Pay Per Laugh is a new payment system designed for comedy clubs that uses facial expression detection software to charge customers 30 cents per laugh. The entry is free and so you only pay if you are measured to have found the night funny. The project is documented on this video.
The Teatreneu comedy club in Barcelona hired ad agency Cyranos McCann to devise a way to get customers to return to comedy after a decline in sales due to a huge increase in taxes on theatre tickets.
Yes. MAKE ME LAUGH, CLOWN. ABUSE YOURSELF FOR MY AMUSEMENT.
NEC NeoFace facial recognition software analyzes the Chinese clay soldier army.
For Extra Credit….
Click on any of these photos, draw your frame, do a quick drawing in non photo blue, ink it and color it in any way you wish.
This is one of the strangest and most mysterious books on the shelves of the Archie McPhee Library. Haunted Air [Buy on Amazon], by British musician and artist Ossian Brown, is a fascinating collection of anonymous Halloween photographs taken between circa 1875 and 1955. They’re all from Brown’s personal collection and are presented without any context. In fact the only text in the entire book is the all too perfect foreword written by the inimitable David Lynch.
"The photographs in Haunted Air provide an extraordinary glimpse into the traditions of this macabre festival from ages past, and form an important document of photographic history. These are the pictures of the dead: family portraits, mementos of the treasured, now unrecognizable, and others.”
Each page contains a single bewitching photograph - a simple layout that makes the photos even creepier and more captivating. Without any background information, these haunting pieces of Americana have only each other for company. That is, until you start looking at them, wondering about them, making up stories for them. On the pages of this book, every day truly is Halloween.
[Photos from Haunted Air via NPR]
Miss Cakehead writes, “A macbre preview of some ‘treats’ which will be sold in Miss Cakehead’s infamous Eat Your Heart Out Halloween pop up cake shop in London - the theme for 2013 being ‘Feed The Beast’. Undoubtably these rum filled chocolate body parts make the world’s most disturbing liqueur chocolates, and there is much much worse to come!”
Are they lovingly drizzled in larks’ vomit?
More Monster Greeting Cards from R. Crumb, along with with the 2013 reproduction Topps description.