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Handwaving Freakoutery β€’ 701 implied HN points β€’ 23 Feb 24
  1. Google Gemini's AI image generation software is adding 'diversity' into images where it doesn't belong, like popes and knights.
  2. Google Gemini uses a simple hack to generate 'woke' images by altering prompts before running image generation AI.
  3. South Park predicted Google's approach by parodying inserting diversity into images through prompts, comparable to what Google is doing with its AI.
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Men Yell at Me β€’ 494 implied HN points β€’ 21 Feb 24
  1. Bitterness is often used to dismiss messages of pain or betrayal, shifting focus from blame-worthy behavior to the person expressing the pain.
  2. Bitterness, like anger, is a morally neutral emotion, and how it is used can determine its impact - as a cudgel to brush off ideas or as a force for uniting people.
  3. Swallowing bitterness can give clarity and power, enabling one to keep writing and speaking out against injustice.
Experimental History β€’ 19425 implied HN points β€’ 16 Jan 24
  1. Making a living on the internet doesn't have to involve creating 'slop' content like clickbait or scams.
  2. Success online can come from creating honest, original, and interesting content that people genuinely enjoy and share.
  3. Supporting creators financially for content you enjoy can help create a better internet ecosystem and encourage more quality content.
Patti Smith β€’ 10554 implied HN points β€’ 24 Jan 24
  1. The author reflects on the joy of learning penmanship and practicing handwriting with dipping pens and ink in school.
  2. The author's dream was to write like the authors of the Declaration of Independence and copied it line by line at different points in their life.
  3. The post celebrates National Handwriting Day and mentions a meditation on the importance and beauty of handwriting.
Burnt Toast by Virginia Sole-Smith β€’ 2712 implied HN points β€’ 09 Feb 24
  1. The myth that true artists don't sell their work leads many women and marginalized writers to fear being seen as sell-outs, resulting in lower sales.
  2. Scarcity mindset conditions creatives to accept low pay and resist self-promotion, inhibiting them from knowing and declaring their worth.
  3. Shaming creatives for valuing self-promotion implies it's wrong to recognize and assert your own value.
The Novelleist β€’ 1368 implied HN points β€’ 13 Feb 24
  1. Reimagining the design of our technological future with more feminine perspectives can lead to more visually appealing, sustainable, and community-oriented innovations.
  2. Women-led tech companies often prioritize healthcare, environmental conservation, and community well-being over traditional futuristic themes like cars and spaceships.
  3. By encouraging more women sci-fi writers to envision the future and women technologists to build it, we can create a more diverse, inclusive, and beautiful vision for our technological advancements.
The Common Reader β€’ 1630 implied HN points β€’ 12 Feb 24
  1. Iris Murdoch's novels focus on shocking readers out of themselves rather than offering consolation.
  2. Murdoch's works cover a wide range of themes like adultery, repression, homosexuality, and existential struggles.
  3. She believed art should entertain while also delving into the battle between good and evil, urging readers to escape the 'fat relentless ego.'
The Garden of Forking Paths β€’ 2279 implied HN points β€’ 08 Feb 24
  1. Van Halen's use of brown M&M's as a test exposed the importance of thorough event staff attention to safety details.
  2. Testing systems, like airport security, with red teams reveals vulnerabilities and promotes resilience.
  3. The concept of leaky fire hydrants highlights the need for addressing individual problems within systems to spark wider reform.
Culture Study β€’ 2923 implied HN points β€’ 04 Feb 24
  1. There are many hidden trails on the island that offer unique and beautiful experiences for those who take the time to explore.
  2. Community, like the trails, requires ongoing maintenance and efforts to be inclusive and welcoming to all.
  3. The existence of gates, physical or metaphorical, in communities raises questions about access and the risk of exclusion.
The Bluestocking β€’ 1120 implied HN points β€’ 09 Feb 24
  1. The cost of theater tickets in different countries can impact the accessibility of culture and art, affecting the sustainability of artistic communities.
  2. AI is being used to generate fiction at a rapid pace, showcasing the pressure some authors feel to produce content quickly.
  3. Concerns about age and capabilities arise in politics, like with President Biden's age being a cause for debate.
The Audacity. β€’ 766 implied HN points β€’ 11 Feb 24
  1. The Audacious Book Club has selected 'Martyr!' by Kaveh Akbar, with an upcoming conversation event you can join on February 27th.
  2. Roxane Gay has launched an essay series called 'Roxane Gay Presents' with Everand and has upcoming events in NYC, including a book launch.
  3. Reading material highlights different topics like the situation in Gaza, job opportunities in various media outlets, and entertainment news like interviews and artist profiles.
Patti Smith β€’ 25492 implied HN points β€’ 03 Nov 23
  1. The writer shares a message from the airport, mentioning the struggle of buying coffee without a credit card.
  2. The writer reflects on the upcoming family gathering and the significance of significant events for them.
  3. The post ends with a wish for the readers to have a great day while considering the challenges faced by others.
One Thing β€’ 217 implied HN points β€’ 15 Feb 24
  1. The concept of a boutique has evolved from locally-owned stores with unique goods to a term that is overused and often diluted in online advertising.
  2. Boutiques represent a curated taste experience, but their high prices can make them exclusive and inaccessible to many customers.
  3. The internet provides opportunities for boutique-style businesses to reach wider audiences, but it lacks the physical charm and surprise of an in-person boutique.
Common Sense with Bari Weiss β€’ 2810 implied HN points β€’ 14 Jan 24
  1. It's common for people to look back nostalgically, especially during difficult times, but it's important to be wary of falling into the nostalgia trap by selectively remembering only the good.
  2. Resisting the nostalgia trap becomes even more challenging when reflecting on one's childhood or early adulthood.
  3. Philip Larkin's ability to find special meaning in the past and turn it into art highlights the value of interpreting our memories creatively.
Discourse Blog β€’ 1061 implied HN points β€’ 31 Jan 24
  1. AI is being developed with a focus on maximizing profit and control rather than enhancing human life or creativity.
  2. There are concerns about AI replacing human jobs, especially in fields like content writing, where the quality of AI-generated work is still inferior.
  3. There is a fear that AI industry leaders prioritize profit and control over preserving aspects of the human experience that should be kept free from AI influence.
Chartbook β€’ 300 implied HN points β€’ 13 Feb 24
  1. The post discusses various topics like the first Chinese capitalists, war in Africa, BDS, and the art of doing nothing.
  2. Links, images, and readings are shared from the Chartbook Newsletter by Adam Tooze.
  3. There is also a mention of Leonora de Barros and her artwork from the Poemas series in 1979.
Chartbook β€’ 429 implied HN points β€’ 10 Feb 24
  1. The post discusses topics like the status of dollars, AI development, business in the far-right, and Foucault's dissertation.
  2. The Chartbook Newsletter by Adam Tooze provides valuable links, images, and readings.
  3. The featured artist, Edi Hila, is an influential figure in the Balkan art scene who captures the societal changes in post-communist Europe.
Embedded β€’ 452 implied HN points β€’ 09 Feb 24
  1. Millennials are described as the enforcers of internet norms, likened to the role boomers play in society.
  2. Elamin Abdelmahmoud appreciates a wholesome and enjoyable For You page on TikTok, filled with heartwarming content.
  3. When it comes to creating content, Elamin feels uncertain about making TikToks due to struggles with the visual format, fearing he would abuse the 'Millennial pause.'
Chartbook β€’ 228 implied HN points β€’ 14 Feb 24
  1. The post discusses a variety of topics like European farm politics, South African power cuts, and uninsurable weather.
  2. The images and links shared in the post are from the Chartbook Newsletter by Adam Tooze.
  3. There is a mention of French painter and poet Jean-Michel Atlan's tragic life and his time at a mental health facility.
Cintra Wilson Feels Your Pain β€’ 884 implied HN points β€’ 01 Feb 24
  1. The play 'JUVEE' was inspired by the author's personal experiences and was performed at an avant-garde theater in San Francisco.
  2. During a performance, the author's drunk and disruptive aunt confronted her backstage, causing tension and drama.
  3. The author had to take decisive action to control the situation and ensure the show went on uninterrupted.
The Biblioracle Recommends β€’ 668 implied HN points β€’ 04 Feb 24
  1. Genius and expertise are different - expertise is achieved through practice, while genius is often seen as innate.
  2. Expertise can be just as valuable as genius - like the skillful drum tech behind a famous drummer.
  3. Dedication to a hobby or skill can enhance confidence and ability in other areas, showcasing the value of practice and expertise.
Regress Studies β€’ 825 implied HN points β€’ 01 Feb 24
  1. People often believe that creating specific memetic content will influence others to adopt certain ideologies.
  2. The call for cultural production in today's society is often for someone else to create media that will change the beliefs of third-party observers.
  3. Consuming content is not a traditional solution to major problems, and often people demand certain media creations to fix societal issues without clear solutions.
Embedded β€’ 452 implied HN points β€’ 07 Feb 24
  1. ASMR has evolved and gained mainstream acceptance over the years, transitioning to TikTok as a popular platform for ASMR content.
  2. Content creators like CozyLotusASMR are finding success by focusing on nature and the outdoors, showcasing ASMR in unique ways.
  3. Knowing your audience and adapting content to different platforms like YouTube and TikTok is key to engaging viewers and building a community.
One Thing β€’ 1186 implied HN points β€’ 22 Jan 24
  1. Curation has a long history dating back to ancient Rome, starting as a way to manage aspects of city life and evolving into a responsibility of caretaking, on both a spiritual and physical level.
  2. The concept of curation has shifted over time, from being associated with museum stewards to being seen as a glamorous act online, where individuals are faced with curating their digital presence to navigate vast content.
  3. There's a call for more support for curation, emphasizing the importance of sustaining those who find and organize valuable content, moving beyond just paying creators for their work.
Crumpstack β€’ 432 implied HN points β€’ 06 Feb 24
  1. The downtown Manhattan scene is divided into two main groups: the 'politicos' and the 'hipsters'.
  2. Sovereign House is a popular spot for Yarvinist DIY-space nightlife.
  3. There is a symbiotic relationship between the 'politicos' and the 'hipsters' in maintaining the scene's allure.