I’ve decided it’s time to try a little experiment using my digital camera and imagination. It’s inspired in part by Mac and her comments on the news of the arrest of hardened criminal Kyle Maskell who is responsible for breaking the Virgin Mary or, more specifically, of breaking the dirty windows of a former-office-building-turned-Catholic-shrine that appeared to some folks to have the image of the Virgin Mary on them. Looking at various pics taken of the dirty windows it’s clear that it doesn’t take much to impress some people. Members of the church didn’t take news of the smashed windows terribly well and aren’t all that up for turning the other cheek with regards to Kyle himself:
“I think he should serve a very long time. It’s desecrating a holy place. That’s like going to Lourdes in France and desecrating it.”
Yes, this person is seriously suggesting that dirty office windows are comparable to Lourdes France. Stunning, isn’t it?
The other part of the inspiration for this experiment comes from one of Brock’s comments in which he discovered what appears to be a recreation of a famous painting known as The Scream in a crotch sample (don’t ask, it’s a long story) which surely must be the result of Divine Influence in response to Tish’s bad pun.
Anyway, it occurs to me that I can recall seeing all manner of things in the random patterns of wood grains and clouds and other assorted objects over the years and I’m willing to bet that with a little effort I could easily find plenty of examples that I could capture with my digital camera. My goal is to simply demonstrate that there’s not anything particularly supernatural about these images. They are a side effect of the pattern recognition areas of our brains that help us to deal with the massive amount of visual data our eyes take in by ignoring most of it in favor of looking for recognizable patterns.
If nothing else, it should be fun paying greater than usual attention to my surroundings while looking for some examples so that’s what I’m going to do. If you guys want to help out and have access to a digital camera then feel free to join in. Drop me an email with whatever pics you manage to scrounge up and I’ll include them in an entry about it later on. I figure I’ll devote a week or so to working on this depending on how quickly I manage to accumulate pics.