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Spam

Dear readers and customers,

since a couple of months we are witnessing new waves of spam hitting our Email inboxes. We think it’s due to the rise in AI/machine learning tools and using them for malicious intentions, as correctly identified by several tech news outlets out there.

We are currently evaluating how to counter these waves. So if you are affected by it too, please hit us up, either via our contact form or directly via Email, info@aethyx.eu.

Currently the most popular topics here are: crypto. Furniture. Office supplies. At least in our case. The content has no direct connection to our company topics. The texts may seem more complex and evolved now but in the end it’s still untrue garbage. And what’s more, most of the time the only real identifier of this spam is the malicious link included – don’t click it but you can read it for yourself when you hover over it in the mail.

For the time being, redirect us the mails so we can have a look into it and add keywords to our filters. It helps but of course a technological solution would be much better here.

We own several domains and provide Email systems and sub systems through it. We hope we can be of help here, should you also be affected. Our service is free and we are strongly interested in countering it.

Enjoy your autumn and stay aware of more fake mails,
your aethyx staff

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swag

Dear readers and customers,

following the boring “news” of some unimportant fossil yellow face from the US putting its ugly face on some degenerate quality T-shirts, we thought you might be interested we can do absolutely the same but unfortunately hardly get any news or credits for it:

https://aethyx.eu/swag/.

We updated our SWAG!

WOW!

AMAZING!

Brand new now with some nice fresh AI/machine learning created original artwork! More to come!

These are our times, nobody asked for that. Or did you!?

Support us, not racists,
your aethyx staff

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Dear readers and customers,

by the end of this month, we are reaching the end of our very first year of AI art generation. Okay, technically it’s not AI but strict machine learning. But nobody gives a damn out there anyways.

So without further ado, let’s celebrate our most popular creations for the first time and tell you some details about them (click to enlarge):

#5 Atlantis

This is really one of the first ones we ever did, end of August 2022 with the open source tool Stable Diffusion on one of our laptops. The command how we generated it can even be seen publicly on the artwork detail page on Deviantart. We are proud we made it and it aquired 6 fans so far. (Buy it as an adoptable for 9$)

#4 8K Space Odyssey

We were experimenting with the built-in generator tool from Deviantart called “DreamUp”. The biggest difference from what we could create last year is the resolution: 1280x1280px instead of 512x512px here. We didn’t see much of a difference in details or quality. We guess “DreamUp” is built around Stable Diffusion itself as it’s freely available as an open source artwork generator tool. This space odyssey attracted 7 fans so far.

#3 Japanese concept cars in a Japanese cherry tree spring setting I

Another one created with “DeviantArt”s own tool. The prompt is there as well, 7 fans so far.

#2 Japanese concept cars in a Japanese cherry tree spring setting II

Except the cherry tree alley, we think this one of the ugliest ones we ever created, haha! Nevertheless, it’s almost our most popular, attracting 9 fans so far. Same as above, from our five most popular AI art creations, three are currently done by “DreamUp”.

#1 a Neuromancer quote

It honours us that the most popular AI art creation was done by us with our local machine! It’s the visualisation of an original Neuromancer quote: “His eyes were eggs of unstable crystal, vibrating with a frequency whose name was rain and the sound of trains, suddenly sprouting a humming forest of hair-fine glass spines” We and 8 others think this must have been a masterpiece for its prompt. And we won’t complain, as it’s also the only entry here with a comment (Thank you soulcreator789!).

Currently, we are testing out SDXL 1.0 on the exact same machine. Our first experiments look promising, although we want to be honest and admit that a hardware piece from 2019 with 6GB of RAM shows us our current limits very fast. We can’t do hi-res creations, as an example. And one creation with a minimum stepping of 30 iterations takes over 10 minutes for us. So it seems, before we can invest 3,000€-4,000€ to get that 4090 laptop on the market, we have to sell a gazillion of adoptables to really be able to keep up pace with the current industry. Yes, being indie is hard, no doubt about that.

We hope you enjoyed our little artwork excursion today and who knows, if we are still in the AI art creation space next year, we publish another AETHYX MEDIAE artwork ranking entry. 🙂

So long and keep counting those s/it,
your aethyx staff

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Patreon logos as of May 2023

Dear readers and customers,

we are happy to announce that since a few weeks you are able to support us via Patreon too:

https://patreon.com/aethyxmediae

Our supporters get to see behind-the-scenes content and lots of exciting extras and goodies. Pledging is also an easy way to subscribe to our internal news in the near future, delivered in full glossy digital editions right to your inbox. This way, we’ll have a direct contact channel to our humble readers and customers worldwide. We are exicted and looking forward to welcome you!

Current subscription models in the short overview:

  • 1.50€/month
  • 5€/month
  • 12€/month

The higher the pledge, the more in-depth the goodies become. At the moment, no matter which route you take you’ll get the unique AI generated medaillons for free!

So long from your favourite indie publishing house. Take care and see you there,
the aethyx staff

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Dear readers and customers,

the pandemic and now an ongoing war in Europe since over a year combined with an excessive media consumption because of several lockdowns through this entire time made one thing clear: “everything falls apart”.

But is this really the case?

Can we say that peoples’ interests and what the media provides for its consumers became really worse?

Is this just a subjective opinion, varying from individual to individual, or is it scientifically traceable?

That’s exactly what we did in our now finished field study “Into The German Mind” from February 2022 to February 2023.

We wanted to know what really grinds the gears for Germans and makes it to the top on Google Trends.

Here are the results from one whole year of observation:

Somehow you need to provide proof if you think everything is going to sh*t.
Somehow bad media coverage should be traceable.
The same is true for the interest of the average media consumer: if there is no interest in serious or relevant topics, media outlets won’t provide this as they can’t sell ads here and make no money. It’s a no-brainer.

So let us categorise the results for you now for easier interpretation, starting with the most sought after and going down from there:

Entertainment: IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII III
Sports: IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIII
Politics: IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII
Life: IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII
Economy: IIIII IIIII II
Technology: IIIII I
Crime: IIIII
Health: IIII
Art: III
Science: II
Religion: II

And the winner is: Entertainment! One hundred and thirteen mentionings out of 329 overall in only one year! What people in Germany want and “need” the most, a country with to date 83 million inhabitants, is not health, not science, not even sports, they want entertainment! So Kurt Cobain in “Smells like teen spirit” (1991) was totally right: “Here we are now, entertain us!” And it seems nothing changed in 32 long years. Heavy. If you can’t provide news and links and junk and whatnot about this topic, don’t try to open or maintain a media outlet in Germany: you will go bankrupt with it.

Second place, not really surprising over here: sports. Football and tennis are incredibly popular, so these are the most hot topics people were looking on the internet here. Followed by some US “sports” like football or wrestling.

Third place: politics. A little bit surprising if you ask us. Not so surprising if you know a bit about German history. It’s really the only ray of hope in the Top 3 here, as this is not only done by the people in a democracy and the discussion about “democracy crisis” is ongoing since over a decade now. But it shows people in Germany still like the “meta” in their life and in the world, want to take influence in a way and change the everyday life to the positive. Because really this is the only chance we have as individuals to do so in a democracy and it’s also a good prospect for the collective. Present and future.

Honorable mention: life at #4. If you need social aid, these are the topics you are looking for. Same is true for your pet or if you need compensation for your heating. Or you would like to know which holiday is at the moment, etc. Some of this is irrelevant, no discussion about that. But some is also important for your everyday life which shows us Germany is not full of zombies as the winner of the categorisation which took the top spot would suggest. Nevertheless: don’t think you can make money with it, as entertainment, sports and even politics will take the crown for relevancy. Think about that for a moment if that’s really how you want to proceed in your life. In Germany, Europe; wherever you might be at the moment reading this.

Everything else is neglectable: Economy. Technology. Crime. Even health, a topic which we thought would be important during pandemic times – totally not true, the facts say otherwise. Oh, and don’t ever think making content about science, religion or art! Of course you can do, nobody is stopping you from doing it. But paying your rent with it? Nah. Im-poss-ible. Nobody will look for it, nobody will pay for ads here. Do yourself a favour and look for other hobbies, like becoming an influencer (entertainment!) or becoming a tennis star (sports!) for example. No, please don’t. This was a joke, OK. Maybe a bad one but a joke, j-o-k-e.

So, yes, which took the top spot over a whole year might suggest exactly that: all is going to shit. If all people really care about is entertainment, life has no meaning anymore. Like Kurt Cobain fabulously told us in one of his most memorisable songs. May he rest in peace, as he also failed miserably to change something to the better and finally, sadly, killed himself. The only hope we have here is that trends vary, on Google Trends and elsewhere. And they vary in even shorter timespans as ever before. What held relevancy in the past for over a decade or more, then for a decade, only applies today for a timespan of just a few years. So when we come back in, let’s say 10 years, doing the same study, we might have another ranking. With, who knows, maybe science taking the top spot. Or art. Of course the possibility of that is minor to happen but it’s not completely ruled out as the future, our future, is still unwritten.

Facts are facts. What you did in the past defines your present. What you do in the present defines your future. Be your own future! That’s another reason why we are here, AETHYX MEDIAE, your friendly and helpful indie online publishing house.

Let us help you in changing things for the better! Start your own blog! Write your own eBook! You want to work collectivly on your own projects, rent some of our cloud space! Want your own app – of course, we got you covered! Hire us now and be part of a future where we tackle the concepts of relevancy, all by ourselves.

We hope you enjoyed our excursus today, it took a lot of work and discipline from us. But it was also a lot of fun.

Take care and best wishes,
your aethyx staff

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