Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Can They Do "The Scream" Next?

Muley has been walking softly and carrying a big bottle of Zicam, trying to bat away a nasty cold that has already toyed with most of the other members of the Muley family. I've got some decent post ideas backing up in my brain, but just haven't had the energy yet to sit down and do something thoughtful and cogent. So, here's something flippant and superfluous.

It's another story to bolster my belief that lots of computer geeks have way too much time on their hands. According to a story on the BBC website, the aforementioned geeks (from the University of Amsterdam, where they've most likely invented the world's first wooden basketball sneakers) have figured out a way to use a computer to answer the long-debated question, "Just what the heck is the Mona Lisa smiling about, anyway?" While we still don't know who or what caused her sly little crinkle of the lips, the experts have determined that, by analyzing her smile, Mona was "83% happy, 9% disgusted, 6% fearful and 2% angry." Personally, I think that the rationale behind that conclusion is 73% silly, 17% misdirected, 8% questionable and %2 somehow causing my big toe to itch.

Quote of the Day:

"My all time favorite similes … come from the hardboiled-detective fiction of the 40s and 50s, and the literary descendants of the dime-dreadful writers. These favorites include … 'I lit a cigarette [that] tasted like a plumber’s handkerchief' ( by Raymond Chandler)."

--Stephen King, in On Writing


Inkling said...

Who cares? I have never understood why people obsess about that smile. To me, she looks like her face is getting tired. That's all.

Emma Sometimes said...

Sneakers that are wooden? Ouch. Splinters and bunyons are not a good mix.

I want to know how they managed to figure out the percentages. I think that the 6% fearful was really 5% and 1% gas.

sarahgrace said...

Yes. Definitely too much time on their hands- there just is no mathematical equation for what makes anyone smile, let alone the Mona Lisa! Preposterous!
(I'm a big art fan, but not much of a math fan, can you tell?)