Boing Boing: Neural net turns music from YouTube into cursed choral and string renditions. “Via Waxy, GAN.STYLE is a ‘cursed generator [that] resynthesizes audio from YouTube using a neural net trained on choral and strings recordings.’” Creepy yet interesting.
Mashable: NASA’s Perseverance has a little ‘family portrait’ Easter egg. “The Perseverance rover made its monumental landing on Mars on Feb. 18 and it has already sent thousands of raw images back to Earth. Hidden in photos of the rover itself is a ‘bumper sticker’ with icons of NASA’s previous Mars rover missions, Space pointed out.”
Boing Boing: A fascinating website with the source photos for the people on the cover of Sgt. Pepper
Boing Boing: A fascinating website with the source photos for the people on the cover of Sgt. Pepper. “Here’s a guy who, for the last several years, has been trying to track down the source photos of the people who appeared on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The Beatles’ eighth studio album.”
WJLA: Smithsonian hints at reopening of Arts and Industries Building after 15-year closure. “It seems as if new life is finally being breathed into the Smithsonian’s second-oldest building, which has been closed since 2006. On the National Mall, the Arts and Industries Building is nestled between the Smithsonian Castle and the Hirshhorn Museum. A new Twitter account was launched Monday morning.”
CNBC: Watch the first ever video of NASA landing a rover on Mars. “NASA on Monday released first-of-its-kind video of a spacecraft landing on another planet, as multiple cameras captured its Perseverance rover touching down on the surface of Mars.”
Spotted on Twitter: Iceberger. From the front page which is really the only page: “Draw an iceberg and see how it will float.” That’s it. Fascinating. I couldn’t find a button to erase the iceberg and draw another one but just reloading the page did the trick.
The Next Web: Become a sentient AI on the run from your evil ex in this ‘radically inclusive’ management game
The Next Web: Become a sentient AI on the run from your evil ex in this ‘radically inclusive’ management game. “A Long Journey to an Uncertain End is an upcoming strategy management game from recently-founded studio Crispy Creative. I’ve had my hands on a demo for the past few weeks and I can sincerely say it’s my most anticipated game of the year. The game (we’ll call it ALJ for short) is a gorgeous mashup of space opera, crew/time management, and deep storytelling. It’s set in a far future that conjures up Firefly, Cowboy Bebop, and The 5th Element in equal parts while also revealing a completely original world.”
The Guardian: Indigenous Photograph: a resource for visual storytelling – in pictures. “Natives Photograph began in 2018 as a database of indigenous visual storytellers from across north America, providing a resource for those wishing to hire more inclusively – since mainstream narratives historically have been largely in the hands of non-indigenous people. Relaunched as Indigenous Photograph the site is expanding into a global community of photographers who seek to bring balance to the way stories are told about indigenous people.” Wonderful photography.
NASA: NASA’s Perseverance Rover Sends Sneak Peek of Mars Landing. “Unlike with past rovers, the majority of Perseverance’s cameras capture images in color. After landing, two of the Hazard Cameras (Hazcams) captured views from the front and rear of the rover, showing one of its wheels in the Martian dirt. Perseverance got a close-up from NASA’s eye in the sky, as well: NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance. Orbiter, which used a special high-resolution camera to capture the spacecraft sailing into Jezero Crater, with its parachute trailing behind.”
Nerdist: Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night Is the Newest LEGO Set. “LEGO Ideas has announced its newest batch of fan submissions that will be produced and sold. The small group includes a set designed by Truman Cheng. It pays tribute to both Vincent van Gogh and one of his most famous pieces by turning ‘The Starry Night’ painting into a three-dimensional work unto itself.”
CNBC: How to put Bernie Sanders into any shot on Google Maps Street View or Snapchat. “An image of Sen. Bernie Sanders became an instant sensation Wednesday after the senator was photographed sitting cross-armed in knit mittens, a mask and a winter parka at President Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony. Before long, the image had spread far and wide as a reaction meme. People also quickly figured out how to help people make their own Bernie memes using Snapchat and a meme generator that uses Google Maps Street View.”
Mashable: This clever bot turns Reddit arguments into video game scenes. “On Sunday, 24-year-old software engineer Micah Price from Cape Town, South Africa, unveiled what can only be described as a niche-but-genius creation: a bot that takes everyday arguments on Reddit and has them play out in the style of scenes from Ace Attorney, Capcom’s animated courtroom-based video game series. The end result is a gloriously dramatic affair that shines a whole new spotlight on Reddit’s comment section.”
The Next Web: New AI Scrabble mod only allows words that don’t exist. “A festive game of Scrabble is a time-tested method of surviving the extended company of obnoxious family members. But losing to a crabby relative can make their company even worse. But this year, uncle Nigel (name changed to protect identity) will face a different challenge. Thanks to a new AI version of the classic board game, his distressing knowledge of the dictionary will be of no use at all — because real words no longer count.”
Ars Technica: Stroll down memory lane with this 1996 instructional video on How To Internet. “The Internet Archive’s extensive library is a veritable treasure trove of digital content, including media from now-defunct formats like VHS, with the goal of preserving our cultural heritage. Case in point: a 1996 video, Everything You Need To Know About… Introduction to the Internet (listed as 95021 in what one assumes is a series), was recently uploaded to the archive.” 1996 is the year my first book came out. I’m old. Get off my lawn.