Year: 2020

Christmas cards coming

I’m sorry everyone, I should be stuffing my Christmas cards into envelopes to get them mailed, but I’m writing a blog post instead! Soon I’ll publish a fun blog post about a wonderful (and relatively unknown) artist I discovered at the Art Institute of Chicago this year. You’ll get your Christmas cards soon. Getting them …

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dollar bundle deals from humble

Fun bundles of books for one dollar

I’ve come to appreciate the $1 bundle from @humble. This bundle “Get Crafty” has six books including, “Tiny World of Terrariums” At any given time, Humble usually always has around six book bundle deals going on. Every bundle has different levels. There’s always the $1 bundle with a handful of books. The $8 bundle has …

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The better date format: YYYYMMDD, DDMMYYYY, or MMDDYYYY?

Do you ever put the date in your filename on your computer? If so, what date format do you use? Take today, January 9, 2020. Here’s some ways you could date your file: “Jan 9, 2020” “1-9-2020” “9-Jan-2020” “09-01-2020” “2020-01-09” “20200109” I love dating all my files and folders on my computer using the last …

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The shoes of Chicago by Vickey Tesmer

If you had to pick a pair of shoes that personifies you, what shoes would they be? Artist Vicky Tesmer created a series of fine watercolors depicting a variety of Chicagoans wearing their shoes. This exhibit, “Portrait of Chicago” is up in the Chicago Cultural Center until January 10, 2020. Rappers, students, surgeons, nurses, businessmen, …

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Super Duper Fun Potatoes logo in style of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles logo

Finding phrases that match the syllable stress pattern of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Have you seen this tool that makes any phrase into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles logo? GEEEEEEEE! Just type any words in, and MAGICALLY your words transform into the TMNT logo. It’s incredible. I love it love it love it. Here’s Super Duper Fun Potatoes. Why does this incredible tool exist? This tool came about …

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Photographing the inside of our shopping bags and refrigerators

Sometimes when I go errand shopping at Target, I’ll photograph the contents of my bag at the self checkout. It’s fun seeing the collection of the stuff you regularly pick up. Fun to me anyways. I should photograph the inside of our fridge some day. I’d love to see a photograph of the inside of …

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Using Machine Learning techniques on babies

Programs like deepart.io are so fascinating. You give the program a photograph and an artwork, and then it transforms the photograph to look like the style of the art. A photo from my parents wedding combined with Juan Gris’ “Portrait of Picasso” generates a cool result. That’s a deep learning algorithm called neural style transfer. …

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Recording children singing in stereo

One of my favorite podcasts is Random Tape. The description reads, “A cabinet of auditory wonders for the 21st century.” An older description captures the podcast better, “Random Tape is a radio show that features bizarre voice messages, rants, poetry, music, found recordings and other Random sounds.” The most recent episode, “Este Mundo“, is a …

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