March 23, 2018

March 22, 2018

from The Exact Moment Dogs Realized They're Going To The Vet

March 21, 2018

Been geeking out on "The Hamilton Polka" lately - a 5 minute polka party that's a Reader's Digest version of the musical, more or less. As goofy as a polka is nowadays, it really catches some of the emotional tones of the lyrics.

I found a cool Rolling Stone chat with Yankovic and Miranda and was excited by "RS: Is your band on it?" "Yankovic: They are. My drummer, my guitar player plays banjo on it. My bass player plays bass, though the bass is overwhelmed by the tuba, which is playing the same part."


March 20, 2018

What happens when an AI can only think in water or fire or flowers...

I'm trying to think if this back-propagation of the way an AI sees - how its expectations of what is there to be seen controls what is seen, how it's interpreted - says something profound about the human's way of observing the world or if it's a mere superficial parallel. (more info here)
"Life is just a really complicated exam, in which most people fail by copying from others, not realizing that everyone has a different question paper."
Is it just me or would like, schedule siesta/naptime make life like 8 times better? Melissa's old company had a nap room... my current company doesn't have that kind of culture really...

March 19, 2018

I sort of hate how "make sure you make a thumbnail with a person making a big reaction" is such a thing on youtube. I'm sure it's some part of social media marketing psychology 101 now, but, damn.
From my devblog, Graphic Designing in Code

March 18, 2018

Switching to using Safari on Mac more often, partially for battery-life reasons, partially because I think Apple is a bit less track-y. I've gotten used to Safari's "tabs should not have a maximum width" look, but the browser's autocomplete is notably worse - one time typos get stuck and show up again and again like a bad penny, ditto for if you happen to accidentally click on a half-baked autocomplete suggestion.

Also the typo-fixing mechanism is way too aggressive.

Poking around at least I found a way to display the entire URL. Hiding that and just showing the site name was a weird design default.

March 17, 2018

I think it's easy to forget the advances we've made in optical illusions over the last few decades. While some of these are surely computer assisted to generate, with most of them there's no reason to think an illustrator couldn't have done them a century ago. When you go to, say, a Ripley's Believe It or Not, a lot of the dank old 50s-era attractions hold up well, but their 2D optical illusions tend to be like "can you believe these two lines are the SAME LENGTH"?

as if losing Ryles (after Johnny D's) didn't suck enough, what the hell is this about??
For the first time in my life I noticed St Patrick's day is always a preview of the day of the week for my birthday. Huh.

Incidentally a while back I made a "figure the day of week for a date over years" toy tool :