I wonder if the MST3K guys know about this.
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|That's more like it.|
The biggest problem with 3D, though, is the "convergence/focus" issue. A couple of the other issues -- darkness and "smallness" -- are at least theoretically solvable. But the deeper problem is that the audience must focus their eyes at the plane of the screen -- say it is 80 feet away. This is constant no matter what.
But their eyes must converge at perhaps 10 feet away, then 60 feet, then 120 feet, and so on, depending on what the illusion is. So 3D films require us to focus at one distance and converge at another. And 600 million years of evolution has never presented this problem before. All living things with eyes have always focussed and converged at the same point.
If we look at the salt shaker on the table, close to us, we focus at six feet and our eyeballs converge (tilt in) at six feet. Imagine the base of a triangle between your eyes and the apex of the triangle resting on the thing you are looking at. But then look out the window and you focus at sixty feet and converge also at sixty feet. That imaginary triangle has now "opened up" so that your lines of sight are almost -- almost -- parallel to each other.
We can do this. 3D films would not work if we couldn't. But it is like tapping your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time, difficult. So the "CPU" of our perceptual brain has to work extra hard, which is why after 20 minutes or so many people get headaches. They are doing something that 600 million years of evolution never prepared them for. This is a deep problem, which no amount of technical tweaking can fix. Nothing will fix it short of producing true "holographic" images.
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Two-thirds of Russians want Vladimir Lenin to be removed from his Red Square mausoleum in central Moscow, a new poll has shown.That's heartening, though the poll doesn't say how many want the old monster dragged from his tomb, put on trial, and then buried in an unmarked grave where his followers can never find him. Perhaps that would have been a bit too apt for Mr. Putin's tastes.
|"We're from Genghis Khan and we're here to help."|
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But now cabinet secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell is to conduct a detailed review of the deputy prime minister's private office in a bid to establish whose job it is to hit him as hard as they can in the face with a shovel whenever he tries to call a press conference.
|The fun you can have when you don't bother to run the numbers.|
The more things change, the more they stay the same... Just as readers of science magazines in the 40s and 50s liked to read about how jetpacks and passenger-carrying deep space rockets were right around the corner, so do today’s readers like to believe that car/boat/plane/helicopter hybrids and extensive underwater resorts are something they’ll soon be seeing.Yes, very good. The only problem is that in the old science magazines the predictions were, based on the science of the time, technically feasible, not fantasies born of too many hits on the hookah pipe.