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

The Background # I’m going to jump straight to the point, after my last post, somebody saw the Arch install guide on OpGuides and decided they didn’t like it, and so opened a PR deleting the file: Now, this story could have ended here. I could have closed the issue and moved on with my life, but as a real “I use Arch BTW” user since 2014 I’m just not okay with this attitude in the community, so… ...

A Meta-er-verse

December 27, 2021

Plots of land & Euclidean space # One of the bigger points of the metaverse is the idea of owning a slice of digital property. This is a weird mix of the scarcity and value from real life property and the domain name (like market. It also makes no god damn sense in this context, and is really just artificially putting limitations into a system for the sake of making yet another crypto currency. ...

Religion & Doublethink

November 18, 2021

From time to time, I get asked about my religion. Sometimes, “asked” is putting it lightly, like when my SO’s father asked if I believe in a God, but made it very clear there was only one right answer if I wanted to date my SO. Sometimes I’m asked with honest curiosity, as when people find out I grew up in a mixture of Wicca and Christianity, people wonder how that works, and what I came out believing in. ...

Some Consumerism

August 29, 2021

I bitch about consumerism a lot, yet, I like things. So that’s what this post is about. Things. Things I’ve bought over the last few years and what things fall into “OhMyGod This is Life Changing”, “A Bit of a Mixed Bag” and “How Did You Fuck This Up?”. Because I know not everyone cares about all these products, I’m going to skip right to the juicy bit- the thinking about what lessons come from this thinking: ...

Low Bandwidth Images

August 7, 2021
technical, art

So, you’ve got a website that you want to make use less bandwidth. Maybe you’re paying by the byte for content delivery, maybe you’re worried about the environment, either way, let’s assume you want to make your images as small as possible. The obvious place to start is just shrinking your images. Here, this is a 4032x2268 .jpg shrunk down to a 1008x567 .jpg - 25% of the original quality. ...

I'm Not a Digital Native, and Neither Are You

May 14, 2021

The term digital native describes a young person who has grown up in the digital age, in close contact with computers, the Internet, and video game consoles, and later mobile phones, social media, and tablets. The term is often used to refer to millennials, Generation Z, and Generation Alpha; the latter two are sometimes described as distinct “neo-digital natives”, “true” digital natives, or “digital integrators”. ‘Digital Native’ on Wikipedia You know how every headline about Millennials or Gen Z is “Gen ___ has killed ___” and it makes everyone from those generations want collectively bang their heads into a desk? ...

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