All posts by jnack

Beautiful illustrations of crappy reviews

These loving treatments of 1-star reviews of natural treasures are pretty wonderful:

[D]esigner Amber Share decided to create a series of hilarious travel posters for all 61 parks, featuring the Internet’s funniest, snarky comments.

Share came up with the idea for her Subpar Parks series as a way to “put a positive, fun spin on such a negative mindset.” Each retro-style poster design features colorful graphic renditions of America’s mountains, lakes, and forests. However, each pretty scene is matched with hand lettering that spells out the bad reviews.


Adobe Offers Students Free At-Home Access to CC Apps

I’m grateful to my onetime-Klingon buddy RC & many friends at Adobe for pushing this through. Per PetaPixel:

In response to requests from educators, Adobe has announced that it will be providing free at-home access to Creative Cloud apps to those students who usually only have access on-campus. It’s one way the software maker is trying to empower students to keep learning amid campus closures caused by the novel coronavirus. […]

Higher education and K-12 institutions that pay for on-campus access for their students simply need to request “temporary ‘at-home’ access” through this link. Once verified, access will be granted, free of charge, through May 31st, 2020.

A YouTube Learning hub for kids stuck at home

Good God, something like 777 million kids who’d normally be in school are stuck at home right now. Our fam is among those affected, so my blogging will be hit-or-miss as we try to figure out what to do with the Micronaxx.

Fortunately lots of folks are stepping up with resources. YouTube Learning has posted a hub featuring tips for studying at home, plus topics like physics, algebra, robotics, and more. Elsewhere Khan Academy has suggested daily schedules for kids 4-18, and our school district has posted a crowdsourced list of educational resources.

HTH & good luck out there, gang. Please feel free to share via comments any useful resources you find.


“Virus” tintype animation

TBH the last thing I want is for coronavirus talk to infect (ahem) my escapist art-posting, but I’ve gotta give Markus Hofstätter props for the sheer effort he put into making this 7-frame animation with archaic tintype printing (or as my wife asked, lacking all context, “Why did that dude put a picture into a panini press?”). You can watch his process from the beginning (and check out PetaPixel for the full story), or just jump to the finished animation at the end:



Google AI helps upscale “Lunar Rover Grand Prix” to 4K and 60fps

So cool! I’d never actually watched these Apollo 16 clips on their own, unedited & with original dialog intact.

PetaPixel writes,

For this particular project, Shiryaev used the stabilized version of the footage that NASA itself released in July of 2019 as a baseline. He then fed it through the same AI software that he’s been using to upscale all of the videos he’s released: Google’s DAIN interpolate frames and achieve 60fps, and Topaz Labs’ Gigapixel AI to upscale each frame and achieve 4K resolution. 

More about the mission from NASA:

[YouTube 1 & 2]