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clive

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Writer, musician/songwriter, hobbyist coder. Contributing writer to New York Times Magazine and Wired. Author of "Coders". Blogging at clivethompson.medium.com, archive of writing at www.authory.com/clivethompson #science #technology #coding #software #writing #literature #poetry clive@clivethompson.net

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anildash, to random
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Glad to celebrate the release of The Freaks Came Out To Write, Tricia Romano’s incredible oral history of the Village Voice. I’m a tiny footnote amongst so many huge voices. And very surreal to read back what I remember about waking up the morning of 9/11. https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/tricia-romano/the-freaks-came-out-to-write/9781541736399/

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@anildash

Wow on all fronts

For your web site story here …

… and for that book which sounds amazing

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Long time followers/friends likely know this story. But I had a kick reviving it for Scientific American’s TikTok account. My colleagues are doing an amazing job of creating entertaining and informative bite-sized content for both Instagram and TikTok. It was a a treat to work with them on this one. https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTLJNQ8CR/

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@artcollisions @ChristiansenJen

that story is amazing!!

Do you have any songs you've written? I do in fact do a lot of music as my side hustle 😅

marcprecipice, to random
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I like it when the city treats protected bike lanes as infrastructure that it matters to maintain. Thank you #Berkeley for buying a bike-lane-sized street sweeper.

A mini street sweeper traveling the other direction down the Milvia protected lane.

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@marcprecipice

Super cool!

thomasfuchs, to astrophotography
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Some photons from space that I prevented from crashing into my driveway by putting a camera sensor in between
#astrophotography

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@thomasfuchs

Photon Rescue League

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As a HS CS teacher I'm often torn when someone asks "do you do anything with AI with the kids?" not so much because of the controversies, but rather because nearly all projects I could plan would require using libraries of code without explaining how they work.

I feel the need to go from scratch to some degree. I know using libraries of part of coding, a worthy skill... but I have not been impressed with the cake mix lesson plans I've seen.

Has anyone seen anything that addresses this?

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@futurebird @javierg

I second this approach! The fun thing about Markov chains for text generation is you also can do them with just a pencil and paper — you can brute force ‘em, as it were, so their mechanics are really understandable

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clive,
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@gruik

me too

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@ArtHarg @boingboingbot

IT REALLY IS

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@esnyder @boingboingbot

Also true!

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artcollisions, to random
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My friend pieced this quilt and I volunteered myself to quilt it. I think I’m going to send it back to him for binding.

Close up showing the curved rippley quilting.

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@artcollisions

magnificent!

marcprecipice, to random
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I'm so sad to read about the death of Julia Elkin, who was struck by a driver while jogging in the Berkeley hills. This should never have happened. Condolences to Julia's family and friends. https://www.berkeleyscanner.com/2024/02/27/traffic-safety/berkeley-resident-julia-elkin-traffic-fatality/ #Berkeley

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bookish, to random
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I'm still waiting for the "benefits along the way." #AmWriting

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@bookish

😂

“Writing With Benefits”

tristansnell, to random
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In Alabama, a roofing company illegally hired a 15-year-old.

On his first day, he fell 50 feet down, fractured his skull, and died.

All per US Department of Labor proceedings — fining the company $117,175.

It should be 10 times that.

THIS is why we need child labor laws.

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@weilawei @tristansnell

Yep

It’s horrifying

clive, to random
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Ghost kitchens are using generative AI to make pictures of their food

The results:

“A piece of cake floating on top of the other without any affect on the layer below. Cheese that defies physics … Frutti Di Mare (Seafood) with Marinara Sauce that has some identifiable clams and calamari, but also a lot of creatures that look like they came from the mind of H.R. Giger.”

https://www.404media.co/ghost-kitchens-are-advertising-ai-generated-food-on-doordash-and-grubhub/

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clive,
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@vruz

😅

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@vruz

100%

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@overholt

Totally

clive,
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@NatureMC

lololol

and yeah those olives really do look like rubber tires

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mvexel, to random
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clive,
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@mvexel

Damn

coreyspowell, to space
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Oh THERE you are! The Odysseus lunar lander was just spotted at its touchdown site near the Moon's south pole.

These before & after images were taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter from 90 km above the lunar surface.

https://www.nasa.gov/missions/lro/nasas-lro-images-intuitive-machines-odysseus-lander/ #space #NASA #astronomy #science #tech

This image pair shows LRO views of the area surrounding the Odysseus site before (frame M172936310) and after (frame M1463440322L) its landing near the Moon's south pole. NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University

clive,
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@coreyspowell

Given where it's located, will it be possible for any amateur terrestrial telescopes to see it?

clive,
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@coreyspowell

Dammit, I feared that would be the case

Ah well

clive,
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@coreyspowell @tehstu

Holy crap that’s impressive!

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