Berry Chill

posted by Philomela on 2009.09.11, under Philomela

Berry Chill

Berry Chill was a recent discovery at an all day concert when I was looking for a healthy alternative to all of the cardboard chicken strips and greasy hamburgers.  It has 20 calories per ounce and active cultures.  I signed up for their mailing list and I just received and announcement of Free Berry Chill Yogurt that I am sharing with you below.

Free Berry Chill if Devin Hester Scores a Touchdown!

The 2009 Football season is here! In honor of Chicago Bears Player Devin Hester’s love of Berry Chill (and our love of the Chicago Bears), every time Hester scores a touchdown for the rest of the season, the following day Berry Chill will treat customers to a free Hester combination yogurt. “The Hester,” is small 5 oz. Original yogurt topped with his favorites (mango, pineapple, and gummy bears) and is available at Berry Chill’s three locations, 635 N. State, 132 N. LaSalle and Ogilvie Station, 500 W. Madison. On the day following the touchdown, simply say “Touchdown for Berry Chill” at the register, and you’ll receive your free Hester treat! Offer will be available in-store only at participating Chicagoland locations during the following business hours (635 N. State, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., 132 N. LaSalle, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Ogilvie Station, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.). No substitutions will be granted. Cheering for the Bears was never this sweet!

Illusion, Michael. Tricks are what whores do for money.

posted by Stal on 2009.05.19, under Stal

A couple winners from the Best Visual Illusion of the Year Contest

The Break of the Curveball (requires flash):

In baseball, a curveball creates a physical effect and a perceptual puzzle. The physical effect (the curve) arises because the ball’s rotation leads to a deflection in the ball’s path. The perceptual puzzle arises because the deflection is actually gradual but is often perceived as an abrupt change in direction (the break). Our illusions suggest that the perceived “break” may be caused by the transition from the central visual system to the peripheral visual system. Like a curveball, the spinning disks in the illusions appear to abruptly change direction when an observer switches from foveal to peripheral viewing.

The Illusion of Sex:

In the Illusion of Sex, two faces are perceived as male and female. However, both faces are actually versions of the same androgynous face. One face was created by increasing the contrast of the androgynous face, while the other face was created by decreasing the contrast. The face with more contrast is perceived as female, while the face with less contrast is perceived as male. The Illusion of Sex demonstrates that contrast is an important cue for perceiving the sex of a face, with greater contrast appearing feminine, and lesser contrast appearing masculine.

Extreme Cup Stacking

posted by Stal on 2009.04.23, under Stal

Scoff all you want, but Steven Purugganan takes cup stacking very, very seriously. The 11-year-old middle schooler recently walked away as a champion at the World Sport Stacking Championships in Denver. In this sport, professional stackers take a dozen plastic cups and assemble them into pyramids, before collapsing them again back into single stacks. Purugganan and his brothers discovered the sport on ESPN in 2006, and Purugganan now practices for several hours each day. He has also been featured in a commercial for McDonald’s.

Amusingly, the Wikipedia article on Purugganan states that he is “undoubtedly autistic.” Purugganan is also from Longmeadow, MA, which is one town over from where I’m from.