Thursday, July 21, 2022

Friday Links!

Leading off this week, from Kevin W., and it's mind-blowing: The Great Fiction of AI: the strange world of high-speed semi-automated genre fiction. With this happening in music and art as well, I wonder what percentage of creative content will be entirely human-generated by the end of the decade.

Based on the first link this week, this will be even easier to do in the future. The depth of this story is amazing: A Bored Chinese Housewife Spent Years Falsifying Russian History on Wikipedia.

From Steve Davey, and it's both ingenious and ridiculous: Man builds motorised bed with wheels so he can go anywhere while lying down

From Wally, and it's comprehensive: Gaming the American Revolution – Ranking the Games We Have Played – 2022 Edition. I didn't know the extent of the French mustard craze: The French Mustard Shortage

From Meg McReynolds, and it's a fascinating read: Inside the Mind-Boggling World of the Antiquities Theft Task Force. This is excellent (and used by the James Webb telescope): What is gravitational lensing?

From C. Lee, and it's frightening: CDC: US infants are falling sick with a life-threatening virus that triggers fever, delirium, seizures, and sepsis. This is disgusting: ‘Have you recently had an abortion?’ Australian transiting through US questioned then deported. P.T. Barnum was an optimist: American tourist trying to take selfie injured after falling into Mount Vesuvius crater. This is a bad, bad idea: In era of transparency, Arizona law limits filming police. This will fall on deaf, slightly intoxicated ears: Alcohol is never good for people under 40, global study finds. An excellent retrospective on a wonderful film: Princess Mononoke: The masterpiece that flummoxed the US. I don't think I'd make it through the first three steps without screwing up, but if you're so inclined, what a cool project: Get Impressive Audio and Style With Your Own DIY Sound Bar. Hard pass: Andouillette: One of the things you must never try eating in France. With an andouillette follow-up: Stanley Tucci is savoring it all.

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