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On my mind: incoming “new to me” primary laptop with AppleCare+, so I can send my ailing one in for repair, and fortunately that one is still covered under warranty too.

I did a lot of homework and decided that an Apple refurb M1 MacBook Air will be plenty fine, with just the 8GB memory but with 512GB storage. So, it’s similar to config of my 2020 Intel MBA but the M1 chip will be supported longer than what’s in my other 2020 machine, as it’s still being sold new at Apple alongside the M2 models. I like the pre-M2 physical form better, so the M1 is a good pick for me for that reason also. Of course I’d prefer the M2’s MagSafe connection but that was not enough to make up for preferring the M1 otherwise this time around.

Anyway it shipped last night 🥳☺️and will be picking its way through tornado warnings 😖between now and Thursday… eeeeek!
 
On my mind: incoming “new to me” primary laptop with AppleCare+, so I can send my ailing one in for repair, and fortunately that one is still covered under warranty too.

I did a lot of homework and decided that an Apple refurb M1 MacBook Air will be plenty fine, with just the 8GB memory but with 512GB storage. So, it’s similar to config of my 2020 Intel MBA but the M1 chip will be supported longer than what’s in my other 2020 machine, as it’s still being sold new at Apple alongside the M2 models. I like the pre-M2 physical form better, so the M1 is a good pick for me for that reason also. Of course I’d prefer the M2’s MagSafe connection but that was not enough to make up for preferring the M1 otherwise this time around.

Anyway it shipped last night 🥳☺️and will be picking its way through tornado warnings 😖between now and Thursday… eeeeek!
Wow.

Well wear and I hope that you thoroughly enjoy it when it arrives.
 
Beer, bills, and Easter are on my mind.

As is the changing night sky.

Beautiful.
 
Tulips have now joined daffodils - I love to see them both, but - in common with blood oranges, (none were available this week at the farmers' market) the season for daffodils is also drawing to a close.
 
Me:
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Why?

I haven't discussed the whole AI issue when it comes to illustration, but it's an issue. Visit a site like Pinterest & it's flooded with "art" of real women in fantasy settings, and the people who did it claiming it's their original art. All the while ignoring that their AI art involves 'scraping' the internet & using art with no permission or recognition. It's going to take down those elitist ( they are now elitist, before they were mocking starving ) artists and democratize art. Instead it was tech bros using the internet to try and generate cash for free, in the truest form of capitalism. Now they are brazen enough from false confidence to go after music.

Except music is one of the more litigious areas to go after. Just go ask Youtube.

Enjoy the ride bros

Possibly a little more about it.

 
Enjoy the ride bros
Last night I was chatting with a friend in Taiwan. He's an artist that has been in Asia for more than 20 years. He's complained about the stealing of his artwork for many years. Yet he's totally vibing with AI generated art. He's "created" about 5000 pieces in just months using it. He's also in his late 60s and feels fighting it is a lost cause.
 
Me:
hysterical-laughter.gif


Why?

I haven't discussed the whole AI issue when it comes to illustration, but it's an issue. Visit a site like Pinterest & it's flooded with "art" of real women in fantasy settings, and the people who did it claiming it's their original art. All the while ignoring that their AI art involves 'scraping' the internet & using art with no permission or recognition. It's going to take down those elitist ( they are now elitist, before they were mocking starving ) artists and democratize art. Instead it was tech bros using the internet to try and generate cash for free, in the truest form of capitalism. Now they are brazen enough from false confidence to go after music.

Except music is one of the more litigious areas to go after. Just go ask Youtube.

Enjoy the ride bros

Possibly a little more about it.

Last night I was chatting with a friend in Taiwan. He's an artist that has been in Asia for more than 20 years. He's complained about the stealing of his artwork for many years. Yet he's totally vibing with AI generated art. He's "created" about 5000 pieces in just months using it. He's also in his late 60s and feels fighting it is a lost cause.
Reading these posts, what crosses my mind, - given the techbro cynical, callous, contemptuous, indifferent commodification of women - is that I would really hate to be a young woman now.
 
I’m feeling bad for my daughter. She’s a schoolteacher and the city is closing two schools. Several teachers who were low on the totem pole got let go, and she was one of them. 🙁

I was at her house when she came home, and it was clear she’d been crying. It’s her first time being let go from a job. Gonna have to be very supportive over the next few weeks.
 
I’m feeling bad for my daughter. She’s a schoolteacher and the city is closing two schools. Several teachers who were low on the totem pole got let go, and she was one of them. 🙁

I was at her house when she came home, and it was clear she’d been crying. It’s her first time being let go from a job. Gonna have to be very supportive over the next few weeks.

I'm coming to that post weeks later, and sorry to hear about your daughter's job loss. Hope she will pick up another teaching job if she wants one. God knows there are too many good teachers deciding to exit early over all the politically-oriented wrangling and assorted budget cuts that make teaching more difficult.
 
Thank you for your kind thoughts. She did get offered (and accepted) another job in the same district, teaching STEM to 2nd graders. She wasn’t trained in that and sounds a little intimidated, but I mean, how hard can 2nd grade science and engineering be? It’s not like it’s nuclear physics.
 
I’m feeling bad for my daughter. She’s a schoolteacher and the city is closing two schools. Several teachers who were low on the totem pole got let go, and she was one of them. 🙁

I was at her house when she came home, and it was clear she’d been crying. It’s her first time being let go from a job. Gonna have to be very supportive over the next few weeks.
…and being a teacher is a tough job these days for multiple reasons. Glad she found another position without having to move.
 
I've decided I don't want to go on a Titanic Sight Seeing sub. If condolences are in order I'll offer them. :( Listened to a sub expert who said "the sub is an experimental vehicle, not even made out of steel, but fiberglass. I'd never go on it." The report on NPR said that you walk into this adventure with eyes wide open, taking your life in your hands, death is mentioned 3 times on the first page of the disclaimer, in a laundry list of ways you can die. A comparison was made with the space shuttle where it goes from 1 atmosphere to 0 atmospheres, this sub goes from 1 to 400. I'll fess up, never ever did I consider this as an option for fun.. :oops:

 
I've decided I don't want to go on a Titanic Sight Seeing sub. If condolences are in order I'll offer them. :( Listened to a sub expert who said "the sub is an experimental vehicle, not even made out of steel, but fiberglass. I'd never go on it." The report on NPR said that you walk into this adventure with eyes wide open, taking your life in your hands, death is mentioned 3 times on the first page of the disclaimer, in a laundry list of ways you can die. A comparison was made with the space shuttle where it goes from 1 atmosphere to 0 atmospheres, this sub goes from 1 to 400. I'll fess up, never ever did I consider this as an option for fun.. :oops:


Talk about defying odds just finding the thing. And if found, and not on the surface, there's not much in the way of equipment can hoist something like that from such depths, except for a US Navy contraption known as CURV-21, which once lifted the wreckage of a helicopter from a depth of nearly 20k feet. From the Washington Post (paywall lifted):

Deep water, high pressure: Why the Titanic sub search is so complex
 
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Talk about defying odds just finding the thing. And if found, and not on the surface, there's not much in the way of equipment can hoist something like that from such depths, except for a US Navy contraption known as CURV-21, which once lifted the wreckage of a helicopter from a depth of nearly 20k feet. From the Washington Post (paywall lifted):

Deep water, high pressure: Why the Titanic sub search is so complex

I keep thinking “fiberglass“ that popped like an eggshell. If rescue is not effected, that would be preferable to sitting, thinking about it for 40hrs. . :oops:
 

I keep thinking “fiberglass“ that popped like an eggshell. If rescue is not effected, that would be preferable to sitting, thinking about it for 40hrs. . :oops:

Indeed. Recovery seems pretty implausible. Even if the problem was one that allowed them to lose ballast and rise to the surface, apparently they can't emerge from the vehicle without external assistance. A surface search is really like looking for a needle in a haystack without ability of occupants to signal their presence somehow. And if searchers have actually heard noises from within the craft, the challenge of lifting it at all is huge, and time left on oxygen a very limiting factor.

The WSJ ran a piece paywall lifted) that includes a diagram of the vessel. Looking at it, one wonders about all that open space between the hull and the skids below it;; seems like the craft could get tangled up with some piece of the wreckage of the Titanic if it got too close. The thing that really gets me is that the pilot uses a video game controller to steer the craft. So the navigational ability is limited to that and the PC software behind it? Sheesh. It seems like two steps up from something kids built after tiring of their backyard tree house.
 
On one of my favorite NPR shows, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me (Saturday and Sunday morning), a news quiz program. I heard a disturbing thing of all things about the origin of pink lemonade, at least an origin somewhere. :) A disgruntled circus clown, 1850s Texas as a sideline was making and selling lemonade made with tartaric acid and sugar, with a show lemon placed in the glass jug. According to the story, he used the same lemon for the entire summer. The disgusting part of the story, one day when short of potable water, he used a bucket of water that had been used to wash a circus performer’s red tights. The pink lemon aid was a hit! 😬

Found this after: https://www.washingtonpost.com/food/2023/06/21/pink-lemonade-lore/
 
On one of my favorite NPR shows, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me (Saturday and Sunday morning), a news quiz program. I heard a disturbing thing of all things about the origin of pink lemonade, at least an origin somewhere. :) A disgruntled circus clown, 1850s Texas as a sideline was making and selling lemonade made with tartaric acid and sugar, with a show lemon placed in the glass jug. According to the story, he used the same lemon for the entire summer. The disgusting part of the story, one day when short of potable water, he used a bucket of water that had been used to wash a circus performer’s red tights. The pink lemon aid was a hit! 😬

Found this after: https://www.washingtonpost.com/food/2023/06/21/pink-lemonade-lore/

Hmm. With luck the wash water was just from initial washing of a new pair of tights? Probably not any worse for a one-off consumption than the red #40 food dye (petroleum based) that is still used in the USA at least in some processed foods. Less bad = red #4, certainly used in the 1850s: back then, red (carmine) dye was still made from a process involving cochineal beetles (from which the colorful carminic acid was extracted). Natural red #4 uses that source even today.
 
The Washington Post has its paywall down from now through Thursday June 29th. So access is free if you register an email address. Must be an end of quarter attempt to get the circulation numbers up? Whatever. Enjoy!
 
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