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June 05 2017

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Oil Study, 6 x 8in
This new study will be up on Every Day Original tomorrow at 11:45 am eastern time. A larger work is in progress. Tentative title: “Drift.”

So I just finished my second day of teaching reading classes.

Favorite quote from a student so far: when asked about his dreams for what he’d like to do in the future, one 5th grader said he wanted to be a mercenary and a baker and live in a tree house in the jungle, and bake treats for all the animals, and when it flooded, they could come take shelter in his tree house. My fifth grade class then began planning an elaborate future in which all of them were part of creating his ecological wildlife shelter in the jungle, down to who would design and who would build the tree houses.

Upon some gentle questioning after class, I learned that he had mixed up “mercenary” with “jungle explorer”, but I think the original would make a great movie, starring someone like Dwayne Johnson or Vin Diesel.

Just imagine: A mercenary retreats from civilization in his jungle tree house between jobs and takes up baking as a hobby to relax. Then there is a flood and he ends up rescuing the animals in alternately terrifying and adorable action sequences, and trying to live in his tree house, grumbling at them because they keep getting into the food he’s baking and sleeping in his bed. Then he learns about some corporate threat of deforestation to his area of the jungle and calls his old mercenary unit back together to fight for his tree house home and the habitat of the animals he has now reluctantly grown fond of. Someone, make this movie.

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Behold: the first written use of fuckfrom 1528, inscribed by a monk who seems to have been pretty pissed off with an abbot.


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June 04 2017

New paint colors invented by neural network


So if you’ve ever picked out paint, you know that every infinitesimally different shade of blue, beige, and gray has its own descriptive, attractive name. Tuscan sunrise, blushing pear, Tradewind, etc… There are in fact people who invent these names for a living. But given that the human eye can see millions of distinct colors, sooner or later we’re going to run out of good names. Can AI help?

For this experiment, I gave the neural network a list of about 7,700 Sherwin-Williams paint colors along with their RGB values. (RGB = red, green, and blue color values) Could the neural network learn to invent new paint colors and give them attractive names?

One way I have of checking on the neural network’s progress during training is to ask it to produce some output using the lowest-creativity setting. Then the neural network plays it safe, and we can get an idea of what it has learned for sure.

By the first checkpoint, the neural network has learned to produce valid RGB values - these are colors, all right, and you could technically paint your walls with them. It’s a little farther behind the curve on the names, although it does seem to be attempting a combination of the colors brown, blue, and gray.

By the second checkpoint, the neural network can properly spell green and gray. It doesn’t seem to actually know what color they are, however.

Let’s check in with what the more-creative setting is producing.

…oh, okay.

Later in the training process, the neural network is about as well-trained as it’s going to be (perhaps with different parameters, it could have done a bit better - a lot of neural network training involves choosing the right training parameters). By this point, it’s able to figure out some of the basic colors, like white, red, and grey:

Although not reliably.

In fact, looking at the neural network’s output as a whole, it is evident that:

  1. The neural network really likes brown, beige, and grey.
  2. The neural network has really really bad ideas for paint names.
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today in “clothing I wish I could get away with wearing”

@general-fan-girl Duuuuude Tell me Ariedon Would wear this Cuz then nothing’s stopping me from drawing him in one or all of these



inside your body is PITCH BLACK your cells do all of that in the DARK

thats scary i hope theyre okay in there

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this is the kind of modern art I love….



cool concept + solid execution = mind blown

I love how some of them look like they’re trying to reflect real life and the natural world and then you get ones like “WHAT ABOUT AN ANGRY FISH”


June 03 2017

Stars. Trees breathe in starlight year after year, and it goes deep into their bones. So when you cut a tree open, you smell a hundred years’ worth of light. Ancient starlight that took millions of years to reach earth. That’s why trees smell so beautiful and old.
— Frances O'Roark Dowell (via mestlavie)
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Troels Carlsen,

acrylic and gouache on 19th century anatomical print, 37 x 27 cm , 2016.

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Not sure why this park thought the first two sign language words they needed to teach to kids were “Ghost” and “Run”

June 02 2017

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Tristan Elwell - Mother Ocean, Daughter Sea

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June 01 2017

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i’m having an existential crisis

I am so sorry, but this is actually probably true. Plants co evolved to reward us for cultivating and propagating them. It’s called exorphin theory, and plants are pretty much just using us as their means of reproduction. That’s why humans show nearly every sign of species domestication. Have a good night, friend.

Trees are superior and I completely accept this.

I, for one, welcome our arboreal overlords.

All hail the botanical overlords.

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Claudia Fontes at the Argentinian Pavillon, Venice Biennale. 

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