Random Thursday: Delusioned Optics, Painted Pentatonix, and Sky Tents

Random Thursday (ˈrandəm ˈTHərzdā): the day on which Sarah plunks down all the odd bits and pieces she’s been sent by friends or has otherwise stumbled upon this week in an effort to avoid writing a real post, the assembly of which usually ends up taking twice as much time as sitting down and creating actual content.

Happy birthday, Dad!

Birthday Cake2


Don’t Stare

Or they’ll stop moving.

Optical Illusion1

My friend Siobhan used to love those 3-D Hidden Magic Picture illusions that were all the rage when we were in college.

I mean the rage part literally, because I could never see the dolphin or flying birds or whatever the heck was supposed to materialize in those patterns of random dots, and I still suspect it was a giant Emperor’s New Poster hoax.

Siobhan, because she’s evil, made it into a Thing, and has been shoving optical illusions at me ever since.

That’s a long dang time.

Last week, she sent me a link to the Mighty Optical Illusions website, which is full of static images that seem to move, presumably because the human brain hasn’t quite worked out how to communicate with its eyeballs, yet.

Or maybe vice versa.  I’m a librarian, not a neuro-opthamologist.

Moillusions.com would be my new favorite Time Suck, except I can’t stay there for longer than ten minutes without getting dizzy.

Okay, dizzier.

Oh, hush.


Captain Elsa

Artist Elsa Rhae bought a skin painting kit a little over a year ago and started experimenting.

She got good.

Check out her other creations on Facebook, because whoa.



Camoflauge IllusionSunny saw the elephant first, because I thought it was the back end of a baboon.

But I found the giraffe all by myself!


Tensile Strengths

I love camping, but I’m not built for sleeping on the ground.

At all.

My husband found a fix for that.

Tentsile(Click the image for more images)

Tensile tents are part hammock, part tent.
apparently comfortable and obviously cool.

If they’re as easy to install as advertised,
we’re thinking the kids could finally get that treehouse they’ve always wanted . . .
and maybe I can have my own office!


 Love Them Again

The last time I shared a video featuring the amazing a cappella group Pentatonix,
they were singing about numbers and cookies on Sesame Street.

Their original songs are a little different.

But they’re still having fun.


I love this video—
but can you imagine what they could do if they hired Elsa Rhae as their makeup artist/consultant for the next one?


 One More for the Road

Call me dizzy?

floating-star-optical-illusion-Kaia Nao

Right back at you.