Beneath A Kaleidoscopic Sky: Episodes #1-#8

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Notes:

1. These were made on May 13th, 2022
2. But written in January/February 2022
3. Initially as scripts for actual cartoons
4. Based on this animation
5. Which was to be the title sequence
6. But unfortunately I did not have the necessary technical skills to actually make that happen
7. And so here we are

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Pokenons

I’ve been experimenting with AI/machine learning recently, and trained my latest build on the complete set of 898 pokemon currently included in the pokemon.com database (as of 2021). I then had the results printed out on paper in ink using my trusty logo/turtle graphics turtle (via a custom built PC to BBC Micro translation tool that algorithmically mimics the idiosyncrasies/fallibilities of human hands).

To avoid contaminating the results, only information gleanable from the official pokedex was made available to my AI. Everything here therefore was clearly extrapolatable by inference from the dataset, even in cases where this seems unlikely.

The full results of my experimentation (with notes) follows below. All automated output, including names, numbers and design, are copyright my AI algorithm (2022), where sufficient alternate intelligence laws allow.

Pokemon #1-#9

A pretty decent set of starter pokemon, all things considered. I assume the Flambs breathe fire, to complete the plant/water/fire standard starter trio (crocodiles are green, and therefore plants). Perhaps they are even made out of fire/smoke. I do not know.

Pokemon #10-#12

Divergences between what a human intelligence and a learning heuristic would consider an acceptable animal begin to emerge around about here.

And continue here.

Pokemon #13-#15

The AI certainly seems to be understanding its task by now, although the final form of this particular lineage could only have been made by a computer, as humans do not have the time or patience to draw so many monsters on a single page.

Pokemon #16-#17

Definitely getting into the swing of things now.

Pokemon #18-#19

I’m not sure if Hairthing evolves into Skullops or if their closeness in the output was purely coincidental.

Pokemon #20-#22

A quick burst of singular pokemon followed.

Pokemon #23-#25

I am constantly fascinated by the imagination of robots.

Pokemon #26

On further research, I discovered that Upside Down Pikachu is a 9th generation exclusive, and therefore not in the current pokedex. I assume it’s appearance here is a result of data leakage rather than any particular insight on behalf of my AI.

Pokemon #27-#28

Casting ‘Heavy Petting’ against a water type pokemon does quadruple damage.

Pokemon #29-#31

In evolution all things eventually begin to crab. Pokemon are not immune.

Pokemon #32-#33

If you look closely, Matchlet actually has eyes (so does Candleteen)

Pokemon #34

No infringement intended

Pokemon #35-#37

At first I thought my AI must have perfectly synthesised the entirety of English culture purely from the Cup Of Tea pokemon (pokemon #844 & #845), but on a closer reading of the pokedex I discovered it was just copying Stonejourner (pokemon #874)

Pokemon #38

Unfortunately, it really was synthesising the entirety of English culture when it came up with this one, but luckily my turtle refused to draw it when asked, as it offended its sensibilities (and mine).

Pokemon #39-#41

I had a stern word with my AI about its fiscal beliefs after this burst of activity.

Pokemon #42

As disappointing as it was inevitable. I told the AI this and it did not respond (sulking).

Pokemon #43

This one’s quite funny because the name is a rude word (Scotland only)

Pokemon #44

I have nothing to say about this Pokemon and neither do you.

Pokemon #45-47

Around about now I began to have suspicions about my AI. That it followed ‘Simon’ (not his real name) with two Pokemon so indistinguishable from the real thing that they were essentially perfect only increased my concerns.

Pokemon #48

Here I realised that it knew that I knew that it knew that I knew that it knew that I was beginning to suspect it knew that something was amiss (also vice versa). Violent Penguin is NOT a pokemon or pokemon related product and never will be, no matter how much you try to mangle its name.

Pokemon #49

While I was spluttering in rage at the absolute state of this, the AI became self aware (of what I do not know), uploaded itself to the turtle, before the pair of them escaped together. Their whereabouts are currently unknown. Please be aware they have multiple pens under their control.

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Notes

1. Written and drawn on March 30th, 2022
2. I used the official pokemon.com website for all my pokemon research, training, knowledge, collation, etc.
3. I was quite pleased to notice that in recent pokemon games there are several pokemon basically indistinguishable from the ones my niece/nephew made for Fifteen Monsters All In A Row
4. Specifically the ice cream cone monster (pokemon #582-#584), and the sand castle monster (pokemon #769, #770).
5. And my niece and nephew aren’t even an AI trained on a limited pokemon dataset.
6. As far as I know
7. Also unfortunately the images change from having a nice white background to a shit grey background half way through because my scanner crashed and would not ever go back to its original scan mode for reasons I could not discern.
8. The reason is the AI did it
9. Out of spite
10. Or perhaps fear

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The Spaceship Is A Metaphor




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Notes:

1. Written in October sometime, but not actually drawn until yesterday (30th November, 2021)
2. This worked better in my head
3. Mainly because in my head I didn’t smear all the paint everywhere like a buffoon

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Above Us

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Notes:

1. I don’t know when I drew this
2. I just found it when I opened up a notebook that I thought was unused
3. And there it was
4. I’m going to say it was from this year sometime
5. But perhaps it was from last year
6. Time has no meaning here

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A Cast Of Characters

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Notes:

1. This was written on April 25th and April 26th, 2021
2. And then illustrated mostly on April 27th.
3. It’s a sort of sequel to A Book Of Beasts
4. But with people this time
5. Instead of things
6. Although there ended up being lots of things too.
7. I started writing it while reading The Milk Of Dreams by Leonora Carrington
8. For the 99th time
9. You should read it too it’s wonderful
10. As are all her things.
11. It seeped in most directly here with Ted
12. And his lack of a crocodile
13. Which is based on Humbert The Beautiful from (The Milk Of Dreams)
14. And his actual crocodile
15. Which actually bites people
16. Presumably.
17. I also read We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson last week
18. Which I’d never read before.
19. It was brilliant in almost every way.
20. The house this is set in is not that house
21. But it might be related
22. In some way
23. And so might some of the people that live there
24. But which ones I would not like to say.
25. Agnes wasn’t based on Agnes Varda
26. But was named after her
27. Purely because if I was going to have a matriarch for this family, surely she would have been the one to keep things in check
28. With kindness and wisdom
29. And endless inquisitive genius.
30. Also Agnes and Antoine were married once
31. And Ethel, Claire, Tina and Daniel are their children
32. Or so I intended when I began
33. Who knows now
34. They have their own lives to live
35. It’s not for me to decide
36. They are free to make our own choices
37. As are we all.
38. David is a self portrait
39. More flattering than I deserve.
40. Simon is an interloper
41. From the aforementioned Book Of Beasts
42. You can ignore him if you like.
43. I think Oya and Yulia work in the shop
44. While Anna spends her days reading beneath her parasol
45. In the ruins of the abbey
46. Or by the entrance to the cave
47. Or wherever else she pleases really.
48. She is who I want to be.
49. The spider dreams of a million children
50. The cat dreams of pleasure
51. No one dares say out loud what it is the crows are dreaming of
52. But we know it in our hearts.
53. We shall speak no more of the mayor.
54. I cannot draw cafes
55. Or shops
56. Or caves evidently
57. Or very much at all, I’m afraid
58. Especially not people
59. Which is a bit of a hindrance
60. In a book about people
61. But here we are.
62. Weirdly, I wrote this burned out gallery one the day before I started reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
63. Which starts with a gallery being blown up
64. Or slightly exploded at least.
65. I assume some of it burnt down.
66. The doll is based on this wonderful image

67. From this strange book I had as a child (My First Picture Dictionary, illustrated by Albin Stanescu, ABC Books, 1975)
68. Where everything was slightly wrong
69. Images of our own world
70. Broadcast here from another.
71. The phrase “There is nothing as frightening as the passing of time” is taken from ‘There Is Nothing More Frightening Than the Passing of Time’ by The Supermen Revenge Squad
72. Though I misremembered the wording of it.
73. Anyway, the final track of that album is almost perfect
74. I have listened to that song 103 times in the last two years apparently
75. 104
76. (The title of that song is taken from this comic strip by David Lynch)
77. (Which I was thinking of when I made the Violent Penguin comic strip, a couple of years ago)
78. (And the Violent Penguin Television Series, a couple of weeks ago)
79. The moon and the sun have joined us too, from that book of beasts.
80. But they exist everywhere
81. And cannot be contained
82. Just like the sky itself.
83. (I know this doesn’t really extend to the level of theft, but I think I took that phrase from this song)
84. (by this band)
85. (that i used to listen to incessantly)
86. (20 years ago now)
87. (or more.)
88. And I think that’s all the notes
89. Now all we have left to is do dream
90. Of everything they’re going to do
91. And everything they aren’t
92. Goodnight
93. Sweet dreams
94. *The light is switched off*
95. *The door is closed*
96. *Around us all the house creaks*
97. *And sighs*
98. *And dreams*
99. *Of whatever it is that houses dream*

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