This is Robert The Bruce who was a Scottish Warrior who spent a lot of time giving the English a good spanking. But, what is more remarkable (and a little gory) is that happened to him when he died. From Wikipedia:
Robert I died in June 1329 and was succeeded by his son, David II. Robert’s body is buried in Dunfermline Abbey, while his heart was interred in Melrose Abbey, and his internal organs embalmed and placed in St Serf’s Church, Dumbarton.
This is Mrs Black Chicken. She sits and waits for us when we take the dog for a walk in the morning. Many of the good people of Banff and Macduff feed the birds which probably explains why Mrs Black Chicken is a bit on the portly size…
Over the past few weeks I have noticed that someone in Hesse, Germany has visited this website hundred of times and many times daily. This is unusual as I am not usually overwhelmed by visitors and so I can’t help wondering who in Hesse is so keen to look at my photographs!
What makes this visitor unusual is that Flag Counter (see image below), which is an application that tells me where website visitors are (but not who they are – i.e. no IP address), is not telling me what pages the person from Hesse is visiting at my site or what operating system (Mac/PC etc) the person uses. I’ve never had this before (see image below). Very cloak and dagger!
I am always delighted when people visit my site and would like to thank all the visitors who do take the time to look at my photographs. Equally, I would like to thank all the people who like my images.
And so, person from Hesse, Germany, if you would like to contact me then I would be able to thank you personally for visiting my website and showing great interest in my work. You can reach me on firstname.lastname@example.org or you could leave a comment. I very much look forward to hearing from you.
I love Flag Counter because I can see where people who visit my site are coming from (ignoring VPN connects) – again, please see the image below. Flag Counter tells me that people from 161 countries have visited my site. There are around 190 countries in the world. It would appear I’ve got around 85% of the world’s countries in the bag!
Very sorry but I am at it again. I just can’t help myself! This time I am taking the style of perhaps one of the UK’s best known artists, J W M Turner and mixing it up in Stable Diffusion with text inputs like motorbike (motorcycle!) and astronauts. What pops out of Stable Diffusion is really interesting but it is sure to outrage lovers of Turner’s great works. Turner will, I’m sure, be spinning in his grave. Sorry Mr Turner. PS: there were no motorbikes (or astronauts) in Turner’s time. The words DEEP FAKE spring to mind.
More Stable Diffusion Artificial Intelligence reprehensible behaviour I’m afraid. This time I am mixing the style of British artist John Constable (1776-1837) with motorbike (motorcycle!) text inputs. Totally outrageous! The output from Stable Diffusion is interestingly different but it’ll almost certainly be an affront to art lovers everywhere. Of course, no motorbikes existed in the 1700/1800s. Constable together with Klimt and Bruegel (see my earlier posts here and here) will be spinning in his grave. Sorry John!
Now, as far as I know, the famous Austrian artist, Gustav Klimt (1862-19180), had no particular interest in motorbikes (motorcycles if you’re in the US) but, if he did, he might have included more motorbikes in his images (he didn’t include any motorbikes in his paintings – ever!).
And so, I have asked the Artificial Intelligence engine, Stable Diffusion, to imagine what Klimt’s paintings would have looked like if he had been a true motorbike enthusiast. Apologies to lovers of Klimt’s work everywhere and also apologies to all art lovers. Shameful behaviour I know but so much fun!
To look at one of Klimt’s most famous paintings – The Kiss, click here (Klimt did not have access to Artificial Intelligence websites…but…imagine if he did!?). Doubtless he’ll be spinning in his grave…
Now, Pieter Bruegel died in 1569 and, as far as I am aware, motorcycles had not been invented by then. So, I asked the Artificial Intelligence engine, Stable Diffusion, to imagine what Pieter Bruegel might have painted had he known that motorcycles would be invented in 1885. And so, here below is the Artificial Intelligence generated Bruegel painting (not really) including what Bruegel (spinning in his grave) might have imagined. Here they are: