Robert (Bro. Pepper-spray of Reasoned Discussion) (montecristo) wrote,
Robert (Bro. Pepper-spray of Reasoned Discussion)

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Well, that's strange

Thanks to a weird bug that LJ has introduced, I cannot view my friends page or other people's pages or my own page if I am logged in at the time. Practically, this means that I need to log in on every comment and can't see friends-only posts on my friends page. This is annoying. Okay LJ guys, you goofed -- now fix it! Rats, I have a rather long post (and what's new) that I've been wanting to put up, but this stupid bug has caused me to be disinclined to post anything substantial this evening.

Instead, I'm posting this really weird meme, stolen shamelessly from bellacrow and eithnepdb. The meme purports to be some sort of "spectral analysis" based upon some hash of data factors gleaned from your information page. If some user views someone's posting of this meme from their own friends page, it will show the user that person's "spectrum" and then merge or otherwise combine the user's spectrum with that of the person whose entry the user is viewing. It would be interesting to see what data was being hashed to generate the spectrum and how the spectrum was generated. I apparently have quite a dynamic pattern. It tends to "wash out" almost every other pattern with which it is combined. Notable exceptions are:

Yes, I did perv a bunch of my friends friends pages to find this information out. Doing that raised a tangentially interesting question: Has anyone else ever perved their friends friends pages and wondered what significance there is, if any, there is in your friend's choice of colors for your name text and icon border framing? How did they decide? What were the criteria? Do they associate certain colors with you? Do they group people according to certain criteria and use color to designate the groupings? It makes me wonder.

At any rate, apparently, the spectrum melding effect is not commutative. By following the link to the meme's origin page, it can be seen that pattern-A "melded into" pattern-B does not produce exactly the same result that pattern-B "melded into" pattern-A does. Some of the patterns are really interesting, especially when "melded." What's also interesting is comparing patterns for general form and color similarity or dissimilarity.

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