[koko] rarely one to avoid controversy…

May 28th, 2024

A Mastodon thread initiated by Erik Uden today unleashed discussion of two seemingly separate controversies: the ongoing Israeli–Palestinian crisis and the massive proliferation of Large Language Models (LLM) aka Machine Learning aka Artificial Intelligence.
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[koko] knowing and accepting limitations

February 6th, 2024

It seems I am easily distracted. One thing leads to another. Inquiries spur new thoughts. Anomalies suggest investigation. Surprises remind of well-worn adages, e.g., newer isn’t always better, particularly regarding software. But, I keep on keeping on.
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[koko] keeping warm

August 7th, 2023

I seem to be adding projects to my todo list faster then I’m finishing them. I can blame two of the recent additions on Anthony Bonkoski‘s writings:

The former made me start (re-)learning x86 assembly language enough to understand the compiler’s 512 bytes. The latter bemoans the lack of mathematics content in current computer science curricula and spurred me to think back to my own formal studies.
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[koko] still learning

June 18th, 2023

May you stay, Forever Young – Bob Dylan (1973)

Friday morning, an Austin impresario, typically loquacious, needed few words, mostly inflection and tone, to rouse me to realize I was ignorant of the importance of Stan Alexander. In particular, I had recorded Stan July 10, 1970 and neglected to make that recording available, but I have now.
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Roe is gone, one more round

June 28th, 2022

“There never was another man who could
                       inspire more love or hate
  if you were in the park and it was 1968.”

“Daley’s Gone” – Steve Goodman (1977)

tl;dr “A movement animated by rage and fear isn’t ready to embrace life and love.

I try to keep abreast of readings and videos across the political spectrum, only consciously avoiding those that go beyond protected speech, skimming maybe a thousand headlines/thumbnails daily and reading/watching quite a few. I try to pay particular attention to those who are likely to help me understand perspectives different from my own, particularly those that deviate from the stereotypes associated with their groupings.
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