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February 12, 2020

Hey, Kitty, come on out to play!

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Just because it's drizzling doesn't mean Miss Priss has to be all about staying dry such that once she feels a raindrop or three on her paw, she prefers to remain inside.

Hmmph.

February 12, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

thispersondoesnotexist.com

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Videre est credere.

From the Guardian:

Designed by former Uber engineer Phil Wang, thispersondoesnotexist.com makes use of a code called StyleGAN (short for generative adversarial network).

Wang has utilized this code to create a seemingly endless stream of faces.

"Our sensitivity to faces, when you really think about it, is a product of evolution for successful mating. What the site really demonstrates is that even for a data distribution that we are so well crafted to understand as human beings, the machine can pick apart all the relevant features and recompose them in a way that’s coherent."

February 12, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

TaranTula

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I only learned of the existence of this wonderful piece via a casual aside in a comment by Ms. Radoo on my Louise Bourgeois post of February 5.

It was created in 2015 by Taos, New Mexico-based sculptor Christina Sporrong, and has since traveled to New Orleans and Austin.

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From the TaranTula website:

TaranTula is a large steel tarantula. Standing dynamically at 18 feet tall, her eight legs are perforated like a dried saguaro cactus and filled with an array of LED's that respond in bright colors to sound.

She has a web that can be climbed to so as to allow people to hover within the abdomen of this giant arachnid.

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She is not to be feared: rather, she asks for keen recognition of her long cast shadows, her bright lights, and her interactivity. 

TaranTula can be experienced in Santa, Fe, New Mexico.

February 12, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Happy Valley

I'd never heard of this BBC series until Flautist called my attention to it last week.

I've since watched three episodes of Season 1 and am slow watching the final three, which will also be the case with the six in Season 2.

Superb, very unlike my usual spy and sci-fi fare on Netflix.

A wonderful cast, as is so often the case comprised of actors previously unknown to me.

The multiple story lines were already laid out by the end of the first episode, and seemed to emerge organically from the characters' behavior rather than being forced into the goings-on. 

Highest possible recommendation.

February 12, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Industrial Strength Krazy Glue

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Careful.

From the website:

• For crafting and magnets

• Impact resistant

• Made in Japan

• 0.7 oz bottle

The closure offers you a fighting chance at getting multiple uses from the container, unlike those stupid tubes whose tip you pierce with a needle or pin.

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$7.99.

February 12, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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