Photoshop AI Generative Infill tool/in AI, Art, Computers, DIY, Lifestyle, Photos/by Wyatt
I played around with Adobe’s generative Infill tool now available in Photoshop Beta.
University of North Florida UNF Photos/in Art, Lifestyle, Photos, Professional/by Wyatt
St. Johns Town Center
I competed in the Kitbash3D Mission to Minerva contest/in Art, Computers, DIY, Lifestyle, Space, Technology/by Wyatt
I recently competed in a competition for Kitbash3D’s Mission to Minerva challenge. I’ve never actually worked professionally in photorealism or CGI before but I figured I could learn along the way during the competition. Honestly the prizes for the competition were pretty modest, the grand prize all together may have only been worth about $2,500 but regardless I was interested in using the free kit they provide and the skills I’d learn while using it. The kits are produced for several softwares, I only really had access to free softwares like blender and Unreal Engine. I started out trying to learn blender and produce a moon environment and terrain using their noise generators. However after spending about a week or two learning and trying to render a couple simple scenes I ran into an issue where Blender would bloat to fill out all 48GB of my RAM in my high-end gaming computer. Sometimes rendering in Blender would take 24 to 48 hours while my computer would be completely unresponsive. There was also the option for real-time rendering with cycles that’s supposed to rely on the GPU which I had a high-performance Nvidia RTX 3060 with 12GB of GDDR6 and it would still lag and be unresponsive.
I eventually started looking into Unreal Engine because graphically the engine renders scenes nicely and it natively works in real-time because it’s a video game engine. Working with the terrain and the environment were obviously different but because I could see how the scene was rendering in color in real-time I could iterate in it much faster. So I kept working in Unreal Engine and I was able to find and buy several assets for the 3D environment from online retailers that helped me to put together the scene quickly.
I had an original idea of designing out a whole planned moon colony based on proposals from NASA and ESA. I ambitiously also wanted to make a video animation because I knew less people would produce videos than 2D renderings. I thought up an engaging story about a potential moon colony rebellion against Elon Musk. I started out making the animation and in fact I got pretty involved with animating a moon rover, and having camera tracks follow this rover through a planned moon settlement but eventually I realized the scope of work I had planned to complete a whole story in 3D animation was beyond the remaining 2 weeks I had left to submit. So I ultimately had to abandon my original plan an pivot to a 2D rendering.
I decided instead to imagine if in the future there was space tourism to the moon, what would a potential vacation look like. I started with an authentic moon environment and kept the layout I had of structures for the moon settlement. Then to make it personal I added an astronaut couple lounging in an inflatable pool with floaties. This is a sight I’ve never seen before in other renderings of the moon or space tourism which is why I thought it was unique.
At the end I submitted my rendering, it obviously could have been a lot better if I had more time put into it but it was good enough to me. I sent it out and never heard any feedback on it. It obviously didn’t win a prize. There were a lot of other good renderings that real artists produced, but even so I think many of the best ones got overlooked by Kitbash3D. At the end I at least got the skills I wanted to develop and a free kit to experiment with. I have more ideas and more time so I can also then use the same environment and assets in a new production.
I won $5,000 in the Pick 4 Florida Lottery/in Gaming, Lifestyle/by Wyatt
So I played the scratch-off lotteries starting in 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic started.
I won $1,000 a couple of times along with a bunch of smaller prizes on scratch-offs.
But I never won anything beyond that, which is why I started studying the odds and found that obviously the odds for the grand prize are always better with Pick lotteries.
So I started playing the smallest Pick lottery first, the Pick 2. I won that within 2 days.
Then I played the Pick 3 and won the $500 prize within a week.
Then I played the Pick 4 lottery at the $0.50 level and won $2,500 within 2 months.
Then I played the Pick 4 lottery at the $1.00 level and after about 6 months of playing $48 every week on Friday I finally won $5,000 just before Christmas in 2022.
I only played with quickpick combos, with 2 tickets. This sometimes was two tickets of $12, two tickets of $24, or a combination of those.
In total it cost me $4,000 in tickets, and I profited $1,000 off the $5,000 prize.
At the end of the day, do I recommend it?
No, playing the game took a tremendous amount effort.
Anytime I went to the store I also bought snacks and drinks which became a bad habit.
Once you get started, and you start losing money, you’ll become a victim of the sunk-cost fallacy.
When you play the smaller lotteries it’s more likely you can finally win and recover your loss, but with the larger lotteries you may never win or recover.
I recommend just saving money every week with an account from Acorns, Robinhood, or some other brokerage.
Saving money is much more reasonable than playing the lottery, because you can always access your savings when you need it in an emergency.
With the lottery, there’s no guarantee when or if you’ll win.
We need more Hybrids not Electric Vehicles/in Technology/by Wyatt
The IEEE published a new article “WE NEED MORE THAN JUST ELECTRIC VEHICLES” which has a good initial idea but if you search the article there’s actually 0 mentions of Hybrid vehicles! Zero mentions! For first world countries transitioning from fossil fuels to alternatives wouldn’t the next best thing to being fossil fuel dependent be to use less and ween the economy off? Hybrids have been the biggest stop-gap transition to electric vehicles. Electric vehicles honestly are still not ready for the mass market even with the success of Tesla Motors. Tesla owners often report having “range anxiety” where they’re unsure if their fully charged battery can make their trip. Running the AC and the stereo both use more energy and can shrink the range you can travel. If they run out of battery you could be stuck on the side of the road and need towed to the next supercharger. Supercharger’s cost twice as much as charging at home sometimes $20 for a full charge but you can get something like 75% in an hour. Hertz recently ordered a big fleet of Tesla vehicles so if you want to rent one you can, but you’ll likely learn the difficulties of living with an electric vehicle. There’s also been plenty of videos of Tesla’s in line to charge at a supercharger when they’re likely already very low on battery.
Guess what vehicle already has proven technology, uses existing gasoline stations, and has 2x the travel range of a Tesla? That’s right, a Hybrid. The most well known hybrid is the Prius with 50MPG and a 10 gallon tank, it can go a full 500 miles before needing refilled compared to about 200 miles in a Tesla. Despite this, how many American car companies are making Hybrids? Where are the Ford and GM hybrids with 50 MPG? Why are they all trying to jump the market gap filled with hybrid vehicles to electric vehicles or fuel cell vehicles? It seems like such a mistake that might playout in the next 20 years. American Tax payers might be bailing out the auto industry again after they continue to ignore the demands of consumers.
Dall-e 2 Astronaut Story/in AI, Art/by Wyatt
The sun had been acting strange lately. Scientists had been keeping a close eye on it, but they didn’t realize how serious things were until it was too late. On Monday morning, a massive solar flare erupted from the surface of the sun, hurling a billion-ton chunk of plasma directly at Earth. The magnetic field around our planet was no match for the force of the explosion, and within minutes, the surge of energy had reached Earth’s atmosphere.
The space station was orbiting about 350 miles above the surface when the flare hit. Within seconds, the electronics on board started to short out. The astronauts could only watch in horror as everything went dark. Then, in what seemed like an instant, there was a bright flash and a loud boom as something exploded on board the station. One of the astronauts – Carl – was thrown clear off into space. He could see the station spinning out of control before he lost consciousness from lack of oxygen…
When Carl woke up, he was lying face down in water. He tried to get up but his arms and legs were so heavy that he couldn’t move them. With great effort, he turned his head to look around him. He was surrounded by darkness and all he could hear was the sound of waves crashing against rocks somewhere nearby. Suddenly panic set in as he realized that he was floating adrift in outer space! He knew that even if he could somehow manage to swim back to shore, hypothermia would kill him long before he made it there.
Then everything went blank again as Carl passed out from exhaustion…
When he woke up for a second time, Carl found himself being dragged through shallow water onto a beach by two strangers who were frantically calling for help on their cell phones. Paramedics arrived soon after and took him to the hospital where doctors determined that he only suffered minor injuries from his fall – most likely because he landed in water instead of hitting solid ground head first! As for what happened to the space station and his fellow astronauts? No one knows for sure…
Caffeine and Octane Car Photos/in Art, Photos/by Wyatt
I went to the Caffeine and Octane event at the Avenues Mall. It was really cool to see all of the different types of cars that people brought out. There were a lot of vintage cars, muscle cars, and even some exotics. I had a great time walking around and looking at all of the different cars. Here are some of my favorites that I saw.
Caffeine and Octane is a monthly car show that happens at the Avenues Mall here in Jacksonville, Florida. I went for the first time this month and it was awesome! They had all sorts of makes and models of cars, from Ferraris to Porsches to Lamborghinis. I even saw a couple of Tesla’s there.
One of the coolest things about the event was that it wasn’t just limited to cars. There were also a bunch of motorcycle enthusiasts there showing off their bikes. And since it was at the mall, there were plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or do some shopping while you were checking out the cars.
I definitely recommend Caffeine and Octane if you’re into cars or just want to check out something different. It’s usually the first Saturday of every month, so if you’re free one morning go check it out!
One of my favorite cars that I saw was a white Ferrari Testarossa. It was in pristine condition and it looked like it just came off the showroom floor. The car had a beautiful red interior and it sounded amazing when the owner revved the engine. Another one of my favorite cars was a bright orange Lamborghini Countach. It was definitely one of the coolest looking cars at the event.
If you’re into cars, then I definitely recommend checking out the Caffeine and Octane event at the Avenues mall. It’s a great opportunity to see some really cool cars up close and personal.