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.”
Digital Information World: How You Can Watch the Unsearchable yet Addictive Default Filename Videos on YouTube. “Once YouTube was filled with random videos where people filmed their daily lives. But now the platform is more about the trailers of movies, commercials, and other fancy stuff. Defaultfile.name is a website which plays the YouTube videos that were uploaded with the camera’s default filename.”
The Silhouette: McMaster alumna promotes STEM satire through new website. “After completing an undergraduate degree in chemistry and masters in chemical engineering at McMaster University, Lexa Graham embarked on a new path. She performed in stand-up comedy shows and wrote for satire sites like The Onion and CBC Comedy. After identifying a gap in the market for satirical science content, she launched [DNAtured] on Feb. 21.” Like The Onion, but for STEM topics. I liked it.
It’s (almost) Saturday, so from 103.3 AMP radio: New Twitter Account Tracks Which Dogs You Can Pet in Video Games. “What is the point of a dog you can’t pet? Without petting, we are left to just be the creep that makes noises and smiles insanely as our four-legged friends walk into our lives. It’s a car you can’t drive, the ice cream you can’t eat, an ultimate injustice in this world and any other. They might as well be goldfish without this simple, most basic expression of animal affection.”
MakeUseOf: You Can Now Try the CERN Web Browser From 1990. “CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) has rebuilt what was essentially the first web browser in the world. This means you can now see what surfing the World Wide Web was like back in 1990, using an application fittingly called WorldWideWeb.”
RIT News: Student MSD team recreates 16th century reading wheel . “Matt Nygren is a fifth-year mechanical engineering student who recently finished a unique multidisciplinary senior design project. Nygren worked with three other fifth-year mechanical engineering students, Ian Kurtz ’18, Reese Salen ’18 and Maher Abdelkawi, to recreate a piece of 16th century technology: Ramelli’s Rotating Reader.”
Not quite in the wheelhouse, but I love it, I write fanfiction, and I have a close family member who’s an aspie. So, from UCI News: UCI-led study finds Harry Potter fan fiction challenges cultural stereotypes of autism. “Online publishing platforms and digital media can provide opportunities for nonmainstream groups to push back against and offer alternatives to the simplistic stereotypes presented in literature and popular culture. A study led by the University of California, Irvine focused on Harry Potter fan fiction and discovered that autistic people, family members, teachers and advocates cast autistic characters in their stories in diverse ways that challenge typical representations.”