Web Links - November 2022
- A.N. Lucas's 88x31 button Collection
- A collection of classic web banner images.
- How to Run Stable Diffusion on Your PC to Generate AI Images
- For personal reference.
- If You Can't Answer These 6 Questions You Don't Have A Story - Glenn Gers
- The essence of a story is a character trying to accomplish something while people or things get in their way. Every character (not just the main one) is trying to accomplish something, and narrative is born each time they collide and get bumped off track, like billiard balls.
Web Links - October 2022
- How to Make a Roguelike
- Practical tips for how to plan and structure a new Roguelike game.
- "Mechanical Neural Network" Learns to Respond to Its Environment
- Flexible parts within a pattern of beams move and bend by reacting to magnetic fields. Future uses may include efficient aircraft wings or earthquake-resistant buildings.
- William Shatner: My Trip to Space Filled Me With Sadness
- Expecting beauty, William Shatner looked out into space and saw only death. Life and beauty only exists on Earth, and its tininess and fragility was overwhelming.
- The Illustrated Stable Diffusion
- An illustrated guide explaining how Stable Diffusion works
- An open-source & self-hostable Heroku / Netlify alternative
- You weren't supposed to see that
- Powerful economic stimulus during the pandemic worked a little too well and made everyone's lives better. But we need to have both winners and losers, so now were are backpedaling to bring things back to normal, i.e. worse for the bottom rung.
Obsidian iCloud sync between Mac and iPhone
Just using iCloud sync has been pretty solid in my experience. I have two Macs and one iPhone that share a single vault, and I’ve had no major issues… except for one.
Because the entire Obsidian folder lives inside of iCloud, the
.obsidiansettings folder is also synced. Usually a good thing, except that the multi-pane view I have setup for desktop keeps getting pushed onto mobile. Because the panes all become tiny, and because Obsidian reverts to this view every time I use the app on desktop again, Obsidian basically became unusable on my phone.
The strategy is to force the desktop and mobile versions to use different config files. I can create a desktop-specific config folder and tell my two desktops to look at that one instead of the default.
Web Links - September 2022
- A user-friendly exploit for rooting/jailbreaking LG webOS smart TVs.
- Has The Zodiac Killer Mystery Been Solved (Again)
- examples/stable-diffusion-finetuning at main · LambdaLabsML/examples
- Fine tune Stable Diffusion to generate pokemon images
- App scans a pile of your legos and gives you ideas to create, complete with detailed instructions.
- Twofer Goofer
- Guess a pair of rhyming words based on their fictional definition.
- Excuse me but why are you eating so many frogs
- Productivity hacks imply that you can trick yourself into doing things you don't want to do, in favor of things you'd rather be doing. The author suggests that maybe you should instead stop forcing yourself to do so many unpleasant things.
- My family's unlikely homeschooling journey · fast.ai
- The pandemic forced this family into experimenting with homeschooling. With good resources and a strong local support system, they found that their new arrangement seemed to work better for their kids than traditional schools do.
Web Links - August 2022
- Stable Diffusion install guide
- Install and run Stable Diffusion locally
- The Church of Interruption
- There are four conversational styles, divided on two axes. Most people who interrupt others are willing to be interrupted themselves, while other people dislike interrupting and being interrupted. These fundamental differences can cause awkwardness in conversation.
- Diagrams: A Native Diagram Editor for Mac
- I was just looking for a good way to create flowcharts, and this looks just right
Web links - July 2022
- Magic mirror': Hidden image revealed in reflection of centuries-old artifact at Cincinnati Art Museum
- A seemingly blank bronze mirror reflects an image of Buddha when shining a bright light onto it. Aside from how amazing it is that this was discovered, the craftsmanship is incredible.
- Compare Webb's Images to Hubble's
- Yes the images from the Webb telescope are beautiful, but direct comparisons like this really put it into perspective. And this shows the galaxy cluster as it was 4.6 billion years ago? I don't even know what to think about that.
- Mendon, Missouri - Sean of the South
- A short telling of how residents of a small town came together to help the victims of a rail road accident.
Web links - June 2022
- Compound pejoratives on Reddit – from buttface to wankpuffin
- A thorough analysis of the distribution of derogatory terms used on Reddit. Fascinating and hilarious.
- My Out-of-Body Experience - Nautilus
- Reflections on the author's experience in a sensory deprivation tank.
- prompt.press - AI generated artwork inspired by current events
- The author mentioned that these are heavily curated, but nonetheless they are extremely compelling.
- Grumpy Gamer - Return to Monkey Island Trailer
- Serendeputy: Newsfeed Engine for the open web
- I've been thinking about a product like this for a very long time, so it must be a good idea. Depends heavily on who you follow though, so I would probably end up creating a separate account.
- She Spent a Decade Writing Fake Russian History. Wikipedia Just Noticed.
Sorry the Elevator is Crowded
The elevator in our office building has a small LCD panel that shows information like the current floor, but when the total weight of passengers crosses a certain threshold it also adds a short note: “Sorry the elevator is crowded”.
It struck me – of all possible features for an elevator display, how did they decide that they needed this one? It has no impact on the elevator’s function of moving people vertically. And a crowded elevator is not the elevator’s fault (although this is most likely just an example of Japan’s self-deprecating approach to hospitality). So why was this message deemed necessary?
The answer, of course, is that when designing an elevator your customer is not the people riding the elevator. It’s the people buying the elevator, such as the owners of an office building. When they compare your elevator to competitors, “Ours will make your building more pleasant to visit” must be a key selling point.
This was a little reminder for me that it’s crucial to identify your true customer because it will have an enormous effect on your product’s direction.
Procrastination and Fear of Failure
I tend to procrastinate if I let myself, so I’ve tried my share of techniques to keep it in check. At some point, I read that a fear of failure can cause procrastination, and this really resonated with me. Realizing this has helped me understand where my urge to put things off is coming from.
If I have a large task in front of me, my mind rushes through everything that needs to be done and affirms how difficult it will be. I imagine (mostly subconsciously) all the ways that my output will be less than ideal, and that is what keeps me from taking action.
So as a quick mental technique, I recognize that this fear of failure is acting as a roadblock and tell myself that I’ll just bang out a first effort that will definitely be of poor quality. I know it will be bad, and that will be OK. Polishing that will be a task left for future me.
In reality, it won’t be perfect, but neither will it be terrible. Polishing it into something that I can be proud of will not be as hard as it seems now, especially once I have a first draft to work with.
Music of the City - an Art Project Idea
I’ve had an idea for a fun art project in my head for many years now, and I don’t see myself going through with it any time soon, so I’ll compromise by just writing about it.
The idea is to photograph people (with permission) who are wearing headphones in the city. Their photo will be shown along with the song they happened to be listening to. It would be interesting to see if a viewer would see any correlation between a person’s visual appearance and their taste in music. The prompt “What song was playing right now” is much more interesting than “What is your favorite music,” and some people might think that I caught them at just the wrong time, making things more fun for me.
Since the subjects will generally be preoccupied, I imagine I’d design a small pamphlet that quickly describes the project and hand that out to people who don’t look too busy.
Maybe one day.