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Spider-Ganesha

It's a natural combination. Ganesha is one of the most beloved of the Hindu gods. Kids love him, because after all, just how cool is an elephant-headed god? But he's also revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences - and the god of beginnings, honored at the start of ceremonies. He first appeared around the 5th century AD, and he's been spreading ever since. Even many Buddhists and Jains like him.

Spider-Man is one of the most beloved of the Marvel Comics superheroes. He has super strength, extreme agility, a "spider-sense" for detecting foes, and the ability to cling to most surfaces and shoot spiderwebs using wrist-mounted devices of his own invention. And yet he's approachable, since he's also Peter Parker, a photographer at the Daily Bugle with problems like our own.

I don't know who invented Spider-Ganesha, and I don't know if this blend will catch on. But it could - the line between gods and superheroes is smaller than monotheists might think. They say that after his death Hercules ascended to Olympus. There was an Egyptian cult honoring Alexander the Great from the 3rd to the 1st centuries BC. And the historical Chinese general Guan Yu was deified about 300 years after his death. I've seen plenty of statues of him in Taoist and Buddhist temples in Shanghai and Singapore - and in Hong Kong, you can find him in every police station!

If we're going to have gods and heroes, I say we should have lots, and do it with a playful, relaxed attitude, enjoying them without "believing" in them.

So, three cheers for Spider-Ganesha!
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Here are some of Donald Trump tweets when he mistakenly thought Romney won the popular vote in 2012.
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"You've probably heard of an AI technique known as 'style transfer' -- or, if you haven't heard of it, you've seen it. The process uses neural networks to apply the look and feel of one image to another, and appears in apps like Prisma and Facebook. These style transfers, however, are stylistic, not photorealistic. They look good because they look like they've been painted. Now a group of researchers from Cornell University and Adobe have augmented style transfer so that it can transfer the look of one photo onto another -- while still looking like a photo."

"Essentially, they've taken the methods of the original style transfer, and added another layer of neural networks to the process -- a layer that makes sure that the details of the original image are preserved."

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"Jared Kushner, who comes to Washington with no government experience, no policy experience, no diplomatic experience, and business experience limited to his family’s real estate development firm, a brief stint as a newspaper publisher, and briefly bidding to acquire the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be working on trade, Middle East policy in general, an Israel-Palestine peace deal more specifically, reforming the Veterans Administration, and solving the opioid crisis."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jared-kushner-everything-czar_us_58d95499e4b02a2eaab6664f

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