Arbitrary Image Stylization in the Browser is an algorithm that will take any two pictures and apply the style of both of them to a third picture.
For an example, I took two posters from the Spanish Civil War that are out of copyright, i.e., Victoria and Izquierda, and I applied those styles to the official picture of President Trump on Wikipedia. The following was the result:
I did something similar with my avatar.
It took a couple of minutes to run on my computer. It helps to close a few tabs. The results were consistently interesting. Recommended.
Nick Cave answers questions from his fans. His response answering a question on grief and communicating with the dead is simply great:
“It seems to me, that if we love, we grieve. That’s the deal. That’s the pact. Grief and love are forever intertwined. Grief is the terrible reminder of the depths of our love and, like love, grief is non-negotiable. There is a vastness to grief that overwhelms our minuscule selves. We are tiny, trembling clusters of atoms subsumed within grief’s awesome presence. It occupies the core of our being and extends through our fingers to the limits of the universe. Within that whirling gyre all manner of madnesses exist; ghosts and spirits and dream visitations, and everything else that we, in our anguish, will into existence. These are precious gifts that are as valid and as real as we need them to be. They are the spirit guides that lead us out of the darkness.”
—Nick Cave. “Issue #6.” The Red Hand Files. October 2018.
SingularityNET, the decentralized AI network, has released the first episode of a new graphic novel called The Dreams of Satoshi. The story is set in 2045 and users can view the episode for free.
Manyverse is an alpha Android app for Scuttlebutt, the off-grid social network. It needs a lot of work at this point. But, it’s an interesting model I hope gets some traction.
If you need a pub server, try: http://ssb.learningsocieties.org
There are others software efforts that are similar. Compare Manyverse to Riot.im, Keybase, Mastodon, the Safe Network, and others.
“Intra protects you from DNS manipulation, a cyber attack used to block access to news sites, social media platforms and messaging apps.”
An app from Google’s Jigsaw Team that incorporates encrypted DNS lookups that come stock in 9 into older versions of Android. Not as good as using a VPN, but better than nothing.