Been spending more time outside because it is nice outside. This is a drawing of a person I made while drinking an iced coffee a little too late in the day (4pm) and a vegan chocolate chip cookie.
More drawings here
May 23, 2021
a documentary about effects pedals with an inexplicably frequent amount of mentions of Minus the Bear, a defunct "math rock" band I was really into in the early 2000s
Things to do with this newfound knowledge:
May 8, 2021
... so i took some pics out of my window(s)
May 7, 2021
Fun article about Sudowrite, which is a "deep-learning neural network that can auto-generate text."
Sudowrite works like this. You give it a sample of some writing — a research paper, a poem, a blog post — and it creates a whole lot more convincingly human prose based on the sample.
More from Stephen Marche, in the New Yorker:
GPT-3 hints at a world in which machines can generate language. The consequences are vertiginous. To spend ten minutes with Sudowrite is to recognize that the undergraduate essay, the basic pedagogical mode of all humanities, will soon be under severe pressure. Take an A paper, change a few words in the first paragraph, push buttons three times, and you have an essay that fits the assignment. Whatever field you are in, if it uses language, it is about to be transformed. The changes that are coming are fundamental to every method of speaking and writing that presently exists.
The article includes lots of examples of Sudowrite trying to write like famous authors like Kafka and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
See also: this episode of podcast All Consuming about writing tools, which is where I first heard of Sudowrite.
May 2, 2021
I made a playlist for the songs in the movie Passenger Side because I liked the soundtrack very much, including two songs by one of my all-time faves, chad vangaalen. also Silver Jews, Wilco, Superchunk... good stuff.
The movie was kinda like a twee version of The Big Lebowski. It got 94% on rotten tomatoes. Oh and Adam Scott is in it. I recommend it, I think.
Anyway here's my playlist of the soundtrack:
other times i've posted about music on this blog.
April 18, 2021