Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Computer-generated candy hearts, a dating site for gorillas, an LGBTQ+ plaid from Burberry and more

1. Official Barack and Michelle Obama Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery Today, at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald became the first black painters to unveil commissioned presidential portraits from and at the museum. Wiley’s portrayal of a thoughtful, sitting President Obama falls upon a pattern of vibrant foliage, typical of his style. Baltimore-based Sherald’s work features …

Sunflower Bean’s Valentine’s Day Playlist for Cool Hunting

Love-themed songs that span the platonic, romantic, familial and more

New York trio Sunflower Bean is finishing up their tour just in time for the release of their new album Twentytwo in Blue, out 23 March. To celebrate the record, and Valentine’s Day, the band (aka Julia Cumming, Jacob Faber and Nick Kivlen) created a playlist especially for Cool Hunting. The band says, “It’s love themed. Not just romantic love, but like love you have …

Computer-Generated Candy Heart Messages

From “SWEAT POO” to “TIME HUG” and “HOW U HOT,” research scientist Janelle Shane’s computer-generated candy heart messages are unlike any we’ve seen before. Shane (who runs the fascinating blog AI Weirdness) says she collected all the legitimate candy heart messages she could find, and then created a learning algorithm (or “neural network”) for them to mix and match new messages—and the results are nothing …