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New Neural Algorithm Can “Paint” Photos In Style Of Any Artist From Van Gogh To Piccasso

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A group of researchers at the University of Tubingen, Germany, have developed an algorithm that can morph an image to resemble a painting in the style of the great masters. Technically called “deep learning” algorithms, they are already in use by companies such as Google for image recognition and other applications.

“The system uses neural representations to separate and recombine content and style of arbitrary images, providing a neural algorithm for the creation of artistic images,” the researchers wrote in their paper. “Here we introduce an artificial system based on a Deep Neural Network that creates artistic images of high perceptual quality.”

A photograph of apartments by a river in Tubingen, Germany was processed to be stylistically similar to various paintings, including J.M. Turner’s “The Wreck of a Transport Ship,” Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night,” and Edvard Munch’s “The Scream.”

More info: | LCDMC | Twitter (h/t: epochtimes)




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Cutie & The Beast: Girl And Doberman Do Everything Together From Sleeping To Bathing

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This cutie and her beast are the adorable three-year-old Siena and “Buddha,” her two-year-old Doberman. The unusual couple have been gaining popularity on social media through the photos of their antics, and because many consider a Doberman to be an unusual companion for a little girl.

“Dobermans are also known as ‘Velcro dogs’,” Tara Prucha, Siena’s mother, told Today. “They just want to be with their one human. And he has obviously chosen my daughter. We’re really happy with the attention Buddha is getting. People are seeing how sweet and mellow they can be.”

More info: | Facebook | Instagram (h/t: today)

“She doesn’t have a single toy or play set she adores” said Siena’s mother


“For her, that’s Buddha,” the family’s Doberman


Siena got Buddha after her Chihuahua, Rabbit, was killed in an accident


The family considered getting a dog from a shelter


Finally they decided on a breeder to be more certain of the dog’s temperament


“We’re really happy with the attention Buddha is getting”


“People are seeing how sweet and mellow they can be”


Siena and Buddha are inseparable and do everything together


They sleep together


They do each other’s nails

They even play piano together


This fun-loving pair has already won the hearts of over 100 thousand people on Instagram















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13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CXLII)

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1. Married to the Mob


Actress Alice Granville shows off two bullet holes in her arm at Roosevelt Hospital after she was shot by her hitman husband, Pete Donahue, 1931. The mob moll said Donahue shot her at a nightclub party to prove his affection. 



Smitty White was arrested and held at police headquarters in 1942 after her boyfriend Ralph Prisco was shot and killed during a failed hold up.


Twice Janice Drake dined with men who were gunned down the following day. Here she is photographed in 1952 as police take her into questioning after playboy Garment district boss Nat Nelson was murdered in a mob assassination hours after he was seen out with her. She spent countless nights in clubs and restaurants with some of the most senior figures in organised crime despite being a wife (to nightclub comedian Alan Drake) and mother…


Drake suffered her own unhappily ever after when she was found shot to death in the front seat of a black cadillac with mobster Little Augie Pisano in 1959. 


A fascinating look at the female companions of the New York City mafia, full feature on the NY Daily News.


2. The White House Garage, once used as a National Archive


Before the National Archives was established in 1934, Federal records were kept in various basements, attics, and abandoned buildings with little security or concern for storage conditions. This photo shows Shipping Board Bureau records that were being stored in the White House Garage. 

Found on the US National Archives tumblr.


3. Fleur de Lys-shaped Book of Hours, made circa 1553, sold for $28,000


Fleur de Lys-shaped Book of Hours, 18 x 8 cm. Likely created in Paris circa 1553. Contains eleven lobe-shaped miniatures. Sold by Christie’s on June 6, 2006 for $28,000. Only one other manuscript of this format from the same period has been recorded (in Leon Gruel’s “Manuel historique et bibliographique de L’amateur de reliures,” 1905, II, pp.9-11, pl.G), and that particular work was made for Diane de Poitiers and Henry II.

Found on


4. This Encyclopedia Art I’ll be adding to my Curio Wall






This is my curio wall. And the art by Vladamir Stankovic was found via here and here


5. This Bohemian London Home




Home of jewellery designer Solange Azagury Partridge, found on Ad Magazine.


6. Ghandi’s Colorful Memorial


This memorial in Kanyakumari, India was built on the site where part of Gandhi’s ashes were kept before they were scattered to the sea.

The central spire of the pink facade stands exactly 79 feet high, to honor of Gandhi’s age at his death. 

Each October 2nd, the anniversary of Gandhi’s birthday, the sunlight  comes through an opening in the ceiling and falls on the exact spot where his ashes sat.

Found on 99% Invisible.


7. The UFO Cabin of Sweden’s Tree Hotel



Book your room here.


8. The Beatles in Shakespeare Mode


Found on Pinterest.


9. An endless supply of pep talks at the click of your mouse.


Try it out here.


10. Robert Redford, Katharine Ross & Paul Newman on a conveyor belt filming Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 


Photograph taken in 1969, found on The Academy Tumblr.


11. A Floating Hotel with Catamaran Apartments



“The project is developed with the aim to promote tourism on inland waters that offer wonderful examples of untouched (and often neglected) nature.  Here, the floating hotel would be a perfect solution for tourism without any violation of the natural harmony of the place itself.”

More information found here.


12. Whale on the Beach with Grizzlies


Found on Reddit.


13. Cuba’s Coral Garden (if you’re interested in Cuba, watch this).

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Seal Asks Diver For Belly Rub And Responds Just Like A Puppy

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Gary Grayson, 55, is a thrill-seeker from Salford, UK. While diving in 2014, however, he had an unexpected encounter just off the Isles of Scilly that has stayed with him to this day: an Atlantic grey seal that “asked” him for a belly rub! In the video below, the seal seems to reach for Grayson’s hand, and then is pleased by the affection that follows.

“This grey seal came across and had five minutes with me, kind of thing. Then another was climbing up my leg,” Grayson told M.E.N. “I’m an experienced diver but I have never known anything like that… I tend to live life on the edge. But this was certainly up there with anything I have ever done.”

More info: Facebook (h/t thedodo, manchestereveningnews)

Gary couldn’t believe his eyes when a grey seal swam up to him and “asked” for a belly rub


Soon the seal was on cloud-nine, forgetting all his problems at work and troubles at home


“This grey seal came across and had five minutes with me, kind of thing”


“I’m an experienced diver but I have never known anything like that”


“People ask why I go diving… this is why”


Watch the full video below:

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Dad Makes Triple ‘StoryTime’ Rocking Chair Because His Kids Couldn’t Fit On His Lap

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Master craftsman Hal Taylor’ loves to read to his children, but when his third child, Rose, was born, he ran into a problem – his three children wouldn’t fit in his lap when he went to read to them on his rocking chair! As luck would have it, Taylor just so happens to be one of the best rocking-chair craftsmen in the world, so he created a beautiful chair that could fit all of his kids!

Taylor calls his masterpiece the Storytime Rocking Chair, and the hand-crafted rocker goes for between $7,000 and $7,500. On his website, he explains the exquisite craftsmanship that makes this heirloom chair cost so much!

More info: | Facebook

“I did not have a lap large enough for three children [so] I had to come up with something”


Hal Taylor created it when his third daughter, Rose, was born


“When Rose was born, she proved herself to be the ‘communicator’ in the family… she was NOT going to be left out of the reading crowd!”


“Now, all three children could have a comfortable seat when reading”


“There are over 200 precisely cut and shaped pieces of wood which I use to make up the 19 back braces”


“That is more pieces than you will find in 20 normal rocking chairs!”


“I have heard it said that children change your life more than you change theirs’ I believe that to be true”