Saturday

Two old friends met for dinner.

“How’s that husband of yours? Is he still unemployed?”

“No, no, not anymore.”

“Oh well some good news at least. What does he do now?”

“Now he meditates.”

“Meditates! What’s that?”

“I’m not sure, but it’s better than sitting around doing nothing.”

Source:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/hide-and-seek/201303/top-10-zen-jokes

Apparently there are different “colors” of the noise spectrum, and I prefer pink noise to white noise. How about you?

See Scientific American’s tweet below, which contains a link to their ~1m30s video on noise “colors.” Neat!

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Google is honoring Joseph Plateau today. I did the research for you.

It’s not ideal.

Im sorry you have to see it, but it’s happened now. You’ve seen the birthday boy.

Also, here’s another image of him, which, according to archaeologists, is set into some kind of ancient pimp ring.

Ice man.

Okay, okay, so um, Joe Plateau was a physicist from Belgium, so that’s awesome because Belgium is choice and everyone knows that. Otherwise, I don’t really know anything about his optical illusion trick that he’s supposedly famous for, and I don’t really care, because I’m not an eye doctor. From what I can tell, though, that’s pretty much all he did from my sources (which is one). In fact, his wikipedia page may have been a joke. I actually don’t know:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Plateau

Here’s an excerpt:

” Plateau was born in Brussels.[3] His father, born in Tournai, was a talented flower painter.[4] At the age of six the younger Plateau was already able to read, making him a child prodigy in those times. While attending the primary schools, he was particularly impressed by a lesson of physics: enchanted by the experiments he observed, he vowed to discover their secrets someday.[3]

Thank you, Google. I can’t say I’m any more educated, but I am entertained. Oh, and also, that comment earlier about his optics trick being all he ever did, look, I’m just saying it’s no ploptart.com

Digital Relaxation: Smartphone Games Better For Stress Relief Than Mindfulness Apps, Study Finds — TheEnlightenedMind622

A study claims games for smartphones are better for mental health than mindfulness apps. https://www.studyfinds.org/digital-relaxation-smartphone-games-better-for-stress-relief-than-mindfulness-apps/

Digital Relaxation: Smartphone Games Better For Stress Relief Than Mindfulness Apps, Study Finds — TheEnlightenedMind622

What I find funny about this study is that the researchers are inadvertently comparing the stress relief of mindfulness meditation and one of the most Zen computer games ever made.

By all means, do both.