pull it backwards but keeping your eyes on the center, or to stare at it but let force your eyes to unfocus/cross a little. It’s hard for me to put into words what I now do so naturally. But just work at it.

Anyways, I was procrastinating homework bored in December and came across a website where you can make your own Magic Eye. If you’ve Liked my blog on Facebook, then you would have seen this work of art I made and shared:

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I’m not the most artistic, but this wasn’t too hard or time consuming.

The website is http://peeinears.github.io/MagicEye.js/ and though it’s not the best, I like it more than this other one I found here because it allows you to use a fairly small sized brush so your work can be more detailed.

You’ll have to play around with a bit to get used to it. You’ll never be able to make anything outstanding, but you can draw simple images or write a small message. I wish there was an undo button, but I can you can just draw over your mistakes with white. Also if you want to continue editing a one after viewing it as a Magic Eye, be sure to click Show Depth Map, otherwise you’ll lose your work. There’s also no way to save so I used my computer’s Snipping Tool to save the image.

I just found this really neat. I’ve loved Magic Eyes for ages. I think I had like seven years of Magic Eye calendars and I think they’re all still in my closet at home. So to be able to make my own now is cool.

And I’m wondering if it’ll help people who can’t see them automatically do so when they know exactly what and where the hidden image is because they made it. If you’re in this boat, let me know!

It’s funny, before I started this blog, and was just think of possible posts, I definitely wanted my blog to be a place where I could just share whatever weird thing I come across, but I don’t do it too often in actuality. I don’t come across that much, I guess. So I’m really pleased that I found and could share this, especially since I really love Magic Eyes! If you make a cool image, Tweet it to me or something! I want to see!

BYE

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Best Things On The Internet: Election Memes

I know elections are very serious matters, and this year’s especially so. America is in quite a gross situation and it’s very sad to see how ridiculous things have gotten. Donald Trump is a disgusting, unacceptable bigot and I can’t believe there are Americans who honestly support that.

But I am not American. I am Canadian, and therefore, I’m allowed to sit back and just laugh a little. I don’t really have a huge interest in politics, especially American ones, so one thing making this election less boring is the internet. The memes and jokes that have come out of this election have been top notch, so I’ve decided to share my favorites regarding the finale two nominations.


This is…disturbing.


Jim Halpert’s glances into the camera are so iconic! And I love that somebody edited the image!


The fact that two of these are High School Musical songs amuses me greatly. But what’s better than reading these? Hearing them!


Classic. CLASSIC.


I shared this before, but it’s totally worth sharing again. This video is a few months old too. I’m sure it could be twice the length by now!


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Even I could tell she (and her campaign team) were trying just a bit too hard to appeal to the younger generation.


Bad Lip Readings are ALWAYS funny. That ‘Time To Act’ part was hilarious!


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So I leave you with this:

I hope these brightened your day a little. I know that I have readers from all over the world, but on the off chance that I have any readers who are undecided of-age Americans, I urge you to vote for Hillary because things will be awful if Trump is elected. He’s the worst. I do a great job keeping my opinions on politics and religion to myself online, but I figured I had to take this one opportunity.

Anyways, feel free to send me any other election memes you like. I forced myself to keep this post about the leading two, because if I had expanded to the whole election, this whole post would be all Ted Cruz. The internet had a field day with him.

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Spies Are Forever (It’s A Musical)

I’m a bit late to the party, but I just had to write about this! Plus I get to use my ‘Best Things On The Internet’ category which I don’t often do!

For those who haven’t heard of Spies Are Forever, it’s a musical from the Tin Can Bros, which is an online sketch group made up of Joey Richter, Corey Lubowich and Brian Rosenthal from Team Starkid. So essentially, this can be considered a spin-off Starkid musical. Spies Are Forever also features music from TalkFine, who has also worked with Starkid, and it stars the TCB, Curt Mega, Lauren Lopez, Joe Walker, Mary Kate Wiles, Tessa Netting and a new guy named Al Fallick. It was all funded via kickstarter, which is pretty cool.

Anyways, it’s about spies and it’s got music and I’m always down to watch anything a Starkid member puts out, so this was great. Obviously, I couldn’t go see it live earlier this year because I live in Canada and it was only showing in LA, but Starkid knows what’s up and they know to put things on YouTube for us far away folk, so everyone can enjoy their work after it’s been live. Plus, the Tin Can Bros‘ work is mostly all YouTube anyways, so it was perfect. Spies Are Forever was put up one part at a time for a few weeks but I waited until it was all up to see it…and then some because I forgot to check.

Overall, it was a great show, especially for the group’s first attempt at a full length musical. I know all of them have been in shows before but participating is different than organizing.

The first thing that really stood out to me was Mary Kate Wiles’ voice. I’ve been familiar with her work since her role as Lydia Bennet in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, but I’ve never heard her sing. She has a really nice voice, and I was impressed at her ability, as well as several other of the cast members’, to sing while doing an accent.

In terms of the music, it was great. There were several catchy songs, as well as several that really had charm and humor, and several that really fit with the theme of spies in the sense that they were cool and slightly retro. I also think they’re all lucky that so many words rhyme with “spy”. Everyone’s singing abilities were top notch, but I feel like the dancing wasn’t anything outstanding.

I loved the characters. Curt Mega played a character named Curt Mega (a little silly, but it’s a decent spy name so…forgiven) who was just a really slick, cool, classic spy. But it was neat to see this guy’s other sides like when he was interacting with his mother. Lauren Lopez played Cynthia Houston, and she was the best. I’ve always loved Lauren’s characters, so this is just another to add to the list, but Cynthia was just great. Definitely the funniest of them all. Mary Kate Wiles had a very Black Widow vibe with her red hair and Russian assassin role, but I appreciated it. Joey Richter’s best character was the bomb salesman with the nephew, as I loved that song he sang. While Tessa Netting’s character was a little clichéd, she played it well, and Barb was really likable overall. The only character I wasn’t 100% sold on was Brian Rosenthal’s Baron Von Nazi. He wasn’t very scary considering the role and the puppet thing was really odd. But there wasn’t a character I really hated, so that was good. And lastly, without giving too much away, the big reveal about a certain character was a really predictable, but considering the theme of spies, it was alright and almost expected. They did it well.

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Another thing I loved was the way they set up the casino in one scene. The way they set up the stage so the audience could see the cast but still imagine that they’re sitting around a card table was really cool. Little things like that impressed me.

Spies Are Forever is a funny and clever musical that any fans of Starkid, spies or musicals need to see. If you liked Kingsmen and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. but thought they needed some fun tunes, then you’ll love this!  It’s all on YouTube, so here’s the playlist! I don’t know if there will be a part 2 to this show, but I hope there is, because it really is a treat to watch!

 

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Best Things On The Internet: Videos

I’ve mentioned before that I have a Word document on my desktop where I drop links to what I consider to be The Best Things On The Internet. Every time I find something amusing, I save it for a day when I need a laugh.

Today I thought I’d share some of my favourite videos (and Vines). The internet’s creative culture and sense of humor is so great, and I’m so glad it’s so easy to share and find this kind of stuff. Tumblr is crawling with it, and I love it. Sometimes I’ll be doing something mundane, like brushing my teeth, and I’ll randomly think of something on my document, and I’ll just start laughing. That’s how much I enjoy these.

I know this isn’t my usual style of post, but I have nothing else ready to post and I’ve been busy, so for now, this is what you’ll get. But don’t worry, you’re guaranteed a laugh, or your money back.

Note: some of these videos may contain swear words or just things that you don’t really want a boss to catch you watching, so heads up! 😀

I don’t even know what this is, or who made it, but it’s a work of art. Genius.

This mom’s reaction gets me every time. She was so ready to go.

I’m so glad I got a normal, Anglo-Saxon name, but I’m sure many subs deal with this often.

Exactly as it seems, and the more you watch, the funnier it gets. Oh, America, you guys are crazy.

My brother and I have declared this our favourite Vine. Maybe because this is the last music we’d think to dance to, or maybe because of the amazing dancing that’s happening, or maybe the use of the word ‘crunk’ in the title, but either way, it’s the best.

I have no excuse for this. It’s hilarious. I’m so glad little me never watched this show or my childhood would be ruined!

This is one of my favourite commercials! “No. Not like hot to trot.”

This is my all-time favorite commercial. I shared it before in my first blog post, but here it is again. I know all the words and gestures. A classic!

So fitting. I’m pretty sure this is exactly what was going on in Matt’s head.

Amazing. These fit together so well, and it’s so amusing. I didn’t see it coming!


And that’s it! I have many more things in my document, but I’ll save those for another day and another post!

What videos or Vines are you loving? Leave me links so I can laugh!

That’s all for now!

Finally Facebook!

Facebook has been around for about a decade. It’s the biggest social media site and maybe the biggest site ever. I’m too lazy to look up statistics, so let’s just go with that. Either way, we all know of Facebook and most people are active users of it.

Up until recently, I was not. And I know that must sound ridiculous as I’m 19 and spend far too much time on the internet, but somehow I managed to stay away from Facebook for a long time.

You see, when Facebook came out, I think I was in grade 6 or 7. My parents were very strict and protective when it came to the internet and personal information. I swear they must have read every single horror story about the internet and decided that to protect me, I didn’t need a social life, because the less friends one has growing up, the less I can get into trouble in the future. My parents worried the internet would lead to homelessness or unemployment or death. You know, because I’m a complete idiot who can’t handle herself online. Remember MSN? I don’t. I didn’t have that. It also didn’t help that my parents aren’t the best with technology, so they didn’t even use Facebook, meaning I didn’t even have the chances. I know they were just looking out for me because they loved me and all that jazz, but I want the record to show that my social life and personality suffered.

Anyways, in grades 7 and 8 when it seemed that all my peers had Facebook, and when I was excluded from a few social events due to me not having it, of course I wanted to get it then, but once I got to high school, Facebook seemed to almost take a dive in popularity and no longer did I feel the pressure to join. Those four years were nice.

And then came University. The need for Facebook in University jumped up again as people were meeting left and right and forming groups. Somehow, I managed to survive first year without it. Again, in hindsight, my social life may have suffered a bit too.

Which brings us to now and my choice to go with the flow and get Facebook. I guess the stars aligned and the time was right, as I had several reasons to do so:

  1. To stay connected with friends.
  2. As a communications student who wants a career in communications, knowing how to use the biggest social media tool is a must. I need to learn somehow. After all, if Grandmas can work it, so can I!
  3. To promote this blog!
  4. Literally no one was stopping me. My determination to not conform was my biggest road block but I see now that it was unnecessary.
  5. Stay up to date with the happenings of my school and whatnot. My Quidditch team converses a lot on Facebook and I didn’t want to be left out of that!
  6. I was growing weary of the looks of judgement I’d get when I’d tell people I didn’t have Facebook.

I’m going to be honest with you, promoting my blog was a huge factor. In the first Blogging 201 course I took, I found out that a lot of people use Facebook to promote their blogs and that it was working wonders for them. I also took a course on blogging in University and my prof couldn’t stop raving about how great Facebook is for reaching people. I’m already on Twitter (though with a sad number of followers) but here’s hoping that this blog gets read by a bunch of new people because Coolbeans4 is officially on Facebook! The page is HERE. I’m not 100% sure how to use Facebook yet, but I am learning, so any tips you guys have is greatly appreciated.

If you’ve got a Facebook page for your blog let me know and I’ll…like it? Is that the Facebook equivalent of a follow? Just…tell me what to do!

That’s all for now!