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An AI generated landscape — Datascientist55, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The questions around AI and art are not new ones. For decades now artists have been using AI in various forms to create art, but it’s only in the last few decades that we’ve begun to see what many of us consider to be ‘AI art’ — namely art made almost entirely by AI, with as little human interaction as possible.

But should AI even be making art, and how will the art world react to what may very soon be the first AI maestro?

Creativity and Art


The Siege of Sevastopol — Valentin Ramirez, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The Siege of Sevastopol was one of the bloodiest battles in the Crimean War, a brutal conflict fought primarily between Britain, France, the Ottoman Empire, and Russia. The Crimean War was one of the pioneers of the kind of ‘trench warfare’ that would be used to such deadly effect in the American Civil War and on the Western Front during World War I.

The Siege of Sevastopol, a major Russian naval base, between October 17, 1854, and September 11, 1855, was perhaps the most important victory for the Allies and would pave the way for Russia’s eventual defeat in 1856…


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In the Middle Ages there were a lot of horrible jobs. Rat catchers risked disease, gong-farmers (those employed to clean out cesspits) risked suffocating to death among the smell of human excrement, and plague buriers risked being yet another victim of the Black Death. However, none of these truly compare to the horror of being a Medieval sin eater.

Sin eaters have a murky origin, but they are generally associated with Christianity, with most of our examples coming from Scotland, Wales, and England, though many variations did exist, and they are present in some form in many cultures. …


The Mona Lisa — Leonardo da Vinci, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The Mona Lisa is perhaps the most iconic painting in the world. Da Vinci’s masterpiece, painted between 1503 and 1506 (though perhaps continuing until as late as 1517) is one of the most recognisable paintings in the world, and for many is the epitome of renaissance art. If you only know the name of one painting in the world, it’s probably the Mona Lisa.

Yet the Mona Lisa isn’t a painting that gives up its secrets easily. …


Feast in the House of Levi — Paolo Veronese, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The Last Supper is an event likely to invoke different emotions in many people. For those Christian sects that practice it, it represents the origin of the Eucharist, while for others it is simply Jesus’ last meal before he was killed by the Romans the following day.

Regardless, the Bible is frustratingly vague on what they actually ate at the Last Supper beyond the simple fare of bread and water. The event is one of the most widely depicted in art, yet what they actually ate has remained something of a mystery, but thanks to archaeological work undertaken by Generoso…


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The concept of sin runs throughout Christianity. From the Original Sin to our day-to-day sins, this one idea is part of a large theme of repentance and forgiveness. But many have wondered if there are any sins so heinous and so evil that they simply cannot be forgiven? The answer, much like the Devil, is in the details.

Types of Sin

For the non-religious, the concept of sin can seem strange and ridiculous. Sin as a construct then warrants more explanation. …


Photo by Gioele Fazzeri on Unsplash

Bluetooth is one of those features of the modern world that we don’t think about anymore. Like streetlights and next day delivery, we’ve become accustomed to the quick and simple ability to instantly connect our devices.

But it was not always so, and we likely wouldn’t have got here without a Toronto bar and a tenth-century Viking helping us along the way.

The Tech


This is how the late chef and host of the hit show Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain described the smell of the world’s most infamous fruit — Durian. It has also been described as smelling like sewage, stale vomit, used surgical swabs, a bunch of dead cats, and vomit-flavoured custard, yet it remains one of South East Asia’s favourite fruits, with a growing export market to daring foodies around the world. But why?

The King of Fruit

As the above the title suggests, Durian is highly prized in South East Asia where it originates. There are about 30 species of Durian, and while it’s native…


My mom rescued animals for much of her life, both formally and informally, and once I came along, I helped too. Time and time again, the same issues presented themselves and their issues that make meaningful progress in pet rescue nigh on impossible. Thankfully, they’re relatively cheap, easy, and accessible for most people and the easiest way for you to help out a struggling sector.

Neutering your pets


The sinking of the Titanic — Willy Stöwer, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The sinking of the RMS Titanic has become notorious in maritime history, and still resonates in popular culture thanks in no small part to the 1997 film ‘Titanic’. It remains one of the worst peacetime sinkings in history claiming around 1,500 lives, many perishing in the frigid Atlantic waters.

Most of us know the details. Around 23:40 the Titanic smashed into the iceberg at full speed, the moonless night making the iceberg nigh impossible to see. At 00:00 the distress signal is sent out, while at 00:20 the first lifeboats are loaded with women and children, while at 00:25 the…

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