I made @waxy, @xoxo, @upcomingorg, belong.io, @playfic, @supercutorg, Kind of Bloop. Helped build @kickstarter. he/him/his
How @CorridorDigital made the Keanu deepfake video. Trained faceswap-gan for three weeks on Keanu footage, composited with After Effects. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzEFnbZ0Zd4
Happy 20th birthday, @Metafilter! Two decades later, still one of the best communities on the internet. http://metatalk.metafilter.com/25256/Happy-20th-Anniversary-MetaFilter
I want to go there. https://twitter.com/vectorpoem/status/1150326262683983872
It's challenging to take down deepfakes using copyright because data sources often aren't clear, but actors may be able to pursue legal remedies for violating their Right of Publicity. https://www.lawfareblog.com/combatting-deep-fakes-through-right-publicity
Deepfakes are making their way to viral video quickly with accessible open-source tools, and the results are pretty convincing especially when paired with shakycam footage like this.
Deepfaked Keanu stops an armed robbery. (via @metafilter) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dBiNGufIJw
RT @waxpancake: This is amazing—Stranger Things 3's Starcourt Mall wasn't a sound stage. It was all built inside an actual dying mall in Ge…
RT @waxpancake: This is amazing—Stranger Things 3's Starcourt Mall wasn't a sound stage. It was all built inside an actual dying mall in Ge…
The executive director of the county's tourism board heard Netflix considered making Starcourt Mall into a tourist attraction, but decided against it. A crew is now dismantling what's left of the set, which stayed intact for months after filming wrapped. https://www.ajc.com/blog/radiotvtalk/stranger-things-dismantling-what-left-starcourt-mall-gwinnett-place-mall/hSRCwr6a7VjKwR7BSZtvBN/
Really, Netflix should've just left the set there permanently as a Stranger Things theme park. It'd be like Atlanta's version of Popeye Village. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popeye_Village
 
Solid precedent: Atlanta was the home of H.R. Pufnstuf’s indoor theme park “The World of Sid and Marty Krofft” - now better known as CNN’s southern HQ.
If you'd like to hear more about how the Stranger Things crew reconstructed a dilapidated mall to its 1980s glory, check out the official Behind The Scenes podcast. Thanks to @raevotta for the tip! https://www.netflixbehindthescenes.com/episodes/the-starcourt-mall
There's a nice-looking arcade called Time-Out on the other side of the movie theater, but unfortunately, I couldn't find any good footage of it in action. You can see the exterior and interior in @nekoarc's video starting at 4:00. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGuYb18td5k
And most tantalizing of all for retrocomputing geeks like me, the Starcourt Mall map shows an Electronics Boutique (my personal heaven when I was a kid), but I don't think any of that area was ever actually created?
This video shows the mall in the aftermath of the alien battle, and manages to get inside the store, with much more detail starting at 0:57. Commodore, Coleco, Intellivision, and more, with prices and games. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bp1LyxNQvkE
In this video, @nekoarc captured a WIP interior from outside Game Player, stocked with vintage gaming systems and boxed games, with logos from popular consoles on the wall. (Though Sega's a mistake, they didn't release a U.S. console until '86.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjKbO9WlhOU
For me, I'm most interested in a store that I never noticed on-screen at all: a reconstruction of a mom-and-pop 1980s computer and videogame store called "The Game Player," located right next to the movie theater. (Photos by @nekoarc.)
Some daring fans went around barricades before and after filming to get close-ups of some of those interiors, including Radio Shack, The Gap, JC Penney, and many more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0v6A1YSXv0I#t=1m45s
This is amazing—Stranger Things 3's Starcourt Mall wasn't a sound stage. It was all built inside an actual dying mall in Georgia. And the set designers made more than simple storefronts—they made FULL INTERIORS, even for stores that were never seen on-screen…
 
Am I wrong in believing that a fully built-out Stranger Things-themed 80s mall would be a significant tourist attraction, at least for a little while?
 
That was exactly what I was thinking. I'd assume the mall would practically give the real estate away for free just to attract visitors. https://twitter.com/waxpancake/status/1149415281397157889
More fun with StyleGAN. https://twitter.com/calamardh/status/1148633176262217728
BTW, those photos are from the August 1987 issue of Online Today, the official magazine from Compuserve. Thanks to @textfiles and @internetarchive for making them available! https://archive.org/details/Online_Today_Vol_06_08_1987_Aug
careful with that goldfish, kid
It was all over the place, and some of it aged badly, but there was a ferocious amount of talent in those pages. Thanks to the usual gang of idiots for 67 years. Potrzebie! 😘
All the ‘60s covers were so good.
William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy reading MAD on the set of Star Trek, along with a letter from Gene Roddenberry, from the March 1968 issue.
Perforated protest stickers circa 1970.
One of my favorite covers. 25¢ cheap.
Very sad to hear about the death of MAD Magazine. I read it religiously when I was a kid, picking up the occasional back issue going back to the late ‘50s.
On the bright side, this is raising awareness of every mail app using pixel tracking for casual surveillance, so maybe there will be pressure for mail clients to support tracker blocking. Disabling images entirely isn't a great fix.
Update: Superhuman announced they're removing location tracking and deleting location data, and disabling read status tracking by default, but keeping the feature. https://blog.superhuman.com/read-statuses-bdf0cc34b6a5
i'm just going to leave this here
 
NEVER READ THE INSTRUCTIONS is actually good advice on how to find well designed software that you can use intuitively. If you have to run to the documentation, they failed.
Outstanding post by @mikeindustries about Superhuman's extraordinarily creepy email tracking, which invisibly logs every time you open an email from one of their users and your physical location. https://mikeindustries.com/blog/archive/2019/06/superhuman-is-spying-on-you
so ahead of his time
In this 2000 interview, Rundgren predicts Spotify while promoting PatroNet. "My belief is that ultimately people will access music more like cable television. Music will be an aggregated service, you pay a monthly fee and listen to all the music you want." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhC41zEL7KE
*stumbles onto the Hollywood Theater site* *hell yeah!* *oh god NO* *rips still-beating heart out of ticket taker at the theater, shows it to him before he dies*
took 'em long enough to lean into the vaporwave aesthetic for marketing
𝑴 𝑰 𝑪 𝑹 𝑶 𝑺 𝑶 𝑭 𝑻 https://twitter.com/Windows/status/1145731141695168512
Looks like Warner Bros released the claim, and the video's accessible on YouTube again. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhGJ5SmSE2o Or watch it on the Internet Archive. https://archive.org/details/shawshankredemptionhumanizingprisoners It's really, really good.
If only there were some sort of legal doctrine designed to promote freedom of expression by permitting unlicensed use of copyright-protected works for, say, commentary and criticism of the original work—OH RIGHT https://www.copyright.gov/fair-use/more-info.html
I was going to link to @radicalbytes's stunning new video on how The Shawshank Redemption humanizes prisoners, but Warner Brothers blocked it on copyright grounds. So stupid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhGJ5SmSE2o
Stephen Root is the most versatile living actor
 
https://twitter.com/kenjennings/status/777186952206397440?s=21
https://twitter.com/cafebusteloking/status/1144797966114459649
Vimeo is running pre-roll ads on YouTube touting itself as an ad-free alternative to YouTube.
maybe i should turn my blog into a roguelike with permadeath
every homepage should have difficulty settings and a win state
this is a very good personal homepage https://www.robertogeroli.com/
…is my new bicycle! https://twitter.com/justkelly_ok/status/1144234691043610624
 
can you believe some guy got a book deal out of that meme
Maybe someone smarter than me can figure out what the hell is going on in this idle game. https://xecutor.github.io/azinc/
 
 
 
 
 
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