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Do You See Marilyn Monroe or Albert Einstein? This Reveals How Good Your Eyesight Is

Do You See Marilyn Monroe or Albert Einstein? This Reveals How Good Your Eyesight Is

Want to test your eyesight with this hybrid image?

    Who do you see when you look at the image from a regular viewing distance?

    Is it Marilyn Monroe or Albert Einstein?

    If there is someone around, ask them who they see.

    Now, start taking steps back as you look at the image.

    Does the image change?

    Who do you see now?

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    Or, try squinting your eyes and look at the photo.

    You probably won’t be surprised to hear that the person most people see when they are close to the image is Albert Einstein, however, not everyone gets to maintain the same image as the distance changes. As they get farther away from the image, most people are shocked by the sudden transformation of Albert Einstein into Marilyn Monroe. The same happens if you change the size of the image, in which case the smaller one will be perceived as Marilyn Monroe, whereas the bigger image will show clear details of Albert Einstein’s face.

    If you find it hard to find the face of Albert Einstein, chances are you need to see your eye doctor, as your eyesight probably isn’t very good. If you already wear glasses, then you need a stronger ones.

    For the rest of you, who clearly see Albert Einstein at first, your eyesight is as good as you can keep the unchanged image.

    How hybrid images determine our eyesight

    The image above, created by Dr. Aude Olivia from MIT is a hybrid image which is made by taking two separate images and combining low spatial frequency components of one with high spatial frequency components of the other. In this way, as we are closer to the image, we can more easily spot the fine lines and details (in this particular case the wrinkles on Albert Einstein’s face), whereas if the image gets smaller, or if we look at it from bigger distance, our eyes are only able to see general details like shape of hair, mouth or nose, features that, in this case, belong to Marilyn Monroe.

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    The author of the image explains the concept of hybrid image:

    “The phenomenon of hybrid images arises from the multi-scale processing of images in the human visual system. By taking into account perceptual grouping mechanisms, one can build compelling hybrid images with two different stable interpretations: one that appears when the image is viewed up-close, and the other that appears from afar.”

    The explanation of how hybrid images are able to determine the quality of our eyesight lies in the fact that our ability to focus and see clear, fine details from any distance defines good eyesight. Therefore, people who struggle with blurred image even at regular viewing distance, should consider seeing an eye doctor.

    How to train your eyesight to stay sharp

    No matter if you have a perfect vision, or you can’t function without your glasses or contacts, your eyes will benefit from simple exercises you can do anywhere, anytime.

    1. The Indian Trataka exercise

    The Indian Trataka exercise is extremely helpful in keeping our eyesight healthy as it is designed to train focus, both of our eyes and our mind.

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      via BrightSide

      • sit in a comfortable position with your eyes in a line to a small fixed object
      • look at the object and focus all of your attention on it
      • try not to blink for as long as you can
      • once the clear image of the object is fixed in your mind, close your eyes and recall it with focusing your attention on the space between your eyebrows

      2. Eye massage

      To provide relief to your tired eye muscle, give your eyes a massage every once in a while.

        Use your middle and index finger and follow the points 1 to 6 as shown in the photo above.

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        3. Eye workout

          In order to train your eye muscle, perform these 16 steps for eye workout.

          4. Focus exercise

          You can practice focus of your eyes each time you go out by simply trying to look farther in the distance instead of right in front of you.

          Featured photo credit: http://cvcl.mit.edu/Aude.htm via cvcl.mit.edu

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          Last Updated on September 28, 2020

          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

          At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

          Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

          One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

          When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

          So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

          Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

          This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

          Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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          When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

          Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

          One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

          Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

          An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

          When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

          Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

          Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

          We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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          By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

          Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

          While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

          I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

          You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

          Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

          When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

          Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

          Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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          Con #2: Less Human Interaction

          One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

          Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

          Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

          This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

          While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

          Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

          Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

          This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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          For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

          Con #4: Unique Distractions

          Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

          For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

          To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

          Final Thoughts

          Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

          We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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