I could be losing it, but I thought I posted the animal files already . . . but I can’t find the post. Man, I hate getting old. Sure, there’s the excitement of everything being new again as the memory function detariorates, but there’s also the nagging suspicion one is just going in circles.  

Of course, it could also be that I use the same photos for multiple styles applications and I’ve done so many that they are all starting to blend together. Yeah, that’s it! It’s not that I’m losing my mind . . . it’s that I’m too prolific!

Anyway, welcome to yet another Deep Dream post. This might be the last one for a while because this set is the last of the DD I’ve run to date. To be sure, I’ll be running others, but not for a little while.  

So, here we go . . . 

A bit of housekeeping . . . some will wail in anguish — what? It’s possible; not likely, but possible — while others will rejoice. Going on a bit of a trip starting tomorrow. If the plane don’t crash, I might post a few short pieces over the next few weeks but there’s a distinct possibility I’ll be silent for long stretches at a time. If the return plane don’t crash, then I should be back regularly infesting the Interweb around the middle of next month. There’s one other possibility . . . I’ll win the lotto and no one will hear from me again. Truly, the odds are better for a plane crash, but I know which one I’m pulling for. 

Beginning of standard intro for these posts:
Not all my readers like the output from Deep Dream’s processing engine but many readers do. This post is for the latter. 

As I play with Deep Dream, more and more I come to rely on a small set of “go-to” Style images that have a good chance of producing results I’ll like. 

These are the images used as the “Style” for the AI to blend into the main photo. Meaning, the original photo is still recognizable but incorporates elements of the Style photo as determined by the AI. 

Once you choose a Style photo, you can adjust how heavy or light you want it applied. Heavier, and less of the original will be retained. For 90% of what I do, I leave it at the default settings.
End of standard intro for these posts.

This post is about lava Style photos (as in volcano output, not the soap).

Not all my readers like the output from Deep Dream’s processing engine but many readers do. This post is for the latter. 

As I mentioned in the last post, when I play with Deep Dream, more and more I come to rely on a small set of “go-to” Style images that have a good chance of producing results I’ll like. 

These are the images used as the “Style” for the AI to blend into the main photo. Meaning, the original photo is still recognizable but incorporates elements of the Style photo as determined by the AI. 

Once you choose a Style photo, you can adjust how heavy or light you want it applied. Heavier, and less of the original will be retained. For 90% of what I do, I leave it at the default settings. 

This post is about the San Leon Sunrise Style photos.

The photos are from our 2011 visit to San Leon, Texas, and these shots are of the sun through an early morning fog. You can read that post HERE.

Not all my readers like the output from Deep Dream’s processing engine but many readers do. This post is for the latter. 

As I play with Deep Dream, more and more I come to rely on a small set of “go-to” Style images that have a good chance of producing results I’ll like. 

These are the images used as the “Style” for the AI to blend into the main photo. Meaning, the original photo is still recognizable but incorporates elements of the Style photo as determined by the AI. 

Once you choose a Style photo, you can adjust how heavy or light you want it applied. Heavier, and less of the original will be retained. For 90% of what I do, I leave it at the default settings. 

This post is about one of my Style “go-to” photos:

Honest, when I first looked at this as a possible Style candidate, it was from an impulse to “be weird” and I had no expectations regarding the results.  As it turned out, I applied it to one of the more difficult images I’ve been playing with and liked what I got. 

My original plan was to showcase groups of my Deep Dreams over a number of blog posts . . . that was Plan A. 

It turns out that Hawaiʻi is twenty-intercontinental-missile-minutes away from North Korea. By some estimates, we’d have roughly eight minutes “to prepare” . . .

There’s a mad scramble on the islands as people search for vintage school desks. Frankly, even as in good a shape as we are, I don’t think we would fit under one of those. 

All of this was precipitated by our intellectually, ethically, and morally challenged Supreme Leader calling out what more and more appears no more than the mirror image of himself a half a world away. The similarities are uncanny; both “leaders” exhibit obvious shortcomings in the reasoning department and both have followers who refuse to see them for the dangerous buffoons that they are. The only difference appears to be Sean Hannity advises only one of these nutsos. Score one for our side.

Anyway, because of this latest development, I decided to dump all my current Deep Dreams efforts in this one post and hope to go live before the end of the world. Because who wouldn’t want these as the last thing they see as we go up in a fireball?

Note: I get that not everyone likes these. Please understand that I cater to a number of different readers. Some like my fiction, some like my photos, some like my rants (mighty few of those), and some like the eclectic nature of this blog and the erratic way it wanders from one thing to another. If this is not your cup of tea (or coffee, or tomato juice), HERE’s one of my marathon posts that will keep you occupied for a good long while.  

Let me start with this . . . 

That is one of my favorites and it involves the blending of a lion from the Cheyenne Zoo with a shot of the dawn in San Leon, Texas. 

By the way, all of these are blendings of two photos and I’m exclusively using my photos. That’s the case for all of the ones below, but that wasn’t the case for some of the earlier ones as I used their styles when I was learning about the tool and its options. 

I did create a SmugMug Gallery that has all my efforts to date (good and bad). Just click HERE.

OK, then, back to all the previously unpublished Deep Dreams.

I’ve been playing with Deep Dream Generator and while I like most of what I get, there’s a learning curve of sorts that one has to negotiate. Sometimes, you head off into the weeds. 

“What do you mean?” you ask. 

Well, here’s an example . . . 

I meant well and I wanted to use some of the photos from the fabric shop but in this case, it didn’t work out so well.

This next used a buffalo and a cityscape. 

A while ago, I did a post about Deep Dream Generator and erroneously identified it as associated with Google. I realized my mistake by asking the following questions (through their contact info):

1) Your “About” mentions contacting you to “know more” . . . what more is there to know?

2) What is the AI interaction with the images? Is the AI learning? Meaning, is the process to generate the images ever-changing based on responses to the images?

3) I read the rights but it’s unclear to me if the content generated is sold by you or an entity you contract with (as opposed to being used in connection with advertising). 

4) What is the extent of my rights to the generated images? For instance — not that I plan to — but can users sell the resulting images? 

4b) I’ve posted some of the images on my blog and it occurs to me that I’m not clear about how I may use the images (https://dispersertracks.com/2017/06/07/google-deep-dream-generator)

5) I listed the site as associated with Google but now I wonder if I (deep) dreamt it since I don’t see Google mentioned anywhere.

6) I notice some images on Instagram . . . are those images from members of from people running the site?

Here’s the weird thing . . . they answered. I know it seems like a natural thing, but you’d be surprised how rare it is to get answers.

I’ve been playing with Google’s Deep Dream Generator on and off for nearly a year now. 

“What’s that?” you ask. 

Well, it’s a post-processor of sorts. You throw it a photo, choose either Deep Dream . . . 

. . . or Deep Style . . . 

And it works its magic based on settings you choose. 

If you want to play with it, these are the links: DEEP STYLE and DEEP DREAM. Those links won’t work unless you have an account; they will instead throw you into the signup page. Once signed up, you can easily choose Dream or Style. 

Yes, you need to sign up. You can use your Google ID, if you have one, or just use another e-mail. Be aware that you can get some weird things. For instance, certain settings of Deep Dream will get you lots of dog-like faces . . . 

This is the third round of The Alphabet Challenge mentioned in THIS post. As a refresher, the Broxson twins, Gary and Perry, and I will each write one story for each letter of the alphabet. Meaning, a story whose title begins with the given letter. For these submissions, it’s the letter “D”.

Readers have until the publication of the next story (about two weeks) to vote for their favorite story in each round. Points will be assigned to each writer based on the voting rank.

For each letter, the story with the most votes gets three points. Second place gets two points, third place gets one point. In the case of a tie, the points for the tied rankings are added and then split equally among the writers who tied. At the end of the year, we tally up and crown the winner with the most points.

Long or short, each story will appear on its own post and the trio will be followed by a fourth post where readers can vote.

Here we go. Presented anonymously, the second of three stories with titles beginning with the letter “D” as submitted by its author.

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WARNING: some of the stories deal with adult themes and events (somewhere between PG and R rating). Plus, one might encounter the occasional use of the more colloquial word for fornicate.
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