FAKE MODEL PHOTOGRAPHY

Receding Hairline has an imaginative tip on making a photograph of a real-life scene look like it came from a model. According to the website:

With a very little effort, you can take existing photographs of everyday scenes and make it look like they’re actually of miniature models.

Something to muck about with in the next while.

Marginal Revolution: The Gender Imbalance Disequilibrium

Marginal Revolution: The Gender Imbalance Disequilibrium

China’s gender imbalance is now 117 boys for every 100 girls and for second and third children (when allowed) the imbalance can be as high as 151 boys for every 100 girls.  Millions of men, perhaps 15% of the population, may not be able to find wives

Sexy pictures and lacy underwear take men’s minds off getting a good deal.

Nature magazine reports that macho, testosterone men tend to drive a hard bargin, unless they have been exposed to images like the one below.

Researchers at the University of Leuven in Belgium asked men to play an ultimatum game, in which they split a certain amount of money between them. High-testosterone men drove the hardest bargain — unless they had previously viewed pictures of bikini-clad models, in which case they were more likely to accept a poorer deal.

The sight of flesh had less effect on the bargaining tactics of low-testosterone men.

Too much self contemplation?

This article in the New Scientist finds self absorbtion disappears when concentrating on a task.

Everybody has experienced a sense of “losing oneself” in an activity – being totally absorbed in a task, a movie or sex. Now researchers have caught the brain in the act.

Self-awareness, regarded as a key element of being human, is switched off when the brain needs to concentrate hard on a tricky task, found the neurobiologists from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.

Sheep Advertising

Sheep Advertising

This is ingenious. Coming from the west of Ireland, farmers typically using markings on sheep to identify them on mountains when they are free-grazing. However we make money not art shows sheep in the Nethelands with advertising jackets. I’m wondering if there is an angle that Google can exploit….

DIY Digital Photo Frame

This is really cool and something that I have thought about for a long time. How to display digital photos and get them to change just like a screensaver (for this you can try gphotoshow or slickr). The article shows how to take an old laptop equiped with wifi and upload photos remotely. I would try this for my own mother except that Ireland isn’t the best place to get a broadband connection.

Help win the bet

This is yet another ingenious idea of how to attract people to a strange website. helpwinmybet.com was put together after an argument by a guy whose girlfriend didn’t think that he could develop a website that would attract 2 million unique hits. Basically, the girl made a bet that either the guy would wear a t-shirt that displayed a message saying he was an idiot or she would agree to a threesome. The counter at the bottom of the page is already at more than 2 and a half million. I wonder where he is going to find the other girl…..