Oh, try not to look so startled… !I know this isn’t the usual thing, but you’ll get used to it soon enough.
Or that’s what I keep telling myself…
Yep. Have taken the trek back into the world of contact lenses. A new thing for me — they’ve got these lenses now that will accommodate astigmatism. [You didn’t think I had just _ordinary_ nearsightedness now, did you?] I used to have to wear rigid lenses, but now, I’ve got these new softies and they are pretty comfortable. Plus they don’t really show as much as the last set did.
Not actually going to be saying goodbye to my glasses, however…they’ll still be around on those days when there is too much going on and not enough day to do it all in.
Speaking of facial recognition…here’s something cool I’ve recently come across. If you check out this link:
you’ll find the Cambridge on-line facial recognition test. A group of researchers are testing for Prosopagnosia…a condition that renders people unable to recognize the faces around them. [Dr. Oliver Sacks of ‘AWAKENINGS’ and ‘THE MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS WIFE FOR A HAT’ fame is a prominent author and neuroscientist who not only studies the condition, but suffers from it himself.]
If you’ve got a few minutes, give the test a try. I’ve always thought I could recognize faces pretty well, as a rule, and my test scores bore that out. How did you fare?
Okay, one literary-minded thought has interceded that I should cover here…just read today about this MONDO prize for poetry, being offered by the Montreal International Poetry Prize. Apparently they are offering $50,000 to the winning poem. I hate to be a sceptic, but — that’s a whole lotta dough for a poem. Details are here: http://montrealprize.com/
Anyone know anything further about this competition? I’d love to hear if you do…