The Vision Flashes are informal working papers intended primarily to stimulate internal interaction among participants in the A.I. Laboratory's Vision and Robotics group. Many of them report highly tentative conclusions or incomplete work. Others deal with highly detailed accounts of local equipment and programs that lack general interest. Still others are of great importance, but lack the polish and elaborate attention to proper referencing that characterizes the more formal literature. Nevertheless, the Vision Flashes collectively represent the only documentation of an important fraction of the work done in machine vision and robotics. The purpose of this report is to make the findings more readily available, but since they are not revised as presented here, readers should keep in mind the original purpose of the papers!