Facebook

It's amazing that Mark Zuckerberg has managed to make so much money off all of us pretending to keep in touch with our friends. I realised about a month ago that although I still have an account there, for the ostensible reason that it feels like an important way to …

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DALL-E and you

An AI-generated cartoon of a sinister robed figure driving a yellow American school bus. A black shape resembling a crow is perched on top of the bus, entwined with the letters "HESSSS". The bus has the word "HEBSUSS" written along its side in black letters.

Hermes Trismegistus driving a schoolbus

Last week I saw someone describe GitHub Copilot—the code-completion tool which has been trained on all of the public source code on GitHub—as a form of license-laundering, and the same thing occurs to me about DALL-E.

Clearly, it's been trained on an enormous …

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DALL-E v GLOSSATORY

GLOSSATORY is a bot which posts spurious definitions from an RNN trained on a dictionary, and every morning I use its output as a prompt for little drawings, some of which I post at GLOSSATORY. Today I tried feeding some recent definitions to DALL-E to see what it came up …

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DALL-E

"Graffiti art of Wittgenstein riding a skateboard"

AI generated drawing of Wittgenstein riding a skateboard
AI generated drawing of Wittgenstein riding a skateboard
AI generated drawing of Wittgenstein riding a skateboard
AI generated drawing of Wittgenstein riding a skateboard
AI generated drawing of Wittgenstein riding a skateboard
AI generated drawing of Wittgenstein riding a skateboard

Happy Friday.

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No One is Talking About This

No One is Talking About This, London: Bloomsbury, 2021

Patricia Lockwood

I finished this in a couple of days and it was funny and touching—people probably think of Lockwood as a Twitter phenomenon but she'd have been a good writer no matter what platform she'd made her own. Mostly …

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Spuds

A couple of months ago I got a bit obsessed with this recurring question on Metafilter from people who can't or won't learn to cook and are keen to know if a single food will supply all human dietary requirements. It's been asked so often that it gets its own …

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Counterpart

Just when I think I'm fed up with multiverses, I discover this two-season show, a spy thriller set in two parallel versions of Berlin, with an amazing central couple of performances from J K Simmons and Olivia Williams. It's the most satisfying science fiction show I've watched since Orphan Black …

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Unwell

Home sick from work today: I've been going to the office three days a week, and this is the first time I've had a sick day when it doesn't feel like it's blended in to working-from-home.

I have had two negative rapid antigen tests so far this week and about …

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tl;dr 2

Thinking about yesterday's post and whether it really went anywhere, and whether the same criticism I levelled at the waffly IT blog post might be levelled at my own writing here, which doesn't need to come up to any real standards of coherence or clarity. That's what editors are for …

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