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Weekend Links: Gary Oldman Reads R. Kelly

Blessed be the internet on days when things such as this come to light - Gary Oldman does a dramatic reading of R. Kelly's autobiography. "It do … what it do."
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This fantastic link comes courtesy of my friend Alexis - classic movies, done in miniature style (as in the ancient illustrated form). The zooming in on some of the faces is simply hilarious. Which do you think is the best?
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Is it true that gamers love to fail? And if so, why?
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I've always been a fan of animated GIFs, but there's something really beautiful, if not a bit creepy, about cinemagraphs. Here are some 30 cinemagraphs made from Stanley Kubrick films, which I think is such an amazing way to capture his particular brand of filmmaking.
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The Twitter bot devoted to correcting a single grammatical error (119,455 times and counting).
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It may seem counterintuitive, but there are many reasons why in the summertime, the best way to cool down is with a hot drink.
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A slow news day's (humorous) consideration of alien invasion. 65 years later, what really happened at Roswell? (The point about the Missouri Compromise is so spot-on).
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An interesting piece on Lucas Foglia, a photographer who went in search of off-the-grid Americans to see the kinds of lives they lead.
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Given how everything turned out, these photos of the Romanov family while in exile are particularly haunting.
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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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