Uncanny Valley

When I was 17 I went to New York. It was one of the best experiences of my life! Unfortunately smartphones were yet to exist and all I had was a digital camera that held about 20 photos at a time. This here was one taken of me:

And obviously it’s super blurry! But here’s the thing, recently I learned of an app called Remini that tries to unblur images. So I ran this picture through that and did a bit of Photoshop and got this:

You can probably tell the app had to rebuild my eyes from scratch, right? And now whenever I look at the photo up close I get an uncanny-valley feeling because I know what my eyes look like and those aren’t my eyes. I mean, generally eyes are pretty much the same right? And yet I can tell, despite the face being okay, that the eyes came from a computer.

Though I suppose if you were a philosopher you could consider, when I look at a photo am I ever looking at my own eyes?

#gotyourbackNHS

Some absolutely obscene, incomprehensible, I-can’t-believe-I’m-hearing-this scenes in London today.

Get your jab. Thank your doctor. Ostracize these people. I don’t really have much else to say, I’m in that state of appalled-ness where your brain just turns off. Also noting that unlike the Sarah Everard protest, seemingly no-one got smacked around by the police here.

Double jabbed

This time around things went much more smoothly. We were driven there by a very nice and helpful taxi driver, which is always good, and at the hospital there was barely any waiting at all.

I feel a bit nauseous and tired but that’s only to be expected. VERY glad I’m fully vaccinated, now go and get yours if you haven’t already!

The Descendants of Dido Elizabeth Belle — All Things Georgian

A question that is frequently asked is, ‘are any of Dido Elizabeth Belle’s descendants still alive?’ The answer in short is no. Today, I thought it worth providing a somewhat lengthy, but nevertheless potted genealogy, to explain how her family line died out. Be prepared, it’s not always an easy read in parts. At the […]

The Descendants of Dido Elizabeth Belle — All Things Georgian

Belle is one of my favourite movies, and here’s a fascinating post what happened after the credits rolled (so to speak.)

What A Tragic Waste!!! — Filosofa’s Word

I’ve made no secret of my feelings about millionaires and billionaires who hoard their wealth rather than using it to help people in need.  I’ve also made no secret of my feelings about space travel in this, the 21st century, but in case you missed it, I think it is a complete and total waste […]

What A Tragic Waste!!! — Filosofa’s Word

There is a part of me that still hopes, perhaps in some very far-off future humanity as a whole may have access to space. We’ll be able to fix the planet we live on and then (peacefully) take what we learned and head off to see what’s out there.

Jeff Bezos et al have alas disqualified themselves many times over from the phrase “humanity as a whole.”

Photographs, memories, lost things

The title of this blog isn’t just for show, y’know. I archive everything. It’s… not a million miles away from hoarding, in all honesty, I just try to be careful about it. Anyone who has literal OCD will know the deal there… anyway. Today I finished scanning in every! single! picture! I know exists of my childhood, and I’ve realised that as a teenager I experienced quite a few events that turned out quite formative and nothing was ever photographed of them. My parents were big into analog cameras, but when they went obsolete and digital cameras replaced them it was a totally different story.

I remember for example that in 2005 I went to see Green Day with a friend (who’s still one of my closest friends in fact!) at the Milton Keynes Bowl. I think that was the first time I’d been to a concert without adult supervision. I did go see The Monkees when I was a very young child, that’s one of the things which triggered my lifelong Monkees fandom. But this Green Day concert, everyone in school was talking about it and I wanted to go so badly! So I managed to grab some tickets off of Ebay and hell yeah, I got to go. I can still remember it, it was a fantastic experience. To this day Billie Joe Armstrong is the most electrifying person I’ve seen on stage. And yet… I have so little evidence, for lack of a better word, that I was even there! No photos, no ticket stubs, nothing. I do have this entry in my journal:

Which is a valuable thing to have! But I do wish I had photos. We live in such a photo-heavy society now, I guess, and it’s so weird to have whole years where there just… weren’t many. That same year, in the same town, I went to a convention with the same friend and all photos of that are lost too. I know they existed once, because I actually wrote an entry about it way back then!

But as you can see, all broken links now, and I have absolutely no memory of it whatsoever except that Chris Barrie was nice. My very unreliable memory is, I think, probably the main reason I desperately wish I had more photographs of my life in 2005. It was, according to the diary referred to up there, a pretty difficult and depressing year in many ways. I once saw someone call photographs “memory receipts” and man, I’d really have liked some good receipts of all that.

Kids who have no doubt seen the faces adults make upon seeing teenagers whip out a smartphone, please take as many selfies as humanly possible and upload them to all your social medias. You’ll be grateful you did, I promise.

Spider-Man Lotus

Today the teaser trailer dropped for Spider-Man Lotus, a fan film project! It looks really good.

I’m absolutely OVERJOYED to finally have a live-action Harry who looks like his comic book counterpart! Love the shot of him standing in Times Square, which is one of my favourite places in the world. Love that MJ’s smoking, her counterpart in the mainstream films never got to do that. Love the suit! Love EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS in fact.

You can follow the creators on YouTube and Twitter if you wanna support them! I actually contributed a bit of money at the beginning and I think I made a good choice…

Loki season finale thoughts

Well as soon as I went on Twitter this morning I was spoiled for who would appear in the episode, boo. You all know who it is, right? Well, spoilers from here on anyway.

This has been a very entertaining season and I liked a lot of it, but I really don’t like the multiverse stuff. I wish I did, but I’m not even really looking forward to the new Spider-Man movie when all’s said and done. It just seems to make everything less relatable and somehow smaller, knowing that all these Avengers and Guardians and normal people on fictional Earth don’t have free will within their own universe. Every big decision they made in the previous movies, those were all things that were going to happen anyway, and it just… deflates it all somewhat. (I accept this is also a problem humankind has with the concept of God in real life.)


What else? Uh, all the acting in this show has been amazing. Did it come out too late for anyone to get an Emmy nod? I would’ve nominated Richard E. Grant for best guest actor, he was amazing, probably my favourite thing about this show.

Gotta say I never expected Greta Thurnberg or Nelson Mandala to have a cameo in a MCU project. About that… I’m sure there was nothing but good intentions behind it, probably, but it feels really wrong to have a little voice montage of famous people’s speeches and throw some MCU quotes in there as if reality and fiction was interchangable. I love “Grief is just love persevering” as much as the next person but Vision isn’t realllllly on the same level of importance as Malala Yousafzai, you know? I mean I can talk your ear off for hours about how stories make us human but Disney shouldn’t be editing in its own characters alongside very real people who fought against very real still-ongoing things, they just shouldn’t. Oh that was wince-worthy. Please no-one do that again.

On a lighter note…

As much as I enjoyed Jonathan Majors in the role, Lego Kang will always be my favourite favourite Kang.