A magic cat, with a watermelon.
Using the tool found here (story on it from Engadget here), I input my blurry college ID photo from 1990 (we barely had color photos back then) and here’s a before and after shot. While it clearly has trouble with glasses, I think the AI made my lips look sexier than reality, so I can’t really complain about the results.
I like that it didn’t know what to do with some of the artifacts, so it enhanced those as well. This stuff is probably going to be freaky good in a few more years.
Especially if you’re a cat.
I saw this view over the top of a fence while out walking today and it kind of makes me think of the default Windows XP wallpaper.
The best part is this idyllic view is right next door to a recycling and waste center.
For reference, the default Windows XP wallpaper:
I am not sure how I feel about all the mega towers going up around Metro Vancouver, but mostly I think I don’t like these giant concrete monoliths.
So when I took a photo of one at Lougheed Town Centre, I took the liberty of changing the sky, adding lightning and changing the lighting (using Luminar AI) to give it a kind of Mt. Doom quality. But it needs more lava or something.
And here it is in handy before and after format!
UPDATE, JULY 4, 2022: I am going to periodically update this post with more examples of how "vibes" is being inserted into articles and things where it never would have been before, because it is still the NEW HOT WORD.
The below added July 4, 2022, from an article in The Atlantic. The writer could have written “the economy” but no, we got VIBES happening.
How did “vibes” become the new hot topic (on the web, which is now our replacement for reality, unless your country is being invaded by Russia)? How did this happen? What will replace vibes when vibes are no longer hot?
Am I doing vibes right? What is my vibe? I just don’t know.
Related: When did people decide it was hip to refer to products being offered in different colors as “colorways” when “colors” works just fine?
Why are people so weird?
Also, a fancy cat:
I’m not sure how I feel about this cat being impossibly cooler than me. But at least I still have opposable thumbs!
As another atmospheric river dumps a month’s worth of rain on us, I end the month with this cat and windshield wipers:
I did a search on “cat driving.”
I like the steely-eyed look on this cat. Driving is serious business.
In which mom hustles her kid out of the storm.
I’ve posted this before and I don’t care, I’m posting it again, because I adore this absurd image, and it’s exactly how I picture myself writing a novel if I was, in fact, a cat.