Anodyne
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
 

 

Don't you change
Sunday, September 25, 2016
 

"Mr. Shadow," a song composed by artificial intelligence.

"Scientists at SONY CSL Research Laboratory have created the first-ever entire songs composed by Artificial Intelligence: 'Daddy's Car' and 'Mister Shadow.'

The researchers have developed FlowMachines, a system that learns music styles from a huge database of songs. Exploiting unique combinations of style transfer, optimization and interaction techniques, FlowMachines composes novel songs in many styles.

'Mister Shadow' is composed in the style of American songwriters such as Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Cole Porter. French composer Benoît Carré arranged and produced the songs, and wrote the lyrics.

The two songs are excerpts of albums composed by Artificial Intelligence to be released in 2017."
Friday, September 23, 2016
 

 

FL man needs a date for Steely Dan/Beacon - m4w (St. Augustine, FL)

"Hi There:

I live in St. Augustine, FL and I'm planning to attend the Steely Dan Countdown to Ecstasy Show at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan on October 28, and I need a date. No one could get time off on my end, although I will have friends there sitting just down the row from us. I'm sitting in some of the best seats in the house and staying at the Kimberly Hotel which supposedly has one of the best rooftop bars in the city. If you want to stay over, that's OK, it's a double room. I'm not looking for sexual. My preferred date would be a cute short-haired tomboyish hipster chik look (love that look), but any confident attractive girl works for me. Please send a resume type response with actual pics and your real name and phone number and we can 'tawk' first. Me? Oh, unfortunately (I guess), I'm a big heavy set balding guy, mid 50's, mildly successful media business owner, with a great smile who is extremely intelligent and funny. I'm a pretty no BS, conservative guy. So, if you're a Rachael Maddow or Whoppi/Rosi type feminist, don't bother: we wouldn't get along...Look forward to hearing from you: it's gonna be a BLAST!!!"
 
"Move the piece to a less prominent spot. Do not act as if it were made of a light table, two Arduinos, a Makey Makey setup, conductive paint, conductive tape, a thermal receipt printer, two laptops, a projector, a wall board, 16 square feet of unprimed canvas, one quart of melted wax, three extra-large black candles, more than 100 printed photo cutouts of loved ones, a reflective photo umbrella, a reflective softbox interior, an LED lightbulb, 18 square feet of particle board, primer, 10 pounds of joint compound, two buckets, and a footstool. Act as if it were a simple painting to be picked up and carted across the room. Email the artists to say it has already been moved. Do not think about Rosa Parks."
Thursday, September 22, 2016
 

Thanks to everyone who voted PFB "Bookstore With the Most Helpful Staff" (alongside Chapters/Indigo & Banyen) in the Real Estate Weekly's annual "Best of Vancouver" poll!
 

 
Kitteh Report

"OMG, hilarious. This is a true story: your cat just jumped on the dining table, where I'm working on my laptop. He landed on a loose piece of foolscap, skidded across the table and fell off the other side. Then got up like I might not have noticed and pretended nothing happened."
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
 

Borrowing Resolution

"Whereas (the Society) has resolved to achieve greater security of tenure for the space required for its purposes;

and

Whereas the Society has been presented with significant opportunities for financial support towards the acquisition and development of properties in the City of Vancouver;

and

Whereas the realization of these opportunities may require the Society to undertake significant borrowing;

and

Whereas the bylaws of the Society require that the members approve a special resolution setting out a maximum to be borrowed for this purpose:

Be it resolved that the Board of Directors of the Society be authorized to borrow up to $ 10 million dollars for the purpose of acquiring and developing properties in the City of Vancouver."

[my italics]

This sounds like a joke, but was apparently a serious question put to the Membership of the Society a few days ago. I sure hope the Membership turned the Board of Directors and the Young Curator/Director of Strategy down.  Young people are always full of animal spirits and free advice for their peers, but never more so than when flush with someone else's money.
 
Dear Corporate Trainer Responsible For Introducing "Reaching Out" and "How's Your Day Goin'?" Into Most of My Inbox & The Mouth of Every Other Millennial Through the Door:

Go die in a fire.

Sincerely, CJB
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
 

Monday, September 19, 2016
 


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