• tantivy-cli Simon Willison

    tantivy-cli I tried out this Rust based search engine today and I was very impressed. Tantivy is the core project - it's an open source (MIT) Rust library that implements Lucene-style full text…

    Today · 00:03
  • Optimal SQLite settings for Django Simon Willison

    Optimal SQLite settings for Django Giovanni Collazo put the work in to figure out settings to make SQLite work well for production Django workloads. WAL mode and a busy_timeout of 5000 make sens…

    Yesterday · 23:04
  • PDF to Podcast Simon Willison

    PDF to Podcast At first glance this project by Stephan Fitzpatrick is a cute demo of a terrible sounding idea... but then I tried it out and the results are weirdly effective. You can listen to…

    Yesterday · 19:03
  • Datasette 0.64.7 Simon Willison

    Datasette 0.64.7 A very minor dot-fix release for Datasette stable, addressing this bug where Datasette running against the latest version of SQLite - 3.46.0 - threw an error on canned queries t…

    Yesterday · 16:55
  • Quoting Ben Thompson Simon Willison

    Contrast [Apple Intelligence] to what OpenAI is trying to accomplish with its GPT models, or Google with Gemini, or Anthropic with Claude: those large language models are trying to incorporate al…

    Yesterday · 15:29
  • The Birth of Breaking News Jason Kottke

    The completion of the US transcontinental railroad in 1869 in Utah was also the birthplace of the newsflash. The news was delivered via telegraph through a clever scheme: the famous golden sp…

    Yesterday · 15:25
  • A homepage redesign for my blog's 22nd birthday Simon Willison

    This blog is 22 years old today! I wrote up a whole bunch of higlights for the 20th birthday a couple of years ago. Today I'm celebrating with something a bit smaller: I finally redesigned the ho…

    Yesterday · 13:59
  • Are You an NPC? (Or Do You Have Free Will?) Jason Kottke

    Kurzgesagt attempts to answer the question (from the perspective of physics): Do we have free will? Here’s the deterministic perspective (from the show notes): Now imagine that if right…

    Yesterday · 13:21
  • Some people with insomnia think they are awake but they’re actually asleep.... Jason Kottke

    Some people with insomnia think they are awake but they’re actually asleep. But scientists are discovering that their sleep is not as rejuvenating as normal sleep.…

    Yesterday · 12:36
  • What’s the Rarest Move in Chess? Jason Kottke

    YouTuber Paralogical downloaded data from over 5 billion chess games to find the rarest move in chess. Slight spoiler: there are many possible moves that weren’t played in any of the game…

    Yesterday · 11:51
  • David Pierce reports on the Excel World Championship from Las Vegas. “There... Jason Kottke

    David Pierce reports on the Excel World Championship from Las Vegas. “There is one inescapably weird thing about competitive Excel: spreadsheets are not fun.”…

    Yesterday · 11:19
  • Ask a Manager update about a guy who told his interviewer during... Jason Kottke

    Ask a Manager update about a guy who told his interviewer during a job interview that “maybe she made mistakes as a developer but since I actually went to school for it, I didn’t have tha…

    Yesterday · 10:39
  • Lots of good responses to this thread: “What is something someone who... Jason Kottke

    Lots of good responses to this thread: “What is something someone who has never been poor wouldn’t understand?” E.g. how expensive it is to be poor, like paying more for daily subway ti…

    Yesterday · 09:56
  • Generative AI Is Not Going To Build Your Engineering Team For You Simon Willison

    Generative AI Is Not Going To Build Your Engineering Team For You This barnstormer of an essay is a long read by Charity Majors, and I find myself wanting to quote almost every paragraph. It tho…

    Yesterday · 09:11
  • Of course Kenji López-Alt had a friend come up with a computer... Jason Kottke

    Of course Kenji López-Alt had a friend come up with a computer model that determined the ideal way to chop an onion. How can you resist reading an article with the phrase “exactly .557 oni…

    Yesterday · 09:08
  • Chaka Khan’s Tiny Desk Concert Jason Kottke

    NPR recently welcomed Chaka Khan into the office for a Tiny Desk Concert. When the “Queen of Funk,” Chaka Khan, began to sing her hit “Sweet Thing” at the Tiny Desk, she seemed su…

    Yesterday · 08:33
  • Care to play a game of Probabilistic Tic-Tac-Toe? “What gives us the... Jason Kottke

    Care to play a game of Probabilistic Tic-Tac-Toe? “What gives us the right to claim responsibility for our victories? Do we ever truly win? Or do we just get lucky sometimes?”…

    Yesterday · 08:13
  • Ministry of Transport Signage Jon Hicks

    Last week, while on a mini-holiday with my brothers, I got the opportunity to admire some pre-Worboys Committee signage up close. Before the Committee introduced the Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert…

    Yesterday · 04:55
  • The myth about cars that’s hurting cities. “In study after study in... Jason Kottke

    The myth about cars that’s hurting cities. “In study after study in city after city around the world, researchers have found that merchants exaggerate the share of patrons who arrive by c…

    Two Days Ago · 15:58
  • According to a new report from the FBI, murders, rapes, assaults, robberies,... Jason Kottke

    According to a new report from the FBI, murders, rapes, assaults, robberies, burglaries, and vehicle theft all dropped by double-digit percentages in the US during the first three months of 2…

    Two Days Ago · 15:11
  • The 2024 Drone Photos Awards Jason Kottke

    The nominees for the 2024 Drone Photos Awards have been announced; here are a few that caught my eye: Photos by (from top to bottom) Sheng Jiang, Roberto Hernandez, Silke Hullmann, a…

    Two Days Ago · 14:26
  • Sacha Greif recently made the decision to pause his excellent design site/newsletter... Jason Kottke

    Sacha Greif recently made the decision to pause his excellent design site/newsletter Sidebar. “Design content seems to have either dried up, or else been driven to platforms like Medium and…

    Two Days Ago · 13:44
  • Neutrinos “hold the keys to new physics” but are “driving scientists crazy”.... Jason Kottke

    Neutrinos “hold the keys to new physics” but are “driving scientists crazy”. “Somehow, neutrinos went from just another random particle to becoming tiny monsters that require multi-…

    Two Days Ago · 12:57
  • Backcountry biker Laura Killingbeck thoughtfully weighs in on the “man or bear?”... Jason Kottke

    Backcountry biker Laura Killingbeck thoughtfully weighs in on the “man or bear?” debate. “I’m literally a woman who left mankind behind to live in nature with bears. This is my actual…

    Two Days Ago · 12:07
  • The Cookie Monster Alphabet Jason Kottke

    In case you or someone you know needs a little levity or pick-me-up today, might I suggest what might be the cutest thing that’s ever aired on television: a little girl named Joey and Ker…

    Two Days Ago · 11:30
  • Quoting Matt Webb Simon Willison

    Apple’s terminology distinguishes between “personal intelligence,” on-device and under their control, and “world knowledge,” which is prone to hallucinations – but is also what consum…

    Two Days Ago · 11:26
  • An in-depth look at the Etak Navigator, the first practical vehicle navigation... Jason Kottke

    An in-depth look at the Etak Navigator, the first practical vehicle navigation system from 1985. GPS wasn’t available then, so the Etak used something called “augmented dead reckoning”…

    Two Days Ago · 10:43
  • Ready for another Super Over. Greg Storey

    Chances are you missed last week's story about the USA’s unquestionably, unexpected, unpredicted win over Pakistan in a game of cricket. The outcome has been called “one of the bigg…

    Two Days Ago · 10:21
  • First Came ‘Spam.’ Now, With A.I., We’ve Got ‘Slop’ Simon Willison

    First Came ‘Spam.’ Now, With A.I., We’ve Got ‘Slop’ First the Guardian, now the NYT. I've apparently made a habit of getting quoted by journalists talking about slop! I got the closing…

    Two Days Ago · 10:12
  • The View From Earth of Different Planets Replacing the Moon Jason Kottke

    What if Mars orbited the Earth at the same distance as the Moon…what would that look like? How about Neptune? Or Jupiter? Like this: See also what the Earth would look like with Saturn…

    Two Days Ago · 10:01
  • Introducing Apple’s On-Device and Server Foundation Models Simon Willison

    Introducing Apple’s On-Device and Server Foundation Models Apple Intelligence uses both on-device and in-the-cloud models that were trained from scratch by Apple. Their on-device model is a 3B…

    Two Days Ago · 09:44
  • Private Cloud Compute: A new frontier for AI privacy in the cloud Simon Willison

    Private Cloud Compute: A new frontier for AI privacy in the cloud Here are the details about Apple's Private Cloud Compute infrastructure, and they are pretty extraordinary. The goal with PCC is…

    Two Days Ago · 09:38
  • The “Coming to Apple TV+” reel shown at WWDC contains some tantalizing... Jason Kottke

    The “Coming to Apple TV+” reel shown at WWDC contains some tantalizing first-look clips from the second seasons of Severance and Silo. 💬 Join the discussi…

    Two Days Ago · 09:09
  • Three Bags Full, about a flock of whodunit-solving sheep, has been adapted... Jason Kottke

    Three Bags Full, about a flock of whodunit-solving sheep, has been adapted into a movie written by Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and starring Hugh Jackman & Emma Thompson. The 2005 book went tiny-v…

    Two Days Ago · 08:34
  • Screen.Studio Tina Roth Eisenberg

    I saw Jason Friend rave about this screen recording software by Screen Studio. (Posting here, in my personal public archive, so I will find it again.)…

    Three Days Ago · 15:47
  • Very Well Then Tina Roth Eisenberg

    Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.) -Walt Whitman…

    Three Days Ago · 15:43
  • Resting Stone Tina Roth Eisenberg

    Yep, I bought a resting stone. Now everything is better.…

    Three Days Ago · 15:41
  • A scientific investigation into bears, the cuddly apex predator: If Not Friend,... Jason Kottke

    A scientific investigation into bears, the cuddly apex predator: If Not Friend, Why Friend-Shaped? “Some of bears’ features-especially their chubby, rounded face-might also remind us of o…

    Three Days Ago · 15:30
  • Quoting Dare Obasanjo Simon Willison

    There is a big difference between tech as augmentation versus automation. Augmentation (think Excel and accountants) benefits workers while automation (think traffic lights versus traffic wardens…

    Three Days Ago · 15:03
  • Cotino is a “Storyliving by Disney™ community” in the greater Palm Springs... Jason Kottke

    Cotino is a “Storyliving by Disney™ community” in the greater Palm Springs area. “Parks, pathways and a promenade will reflect the imagination of Disney Imagineering.”…

    Three Days Ago · 14:49
  • Thoughts on the WWDC 2024 keynote on Apple Intelligence Simon Willison

    Today's WWDC keynote finally revealed Apple's new set of AI features. The AI section (Apple are calling it Apple Intelligence) started over an hour into the keynote - this link jumps straight to…

    Three Days Ago · 14:19
  • AI Can Ruin Movies Now, Too Jason Kottke

    YouTuber Nerrel takes James Cameron to task for releasing 4K remasters of Aliens and True Lies that have been, well, ruined by using AI to clean them up. The best 4k releases tend to follo…

    Three Days Ago · 14:14
  • The Verge: the 13 biggest announcements from Apple’s developer conference, including their... Jason Kottke

    The Verge: the 13 biggest announcements from Apple’s developer conference, including their AI plans and new OS features. 💬 Join the discussion on kottke.org…

    Three Days Ago · 13:51
  • “There have been more gun suicides than gun homicides in the United... Jason Kottke

    “There have been more gun suicides than gun homicides in the United States every year for the past 25 years. Yet the harm inflicted on communities by suicides rarely registers in the nation…

    Three Days Ago · 13:25
  • “Elephants call each other by name and respond when they hear others... Jason Kottke

    “Elephants call each other by name and respond when they hear others call their name, according to new research.” 💬 Join the discussion on kottke.org →…

    Three Days Ago · 12:46
  • 1982 DC Comics Style Guide Jason Kottke

    Standards Manual is gearing up for a new release: a reproduction of the DC Comics Style Guide from 1982. Reproduced from a rare original copy, the book features over 165 highly-detaile…

    Three Days Ago · 12:06
  • Email Sign-Offs Tina Roth Eisenberg

    This collection of email sign-offs over on Arena is a treasure trove. I usually sign-off with Waving from Brooklyn, or Warmly, but I might have to add a few of these to the list now.…

    Three Days Ago · 11:57
  • Tapping the sign: the important differences between patriotism & nationalism. “Patriotism: pride... Jason Kottke

    Tapping the sign: the important differences between patriotism & nationalism. “Patriotism: pride in who you are. Nationalism: pride in who you aren’t.” …

    Three Days Ago · 11:25
  • Guy Who Sucks At Being A Person Sees Huge Potential In AI.... Jason Kottke

    Guy Who Sucks At Being A Person Sees Huge Potential In AI. “Deep down [he] has absolutely zero understanding of what makes things good, enjoyable, or rewarding.”…

    Three Days Ago · 10:55
  • Maris Kreizman argues for adding full credit pages to books acknowledging everyone... Jason Kottke

    Maris Kreizman argues for adding full credit pages to books acknowledging everyone who worked on them. “How lovely it is to be seen and appreciated.” 💬 Jo…

    Three Days Ago · 10:21
  • Wake Up Dead Man will be the third film in the Knives... Jason Kottke

    Wake Up Dead Man will be the third film in the Knives Out series, starring Daniel Craig as Benoit “CSI: KFC” Blanc. 💬 Join the discussion on kottke.org …

    Three Days Ago · 09:50
  • Surprise! These Cardboard & Scotch Tape Vases Are Actually Ceramic Pots. Jason Kottke

    French potter Jacques Monneraud makes ceramic pots that look like teapots, vases, and pitchers made from cardboard and scotch tape. He offers these pots for sale, but they’re unsurpri…

    Three Days Ago · 09:13
  • Ultravox Simon Willison

    Ultravox Ultravox is "a multimodal Speech LLM built around a pretrained Whisper and Llama 3 backbone". It's effectively an openly licensed version of half of the GPT-4o model OpenAI demoed (but…

    Four Days Ago · 23:34
  • Quoting Joel Spolsky Simon Willison

    Spreadsheets are not just tools for doing "what-if" analysis. They provide a specific data structure: a table. Most Excel users never enter a formula. They use Excel when they need a table. The g…

    Four Days Ago · 18:43
  • An Analysis of Chinese LLM Censorship and Bias with Qwen 2 Instruct Simon Willison

    An Analysis of Chinese LLM Censorship and Bias with Qwen 2 Instruct Qwen2 is a new openly licensed LLM from a team at Alibaba Cloud. It's a strong model, competitive with the leading openly lice…

    Four Days Ago · 11:00
  • The Dice — 004 Greg Storey

    In this issue: Ideas come from doing, emo Christopher Walken, system change, Jumpman stolen, Design after Capitalism, and a nice update from Jon Hicks.…

    Four Days Ago · 08:52
  • Three Wins. David Hieatt

    Respect the blank page...…

    Four Days Ago · 07:14
  • AI chatbots are intruding into online communities where people are trying to connect with other humans Simon Willison

    AI chatbots are intruding into online communities where people are trying to connect with other humans This thing where Facebook are experimenting with AI bots that reply in a group when someone…

    The Other Day · 21:14
  • A Link Blog in the Year 2024 Simon Willison

    A Link Blog in the Year 2024 Kellan Elliott-McCrea has started a new link blog: Like many people I’ve been dealing with the collapses of the various systems I relied on for information over t…

    The Other Day · 18:10
  • Quoting Kellan Elliott-McCrea Simon Willison

    Much like Gen X is sometimes the forgotten generation (or at least we feel that way), the generation of us who grew up with an internet that seemed an unalloyed good fall awkwardly into the middl…

    The Other Day · 18:08
  • Tree.js interactive demo Simon Willison

    Tree.js interactive demo Daniel Greenheck's interactive demo of his procedural tree generator (as in vegetation) built with Three.js. This is really fun to play with - there are 30+ tunable para…

    The Other Day · 15:43
  • Claude's Character Simon Willison

    Claude's Character There's so much interesting stuff in this article from Anthropic on how they defined the personality for their Claude 3 model. In addition to the technical details there…

    The Other Day · 15:41
  • Expanding on how Voice Engine works and our safety research Simon Willison

    Expanding on how Voice Engine works and our safety research Voice Engine is OpenAI's text-to-speech (TTS) model. It's not the same thing as the voice mode in the GPT-4o demo last month - Voice E…

    The Other Day · 11:48