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Re: Too Cool not to post
« Reply #2970 on: April 24, 2019, 07:55:42 pm »
Only 11 million views, so I'm sure no one here has seen it yet:

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« Reply #2971 on: April 24, 2019, 08:03:04 pm »
Lost my cherry there, so BZ!
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« Reply #2972 on: April 24, 2019, 08:29:22 pm »
Only 11 million views, so I'm sure no one here has seen it yet:



When I started playing this I did not realize that it was posted by SpaceX to their YouTube channel. That makes it even better.
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« Reply #2974 on: April 25, 2019, 11:06:17 pm »
John Waters delivers the 2015 commencement speech at The Rhode Island School of Design.

John Waters is also the guy who said "We need to make reading cool again. If you go home with someone, and they don't have books, don't fuck them."
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« Reply #2975 on: April 26, 2019, 02:13:10 pm »
Amend and resubmit.

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« Reply #2976 on: April 26, 2019, 03:45:03 pm »
John Waters delivers the 2015 commencement speech at The Rhode Island School of Design.

John Waters is also the guy who said "We need to make reading cool again. If you go home with someone, and they don't have books, don't fuck them."
I married a woman who brought >1500 books with her, the ones she'd saved from Hurricane Katrina.
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« Reply #2977 on: May 24, 2019, 02:22:24 am »
Woah. A new AI can animate still images, including old paintings.

https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/22/mona-lisa-frown-machine-learning-brings-old-paintings-and-photos-to-life/

Check this shit out.

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« Reply #2978 on: May 24, 2019, 05:37:42 am »
Lisa, I hardly knew you. (that is so cool)

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« Reply #2979 on: June 03, 2019, 01:07:34 am »
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Did Canuck the crow swoop off with a knife from a Vancouver crime scene?

Crow in question appears to be the notorious Canuck


Tamara Baluja | CBC News | Posted: May 25, 2016 5:46 PM PT | Last Updated: May 27, 2016

Canuck the crow, Vancouver's most notorious bird, is being accused of flying away with a knife from a crime scene.

The crow has quite a reputation in Vancouver and its antics are regularly chronicled on social media, including a dedicated Facebook page that has a profile photo of the bird holding a knife in its beak.

Earlier on Tuesday, police had shot a man near Hastings and Cassiar streets. They were called to the scene of a car engulfed in flames. When they arrived, police said, they were confronted by a man with a knife.

Shots were fired and the man was arrested.

Vancouver Courier reporter Mike Howell said he saw the bird — which had a red tag on its leg as does Canuck — swoop in and pick up an object from inside an area cordoned off by police tape.

"A cop chased it for about 15 to 20 feet, and then the crow dropped it and took off," Howell told CBC.

"It was really strange. In my 20-plus years reporting from crime scenes, I've never seen anything like that crow trying to take a knife."

Vancouver police confirmed a bird did indeed take off with crime scene evidence.

"The crow was persistent, but the knife was eventually gathered as evidence," Const. Brian Montague said in an email.

The bird was also spotted sitting on the roof of the burned car and trying to get into a camera operator's gear.



The crow that flew off with the knife was also spotted perched on the roof of the burned car at the scene.
(Dan Toulgoet/Vancouver Courier)



Infamous bird

Among its other exploits, Canuck attacked a cyclist in East Vancouver last year and posed for a mock interview with CBC journalist Dan Burritt.



It was also spotted riding the SkyTrain.



This particular crow was raised by humans and is a common fixture around its East Vancouver neighbourhood.

Anatomy of a crime

Crows are known to be curious and intelligent creatures, so why would it pick up a knife?

Wayne Goodey, a zoology lecturer at UBC, said city crows are sometimes attracted to shiny things.

"They might associate a shiny foil with edibles or food wrapping from a restaurant," he said. "And they have no way of knowing it's not food until they put it in their beaks."

He also said the knife's green handle might have appeared like food to the crow and piqued its interest.

"It was a crime of opportunity."

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/crow-knife-crime-scene-1.3600299

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« Reply #2980 on: July 26, 2019, 07:22:59 pm »
Ugliest airplane I ever did see. Cool flying and lovely terrain, though



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« Reply #2981 on: July 26, 2019, 07:33:09 pm »
Ugliest airplane I ever did see. Cool flying and lovely terrain, though



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« Reply #2982 on: July 31, 2019, 09:59:04 am »
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This Photo Is Black And White. Here's The Science That Makes Your Brain See Colour

By Peter Dockrill | 30 JUL 2019

A bizarre and brilliantly effective optical illusion going viral on the internet tricks your brain into seeing a colour image… but if you look closer, you'll notice the photo you're staring at is only black and white.

Created by digital media artist and software developer Øyvind Kolås as a visual experiment, the technique, which Kolås calls the 'colour assimilation grid illusion', achieves its effect by simply laying a grid of selectively coloured lines over an original black-and-white image.

"An over-saturated coloured grid overlaid on a grayscale image causes the grayscale cells to be perceived as having colour," Kolås explains on his Patreon page.



So what's going on here to make our brains actually interpret this black-and-white picture as if it's full colour image?

According to vision scientist Bart Anderson from the University of Sydney, the effect we're seeing in this illusion isn't particularly surprising.

"The colour system is what vision scientists refer to as 'low pass', i.e., many of the receptive fields that code colour are quite large," Anderson told ScienceAlert.

"So the grids get 'averaged' with the achromatic background, which then gets attributed to that part of the image."

In other words, our brain kind of compresses visual information when we look at things, giving us an overall impression of what's there if we don't take the time to examine objects closely.

Or, you might say, a little bit of colour goes a long way.

If you've seen this illusion doing the rounds, you might notice this isn't the main image being shared.

Some of the people in that photo hadn't given permission for it to be shared online, and Kolås has asked for it not to be used, which is why we've put up one of his other examples instead.

The illusion isn't just created by using coloured grids, either. While Kolås finds grids offer the best effect, he's also played around with other ways of achieving the visual trick, using alternatives like dots and lines:



"The raster of dots gives a nice analogy to half-toning as used in print, where colour assimilation aids the optical mixture of colours that already happens before our visual system gets involved," Kolås explains on his Patreon page.

And here's an example using lines to create the same effect:



And another:



Most impressively of all, the way this illusion works doesn't seem to require static images.

In the video below, Kolås shows how even full-motion video with the grid overlay is able to trick the brain into thinking its seeing a colour image, all by virtue of the 'low pass' way our visual system attributes colour:



Amazing.
https://www.sciencealert.com/crazy-optical-illusion-makes-your-brain-see-colour-in-a-black-and-white-photo
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« Reply #2983 on: July 31, 2019, 06:16:27 pm »
I've looked at that picture of people with the coloured lines. All I see are grey (sometimes white) shirts and faces with coloured lines running through them.

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« Reply #2984 on: July 31, 2019, 07:59:50 pm »
I've looked at that picture of people with the coloured lines. All I see are grey (sometimes white) shirts and faces with coloured lines running through them.

That's pretty weird. I definitely see the colour, but knowing that it is an illusion lets me see that it's an illusion, if you know what I mean.
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