AI Dungeon offers infinite, baffling adventures created with GPT-2

    Adventurer! Will you attack with easy nobleness, taking reputation points from you everytime you hit back, ten times? Or will you tell the priest to finish what's been going on with your family, thrice combined this time with Gramm Corps' arcane branding? THE CHOICE IS YOURS in Nick Walton's AI Dungeon!

    AI Dungeon is an AI generated text adventure that uses deep learning to create each adventure. It uses OpenAI's new GPT-2 model, which has 117 million parameters, to generate each story block and possible action.

    The first couple sentences of AIDungeon and the action verbs are handcrafted, but everything else is not. For each choice that is made, the initial prompt, the last story block, and the last action are fed into the neural network. The resulting story and action options are then output by the model.

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    Explore 100,000 stars in the browser

    100,000 stars has apparently been around for years, but I loved how much fun it makes zooming in and out of the Milky Way and checking out nearby stars. I could name a half-dozen recent video games that attempt this exact UI and don't do it as well! They should update it with all the lovely planets we've found since 2012. Read the rest

    Jury: Katy Perry's Dark Horse's infringes copyright of earlier song

    Jurors found that Katy Perry's Dark Horse "improperly copied" an earlier song titled Joyful Noise by Flame, a Christian rap artist.

    The case focused on the notes and beats of the song, not its lyrics or recording, and the questions suggested that Perry might be off the hook.

    But in a decision that left many in the courtroom surprised, jurors found all six songwriters and all four corporations that released and distributed the songs were liable, including Perry and Sarah Hudson, who wrote only the song’s words, and Juicy J, who only wrote the rap he provided for the song. ...

    Gray’s attorneys argued that the beat and instrumental line featured through nearly half of “Dark Horse” are substantially similar to those of “Joyful Noise.” Gray wrote the song with his co-plaintiffs Emanuel Lambert and Chike Ojukwu.

    Here's Joyful Noise:

    Here's Dark Horse. The infringement begins 18 seconds in.

    Though the distinctive, whining 8-note loop was the matter at hand, jurors found all involved in the song to be infringers, irrespective of their role in its production. You might say they did the RICO.

    It surely can't have helped Perry that both songs start with a guy shouting "y'all know what this is". Even if it didn't factor into the legal analysis, her song is showing up to court unshaven, without a necktie, and smirking at the judge.

    It's nonetheless a a disturbing outcome, writes Vox.

    But Charlie Harding of the Vox podcast Switched on Pop explains that the striking similarities should be free to use by both artists, despite their similarities.

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    Mozart performed on squeeze-ball bottle organ

    Bellowphone made a unique organ and now demonstrates it in action: "the sound of my most recent skweeze-ball instrument, with a song from Mozart's Magic Flute." Read the rest

    Propane Genesis Evangelion

    King of the Hill is "The greatest anime of the late 90s," writes Gamblor on YouTube. QED. Read the rest

    Ugly Gerry, a font based on gerrymandered districts

    Ugly Gerry is a typeface where each glyph is a conspicuously gerrymandered congressional district. The district boundaries are manipulated thus by incumbent politicians to arrange voters to their own party's advantage. The result is that, unlike their opposition voters, every letter of the latin alphabet gets represented. Read the rest

    How long will it take my baby son to review The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)?

    Have a nice weekend, y'all.

    Previously: How long will it take my baby son to defeat the Strong Suction Silicone Plate? Read the rest

    The Irishman trailer depicts de-aged DeNiro

    It's so close to perfect, especially given the rich, detailed, warts-and-all photography. But the funny thing about the so-called Uncanny Valley is the deeper you get, the more's left to climb. Read the rest

    Unopened copy of 1987 Nintendo game should fetch $10000 at auction

    Kid Icarus isn't especially rare, but one in its original case is. And it's expected to fetch ten grand at auction, reports the Reno Gazette Journal.

    Scott Amos found the game in the attic of his childhood home in Reno this past Mother's Day after his mom asked him to pick up a few boxes of his childhood stuff. Among the contents was a Nintendo game cartridge for Kid Icarus, still in the bag from J.C. Penney's catalog department three decades earlier.

    "Fewer than 10" factory-sealed copies are known to exist, according to the auctioneers. Read the rest

    Bond villains ranked

    There are, in Esquire's counting, 104 Bond villains as of July 31, 2019. It categorized and ranked them, creating the perfect tour of the franchise's best bits.

    59. Nicknack

    The Film: The Man With the Golden Gun The Actor: Herve Villechaize The Basics: Dedicated and diminutive manservant

    If Herve Villechaize wasn't such a spirited performer, Nick Nack would be near the bottom of this list. The loyal right hand to Francisco Scaramanga, he spends the bulk of The Man With the Golden Gun going above and beyond the call of duty, even attempting to avenge his deceased employer in an extended, unnecessary, and hugely embarrassing epilogue. He may be at the center of one of the worst Bond movies, but Villechaize makes it watchable.

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    Nintendo Switch Lite is available for preorder

    Nintendo's smaller, cuter, more portable new console is coming September 20th, and now you can pre-order one. It comes in yellow, teal, gray or white with scribbles and it costs $200. Those are Amazon links; daddy gets paid if you order through them.

    The Verge:

    “Nintendo says there’s no performance difference between the two models, and you can still use the same accessories with the Lite, including Joy-Con controllers, the Switch Pro Controller, and the Poké Ball Plus. The Switch Lite still supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC, and has built-in gyro controls.”

    But you cannot connect it to a television, a thing people are just not seeming to understand about it. This is a fair assuption, as the whole point of calling the Switch "Switch" was that it could switch between a living-room and portable console. So calling this one the "Switch Lite" is an example of branding inverting meaning in the halls of high capitalism. They should, of course, have called this new portable-only device the Nintendo Snatch. Read the rest

    Enter Sandman in the style of Let's Dance-era Bowie

    Ten Second Songs is one of those amazing YouTube channels that doom you to a morning lost in someone's incredible and decidedly unique talent. In this case, performing songs in the style of other musicians, including excellent vocal impersonations. [via Metafilter]

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    Already regretting assigning Bret Easton Ellis to review Minecraft's photorealistic texture pack

    My name is Herobine. I am twenty-six years old. I live in a data entity resembling an ultramodernist residence at x: 68;y: 73; z: 636 in the seed -98734659879863346. I believe in taking care of myself, in a balanced diet of fish, bread and cake, and a rigorous exercise routine of jumping up voxel hills.

    In the morning, if my face is a little pixelated, I'll put on a diamond helmet while farming my generators. I can get 100 levels a day now. After I remove the diamond helmet, I eat four apples. In the cave below my house, I clear out any mobs, then collect and throw all the rotten meat into the small lava pond beside it.

    Then I apply a potion of regeneration which I leave on for ten minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine. I always use antidote potions with little or no alcohol because alcohol dries your textures out and makes you look older. Then elixir, then eye drops, followed by a final moisturizing tonic potion...

    There is an idea of a Herobrine, some kind of abstraction lost in the thousands of hours you have abandoned to this game, but there is no real me, only an entity, something illusory, and though I can hide my cold gaze and you can see me fleetingly from a distance and feel fear gripping you and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable: I simply am not there.

    PREVIOUSLY

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    Elephant has had it up to here with tourists

    This elephant residing in Kruger National Park in South Africa is evidently tired of tourists rumbling around, bothering it. "Jeezis Chroyst" Read the rest

    End.Game: a synth album from 19A0

    End.Game is a dark, dreamy synthpop album, all swooping pads, punchy beats and mysterious retro auras. It's the work of Luscious-235, a joint-venture between Sid Luscious (of 80s fame fronting The Pants) and "the artificial entity known as Unit 235".

    This album immediately seizes a special place in my heart because it was inspired by my short story Mixtape of Lost Decade and its mythology of the 19A0s: a forgotten era between the 1970s and 1980s so culturally traumatic that it erased itself from our collective memory. Artifacts from the 19A0s, the story goes, now leak out through the internet and other liminal spaces—and here we are.

    You can't expect an unbiased review from me, then, but obviously you should go and buy this album right away.

    It is, after all, an act of archaeology.

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    Racist Ronald Reagan called Africans "monkeys" in taped call with Nixon

    The Atlantic unearthed an old tape of Ronald Reagan yukking it up with Richard Nixon about African "monkeys" at the United Nations.

    The day after the United Nations voted to recognize the People’s Republic of China, then–California Governor Ronald Reagan phoned President Richard Nixon at the White House and vented his frustration at the delegates who had sided against the United States. “Last night, I tell you, to watch that thing on television as I did,” Reagan said. “Yeah,” Nixon interjected. Reagan forged ahead with his complaint: “To see those, those monkeys from those African countries—damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!” Nixon gave a huge laugh.

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    Woman who urinated on potatoes at Walmart turns self in

    A woman suspected of urinating on the potatoes at a Pittsburgh-area Walmart has turned herself in, reports CBS News. The woman was charged with criminal mischief, open lewdness, disorderly conduct and public drunkness.

    Adds CBS, helpfully: "The bin of potatoes was at ground level."

    West Mifflin police earlier issued a photo of the suspect, but did not include footage of the crime itself.

    The LPO was informed by an employee that on the day before he noticed urine on the floor near the potatoes in the produce area. The LPO then pulled video that depicted a female at approximately 22:10 hours on July 24, 2019 urinating in the potato bins. The LPO then reported the incident to the West Mifflin Police.

    Walmart released a statement:

    “The safety of our customers is a top priority for us. This type of obscene conduct is outrageous and we immediately disposed of the affected products and sanitized the area to ensure its cleanliness and safety for our customers. We’re working with the West Mifflin Police Department to find the responsible party and have them prosecuted.”

    It's a brave Yinzer who dares sample the West Mifflin tater salad! Read the rest

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