I usually don’t post stuff like this, but it’s so gloriously silly I can’t help it. And heaven knows we all need a laugh these days. TNW: Wikipedia titles you can sing to the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ theme song, tweeted. “A while back, XKCD – a webcomic you should definitely be following – published a list of Wikipedia articles that have the same syllable stress pattern as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song. You know, something like ‘Puerto Rico Lizard-Cuckoo.’ Well, this has been taken a step further by enterprising Twitter user, __eel__. They created a Twitter bot that only posts real life Wikipedia articles whose titles can be sung to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme.”
New Atlas: 24-hour webcam let’s you watch as engineers build NASA’s next Mars rover. “A newly-installed clean room webcam at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is giving members of the public a front row seat as technicians and engineers assemble the Mars 2020 rover. The robotic explorer will be accompanied by a helicopter equipped with a high-resolution camera when it launches to the Red Planet atop an Atlas V rocket next year.”
Boing Boing: This map shows the most Wikipedia’d residents of every town in the US. “From The Pudding: a zoomable people map that shows the name of the person with the most Wikipedia traffic for any given city.” I looked up my city and it was an actress I never heard of. My fault, not her; she’s apparently quite famous. Once again ResearchBuzz reminds me that I don’t know anything about anything.
NASA: NASA Invites Public to Submit Names to Fly Aboard Next Mars Rover. “Although it will be years before the first humans set foot on Mars, NASA is giving the public an opportunity to send their names — stenciled on chips — to the Red Planet with NASA’s Mars 2020 rover, which represents the initial leg of humanity’s first round trip to another planet. The rover is scheduled to launch as early as July 2020, with the spacecraft expected to touch down on Mars in February 2021.”
Wired: ‘Heaven’s Vault’ Is a Rare Videogame About the Art of Translation. “Heaven’s Vault is about the thrill and uncertainty of lost knowledge—about connecting to the past and to other people. It’s also about something I’ve never seen a videogame tackle in such detail before: the art of translation, of deciphering old languages and actually listening to what they tell us.”
Red Ferret: Death Metal AI – this neural network wants to rock. “We’ve seen a lot of interesting AI projects from romance novels to scripts. For your music fans there’s a new bot on the horizon. Relentless Doppelganger is the Death Metal rocker a neural network dreamed up. And it’s streaming 24/7.”
Laughing Squid: ‘You Can’t Take My Door’, A Country Song Created by a Neural Network That Studied a Catalog of Country Hits. “Elle O’Brien and a team from Botnik Studios created a predictive AI country song entitled ‘You Can’t Take My Door’. The song was created by training a neural network to learn country music hits and then produce one of its own. The song was then arranged and performed by humans. The accompanying video reflects all of the colorful imagery in the song.”