No More Thirst In The Desert

May 13, 2024


 
A tool for condensing breathing water until it turns into drinking water  
 
Ships often crash onto barren shores, and sailors go out and find nothing but sand, salt water, or hard rocks. An American invented a very simple tool that anyone who wants to avoid thirst places on their mouth. When breath comes out with water vapor in it, this vapor condenses in the container and turns into water, just like what happens in the heat when the outside of a cup gets wet with water that has condensed. As the amount of vapor condenses, the thirsty person drinks it, and their thirst decreases. A Bedouin in the caravan can put this tool on his mouth at night, and in the morning he drinks what has condensed from his breath and would not feel thirsty.




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Remembering Jean Provost

Apr 25, 2024


Born on November 28, 1887 under the name Jeanne Edmonde Guéneau, Jean Provost studied at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art in Paris in the class of Louis Leloir, and won a first prize for comedy in the Exit Exam. She began at the Comédie-Française in 1907 where she remained until 1912. among the films she starred in:

The Precious Ridiculous Ones by Georges Berr, 1909
The Dangerous Flirt by René Leprince, 1911
The the Queen's Necklace by Camille de Morlhon, 1912
The Jacobites (Art Films), 1912
Tartuffe (Art Films), 1912
The Guilty (Pathé), 1912
The Thief by Adrien Caillard, 1914
If Old Age Knew! by Fernand Rivers, 1916
Asmodée in Paris by Pierre Chaudy, 1921
Nène by Jacques de Baroncelli, 1923
After Love by Maurice Champreux, 1924
 

 
 
 
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Emile Corsi: The Artist That Never Existed

Apr 22, 2024

 
By Thanvi Nimmala 
 
Recently, as I was scrolling through Instagram, I came across an image captioned "Bastet by Emile Corsi, 1877." At first glance, this appears to be a legitimate post displaying the work of a 19th century artist. However, it is in fact a product of generative AI.

I was curious to find how “Emile Corsi” came to be. Was it the name of the AI user? Could it be a persona or a pen-name? With a little searching, I found that the creation of the persona “Emile Corsi” traces to a tumblr account by the name Shuttered Gallery. By scrolling through their account, you can see many images credited to the name Emile Corsi followed by a year in the 19th century.
 
 
Despite the circulation of these images among art accounts, it is important to note that Shutter Gallery explicitly states that these images are products of AI generated technology and that the persona of “Emile Corsi” are fabricated. Even in their blog posts, the images are tagged with phrases such as "#fictional artist," "#fictional dates," "#ai generated!!," etc.

The name Emile Corsi is credited to many painterly-styled works that have been reposted on social media. Reposters do not credit the AI user but rather the persona, creating a layer of illusion to this mythical artist. Let’s say there is an individual who actively follows art pages who they believe to be a reliable source of content. They suddenly come across an “Emile Corsi” image presented in the way as traditional paintings.
 


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A Romanian Beauty Called Diana Moldovan

Aug 5, 2023


Diana on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, Romania, Nov-Dec 2015's Issue. Photograph by Dan Beleiu

Diana Moldovan is one of the most distinguished models in the world. She's even given modeling more value and merit than she'd taken. Born in Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania, on March 13th, 1987, the Romanian beauty represented fashion houses such as Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Dior, Chloé, Emilio Pucci, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Mugler, Guy Laroche, Kenzo, Anteprima and Vionnet. She posed for Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Vogue, Amica, Numero, Glamour, Airfrance and Dahse and appeared in commercials for Hermes, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Cacharel, H&M, Trussardi Jeans, YSL Beauty, Emporio Armani, Emporio Armani Beauty, Clarins, Lacoste, Dior and Dior Eyewear. With blue eyes and dark brown hair, Diana's height is 177 CM; bust, waist and hips respectively are 84, 59 and 88 CM while she wears a 38 European or 7.5 U.S.A. shoe.


Diana Moldovan in a publicity photograph for Apostrophe clothing store in Paris, for autumn and winter of 2010-2011. The photograph was originally scanned by Miss Tekka in 2010.




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A Landmark Of Photography


Corner of 10th and Stuyvesant streets. Illustration by Kelli Ercolano, 2020

One of the most photographed spots in New York is that corner of 10th & Stuyvesant streets in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan. According to NYC Tourist Information Center, the houses that span the south side of 10th Street from No. 114 to 128 and those at Nos. 23–35 on Stuyvesant Street form what's known as Renwick Triangle, a group of houses designed by the noted 19th century NYC architect James Renwick Jr. 'This uniquely-shaped corner building is a classic spot. The vine-covered building, stone exterior and blooming foliage makes for a picturesque setting in a quiet neighborhood,' says Sam Horine, a New York photographer. The closest subway station is Astor Place, 6 Trains, then head north on Lafayette St., continue on 4th Ave, turn right on East 10th St. and the corner will be on your right.


Miss Diana Perez in front of the building, 2018




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Egyptian Belles In Neo-Renaissance NFT Art

Jul 31, 2023


Egyptian Grace. NFT portrait by E. H. Source: nft.greategypt.org

If you visit nft.greategypt.org, you would think you are back to the Renaissance age with Egyptian flavor. Ehab Hussein, the creator of Great Egypt's NFTs used Artificial Intelligence partly to come up with over 90 portraits depicted as the world's second collection of cultural heritage non-fungible tokens. NFTs mean unique items immortalized on a digital ledger called Blochchain. The artist chose the Algorand protocol to mint and power the Egyptian NFTs which, according to the website, aim to preserve and maintain culture and verify ownership. The step is not only limited to a new way of showcasing pictures, but also such portraits can be first introduced in this manner rather than the usual art galleries and auctions.




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Rosie Devine

Dec 8, 2022


Rosie Devine

Realist painter, Alex Tzavaras accidentally produced one of the masterpieces in contemporary art in September all while recording a painting tutorial video about how to paint eyes. The lucky model is the Instagram personality, Rosie Devine, an amateur stylist and an aspiring entertainer who lives in Brighton, England. In our estimate, it didn't take Tzavaras more than a couple of hours to come out with this portrait which we think is a marvel with its making helped by the potentials of Rosie's qualifiable facial features.


Rosie posing for a portrait 



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