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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Wanna See/Do Something Scary?

We've all seen or heard of people sitting on a copy machine. Here's a variant I came up with about 10 years ago that didn't catch on, probably because it wasn't something I did a lot.

You can do this with your flatbed scanner and a printer, too.

Start the copy/scan with the cover up, laying your head so that the scan is vertical in relation to your head, starting at the side of your head. As the scan progresses, roll your head along so its scanning the along the closest point to
your face. If you use a long sheet like legal paper its better. Print it off a few times, if you're using the scanner-printer, or copy it if you're using a copy machine.
Cut the eyes out, and
along the side & bottom of the nose, put a rubber band on it and use it for a mask. Or you can just scotch tape it to your cranial appurtenance. Put the others on your kids, friends, fellow bank robbers (just kidding, use someone else's face for that (just kidding, don't rob banks, the government works hard for that money (just kidding, no they don't (just kidding, that could get you killed (seriously))))). Go Trick or Treating. You'd be surprised how many people it can scare (maybe that was just because it was my face.)

OK this just about freaked me out. Even though the scan is distorted due to the slow scanning process's being hard to synchronize and move with smoothly, once its wrapped around, its surprisingly still me.
You'd have to be here to see it effectively. I tried wrapping it around my over the head mask, with a hat and some old sunglasses on it, and quick glances at it are uncanny. Here's a few pics and a couple of scans. I have the paper just taped to my ears. Hey don't do any crimes with these I don't want to die. I hear its no fun. Besides, this may not even be me. :)



At Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 11:17:00 PM EDT, Blogger Keshi $visitorIP said...

LOL Charles ur already scaring me!!

Imagine my boss catching me doing this?


At Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 12:53:00 AM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

Now you have me curious as only dizzy would be!

I wonder whast you got! Can we see a scaned picture of the scaned picture????????

At Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 7:53:00 AM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...


Ok, I imagined. Now, I'm lmao.
Better to be caught doing this than caught scanning your bum. lol


As I said, it was around 10 years ago, I didn't save them. So I regretfully answer, no.

At Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 8:09:00 AM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

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At Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 1:59:00 PM EDT, Blogger jillie $visitorIP said...

So how about I download your picture and scan it and then go rob a bank? That way..."I'M" not robbing the bank...YOU are.....LMAO!!!!!!

At Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 6:10:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

OK (just kidding, I don't think you having the money would do me any good (just kidding, it'd do me good if I only give you part of it (just kidding, I wouldn't give you any (just kidding, you wouldn't give me any (just kidding, my doppelganger wouldn't give either of us any money (just kidding, he'd give it all to me (just kidding, don't rob any banks it could get you killed (just kidding, grocery stores are easier (just kidding, don't rob any thing its no fun getting killed (seriously.))))))))

At Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 6:23:00 PM EDT, Blogger Dan $visitorIP said...

Charles, what I find most amazing about this post is that you actually closed all of the nested parenthesis. Nice job!

At Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 6:37:00 PM EDT, Blogger Top cat $visitorIP said...

This sounds like fun, why don't you have a picture of your picture?lol
I don't have a scanner anymore.):

At Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 7:41:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Dan the Man,
Yeah, its habitual from coding.

I did this around 10 years ago, so they went the way of dodo. Maybe I'll get off of my duff and hook up the scanner sometime in the future.

At Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 8:33:00 PM EDT, Blogger Serena Joy $visitorIP said...

Sounds like a whopping fun idea, but I'd be afraid I'd break my scanner. LOL.

At Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 8:53:00 PM EDT, Blogger lime $visitorIP said...

oh this is hilarious and i think you should prepare both an instructional video and a finshed product as example. i anxiously awaie :)

At Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 4:33:00 AM EDT, Blogger Peter $visitorIP said...

You cannot show it - nor explain it good enough for me! You have created a lot of confusion... and parantheses:-))))))))!

At Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 9:38:00 AM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

now what is it going to take you to get that scanned item for us to see?
Beg beseech implore entreat crave desire plead request????????

At Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 11:33:00 AM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

That reminds me of the videos I've seen of people sitting on the copier, and falling into it. Imagine telling the workman's comp people how you cut your backside. HEHE.

I may at some future point, but this week it remains unlikely. I'd have to find room to place the scanner and with all these books around me, I don't think that will be happening soon.

Sorry my friend, maybe its a cultural thing? I'm certainly sorry about the confusion, but not for the parenthesis, those were part of the comedic nature of the post.

At Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 10:33:00 PM EDT, Blogger snowelf $visitorIP said...

Hello Charles :)

I bow down to your exemplary use of parenthesis!! I am truly a novice compared to you! You programmers sure have the advantage!! :) I can understand programming and can "read" it, but I am terrible at thinking through the logic to actually do it! I always feel like it's like being able to read music, but not being able to figure out the melody in your head is clearly enough to write it down!

Our mutual friend can tell you my real name if she wishes. (Or she can horde it for herself!) It's okay for you to know. I just don't want it publicly posted. (Of course, I love our mutual friend for keeping to the secret. :)(really, don't we just love her anyway!))

Ah, see, soon with practice, I will master this great art of parenthetical placement!!

Take care, and I promise not to marry any madmen. Although I don't think any of my sweet blogger friends would let me!! ;)


At Friday, June 22, 2007 at 7:41:00 AM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Hi Snow!

No need to bow, I am just a humble person, no different than anyone else, except for my differences. Once you get the hang of logic, it's really not too awful. As to the music thing, you got me, I'm not the least bit musical.

If you were worried about her being trustworthy with a secret, I'm certain that you needn't be now.

Most of my teachers throughout school would have thrown a hissy-fit over what I did with those parenthesis.

The big trick with the parenthesis is, when you type the opening one type the closing one too, then move in between them and continue typing. They always get closed that way.

I know you won't marry a madman, you're smarter than those who came before you.

At Friday, June 22, 2007 at 10:53:00 AM EDT, Blogger dickiebo $visitorIP said...

Be firm, Mona. Demand!

At Friday, June 22, 2007 at 1:54:00 PM EDT, Blogger Top cat $visitorIP said...

Have a great weekend charles.
Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words.

At Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 2:13:00 PM EDT, Blogger G-Man $visitorIP said...

Yes Charles, instructional video!

At Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 10:27:00 PM EDT, Blogger lime $visitorIP said...

wow, the b&w shots are really very cool, it's got an optical illusion quality to it.

as for the singer on the vid i posted....yes she does look liek barbara feldon, and yes she does sound like leigh nash (lead singer of sixpence none the richer who happenes to be a blonde)

At Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 10:32:00 PM EDT, Blogger Serena Joy $visitorIP said...

So that's what the masks look like. That's amazing!

At Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 10:47:00 PM EDT, Blogger snowelf $visitorIP said...

Hi Charles,

You need to put the faces in giant parenthesis. :P

I think the distortion looks kinda cool, actually... almost poetic!


At Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 10:49:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

I aim to please, I still don't know about whether I want to go through all the trouble of a video, though.

Always glad to hear from you. May yours be multiplied by 7.

Sorry I'm not yet ready to get into video blogging yet, even if they have video uploads in Blogger in draft.

Thanks for letting me know her name, I always liked that group and would like to hear more.

Its freaky. Almost reminds me of the "talking" busts in Disney's haunted house.

At Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 11:14:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Hi Snow,

Hmmm, I may be able to do that, but it'll look more weird (not that a picture of me doesn't look weird already.) You must have commented this as I was commenting on the comments.

At Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 12:15:00 AM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...



They are so SEXY!

At Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 12:21:00 AM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Yeah, so were the dinosaurs. Didn't do them much good, did it?

At Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 12:25:00 AM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

Duh huh! well even if it is not whoever it is is cool!

& then if it is you then again it is still you, even if it would have been a dot!

At Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 12:31:00 AM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

If you click the pics, then you can see them bigger and can see I have an extra piece of nose where I don't really have an extra piece of nose, alas I don't know exactly which part of the bar is the sensor.

At Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 9:36:00 PM EDT, Blogger $visitorIP said...

Neat! You know what it reminds me of? The way characters' faces are rendered in video games ( not the really new ones or the really old ones; the ones from a couple of years ago, like Max Payne ). They seem to use the same technique of wrapping 'skins' around the faces.

Also, I love the nested parentheses! I do the same thing and you're right, it comes from coding :)

At Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 9:57:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Welcome back. Its really a weird phenomenon, the way it looks "right" when it gets wrapped. It is kind of fun though. Believe it or not, I've got screams just from cutting eye-holes into a plain sheet of paper and sticking it to my face. People are funny about things they aren't familiar with.

At Saturday, July 7, 2007 at 2:29:00 PM EDT, Blogger S E E Quine $visitorIP said...

` FRICKIN' AWESOME!!! I'll have to try that!

At Saturday, July 7, 2007 at 8:05:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Please have fun with it. I did.

At Sunday, July 8, 2007 at 3:48:00 PM EDT, Blogger evalinn $visitorIP said...

lol - that's a funny scary thing to do!

At Sunday, July 8, 2007 at 8:07:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Welcome. Please feel free to chime in anytime. I love the feedback.
Its all for fun.

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