See also BLIT and comp.basilisk FAQ by David Langford.
Aah, BLIT. An excellent piece of fiction. Langford is better known for his fanzine but I stumbled across BLIT in an ancient Interzone compilation and loved it. I haven't read the rest in the series, thanks for that link.
(Oh yeah, obligatory Interzone plug. It's worth a subscription.)
Wow cool! I remember reading that FAQ in Nature years ago -- each week has a single page story; some of the best ones are collected here.
I hadn't seen these before, and they are fantastic! Thanks.
Meh, I guess I just don't find it that impressive. I mean, it's pretty, and lord knows I spent many happy hours delving through the Mandelbrot set with FRACTINT... But it's completely ludicrous that just *looking* an an image could cau
gah! Did you just snowcrash my brain?
Dammit, here I was thinking that 6 comments in, noone had referenced Snow Crash and I'd be able to mention it.
So yeah, Snow Crash.
Wow I didn't think anyone would see that connection! Truly your synthesis of science fiction with... other science fiction is astounding.
Oh gawd, now I have to go watch the monty python killer joke sketch again ;-)
See also: Eye Computer: Turning Vision Into A Programmable Computer
That is a fascinating idea. Good find!
God, I'd forgotten about comp.basilisk. Langford really was a mad genius back in the day, wasn't he?
There's one word that makes me pray every morning that basilisks don't exist, and you should too:
OK, I get that this is a reference to a fictional story, and that there's not REALLY "basilisk images" / "black ice" / etc.
...and I get that this image is abstract and a bit weird.
...but from the "*erk* *thud*" / "damn you" / etc. comments, I'm guessing that some people are responding to this image with a bit more than the "ehh, that's weird" evaluation I am.
To anyone who is seriously bugged by this image: can you tell me what you see / what you experience?
Not to spoil the joke, but if they could tell you what they see, it wouldn't be such a special image.
It's a schooner.
It's just power of suggestion.
I remember reading The Hot Zone, and eating some bad barbecue, and then being half-convinced that I had somehow contracted Ebola the last time I visited a zoo.
I see a bunny. I hate bunnies.
well, now i know where charlie stross got the idea for the laundry books from...
Damn, beat me to it.