Friday, October 27, 2023

Edwards in the Fall

Within walking distance from where I live resides a 200+ acre treasure, a resource visited by this rube almost every day. Awesome says it all. Enjoy. :)

Saturday, October 21, 2023


Although not photorealistic at this time, but will be, one can produce sophisticated 3D environments by  using text to drive Blender, a well respected open source 3D rendering engine. 

Primitives of a different kind - 1980

Deepfakes ...

What is a Video? details the inevitability of AI driven digital video, complete with synthetic actors, scripts and CG so good, one will not be able to discern the difference from the real thing. While this inevitability remains a few years off, current tech, developed by the Adobes of the world, is now being used to generate deepfakes whereby a person's face is mapped onto another's, something most disconcerting as to how this new "reality" pertains to truth as man moves further into the 21st century.

FOR TAYLOR KLEIN, it starts with a weird Facebook message from a friend. A Pornhub link. She doesn’t open it. Must be spam, she figures. “I think you’ve been hacked?” she replies. Nope. Her pal insists the link is real. She clicks, and her nightmare begins.

This rise in deepfake porn is made possible by a new wave of AI editing tools available online—tools that Compton and Hamlyn incorporate into their documentary. We won't reveal how here, but suffice it to say: Another Body does an excellent job of underlining how deepfake technology can distort our perceptions of each other. The point is to put a human face on something many try to dismiss as not “real.

How it's done ...

Out of control says it all as truth begins to go away in realtime. 

Saturday, October 14, 2023

What is a video?

Look closely at this gif as yours truly was right about AI generated video and the emergence of synthetic actors. Timeframe for the real thing: 2025/6. IMHO, every screen writer, director & actor should be puckered.

Beginning in 2007, yours truly penned several blurbs regarding the emergence of digital actors and what it will mean to Hollywood and the art of film. Fast forward to 2023 and the path to synthetic video, complete with AI driven scripts and CG environments, including digital actors, is taking shape as we speak. IMHO, it doesn't matter who the star is if the script and film work as a viable entertainment medium, what does matter is how a movie is produced because if you can do it cheaper with the same results, the move to AI generated video becomes inevitable and ... there's no egos involved unless the AI entities in said films become self aware, complete with all the baggage us humans possess in great abundance. :) RM

Two scorpions in a bottle ...

Tragic says it all as occupation and dominance over a people's existence costs, something Israel has done to Palestine beginning in 1948 when 700,000 Palestinians were driven out of their land with the end result of hatred emerging from said eviction of a different kind. Truman blew it in not insisting on a one state solution where Jews and Palestinians had to learn to live with one another whether they liked it or not instead of proposing a two state "solution" existing as two scorpions residing in a tiny bottle where peace is but an illusion while extremest groups hold sway like Hamas and far right Jews working hand in hand with Bibi, Israel's version of Agent Orange writ large.

As long as the US plays a partial judge in this disaster, the tragedy of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict will continue unabated while civilians of both entities suffer. One can only hope this catastrophie doesn't metastasize into something truly existential, a notion most disquieting to comtemplate without question.

Endgame ...

The Warsaw Ghetto comes to mind here does it not?

“History never repeats itself, but it does often rhyme.” - Mark Twain

Addendum ... 

Tuesday, October 10, 2023


Feckless says it all regarding US foreign policy and the lack of understanding why The Art of War matters. In every way, this once great nation has floundered as the endless pursuit of money and it's connect to the military industrial complex had tossed aside the notion of common sense and competence when it comes to understanding the great game and the significance of the World Island as explained by Alfred W. McCoy, complete with an illustration by Sir Halford Mackinder.

To whit ...

Combine this with the stewardship of Ronnie to see why the word feckless applies ...

The prerequisites to do war correctly involves having enough men & material to do the job let alone having an intelligent plan and enough logistics in hand to properly conduct the war in question.



& this

It's all about the money ... yet again.

Missing the point ...

You can't make this shit up.

Stupidity as art form applies, does it not?

St. Ronnie strikes yet again.

Saturday, October 07, 2023

The Lonetown Farmhouse Makeover

The Redding Historical Society did a major makeover on the Lonetown Farmhouse by cleaning out the house, finding valuable historical items long thought lost and rearranging spaces with elegance and grace. Without question, this video shows how hard work and design sensibilities combine to turn something once thought ordinary into something quite amazing. Enjoy.