There have been years where I've not posted on post-Thanksgiving Friday. This is not one of them! Why? Because I want to blow off a lot of alienating content.

The above, of course, is AI. Can't ask for a cafeteria scene without it being very crowded. Even if I ask for the room to be sparse.

I make about 40 a day. Various times and places. So let us roam - ha ha - through the ages. I asked for a Roman villa with a pool, and got a rather impressive example:

The top is off, but I'm sure we're a month away from this being completely filled out with detailed statues.

As usual, the dreaming mind comes up with peculiar objects that seem filled with a mysterious meaning.

Moving along to the 20th century: a hotel lobby. It has a portentous quality I like:

Also from the 20s, an elegant cafeteria:

It's not an impossible space. The windows are a bit too much, but for a tall tower at the peak of the boom? Perhaps.

I asked for a modern 1960s restaurant in the illustration style of the time:

Yes, I do mostly interior spaces. Like a cozy 1950s motel lobby, with the specification of a black-and-white TV:

A show never filmed, magazines never printed.






Let's try some motels with empty pools.

Took a while to get what I wanted. Which was not a hotel built around a particular computer chip.

The abandoned diners worked out a bit better.

When I asked it for an empty marquee, it put "empty" on the marquee.

When I didn't, it gave me an empty marquee.

Finally, some abandoned gas stations.

A bit too on-the-nose. Try again:

I keep making these. Abandoned post-war sites, and glorious populated pre-war places.

Hey, it may be a strange holiday week, but we can respect one tradition. Note: only three weeks left of this tradition.

This year's old newspaper feature: a social no-no single-panel illustration. Can you figure out what's wrong?

The answer will be provided on Monday.


Now two ways to chip in!

That will do! Thank you for your visits, and I'll see you on Monday.




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