Wednesday, February 22, 2017

woo hoo fresh meat

image by David Rhoden

Posted by David Rhoden on 02/22 at 10:49 AM

new painting for sale

image by David Rhoden

This is a guy I drew when I felt a bit defeated. He also feels defeated, but he’ll be fine with a little rest. He is for sale; please inquire.

I like the shadow by his right foot. (Well, his left foot, the one that’s on the right.) It adds a little depth.

I promise the next thing I paint won’t be as appealing.

Posted by David Rhoden on 02/22 at 03:45 AM

machines are learning, getting better and better

Image-to-Image Demo

what this guy Christopher Hesse has done is pretty incredible—you draw the edges of a thing and his program will fill in the drawing with photographic images of the thing it as learned from “looking” at pictures of the thing (in this case, cats).

Here’s an example of how it’s supposed to work, with a nice edge-filled drawing of a kitten.

image by David Rhoden

And here are my attempts.

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image by David Rhoden
image by David Rhoden

Try it yourself here: Image-to-Image Demo

Posted by David Rhoden on 02/22 at 02:59 AM

Monday, February 20, 2017

tell us how you really feel

image by David Rhoden

Just a bit of whiteboarding, thinking about…stuff.

This week:
I’ll be making a new painting, kind of a Shmoo-lookin’ creature. See my Instagram. I’m building a bed. and if all goes well, I’ll be updating my Shopify site.

I’d really like to be just drawing but I can always dream.

Posted by David Rhoden on 02/20 at 09:07 AM

government “waste” doesn’t cost as much as people think

Trump’s Budget Bluff, by James Surowiecki, from The New Yorker

This doesn’t get said enough: the things people on the right call government waste (things like NPR and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, as well as others mentioned in the article) just don’t cost that much in the grand scheme. Welfare and food stamps are not as costly as people think. (I’ll add that food stamps do a lot to keep small business afloat, and keep the nation from wasting food. There should be a lot more spent on food stamps, really.)

I don’t particularly think we should cut defense spending (that employs a lot of people too), but if you want to cut spending that’s a good place to start.

Please read that attached article. Surowiecki is a good writer who in my view always comes with a strong economic argument. Rebuttals welcome too.

Posted by David Rhoden on 02/20 at 08:38 AM
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