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"GISTS", a new-to-me artform

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by peter grimes, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. peter grimes

    peter grimes ...

    Jul 18, 2005
    Queens, New York
    So I've never heard of this before 5 minutes ago.

    It's a very clever artifice - dream up a Google Image Search Term, transform the search result images into a composite!

    It's like a digital Rorschach test.

    I came across it on Reddit, and I use the Reddit Enhancement Suite. This allows me to view all the images in a single self-updating window. Which allows me to cover the title (search term) with my finger. Which allows me to use it as a Rorschach test.

    After the first two clicks, I started to guess what the search term was compiled from.

    Please take a moment to install the browser plugin RES before you click on my spoilered link. It will be worth your while. You don't have to make an account to use the plugin. If you don't install the plugin, you can still see the album of GIST images at imgur.com - but you won't be able to guess the search term, since the OP labelled each image with the answer.

    In the next post I'll also spoiler my guesses for each image :)
  2. peter grimes

    peter grimes ...

    Jul 18, 2005
    Queens, New York
    Spoiler My guesses :

    1. no idea

    2. Bike

    3. Mercedes

    4. Coffecup

    5. Sonnet

    6. Darwin

    7. Renaissance Faire

    8. bear

    9. Whale

    10. Earth

    11. eye

    12. grass

    13. Money

    14. Mario Bros

    15. heart

    16. Gah! Mario!

    17. Pool Cue Ball

    18. Pear

    19. Mt. Hood

    20. Penguin

    21. Yin/Yang

    22. Saturn

    23. Sun

    24. Jaws

    25. Sunflower

    26. Tree

    27. Tiger

    28. sunset

    29. Darwin (again)

  3. Thedrin

    Thedrin Deity

    Jan 24, 2002
    On the imgur site you can still have a go at guessing most of them since the titles are mostly quite short and begin slightly to the left of the images. Cover the left hand side of the image until the height of the image is on screen and then reveal the left hand side while keeping the title (just above) hidden. I got a good few of them once I figured out that I could guess them.

    But I was way off on a couple of them. My guess is unspoilered. The correct answer is spoilered.

    Led Zeppelin =
    Spoiler :

    Optimus Prime =
    Spoiler :
  4. Earthling

    Earthling Deity

    Nov 9, 2008
    Oh dear, some of the images are pretty, but you ought to know Rorschach tests are pretty much completely invalid. It also looks like this set of images was created from a very poor algorithm like pure averaging instead of something reasonable.
  5. classical_hero

    classical_hero In whom I trust

    Jan 30, 2003
    Perth,Western Australia
    It almost looks like digital impressionism.
  6. Tecknojock

    Tecknojock Keeping the world running

    Feb 19, 2011
    Hearth's Warming Eve Pagant
    Good guess. Reading through the thread reveals that it was pure averaging.

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