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Busket Posket
Feb 5, 2010




Who wants ice cream?!?

Not me anymore!

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Busket Posket
Feb 5, 2010




ToxicSlurpee posted:

There are actually a few actors that have made careers out of the fact that they have weird genetic defects that make them look all creepy and weird. There's one guy that basically looks like a goblin.



There is no makeup involved. The guy genuinely looks like that. He isn't an A-list actor but the main thing that gets him work is that his resume includes "looks really loving weird." Apparently in most of his appearances they don't put makeup on him they just put him in front of a camera and that's that. His name is Michael Berryman, by the way.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Berryman

You've probably seen him in at least one movie.

Michael Berryman was featured in a PBS series called "Your Inner Fish," where they explored parts of human anatomy as they've evolved from sea creatures. It's fascinating, and Berryman appeared in a segment on how everything from skin to teeth to organs relies on folding instructions from a specific gene, and the lack of those instructions led to his ectodermal dysplasia — he was born with no hair, no teeth, no nails, missing large bits of flesh, no sweat glands, and some other things.

Some people with ectodermal dysplasia develop cone- or peg-shaped teeth.



Busket Posket
Feb 5, 2010




Alain Perdrix posted:

Her work has come up in here before – this is by Aleksandra Waliszewska. She's extremely prolific, so if you want (a whole lot) more, here's her Tumblr: http://waliszewska.tumblr.com/

THANK YOU. It's been bugging me since that post, and only remembering enough to search for "painting series white cat female artist" got a bajillion hits of fluffy kittens and no creepy Polish cat.

She's so good and unsettling.

Busket Posket
Feb 5, 2010














for peeled skin

for skin flakes

Busket Posket
Feb 5, 2010




Amazon has a Giveaways section, where you can enter to win certain products by either just clicking on an Enter Now button, or by having to watch an ad for the product before entering.



This felted cat bed looked like a cute and cozy spot for the cat — I bet the ad is adorable!

It is not adorable. God, please give me those 30 seconds back.

Busket Posket
Feb 5, 2010




The grandchild of Deep Dream — aka “the program that made everything into eyes” — is the Generative Adversarial Network, or GAN, a program that gathers basic parameters from existing images and makes its own from scratch. Results so far are... unsettling.

Clocks! Not too terrible; kinda like what they look like in dreams.





People shopping, a shopping cart, and a streetcar:







Now here’s where it goes a bit awry, when you ask it for furry mammals:





























What about spiders? Those can’t get much creepier. Can they?









Oh no. Calm down, let’s get you your teddy bear, okay?







No no no, back to the animals:














If you want to read about the technology, the paper is here: https://openreview.net/pdf?id=B1xsqj09Fm

Busket Posket
Feb 5, 2010




The authors of the leading paper on BigGAN have made their whole collection of AI-produced images public, if you need to move directly to a loft in beautiful downtown Uncanny Valley.

BigGAN, show me humans:

Busket Posket
Feb 5, 2010




More GAN fun!

https://twitter.com/mcreed/status/1...9090921473?s=21

edit: Click through to see more terrible things

Busket Posket
Feb 5, 2010




I posted before about the creepy glory of neural-network-made pictures, and now we can talk about Tumblr’s NSFW filter, open_nsfw, which loves to see dicks in everything and make dicks itself.

Here are “neutral scenes,” judged neither SFW or NSFW:





And the SFW scenes:







And now, what open_nsfw considers porn (linked for vaguely genitalia-shaped things):

Dickginabutt

Boobs? Balls? Who knows?

A butt dripping into a butt, forever

Now, the problems arise when open_nsfw sees scenes like these as equally pornographic as the dicks ‘n butts. These are also considered NSFW so I’ll link them, but you’ll be disappointed.

I guess if you squint it’s dicks?

Maybe a ghost dick?

So a lot of art and photos on Tumblr are getting flagged for removal because the old Yahoo neural network they use to catch it can see dicks in everything from a pastoral pasture scene to a fractal to a photo of you and your bald friend. And this is what they’re relying on while pornbots are currently running rampant.

As a final trick, you can ask open_nsfw to show you a particular scene, at both SFW and NSFW extremes. Here’s “concert” set for SFW:



And at maximum NSFW, it makes its own giant dick singer with glowing eyes:

Does it hold the mic to the urethra?

See more data here, (https://open_nsfw.gitlab.io/) but don’t click at work because the datasets have the stuff just right there for the world to see. Unless you work at Cronenberg Genitals Ltd., then it’s just research.

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Busket Posket
Feb 5, 2010




(Nothing morbid or super gory, but Not Safe For Life for image of large branching blood clot) Doctors Aren’t Sure How This Even Came Out of a Patient: Somehow, a man coughed up an intact blood clot shaped like a lung passage

A 36-year-old man coughed up a blood-clot-cast of the breathing passages of his right lung. All in one piece. He died a week later from complications of heart failure.

Busket Posket
Feb 5, 2010




Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) are getting pretty good at creating people (source images from Flickr on the right, successive generations of composites to the left):


(click for big)

But cats, still not so much.











And so many available cat images have macro text, that the software accepts the floating white shapes with black outlines as part of the visual definition of CAT



Busket Posket
Feb 5, 2010




Ariong posted:

Earlier I posted what turned out to be the first in a series of videos called ⏩, or Fast Forward if you don’t have an emoji keyboard handy. Each one is a youTube video from a future. It is a horror series in the style of Black Mirror, which imagines what might happen when the technology which we are currently working so hard toward meets the less savory aspects of humanity which come so easily to us. I find the latest one to be the scariest yet. The first one had effects which impacted the whole universe, the second a country, but this latest one focuses on the plight of a single person. Do check out the content warnings if you’re at all squeamish, this one is a bit of a tough watch.

Stealing Our Friend's Brain Backup PRANK (GONE WRONG!!!) 🤯🤯🤯
https://youtu.be/3L1QIJ9PQ2M
Content Warnings:existential horror, psychological torture, asphyxiation, involuntary release of urine, and super annoying youTube personalities.

Tom Scott is amazing at these realistic alt-reality videos. Before ⏩ he did videos like:

Welcome to Life: The singularity, ruined by lawyers https://youtu.be/IFe9wiDfb0E

Oversight: Thank you for volunteering, citizen https://youtu.be/RIuf1V1FhpY

Warning: Humans https://youtu.be/OcPqk-O-fD4

Busket Posket
Feb 5, 2010




Someone trained a neural network (pix2pix) to take input and adapt it to a specified output, in this case “Turn these sketches into human faces”. Janelle Shane of aiweirdness.com calls this set “Pix 2 Abomination.”









Busket Posket
Feb 5, 2010




BigGAN, show me horses. Oh, you don’t have parameters for “horse” but you do have “horse cart” — let’s do that!



Hmm. We need fancy horses! Mix in some hornbills and flamingos!



Too fancy! Dial it back! Mix “horse cart” with “anemone fish” and “great grey owl.”









Busket Posket
Feb 5, 2010




Milo and POTUS posted:

Why, was your monitor off

oh holky gently caress

Busket Posket
Feb 5, 2010




HAPPY MAYFLY SEASON Y’ALL



This was a gas station in Slidell, Louisiana this time last year:

Busket Posket
Feb 5, 2010




There’s nothing like sweeping a writhing, buzzing pile away from the front doormat because people keep tracking half-mayflies onto the carpet. They also got into the air ducts and kept dropping from the ceiling at random intervals.

They don’t bite or sting but they do block windows.

Busket Posket
Feb 5, 2010




Ick at flying bitey ants. We also get “love bugs”, so named because they mate and stay stuck together until they die, 2-3 days later. They don’t bite, but they do swarm over buildings, cars, and people, and their guts eat away at paint. Local car washes will offer special heated bug gut cleaner when it’s love bug season.







Busket Posket
Feb 5, 2010




Wild T posted:

We'd also get massive swarms of gypsy moth caterpillars. They spin big communal web sacks in the crotches of trees and venture out to eat all the drat leaves they can find. My neighborhood had a lot of trees around and if the city wasn't on top of spraying there'd be hundreds of them wobbling around in the street or grass, getting run over by cars or eaten by birds and dogs. The nests would look like thick sheets of cobweb with a mass of dark, squirming worms inside. If you were in the woods, every now and then one would fall onto your head.

No no no no no

I went to get pictures of the giant spider webs from Australia or Greece and found there was a similar phenomenon in Dallas, TX, which is only 4 hours from me. Probably less if you’re traveling via windborne web and there’s no traffic. No no no no no.







Busket Posket
Feb 5, 2010




veni veni veni posted:

That's not a spider web and I don't think the ones above are either. It's where caterpillars gestate. I see those in the mountains all of the time in the spring. Imo they are actually kind of fun to look at.

Re: the ones from Dallas:

“‘At first, it was so white it looked like fairyland,’ said Donna Garde, superintendent of the park about 45 miles east of Dallas. ‘Now it's filled with so many mosquitoes that it's turned a little brown. There are times you can literally hear the screech of millions of mosquitoes caught in those webs.’

As creepy as it is, it's not the work of one giant spider, but a community of thousands. No one knows exactly why the spiders joined forces, but it's a surprising level of cooperation among the eight-legged engineers that has even insect experts scratching their heads...”

Busket Posket
Feb 5, 2010




The new Lindemann video is made up of an AI-generated series of images, many of them morphing between human faces, and pausing at the midpoints can give you some good doe-network levels of nightmare fuel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obY4c9aqUqs

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Busket Posket
Feb 5, 2010




Enjoy Jack Stauber’s “New Normal”:

https://youtu.be/b4lNq4nhdDQ

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