There's a new page about my favorite illustrators, a page about my Java games (although it's difficult to get Java applets to run in browsers nowadays), I've added a cake recipe (in Swedish), and there's a new image in the portfolio.
I've made some corrections to the site code; some minor functions are still missing, but as of this update, the site seems to be working more or less as it should, and I'll start concentrating on adding more content.
Also: It turns out I had forgotten to include the file responsible for saving portfolio image ratings. Go rate my portfolio images!
I received a package today! For the first time in a long while, I've ordered comics from Yesasia and Amazon, including Åsa Ekström's new book about culture clashes and misadventures in Japan. Now all I need to do is to learn these stupid languages.
I decided to switch to a new layout before everything was ready, partly to force myself to finally get it done, and partly to stress myself out for no good reason. Come back in a week or so, and I'll have much more content up. You should probably be celebrating Christmas now anyway.
“The city of Takikawa, Japan, deployed these robowolves to prevent bear attacks.
“FrankMocap provides state-of-the-art 3D pose estimation outputs for body, hand, and body+hands in a single system. The core objective of FrankMocap is to democratize the 3D human pose estimation technology, enabling anyone (researchers, engineers, developers, artists, and others) can easily obtain 3D motion capture outputs from videos and images.
“Open a new window somewhere in the world
“We show that temporal adversarial learning is key to achieving temporally coherent solutions without sacrificing spatial detail.
“Do the real thing and stop doing fake alternatives.
“I keep seeing all kinds of crazy reports about people's experiences with GPT-3, so I figured that I'd collect a thread of them.
Read manga in Japanese with instant translations.
“The German biologist Max Schultze, lying on his deathbed, observed, perhaps wistfully, that he was leaving a world where “all the important questions . . . had now been settled.” All of them, that is, “except the eel question.”
People caught eels in brooks, rivers, lakes, the sea. They also caught them, inexplicably, in ponds that dried out and refilled each year, and that had no access to other bodies of water. They couldn’t help but notice that the creatures seemed to have no ovaries, no testicles, no eggs, no milt. That they were never observed to mate.
When this last metamorphosis happens, the eel’s stomach dissolves—it will travel thousands of miles on its fat reserves alone—and its reproductive organs develop for the first time. In the eels of Europe, no one could find those organs because they did not yet exist.
That European eels come from the Sargasso Sea remains the official word of science. And yet no one has ever seen Anguilla anguilla mating anywhere, or so much as set eyes on a mature eel, living or dead, in the Sargasso Sea.
“You’re about to spend the next 25 minutes watching a guy solve a Sudoku. Not only that, but it’s going to be the highlight of your day.
Today's culture shock video: A Canadian stays in the Netherlands for a year and a half, realizes that during that time he hasn't seen a single car crash into a building, and finds that so puzzling that he decides to investigate.
Meanwhile, I've lived in Sweden all my life and I've never seen a car crash into a building. Crashing into buildings is ... not a thing that's supposed to happen.
tl;dw: In North America, streets in residential areas are built for speed, while in Northern Europe they're built for safety – drivers are assumed to be imperfect, streets are built to accommodate that, and if there is an accident, there is an investigation to find out if the street can be made safer.
“We're introducing Jukebox, a neural net that generates music, including rudimentary singing, as raw audio in a variety of genres and artist styles.
“This post is a list of fundamental changes we might see over the next years; some are soon and inevitable, others are unlikely long-term wishes for twenty years out.