My wife is a freelancer and just got a "hi, you were recommended to me" email from a client that stiffed her on a project 6 years ago... 🤔​

"I worry that, as a culture, we’re getting the AI we deserve. As the journalist Sarah Kendzior has noted, on the internet, journalism is paywalled but disinformation is free. A paper-writing machine that spews out disinformation at a record clip almost seems too on-the-nose to be real."

insidehighered.com/blogs/confe

"If Americans continue to depend on cars at the current rate, by 2050 the US alone would need triple the amount of lithium currently produced for the entire global market, which would have dire consequences for water and food supplies, biodiversity, and Indigenous rights."

theguardian.com/us-news/2023/j

#climate #climatechange #evs #electriccars #transportation

Love this Axios Visuals look at the evolution of pickup trucks and their popularity in the US (and how they are used for shopping / daily driving much more than hauling boulders) . This view of the inversion of the ratio between cab and cargo bed tells the story. axios.com/ford-pickup-trucks-h

Americans will really do anything to avoid using the metric system.

The Twitter API lockout of third-party apps is only the latest reminder of centralization's most important rule: The platform owner has the right to capriciously wreck the businesses of people who accepted the platform's invitation to run a business on the platform.

Because it has to be repeated again and again: We need to drastically reduce the number of cars to solve our problems.

Just learned about this community maintained version of Learn You a Haskell for Great Good!

It updates some stuff that fell out of date and cleans up some text, but best is that they removed the fat and gay jokes. Students always seemed to really like the book, but I never recommended it in classes because of those.

learnyouahaskell.github.io/

every paragraph in this paper is blowing my mind cell.com/trends/cognitive-scie even as someone who already believed in the infinite variety of language, there are just so many deeply researched counterexamples to basically anything you think is universal (especially if you're using english as your basis for "universal")

these "GPT-detection" approaches bother me quite a bit, mostly because they don't actually detect GPT or LLMs (they can't). so, instead, they consider the statistical likelihoods around regularity, and then ask humans to interpret some weird "probabilities" related to that, which we know humans are terrible at.

i was teasing @lowd because one of this recent creative toots was judged to be 75% likely to have been generated by a LLM. no way people know how to use that.

thedailybeast.com/princeton-st

When Allison and I were discussing whether we were willing to move again for a job, a non-zero factor in the "stay" column (for me at least) was that Juanita's chips aren't available outside of the PNW. Looks like that's no longer a barrier!

We're probably still staying, but I am happy that non-Cascadians can finally enjoy the greasy, salty majesty of Juanita's... I mean "Jauntonio's" chips. wweek.com/restaurants/cheap-ea

Just upgraded my Gloomhaven setup from three screens to four and can never go back!

Listening to The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson. One of the biologists describes seeds as "a baby plant, packed with its lunch, in its lunchbox". 🌱🥹

New website just dropped: eric.walkingshaw.net

Also, I'm looking for work! I'm a Rust and Haskell hacker with elite PL skills, looking for remote-work, based out of Oregon, USA. Hoping for all three of: pays well, uses my expertise, ethical organization and business model.

1/ Many will tell you why Python is great for teaching coding, so I'll tell you ways it's not.

State is a bad default. It should be legal but safe & rare. The arc of programming is long and bends towards immutability. Its early use creates messes (eg, "a variable is a box".)

2/ Rich and robust programming requires a strong understanding of data models and invariants. Python is weak at expressing either of those. You don't notice it until you miss it. ↵

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