'tis the season

Just in time for Halloween, Jack Chick has died, so it's a great time to re-watch The Light of the World, his 2003 feature-length love letter to Roman Catholics, Homosexuals, Dungeons & Dragons players, Jews, Fornicators and Children of All Ages.

Unfortunately, the movie has been taken down from Youtube, but there is a working torrent of it here. It really is quite amazing. It is mostly a slow series of Ken Burns-style pans across a large set of oil paintings, but those paintings... So much care! So much hate!

You really should play this in the background of every Halloween party ever.

From 2000, let's re-visit Why We're Here:

Have you seen Oglaf 's Sithrak Tracts? They are glorious and informative and make excellent stocking stuffers.

Also, here's a terrifying animation of Chick's Somebody Goofed tract.

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I carved a pumpkin!

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Exterminate All Rational Academic Publishing

iOS Just Got A Paper On Nuclear Physics Accepted At A Scientific Conference

Automatically generating scientific articles has become easy with dedicated software such as SCIgen. Even a paper that only repeated the sentence "Get me of your fucking mailing list" was recently accepted for publication. Today I received an invitation from the International Conference on Atomic and Nuclear Physics to submit a paper. Since I have practically no knowledge of Nuclear Physics I resorted to iOS auto-complete function to help me writing the paper. I started a sentence with "Atomic" or "Nuclear" and then randomly hit the auto-complete suggestions. The text really does not make any sense. After adding the first illustration on nuclear physics from Wikipedia, some references and creating a fake identity (Iris Pear, aka Siri Apple) I submitted the paper which was accepted only three hours later! I know that iOS is a pretty good software, but reaching tenure has never been this close.


Atomic Physics and I shall not have the same problem with a separate section for a very long long way. Nuclear weapons will not have to come out the same day after a long time of the year he added the two sides will have the two leaders to take the same way to bring up to their long ways of the same as they will have been a good place for a good time at home the united front and she is a great place for a good time. The atoms of a better universe will have the right for the same as you are the way we shall have to be a great place for a great time to enjoy the day you are a wonderful person to your great time to take the fun and take a great time and enjoy the great day you will be a wonderful time for your parents and kids. Molecular diagnostics will have been available for the rest by a single day and a good day to the rest have a wonderful time and aggravation for the rest day at home time for the two of us will have a great place for the rest to be great for you tomorrow and tomorrow after all and I am a very happy boy to the great day and I hope he is wonderful. Nevertheless I have to go back home to nuclear power to the united way she is to be the first woman united to work on their own and the rest will be the same way as she will have to come back to work and we are still not the way we shall have the united side and we are not the same way she is the way she said the same as she was a good time. Physics are great but the way it does it makes you want a good book and I will pick it to the same time I am just a little more than I can play for later and then it is very very good for a good game. Nuclear energy is not a nuclear nuclear power to the nuclear nuclear program he added and the nuclear nuclear program is a good united state of the nuclear nuclear power program and the united way nuclear nuclear program nuclear. Scientist and I have been very good to me today I hope I have to work on tomorrow after work today so far but I'm still going for tomorrow night at work today but I'm not going home said I am a good friend and a great time for the rest I have been doing. Physics are great but the same as you have been able and the same way to get the rest to your parents. Atoms for a play of the same as you can do with a great time to take the rest to your parents or you will be nucleus a great time for a great place. Power is not a great place for a good time.

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The VVitch Playset by Playnnobil

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Man arrested for stealing over $160K worth of cheese

Goes great with Maple Heist

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A New Jersey man has been charged with stealing more than $160,000 worth of Jamaican cheese.

Prosecutors said Thursday that 18-year-old Darluis Ortiz stole pallets of Tastee Cheese products from a food warehouse in Moonachie on Sept. 23.

Tastee cheese is often eaten with spiced or sweetened buns, especially at Easter. It's produced by Dairy Industries Jamaica Ltd.

Ortiz was arrested on Wednesday and was charged with theft, burglary, conspiracy and possessing burglary tools. He was being held in the Bergen County jail on bail that was $10,000 less than the value of the canned, processed cheese.

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Meat Beat Manifesto, BSOD edition

These guys have excellent taste in screen savers, their questionable choices in operating systems and network dependencies notwithstanding.

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DNA Lounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein a winnar is us.

Image Synthesis from Yahoo's open_nsfw

Exterminate All Rational Giger. "It was tricky, but..."

Yahoo's recently open sourced neural network, open_nsfw, is a fine tuned Residual Network which scores images on a scale of to on its suitability for use in the workplace. [...]

What makes an image NSFW, according to Yahoo? I explore this question with a clever new visualization technique by Nguyen et al.. Like Google's Deep Dream, this visualization trick works by maximally activating certain neurons of the classifier. Unlike deep dream, we optimize these activations by performing descent on a parameterization of the manifold of natural images. This parametrization takes the form of a Generative Network, G, trained adversarially on an unrelated dataset of natural images. [...]

Not surprisingly, the results of the optimization are clearly pornographic.

Synthesizing Pareidolia [...] This explains the phenomena above, as the SFW neuron gets excited on the sight of rolling hills and running brooks, and the excitations of NSFW correlate with, well, pornography. The classifier takes in both these expert opinions, and combines them democratically [...] Since most pornography does not take place with a Thomas Kinkade painting in the background, this is a fair heuristic for most real world problems. But what happens if we try to excite both neurons simultaneously?

Concert, SFW:

Concert, NSFW:

"What happens if we try to excite both neurons simultaneously", indeed.

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Letters to Cleo

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