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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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/
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/
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.
Some photons from space that I prevented from crashing into my driveway by putting a camera sensor in between
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?
DOOM now plays on a robot lawnmower: https://www.husqvarna.com/uk/learn-and-discover/news-and-media/welcome-to-register-for-doom/
Your reading for today, folks
☕ "coffeestains", software that adds coffee stains to LaTeX documents: https://ctan.org/pkg/coffeestains?utm_source=clivethompson&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=linkfest-18-infinite-crafting-the-reverse
⚔️ "Hunt the Wumpus" as a clickable HTML game: https://joy.recurse.com/posts/1493-hunt-the-wumpus-clickable-svg?utm_source=clivethompson&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=linkfest-18-infinite-crafting-the-reverse
💦 the "reverse sprinkler problem" has been solved: https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/02/mathematicians-finally-solved-feynmans-reverse-sprinkler-problem/?utm_source=clivethompson&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=linkfest-18-infinite-crafting-the-reverse
All cribbed from my latest "Linkfest" newsletter, free to read here people: https://buttondown.email/clivethompson/archive/linkfest-18-infinite-crafting-the-reverse/
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.
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
I'm still waiting for the "benefits along the way." #AmWriting
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.
Ghost kitchens are using generative AI to make pictures of their food
“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.”
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.
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