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They should wait until winter 2018. (via BlvckGrip)

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They should wait until winter 2018. (via BlvckGrip)

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"At night we call it 'the moon.'"
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joshua-wright: The guilty shall receive no mercy from Janet.

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The guilty shall receive no mercy from Janet.

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Secret studio installed under a bridge in an undisclosed location

Contributed by Fernando Abellanas / @lebrelfurniture

I would like to present my latest project related to huts. Not the type of idyllic hut you would find in the middle of the woods but rather tiny spaces recovered from the city itself were you can hide from the city’s hectic pace. These are locations that due to its architecture, location or size have become useless and people hardly notice when walking by. When we discover, analyze and inhabit these places it reminds us of the feelings of isolation, peace and protection we experienced during childhood when hiding under the dining table surrounded with a long table cloth all around.

This project is just one of a long list of spaces I have discovered along the years and acted upon in some way.

In this case I wanted to make use of the structure under a bridge and use it as rails to drive a simple hut along the beams. At the end of the route the moving hut structure meets the furniture that makes it a useful and homely space.

In this way the approaching action creates a dialogue between isolation and protection (5 meters above ground) and the joining of hut and furniture, house and home, body and soul.

All of this in an environment where vegetation and concrete live together.

Video, Photos: José Manuel Pedrajas

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I found it! The globes & plants place in #Amsterdam! Still...

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I found it! The globes & plants place in #Amsterdam! Still don’t know what this is — someone’s home? But, am satisfied having by seen it with my own 👁️👁️ and getting The Photo. (➡️tourist⬅️) http://ift.tt/2swTxyG

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Where do ideas come from?

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In this video, creators like David Lynch, Susan Orlean, Tracy Clayton, and Chuck Close share their thoughts on the creative process and where new ideas come from. For some, inspiration strikes. For others, new ideas come from copying someone else’s old ideas imperfectly. For artist Chuck Close, ideas are generated through the process of working:

I always said, “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” Every great idea came out of work. Everything. If you sit around and wait for a bolt of lightning to hit you in the skull, you may never get a good idea.

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Terrible Broadway musicals imagined by neural network

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Neural networks are a kind of machine learning program modeled very loosely after the human brain. By looking at a dataset and tuning the connections between their own virtual neurons, neural networks can learn to imitate the original dataset. Powerful neural networks can do impressive things, like translate languages, recognize faces, and even describe scenes in words.

The neural networks I use, however, have the approximate processing power of an earthworm.

Granted, it’s an earthworm that has put its entire tiny brain to the sole task of learning the dataset: I’ve taught neural networks to invent cookbook recipes, name cats and guinea pigs, and even write Harry Potter fan fiction, all with some degree of success.

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What would a neural network make of Broadway musicals? Thanks to lyricist Robby Sandler, we have a chance to find out. Robby pulled a list of over 10,000 Broadway plays and musicals (names, starting dates, closing dates, and total number of performances from the Internet Broadway Database, and I gave them to the open-source char-rnn framework written by Andrej Karpathy.

The first thing I noticed was the time travel.

Mh Radpor
Play, Comedy

Opening: Aep 00, 1969
Closing: Ser 30, 1917
Closing: May 11, 1922
Performance Count: 15

Santen Sos    
Play

Opening: Nov 19, 1906
Closing: Cov 19, 1907
Closing: May 29, 1923
Closing: Fec 24, 1929
Closing: Jat 19, 1927
Closing: May 1935
Performance Count: 14 

Apparently, the plays produced by the neural network in its early stages were so bad that multiple teams of time travelers (or perhaps one very, very determined traveler) had to travel back in time to close them not only decades before they opened, but also retroactively in multiple alternate timelines.

One play called “The Gore” was so powerful that even closing the play 17 times over at least three timelines still resulted in 24 performances.

The Gore    
Play, Comedy

Opening: May 19, 1919
Closing: Jay 19, 1920
Closing: May 19, 1922
Closing: May 19, 1924
Closing: May 19, 1932
Closing: May 19, 1919
Closing: Nov 19, 1922
Closing: May 19, 1919
Closing: Nov 19, 1927
Closing: May 19, 1925
Closing: May 19, 1927
Closing: May 19, 1922
Closing: May 19, 1917
Closing: May 19, 1932
Closing: May 19, 1925
Closing: May 19, 1925
Closing: May 19, 1921
Performance Count: 24

As the neural network progressed in its learning, the situation got less dire, but causality remained highly optional. The plays now only close once, but remain still really weird, and probably quite bad.

The Girls of Hurk    
Play, Comedy
Opening: Mar 17, 1991
Closing: May 05, 1980
Performance Count: 151

Meatlick    
Musical, Comedy
Opening: Mar 28, 1928
Closing: Nov 02, 1929
Performance Count: 133

The Wither Bean    
Musical, Comedy
Opening: Sep 11, 1920
Closing: Jan 1936
Performance Count: 25

Mep and the .    
Musical, Revue
Opening: Jan 04, 1906
Closing: Apr 25, 1901
Performance Count: 58

Worms and Ram    
Play
Opening: Nov 24, 1918
Closing: Feb 1919
Performance Count: 12 

Is a Boot    
Play, Melodrama
Opening: Feb 03, 1900
Closing: Feb 1900
Performance Count: 22

Hot Stans    
Play
Opening: Feb 17, 1943
Closing: Mar 20, 1945
Performance Count: 1 

The Burking Ding of 190 Bour Dadige    
Play, Comedy
Opening: Sep 24, 1929
Closing: Jan 1938
Performance Count: 55

The neural network also seemed, for mysterious reasons, to zero in on butt-related plays.

Butt    
Play, Comedy
Opening: Jun 09, 1899
Closing: Nov 1906
Performance Count: 1

Bum    
Play, Play with music
Opening: Feb 12, 1930
Closing: Mar 1922
Performance Count: 1

Fart    
Play
Opening: Oct 13, 1923
Closing: Apr 03, 1927
Performance Count: 23

Buttosty    
Play, Comedy
Opening: May 14, 1907
Closing: Apr 1908
Performance Count: 12

Bun Life    
Play
Opening: Mar 06, 1995
Closing: Apr 22, 1999
Performance Count: 175

The Old Farting    
Play, Melodrama
Opening: May 24, 1927
Closing: Mar 01, 1926
Performance Count: 48

And, in addition to a continuing disregard for causality, there emerged a last category of plays and musicals that seemed strangely significant. 

The Siri    
Play
Opening: Nov 14, 1932
Closing: Sep 1914
Performance Count: 12

Bot Five    
Play, Comedy
Opening: Oct 25, 1958
Closing: Sep 02, 1959
Performance Count: 256

The Romance of the Bot    
Play
Opening: May 14, 1923
Closing: Jun 1924
Performance Count: 109

Perhaps “bot” is simply a highly-probable English word. Perhaps “butt” is, too. Or perhaps the neural network has examined the total creative output of 100+ years of Broadway, and is letting us know what it likes best.

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I would totally pay for a ticket to an off-Broadway Sunday matinee production of The Romance of the Bot. I might even become a sponsor just so I could put my ad in the playbill.
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