I missed 3 calls from my brother in jail last night... I hope he tries calling again, when I'm home. I was out looking at condos, and at dinner with my mother. The upside is that I put in an offer on the one I saw a few weeks back on Harrison, in Hollywood. I know that Newt'd really dig the layout, and only a little work is needed. tile the bedroom, a little grout in the bathroom, and that's about it. I hope that the seller is ready to let it go.
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GP sent me the following -
"Someone sent this link the writers list I belong to. I found it to be pretty interesting. It deals with perception and some experiments people have done.Pretty Nifty... I know that I can get tunnel vision at times.
Basically there's a one-minute video of two teams, each with 3 players. One team has white shirts and one team has black shirts. They're tossing around 2 basketballs. The subject's task is to count the number of passes made by the white team. About 35 seconds into the video, a guy dressed in a gorilla outfit enters the mix, beats his chest for about 9 seconds and then leaves.
When people do this test, the results are that 50% never see the gorilla guy. Yep, 50%. Doesn't mater who you test. Out of any group of people, 50% will concentrate so hard on watching the basketballs that they don't see anything else in the film.
The effect is called inattentional-blindness. It probably happens because (1) visual perception does not work like a camera. We "see" what our brains process, not what our eyes see. (2) heavy concentration on
one thing requires enough brain resources that there's not much left over for other tasks. (3) we tend to see what we expect to see, not what's really there.
None of this is a problem when you have lots of time, it's only a problem when you have no more than a few seconds to perceive and interpret some unusual event."