Talk:2776: Crystal Ball

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I added an explanation of spherical aberration and the tendency of light to distort around spherical objects, as well as the idea of how fisheye lenses use this principle to do their thing. Darkwolf0218 (talk) 01:01, 16 May 2023 (UTC)

Thank you, the spherical aberration discussion is much better than before. Much better than the optics course I took where they consistently failed to notice that spherical aberration is because the lens is the wrong shape; it is an engineering problem not a physics problem. 16:32, 21 May 2023 (UTC)

I can't seem to find the citation toolbar while editing on mobile. So dropping this here for a reference to ball lenses on fiber optic cables. Template:Cite web Iggynelix (talk) 12:37, 16 May 2023 (UTC)

We very rarely use Cites on this site. Just add a link (in alternate-word form to flow with the sentence, ideally).
I've never really used toolbar stuff (simple enough to tap in {s, }s, [s and ]s, as well as any <s and >s needed for HTML, etc), and it's simple to (eventually, perhaps checking via Preview that it's not totally messed up on the first go or two) work out what others did to add references and copy the style of the right kinds of them.
So if you want to mention a link to ball lenses, just do something like this. (PS., use the full ~~~~ when signing Talk contributions, I fixed yours without using the {{unsigned}} 'reminder'..) 14:28, 16 May 2023 (UTC)

Why am I now ear-wormed by "Beware of the Beautiful Stranger" by Clive James and Pete Atkin? "That ball needs a re-gun" I said, shelling out The future you see there has all come about" 17:56, 16 May 2023 (UTC)

I’m going to edit the part on the title text to be more broad, as Google isn’t the exclusive way to receive any kind of information on the internet 19:35, 16 May 2023 (UTC)

While we can all applaud the connection of spherical aberration to crystal balls, unfortunately the off-axis part of joke misses the mark as spherical aberration is an aberration that is generally uniform across the frame. 19:52, 16 May 2023 (UTC)

Yes, the comic seems to be confusing spherical aberration with coma, which makes it hard to produce a good explanation. I think the current reference to fisheye lenses, and distorted shapes, is a red herring. Spherical aberration rather appears as a lack of sharpness. 03:34, 18 May 2023 (UTC)

I'm new to the whole xkcd's websites and comic strips and I desire to meet some other xkcd fans as well!ArchaRaid (talk) 23:29, 16 May 2023 (UTC)