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But I’ve always thought that sessions make the most sense either when they accomplish something specific and practical that doesn’t take very long, or when they are as weird as possible.

“If your product isn’t amenable to spontaneously producing a cult, it’s probably not impactful enough.”

Understanding the politics within systems matters more than ever, as they are quickly moving into the architecture of social institutions: deciding whom to interview for a job, which students are paying attention in class, which suspects to arrest, and much else. via:

You don’t need a low-level understanding of the neural networks at the core of large language models in order to align with the grain of that architecture. Although I can’t explain how LLMs work — arguably nobody can — I’m able to use them effectively, and I’ve begun to codify a set of guiding principles. via: @jonudell

Some teachers will be willing and able to adopt this radical new approach right now. Many will likely wait until it’s embedded in courseware with guardrails to keep students on track. But one way or another, there’s a sea change coming to via: @jonudell

We should know the ways in which we are advising or recommending students to interact with our provided materials using genAI tool, and the risks associated with such usage. But how they actually use those tools is up to them.

very useful bookmarklet .. add in front of any recipe URL – it’ll display just the recipe, generate a shopping list, save it for later, and a bunch of other great functions ..

Potemkin I Am Not A Robot is a Nabokov poem

The Internet remains a work in progress. But there’s reason to think that its future is being written in a very different place than its past was.

minimalist web experiments and sketches

Trips & Travels

While in Florence my daughter was approached by a young woman who asked to take her photo for a portfolio she was putting together .. my daughter agreed .. today she tagged her on Instagram when she posted the photo

Music & Sound

Digging this release I somehow missed in 2023. Son Volt – Day of the Doug

For all the Jonathan Richman fans


What sounds like for people who don’t like .. one of many fun, creative audio experiments from There I Ruined It taken down by


THE WAR ON GAZA – 1.26.24 by Joe Sacco

Film & Video

“We’re in a position where we’re kicking the door in. When you kick the door in, you should just put your foot in the door and stand there.” Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, COMPUTER CHESS transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future.

Politics & Economics

“..not only does Own This! advocate for a collective appropriation of platforms themselves; it also seeks to wrestle ownership of the imaginaries surrounding the development of the platform economy out of the hands of major corporations.”

What are the technological challenges of setting up ? How do relate to Trade Unions? How can a scale without losing its focus on community?

“Setting prices with an algorithm is no different from doing it over cigars and whiskey in a private club …”

The 2023 report provides child and family poverty rates for using 2021 data. The 2023 child poverty report card records a rate increase in Nova Scotia in 2021 from 18.4% to 20.5%—this 11.4% increase is the highest single-year increase since 1989 when the promise was made to eradicate child poverty by the year 2000. A poverty rate of 20.5% represents 35,330 children.

I guess when Galen Weston decided to engage in a criminal conspiracy to fix the price of bread – the most Les Miz-ass crime imaginable – it finally got someone’s attention, eh?

The clown show carries on ..


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