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October 10, 2021


Sunday. Another count the hours as they passed by on the clock night, last night, not really sure how much sleep I might have gotten. Awoke at a quarter to six to take the blood pressure and then the blood pressure med (it's still running high) before heading out to drive to breakfast at the usual time under clear skies to park in front of the restaurant, enter, turn on the lights in the indoor dining area and settle in at my table with the papers.

The Eggs Benedict, country potatoes, fruit cup and coffee, finishing up well after nine to take a couple of pictures on the way to the car. Drove straight home to take the selfie in the lobby and check the blood pressure again before settling down at the computer to finish yesterday's entry, post and process the morning's pictures.

Later. Over an hour's nap to get up and watch the Raiders-Bears game that started at one. Another blood pressure reading, another med. No sign of the squab out on the balcony, so maybe the thing can actually fly, but we'll see. Lots of activity in the nesting area in the balcony above, at least three nests with pigeons peering out of them visible for the first time. Lots of activity with birds leaving and arriving.

Bailed on the football game and took a second hour plus nap, checked the blood pressure and took the third full dose of the pain meds. It has kept the numbers solid, but three and four times the usual dose?

Evening. Watched 60 Minutes at seven where they ran a piece on deepfakes, videos created by A.I. that look like they were shot with a camera of subjects such as movie stars that look as if the stars themselves were the actors. They can create quite authentic looking images of people at any age, the ones they demonstrated of Tom Cruise showed him at his current age and when he was twenty years younger and you couldn't tell it wasn't real.

Deepfakes. First I've heard of them. They say they're only going to rapidly get better, easier and cheaper to create. I know what you can do with a photograph, but this was video and it was easy to do. I'm impressed.

Nothing on Sunday nights that I want to listen to and still tired, so lights out just after nine, let's see if we can't catch up on last night's lack of sleep.

The photo up top was taken at the 2014 Folsom Street Fair with a Nikon D4s mounted with a 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.