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Summer begins

Day 20,227

So, the Summer Solstice arrived today, Thursday, June 20, 2024, at 4:50 p.m. Eastern Time. I’m getting shaggy again, so it’s time to trim my vines. Tomorrow, it looks like it will be extremely hot, so any outside time will be strictly on a need-to-go basis, and maybe keep a portal open to Antarctica following me around for a blast of cool air if I need it.

We have fireflies and all sorts of nature out back, and expect some lovely visitors in the coming days and weeks… but I am looking forward to autumn weather.

#doodle #cryptid #summersolstice

Sunday Jun 16

Pearl spotted the Chipmunk out back.

#backyardzoo #roanokeva #chipmunksofinstagram #chipmunk #chipmonk #chipmonksofinstagram #catsofinstagram #tabbycatsofinstagram #stripedcatsofinstagram #misspearl

Monday 18 Jun 2024

Testing out Luma Labs’ single image to motion feature with a photo of the new Man-Thing figure (prompt was a lurching walk through a swamp) and the other was Batman of Zur-En-Arrh “walking away after an argument.”

(Luma Labs AI is committed to developing this AI in an ethical and responsible manner. This includes ensuring data privacy, avoiding bias in its algorithms, and promoting transparency in its operations.)

#manthing #batman #zurenarrh #lumalabs #aianimation #tedsallis

Day 20,221

We lie among our atoms, and I speak to you of things And hope sometimes that maybe you will understand There is no order here, and there is no middle ground Nothing can be predicted, and nothing can be planned A star is just the memory of a star We are fireflies pulsing dimly in the dark We are here, and you are where you are

#cryptid #doodle #selfie #fireflies #cryptid


Hey, neato timing! I got a surprise sercee from @maximillian_deersteak in the form of The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh!

I love it!

The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh was an alien hero inspired by Bruce Wayne, named Tlano. He teleported Earth’s Batman to his home planet, Planet X, where Bruce Wayne would acquire powers akin to Superman, to help ward off invading robots. Bruce would later adopt the identity himself, using it as a subconsciousness that acted as Batman without the burden of Bruce Wayne. Zur-En-Arrh from Earth-0 later passed his “consciousness” to the Failsafe android. The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh was created by Ed Herron and Dick Sprang, first appearing in Batman #113 (1958).

#toyphoto #batman #superman #supermanday #zurenarrh #tlano #planetx #dccomics #superpowers #sercee #mcfarlanetoys #june122024

Pink pig

Day 20,219 Painted pig update 🐖 ! Hot pink, with “FAITH” written on the left side, and “IO” on the right.

Does this refer to a child named Faith’s 10th birthday?

The Mormon’s tenth article of faith?

My personal favorite and third largest of Jupiter’s moons, Io, and its relation to creationism? (Io is my favorite moon because it is both very beautiful and the most volcanically active (not because anti-science crackpots try to use it as dogmatic, yet abstract proof of a much younger universe than the Big Bang).

Maybe a worshipper of Io, one of Zeus’s human lovers? Though he (or maybe Hera) turned her into a heifer, not a sow.

#paintedpig #traditionalart #salemva #salemtraditions #io #pinkpig #lds #mormon #faith #astronomy #transgender #mythology #greekmythology #shapeshifting

Io (/ˈaɪ.oʊ/), or Jupiter I, is the innermost and second-smallest of the four Galilean moons of the planet Jupiter. Slightly larger than Earth’s moon, Io is the fourth-largest moon in the Solar System, has the highest density of any moon, the strongest surface gravity of any moon, and the lowest amount of water by atomic ratio of any known astronomical object in the Solar System. It was discovered in 1610 by Galileo Galilei and was named after the mythological character Io, a priestess of Hera who became one of Zeus’s lovers.

The ancients connected Io with the Moon, and in Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound, where Io encounters Prometheus, she refers to herself as “the horned virgin”. (The points of the crescent 🌙 moon looking a little bit like the horns?)

Maybe the most appropriate story, given that it is June—

Lygdus and his wife, Telethusa, were an impoverished couple living in Crete. When Telethusa became pregnant, her husband informed her that they could not afford to have a daughter and that they had no other option but to kill the child if it were a girl. Eight months later, Io, later in the story referred to as Isis, came to Telethusa in a vision and told her that she should keep her daughter when she was born and must tell her husband that it was a boy named Iphis. Later in the story, Isis (Io) changes Iphis’s sex when she is supposed to marry her fiancée, Ianthe.

Regarding Cara—

Banning AI is hard work. It requires moderation technology and, ultimately, expensive human moderation and an experienced trust and safety team.

Offering reliable protection, thus far nonexistent, against being scraped for training AI is difficult. It’s beginning to seem that Elon Musk’s mistake of not understanding the challenges of properly running a startup social network also applies here. I’m willing to bet they didn’t think things through.

This is an expensive, challenging endeavor with high demand from a passionate audience. Charge users for it.

Unfortunately, I’m willing to wager that the very same people who complain that they should get paid and that their livelihoods are on the line will balk at having to pay for the remedies Cara seems to offer. This strikes me as naive, immature, and hypocritical.

A small group might be willing to spend money on Cara, an artist-focused alternative to Instagram, but most artists will not.

Too bad. I’m already posting my traditional artwork there. I hope they figure it out, but I’m skeptical. An emotional response and a core ethos focused on censoring and dividing users seems like a tough way to start a business.

I’ll be interested to look back in the next year or so, and see if they exist at all.

doodle #aiguardian #cara