A cow smoking a pipe in a farmhouse kitchen

January 21

I bought a wooden drawer full of joker playing cards from a local second-hand shop near aunties. Excited to tell her over lunch, but she had other plans. Asked me to imagine a surreal scene, something impossible. Frustrated, I suggested a cow smoking a pipe in a farmhouse kitchen. Within seconds, she showed me four AI-generated images matching my suggestion. I was shocked and surprised. Quickly, Surprise turned to concern. Is my artistic skill set now worthless? Am I outmoded? Catastrophic thoughts flooded my mind on the drive home.

I feel emotionally unbalanced. Doom scrolling AI videos, both positive and negative. Despondent and sulky. Creative energies diminished. These are dark days.