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Mess Age

Mess Age

Starting from Comic #150: Having fun
Having fun
In-progress comic from Dragons and Silk, a great read, posted with a blank caption balloon. Which of course needed filling.
Animation: Accessing the Sublevel
It can be difficult to embed the maintenance/testing code to access the sublevel for a display into a simple image, but it does make for some interesting effects. LCD displays originally only did black or clear (background) before color displays began using single-color filters over microscopic subpixels to generate colored dots from the same black/clear layer. Here the surface is set to clear for a defined area, boundaries set by the image.

This reveals the sublevel. Rarely discussed, in its basic form it provides an unnoticed black micropixel, some "half-dark" versions have been developed but are allegedly not in production. With specially-filtered lenses, information can be revealed like logged-in users and websites recently viewed with appropriate software, built-in to Windows Vista and later. But those functions are normally only temporarily triggered by WiFi or wired network.

Its usual purpose is merely hidden images and messages. "Traditional" subliminal programming with briefly-flashing info is ineffective, our brains automatically discard barely-noticed events like how we don't remember gnats on our skin, and possibly could trigger seizures. The sublevel allows a persistent non-moving impression that's enhanced by visual changes like scrolling, such as a devil's head outline or the word "hate" while reading about a terrorist or president, as what doesn't change is subconsciously processed.

Here you can see the surface is clear as the reflective bottom layer is revealed. The face images used are merely font characters. Although the display layers are mere fractions of millimeters thick, you can notice how the faces "float" below the surface and above the bottom. With careful usage, although quite bothersome as advanced software is security-restricted and inordinately expensive, 3D effects on B&W or greyscale images can be achieved ranging from subtle to spectacular, for example objects in water.

The maintenance/testing app is hard to track down with the resulting code snippets tough to reliably slip into the chosen image file, and only good for these basic tricks, neither hidden objects nor the advanced displaying of user info for example. Simulation on displays non-LCD or otherwise lacking the sublevel is generally well supported but looks noticeably flat. But accessing the sublevel for special effects can be rewarding.

And how much of the above do you actually believe? Those watching you read this hope it isn't much. Best just to ignore it all.
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