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The Late Movies: Bizarre Cooking Shows

Postmodern weirdness has finally invaded the last vestige of TV-dom I thought was safe from irony: the tried-and-true cooking show. I don't know how much you'll actually learn about cooking from watching these shows, but they're certainly worth a laugh or two.

Food Party

This show on IFC features lots of weird graphics, a wacky host and lines like "We're gonna make everyone think you have a food budget that rivals Scarface's coke budget!" It's kind of like Tim and Eric meet Yo Gabba Gabba.

Cookin' with Coolio

"We will not be eatin' no bullshit today!" Coolio brazenly declares before freestyle rapping about the game day turkey he'll be preparing. Warning: Coolio is off da hook and somewhat NSFW.

The Huntress: Squirrel Melts

"You've heard of tuna melts or patty melts -- why not squirrel melts?" Before this all-American mom can cook her son a nice after-school snack, though, she's got to get her hands on a squirrel, which she shoots in the backyard.

Cooking with Werner

Actor Will Maier gives an inspired performance as filmmaker Werner Herzog, who cooks a grilled cheese sandwich with a side of ecstatic truth.

Cooking with Dog

An internet cooking show. Don't get the wrong idea: it's a woman who cooks alongside a dog, not using dog as an ingredient.

Mr. T's Flavorwave

Okay, it's not exactly a cooking show -- but it almost makes you want to buy Mr. T's answer to the Foreman grill.

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New AI-Driven Music System Analyzes Tracks for Perfect Playlists
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Whether you're planning a bachelorette party or recovering from a breakup, a well-curated playlist makes all the difference. If you don't have time to pick the perfect songs manually, services that use the AI-driven system Sonic Style may be able to figure out exactly what you have in mind based on your request.

According to Fast Company, Sonic Style is the new music-categorizing service from the media and entertainment data provider Gracenote. There are plenty of music algorithms out there already, but Sonic Style works a little differently. Rather than listing the entire discography of a certain artist under a single genre, the AI analyzes individual tracks. It considers factors like the artist's typical genre and the era the song was recorded in, as well as qualities it can only learn through listening, like tempo and mood. Based on nearly 450 descriptors, it creates a super-accurate "style profile" of the track that makes it easier for listeners to find it when searching for the perfect song to fit an occasion.

Playlists that use data from Sonic Style feel like they were made by a person with a deep knowledge of music rather than a machine. That's thanks to the system's advanced neural network. It also recognizes artists that don't fit neatly into one genre, or that have evolved into a completely different music style over their careers. Any service—including music-streaming platforms and voice-activated assistants—that uses Gracenote's data will be able to take advantage of the new technology.

With AI at your disposal, all you have to do as the listener is decide on a style of music. Here are some ideas to get you started if you want a playlist for productivity.

[h/t Fast Company]

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