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(Washington Post)   Typical human blinks 20 times a minute. Bob Dole in '96 presidential debates: 147. Nixon in his resignation speech: "on a par with schizophrenics"   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 55
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2013-02-13 12:25:17 PM
Romney would have put this guy's eye-blinking rate to shame:

i78.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-13 12:26:25 PM
I seem to recall Dubya being pretty blinky in the presidential debates. Must be a repub thing.
 
2013-02-13 12:27:36 PM
When you're on camera and there are very bright lights in front of you, it's natural to blink more.

/pulling that out of my ass
//sounds legit
 
2013-02-13 12:28:30 PM

Funbags: I seem to recall Dubya being pretty blinky in the presidential debates. Must be a repub thing.


They also go to the other extreme, see Michelle Bachmann.
 
2013-02-13 12:28:56 PM
He was always referred to as having 'Shifty Eyes' by the loyal opposition.
 
2013-02-13 12:30:27 PM
True patriots don't conserve blinks subby, they blink exceptionally more.
 
2013-02-13 12:34:16 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-13 12:35:58 PM
I thought blinking was related to stress / tiredness.  I remember reading that video of Saddam Hussein's speeches back during Desert Storm was faster than 1 blink per second.  While there were probably plenty of lies in those speeches the fact that he can't sleep while Baghdad was exploding all around him probably had a bigger impact.
 
2013-02-13 12:35:59 PM
Jerimiah Denton frowns on these shenanigans.
 
2013-02-13 12:36:07 PM

Jesus the 33rd: When you're on camera and there are very bright lights in front of you, it's natural to blink more.

/pulling that out of my ass
//sounds legit


Sounds legit indeed. Ever been on a huge stage during a performance? All you see a bright arse lights blinding you from above, and a blackness underneath supposedly full of the audience.
 
2013-02-13 12:38:25 PM
You ever think about your breathing? Inhaling. Exhaling. It's all pretty automatic.

Unless you think about it.
 
2013-02-13 12:38:51 PM

Rann Xerox: Romney would have put this guy's eye-blinking rate to shame:

[i78.photobucket.com image 400x291]


If you look closely, you notice that the blinking of Romney's eyes are governed by a Fourier series, to simulate randomness.
 
2013-02-13 12:42:55 PM

Funbags: I seem to recall Dubya being pretty blinky in the presidential debates. Must be a repub thing.


Isn't there something about blinking when you move your eyes (not your head, just the eyes)? Maybe the GOP just has their heads on a swivel.

// get it?
// BECAUSE THEY'RE PARANOID, YOU SEE
// [Roethlisbkdjagbofshgaifhgoaingaphfoghnapfdjhoafdhburger.jpg]
 
2013-02-13 12:43:48 PM

Funbags: I seem to recall Dubya being pretty blinky in the presidential debates. Must be a repub thing.


Nah. I suffered an epileptic seizure watching Nancy Pelosi at one of the SOtUs.
 
2013-02-13 12:44:53 PM
I did notice Rubio paused and touched his face when he said that the GOP is not about helping the rich.

He was also blinking in morse code asking for water
 
2013-02-13 12:47:23 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Rann Xerox: Romney would have put this guy's eye-blinking rate to shame:

[i78.photobucket.com image 400x291]

If you look closely, you notice that the blinking of Romney's eyes are governed by a Fourier series, to simulate randomness.



upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-02-13 12:47:26 PM
Is there actually any science behind this?  Or is this another "of course we can quantify your intent, creativity, recall, and overall brain functioning with a single number" sociologist guess-fest?

Cheers.
 
2013-02-13 12:58:15 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: You ever think about your breathing? Inhaling. Exhaling. It's all pretty automatic.

Unless you think about it.


Well, now that you mention it I ..ughhh...ack...GASP....weeze...*thud*
 
2013-02-13 12:59:32 PM

limeyfellow: Funbags: I seem to recall Dubya being pretty blinky in the presidential debates. Must be a repub thing.

They also go to the other extreme, see Michelle Bachmann.


That's because she believes wholeheartedly in what she says. Think about how much worse that is than the bold-faced liars.
 
2013-02-13 01:02:23 PM
How about Palin in the 2008 VP debate?
 
2013-02-13 01:06:00 PM
glossynews.com
Where does she fit in?
 
2013-02-13 01:08:37 PM
So at least it's not the GOP accusing ACORN of vote nigging.

/that was wrong and I feel bad
 
2013-02-13 01:09:14 PM

TrollingForColumbine: So at least it's not the GOP accusing ACORN of vote nigging.

/that was wrong and I feel bad


gdism wrong thread
 
2013-02-13 01:15:30 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: You ever think about your breathing? Inhaling. Exhaling. It's all pretty automatic.

Unless you think about it.


Nice try, but just reading the word blink makes me conscious of my blinking.
 
2013-02-13 01:17:26 PM
Oh hai, what's going on in this thread?

mimg.ugo.com

Seriously though, I know a girl who can read all of this stuff kind of intuitively, and it's kind of frightening.  I've resigned myself to just not even telling the usual minor fibs that people use to be polite because it's pointless. Makes for interesting conversations, especially while people-watching, as when it comes to observing people, I might as well be Anne Frank.
 
2013-02-13 01:22:10 PM

Rann Xerox: Satanic_Hamster: Rann Xerox: Romney would have put this guy's eye-blinking rate to shame:

[i78.photobucket.com image 400x291]

If you look closely, you notice that the blinking of Romney's eyes are governed by a Fourier series, to simulate randomness.


[upload.wikimedia.org image 325x396]


Mother of God.  Only another android could have recognized that.
 
2013-02-13 01:27:16 PM
That's why I always wear sunglasses in my debates.
 
2013-02-13 01:30:32 PM
Serious (related) Question:

In Hollywood film (vintage, and more recent), I see long-ish takes where--in close-up, even--actors seem hardly ever to blink. Are the blinks so fast that the camera doesn't catch them? Do film actors train themselves not to blink for extended periods?

I've been wondering about this for years. Collective Wisdom, please let me know what you think.
 
2013-02-13 01:37:23 PM
I am now blinking voluntarily.

Thanks, Obama.
 
2013-02-13 01:39:15 PM
Reiman is one of a rarified group of psychologists and anthropologists, like those at the Center for Nonverbal Studies in Spokane, Wash., who carefully track political leaders, not so much for what they say, but for what their body language conveys about what they believe. They analyze the 46 facial muscles capable of making 10,000 facial expressions, the twitch of the eyebrow, the sincerity of the smile, the jut of the chin and the hand gestures to determine when someone is telling the truth, fibbing or just saying things that they think people want to hear.

These are the experts who track sighs, eye rolling and eye blinks during campaign speeches and presidential debates to determine who is lying and who is anxious.


This sounds almost as legit as phrenology.

Almost.
 
2013-02-13 01:50:41 PM
Is it just me, or does this all sound like utter bullshiat?
 
2013-02-13 02:04:06 PM

GrizzledVeteran: Serious (related) Question:

In Hollywood film (vintage, and more recent), I see long-ish takes where--in close-up, even--actors seem hardly ever to blink. Are the blinks so fast that the camera doesn't catch them? Do film actors train themselves not to blink for extended periods?

I've been wondering about this for years. Collective Wisdom, please let me know what you think.


I don't think we'd lose blinking to aliasing from camera exposure.  Films have been done in 24f/s for a long, long time.  I think more recently some have sped up, but that's not relevant.  I checked the interwebs, and I didn't find any source that seemed to have actual scientific data, but I found several that ranged from 100msec to 400msec.  So even if it's at the low end of that (0.1sec) the camera should get an average of 2.4 frames with the actor's eye's closed, which would be long enough for it to register to the viewer.  Of course, (assuming those numbers are accurate) if those numbers are the time it takes from the eyelid starting to close until it's completely open again, with only a fraction of that having the eye completely or nearly closed, then it's feasible that it could be lost to aliasing as the eye being closed would only be in one exposure, which we can't pick up on.

I just said a whole lotta nothing.  Interesting to ponder though.
 
2013-02-13 02:22:20 PM
"on a par with"? Nixon was the Arnold Palmer of schizophrenics.
 
2013-02-13 02:42:28 PM

Philip Francis Queeg: AverageAmericanGuy: You ever think about your breathing? Inhaling. Exhaling. It's all pretty automatic.

Unless you think about it.

Well, now that you mention it I ..ughhh...ack...GASP....weeze...*thud*


FAKE! You wouldn't write "ack...GASP....weeze...*thud* " if you were passing out!
 
2013-02-13 02:48:56 PM
You don't blink when you're staring at a prompter.
 
2013-02-13 03:05:33 PM
And what body language experts say Obama needed to do during his State of the Union address Tuesday night was not just to reach across the aisle and appeal to a divided Congress and country split along ideological lines to find a way forward together. He also needed to convince them - and television viewers - that he was not just a calm, cool, collected and cerebral thinker, but a warm, empathetic and, yes, even charismatic leader worthy of rallying behind.

If he's a body language expert, why is he commenting on how Obama needs to appear? I want a calm, cool, collected and cerebral thinker. Any other personality traits in that job appease only those looking for the wrong things IMHO. How do we go from body language analysis to emotional reception analysis to political strategy suggestions? Are everyone's bullshiat detectors finally broken?
 
2013-02-13 03:14:49 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

Ever see an interview with this guy?  He NEVER blinks.  It's hella creepy.
 
2013-02-13 03:26:42 PM

cubic_spleen: Philip Francis Queeg: AverageAmericanGuy: You ever think about your breathing? Inhaling. Exhaling. It's all pretty automatic.

Unless you think about it.

Well, now that you mention it I ..ughhh...ack...GASP....weeze...*thud*

FAKE! You wouldn't write "ack...GASP....weeze...*thud* " if you were passing out!


Perhaps he was dicatating?

/NTTIAWWT
 
2013-02-13 03:33:03 PM

TheCruxOfTheBiscuitIsTheApostrophe: [pelosi.jpg]
Where does she fit in?


Nob Hill or The Castro... but you have to wring out all the botox and roll her up tightly if you're gonna fit her all the way into a tight anus.

Sorry, I could not resist. BTW Love your FARK handle... Frank Zappa was freaking awesome. Lucky enough to catch him live, twice. And Dweezil is a fine guitar player that put on a great show at Vinyl Music in Pensacola a couple weeks ago.
 
2013-02-13 03:43:49 PM

Funbags: I seem to recall Dubya being pretty blinky in the presidential debates. Must be a repub thing.


It has been shown that you blink significantly more when lying.  So yeah, it's a Republican thing.
 
2013-02-13 03:47:26 PM

kbronsito: I did notice Rubio paused and touched his face when he said that the GOP is not about helping the rich.

He was also blinking in morse code asking for water


From what I remember, touching your face while speaking or in conversation indicates deception. If he was touching or covering his mouth, that would indicate flat-out lying.
 
2013-02-13 03:56:24 PM
Nixon, you dolt!
 
2013-02-13 04:59:25 PM

Arachnophobe: kbronsito: I did notice Rubio paused and touched his face when he said that the GOP is not about helping the rich.

He was also blinking in morse code asking for water

From what I remember, touching your face while speaking or in conversation indicates deception. If he was touching or covering his mouth, that would indicate flat-out lying.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NLmZbBh83-I# !

about the 4:30 mark. watch this guy. maybe it is a coincidence... he was also lying earlier in the speech w/o touching his face. But when he did, it was a particularly big lie.
 
2013-02-13 05:15:52 PM

cubic_spleen: Philip Francis Queeg: AverageAmericanGuy: You ever think about your breathing? Inhaling. Exhaling. It's all pretty automatic.

Unless you think about it.

Well, now that you mention it I ..ughhh...ack...GASP....weeze...*thud*

FAKE! You wouldn't write "ack...GASP....weeze...*thud* " if you were passing out!


i48.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-13 05:17:35 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Rann Xerox: Romney would have put this guy's eye-blinking rate to shame:

[i78.photobucket.com image 400x291]

If you look closely, you notice that the blinking of Romney's eyes are governed by a Fourier series, to simulate randomness.


Someone in my office said that his blinking and his mouth movements meant he is a reptilian.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reptilians

I have avoided that person since then.
 
2013-02-13 05:25:30 PM

rufus-t-firefly: Someone in my office said that his blinking and his mouth movements meant he is a reptilian.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reptilians

I have avoided that person since then.


What a Reptilian might look like:
i949.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-13 06:26:34 PM

macadamnut: Nixon was the Arnold Palmer of schizophrenics.


I.e. one of the best of his time, but if matched up in his prime against any top-tier modern day competitor would probably get his ass handed to him?

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-02-13 07:54:15 PM

macadamnut: "on a par with"? Nixon was the Arnold Palmer of schizophrenics.


We just call him the half & half of schizophrenia around these parts.
 
2013-02-13 08:25:15 PM
Of course, none can compare to the reptilian Steve Forbes.
 
2013-02-13 09:18:24 PM
Dear Don't Troll Me:

Thanks for your time and trouble with my query. I had figured that 24fps should pick up blinks--and so still wonder why I seem not to see so many of them. Now I'm gonna go to YouTube and try to find some barely-a-blinker to illustrate my point.

You said plenty--thanks once more for sharing your expertise and clear thinking,

GV
 
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