July 28, 2015
Oil! Our secret god, our secret sharer, our magic wand, fulfiller of our every desire, our co-conspirator, the sine qua non in all we do! Can’t live with it, can’t — right at this moment — live without it. But it’s on everyone’s mind.Back in 2009, as fracking and the mining of the oil/tar sands in Alberta ramped up — when people were talking about Peak Oil and the dangers of the supply giving out — I wrote a piece for the German newspaper Die Zeit. In English it was called “The Future Without Oil.” It went like this:
July 23, 2015
Flickr grabs whatever image I save and uploads it. Here is my Deep Dreamer image album at Flickr. I suspect I will periodically add whatever nightmares this Deep Dreamer app generates to that album.
July 23, 2015
July 23, 2015
The Mac app Deep Dreamer public beta has produced this terribly sad and frightening portrait of a black cat looking at something. A pretty remarkable interpretation of a funny little drawing I made turned into a vision of some kind of existential despair.
July 22, 2015
July 21, 2015
July 20, 2015
The hallucinogenic cyber intelligences at Psychic VR Lab have been busy this week churning out images from submissions. I sent some images through the web interface knowing they would be challenging, only because the imagery is so graphically unambiguous, leaving little, actually, for the algorithm to imagine.
This doleful cat face is from a Mix in Paper. Someone posted the eyes, I drew the cat head. Interesting additions as the organic textures add an other-worldly psychic space. The ear seems an extra-dimensional point of contact.
This is my own art. Was really about thoughts becoming words, words eating thoughts. It seemed a bit somber and doomy with that big black word balloon, but AI turned it into something really gloomy with all the eyes in the black all-consuming extra-dark Lovecraftian depression dimension.
And here, a shedding calico cat drawing I wasn’t entirely happy with. Ran some silly filters on to grind some background noise. And now it’s a demented shedding calico cat god dominating a harbour. Makes sense.
July 13, 2015
The girl with the long braids from Saltarello singing. Saltarello is a Quebec band using a mix of instrumentation and vocalizations. Hurdy-gurdy, didgeridoo, native drums, keyboards, guitar, violin and stringed instruments, throat singing and chants, musical drone tones, and did I mention powerful and melodic drums?
July 10, 2015
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June 27, 2015
The political negative attack ads on behalf of Harper and the CPC show up every time. I know I can skip anything after the first second, and I do. Even then I have to pay attention for the first second. And all of the ads are pathetic in the first second. I know I’ll hate it even more when marketers wise up and realize they’ll have to deliver their content in the first second, and only the first second of a video ad.
But I still have to put up with the brain dead stupid partisan fear-mongering lies for that first second. So I am not watching YouTube at all.