A Project That Uses a Markov Chain Process to Create Surreal ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ Remixes

Calvin and Markov

Calvin and Markov is a project by Josh Millard that uses a Markov chain process to remix classic Calvin and Hobbes comic strips into something even more surreal. Millard details the process behind the project in a lengthy blog post on his site.

So far I’ve marked up the 1985 and 1986 strips, or about 14 months total. That adds up to about 1300 separate lines for Calvin (I peeked, it’s 1,268 lines containing 10,832 words total), a few hundred for Hobbes, 100+ each for Calvin’s mom and dad, and on the order of dozens for the other recurring characters.

This isn’t Millard first foray into weird Markov chain-based projects–Garkov is a similar project from several years ago that uses Garfield as a base.

Calvin and Markov

Calvin and Markov

Calvin and Markov

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A Telemarketer Uses an Unusual Sales Tactic in a New Sketch From ‘Key & Peele’

Jordan Peele plays a telemarketer using an unusual sales tactic to close a deal with Keegan-Michael Key in a new sketch from their Comedy Central series Key & Peele. The new season of Key & Peele is scheduled to begin on July 8, 2015 at 10:00PM.

Rhett & Link Compete to See Who Can Come Up With the Most Overly Complicated Coffee Order

In their most recent comedy sketch, comedians Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal of Rhett & Link compete to see who can come up with the most overly complicated coffee order at a coffee shop. The two get pretty carried away with their orders before finally revealing their true plan. The sketch features actress and writer Melissa Stephens and actor Harley Morenstein of Epic Meal Time.

A Beautiful Compilation of Opening Shots in Films

“The Art of the Opening Shot”, the latest video by Filmnørdens Hjørne, is a beautiful compilation of opening shots in films.

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Illustrations of Adorable Little Monsters Created From Random Coffee Spills

Coffee Monsters

Hamburg, Germany-based copywriter and photographer Stefan Kuhnigk has created The Coffeemonsters, wonderful illustrations of adorable little monsters created from random coffee spills. The full collection of images are available to view on Instagram and Facebook. Kuhnigk also released a video showing how he turns the stains into cute monsters using his imagination and drawing skills.

Prints of his caffeinated creatures are available to purchase online from Society6. Shirts, iPhone cases, and coffee mugs are available to purchase from Spreadshirt.

Once upon a time there was a little copywriter (that is me, Stefan), who spilled a cup of coffee. What emerged from the depth of the darkest espresso available was a small monster. It looked at me and said: “Draw me, draw me, draw meeee!”
And then I drew. The next day I thought “Well, I could do it daily, just to be creative every day.” So I took a spoon and spilled some coffee on paper. My colleagues looked at me the way people look at people who go completely nuts. Well, they didn’t know. (read more)

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‘Art of the Storm’, A Gorgeous Time-Lapse Video of a Stationary Supercell Near Rapid City, South Dakota

“Art of the Storm” is a gorgeous time-lapse video by photographer Nicolaus Wegner of a stationary supercell near Rapid City, South Dakota.

An amazing stationary supercell was produced over the Black Hills of South Dakota near Rapid City on June 1, 2015. I was fortunate enough to have the entire event unfold right in front of me over the course of several hours. Truly one of the most beautiful natural weather phenomenon I have ever witnessed.

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An Exploration of the Real Origin of the Word ‘OK’

Chicago linguist Arika Okrent explores the real origin of the word “OK” in a new video for Mental Floss.

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An Analysis of What Almost All Music in the World Has in Common

A new video by Quartz, narrated by musicologist Patrick Savage of Tokyo University of the Arts, takes a look at a project that compared 304 different songs from around the world and did a statistical analysis to determine what universal elements almost all music has in common.

Showtime Launches a New Standalone Streaming Service Similar to HBO NOW


Showtime has launched a new standalone streaming service–similar to the recently launched HBO NOW–that allows viewers to access all the channel’s content without a cable or satellite subscription. Content will be available to stream at the same time it airs on the channel, and the launch is timed to coincide with the premieres of two of the channel’s biggest shows: Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan

The service will be available to customers with Apple as its first distribution platform for $10.99 per month after a 30-day trial. Hulu customers will be able to include the new Showtime service with their existing Hulu subscription for just $8.99 per month.

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