Wednesday, February 1, 2023

I asked ChatGPT to write a movie script

Everyone has been using ChatGPT and I am already quite late to try it out. So today I asked it to generate a movie script with two of my favorite artists. For every try, it generated different scripts, although all seemed to follow similar story, given the same minimal request: 

"Make a movie script with Thalapathy Vijay and Chungha"

The outcome is neat.


Title: Rise of the Superstar

Fade in:

INT. AIRPORT TERMINAL - DAY

We see a crowded airport terminal with travelers hurrying to their gates. Suddenly, the crowd parts to reveal a charismatic young man, THALAPATHY VIJAY, walking through with confidence and style. He is greeted by his fans who take selfies and ask for autographs.

Vijay: (smiling) Hey guys! How's it going?

FANS: (excited) Thalapathy! You're the best!

Vijay: (laughing) I appreciate the love, guys. But I'm here for a reason.

As Vijay makes his way through the terminal, we see CHUNGHA, a talented K-pop star, arriving at the airport. She is mobbed by fans and paparazzi, but she handles it with grace and poise.

Chungha: (smiling) Hi everyone! It's great to be here.

As Vijay and Chungha make their way through the airport, they are unaware that they are about to cross paths.

Cut to:

INT. AIRLINE LOUNGE - DAY

Vijay and Chungha are both waiting to board their respective flights. They are seated next to each other, but are lost in their own thoughts.

Vijay: (sighs) I just want a break from all this.

Chungha: (nods) I know what you mean. Sometimes, it's hard to keep up with all the expectations.

Vijay and Chungha look up and their eyes meet. They both smile, recognizing a fellow performer in each other.

Vijay: (extending his hand) Hi, I'm Vijay.

Chungha: (shaking his hand) Hi, I'm Chungha.

They chat for a while and quickly realize that they have a lot in common. Both are passionate about their careers and strive for excellence in their craft.

Cut to:

INT. STUDIO - DAY

Vijay and Chungha are in the studio recording a new single. They are working on a collaboration that is sure to be a hit. They share their thoughts and ideas, bringing their unique styles and perspectives to the song.

Vijay: (excited) This is going to be amazing!

Chungha: (smiling) I couldn't agree more.

As they continue to work, they also face challenges and obstacles. But with each other's support, they overcome these obstacles and create a masterpiece.

Cut to:

INT. AWARDS SHOW - DAY

Vijay and Chungha are on stage, accepting the award for Best Collaboration. They stand hand in hand, beaming with pride and joy.

Vijay: (looking at Chungha) I couldn't have done this without you.

Chungha: (smiling) And I couldn't have done this without you.

As they receive the award, the crowd cheers and applauds, recognizing their talent and hard work.

Fade to black.

THE END.

 

Then I decided to ask it for a sequel.

"Make a sequel to the above movie."

 

Title: The Superstar Legacy

Fade in:

INT. STUDIO - DAY

Vijay and Chungha are back in the studio, working on their second collaboration. They are both more confident and comfortable with each other, and their chemistry is palpable.

Vijay: (smiling) It's great to be back in the studio with you.

Chungha: (laughing) It's like we never left!

As they work, they realize that their new single is not just about their individual careers, but about their friendship and partnership. They decide to dedicate the song to their fans and the people who have supported them throughout their journey.

Cut to:

INT. CONCERT ARENA - DAY

Vijay and Chungha are performing their new single in front of a packed crowd. They sing with passion and energy, captivating the audience with their dynamic performance.

Chungha: (singing) This is for you, our fans! Thank you for always supporting us!

The crowd roars with excitement, and Vijay and Chungha take a bow, smiling with pride.

Cut to:

INT. LOUNGE - DAY

Vijay and Chungha are relaxing in the lounge, sipping on drinks and reflecting on their success.

Vijay: (smiling) This has been an incredible journey.

Chungha: (nodding) It really has. We've come a long way since that airport terminal.

As they chat, they realize that they have both grown as artists and as people. They talk about their future plans and aspirations, and how they plan to continue their legacy.

Cut to:

INT. RECORDING STUDIO - DAY

Vijay and Chungha are in the studio recording their next single. They are both focused and determined, and their passion for music shines through in their performance.

Chungha: (singing) We'll keep shining, keep climbing higher!

Vijay: (singing) Our legacy will live on, forever and ever!

The music builds to a crescendo, and the crowd erupts in applause.

Fade to black.

THE END.

 

In both seasons, the scripts somewhat revolve around who Chungha and Vijay really are. I wanted to see if this can get more emotional in the third season.

"Make another sequel, now both of them falling in love."

It attempted to work on this. But the first few lines, it failed with this error.
Errors! Love has broken ChatGPT


"Error in body stream"

"Something went wrong, please try reloading the conversation."

"Only one message at a time. Please allow any other responses to complete before sending another message, or wait one minute."



Let me retry the whole thing, a bit more specific.

"Make a movie script with Thalapathy Vijay and Chungha, falling in love with each other in Papua New Guinea."

It is better this time.


"INT. JUNGLE CAFE - DAY

Thalapathy Vijay and Chungha are sitting at a table, surrounded by the lush greenery of Papua New Guinea. They are sipping coffee and chatting, taking in the beauty of their surroundings.

VIJAY: This place is amazing. I can't believe I've never been to Papua New Guinea before.

CHUNGHA: Me neither. It's so peaceful here, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

VIJAY: Exactly. And the coffee is amazing too.

They both laugh and take a sip of their drinks.

CUT TO:

INT. JUNGLE HIKE - DAY

Vijay and Chungha are hiking through the jungle, exploring the breathtaking landscapes of Papua New Guinea. They are walking hand in hand, taking in the sights and sounds around them.

VIJAY: I've always loved nature, but this place is something special.

CHUNGHA: I agree. It's so beautiful, and it's amazing to be here with you.

VIJAY: Same here. I feel like we're the only two people in the world right now.

CHUNGHA: Me too.

They reach a clearing in the jungle and sit down to take in the view. They gaze at each other, and their eyes meet.

CUT TO:

INT. JUNGLE CAFE - NIGHT

Vijay and Chungha are sitting at the same table, now lit by candlelight. They are eating dinner, talking and laughing together.

VIJAY: I can't believe how quickly the time has gone by. It feels like we've been here for weeks.

CHUNGHA: I know. It's been an amazing adventure, and I'm so glad we're experiencing it together.

VIJAY: Me too. I feel like I've known you for a lifetime.

CHUNGHA: I feel the same way.

They both smile, and their eyes meet once again. They lean in for a kiss, and the camera pulls back to show the stunning jungle around them as the music swells.

FADE TO BLACK."

 

Let me ask for a sequel again.

"Make a sequel where they both save an elephant from a crocodile attack and then share a kiss under a mango tree.

 

"INT. JUNGLE RIVERBANK - DAY

Thalapathy Vijay and Chungha are walking along a riverbank in Papua New Guinea when they hear a commotion in the water. They run over to see what's happening and find an elephant trapped in the jaws of a crocodile.

VIJAY: We have to do something! That elephant is in trouble!

CHUNGHA: Right! Let's work together to save it!

They both jump into the water, splashing and shouting to try to distract the crocodile. The elephant takes the opportunity to escape, and Vijay and Chungha help it to safety on the riverbank.

CUT TO:

INT. JUNGLE GROVE - DAY

Vijay and Chungha are sitting under a mango tree, panting and covered in mud from their rescue mission. The elephant is grazing nearby, and they are both smiling and laughing, relieved that the animal is safe.

VIJAY: That was intense! I can't believe we just saved an elephant from a crocodile attack!

CHUNGHA: I know! We make a pretty good team.

They both smile at each other, and their eyes meet. They lean in for a kiss, surrounded by the beauty of the Papua New Guinean jungle. The elephant trumpets in the background as the camera pulls back to show the stunning scenery around them.

FADE TO BLACK."

 

This was neat. But I felt the "Papua New Guinean jungle"sounds weird and robotic (yes, it is. duh!).


One last sequel before we end this madness.

 

"Make another sequel with both of them having a romantic time and flying back to India together."

 

"INT. JUNGLE CAFE - DAY

Thalapathy Vijay and Chungha are sitting at a table in the jungle cafe, sipping coffee and laughing together. They have spent several weeks exploring Papua New Guinea together, and they have grown even closer.

VIJAY: It's been an incredible adventure, but I think it's time to head back to India.

CHUNGHA: I agree. It will be nice to be back home, but I'm going to miss this place.

VIJAY: Me too. But we'll always have these memories to look back on.

They both smile, and their eyes meet. They hold hands across the table, feeling the love and connection between them.

CUT TO:

INT. AIRPLANE - DAY

Vijay and Chungha are sitting side by side on a flight back to India. They are holding hands and looking out the window, watching as the stunning landscapes of Papua New Guinea disappear into the distance.

CHUNGHA: I'm so glad we were able to share this experience together.

VIJAY: Me too. I feel like I've found a special connection with you that I've never had with anyone else.

CHUNGHA: I know what you mean. I feel the same way.

They both lean in for a kiss, and the camera pulls back to show the airplane flying through the clouds, symbolizing the beginning of a new adventure together.

FADE TO BLACK."

I also wish they stopped staying around the "Int. Jungle Cafe" during this last season. I did not ask anything jungle-specific this time (although they did save the elephant in the last season), and I am sure Papua New Guinea has more than jungles. But I cannot blame AI too much. It did a fantastic job for what I paid. It is interesting how far AI has come in creative aspects. Even if these are far from the end product, this could serve as the skeleton/stub or starting point of the writing.

As of now, this may already help with school essays. We need to see how the homework assignments of language classes will differentiate against AI-generated ones (I know there is already a tool from the same creators to identify AI-generated text).

 

The App holds the past and contextual information quite well, as I continued to make more sequels. It especially did exceptionally well when I made the couple to fly back to Papua New Guinea after several years.

 

Make a sequel where Chungha and Thalapathy Vijay have a baby together.

INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY

Thalapathy Vijay and Chungha are sitting next to each other in a hospital room, holding hands and beaming with joy. A baby is lying in Chungha's arms, wrapped in a soft blanket.

VIJAY: We did it! We're parents!

CHUNGHA: I can't believe it! Our little bundle of joy is finally here.

Vijay leans in and kisses Chungha on the forehead, then reaches over to gently touch the baby's tiny hand.

CUT TO:

INT. HOME - DAY

Vijay and Chungha are sitting on the couch in their living room, watching as the baby crawls and totters around the room. They are both laughing and smiling, filled with happiness and love.

VIJAY: I never knew I could love someone so much.

CHUNGHA: Me neither. This little one is everything to us.

They both look at the baby, and then at each other, their eyes filled with love and devotion. The camera pulls back to show the happy family together, with the baby playing and the parents watching and smiling.

FADE TO BLACK.

Pradeeban Kathiravelu
Give a cute name to the baby in this next sequel

INT. HOME - DAY

Thalapathy Vijay and Chungha are sitting on the couch, cuddled up with their baby, who they have named "Aarav."

VIJAY: Aarav, you're going to be the light of our lives.

CHUNGHA: I already love him so much. I can't wait to see all the amazing things he's going to do.

They both kiss Aarav on the forehead, and the camera pulls back to show the happy family together.

FADE TO BLACK.

Pradeeban Kathiravelu
Make a romantic sequel where now Chungha and Vijay have grown older together and they are flying to Papua New Guinea again, to meet their son Aarav there.

INT. AIRPLANE - DAY

Thalapathy Vijay and Chungha are sitting next to each other on an airplane, flying to Papua New Guinea. They are holding hands, smiling, and looking out the window, reminiscing about their first trip together.

VIJAY: Can you believe it's been so many years since we first came to Papua New Guinea?

CHUNGHA: I know! It feels like just yesterday that we were falling in love and saving that elephant from the crocodile attack.

VIJAY: And now, we're going to meet our son here. I can't wait to show him the place where we first fell in love.

CHUNGHA: Me too. It's going to be so special.

They both smile at each other, and the camera pulls in for a close-up of their hands, still clasped together after all these years.

CUT TO:

INT. JUNGLE CAFE - DAY

Vijay and Chungha are sitting at a table in the jungle cafe, waiting for their son Aarav to arrive. They are both beaming with excitement and joy.

AARAV: (entering the cafe) Mom! Dad!

Vijay and Chungha both stand up and embrace Aarav, hugging him tight.

VIJAY: It's so good to see you, son!

CHUNGHA: We're so proud of you!

AARAV: Thanks, Mom and Dad. It's great to see you both too.

The three of them sit down at the table, laughing and talking as the camera pulls back to show the happy family together.

FADE TO BLACK.

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Finding hotels to spend just the day time

View from the room, Seattle
Hotels are making ridiculous check-in and check-out times, making the check-in as late as 5 pm and check-out as early as 10 am. Many hotels then allow late check-out and early check-in, often for an hour. While this works for a good sleep and leaving for the day, it does not work when you arrive past midnight or want to relax during the daytime, just one day. You are forced to pay for the whole day in those cases. Upon our arrival in Fairbanks at 1:40 am, we had difficulty finding hotels on booking.com. Because apps such as booking.com do not allow same-day check-in and check-out. In this case, we are looking for check-in for yesterday's date and check-out for today. After some clear explanations over the phone, we found a hotel to sleep in from 5 am - 1 pm (same day), paying the whole night fare as expected. But as far as the hotel is concerned, this is like we checked in yesterday (just a very late check-in that it is the following day's morning!) and check-out today.

 

Many hotels abroad allow hourly rates too. That is when we decided to look for day-use hotels when we landed in Seattle in the early morning after a red-eye flight. We just had a day in Seattle before our next flight in the night. Even if we use a regular hotel as we did in Fairbanks, that is not ideal as we have to check out by 1 pm the latest. Luckily, we found the Dayuse app, which let us find hotels, allowing check-in as early as 8 am and check-out at 6 pm. We did not have to pay anything to the app beforehand. No need to provide the credit card details even! The hotel let us check-in immediately when we arrived, even an hour earlier than the expected time, at 7 am. Therefore, we had 11 hours to relax, explore the city, come back, freshen up a bit, and then leave for our next flight. These day-use hotels are going to be very useful in similar situations.


Airport Memories

Leaving Fairbanks
Airports bring us the strongest memories. A list of my top 10 favorite airports:

10. IST. It got nice shops to get things at last minute. Istanbul made me get addicted to Salep. So when I was leaving the city, I was having my last few doses of that (and many desserts too!)

9. ANC. The hub of Alaska. Wherever I went to AK in 2021, I went through this airport. It's quite big and got some decent food. When you touch the airport, you feel like you are in a totally new country, although you are still in the US. Great views of mountains in the distance.

 8. ARN. I sometimes feel guilty that I did not give enough attention to Stockholm and Sweden, despite spending a semester there and visiting it in 3 different years. Nevertheless, it is all beautiful memories. The fast train to the city center is an integrated travel experience.

7. DOH. My first time here was bad. It was under renovation. But I gave it a second chance, and it impressed me (much more than DXB.) After that, it became my usual connecting point between the west (EU or US) and the east (Asia). Beautiful metro connection to downtown Doha too!

6. BRU. During my time in Belgium, I spent many nights here (and in the ugly CRL). I like the Belgian embassies. They were very friendly, always answered my emails, and were generally helpful. So Belgium's main airport worked as my entry point to the EU after leaving Europe too.   

Fairbanks Airport

5. LAX. My first time here was in December 2019, for the first conference visit of my postdoc life. This one has many happy and sad memories of the pandemic. But at last, it was still the airport where we reunited after the deadly pandemic kept us 13,450 km apart for 2.5 years.
 
4. ATL. People here ask me, "So, you always talk about Lisboa. Do you like Atlanta? What do you like most about Atlanta?" My default answer is, "It is@ATLairport!" Yes, it is a busy one, not really fancy or anything. But gets the job done and takes you wherever without trouble.
 
3. BRW. This is the ONLY airport where I arrive just 30 mins before the departure time. It's tiny and can be messy. Just one terminal. You sit tight until the plane lands. The flight may not land if it gets too foggy, cloudy, icy, or outright deadly. So, you will never know.
 
2. LIS. Bom dia. This airport makes me feel at home. Memories of friendships, romance, love, happiness, sadness, saudade, and everything in between. It took the central stage of my life between 2012 - 2019. I always hope we will return someday and relive those youthful memories.
 
1. FAI. Cold breeze soothes you as you walk out. Very friendly TSA agents here. This year, the sky looked magnificent during my return flight, with mild northern lights dancing in the sky. This airport was brutal with blowing snow during the Interior AK Blizzard 2021 December.  
 
I probably should have added some of my photos from each of these memorable/remarkable airports into this thread. But that will need a larger time investment, and I cannot bother.  

Saturday, December 31, 2022

A few things that made my 2022 interesting..

A walk on the frozen Arctic, Utqiagvik
2022 was a good year, although often it felt like a single blob of 2020 - 2022. 2022 was still better than 2020 and 2021. As expected, 2022 had its negative moments, But this post focuses on the happy moments.

 1. New year in Utqiaġvik with Northern lights in the dark Arctic skies

Watching the fireworks over the frozen lake.

2. A walk on the frozen Arctic Ocean with icy white eyebrows in a -40 temperature.

That magical moment made me realize I had fallen in love with Alaska and I must return more often.

Northern lights on the New Years day
3. Friendly and diverse people in Birmingham, AL.

I did not expect Alabama to be this cool.

4. A night in Providence, RI

and a pleasant train ride from Boston.

5. A night walk around Harvard and MIT

Loved the vibe of Boston's academic circles.

6. The Hindu Temple of Atlanta

It reminded me of my times in the Hindu temple of Lisboa.


7. The decade, the two decades, and the three decades.

I reached 35. It is a decade since I left Sri Lanka for my grad school in Lisboa, two decades since my school memories in O/L, and three decades since I remember anything.

The Atlantic Ocean, Boston

8. Accepted journal papers

CONTROL-CORE at IEEE Access and Niffler at IEEE Computer Magazine.

9. Dark alleys and urban decay of Detroit, MI

Detroit made me feel like I am back in the early days in Lisboa. Energetic and excited for a long journey ahead.

10. A trip of trips by train

A spring train trip from Detroit, MI to Albuquerque, NM with a diversion to Milwaukee, WI. Staying in different towns/cities each night of the trip.  

11. Chicago Chinatown

I love Chinatowns, and Chicago has a good one.

12. The walkable town, Fort Madison, IA, with a paved trail along the Mississippi river.

Stayed in a cute hotel. The town and its riverside paved trail reminded me of Vila Franca de Xira in Portugal.

The Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica

13, Michigan lake in Hammond, IN

Hammond was much cheaper than Atlanta.

14. Crossing state borders and a long walk in Kansas City (MO to KS).

It also had a beautiful Amtrak train station.

15. Random walking the streets of Milwaukee, WI

and enjoying some soul food.

16. The unique homes of New Mexico.

Albuquerque and its Sunport were nice. It was also an overnight train ride to ABQ.

17. Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean

Although second time in Santa Monica, this was my first time stepping into the water.

Train to Albuquerque

18. Little Tokyo in Los Angeles.

This cute little neighborhood never disappoints.

19. Reuniting with family

This brings an end to my home alone life throughout the pandemic.

20. A Portuguese restaurant in Atlanta.

Reconnecting with the Portuguese cuisine after leaving the country. 

21. Hybrid conferences

Presented virtually at MoNeTec and SDS. I miss attending conferences physically though.

22. Views from Stone Mountain.

It is a panoramic view of Atlanta from the top.  

23. A Christmas filled with powdery snow in St Paul, MN

Always comfy to walk on the snow when it is still fresh and powdery.

24. Rapid changes of travel plans.

Amtrak messed up a planned train trip from St Paul to Seattle. Had to make alternative plans quickly.

25. Booking direct

I was already booking the flights directly from the airlines for a few years now. This year, I ditched booking.com and booked directly with the hotels as much as possible.

26. Stuck in the twin cities.

Canceled trains, extending what was supposed to be a 2-night stay into a 7-night stay in MN. But we enjoyed the food scene in the twin cities.

Frozen Chena River, Fairbanks

27. Much calmer winter in
Fairbanks.

A repeat visit to Fairbanks in December. But this time, no blizzards. Fairbanks felt mild compared to last December, with clearer starry skies and some northern lights.

28. Slow return to "normal?"

I worked from the lab one day this December, almost after 3 years since March 2020. The pandemic is still on though.

29. Atlantic Ocean and seagulls in Boston.

Oceans connect us.

30. Cooking in the hotel studio in Utqiagvik

As I was able to cook my own (proper) food in the hotel for my 3 days in total darkness in Utqiagvik, Utqiagvik felt more like home during this second visit.

Every year, I have one new year's resolution - to outperform my previous years. :) I wish you a happy new year. Thanks for reading my list until the end. You may read the blog posts of all the previous years as well.

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Amtrak and a series of cancellations

White Sun in the twin cities, MN
 We had a triangle trip planned, with ATL -> MSP by flight, with a train trip from St Paul (SPM) to Seattle, and another flight back home from SEA -> ATL. However, Amtrak kept cancelling the train from SPM -> SEA continuously, for 4 days, (as in 2 days, 1 day, and another day), citing adverse weather, manpower issues, and adverse weather again. At this point, the planned train trip was ruined although we tried our best to protect it by postponing it for up to 4 days, giving Amtrak a chance. But as Amtrak kept canceling like this, we had to activate alternative plans. One option was to fly from MSP to SEA, to end the trip in Seattle as planned. But then I checked the flight prices, and it turned out, we could fly from MSP to FAI (via SEA) with a minimal difference in flight prices. I love Fairbanks, and a second visit to Fairbanks would be great after all. This is how Amtrak's unpredictable day-by-day train cancellations led us to Fairbanks, making my third time to Alaska.