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March 16th, 2008
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Do the test! (unless of course, you've already seen it on andrewducker's blog) I failed... *blush*

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From:ghoti
Date:March 16th, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)
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I'd been told about it, but I have to sy, it's much more subtle than I'd been led to believe and even knowing what was going to happen I had to look twice before I was sure where it was.
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From:rjw76
Date:March 16th, 2008 10:34 am (UTC)
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I "passed". Ralph didn't.
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From:lavendersparkle
Date:March 16th, 2008 11:03 am (UTC)
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I both counted the passes and saw the bear. But, I have to confess I was probably helped by having heard of the Gorillas in our midst study so as soon as I saw the passing exercise I thought 'Hmm, this looks familiar, I wonder when the gorilla's going to turn up.'
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From:davefish
Date:March 16th, 2008 11:05 am (UTC)
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I failed to keep count, as I was distracted.
From:ex_robhu
Date:March 16th, 2008 11:33 am (UTC)

Fail

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Gah. I knew what was going to happen but I still failed :S
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From:ptc24
Date:March 16th, 2008 11:48 am (UTC)
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...or my LJ.

I failed to see the bear, even though I'd read about something similar with a gorilla, and also got the count of passes wrong.
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From:pseudomonas
Date:March 16th, 2008 11:58 am (UTC)
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What he said.
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From:keith_underdown
Date:March 16th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
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I like the purpose behind this—as a cyclist!

I was expecting a gorilla too. I count the count right not by watching but by establishing their rhythem and counting the "beats"
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From:smhwpf
Date:March 16th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
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I failed! Got the count at least.

Well, hopefully after this ad there'll be a fall in the cyclist accident rate. Hopefully the bear rate too.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 16th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
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The black bear is very easy to confuse with members of the team who are all wearing black. I wonder if that's deliberate?

S.
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From:pm215
Date:March 16th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
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Probably. The _Gorillas in our Midst_ paper says that 83% of observers saw the gorilla if counting black team passes, but only 42% if counting white team passes. This video wouldn't be so effective at getting its message across if most people spotted the bear...
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From:king_of_wrong
Date:March 16th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
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It isn't effective at getting its message across, because it simply plays a cheap trick on the audience. By my reckoning, it will get a "well, yes, but if I were driving I'd be looking out for cyclists" response from most people.
From:hsenag
Date:March 16th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
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Even if they weren't looking out for cyclists, most drivers wouldn't be focusing on one specific thing to the exclusion of all others (I hope!)
From:ex_robhu
Date:March 17th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
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Sssh! You're not meant to come to that conclusion.
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From:samholloway
Date:March 16th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
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I counted 13 passes and saw a gorilla. This highlights the danger of prior knowledge. :-)
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From:the_lady_lily
Date:March 16th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
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I failed it, as I've never seen anything like this before - I noticed something odd going on, but didn't pick up on what it was.

That's really clever!
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From:mostlyacat
Date:March 16th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
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I was very pleased with myself for counting the passes correctly. I haven't killed a cyclist yet so I think I should try harder. ;-)
From:ext_72852
Date:March 16th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
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It doesn't work in my browser, although I have working flash. I've spent some time trying to rectify this and failed. I appear to be the only person in the world this applies to though, as I've now seen it in several places and no one else has complained )-:
From:ex_robhu
Date:March 17th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
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*falls off chair*

By working flash do you mean Gnash?
From:ext_72852
Date:March 18th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
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I mean flash that plays, eg, the things on maircrosoft.com/flash.
From:ex_robhu
Date:March 18th, 2008 07:34 am (UTC)
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Yes, but there are different implementations of Flash with different levels of compliance / correctness.

Gnash (the GPLed one, which I assume is what you have) is particularly bad. You shouldn't expect anything to work with it at all.
From:ext_72852
Date:March 18th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
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*insert boilerplate rant about people making assumptions*
From:ex_robhu
Date:March 18th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
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It seems like a reasonable assumption given that you have breathed fire in the past when I suggested you install the alternative proprietary flash.
From:ext_72852
Date:March 20th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC)
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*breathes fire*

(and, er, I've refused to *install flash* in the past. It's never had anything to do with proprietariness or otherwise though. *sigh*).
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From:aiwendel
Date:March 17th, 2008 09:04 am (UTC)
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failed the second bit!
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From:simont
Date:March 17th, 2008 11:11 am (UTC)
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I too failed it.

In retrospect, the bear looks much more like someone wearing black than like an actual bear, and furthermore isn't moonwalking very well, so no wonder it's hard to pick out from the surroundings. Perhaps the slogan should have said "It's easy to miss things when they're deliberately camouflaged and have carefully distracted your attention beforehand" :-)

Also, the first time I saw it I closed the browser window just before the final "Watch out for cyclists", so I thought it was just a bit of surrealist humour and was vaguely amused. When I watched it with someone else and the cyclists line came up at the end, I was disappointed; I thought it had worked better as a practical joke than as preaching. (Not least because, as other posters have mentioned, it's not a very good analogy for cyclists, who wear reflective clothing and lights and wave their arms in a specific effort to be seen.)

Best one-liner about this was on Monochrome, I think: "I swerved to avoid a moonwalking bear the other day and hit a cyclist." :-) (edited quote to get it the right way round, which is funnier, ahem)

Edited at 2008-03-17 11:15 am (UTC)
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From:borusa
Date:March 17th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
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it's not a very good analogy for cyclists, who wear reflective clothing and lights and wave their arms in a specific effort to be seen

Hah. That's very funny.
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From:arnhem
Date:March 18th, 2008 08:19 am (UTC)
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I was tempted to suggest removing the comma ...

Although as it happens, I quite often drive around a city that's packed to the gills with stealth ninja cyclists, and has areas of quite noticeably poor street lighting, and so far (other than in really badly rainy weather), my only conclusion has been that the kinds of people who complain about how they can't see unlit cyclists probably don't have sufficiently good eyesight/concentration to be safely driving at night.

The main reason that unlit cyclists really get my goat is that they provide people who are looking for it with an excuse for poor behaviour against cyclists.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 17th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
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I failed on both counts, but in my defence, my computer was being very slow and thus jerky and so it wasn't exactly a fair test.

Some cyclists do seem to have a death wish and camouflage themselves like the bear (dark clothes, no lights, no signals etc) but others of us do try. Though the thing that gets me most is not people not seeing me, but people giving my no clearance when they are passing me.
From:yrieithydd
Date:March 17th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Oops that was me. I failed to notice I wasn't logged in!
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