|2003/05/11 03:29:40 PDT by Temporal [manager]
Edited at 2003/05/11 08:00:47 PDT
The above is an image of a MATLAB window. MATLAB is a software development toolkit designed for heavy numerical computation. I was using it tonight while working on a homework assignment for my Computer Vision class. This window was just sitting open off to the side, as I had used it some time before and forgot to close it. So I'm just sitting there, working on some other stuff -- none of which should have affected this window in any way, mind you -- and all of the sudden, this image of a kid appears! Look in the upper-left corner of the black area. If you look closely, you can see it.
(EDIT: Here is an enhanced version, which is easier to see:
I have never seen that kid before. As I said, I was not doing anything that had anything to do with that window when the kid appeared. WTF!?
MATLAB is a big-name professional software suite. I can't imagine them putting Easter eggs in their software, but even if they did, this is a very unimpressive Easter egg. As a matter of fact, it could cause major problems if you were doing something important. On the other hand, I can't see any way that a bug could have caused this. Thus, that leaves only one possibility:
My computer is posessed by a ghost!
What could it want? It looks like one of those kids you see on the missing kid fliers. Is this kid the victim of some violent death that I am somehow responsible for? Is he going to haunt my computer until the end of my days? NOOOOOO!!!
(disclaimer: No, I don't really think it's a ghost, but I have no idea what it is!)