Sunday links

A line drawing with the caption 'GARTER: someone who advertises or repairs dots in the sea. The drawing depicts a boat floating in the ocean next to a large disc, with a person on the boat holding a ladder descending to the disc. Other discs float in the water in the distance.
A version of the first image without the caption in which the outlines have been crudely coloured in with a graphics editor. Choppy waves and four fluffy white clouds have been added.
An image generated by the StableDiffusion system using the second image as a prompt. The image now has a pleasing brushtstroke texture and the boat seems to be a speedboat with two indistinct figures.
An image generated by the StableDiffusion system using a darkened and desaturated version of the second image as a prompt. This one is moodier and the red disc has a kind of yellow ruffled skirt and a yellow boss in the middle. The human figure in the boat is considerably larger and better defined, although their face is blurry

Ranjit commented on my drawing of Glossatory's definition of GARTER: "I find this one particularly evocative! Please do an oil painting next" so I colourised the original and fed it to StableDiffusion with different degrees of desaturation, and the prompt text "A man in a green boat holds a ladder …

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StableDiffusion and Saturday links

AI-generated image from the prompt: Engraving in the style of Albrecht Dürer of a frog playing the banjo. The frog's face is messed up and the banjo seems to have two bodies but otherwise it's surprisingly good
AI-generated image from the prompt: Engraving in the style of Albrecht Dürer of a frog playing the banjo. The background is green and this frog is a happy little guy
AI-generated image from the prompt: Fresco by Giotto of an allegory of machine learning, depicting a seated figure in pink robes holding a sort of rectangular frame with spiky brass figures and appearing to talk to a second standing figure in pink robes
AI-generated image from the prompt: a lion crossed with a
tiger but bred for its skills in magic, coolest animal ever, pencil drawing, it's a high-quality pencil drawing of a male lion with tiger's stripes looking directly at the viewer

A blog post about the latest image generator, StableDiffusion, which coins the term 'AI veganism' for the the ethical case against using this sort of thing, which I think is a poor analogy even by the standards of tech bloggers.

There's a public beta here. Unlike DALL-E the source code …

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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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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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Thursdays

I'm now on campus three out of five days, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the first two of these seem more normal, it's the start of the week and more of the rest of the team are around, but Thursdays it's a bit emptier. And it's semester break now, so …

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Blogging

I still feel like I don't quite have the hang of blogging regularly again, and do things like leave it until too late in the day, when I'm too tired to write anything useful. I've got a list of posts lined up but need to set aside the time to …

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Retro

On Friday mornings I run up Talavera Road and along a footbridge under the M2, down the bike track through the Lane Cove National Park to Brown's Waterhole, back up again and then back across Macquarie University, where I studied in the late 80s and early 90s.

Photo of a vinyl album with the Red Hot Chili Peppers' name and logo, and the album title UNLIMITED LOVE in lurid neon, lying on damp green grass

This Friday I …

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