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Of our relation to all creation we can never know anything whatsoever. All is immensity and chaos. (SLYT)
posted by auntie-matter (16 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
 
I'm pretty sure I saw this one back in the day.
posted by philip-random at 5:03 PM on April 6, 2017


As Bob always said - all you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a pipe loaded with pharmaceutical grade dimenthyltryptamine.
posted by auntie-matter at 5:05 PM on April 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


Why is Bob Ross hanging out with a bunch of Cronenbergs?
posted by Going To Maine at 6:08 PM on April 6, 2017


Ah, remember how much fun it was back in the old days, watching the Joy of Painting Paintsniffing on PBS PCP?
posted by drlith at 7:00 PM on April 6, 2017


Wasn't this in a Douglas Adams novel?
posted by jonmc at 7:27 PM on April 6, 2017


Hey, I made that :)
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Happy to answer questions (until bedtime)
posted by artBoffin at 9:06 PM on April 6, 2017 [8 favorites]


I kinda think that's what the world looks like to Jim Woodring.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 11:19 PM on April 6, 2017 [2 favorites]


Oh neat! Nice one artBoffin, it's a cool project.

I don't know when bedtime is for you because I've just woken up but I had wondered, do you just run each frame through deepdream individually or is there a temporal component (and if so how is that managed)?

Also I have never seen a piece of video which so strongly reminds me of MDMA-induced hallucinations but that's a different thing entirely (don't do drugs kids).
posted by auntie-matter at 2:08 AM on April 7, 2017


GET THEE BEHIND ME, SLAANESH!
posted by Ghidorah at 6:50 AM on April 7, 2017


I actually did have a question, artBoffin: is the audio being machine generated somehow, or is it backmasked? I couldn't tell from listening.
posted by codacorolla at 9:52 AM on April 8, 2017


I find it concerning that the singularity is going to involve SO. MANY. EYEBALLS.
posted by jacquilynne at 10:19 AM on April 8, 2017


Augh! Also... Jeepers!

As I've mentioned before, I've got an eye condition which has blasted random holes in my retina and optic nerve, and which rather confuses my personal pattern recognition system (it's... complicated, as with the human visual system individual receptor signals do not map into the front end of the visual processing queue linearly; adjacent receptors are not connected to adjacent points in the inputs. So results are varied.)

Although this happened to me fairly recently, it was before DeepDream went public, so I've never seen what the output of such things "really looks like" (scare quote 'cos phenomenology).

This video, however, is considerably trippier than the static images to me, provoking quite a marked physiological reaction that is, ahem, oddly familiar. It also produces after-effects, in that it takes a while after I stop watching for the real world's visual field to stabilise. I don't know what it's doing in my cortex, but it's rippling through and putting some quite deep levels into an unusual mode, which is presumably feeding back into the earlier stages.

Remarkable stuff, fascinating and I'm going to have to do some experiments and critical thinking to see what it's telling me.

Also, +1 for the 'crazy eye dear' pun it generated.
posted by Devonian at 10:23 AM on April 8, 2017 [3 favorites]


As fantastic as it is, the jumping around of images makes it really disorienting. Has anyone seen DeepDream-like video made where the images have more stability? This looks like each still frame is processed independently, so frame 25 of Bob's hand may be a puppy and frame 26 is a cockatoo. I mean every frame isn't always changing, frame 27 may be a cockatoo as well, but the instability of the classifier with such a low signal is very visible.

I want to see something with more permanence, so his hand remains a cockatoo the whole time it is in frame.
posted by Nelson at 10:53 AM on April 8, 2017


  Hey, I made that :)

Please, I need to know: what was that baby animal in the original footage that Bob was holding from about 1:28-1:45, please? I know it's a dimension-shifting cthulhoid now, but what was it originally? A fruitbat?
posted by scruss at 11:09 AM on April 8, 2017 [1 favorite]


@scruss, that's Peapod the squirrel.
posted by auntie-matter at 6:43 AM on April 9, 2017 [1 favorite]


Just saw this, and my gosh, I love it so much. It also makes me wish I had LSD. Ah well.
posted by Greg Nog at 9:34 AM on April 12, 2017


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