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Wednesday, January 24, 2007


This is Slate's State of the Union picture of Bush. Do the trick where you cover each side of his face in sequence. Our left side is moderately pleasant and professional, nothing special. But oooooh, our right side. Bush is unhappy and PISSED to be there. I wonder how much longer he can hold it together.

ADDED: 8/29/7
Bjorn Lomborg, from a Salon article about his book.

More and more I believe that when the two sides of someone's face don't match, you are looking at someone who is compartmentalizing very, very hard.

ADDED 9/24: Fred Thompson. I wonder why he is so sad.

Added 10/6/7: Mr. Rushmore and Ms. Kim are ambivalent about their home remodel, no matter what they tell themselves.




Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not seeing it. He looks like he's smiling from both sides.


2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he's totally not smiling on the right side. I thought Cheney had perfected the half smile/half frown smirk, but it looks like he passed his trademark look on to junior.

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is this sideface thing based on? is it sciency?


5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My face always does that.

7:54 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

What are you hiding?

Here's a sciency lookin' website that says the left side of the face is more expressive. (Second full paragraph after the header "Why emotional asymetry? Why, I ask you, spell asymmetry wrong when you are trying to be all sciency on the internets?) All I know is, sometimes the two halves of the face say very different things.

9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a psychologist, but I play one on the Internets. I think it has something to do with the roles each side of the brain plays in the thinking process with respect to logic and creativity. "They" say you can tell someone is lying based on body language, because they are accessing the creative side of their brain rather than the logical side. I suppose it's not much of a leap to suggest that someone's face reflects what's going on in each side of the brain, i.e. his creative side tries to look happy and upbeat, while the logical side is depressed and annoyed.


7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mith's got it.

It's right brain, left brain science. I did a science project on this in high school. Each hemisphere of the brain controls the *opposite* side of the body. The right brain is known as the more emotional, creative side of the mind. The left brain is known as the center of reason and speech.

You could say the left side of his face is showing his true emotions while his right is doing what he knows is the best thing to do. ;)

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Over on Unfogged they split the picture for you. It helps see the contrast...

5:01 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Yeah, that was super helpful. I thought Ogged cropped the bottom a little high, because I think the strain is also showing in his neck. Those cords in his neck reveal a lot of the tension he's feeling.

6:57 PM  

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