• When will design learn? Greg Storey

    Let's start this post off with a big, huge number: 458,219. That’s the estimated number of people in technology who have lost their jobs since 2022. And even more are sure to be let go as…

    Yesterday · 16:09
  • Why Google’s AI might recommend you mix glue into your pizza Simon Willison

    Why Google’s AI might recommend you mix glue into your pizza I got “distrust and verify” as advice on using LLMs into this Washington Post piece by Shira Ovide.…

    Yesterday · 00:29
  • Toniebox Chris Coyier

    Another kid’s device we have that we’ve gotten tons and tons of use out of is the Toniebox. It’s this soft padded box with a speaker on it (or plug in headphones). You place a charac…

    Two Days Ago · 15:00
  • Lol, tiny bumper stickers for your phone, including “My other phone is... Jason Kottke

    Lol, tiny bumper stickers for your phone, including “My other phone is a burner”, “Caution: Extremely Online”, and “I brake for Notes app apologies”.…

    Two Days Ago · 11:53
  • How could you not be interested in a post with a headline... Jason Kottke

    How could you not be interested in a post with a headline like this: Hear the Song Written on a Sinner’s Buttock in Hieronymus Bosch’s Painting The Garden of Earthly Delights.…

    Two Days Ago · 10:36
  • This is absolutely mesmerizing: a crowd of people jumping, dancing, chanting, and... Jason Kottke

    This is absolutely mesmerizing: a crowd of people jumping, dancing, chanting, and pulsing in Pamplona, Spain during the San Fermin festival. 💬 Join the discus…

    Two Days Ago · 09:05
  • Golden Gate Claude Simon Willison

    Golden Gate Claude This is absurdly fun and weird. Anthropic's recent LLM interpretability research gave them the ability to locate features within the opaque blob of their Sonnet model and boos…

    Two Days Ago · 02:17
  • Nilay Patel reports a hallucinated ChatGPT summary of his own article Simon Willison

    Nilay Patel reports a hallucinated ChatGPT summary of his own article Here's a ChatGPT bug that's a new twist on the old issue where it would hallucinate the contents of a web page based on the…

    Two Days Ago · 00:38
  • Quoting Scott Jenson Simon Willison

    I just left Google last month. The "AI Projects" I was working on were poorly motivated and driven by this panic that as long as it had "AI" in it, it would be great. This myopia is NOT something…

    Two Days Ago · 00:33
  • Quoting Nivia Henry Simon Willison

    The leader of a team - especially a senior one - is rarely ever the smartest, the most expert or even the most experienced. Often it’s the person who can best understand individuals’ motivati…

    Two Days Ago · 00:09
  • Some goofy results from ‘AI Overviews’ in Google Search Simon Willison

    Some goofy results from ‘AI Overviews’ in Google Search John Gruber collects two of the best examples of Google’s new AI overviews going horribly wrong. Gullibility is a fundamental trait…

    Three Days Ago · 23:33
  • Puerto Vallarta Chris Coyier

    Our little family took a quick trip down to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico — meeting my inlaws there for some fun in the sun. We stayed at the Hyatt Ziva. We actually “won” the trip a few years…

    Three Days Ago · 19:42
  • Quoting Molly White Simon Willison

    But increasingly, I’m worried that attempts to crack down on the cryptocurrency industry — scummy though it may be — may result in overall weakening of financial privacy, and may hurt vulne…

    Three Days Ago · 19:19
  • A Grand Unified Theory of the AI Hype Cycle Simon Willison

    A Grand Unified Theory of the AI Hype Cycle Glyph outlines the pattern of every AI hype cycle since the 1960s: a new, novel mechanism is discovered and named. People get excited, and non-practit…

    Three Days Ago · 18:26
  • Data Visualization of the Most Common PIN Numbers Jason Kottke

    Based on an analysis of leaked PIN numbers by Nick Berry, Information is Beautiful made this visualization of the most common PINs. According to the analysis, just 20 4-digit numbers accou…

    Three Days Ago · 14:43
  • Two dairy workers have caught the H5N1 virus from cows, “the first... Jason Kottke

    Two dairy workers have caught the H5N1 virus from cows, “the first known instance globally of a person catching this version of bird flu from a mammal”. We are just playing with fire with…

    Three Days Ago · 13:50
  • Slow Publishing With Arion Press Jason Kottke

    San Francisco’s Arion Press still uses decades-old machines to make beautiful books by hand. They’re one of the few remaining presses in the world that do everything from start to finish…

    Three Days Ago · 13:03
  • If I were in NYC this July, I’d go see this Uptown... Jason Kottke

    If I were in NYC this July, I’d go see this Uptown Shakespeare in the Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (by way of the Harlem Renaissance). 💬 J…

    Three Days Ago · 12:16
  • The editors of Scientific American: There Is Too Much Trash in Space.... Jason Kottke

    The editors of Scientific American: There Is Too Much Trash in Space. “It’s time for nations — and the billionaires commoditizing space — to clean up Earth’s near orbit.”…

    Three Days Ago · 11:33
  • The Budapest Children’s Railway Jason Kottke

    The Gyermekvasút (Children’s Railway) is a 7-mile-long rail line in Budapest that’s operated by children aged 10-14 (aside from the train’s driver). Children’s Railway, Budapest is…

    Three Days Ago · 10:44
  • An Open Letter to Wyna Liu, the New York Times’ Connections Editor.... Jason Kottke

    An Open Letter to Wyna Liu, the New York Times’ Connections Editor. “But on those days when I don’t solve it… well, let’s just say those are dark days. I don’t sleep properly anym…

    Three Days Ago · 09:52
  • Do We Live in an Infinite Nesting Doll of Black Hole Universes? Jason Kottke

    Kurzgesagt is back with another video about black holes; it has the innocuous-seeming title of The Easiest Way To Build a Black Hole. But the main topic of the video is the speculation that…

    Three Days Ago · 09:05
  • Quoting Will Larson Simon Willison

    The most effective mechanism I’ve found for rolling out No Wrong Door is initiating three-way conversations when asked questions. If someone direct messages me a question, then I will start a t…

    Three Days Ago · 08:48
  • Joss Fong and Adam Cole introduce their new YouTube channel Howtown, where... Jason Kottke

    Joss Fong and Adam Cole introduce their new YouTube channel Howtown, where they will “dig into the evidence behind commonly held facts and claims in the news”. I am excited for this one!…

    Three Days Ago · 08:16
  • From Becca Rothfeld’s All Things Are Too Small, an amazing quote on... Jason Kottke

    From Becca Rothfeld’s All Things Are Too Small, an amazing quote on consumer brands’ solution to mass production: “The ideal product was therefore something that a person would go on wa…

    Three Days Ago · 07:40
  • Frostapalooza Chris Coyier

    Quick note that I’m totally going to Frostapalooza (and you can too!) Frostapalooza is a giant one-night-only benefit concert-slash-party-slash-happening featuring an amorphous super group of ta…

    Four Days Ago · 16:47
  • Troika 48: Ambient Americana Jon Hicks

    Spotify's normally the one that makes up genres, but I've recently been listening a lot to what I've come to term 'Ambient Americana'. Expansive ambient soundscapes created with guitars (especially pe…

    Four Days Ago · 16:15
  • How Not to Get Screwed Buying a Used Car Jason Kottke

    This video about how not to get screwed buying a used car crams an astounding amount of good information into three minutes. Update: Bold claim by Robin Sloan on Twitter: The calm density…

    Four Days Ago · 14:38
  • Every Sample from Paul’s Boutique by the Beastie Boys. Plus playlists and... Jason Kottke

    Every Sample from Paul’s Boutique by the Beastie Boys. Plus playlists and downloadable files of all the sampled songs. 💬 Join the discussion on kottke.org …

    Four Days Ago · 13:18
  • Jon Stewart on Cancel Culture Jason Kottke

    Jon Stewart is back on The Daily Show on a regular basis and the other day he took on the manufactured outrage that is cancel culture. Nothing about the right wing reaction is surprising b…

    Four Days Ago · 12:39
  • Love this: an old mid-century TV cabinet from Zenith, retrofitted with a... Jason Kottke

    Love this: an old mid-century TV cabinet from Zenith, retrofitted with a contemporary smart TV. 💬 Join the discussion on kottke.org →…

    Four Days Ago · 11:54
  • A Massachusetts “millionaire’s tax” (extra 4% tax on $1M+ incomes) has earned... Jason Kottke

    A Massachusetts “millionaire’s tax” (extra 4% tax on $1M+ incomes) has earned the state more than $1.8 billion in income for fiscal 2023. That’s about double the estimates and the fun…

    Four Days Ago · 11:01
  • The true story behind the kid who went 1940s viral for his... Jason Kottke

    The true story behind the kid who went 1940s viral for his week at the cinemas in San Francisco. “Richard said he had spent $20 on 16 movies, 15 comic books, six games, 150 candy bars, and…

    Four Days Ago · 10:12
  • What is prompt optimization? Simon Willison

    What is prompt optimization? Delightfully clear explanation of a simple automated prompt optimization strategy from Jason Liu. Gather a selection of examples and build an evaluation function to…

    Four Days Ago · 10:02
  • The wind phone is an unconnected telephone booth in Japan where people... Jason Kottke

    The wind phone is an unconnected telephone booth in Japan where people can hold conversations with deceased loved ones. It was built by Itaru Sasaki to help him feel connected to his recently…

    Four Days Ago · 09:24
  • The Lost Typeface Recovered From the Thames River Jason Kottke

    This is such a wild story. Two men, Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson & Emery Walker, founded the Doves Press in London in 1900. They made a typeface called Doves Roman: During its short life ea…

    Four Days Ago · 08:18
  • Moving through that fear Tina Roth Eisenberg

    “Moving through that fear, finding out what connects us, revelling in our differences; this is the process that brings us closer, that gives us a world of shared values, of meaningful community.…

    Four Days Ago · 07:28
  • Come work with me! Tina Roth Eisenberg

    Come work with me! My global labor of love, CreativeMornings is hiring a Brooklyn based General Manager. This is an opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the CreativeMornings universe and make an…

    Four Days Ago · 07:25
  • Tattly Sleeve Kit Tina Roth Eisenberg

    I can’t get over how cool and realistic looking this sleeve kit is from Tattly. Designed by real tattoo artist Jessi Preston.…

    Four Days Ago · 07:05
  • Quoting D. Richard Hipp, 18 years ago Simon Willison

    The default prefix used to be "sqlite_". But then Mcafee started using SQLite in their anti-virus product and it started putting files with the "sqlite" name in the c:/temp folder. This annoyed…

    The Other Day · 22:21
  • Mastering LLMs: A Conference For Developers & Data Scientists Simon Willison

    Mastering LLMs: A Conference For Developers & Data Scientists I’m speaking at this 5-week (maybe soon 6-week) long online conference about LLMs, presenting about “LLMs on the command line”…

    The Other Day · 21:34
  • Registration for the 2024 XOXO Festival is now open! I will be... Jason Kottke

    Registration for the 2024 XOXO Festival is now open! I will be there, performing some sort of indie media circus act. (I do what the Andys tell me.) 💬 Join th…

    The Other Day · 16:19
  • Three Pieces That Prove Bach’s Genius Jason Kottke

    In this video, pianist David Bennett explains three pieces composed by Johann Sebastian Bach that show how much of a musical genius he was. Two of the compositions are puzzle canons, “a p…

    The Other Day · 15:38
  • Kingdom Rush Chris Coyier

    I think it was during the ShopTalk with Blake Watson where “tower defense” games briefly came up and someone recommended Kingdom Rush. It’s not exactly new, coming out in 2011, but i…

    The Other Day · 15:08
  • “Given the lack of decency they have shown, Genocide Inc. has decided... Jason Kottke

    “Given the lack of decency they have shown, Genocide Inc. has decided it will not be making job offers to any of these protesters when they graduate.” Gotta have decency to weaponize the…

    The Other Day · 14:47
  • New Phi-3 models: small, medium and vision Simon Willison

    New Phi-3 models: small, medium and vision I couldn't find a good official announcement post to link to about these three newly released models, but this post on LocalLLaMA on Reddit has them in…

    The Other Day · 14:04
  • The Earth’s rotation rate is changing, in part due to global warming.... Jason Kottke

    The Earth’s rotation rate is changing, in part due to global warming. Melting ice flows away from high latitudes: “a transfer of mass away from the poles towards the equator, which slows…

    The Other Day · 14:01
  • John Green on the tradeoffs of sharing your personal life with strangers.... Jason Kottke

    John Green on the tradeoffs of sharing your personal life with strangers. “The thing about selling something of yourself is that that you can’t buy it back.” (I used to share much more…

    The Other Day · 13:11
  • Contenting Ourselves With Stories Jason Kottke

    I just started a rewatch of Chernobyl and was struck by the opening lines of the first episode spoken by Jared Harris, who plays Soviet nuclear physicist Valery Legasov: What is the cost of…

    The Other Day · 12:28
  • Scaling Monosemanticity: Extracting Interpretable Features from Claude 3 Sonnet Simon Willison

    Scaling Monosemanticity: Extracting Interpretable Features from Claude 3 Sonnet Big advances in the field of LLM interpretability from Anthropic, who managed to extract millions of understandabl…

    The Other Day · 12:25
  • Have You Seen A Cybertruck Yet? I saw one yesterday driving through... Jason Kottke

    Have You Seen A Cybertruck Yet? I saw one yesterday driving through the small town I live in and just burst out laughing. It is a ridiculous vehicle. 💬 Join t…

    The Other Day · 11:27
  • David Marchese interviews Marlon Wayans about grief & comedy. “I miss my... Jason Kottke

    David Marchese interviews Marlon Wayans about grief & comedy. “I miss my parents dearly, but I’m a different human with my parents gone than I was when they were here. Now I’m a man. I…

    The Other Day · 10:46
  • "What is the point of countless books and libraries." Greg Storey

    Yesterday morning I opened The Daily Stoic and came across a gem of a thought written by the philosopher Seneca. It’s from his book De Tranquillitate Animi roughly translated in Engli…

    The Other Day · 10:37
  • Today’s music to work to: the solo piano version of Philip Glass’s... Jason Kottke

    Today’s music to work to: the solo piano version of Philip Glass’s Tales from the Loop score. 💬 Join the discussion on kottke.org →…

    The Other Day · 09:54
  • Ayo Edebiri Settles Your Petty Disputes Jason Kottke

    Well this is delightful: Vanity Fair set up Ayo Edebiri with a selection of personal beefs and several gavels (and maybe there’s a meat tenderizer in there, I don’t know), she listened…

    The Other Day · 08:43
  • The benefits of cycling: increased longevity and less likely to have osteoarthritis... Jason Kottke

    The benefits of cycling: increased longevity and less likely to have osteoarthritis and experience knee pain. “I was surprised to see how very strong the benefit was.”…

    The Other Day · 08:15
  • Time to Relax DUS24 Marc Thiele

    Running events like beyond tellerrand is wonderful and even more that I can call something like this “my job”. But it’s also exhausting. You…

    The Other Day · 02:39