What's up with this whole AI thing?

February 18, 2024

This page is targeted at a non-technical audiance. Right now, AI is moving crazy fast in multiple areas: Generating images in most any style, including photo-realistic to the point of deception This is quickly moving to include video generation as well This also includes manipulating existing images Generating descriptions of photos Generating speech from text in a way that is almost totally convincing This includes making new speech models from existing recordings of voices Generating near-human quality text responses to textual input Chat bots, obviously, - but a whole lot more. ...

A Fair Scammer & #004584 Angels

August 3, 2023

Last week I went to an airshow with the Blue Angels and yesterday I went to the Nebraska State Fair. The Fair Scammer # My state, Nebraska, is largely agricultural, so it should be no surprise that the fair had multiple buildings stuff to the brim with animals - cattle, sheep, chickens, pigs - and while I find factory farming of the animals stomach churning, I’m also not about to stop eating meat (I guess my stomach is more powerful than my will), and either way, that’s not really what was on display here. ...

/Uses - Vega Deftwing

July 23, 2023
Music, Personal, Meta

Preface # This is a uses page. I want to preface everything by saying I am very fortunate to have all of the stuff I have. I like my stuff. But, ultimately, it’s just stuff. I know I do not use any of it to its maximum potential. It makes me happy to have it, but I also don’t need the vast, vast majority of it to accomplish the majority of what I want to accomplish. ...

Does it still count as a tool?

March 26, 2023

I previously wrote AI Art Panic about how this image generation stuff isn’t going to displace artists much if at all, but, uh, it didn’t age well. I said that it was more likely to simply augment how artists work. I wrote about how it had limitations, like not being able to generate somebody’s personal character. Small problem with that assessment: Character is owned by me, art is by Siplick Character is owned by me, art created with DreamBooth trained model. ...


December 29, 2022

The year is 2022. In the world of social media, Twitter has long been the platform of choice for politicians, celebrities, and everyday users alike. But as the years have passed, the once-mighty site has struggled to keep up with the rapidly changing landscape of the internet. As the lines between the virtual and the physical world blur, Twitter becomes a battleground for hackers, activists, and corporate interests. Despite the best efforts of its engineers and executives, the site is plagued by outages and security breaches, causing frustration and anger among its remaining user base. ...

AI Art Panic

November 25, 2022
Technical, Art

If you’ve been on the internet at all lately, you’ve seen AI generated art and discussion of the impact of the tools. You’ve also probably seen a lot of hate for AI generated art. There’s a lot of drama going on, as art focused communities across the internet decide how to handle this. Does AI generated/assisted art need tagged as such? Should it be allowed at all? There’s the whole Deviant Art situation (ArsTechnica). ...

My Video Synthesis Journey

September 1, 2022
Technical, Art

I’m not being paid to say any of this, I haven’t spoken to any of the companies listed here except for Noisedeck, which while is made by two really awesome people, also gets a pretty nasty review here because it doesn’t work for this use case. Sleepy Circuits, which I’ve only talked to. I don’t even own their hardware. Furthermore, I have paid my own money for Visual Synthesizer, Cathodemer, and KodeLife. ...

Why did I pay to go to college?

May 17, 2022
Personal, School

Post originally published March 22 of 2021, date above represents most recent edit The Nebraska Union at UNL, photo by ensign_beedrill, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons At the time of writing, I am currently a student at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, where I study Computer and Electrical Engineering as a dual major. I have a serious passion for both of these subjects, which is why I am so incredibly frustrated at how negative my experience at UNL has been, especially in the classes that directly relate to my major. ...

Quantization, Polarization, & Indoctrination

March 18, 2022

Quantization is the process of constraining an input from a continuous or otherwise large set of values (such as the real numbers) to a discrete set (such as the integers). - wikipedia I’m less than two months from graduating with degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. One subject that comes up a lot in both fields is Quantization. Reading audio in to a micocontroller from a DAC? That continuous signal, represented physically by infinite values, now may only have 12 bits of resolution. ...

A Culture Problem in Arch Linux

December 29, 2021

I removed this post due to it being a downer. If you view the page source, you can un-comment it, but I have decided the hate from strangers doesn’t matter. Comic by Chats With The Void (@skullbird) on Twitter

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