Hey – who remembers what an autostereogram is? Â Nope, itâ€™s not another version of Instagram, haha. Â Actually, itâ€™s a throwback to the 1990â€™s, and while you older folks may not have known the term, Iâ€™m sure that youâ€™ve all seen and stared at one, many years ago. Â Back then, there was a fad that involved staring at a colorful picture filled with repeating patterns. Â These pictures resembled colorful psychedelic wallpaper, but if one stared at it long enough, one would be rewarded by a hidden three dimensional image that would appear. Â These were called autostereograms and were very popular with the public for a short period of time, then quickly lost their â€œfifteen minutes of fameâ€.
Our younger members probably donâ€™t know what an autostererogram is nor have ever seen one. Â For that reason, they may find the one below interesting. Â Unlike the usual autostereogram, this one doesnâ€™t contain a hidden 3-D image. Â Instead, it contains a checkerboard pattern of leaping tigers. Â If looked at long enough, the tigers pop out into several rows of differing depths. Â I chose it because itâ€™s easy to tell when the 3D effect takes place (no hidden image) and also because the tiger is the symbol of JKA Shotokan Karate-Do.
Of course, if the 3D effect doesnâ€™t happen for you, thatâ€™s okay, since not everyone can see it. Â Back when these were all the rage, I often reflected and compared the visual phenomenon toâ€¦Kata! Haha. Â You know, a basic pattern of movement that weâ€™re supposed to memorize and endlessly perform as a part of our training. Â Like the autostereograms, if only viewed at a superficial level, one can only see the pattern. Â Yet, if one takes the time and opens oneâ€™s eyes and mind, a deeper meaning gradually reveals itself.
Below is a more â€œstandardâ€ autostereogram in which the totally invisible 3D image becomes apparent after looking at it in an unfocused manner.
Hereâ€™s to a great year in 2021!