Torment Tuesday News #75

Dog days of summer are in full effect. This week we talk Mammoth live cams, Darkside’s recovery, and the legality of AI art.

Torment Tuesday News #75

Dog days of summer are in full effect. This week we talk Mammoth live cams, Darkside’s recovery, and the legality of AI art.

July 18, 2023
Words By Torment Staff TTN

Hard to beat this view (and sticker). A warm week across the board. Let's get into it.

Torment Weather Report: July 4th was the hottest day on Earth since at least 1979, with the global average temperature reaching 62.92 degrees Fahrenheit (according the above data). 57 million US citizens dealt with dangerous heat on Tuesday, China endured a sizzling heat wave, the Antarctic is hotter than usual during its winter, and temperatures in the north of Africa reached 122F. The heat was felt across the board.

"Tuesday’s global average temperature was calculated by a model that uses data from weather stations, ships, ocean buoys and satellites, Paulo Ceppi, a climate scientist at London’s Grantham Institute, explained in an email Wednesday. This modeling system has been used to estimate daily average temperatures starting in 1979."

We have high hopes of Mammoth's snowpack making it into the '23-24 season, but our wishful thinking is at odds with Mammoth's Main Lodge live stream. 3 alternating angles that confirm the same thing: even 715" stands little chance against climate change.

Curiosity may have killed the cat on this one, but it's worth linking all perspectives.
Unbound Main
McCoy Station

The Boston Globe sent photographer Jessica Rinaldi and intern Vincent Alban to document the damage and recovery process from Vermont's flooding last week. Two inspiring portfolios to note. They seemed to stumble upon Darkside Ludlow for some context.

More intimate journalism comes in the form of Darkside's livestream from last Wednesday. A heavy look into 10-minutes of muddy cleanup from the floods. Wishing for a speedy recovery, and, until then, support one of Vermont's oldest shops through the Fludlow sale.

It goes without saying that the introduction to AI has been nothing short of disruptive. For the first time ever, machine learning has been able to create its "own" content. Whether that comes in the form of DALL-E understanding snowboarding or AI expanding iconic skate photos, it's clear that there's a (limiting?) space for this type of art.

AI models don't just do make art out of thin air. Through a process called training, AI models "ingest millions (maybe even billions) of images scraped from websites all around the web. Combined with text describing the images, they know have a data set that lets them create almost any type of image from a simple web prompt." The problem is, many artists never gave their consent for their art to be used in an image generator.

Seldomly do we find a skateboard magazine that allows us to reach for some abstract snowboard relevance. John Shanahan snagged the latest cover of Thrasher's Septmeber issue in fluorescent fashion, and we like to think this can be boiled down to some off-season clips from past winters.

Hard to think otherwise when looking at his snowboard clips from:
J3T Part (1:35 & 2:56)
Rendered Useless

Instagram Clip of the Week: Left, Up, Down with Benny Milam