Last November, I told you how much I loved Tune: Vanishing Point, the first volume in Derek Kirk Kim's alien abduction romcom series of graphic novels. It ended on a hell of a cliff-hanger, and I've been eagerly anticipating book two, Tune: Still Life, which comes out this week.
I wasn't disappointed. Kim (who teams up with illustrator Les McClaine for this volume) continues to spin out an absolutely charming story of a slacker art-student who inadvertently signs himself up to be a human exhibit in an advanced alien race's zoo for lesser species. Andy Go, the hero of the series, spends volume two working out the awful truth of his predicament, bemoaning his terrible romantic luck, befriending a variety of aliens (including one who recruits him to be her art-teacher) and discovering that his alternate-dimension doppelgangers are total douchebags.
As with book one, Still Life strikes just the right balance between situation comedy, romance, and thoughtful insights about art, hubris and creativity. And as with book one, it ends on another damnable cliffhanger, and another long wait to find out what happens next.
Tune: Still Life
The Nightmare Machine is an MIT project to use machine learning image-processing to make imagery for Hallowe’en.
The Stormtrooper Decanter is on back-order, but you can pre-order one from the next batch for £22 — it’s based on Andrew Ainsworth’s original movie helmet moulds from 1976, and will provide endless opportunities to point to lowball glasses and say things like “aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper drink?” (via Bonnie Burton)
Yahoo has released a machine-learning model called open_nsfw that is designed to distinguish not-safe-for-work images from worksafe ones. By tweaking the model and combining it with places-CNN, MIT’s scene-recognition model, Gabriel Goh created a bunch of machine-generated scenes that score high for both models — things that aren’t porn, but look porny.
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