Words of an AI (sort of)

Disclaimer: Term clarification: neural networks aren’t the same as artificial intelligence but a part of it, at least as far as I’ve understood. Putting AI instead of neural network or ANN (Artifical Neural Network) sounded so much better in the title, so I put it there and wrote this disclaimer.

I stumbled upon Talk to Transformer, which is about a neural network completing text given to it. Since the FFM writer I found it through, Flammenfeder, asked its opinion on politics, I decided to ask it the question “What is art?”

This neural network gave me the most beautiful answer I’ve ever read:

What is art?

Art is not a scientific concept, but a human one. To us it is something more than the study of things, or the creation of art. To art we are all born, and to the human race we belong. We are born to love art, and to be the inheritors of our ancestors’ art and traditions. We are born to be artists.

As an afterthought while writing this post, I also decided to give it a small dose of Damon L. Wakes (because why not) and fed it 18 bananas. This is what it gave out:

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I’m worried.

If you want to see what this neural network can do, head here: https://talktotransformer.com/

Some analysis on how my projects progressed in Q2 2019

If you have followed my posts on DeviantArt, you have noticed that I have taken up the habit of recording how my art projects are progressing and putting the data into infographs after each quarter. I never got around to posting Q1’s stats here, but I figured that since I have more extensive stats now, I could make myself post about it here.

I have a pretty lengthy journal on DeviantArt on this subject, so I will keep this post brief and concise.

First, there’s my infograph on how much I got done in this year’s Q2:

Then, Prose-ject 2019’s stats (which were not counted for the upper infograph’s wordcounts due to ocurring only in one month):

And, finally, what the difference between Q1 and Q2 is:

As you can see, there is either increase (sometimes drastic) or no increase. Some of it can be explained with my university timetable and workload growing more lenient from Q1 as the summer approached while part of it also comes from either inspiration, as was with Lyokostar 2 which I finished during Q2, or the commitment to actually get more work done, as was with Behind Armada and The Fate’s Way, the two projects I work on only once a week and thus need to get more done in one day to have a proper progress going on. While TFW is now approaching the story area I’m most interested in and thus gains an inspiration bonus, BA has been in progress for ages and I’m more than ready to finish it, which explains the recent time skips I’ve made. I want to advance in the Armada-Energon trilogy at some point, hopefully even during this year, so getting BA‘s core story done is more than welcome.

What will happen in Q3? Only FFM 2019 statistics I can say for sure. Will I see a decrease in productivity once the studying year begins? Probably not, as the actual work will cover only about a third of the quarter. In addition to that, I’ve now committed myself to work more on my stories: firstly, to write at least 100 words to Greenfield every day in order to get a decent pace of progress I can keep up (meaning I should reach a chapter’s target wordcount in 40 days at most if there is no usable material already written). Secondly, to work more in a day during editing or finalization so that the phases when I don’t write basically anything on the projects in question will be shorter, which then gives me more days in a quarter to write. Naturally, as Lyokostar 2 is finished in Finnish, it will be dropped out of the statistics until its turn to be translated to English comes up, which will definitely be a long time away; I suspect that it could be in 2021 at the earliest, depending on how much work the three quarters of Lyokostar 1 I have left give me; I have needed to completely rewrite three parts of story 4 and there is a lot of reworking to be done with the rest of the parts, so it definitely isn’t looking promising.

Anyways, that should be all about that. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me!

Have a nice end of July!

My published poem: translated!

I decided that, as one of my final deeds at art this year, I will finally translate the poem that got published this spring. Luckily, it was not very long, so I could do it in one sitting. Both the original Finnish version and the translated English version are now on my DeviantArt page. I’ve also updated the page of the poetry collection here on WordPress to link to them.

Go check them out!

The Finnish version, Rakkauden kuoro: https://www.deviantart.com/windysilver/art/Rakkauden-kuoro-779053714

The English version, The Choir of Love: https://www.deviantart.com/windysilver/art/The-Choir-of-Love-779051444

Announcing Code Lyoko: Foes & Friends Remastered duology!

If you’ve been following my Code Lyoko fanfic stuff and talks on DeviantArt, you might have noticed me writing something for a new duology, other than the discontinued Swordswoman of Shadows: Foes & Friends Remastered. Now, I am pleased to announce that the prologue of the Remastered version of the first installment of my oldest duology (which dates to 2012) has now been translated into English and published on DeviantArt.

The first story of FFR is New War Remastered. Its prologue presents you Alex Starsky, the protagonist. He’s in big trouble, caught up in a war into which the Lyoko Warriors are about to get tangled into as Alex enrolls at Kadic to seek their aid. Hence, the name of the first story is New War Remastered, NWR for short. For the Lyoko Warriors, this will be a new war, for X.A.N.A. is gone, and they are about to face a new enemy just as vicious as X.A.N.A., only in human skin…

That’s it for now. I hope you’ll end up reading the story and that you like it.

And in case you haven’t read the oneshots I’ve written for FFR here but plan reading this duology, please do not read the oneshots before NWR is finished. The oneshots can be kinda spoilery.

Oh, and warning; It’s rated T because stuff gets real nasty later on… The original New War (which will never be translated from Finnish to English because even after fixing it’s bad – and it’s far inferior to Remastered anyway) is rated K+, and so was Remastered until I found myself writing some messed up stuff and had to raise the rating.

And bonus: while the Finnish versions of both FFR and Lyokostar censores vulgarities, I’m going to give you English audiences less censored versions… at least at those points when my imagination is enough to sustain the cursing of certain foul-mouthed douchebags who’ll appear in Lyokostar eventually… ‘>.>

Anyhow, that’s all. Still a lot of stuff to be done today, so I have to hurry. Have a great day!

 

PS. I know, the stuff about poetry book has been on hold for long. I finally got my books during June, but I haven’t found time to write about it, let alone publish and translate my poem. My writer name wasn’t included there, so I will hold onto it until I start self-publishing my FFM collections. In fact, my last name was misspelled in that book, true story! 8[

I do hope to actually write about it here at some point since at least so far there aren’t any online sources telling about it. I happened to find it on a local bookseller recently, but their online shop doesn’t have it, only a more local store does, and they don’t even tell pretty much anything about the book… It might be that anyone outside Finland will be unable to get it, but I’ll most likely publish a poetry collection of my own someday and include the poem in that book as well.

Perhaps in August I manage to get it done once FFM is over…