To aid everyone who's making squirrel-shaped ginger bread cookies this Christmas, I've added a page with squirrel cookie cutters that can be 3d printed.
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.
“We’ve trained a model called ChatGPT which interacts in a conversational way. The dialogue format makes it possible for ChatGPT to answer followup questions, admit its mistakes, challenge incorrect premises, and reject inappropriate requests.
Among the sample conversations included are topics like "help me write a short note to introduce myself to my neighbor", "this code is not working like i expect — how do i fix it?", "what is fermat’s little theorem?" and "how to protect my home from burglary".
“The Mystery Flesh Pit is an extremely elaborate fantasy worldbuilding exercise created by writer and illustrator Trevor Roberts.
Imagine a Permian Basin-sized eldritch organism hibernating under the soil of Texas just off of Abilene, that will end the world should it ever awake. And instead of having the discovery of such a thing drive America insane in a bout of cosmic horror, we decided to turn it into a National Park Service-operated tourist trap in the vein of the Carlsbad Caverns. So we wired its jaw open, stuck an elevator and a Burger King franchise down its gullet, and sold guided tours and camping trips into the living interior of the beastie. Oh, there's also an all-inclusive resort by its digestive system and an aphrodisiac spa in its amniotic sacs.
The joke, as it were, is this really incongruous mashup of Lovecraftian horror subject matter, but described in the breathlessly enthusiastic tone of a tourist brochure, and all illustrated by Robert's incredibly realistic parody of the NPS's informational panel art.
I just learned that these creatures exist.
“eDiffi is a new generation of generative AI content creation tool that offers unprecedented text-to-image synthesis with instant style transfer and intuitive painting with words capabilities.
“In 1981, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez wrote "Love and Rockets #1," a self-published comic book edited by their brother Mario. They sold that first issue at conventions for a dollar apiece and submitted it to be reviewed at The Comics Journal. Instead, Gary Groth, offered to republish it through Fantagaphics Books. The brothers accepted and made graphic novel publishing history.
“In our paper, published today in Nature, we introduce AlphaTensor, the first artificial intelligence (AI) system for discovering novel, efficient, and provably correct algorithms for fundamental tasks such as matrix multiplication.
Our system, AlphaTensor, builds upon AlphaZero, an agent that has shown superhuman performance on board games, like chess, Go and shogi, and this work shows the journey of AlphaZero from playing games to tackling unsolved mathematical problems for the first time.
“This website uses artificial intelligence to automate this task by translating back and forth between English and RegEx
It turns out that not only humans are interested in Stray, the new game where you play as a cat.
“Rivalry between stars of a unique accordion-based style of music in the southern African kingdom of Lesotho has sparked years of deadly gang warfare that has turned the tiny country into the murder capital of the continent.
Famo artists and their fans, both in South Africa and Lesotho, have divided into warring groups, distinguished by wearing traditional blankets in a particular colour. "When artists start making a name for themselves, they record songs that are full of insults."
Even DJs have been killed, says Tsepang Makakole, presenter at MoAfrika FM.
"When you are on the radio, you have to make sure that every day you play all the groups. If you leave one out, they say: 'You don't like us.' Then they shoot you."
“OpenAI’s GPT-3 and other neural nets can now write original prose with mind-boggling fluency — a development that could have profound implications for the future.
DALL·E 2 is a new AI system that can create realistic images and art from a description in natural language.
(The above image was generated in a couple of seconds from the prompt "A photo of a robot hand drawing, digital art".)
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.