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TV Series Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022) Disney+ *Spoiler Section*

While I do consider myself a Star Wars fan my fandom is limited to the live action shows and movies. Even though I've watched almost all of The Clone Wars animated series I never really connected with the ongoing stories of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. Though I did like the first prequel, The Phantom Menace , the two subsequent prequels I've always found to be difficult watches. Largely because we get too much in the way of Jedi. They no longer feel special or formidable. In fact with so many youngling Jedi, in addition to all the adult Jedi, being a Jedi seems more like a trade that anyone could study. I mention all of this to say, as much as I do like Ewan McGregor, a series or movie about Obi-Wan Kenobi wasn't anything I was hoping to see but it's live action Star Wars so of course I'm going to watch.  Obi-Wan Kenobi is set a few years after the  last prequel, Revenge of the Sith . Obi-Wan, now going by the name Ben, has made something of a despondent l
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A.I. Can Now Create Art Based Upon Text Prompts - DALL-E 2 and CrAIyon (Formerly DALL-E Mini)

"a painting of a fox sitting in a field at sunrise in the style of Claude Monet” Image by DALL-E 2, OpenAI.com One thing people have often said is that machines will never replace creative artists because they lack the imagination and emotion required to create anything meaningful. A.I. technology is now good enough to work as writing assistants, including sites like Jasper and Rytr , where you simply tell the A.I. what you want to write about and it'll produce a complete article on that subject. The article may not be perfect but it can sure save you a lot of time. DALL-E 2: Realistic images and art from a description in natural language. With the release of DALL-E 2 there is now an A.I. that can produce realistic (or artistically styled) images based entirely on text prompts in seconds. We're not just talking about collaging a few images together here either. DALL-E 2 can create images where everything looks fairly seamless and purposefully included. Rather than me try

Movie Review: Top Gun Maverick *Spoiler Free*

I must admit I was expecting Top Gun Maverick to lean a lot more on nostalgia. While it has plenty of callbacks to the original movie, it does feel like its own thing with a new story and cast of characters. That said, the events of the first film drive (or is that fly) a big part of the character arcs, as Maverick (Tom Cruise) has to face the death of his wingman, Goose, all over again with Goose's son, Rooster (Miles Teller) (I'm using everyone's call sign because their actual character names aren't spoken out loud enough for me to remember them), who, somewhat surprisingly, isn't holding a grudge for his father's fate. Top Gun Maverick picks up with Maverick no longer in the Top Gun team. Instead he's a test pilot for experimental fighters being developed by the Navy/Airforce/US Government? (I'm not sure because technically Maverick is a Navy fighter pilot - which he says in the film, he flies for the Navy). However he is recalled to the Top Gun team

Movie Review: Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers (2022 Disney+) *Spoiler Free*

Despite being an animator I don''t tend to watch a lot of animation outside of superhero related animated movies and the classic WB cartoons I watched as a kid. Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers caught my eye purely for one joke in the trailer that makes note of Dale's CGI makeover. Aside from it being a funny, throw away moment, I thought it was interesting that this movie mixes live action with 2D and 3D (CGI) animation. The premise of the movie sees Chip and Dale, many years after the cancelation of their animated TV series, Rescue Rangers , getting on with their lives. Chip sells insurance, while Dale keeps his celebrity alive on the convention circuit, selling merch and signing headshots. When an old friend mysteriously goes missing Dale must reconcile differences with Chip while they race to find their buddy. Invariably this movie gets the Who Framed Roger Rabbit comparison (or Space Jam 2 ) and, while Chip 'n Dale does make an effort to blend its 2D animation wit

TV Series Review: Moon Knight (2022) Disney+ *Very Minor Spoilers*

I've never read a Moon Knight comic and barely knew who Moon Knight was (other than he's sometimes thought of as Marvel's 'Batman like' character) before the Disney+ Moon Knight Series was announced. Of all the Marvel series released to date this was one that I had little to no anticipation for. I mean, of course, I was always going to watch it since it's MCU cannon, but it's the first series where I had no investment in any of the lead characters. Over the six episodes I was never that excited to see what happens next each time until, maybe the end of episode four. Then I did kind of become much more invested in the final two episodes. Episode six, the finale, ended with me thinking ' most disappointing ending of a series so far ' and then, like a magic trick, the post credit scene kicked in and turned everything around into an extremely satisfying conclusion with a big hint that there's easily a season two just waiting to be green lit (and I&#

70% of Voters Didn't Vote for a Labor Government - Misrepresenting a Statistic | Australian Federal Election 2022

Anthony Albanese - Australia's 31st Prime Minister In the aftermath of the Australian Federal Election, in which the Australian Labor Party won the right to govern, taking over from the Liberal/National party coalition, one of the most misrepresented statistics I have seen bandied around is: 70% of voters did not vote for a Labor Government. At a surface level that's true give or take a percentage point depending on the final count of the primary votes (primary vote being every voter's first choice in our preferential voting system). However the people who are holding this statement up (notably the so-called 'Freedom Parties') for validation of the claim that the majority of Australians don't want a Labor government are grossly misrepresenting the Australian people. Using myself as an example, I put The Greens as my first choice, knowing full well they have next to no chance of forming a government. I'm most aligned with The Greens in terms of their polic

Return to Bukirk Glamping - Camping and Now 'Cooping' In Style - Clare Valley, South Australia

Bukirk Glamping, Clare Valley, South Australia.  One of my favorite getaways in South Australia is Bukirk Glamping in the Clare Valley. So much so that this visit was the second time my partner, Enigma, has gifted us a stay there on my birthday, and our third stay overall. We both love it and always leave wishing we could stay longer. Despite the planet having a 'Mostly Closed' sign on it for most of 2020 and 2021 it doesn't seem to have slowed business owner and host, Alison 'Chook' Meany down much at all. All her plans for expansion since we were last there in 2018 have all been realised and then some. If you're not familiar with 'glamping' think of it as kind of like camping for people who don't like the inconveniences of camping, particularly having limited access to power points and a proper bathroom.  Inside the Wyandotte Tent. Thoughtful details like this 'Welcome Back' by Alison really help make us feel like we're coming home, m

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