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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Plex

Early this year I finally got weary of dragging my collection of mp3s from one iTunes installation to the next. I'd worked out a fairly nice solution where I had the library on a 2TB SSD connected to my laptop's dock, so the music collection didn't take up any space …

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Modular

A photo of a white modular synth case in its packaging with some packs of colourful patch cables on top

I picked this up from the music store this afternoon and discovered that I don't have the right kind of USB cable to plug my keyboards into it, but I have managed to get one (1) annoying buzz out of it.

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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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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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