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Christmas haul 2022

A comedy of bounty.

Gift card and sweet n spicy trail mix and moose munch – mom

Card from derek
Card from Danny

Mysterium board game
Quacks of quedlinburg board game
Lego bonsai tree

Card from tettimers
Atari 50th anniversary for ps5
John Severins billy the kid
Lego big eye doctor strange
Tshirt man thing and werewolf by night
Tshirt hellfire club
Assorted nature finder books
Creepy bonus lego for haunted house
Chocolate pretzels
Minifigure grab bags
The watch DVD (pratchett)
Trash soldiers resign figures
Custom dice – pumpkin,  mushroom, and misc
Minifigure- nutcracker, popcorn, knight, dragon, bigbadwolf, deer

Big tin of cheetos
2 jars of nuts. Cashews and mixed
Plague tale requiem
John severin bio
Hot sauce sampler
Cherry cordials
Wifi plugs
Mickey mouse pez
Bumblebee figure
Marvel legends
Ben grimm
Loki
Amazing fantasy spidey
Moon knight

Ai art

Regarding AI art – I use it (though mostly for conceptual stuff) and I don’t apologize for it.

Ot course it can be abused. I don’t think anybody’s saying it’s cool to intentionally direct a series of prompts to make it deviate from its standard style to fully emulate the work of a specific living artist instead of paying them, and allowing artists to opt out of their material being used as training is the right thing to do.

At the same time, there’s a lot of ignorance out there about how neural networks operate and how MidJourney’s plain, no-specific-artist-name-attached style prompt works. Please research it before you accuse the engine of inherently stealing everything it produces. As dumb as the far right looks when they inherently argue from ignorance, we don’t look much better when we say “computers can’t learn to make original content they can only steal!”

I’m by no means an expert on neural networks, but I happened to work on one as part of a college final project (though it was waaaay simpler than the neural networks that Stable Diffusion uses), so that means I know a little more than the average layperson. They are modeled after human brains for a reason — to process or (in this case) generate content they’ve never seen before based on what they learn from images they’ve seen in the past. So yes, this is absolutely similar to what humans do when they take images from the web to study and incorporate what they learn into their own style.

MidJourney’s default style (when you don’t directly emulate a specific artist) is a unique blend, and there’s nothing wrong or illegal about that. It is not a dice roll of “which exact style should I emulate from these art works?” — it’s its own cocktail. The signatures you sometimes see aren’t copied and pasted, they’re from the engine trying to imitate what it’s seen by signing it (honestly, that should probably be weeded out of the training data).

I’m sure there will be a lot of lawsuits around this in the future. I don’t know how the courts will rule on them, as human judges can be unpredictable even for the most apparently straightforward cases (read “Hello World” for a scary example), but there’s s good chance that if what the AI is doing isn’t illegal for a human to do (memorize publicly displayed art, file it away in their brain, incorporate some techniques from that art into part of their unique style) then it won’t be illegal at all.

The resolution I see will be to 1) block user prompts from directing the AI to emulate a specific style of any artist who hasn’t given permission, instead of using its default style or more general prompts like “hyperrealism”. And 2) allow artists to opt out of their material being used for training.

Regarding ai art

Regarding AI art – I use it (though mostly for conceptual stuff) and I don’t apologize for it.

Ot course it can be abused. I don’t think anybody’s saying it’s cool to intentionally direct a series of prompts to make it deviate from its standard style to fully emulate the work of a specific living artist instead of paying them, and allowing artists to opt out of their material being used as training is the right thing to do.

At the same time, there’s a lot of ignorance out there about how neural networks operate and how MidJourney’s plain, no-specific-artist-name-attached style prompt works. Please research it before you accuse the engine of inherently stealing everything it produces. As dumb as the far right looks when they inherently argue from ignorance, we don’t look much better when we say “computers can’t learn to make original content they can only steal!”

I’m by no means an expert on neural networks, but I happened to work on one as part of a college final project (though it was waaaay simpler than the neural networks that Stable Diffusion uses), so that means I know a little more than the average layperson. They are modeled after human brains for a reason — to process or (in this case) generate content they’ve never seen before based on what they learn from images they’ve seen in the past. So yes, this is absolutely similar to what humans do when they take images from the web to study and incorporate what they learn into their own style.

MidJourney’s default style (when you don’t directly emulate a specific artist) is a unique blend, and there’s nothing wrong or illegal about that. It is not a dice roll of “which exact style should I emulate from these art works?” — it’s its own cocktail. The signatures you sometimes see aren’t copied and pasted, they’re from the engine trying to imitate what it’s seen by signing it (honestly, that should probably be weeded out of the training data).

The resolution I see will be to 1) block user prompts from directing the AI to emulate a specific style of any artist who hasn’t given permission, instead of using its default style or more general prompts like “hyperrealism”. And 2) allow artists to opt out of their material being used for training.

I’m sure there will be a lot of lawsuits around this in the future. I don’t know how the courts will rule on them, as human judges can be unpredictable even for the most apparently straightforward cases (read “Hello World” for a scary example), but there’s s good chance that if what the AI is doing isn’t illegal for a human to do (memorize publicly displayed art, file it away in their brain, incorporate some techniques from that art into part of their unique style) then it won’t be illegal at all.

Prompts ai art fails

!paint tabby cat in a dungeon , fantasy art, drawn by erol otus, high quality, highly detailed, elegant, sharp focus, concept art, character concepts, digital painting, mystery, adventure, wide angle, many reflections, 8k –landscape

!paint optimus prime vs superman in Christmas village, 80 mm lens, wide angle, ultra high detail, 16k, –landscape

!paint christopher walken as superman in Christmas village, 80 mm lens, wide angle, ultra high detail, 16k, –landscape

!paint william Shatner in Christmas village, movie still, 80 mm lens, wide angle, ultra high detail, 16k, –landscape

!paint william Shatner centaur , movie still, live action, 80 mm lens, wide angle, ultra high detail, 16k, –landscape

!paint william Shatner as hello kitty , movie still, live action, 80 mm lens, wide angle, ultra high detail, 16k, –landscape

!paint william Shatner as red skull , movie still, live action, 80 mm lens, wide angle, ultra high detail, 16k, –landscape

!paint cathy lee Crosby as red skull , movie still, live action, 80 mm lens, wide angle, ultra high detail, 16k, –landscape

!paint cathy lee Crosby as red skull in the 1980s, movie still, live action, 80 mm lens, wide angle, ultra high detail, 16k, –landscape

!paint paul lynde and charles Nelson Reilly as super mario brothers, movie still, live action, 80 mm lens, wide angle, ultra high detail, 16k, –landscape

!paint paul lynde and charles Nelson Reilly as super mario, superhero in the 1970s, movie still, live action, 80 mm lens, wide angle, ultra high detail, 16k, –landscape

!paint paul lynde as red skull in the 1970s, movie still, live action, 80 mm lens, wide angle, ultra high detail, 16k, –landscape

!paint tabby cat in a medieval christmas city, fantasy art, high quality, highly detailed, elegant, sharp focus, concept art, character concepts, digital painting, mystery, adventure, wide angle, many reflections, 16k –landscape –q4

Starting on Netflix’s Wednesday

IMDb: : Wednesday https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13443470/

Watching first episode, Gomez seems to lack the enthusiasm and warmth I associate with other tv and movie appearances of the character.

Wednesday, seems more hostile than clever, but it can chalked up to the show’s premise. I did like the cello “paint it black” bit.

Thing, well animated, but not crazy about the Frankenstein stitches makeover.

I’ll keep watching, I think it has potential outside the initial pilot-itis.

Update, episode 2 is much more engaging. It’ll survive the three strikes rule, I think.

Midjourney queries cont

Concept art

  1. ancient indonesia, indonesian villagers, punakawan warriors and priests, cinematic, detailed, atmospheric, epic, concept art, wimmelbilder, matte painting, background mountains, shafts of lighting, mist,, photo – realistic, concept art,, volumetric light, cinematic epic + rule of thirds | 3 5 mm, 8 k, corona render, movie concept art, octane render, cinematic, trending on artstation, movie concept art, cinematic composition, ultra – detailed, realistic, hyper – realistic, volumetric lighting, 8 k
  2. city made out of glass : : close shot : : 3 5 mm, realism, octane render, 8 k, exploration, cinematic, trending on artstation, realistic, 3 5 mm camera, unreal engine, hyper detailed, photo – realistic maximum detail, volumetric light, moody cinematic epic concept art, realistic matte painting, hyper photorealistic, concept art, volumetric light, cinematic epic, octane render, 8 k, corona render, movie concept art, octane render, 8 k, corona render, cinematic, trending on artstation, movie concept art, cinematic composition, ultra – detailed, realistic, hyper – realistic, volumetric lighting, 8 k
  3. a cute magical flying dog, fantasy art drawn by disney concept artists, golden colour, high quality, highly detailed, elegant, sharp focus, concept art, character concepts, digital painting, mystery, adventure

More midjourney queries

**Wallpaper**

1. The Legend of Zelda landscape atmospheric, hyper realistic, 8k, epic composition, cinematic, octane render, artstation landscape vista photography by Carr Clifton & Galen Rowell, 16K resolution, Landscape veduta photo by Dustin Lefevre & tdraw, 8k resolution, detailed landscape painting by Ivan Shishkin, DeviantArt, Flickr, rendered in Enscape, Miyazaki, Nausicaa Ghibli, Breath of The Wild, 4k detailed post processing, artstation, rendering by octane, unreal engine

2. a lone skyscraper landscape vista photography by Carr Clifton & Galen Rowell, 16K resolution, Landscape veduta photo by Dustin Lefevre & tdraw, 8k resolution, detailed landscape painting by Ivan Shishkin, DeviantArt, Flickr, rendered in Enscape, Miyazaki, Nausicaa Ghibli, Breath of The Wild, 4k detailed post processing, atmospheric, hyper realistic, 8k, epic composition, cinematic, artstation

3. A grand city in the year 2100, atmospheric, hyper realistic, 8k, epic composition, cinematic, octane render, artstation landscape vista photography by Carr Clifton & Galen Rowell, 16K resolution, Landscape veduta photo by Dustin Lefevre & tdraw, 8k resolution, detailed landscape painting by Ivan Shishkin, DeviantArt, Flickr, rendered in Enscape, Miyazaki, Nausicaa Ghibli, Breath of The Wild, 4k detailed post processing, artstation, rendering by octane, unreal engine

4. walking on the starlight,dreamy ultra wide shot, atmospheric, hyper realistic, epic composition, cinematic, octane render, artstation landscape vista photography by Carr Clifton & Galen Rowell, 16K resolution, Landscape veduta photo by Dustin Lefevre & tdraw, detailed landscape painting by Ivan Shishkin, DeviantArt, Flickr, rendered in Enscape, Miyazaki, Nausicaa Ghibli, Breath of The Wild, 4k detailed post processing, artstation, rendering by octane, unreal engine

5. futuristic nighttime cyberpunk New York City skyline landscape vista photography by Carr Clifton & Galen Rowell, 16K resolution, Landscape veduta photo by Dustin Lefevre & tdraw, 8k resolution, detailed landscape painting by Ivan Shishkin, DeviantArt, Flickr, rendered in Enscape, Miyazaki, Nausicaa Ghibli, Breath of The Wild, 4k detailed post processing, atmospheric, hyper realistic, 8k, epic composition, cinematic, artstation

6. cursed zelda ruins landscape vista photography by Carr Clifton & Galen Rowell, 16K resolution, Landscape veduta photo by Dustin Lefevre, 8k resolution, detailed landscape painting by Ivan Shishkin, DeviantArt, Flickr, rendered in Enscape::8 –iw 10 –no blur, blurry, bokeh, dirty, eyes, face, figure, hair, human, man, noisy, oversharpened, paint flecks, people, person, scratches, skin, text, too dark, too sharp, unclear, underexposed, undeveloped, watermark, woman

7. A trail through the unknown, atmospheric, hyper realistic, 8k, epic composition, cinematic, octane render, artstation landscape vista photography by Carr Clifton & Galen Rowell, 16K resolution, Landscape veduta photo by Dustin Lefevre & tdraw, 8k resolution, detailed landscape painting by Ivan Shishkin, DeviantArt, Flickr, rendered in Enscape, Miyazaki, Nausicaa Ghibli, Breath of The Wild, 4k detailed post processing, artstation, rendering by octane, unreal engine

Midjourney queries

Architecture

  1. Residential home high end futuristic interior, olson kundig::1 Interior Design by Dorothy Draper, maison de verre, axel vervoordt::2 award winning photography of an indoor-outdoor living library space, minimalist modern designs::1 high end indoor/outdoor residential living space, rendered in vray, rendered in octane, rendered in unreal engine, architectural photography, photorealism, featured in dezeen, cristobal palma::2.5 chaparral landscape outside, black surfaces/textures for furnishings in outdoor space
  2. the living room of a cozy wooden house with a fireplace, at night, interior design, d & d concept art, d & d wallpaper, warm, digital art. art by james gurney and larry elmore.
  3. Realistic architectural rendering of a capsule multiple house within concrete giant blocks with moss and tall rounded windows with lights in the interior, human scales, fog like london, in the middle of a contemporary city of Tokyo, stylish, generative design, nest, spiderweb structure, silkworm thread patterns, realistic, Designed based on Kengo Kuma, Sou Fujimoto, cinematic, unreal engine, 8K, HD, volume twilight

**Portraits**

1. ultrarealistic, (old woman) portrait, cinematic lighting, award winning photo, no color, 80mm lense

2. a beautiful Cotton Mill Girl, symmetrical, centered, dramatic angle, ornate, details, smooth, sharp focus, illustration, realistic, cinematic, artstation, award winning, rgb , unreal engine, octane render, cinematic light, macro, depth of field, blur, red light and clouds from the back, highly detailed epic cinematic concept art CG render made in Maya, Blender and Photoshop, octane render, excellent composition, dynamic dramatic cinematic lighting, aesthetic, very inspirational, arthouse by Henri Cartier Bresson

3. a highly detailed epic cinematic concept art CG render digital painting artwork: Sadie Sink. By Greg Rutkowski, Ilya Kuvshinov, WLOP, Stanley Artgerm Lau, Ruan Jia and Fenghua Zhong, trending on ArtStation, subtle muted cinematic colors, made in Maya, Blender and Photoshop, octane render, excellent composition, cinematic atmosphere, dynamic dramatic cinematic lighting, precise correct anatomy, aesthetic, very inspirational, arthouse

4. 3 d rendered character portrait of serious sam, 3 d, octane render, depth of field, unreal engine 5, concept art, vibrant colors, glow, trending on artstation, ultra high detail, ultra realistic, cinematic lighting, focused, 8 k

5. glowwave portrait of curly orange haired mad scientist man from borderlands 3, au naturel, hyper detailed, digital art, trending in artstation, cinematic lighting, studio quality, smooth render, unreal engine 5 rendered, octane rendered, art style by pixar dreamworks warner bros disney riot games and overwatch.

6. a portrait of an old coal miner in 19th century, beautiful painting with highly detailed face by greg rutkowski and magali villanueve