Friday, February 27, 2015

What Color Is This Dress?

On February 25th, 2015, Tumblr user swiked[1] posted a photograph of a dress asking the science side of Tumblr to help identify its colors, noting that her friends were torn between it being white and gold or black and blue. Within 48 hours, the post gained over 400,000 notes.

#TheDress, also known as What Color Is This Dress?. The question sparked an Internet-wide debate in late February 2015, launching the competing hashtags “#WhiteAndGold” and “#BlackAndBlue.”

This Might Explain Why That Dress Looks Blue And Black, And White And Gold. The photo of a dress has caused an internet uproar: Is it blue and black, or white and gold?

You can take our poll here. So far, about three-quarters of respondents see white and gold.

But why are people seeing such wildly different colors? First off, it’s not monitor settings. (My husband and I looked at the same monitor and saw different colors.)

It’s probably not about the cells in your eyes.

Our retinas have specialized cells called rods, which are used for night vision, and cones, which deal with color. But these cells are probably not the source of the dress dilemma.

“I would say it is highly unlikely that it is a difference between cones,” said Cedar Riener, associate professor of psychology at Randolph-Macon College.

Cones come in three types: red, blue, and green. And each of us has very different ratios of these types. But the different ratios “don’t seem to have a big impact on our color vision,” Riener said. “I could have a 5-1 ratio of red to green cones, and you could have 2-1, and we could both have similar color sensitivity.”

It’s about how your brain is interpreting the light coming into your eyes.

“We are always making decisions about the quantity of light that comes into our retina,” Riener said.
This light, called luminance, is always a combination of how much light is shining on an object and how much it reflects off of the object’s surface, he added.

“In the case of the dress, some people are deciding that there is a fair amount of illumination on a blue and black (or less reflective) dress. Other people are deciding that it is less illumination on a white/gold dress (it is in shadow, but more reflective).”

This is just like the famous Adelson checkerboard optical illusion. In the image below, square A is exactly the same shade as square B, but they look totally different:

The dress phenomenon, according to neuroscientist Dale Purves of Duke University, “shows how strongly people are wedded to the idea that colors are properties of objects, when they are in fact made up by the brain.”

OK, but why do different people’s brains interpret the light differently?

Our vision is heavily influenced by so-called “top-down” processing, John Borghi, a cognitive neuroscientist at Rockefeller University, told BuzzFeed News. Top-down processing “begins with the brain and flows down, filtering information through our experience and expectations to produce perceptions.”

Each person brings a different set of experiences and expectations, as well as attention levels and particular eye movements.

For example, what you looked at just before you looked at the dress could influence the way your brain perceived it, Borghi added. “It could also be that you’ve seen dresses (or fabric) with the same texture or shape before, which could also affect your perception.” This general phenomenon is called priming.

Interestingly, scientists don’t know much about individual differences in perception, Riener said.
“The individual differences tend not to receive as much attention from perceptual researchers, since we focus on how eyes work in general,” he said. “And in general, our eyes work very similarly, since we all live in an environment where the color of the light is generally the same shade of blue.”

Your eyes, trying to compensate for poor lighting, are playing tricks on you. White and gold? Blue and black? Literally thousands of people think they know!

People scoured online dress shops, trying to find another angle of the dress as definitive proof. 

After a minor freak-out (because I somehow saw it both ways at different times), I asked my friend Ben, a postproduction supervisor in Los Angeles, to weigh in.

You know, the people who make your TV shows look good between filming and the time they hit your screen?

According to Ben, the photo — taken with a camera phone in poor lighting — casts the whites in a blue tone and mutes the gold to a darker color.

People who see blue and black are seeing the photo at face value. People who see gold and white are compensating to the photo’s lighting and aesthetic.

But then again, you can correct the photo in other ways and come to an entirely different conclusion.
lowered the exposure and boosted saturation. What color is it?

Team #blueandblack is making some compelling arguments. Feb. 27, 2015, at 10:33 a.m.

Adobe’s color tools also pointed out what our eyes couldn’t always tell us.


The world may never be the same again. Apart from the fact you can buy the dress in different color , quite honestly a waste of time. Its an ugly dress anyway..... and a really lousy camera she owned~~

Boom! Here is Celica Bleasdale — the mother of the bride — wearing The Dress.
This photo comes courtesy of Lindsay Maden, a guest at Grace and Keir Johnston’s wedding. She’s helping BuzzFeed currently track down more photos of The Dress.

Click link below for a comparison side by side

The Dress Is Blue And Black, Says The Girl Who Saw It In Person

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Is this the world's longest honeymoon? Newlyweds spend TWO YEARS visiting six continents, 33 countries and 302 different places (and yes, they're still together)

  • Adventurous New Yorkers, Mike and Anne Howard, logged a total of 125,675 miles on their epic global honeymoon 
  • Couple visited a total of 302 places across 33 countries, and six continents - and all on a budget of around just £50
  • The pair are now teaching others how to turn their travel dreams into reality, through trip coaching sessions 

For most people, honeymooning involves stretching out on the beach and doing very little.

But not this couple. Anne and Mike Howard, from New York, USA, spent 675 days travelling the world after they decided that a two-week holiday just wasn't enough when they tied the knot.

The adventurous spouses returned to the US one year ago after visiting a total of 302 places across 33 countries, and six continents - and all on a budget of around just £50 a day.

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Honeymooners Anne and Mike Howard, pictured here, at Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve, in Bolivia spent 675 days travelling the world

The Howards pose infront of the spectacular scenery of the Fitzroy mountain in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field in Patagonia

Mike and Anne Howard's trip allowed the couple to experience:
  • 140 hikes
  • 105 buses
  • 72 luxury hotels
  • 41 safaris
  • 39 scuba dives
  • 18 Couchsurfs
  • 12 extreme sports
  • 8 glacier treks 
  • 6 volunteer projects 
The Howards logged a total of 125,675 miles, 140 hikes, 105 buses, 72 luxury hotels, 41 safaris, 39 scuba dives, 18 Couchsurfs, 12 extreme sports, 8 glacier treks and 6 volunteer projects.

Anne, 32, said: 'When choosing a honeymoon destination, we realised the list was too long and life was too short.

'We had money saved, no kids, good health, and there is a lot of world to see - what better time to travel than now.

'We believe honeymoons are about starting a life together with a bang - having memorable and meaningful experiences rather than just splashing out on luxury.

Mike, 37, said: 'Instead of spending all of our funds in a couple of weeks, we stretched our budget to last a couple of years.

'We saw the most beautiful places, immersed ourselves in other cultures, embarked on big adventures and created memories for the rest of our lives.

'And this time as newlyweds seemed like the perfect opportunity to embrace our freedom, good health, and celebrate and nurture our marriage in an extraordinary way.

'So we turned our honeymoon into the adventure of a lifetime.'

The couple, from New York, visited a total of 33 countries, including Kenya, where they went on safari in the Maasai Mara Nature Reserve

The Maasai people of Kenya. The Howards spent just £50 per day between them - for transportation, food, lodging and excursions

Peru's 15th-century Inca site, Machu Picchu. The couple were as frugal as they could be, but found countries like Japan were expensive

The average honeymoon is estimated at costing around £4,000 for an eight day getaway in one luxury destination - with an average cost of around £500 a day per couple.

But the savvy pair managed to stretch theirs to a whopping 675 days with an average daily cost of just £50 ($74) between them - for transportation, food, lodging and excursions.

Anne and Mike scrimped and saved to afford the once in a lifetime trip and took advantage of a multitude of travel hacking strategies to keep their travel and accommodation costs low.

They said: 'We tried to be as frugal as we could - but some countries cost more than others.'

Anne and Mike now run HoneyTrek Coach to help others travel safely and affordably on their own journey of a lifetime.

Couple's elephant encounter on two-year long honeymoon

The honeymoon period doesn't have to end: Anne and Mike Howard pictured at the Ngauruhoe volcano, in New Zealand 

The happy couple say their lengthy trip allowed them to immerse themselves in other cultures and create meaningful memories


Angelica Malin, editor of online travel and lifestyle magazine About Time says: 'This couple did what we all dream of; escaping the 9-5 and travelling the world, each day more adventure-filled than the next.

'Holidays and honeymoons are often too rushed as trying to pack everything in at once. Here's five ways to make the most of your trip:

1. Planning - make sure you use websites, guide books and friends to find out what's best and what can be missed in the city

2. Get out early - carpe diem! You'll get the most out of your trip by getting out of bed.

3. Look for homestays and flat shares - if you want a taste of local culture, homestays are a great way to experience the local culture first hand

4. Get flight ready - keep flight day stress to minimum by checking in online, and try to take minimal luggage.

5. Look at seasonal timings - some countries may be cheaper to travel to at different times of the year, check out which destinations have more favourable flight prices in the less fashionable seasons.' 

Anne Howard makes use of the local transport in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. The average honeymoon costs around £4,000 for eight days

Kayaking Milford Sound, in New Zealand. The adventurous couple travelled to six continents on a budget of less than £50 per day

'Our average cost was around $40 a day per person - but this is an average as countries like England, Japan and Australia were more expensive than places like Vietnam, Turkey, and Bolivia.

'For example Norway cost around $75 a day each, but south east Asia worked out to be less than $20 per person.

'We kept our lodging costs low and had more local experiences by opting for homestays, housesitting, volunteering, couchsurfing.

'And through our partnership with, we occasionally exchanged our photography and writing skills for luxury stays.

'Getting savvy with frequent flyer miles, our savings on flights alone allowed us to extend our trip an extra 160 days longer than if we paid for all our flights.

Hitch-hiking from Mozambique to Tanzania. Anne and Mike Howard visited a total of 302 different places on their extended honeymoon

Diving with whale sharks in the Philippines. The nomadic pair are now offering 'trip coaching' encouraging others to go out and see the world

Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia. The couple said they occasionally exchanged their photography and writing skills for luxury stays

'We saved around $12,000 on flights alone using mileage hacking tricks that helped us rack up 430,000 frequent flyer miles before we left.

'Travelling around the world turned out to be less expensive than the rent on our apartment.'

The couple are now back in the USA but claim their trip of a lifetime has completely changed their outlook on life - and led them to start their business, HoneyTrek Trip Coach, hoping to inspire others to make the most of their freedom and help them to take gap years, sabbaticals and extended honeymoons.

Annapurna base camp in Nepal. The couple want to inspire others to take gap years, sabbaticals and long honeymoons

Cycling in Gili Trawangan, Indonesia. The husband and wife team now hope to help people travel independently, affordably and safely

The Northern Lights, pictured in Norway's Arctic Circle. The couple said experiences were more important to them than luxury resorts

Anne and Mike added: ''When we came back to America we felt like we had learnt so much that we wanted to teach and share with other people to help them mobilise their own trips.

'We are not a travel agent - but we learned so much from two years on the road that we want to share everything we know with those who dream of exploring the world but aren't quite sure how to pull it off.

'We coach people through the planning process to help them travel independently, affordably and safely.

'Taking the time to explore the world is an invaluable experience and we want people to know it is entirely possible when you set your mind to it and you don't need to be a millionaire to do it.'

The romantic pair stop for a kiss in Queenstown, New Zealand, right, and on the world's biggest swing - Queenstown's Nevis Swing 

Over the rainbow: Nomadic couple Mike and Anne Howard pose at the iconic Victoria Falls, in Zambia

Romance on the road: The duo pictured in Austin, Texas as part of their 675-day adventure around the world

El Chalten, Argentina. Anne and Mike took advantage of a multitude of travel hacking strategies to keep their travel costs low

The stunning Perito Merino glacier in Argentina. The couple say they believe honeymoons are about starting a life together with a bang

Party time! Anne and Mike found time to hit the Rio de Janeiro carnival on their epic honeymoon around the world

Saturday, February 21, 2015




1. 父系

2. 母系

3. 旁系血親



4. 姻親

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


2月18日是除夕(Chinese New Year's Eve)

















Tuesday, February 10, 2015

First footage of 'lost' plane which disappeared in Chile over 50 years

This video shot by the mountaineers show the twisted wreckage of the aircraft, including its smashed propeller, buried in stones

This is the first video footage of the wreckage of a plane which crashed with a football team on board in Chile 50 years ago.

Mountaineers discovered the remains of a plane that crashed killing several members of a first-division football team over half-a-century ago.

The incident was one of the world’s major air disasters involving football teams, and killed all 24 people on board, including three referees.

This video shot by the mountaineers show the twisted wreckage of the aircraft, including its smashed propeller, buried in stones.

Wreckage: The plane wreckage that killed the Green Cross football team 50 years ago has been found in Chile

The scene of devastation looks like it could have happened just a few months before, not the 50 years that have past since the crash took place.

A team of experienced climbers found the crash site in an undisclosed destination 200 miles from the capital Santiago.

Expedition member Leonardo Albornoz said: “The plane is more 10,000ft above sea level. A large part of the fuselage is still intact and a lot of material including human bones are scattered around the wreck.”

Declining to identify the spot where the remains were found, he added: “This story is being rewritten because they’re not where official publications indicated.

Devastation: The video shows the mangled remains of the aircraft which disappeared in 1961

“We don’t want this place to be defiled and the remains taken as trophies. You have to remember people died here and their families deserve respect.”

The Douglas DC-3 carrying the Green Cross players went down as they returned to Santiago from an away match in the south.

The Chilean club had played a cup match against Osorno Seleccion on April 1, 1961.

It ended in a 1-1 draw and the club's team and staff flew back to Santiago spread over two flights. One of them never arrived.

It was reported that most of the first team players had elected to fly on the fateful plane because it was more direct, and the alternative flight was scheduled to make several stops on the way back to Santiago.

Crash: The Douglas DC-3 went down as they returned to Santiago from an away match

Despite losing virtually the entire first team in the accident the club bravely fulfilled the second leg of the cup tie, which they lost 0-1 and were knocked out of the cup.

However, it had a major impact on the fortunes of the club, which was founded in 1916.

In that tragic season, Green Cross finished 12th out of 14 clubs and a season later they were relegated.

Amazingly, Green Cross returned to the Chilean top flight the following season, in 1964, as the club appeared reborn.

However, in March 1965 the club's proud individual history came to an end as it merged with Deportes Temuco, and was renamed Green Cross Temuco.

El Grafico
Loss: The players who died were household names

The best-known player to have perished in the crash was likely Elisa Mourino, who won 25 caps for Argentina and lifted the Copa America for his country in 1955 and 1959.

Mourino was winding his career down at Green Cross after eight seasons at Argentiena giants at Boca Juniors, and five at Banfield.

The club, which was one of the eight teams that founded the professional Chilean football league, sadly folded in 1984 after finishing 23rd in the Primera División.

The accident is one of the worst tragedies in professional sport, and echoes the darkest day in Manchester United's history - February 6th, 1958.

Eight players and three members of staff were among 23 people killed in the Munich air disaster on the way back from a European Cup tie against Red Star Belgrade, when the team plane stopped in Germany to refuel.

Among the dead were star player Duncan Edwards, 21, as well as eight journalists, and the plane's captain Ken Rayment.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Dashcams capture dramatic footage of Taiwanese [TransAsia flight GE235] plane crash

Taiwanese drivers have captured the moment TransAsia flight GE235 crashed into a river near the country's capital city of Taipei today. The footage shows the plane, a turboprop ATR-72, rolling sharply to the left as it descends over a road. TransAsia Airways has confirmed that the plane carried 58 people — five crew and 53 passengers — and that at least 13 people died in the crash.

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