It’s time for an easy weekend for everyone. To kick it off, here’s a song that almost everyone knows of, by the Eagles. Only, the Eagles didn’t write it. Jackson Browne was screwing around in his flat with this song that “wasn’t quite done” according to him. He played it for Glen Frey, and was stumped after the line “standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, such a fine sight to see.” The Eagles’ contribution to the song was:
It’s a girl, my lord,
in a flatbed Ford
slowin’ down to have a look at me.
That’s right; Take it Easy is a Jackson Browne song. (And, incidentally, Winslow, Arizona was chosen because it’s the worst place they could imagine being stuck. Perhaps not knowing this, Winslow erected a statue commemorating this song.) This is his version, and — although I like the Eagles — Jackson Browne’s version is far superior to me. Hope you enjoy the listen, too! (Note: the player I use is down, so you can click here to listen if the embedding is broken.)
You’ll notice that whatever circle you look at stays stationary, but the ones in your periphery seem to rotate!
Your peripheral vision, whose drawbacks can be seen via this illusion, is actually superior for visual astronomy than your normal sight. Seriously! The next time you’ve got a clear night and you’re staring at the sky:
Look for the dimmest star that’s still visible to you. Look at it in your peripheral vision. (In other words, look about 5-10 degrees away from the star, but be aware of where it is out of the corner of your eye.) It becomes easier to see in your periphery. Now look directly at it; you might see it disappear! This happens to me a lot more easily than my wife (who has perfect vision, and I don’t), but it ought to happen to everyone. Take a look the next time you have the opportunity; this is one more neat thing your body can do!