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March 10, 2018

French Fry Color Chart


Forget about your parachute, here's something you can use every day.

Well, some people can.

Wrote Adam Kuban in a November 6, 2007 story in Serious Eats,


"Called the Munsell USDA Frozen French Fry Color Standards, this fast, easy visual color reference helps ensure perfectly cooked fries every time."


Want your own copy?

5 for $160 (French fries not included).

[via Brenden I. Koerner]

March 10, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"Your nose isn't really as big as it looks in selfies"


Cheer up already!

From The Verge :



[So] says facial plastic surgeon Boris Paskhover. So maybe hold off on that nose job — at least, until you've seen a decent portrait photo of yourself.

Selfies don't actually reflect what people look like in the flesh, says Paskhover. "They take out their phone and they say, 'Look at this picture, look how big my nose looks,' he says. "I set out to prove why selfies don't look like the real person, why they're distorted."

He teamed up with a computer scientist to create a model of the average human head. The team calculated how much bigger the nose would appear in a photo taken at selfie distance 12 inches away compared to a regular portrait distance five feet away. They found that close-ups distort the nose, making it appear about 30% wider for men and 29% wider for women, according to a paper just published in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

For photography pros, the results make sense. Most smartphone cameras have wide-angle lenses, says The Verge's creative director James Bareham, and close-ups with wide-angle lenses cause distortion that makes objects closer to the camera — like, say, a nose — look larger. "It’s kind of one of the basics of photography: don't shoot portraits on a wide-angle lens because you will look terrible," Bareham says.

Longer lenses on a traditional camera flatten the image, which helps get rid of undesired beaky-ness. Portrait modes on some phones on phones try to digitally improve the appearance of selfies, but the best bet is to just take the photo from farther away. But there's a big limitation, Bareham says: arm length. "Theoretically, people with longer arms can take a more flattering selfie than people with shorter arms," he says. "Of course, there's always the selfie stick."

Of course, there's always the old standby: Photoshop.


Related: Bathroom Mirror Photography

March 10, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Keychain Game Boy — "World's smallest portable gaming device"


Res ipsa loquitur.



[via The Verge]

March 10, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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