Notes

  • Mass media production

    My two year old daughter loves to grab my phone to snap photos and videos. Thankfully, Apple usually notifies me shortly after.

    Email notification from Apple saying "Your iCloud storage is almost full".
  • AI usefulness

    Yesterday, I shared a link to an article looking into the growing backlash against generative artificial intelligence (AI).

    Although I have a certain scepticism towards AI (the hype cycle is insufferable, and, no, we don’t need AI in every single piece of software) I’m also a big user of generative AI. One way I’ve been taking advantage of the ChatGPT app, is to practice my spoken English. Although I have a good grasp of the language, I get limited opportunities to speak English in my day-to-day life.

    This leaves me very insecure about my English-speaking skills whenever the opportunity arises. ChatGPT has become a valuable tool as a conversation partner to work on this.

    What’s more, OpenAI’s models also works very well for transcribing your speech. Like when you’re out on a walk and talking to yourself. Because normal people do that, too, right? Right?

  • Reading: Foundation

    I started reading Foundation by Isaac Asimov.

  • Finished: The Robots of Dawn

    I finished reading The Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov.

  • Search engine enshittification

    Google’s enshittification finally reached the level where I’ve removed it as my default search engine on all my devices. I had done so on my laptops a good while back, but let it linger on my phone.

    Recently, Google’s been requiring me to pass a captcha whenever I try to search for something. Maybe going from shitty product to unusable product is the enshittification end-stage?

  • Hyperbole

    As someone who never writes a sentence without exaggeration, this quote from Aristotle in this week’s Areopagus from the always excellent The Cultural Tutor hit too close to home:

    Hyperboles are for young men to use; they show vehemence of character; and this is why angry people use them more than other people.

    Aristotle

    The chapter on stave churches also brought out a bit of my national pride. Borgund truly does look like something out of a fantasy novel.

  • Reading: The Robots of Dawn

    I started reading The Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov.

  • AI art

    I just came across this (h/t to Peter Krupa), and it blew my mind.

    Screenshot of the chat interface from ChatGPT. Human asks for a picture of an empty room with no elephant, ChatGPT presents a picture of a room with an elephant and claims it is a room with no elephant in it.

    It highlights the problem with LLMs in general with pinpoint accuracy, and wraps it in a well known metaphorical idiom that everyone understands β€” which instantly becomes a meta reference.

  • It’s (gonna be) May

    1 May, first day of summer.

    Fired up the grill for the first time this year, ate outside on the terrace for the first time this year, and did an evening run in shorts and a t-shirt for the first time this year.

    ‘Twas a good day.

  • Reading: Zen in the Art of Writing

    I started reading Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury.

  • Finished: The Naked Sun

    I finished reading The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov.

  • Horses and habits

    Fell off the horse. Trying to get back up.

  • Absurd

    … man stands face to face with the irrational. He feels within him his longing for happiness and for reason. The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world.

    Albert Camus

    Today is a a Camus kind of day. But, despair not, because:

    One must imagine Sisyphus happy.

    Albert Camus
  • Finished: The Almanack of Naval Ravikant

    I finished reading The Almanack of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson. This one took a while to get through.

  • Emoji etiquette

    As I’m nearing 40, I will be phasing out my use of all other emojis in favour of πŸ‘

  • Reading: The Naked Sun

    I started reading The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov.

  • Email autoresponders

    Don’t send me an autoresponder just because you’re out of the office today. Get back to me tomorrow, the next business day or in a week. Whenever it suits you. No need to apologise that it won’t be today.

  • Finished: The Caves of Steel

    I finished reading The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov.

  • /about page history

    As part of my effort in preserving the history of this blog, I also want to archive previous editions of my About page. You can now gander at the very first About page I published back in 2005.

    I wonder if I shouldn’t bring back the fact that I’m a Libra to the current version.

  • Reconstruction ongoing

    As mentioned in A brief history of this blog, I’ve started republishing old posts recovered from the Internet Archive. 2005 is now complete, if you feel compelled to go searching the archives.