As Disney prepares to open its Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge park in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, TSA is cracking down on one of its most collectible items — its $5 Coke bottles. There are more than 1,000 unique items that parkgoers can purchase at Galaxy’s Edge, and one of the most popular (and cheapest) is the bottles of Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite that have been stylized to fit in the world of Batuu. The sodas are reminiscent of thermal detonators from the Star Wars films and feature the name of each brand in Aurebesh, the fictional language of Star Wars. Fans became enamored with these plastic bottles even before the California iteration of Galaxy’s Edge opened in May. Many have collected the bottles and brought them home from the park to display on shelves or, in some cases, turn into Christmas tree ornaments. However, the Transportation Security Administration has banned the souvenir from flights because it looks like an explosive. A reply tweet from a … [Read more...] about TSA bans new ‘Star Wars’ Coke bottles that look like grenades
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But a new algorithm created by researcher Mauro Martino goes one step further by creating portraits entirely from scratch. Instead of style transfer, AI Portrait Ars uses a machine learning system called a generative adversarial network to conjure up new, Renaissance-like paintings that evoke your likeness. (A GAN is two competing algorithms that work together: one generates an image, and the other one compares how close that image is to the source image.) This AI isn’t just remixing previous paintings it has seen into something new: it’s directly inspired by a picture of you. On the project’s website, you can upload a photo of yourself, and the site generates a unique work of art that looks like it was painted by an old master, but with your face. All photos are immediately deleted from the project’s servers to protect users’ privacy. Martino is the artist-in-residence at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab and a professor at Northeastern … [Read more...] about What you look like as an Renaissance painting, according to AI
Jennifer Aniston’s skin-care routine involves moisturizer and some pricey procedures. The actress drinks a ton of water. She tries to eat less fast-food and fried foods. Jennifer Aniston has been asked dozens of times over the years about her beauty secrets, and it’s not a big surprise why. Aside from being named the World’s Most Beautiful Woman by People magazine in 2016, Aniston consistently has glowing, seemingly flawless skin, and the rest of us are merely trying to figure out how to bottle up that Aniston glow for ourselves. Though she maintains the importance of drinking a ton of water – she’s been a SmartWater spokesperson for more than a decade – she also admits that her diet and exercise routine also play a major part in keeping her skin in great shape, too. And while she’s not afraid to try out trendy (and expensive!) spa treatments, her at-home skin care routine is surprisingly simple. Here are some of the top tips … [Read more...] about Jennifer Aniston makes 50 look like 30 — here’s how she gets such flawless skin
Q: I am a furloughed government contractor, currently on unpaid leave. I am tired of living with the threat of shutdowns disrupting my work. I've been at my current position for less than 18 months, and my job before that, my first job out of college, lasted exactly 18 months until my contract ended. I am not searching yet, but do you have any advice on how to frame why I am looking for a new job already? I don't want to be viewed as a job hopper. A: I think before you finish forming the words "I am a government contractor," your interviewers will grok why you're looking elsewhere. But even without the current government shutdown, I doubt hiring managers would blink at seeing 18-month tenures for your first two jobs out of college. I'm sure they've read various surveys showing that newly minted workers tend to be short-timers; 43 percent of millennials and 61 percent of Gen Z workers expect to move on within two years, according to a survey by Deloitte. Then again, other surveys … [Read more...] about Do you look like a job hopper? It depends.
“Dancing With the Stars” in the US is a spin-off of the UK’s show “Strictly Come Dancing.” There have been several versions of the show made worldwide. Judges, pros, and stars from the original have appeared on various adaptations. You may be familiar with the competition show format of celebrities pairing up with professional dancers to compete for a prize. What you may not know is this format has been replicated all over the world. Here’s what the show looks like in different countries. It all started in the UK with “Strictly Come Dancing.” This was the original, modern-day celebrity dancing competition show. It’s been airing since 2004 and has featured celebrities such as Spice Girl Emma Bunton and singer Pixie Lott. Original judge Bruno Tonioli now also judges on the US version “Dancing With the Stars.” The US has “Dancing With the Stars.” Since “Dancing With the Stars” premiered in the … [Read more...] about What celebrity dancing reality shows look like around the world