Forgot that Zappa sidefolks Cuccurullo, O'Hearn, Dale and Terry Bozzio formed a 'New Wave' band in the early Eighties. I like this - reminds me a bit of Abba's 'lost album' masterpiece "I Am The City", but perkier / more petulantly post-West Coast. Worryingly, I have also been listening to Angel / Punky Meadows and, er, enjoying it...
Mashable - ugh - (Basically, "Reading people's emotions in public spaces is the new cool kid on the block!")
"We've built a product with exceptional functionality and applied it not only to faces or gender, but also emotions. The idea is that we teach emotions to our system in the laboratory. We train the algorithm to understand the kind of emotion they see on the picture and then correct it the way you would teach a kid," NTechLab's CEO, Mikhail Ivanov, told Mashable.
"While the identity of NTechLab's clients is shrouded in secrecy, it's been reported that the company has been working with Moscow city government to add the software to the capital's 150,000 CCTV cameras."
Upcycling... nah, sidecycling some old / unwanted books, incl. one on Dali. All the usual stuff, but a coupla interesting / unremembered-by-me pen n ink drawings caught my eye. This one, unexpectedly raw / vulgar, voyeuristic, so different to some of the overly 'technical' / 'intellectual' collector and marketplace-focused later stuff. Oddly reminds me of enthusiastically 'amateur' hand-drawn Punk / Metal covers from back in the day, or D&D fanart... (though the artist clearly has Classicism-trained / draughtsman chops if you take the time to look longer'n 2 seconds)... I dig its visceral energy.
Nice work if you can get it.
Night-time sky, dotted with 'eyes' and 'teeth'. Faux-facial cross-sections viewed as grey strips of stratocumulus punchtape.
Rebellion, the publishers of 2000AD, are reviving (and combining) the legendary Brit comics Misty and Scream! for a one-off Halloween Special that features new stories and new takes on some classic Brit characters.
It features a "Black Max" strip by super-artist Simon Coleby and written by myself. It was great fun to do! Wait til y asee Simon's art for this - it's astonishing and'll blow yer socks off.
Keith from Rebellion, who edited the project, talks about it here at the Hollywood Reporter.
Meant to post this 2 or 3 days ago. Apologies for using the word 'weird.'
"...astrobiologists have been gradually finding clues to Titan’s habitable potential and today (July 28) scientists have announced the confirmation of a key molecule that could be the proverbial backbone to a weird kind of “alternative” alien life on Titan — based not on liquid water, but on liquid methane.
"“The presence of vinyl cyanide in an environment with liquid methane suggests the intriguing possibility of chemical processes that are analogous to those important for life on Earth,” said astrochemistry researcher Maureen Palmer, of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md."