On the board – Part 2

So here are the Part 2 pics from my ride yesterday. I did go for a short ride today, since the weather was beautiful again, but I did not ride slow and look for faces. I just pedaled and soaked up the sun and tried not to puke. So see what you think of these:

Tree guy 1 – either in the tree or with the two bushes as eyes and the tree as a nose. I saw the eyes in the tree and thought the white bits of bark looked like fangs.
Tree gal 1 – all that extra wood coming from the mouth is a bit like me if I eat very much in one go at the moment.
Tree Guy 2 – Sideways glance makes him look a little questionable.
Audience of pipes – can you see all those faces staring at you? I’ve highlighted a couple so you can get your eye in for this one.
Okay, it’s not a face, but the flowers are looking fantastic. And because I know the person marking this assignment likes Simpsons humour… let me say that every time I go by this intersection, I think this palm tree looks just like Sideshow Bob.
Sometimes the faces are at a bigger scale.
Fountain face 1.
Fountain face 2.
Happy lumber lichen guy on a park bench.
I did not draw this, but I did think it was creative graffiti the first time I saw it.
Bike as required – it’s looking shiny because it got a wash as part of its service last month. Also new brake pads, new rear cassette, new chain, new brake cables, new handlebar tape plus bottom bracket service and wheels trued.


Now for this next bit, you are going to need to play the video below.

I do believe this may be the worst earworm song of all time (actually, The Proclaimers 500 Miles has been given the title, but this is the worst for me). You hear this once, and the freakin’ thing is in your head for weeks or months. It will drive you nuts.

This is a bit like this challenge. When first introduced, I was a bit worried. Whenever people see things in clouds or rock formations, I usually struggle to see what they see. I could not, off the top of my head, think of any faces on my local rides. So I was thinking that Professor Greg’s teaching assistant, The Feeshko, was going to need to do an online tutorial for those of us needing some extra instruction.

But then I started looking. And now I have an ‘eye worm’. I can’t not see those stinkin’ faces! Everywhere I look, there’s another one! They are freaking everywhere!!

They’re even in my house:

In the kitchen!
While I’m cooking soup!
Even the bathroom sink!

So goodness, make it stop! I must confess, though, that it is much easier to see faces when you are at walking pace. Normal riding pace doesn’t allow you to see that detail as you focus on the road surface and traffic. Most of the ones I’ve featured, I saw on my 2 km walk to the grocery store, noted where they were, and then went back to capture them on a bike ride.

Finding full faces with eyes and mouth, or eyes, nose and mouth is a little more difficult than finding partial faces. Eyes on their own are absolutely everywhere. But it is a little harder to find the full monty. Sometimes you get so close….

Ah, man…. that could have been a really good one! If I were really good, I would have crafted a pirate patch for this one, but oh well, not to be.

And sometimes you have to make your eyes/brain not make sense of what it wants to make sense. For example, in the pic below, your eyes really want to read those words and not see the text as a block of white that is an eye. I’ve outlined where the eyes, nose and mouth are…. before this challenge, I would not have seen that face. Good god, now I see them everywhere. What a curse.

What’s next?

Next week’s weather forecast has rain forecast Monday through Friday, so I’m not sure how much riding will get done. I also get my second Pfizer shot next week, and my immune dysfunction means that dose might cause me some issues. So this might be it for a bit. Happy hunting!

Monday is 80 percent chance of 2mm – Friday’s possible rainfall is another 8-15mm. But we’ll take it. Our wet season is winter, and we have had below average winter rainfall since 2017. So fill up the dams!

Nerdy chick in Australia who loves to ride and is accompanied by the crew: 'The Commander' Verne and the 'Mental Health Specialist' Kermit.

20 response to "On the board – Part 2"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: July 10, 2021

    Wow, what a collection! I’m feeling good if I manage to find even just one face. This is pretty amazing. Also pretty upbeat. Makes me think of the old standards ‘Put on a Happy Face’, from Bye, Bye Birdie. Thanks for the cheerful start to the day!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: July 10, 2021

      I’ve noticed many Americans have become pollyannas after the disasters that were Trump, the last election and COVID. I’ve even ditched facebook because I could no longer stand all the happy, crappy boring posts. Americans seem loathe to say anything but happy stuff and it’s all become a bit boring with nothing challenging, thought-provoking or controversial anymore. I hate being around depressed people; but equally can’t stand people who look at everything through rose-coloured glasses. Life has good and bad and I like it when people acknowledge that. I like people that tell me what they really feel – I can’t stand the lack of authenticity in the pollyannas. My life’s been pretty grim the past 4 years, but I never stop expressing my gratitude for the good things, but I never sugar-coat the shit either. I wish everyone was that way!

  2. By: gregblood Posted: July 10, 2021

    Unfortunately the video was marked “Unavailable” so after class you’ll have to tell me what the earworm song is. All of your faces were “A”-worthy and your extra credit essay was insightful, scholarly and funny. But the thing that pushed you to the top of the class was the Sideshow Bob tree. An amazing likeness.

    Sincerely, Mrs. Krabappel

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 10, 2021

    Another amazing collection!
    Just curious, the drive train on Kermits bicycle is on the left side — is everything bass ackwards in Oz? JK!!!!!!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: July 10, 2021

      LOL, Kermit’s bike has a few issues, including that the chain does not go around the chainring! So does America have the hot water on the left and the cold water on the right, or is that backwards, too? Another thing that is backwards are the power switches. In America you flip a switch up to turn a light on. It’s opposite in Oz. In the Kermit pic, you’ll see the switches above the outlet (called a power point here). In Oz, power doesn’t flow non-stop to the power point. You can turn the power off an on. That switch above is what does that. But please note, they are in the “up” position and the power is off. To turn the power to the outlet on, I would push the switch “down”. Light switches are the same.

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: July 10, 2021

    Wonderful faces! For a pareidolia to look like a face, it doesn’t necessarily have to have two eyes, or a mouth. For me that one-eyed guy has so much expression and is definitely a face. And true, once you see the face you can’t stop seeing it. It can drive you nuts. Side Glance and Tree Gal are also great ones.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: July 11, 2021

      Thanks, Suzanne.

      I was sticking to the brief though. The July challenge said:

      “For the month of July, I am challenging you to find a specific pareidolia — a FACE. A face in a cloud. A face on a rock. A face in a tree. A face on a building. A face ANYWHERE except on an actual face.

      Wherever you find it, it should have at least a minimal resemblance to a face. That means two eyes and a mouth. It’s as simple as that. Think along the lines of an emoji.

      The face doesn’t have to be symmetrical. It doesn’t have to have a nose or ears, but those facial features would be a bonus. It can be obscure. If it looks like a face to you, then it’s acceptable to me. It’s OK to crop your picture however you want, or rotate it to suit your needs. The only pictures I will NOT accept are actual faces or drawings of faces.”

      So I was under the impression it HAD to have two eyes and a mouth as a minimum, and that’s what I’ve been aiming for… though trying to find a nose in there when possible, too!

  5. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: July 12, 2021

    I think ‘Popcorn’ was the worst earworm song ever. The lichen face was a beauty.

    • By: gregblood Posted: July 12, 2021

      Ear worms are a most fascinating topic. I wonder if I can work that topic into one of our monthly challenges?

      I’ve had many of those things invade my brain over the years. I had them before I even knew what they were called. Music has always been a pretty big thing in my life, so maybe that makes me especially susceptible to them. I think there is one song that probably resounded in my head longer than any other. The thing is, I actually LIKE the song, but that doesn’t mean it can’t eventually get irritating. I like this live version because they sped up the tempo about 50% faster than the studio version.


      • By: The Navigator Posted: July 13, 2021

        Wow – that Daft Punk song (live at least) makes me think of Nut Bush City Limits. I can see how that could become an earworm song. Here is an article about how they get stuck in your head: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-31/earworms-why-we-get-them-and-how-to-shake-them/11464658

        Maybe you could do a challenge where people have to find some things while riding that feature in the lyrics of the song that is the worst earworm for that person. Lednar will be looking for popcorn; I’ll be looking for people dancing (which may be hard ’cause I’m not sure COVID restrictions here allow for much of that). I had a lot of fun looking for all the pictures that went with the Paul Simon Kodachrome lyrics some months ago.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: July 13, 2021

      I don’t know “Popcorn”, and maybe I don’t want to hear it! Different polls show different songs being the worst of all time. Queen gets a mention a lot. But I don’t like Queen’s music, so those don’t stick in my head. Safety Dance is a killer for me though.

  6. By: BobinVT Posted: July 12, 2021

    Thanks for sharing that video. I’ve heard that song many times, and it’s definitely in the earworm category. That’s the first time I’ve seen the associated music video though. Makes listening to the song much more fun. 🙂

    • By: The Navigator Posted: July 13, 2021

      I think that video was one of the early-ish ones that got heavy rotation on MTV. The song came out in 1982 – MTV started in 1981. I don’t remember the video much, since we only had basic cable and MTV was a premium pay channel until I was in about Grade 6 (1987). But I do remember this video from that same band on MTV when we finally had access to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zUUtf7gOe8

      While the song drives me nuts these days, my fav memory of Safety Dance was when they played it at the roller rink during our school skating parties. It was getting a lot of radio airplay and so I loved skating to it, particularly when they turned all the lights off and the only lighting was the moving spotlights. I would have been about 6. It was also a big deal when they would stop all the skating and play the brand new Michael Jackson “Thriller” video on the wall and all the kids would sit on the skating rink floor to watch it (I just wanted to skate, so I’d skate around the snack and seating area while that video played!)

  7. By: NancyG Posted: July 13, 2021

    Some good finds here Em. I sure agree about the ‘eye worm’ thing!!

    I really like your one eyed jack ;’-).

  8. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: July 15, 2021

    Eye worm is right! Good work though, Em. I particularly liked the one-eyed and the lichen ones. And thanks for not puking in the post.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: July 16, 2021

      Haha, the lichen and one-eyed guy were from the same park bench! Upper abdo ultrasound Monday to try to find the source of all the pain and puking. Nigel is betting ulcers; I’m betting gallstones from that horrid medication I was taking.

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