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14 Creative Divorce Cakes

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We've discussed geeky wedding invitations, wedding dresses, and wedding photos. But with so many marriages not lasting forever, the market for "divorce cakes" is alive and well.

1. Don’t Slip, Dear

This cake, by Artisan Cake Company, so closely reflects a traditional wedding cake, only it is in black and the groom seems to have had an “accident.”

2. The Tumbling Bride

It’s not just the ladies wishing ill on their exes. Here’s the gender-swapped version of the scenario in the last cake, featuring a “Congratulations on your Divorce” banner. This creation is by Flickr user doroc.

3. Sinking in Vegas

For those who barely escaped the choppy waves of a wedding officiated by Elvis, this cake by Flickr user TheTopping is a perfect choice.

4. A Steampunk Celebration

There are plenty of steampunk wedding cakes out there, so it’s only logical that at least a few divorce cakes are adorned in this highly stylized manner. This particular design by Cakes by No More Tiers even has a fun steampunk-esque message, “Time’s up…. full steam ahead.”

5. Back Stabbing

What do you do when someone has broken your heart? If your answer is “cut theirs out,” then you might want to ask Pink Rose Cakes to recreate this lovely design for you if you ever get a divorce.

6. Burning Witch

This design by Alliance Bakery is quite possibly the most suiting creation ever for all the gents who refer to their ex as a “serious witch.”

7. Ding Dong the Psycho is Gone

Here’s another play on the “witch” title, although this one, by Gigi’s Cake Boutique, seems strikingly more cheerful.

8. Skinned Alive

While many divorce cakes are dark, this one, by Aurora Cakes, is the most diabolical I’ve seen yet.

9. The Relationship Cemetery

If your love is completely dead, maybe it’s time you hold a funeral for it. If you’re wondering where to get a perfect mini-cemetery like this one, well, you’d better head over to Elite Cake Creations.

10. Wonder Woman at a Funeral

On this cake by Cakes by Brown Suga’, Wonder Woman is casually pondering the wonderful things the future now holds.

11. Taking the Garbage Out

The groom is thrown out with the garbage in this cake by Elite Cake Creations, the same company that made the wedding ring cemetery above.

12. What Was Yours Is Mine

If you’re the type to gloat over what you got in a divorce, then this cake by ABC Cake Shop and Bakery is perfect for your Divorce Day.

13. His and Not His

Here’s another one where the wife was more than happy to show off her newly acquired assets, this time by Shyndigz Catering. At least the husband got to keep his pizza shop.

14. Made from Divorce Papers

While all the other cakes on this list are actually edible, this one is just an art piece. Even so, Kate Thomas’ idea to use her actual divorce papers to create a paper cake sculpture was certainly a creative way to immortalize the event.
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Has anyone ever eaten any divorce cake?

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Man Buys Two Metric Tons of LEGO Bricks; Sorts Them Via Machine Learning
May 21, 2017
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Jacques Mattheij made a small, but awesome, mistake. He went on eBay one evening and bid on a bunch of bulk LEGO brick auctions, then went to sleep. Upon waking, he discovered that he was the high bidder on many, and was now the proud owner of two tons of LEGO bricks. (This is about 4400 pounds.) He wrote, "[L]esson 1: if you win almost all bids you are bidding too high."

Mattheij had noticed that bulk, unsorted bricks sell for something like €10/kilogram, whereas sets are roughly €40/kg and rare parts go for up to €100/kg. Much of the value of the bricks is in their sorting. If he could reduce the entropy of these bins of unsorted bricks, he could make a tidy profit. While many people do this work by hand, the problem is enormous—just the kind of challenge for a computer. Mattheij writes:

There are 38000+ shapes and there are 100+ possible shades of color (you can roughly tell how old someone is by asking them what lego colors they remember from their youth).

In the following months, Mattheij built a proof-of-concept sorting system using, of course, LEGO. He broke the problem down into a series of sub-problems (including "feeding LEGO reliably from a hopper is surprisingly hard," one of those facts of nature that will stymie even the best system design). After tinkering with the prototype at length, he expanded the system to a surprisingly complex system of conveyer belts (powered by a home treadmill), various pieces of cabinetry, and "copious quantities of crazy glue."

Here's a video showing the current system running at low speed:

The key part of the system was running the bricks past a camera paired with a computer running a neural net-based image classifier. That allows the computer (when sufficiently trained on brick images) to recognize bricks and thus categorize them by color, shape, or other parameters. Remember that as bricks pass by, they can be in any orientation, can be dirty, can even be stuck to other pieces. So having a flexible software system is key to recognizing—in a fraction of a second—what a given brick is, in order to sort it out. When a match is found, a jet of compressed air pops the piece off the conveyer belt and into a waiting bin.

After much experimentation, Mattheij rewrote the software (several times in fact) to accomplish a variety of basic tasks. At its core, the system takes images from a webcam and feeds them to a neural network to do the classification. Of course, the neural net needs to be "trained" by showing it lots of images, and telling it what those images represent. Mattheij's breakthrough was allowing the machine to effectively train itself, with guidance: Running pieces through allows the system to take its own photos, make a guess, and build on that guess. As long as Mattheij corrects the incorrect guesses, he ends up with a decent (and self-reinforcing) corpus of training data. As the machine continues running, it can rack up more training, allowing it to recognize a broad variety of pieces on the fly.

Here's another video, focusing on how the pieces move on conveyer belts (running at slow speed so puny humans can follow). You can also see the air jets in action:

In an email interview, Mattheij told Mental Floss that the system currently sorts LEGO bricks into more than 50 categories. It can also be run in a color-sorting mode to bin the parts across 12 color groups. (Thus at present you'd likely do a two-pass sort on the bricks: once for shape, then a separate pass for color.) He continues to refine the system, with a focus on making its recognition abilities faster. At some point down the line, he plans to make the software portion open source. You're on your own as far as building conveyer belts, bins, and so forth.

Check out Mattheij's writeup in two parts for more information. It starts with an overview of the story, followed up with a deep dive on the software. He's also tweeting about the project (among other things). And if you look around a bit, you'll find bulk LEGO brick auctions online—it's definitely a thing!

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What Happened to Jamie and Aurelia From Love Actually?
May 26, 2017
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Fans of the romantic-comedy Love Actually recently got a bonus reunion in the form of Red Nose Day Actually, a short charity special that gave audiences a peek at where their favorite characters ended up almost 15 years later.

One of the most improbable pairings from the original film was between Jamie (Colin Firth) and Aurelia (Lúcia Moniz), who fell in love despite almost no shared vocabulary. Jamie is English, and Aurelia is Portuguese, and they know just enough of each other’s native tongues for Jamie to propose and Aurelia to accept.

A decade and a half on, they have both improved their knowledge of each other’s languages—if not perfectly, in Jamie’s case. But apparently, their love is much stronger than his grasp on Portuguese grammar, because they’ve got three bilingual kids and another on the way. (And still enjoy having important romantic moments in the car.)

In 2015, Love Actually script editor Emma Freud revealed via Twitter what happened between Karen and Harry (Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman, who passed away last year). Most of the other couples get happy endings in the short—even if Hugh Grant's character hasn't gotten any better at dancing.

[h/t TV Guide]