February 04, 2006

C The C source of a magic-eye program, which is itself a magic-eye picture.


  • Interesting. The source says IOCCC. One of the more difficult magic-eyes I've seen. And I used to be such a whiz looking at aerial stereograms. )))) for double plus esotericiosity.
  • soooo....where's the image?
  • The source code is the image. Here's one explanation of how to view stereograms. This one is more difficult than a normal stereogram, because instead of looking at pixels, we're looking at characters. If you've never done it before, I would suggest working up from normal stereograms (e.g. elephants), to magic-eye stereograms, then to this one.
  • Alright - are we sure this isn't The Emperor's New Ascii? Hands up, those who can see the image.
  • Um, yeah. I totally see it. It's uh, it's a rhino on roller skates! Definitely!
  • un- called it, the image is the text IOCCC (the frist two letters on top, the last three on the bottom.) Helps to see if you put your face right up to the screen and look straight ahead into the monitor until the image starts to form, them pull back slowly until the whole thing is visible. Neat idea and execution of the source formatting.
  • This one is more difficult than a normal stereogram, because instead of looking at pixels, we're looking at characters. Characters makes it easier to view.
  • Yay - I see see see! I found this much more difficult than the magic eye ones. *goes back to look for rhino*
  • That's pretty cool. Took a minute to get it to work.
  • Characters makes it easier to view I don't think so.
  • I saw it, and now I have a headache. Magic-eye images and computer monitors are not a good mix.
  • Yes! I see it now! It IS a rhino on roller skates. **shakes head** **walks away**
  • Nice. Characters make it harder.
  • I thought Skrik was just making a joke about how the code looked. I didn't even try looking at it (stereoscopically) until rereading this thread. That is so frickin' cool. I think that people who know and understand what it is their eyes are actually doing when they view these kinds of images are the same group of people who find characters (or other solid images) easier. I think people who aren't consciously aware of what it is that they're making their eyes do are the ones who find solid images to be harder.
  • By the way if I wrote code with that indentation I'd be fired.
  • It's a schooner!
  • I can't see regular magic-eye images properly. I have some kind of "convergence" problem with my eyes so the parts of the image that are supposed to stick out instead recede and the parts that are supposed to recede instead stick out. Everything ends up like some kind of physical impossibility like in an M.C. Escher engraving and it spoils the effect and gives me a headache. So I'm not even going to try with the added burden of characters standing in for pixels.
  • Timefactor, I can't see them either. I'm nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in the other. My eyes hardly work together as it is. I sympathize with you.
  • Am I the only one who thinks that this may well officially be The. Geekiest. Thing. Evar.®?
  • timefactor, you are focusing you're eyes ahead of the picture, instead of behind it. You are crossing you're eyes, instead of drifting them apart a little bit. Make the convergence happen from looking past the picture, instead of from looking in front of it.