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Cake day: July 5th, 2023


  • Yes in some neighborhoods and villages the roads are so narrow that they can practically only be driven on by Kei cars.

    Japan as an Island has limited space available for natural reasons, plus large parts of the country are mountain area. So the old cities have been built in plains and reached high density. Building is strictly regulated.

    And that has also grown into the culture. The Japanese sense for efficiency is legendary and so you simply don’t waste space. And in general, you don’t show off with oversized cars. Understatement is part of the general habitus. Shintoism and Buddhism have deep roots and that certainly plays a role too.

  • M.C. Escher’s Shopping Mall

    It’s really hard to get something upside down from the AI generator. I went for Escher’s stairs and wanted to place them inside a shopping mall. As a workaround I could get the stairs inverted and added a polished floor as a mirror. Still not very convinced by the results, here’s the best one I could get after several iterations.

    Prompt: a scenic view inside a shopping mall with a black shiny floor that’s polished like a mirror. There are several inverted stairs in a confusing upside-down architecture, similar to an image by M.C. Escher. Some people walk upside down on the underside of the stairs.