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14 Fantastic Futurama Fan Art Creations

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Last night, Futurama aired its final episode. Let's take a look back at a few of the coolest Futurama artworks ever created during the show's run.

1. The Horrors of Reality

As a cartoon character, Nibbler looks adorable and cuddly. But if he were real, that might not be the case. In fact, when artist Jared Krichevsky used 3D software to imagine what Futurama characters would look like in real life, the results ended up overwhelmingly creepy.

2. Real Life in Clay

Here’s another take on what the Planet Express crew would look like in the real world as envisioned by DeviantArt user artanis-one. While the Professor and Leela look similar, though more realistic, Dr. Zoidberg has changed from everyone’s favorite bumbling lobster man into an alien you’d expect to see on Star Trek.

3. Hayao Miyazaki's Futurama

Would Bender be a lot kinder if he was a product of Hayao Miyazaki's imagination instead of Matt Groening? Given Miyazaki's past creations like Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and Ponyo, I’m willing to say yes—and Bouletcorp’s take on the robot as a Miyazaki character only further illustrates that point.

4. X-Rama

When Futurama characters are given mutant powers and start resembling X-Men, havoc is bound to ensue. DeviantArt user gottabecarl shows what the mash up between these two universes would probably look like.

5. The Futurelement

While I don’t really picture Fry pulling off any role Bruce Willis has ever played, the rest of the characters in this mash up work pretty well—especially Professor Farnsworth as Ruby Rod. All in all, this is a great take on The Fifth Element, courtesy of DeviantArt user RikudaSanin.

6. In 8-Bit

If Community could do an episode in 8-bit, then Futurama surely could as well—and it would probably look a lot like this video, created by YouTube user GrandmaBird.

7. LEGO

Speaking of 8-bit, here’s the entire Planet Express building in New New York, along with many of the company’s employees, all in blocky, LEGO form.  The entire creation was done by Pepa Quin and she has plenty more pictures of the project on her Flickr stream.

8. Stained Glass

Are you a nerd looking to spruce up your home with something classy like a stained glass art piece? Then you’ll love Nerd Glass. They have two different Futurama designs, one featuring Bender and one with Dr. Zoidberg.

9. Roasting On An Open Bender

You may not want to bite Bender’s shiny metal butt, but biting into something cooked in said butt is an entirely different story. You can see the process Blogspot user halftroll used to make the Bender stove in this impressively lengthy blog post.

10. Fry and Leela: The Next Generation

For years fans waited to see if Fry would ever actually hook up with Leela. Now that he has, it’s time to start wondering if they’ll settle down and make a family. If they do, I hope they look like these adorable little brats drawn by Redditor doodiescoop.

11. Home Is Where The Fry IS

You know you’ve made it big when your face has been embroidered by a fan. Etsy seller It's a Stitch sells a variety of geeky embroidery projects, including this brilliant design featuring one of Fry’s most famous lines.

12. Put The Clamps On This Wall

Even street artists in Barcelona are fans of Futurama, or at least the show’s robotic gangsters, as evidenced by this photo taken by Flickr user oriolsalvador.

13. Are You Ready Kids?

While DeviantArt user Javas doesn’t label it as such, I feel like this is pretty much exactly what Futurama would look like if it were a '90s cartoon, right down to Zoidberg’s dopey smile and Fry’s dope jacket.

14. In Glorious Cinema-Scope!

If the show were a mid-century cheesy sci-fi film, this is pretty much exactly what the poster would look like—complete with flying saucers, a seductive woman being carried and terrified, pointing bystanders. DeviantArt user OnlyMilo pretty much nailed it here.

BONUS: The Live Action Intro

Ever wonder what Futurama would look like if it was a low budget live action show instead of an animated series? Well, the chintzy effects used in this great ad by Comedy Central should give you some idea.

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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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These $425 Jeans Can Turn Into Jorts
May 19, 2017
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Modular clothing used to consist of something simple, like a reversible jacket. Today, it’s a $425 pair of detachable jeans.

Apparel retailer Opening Ceremony recently debuted a pair of “2 in 1 Y/Project” trousers that look fairly peculiar. The legs are held to the crotch by a pair of loops, creating a disjointed C-3PO effect. Undo the loops and you can now remove the legs entirely, leaving a pair of jean shorts in their wake. The result goes from this:

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To this:

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The company also offers a slightly different cut with button tabs in black for $460. If these aren’t audacious enough for you, the Y/Project line includes jumpsuits with removable legs and garter-equipped jeans.

[h/t Mashable]

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