Some progress

I used the Darknet Framework to produce the following images from Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”, similar to what’s done with Google Deep Dream.  It’s small step, but an important one.  The rendering took about 30 minutes, so the next step is to get GPU acceleration working.



Recovering from Surgery

I have had some big life changes lately, should have a lot more time on my hands.  I started an art project.  I haven’t made a formal artist’s statement yet, but the gist is a computer AI that makes art similar to Google Deep Dream or Deep Style.  I am going for something that can’t be dismissed by anyone as a philosophical zombie or merely an artist’s tool. I have started on the technical implementation, which will be using online, unsupervised learning.  Its design is deliberately aimed at removing any doubt that the machine is participating in art and expressing itself.  My approach reduces the programmer’s role as completely as possible and the machine takes on a independent life and existence of its own, growing just as we do.  A lifelong friend said the following about me and my project, which I thought was nice:

“If basically anyone else I know had posted that, I would wonder about their medication balance [due to unrealistic grandiosity]. You posting it, however, and I wonder how long it will take. “

Mad Max Powerwheels Build

Lexi wants a new Powerwheels car “available” only at Think Geek.

I contacted them trying to convince them to help me out with a few details of the build. Unfortunately, they didn’t retain any info to share. In case you were wondering, Lexi runs Barter  Town- so I have begun work and will be starting a build log of my own.

Physics Creepypasta

A creepypasta for physicists:

Marjorie Bawcum was, by all accounts, a little offbeat. She wasn’t exceptionally pretty, nor was she monstrously hideous. If anything, she was average: an IQ of 100, a height of 5’5, a C average in high school, and no major discernible features,…