There's a new page about my favorite illustrators, a page about my Java games (although it's difficult to get Java applets to run in browsers nowadays), I've added a cake recipe (in Swedish), and there's a new image in the portfolio.
I've made some corrections to the site code; some minor functions are still missing, but as of this update, the site seems to be working more or less as it should, and I'll start concentrating on adding more content.
Also: It turns out I had forgotten to include the file responsible for saving portfolio image ratings. Go rate my portfolio images!
I received a package today! For the first time in a long while, I've ordered comics from Yesasia and Amazon, including Åsa Ekström's new book about culture clashes and misadventures in Japan. Now all I need to do is to learn these stupid languages.
I decided to switch to a new layout before everything was ready, partly to force myself to finally get it done, and partly to stress myself out for no good reason. Come back in a week or so, and I'll have much more content up. You should probably be celebrating Christmas now anyway.
The top five:
“Engineered Arts, a UK-based designer and manufacturer of humanoid robots, recently showed off one of its most lifelike creations in a video posted on YouTube. The robot, called Ameca, is shown making a series of incredibly human-like facial expressions.
“Setting aside daily time for intentional acts of self-care is absolutely imperative if you want to be a functioning, capable human being, and failing to commit to it—in addition to committing to work-life balance, proper nutrition, physical exercise, mindfulness, and multiple forms of journaling—will fuck your life up in a major way.
“Many of the basic research problems we take for granted in computer graphics contain insidious assumptions about race. These troubling issues pre-date computer graphics, and can be traced back to the film technology and techniques from the analog era. Far from being incidental, they directly determine the physical formulations and numerical algorithms we use to depict virtual humans today.
A convenient site for exporting words you looked up in a Kindle e-book reader to Anki and other formats. It includes the sentence the word came from and can provide translations into many languages.
The Japanese only started to eat salmon sushi in the 90s due to a Norwegian PR campaign, but you could find it in the US as early as 1975.
“two or three hundred feet tall, appeared for like a month every summer over the Empire state building. so much fun kneeling under it with my friends eyes rolling back into my head but kids these days would rather watch tiktok than worship the husk
A demo with music and graphics that runs on the Commodore 64's disk drive without the actual C64 being connected.
Some of the psychological effects or claims whose evidence turns out to be weak:
“I intend this neither to be a defense nor a vindication of Teresa; rather, adding some much needed nuance and assessing some bad-faith approaches to the issues. My major historical/ sociological research here deals with the state of medical care in Teresa's charities.
In a Q&A session, Bill Gates suggested that eventually, we would have digital certificates to show our health records (which is something that could be implemented on our smartphones). The next day, a Swedish website for biohacking advocates, always looking for excuses to implant chips, claimed that Gates meant microchip implants.
A Baptist pastor read the biohackers' fabrications, identified the supposed chip as the mark of the beast from the book of Revelation, and talked about it in a video that quickly got 1.6 million views, calling the chip a "vaccine implant". The conspiracy theory then spread, helped by former Trump advisor Roger Stone, who on radio claimed that Bill Gates may have created the coronavirus as an excuse to microchip people.