MadHattersDaughter, The Grandmaster of the Written Word
What is the use of a book without pictures or conversations?
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Your house sits on the edge of the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy.
UPDATE: I don't remember what this story is about or why I unpublished it but it's called Basement Rats so it can't be that bad.
An estranged lover meets an estranged lover, and together they solve a mystery that has been plaguing Blackwood for some time.
The stunning conclusion to the Blackwood Chronicles!
An undertaker meets a dead woman who is more alive than most of the living.
A (mostly) illustrated story involving a very mysterious murder, ghostly romance and spirits possessing --- the dead?
Let's not worry ourselves with the details. This is Blackwood, after all.
UPDATE 11/9/19: Housekeeping and an added Bonus Update Epilogue. All your questions will be answered in time. Enjoy!
UPDATE 3/13/20: New, better art (finally!) The original art looked like it was hastily drawn in twenty minutes as if I was completely over this story by the time for illustrations came. (You all can tell me when my art sucks, sheesh!) Enjoy!
A scientist discovers a bright new life form.
A story about a forbidden romance.
HINT: Some endings have epilogue pages in the journal.
Entrant of EndMaster's Prompt Contest.
The Gods discover a soul thief among humans.
A story about an ethereal romance and an otherworldly mystery.
Entrant and winner of EndMaster's IS "Resurrection" Contest!
Recent PostsObligatory Thanksgiving thread on 11/23/2023 11:00:58 PM
I hope everyone else had a nice Thanksgiving too.
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NFTs and AI Art on 11/8/2023 3:35:55 PM
NFTs and AI Art on 11/8/2023 3:32:25 PM
(I wrote this a few weeks ago when it was more relevant. . .)
The NFT "market" crashed to no one's surprise. Ninety-five percent of NFTs are now worthless. I thought at the beginning 95% were worthless regardless, but now buyers who invested thousands of dollars have lost it all. It's satisfying because those thousands, even just hundreds of dollars could have been spent buying real, physical art that only gains value over time. But I said in the beginning, this was a way for people already within the crypto space to profit off of stolen work and pixels on a screen.
A few other fun facts from this (seemingly pro-NFT) article:
"Currently, Bitcoin is worth $27,223, and Ethereum is $1,630.99, a far cry from their all-time high values of more than $65,000 and $4,700, respectively. As for NFT, the news is dire."
"It is not just that NFTs are generally worth nothing, people are not especially interested in buying new NFT assets, leaving artists in the lurch." ("Artist" is a bold term here.)
". . .only 21% of the collections that dappGambl has identified have full ownership, meaning that the collections are spoken for by investors and NFT collectors. Put another way, four of every five NFT collections collect dust."
So real art is back in! Well, hopefully.
I really believe AI "art" is heading this way as well. And by extension, things like AI-written work (ChatGPT.)
I think humans are incredibly good at recognizing what is not human. As an artist I can also spot strange artistic choices that easily give away AI generated work. Artists explain through this article a few different ways they spot AI work:
People often joke online that you can’t look too closely at the hands in AI art, or you’ll discover bizarre finger configurations. “The eyes can be a little bit funky as well,” says Logan Preshaw, a concept artist who denounces the use of current AI tools. He says, “Maybe they're just kind of dead and staring out into nowhere, or they have strange structures.”
Dan Eder, a 3D character artist, thinks viewers should consider the overall design of a piece when trying to spot an AI image. “Let’s say it was a ‘fantasy warrior armor’ type of situation. At a glance, the artwork looks beautiful and highly detailed, but a lot of the time there’s no logic behind it,” he says. “When a concept artist creates armor for a character, there are things you have to take into account: functionality, limb placement, how much is that going to stretch.”
John Ramsey, an artist who creates cute animal illustrations, points out the lack of intentionality in AI images. “AI doesn't have any experiential basis to understand what people are, what trees are, or what hands are,” he says. “All that stuff is just being thrown in, because it was able to associate the words of your prompt with data points within the latent space that corresponds to them. This was the closest stuff that it could bring. It doesn't know why.” Savvy viewers might be able to spot the difference by identifying a clear, visual narrative.
I also think the fascination with and novelty of AI-generated work is quickly evaporating. AI is incredibly limited and will never understand forms and light in a way that isn't just pixel-relation. They are trained on stolen, pre-existing work on the internet and will never capture specific styles perfectly, nor any one artist's style. (Nor create art that is truly unique.) Especially those who exist exclusively off the internet.
There will always be this want to have a certain artist's work or a certain style that can not be achieved through machines. And there is certainly a "style" of AI work that is quickly becoming uninteresting as we're definitely seeing a limit of its capabilities.
And most importantly, AI can't draw hats correctly!
But if my fellow artists did fear for their jobs, fret not. You can now "poison" AI art generators!
"A new tool lets artists add invisible changes to the pixels in their art before they upload it online so that if it’s scraped into an AI training set, it can cause the resulting model to break in chaotic and unpredictable ways.
"The tool, called Nightshade, is intended as a way to fight back against AI companies that use artists’ work to train their models without the creator’s permission. Using it to “poison” this training data could damage future iterations of image-generating AI models. . .
"Nightshade exploits a security vulnerability in generative AI models, one arising from the fact that they are trained on vast amounts of data—in this case, images that have been hoovered from the internet. Nightshade messes with those images."
These are just a few thoughts and updates about NFTs and AI art. I'd like to hear what everyone else thinks and feels.
Remember, support your local, human artists!
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MHD's Fantastical Fairytales Contest RESULTS on 9/14/2023 8:53:07 PM
The Hatter returns to the center of town, honking her royal trumpet. The air feels less magical and sparkly, and significantly more humid. The colorful cobblestones turn back to concrete riddled with cracks. The smell of faint rotting corpses and TV dinners returns. There's a sigh of relief from some as the WiFi connection significantly improves, others, a sigh of disappointment from not finishing their stories in time. Others, drunk on a Thursday evening.
CYStia turns back into itself, and everyone scurries back to their normal homes, probably not to talk to one-another for quite some time.
The judges votes are in and the ranking is as follows:
1. Safe - 7
2. Jack the Bean Counter - 5.34
3. The Hand with the Knife - 5
4. Saint Joris - 4.67
5. The Song Binder - 4.34
6. Momojiro - 4.34
7. Moonlit Lands from Long Ago - 4.34
8. Brother Wild - 4
9. The Nutcracker - 3.67
10. The Little Princess of the Forest - 3
11. To Slay Death - 2
12. Chuck and Pippin - 1.67
Disqualified - Bloodstone - 5.67
Of course, the champion was clear from September 3rd, Ninja sniped the win and commission. Congratulations!
Thank you to all who participated! And Sherbet and Tim for helping judge! And good job! I left a little comment on all of your stories.
And they all lived. . . Ever after.