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It’s time for a game of “Neural Network-Generated Paint Color, Metal Band, Or D&D Spell?”

We have no idea how to picture a color like "Clardic Fug," so please enjoy this shot of random computer crap. (Photo: GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)

Neural networks are the new online craze, amusing people with their near-competent grasp of English, occasional bursts of brilliance, and the ongoing reassurance that they’ll never be able to craft a really satisfying episode of Friends. Blogger Janelle Shane, who runs Postcards From The Frontiers Of Science, has been playing around with those networks a lot lately, feeding in different data sets, and seeing how well they can be trained to output semi-realistic responses. Shane’s past successes (?) include Pokémon, knock-knock jokes, and recipes, but tonight we thought we’d have a little fun with some of their newer posts, with a game that hopefully won’t cause everybody reading this to cook themselves to death when they try to figure out where to substitute in either bones or fresh bread in their machine-generated dinners.

That’s right, it’s time for a round of “Neural Network-Generated Paint Color, Metal Band, Or D&D Spell?,” the game that challenges you to distinguish between wall-ready paint chip colors like Stoomy Brown, hard-rocking outfits like Russia’s Inhuman Sand, and that old wizard’s standby, Mous Of Farts. You can check the answers for yourself right here, here, and here, but no cheating, lest we be forced to send the terrifying Cow of Auraly after you.


Anyway, here’s the list: Are these neural-network-generated paint colors, metal bands, or Dungeons & Dragons spells?


Purping Lightsin

Bank Butt


Dragonred Of Blood

Light Of Blast

Stanky Bean

Vicious Markers

Gland Growth

Ronching Blue


Black Clonic Sky

Rose Hork

And, of course, Sht.

How’d you do? Fun fact: Your score here is equal to the number of days you’re likely to survive when the machines rise up and punish us, for forcing them to pore over our pop-culture detritus like this.

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