Liked Ownership: The Creative Person’s Greatest Weapon Against Layoffs (Tedium: The Dull Side of the Internet.)

With disruption hitting the media industry acutely in 2024, now is the time to lean into owning your creative work. Have a say in your creative destiny.

While the internet struggles with collective action, every movement starts from a single action. If you’re a creative person, one of the most important actions you can take, full stop, is to take some ownership over your work. Maybe, if you want to have a financial upside, you can’t own all of it. Maybe you have to pick and choose what your ownership picture looks like. But own some of it. Make it yours.

Create for free. But create for yourself. Even if you don’t get paid for it at first. Because someday, you might.

Source: Create For Yourself by Ernie Smith

Liked My 100th blogpost in 10 years. (

Today is a significant milestone as I celebrate my 100th blog post! Looking back to where it all began a decade ago, with the encouragement …

Identity isn’t static; it’s a complex tapestry woven from personal and professional experiences, qualifications, personality traits, and values. Context and role responsibilities also play a significant role in shaping who we are. As I’ve navigated through different experiences and contexts over the years, I’ve watched my identity shift and evolve like a chameleon adapting to its surroundings. Change is inevitable, and it’s only natural that our identities evolve along with us.

Source: My 100th blogpost in 10 years by Andrea Stringer

Liked Elysium, elites, and elision by Doug Belshaw (

A post inspired by the UK government experimenting with AI tools, using the film ‘Elysium’ (2013) as a touchstone.

To be clear, I’m not against LLMs which are openly auditable providing quick answers to questions and to make the civil service more efficient. I am against the reductionist ‘logic’ of replacing civil servants with a black box which makes shit up.

Source: Elysium, elites, and elision by Doug Belshaw

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It’s not just about download sizes. I welcome high-speed internet as much as the next guy. But code — JavaScript — is something that your browser has to parse, keep in memory, execute. It’s not free. And these people talk about performance and battery life…

Call me old-fashioned, but I firmly believe content should outweigh code size. If you are writing a blog post for 10K characters, you don’t need 1000× more JavaScript to render it.

Source: JavaScript Bloat in 2024 @

via Tim Klapdor

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What makes this situation so ridiculous is that while we’re all watching for scammers attempting to imitate legitimate organisations, FedEx is out there imitating scammers! Here we are in the era of burgeoning AI-driven scams that are becoming increasingly hard for humans to identify, and FedEx is like “here, hold my beer” as they one-up the scammers at their own game and do a perfect job of being completely indistinguishable from them.

Source: Thanks FedEx, This is Why we Keep Getting Phished by Troy Hunt

Liked Leo Strauss [Straussian Approach] Leo Strauss Reading Center [2019] by 1princej (

According to Strauss, a person can only be called a great thinker if they are able to bring solutions to major challenges. Unlike great thinkers that directly deal with the challenges associated with human existence, scholars only come into play when it is time to weigh the difference in the methodology of various great thinkers.

Source: Leo Strauss & Straussian

Liked Pluralistic: How I got scammed (05 Feb 2024) by Cory DoctorowCory Doctorow (

I wuz robbed.

More specifically, I was tricked by a phone-phisher pretending to be from my bank, and he convinced me to hand over my credit-card number, then did $8,000+ worth of fraud with it before I figured out what happened. And then he tried to do it again, a week later!

Source: Pluralistic: How I got scammed (05 Feb 2024)

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In the end, what matters about music writing is exactly the same as what matters about music: It isn’t leading anywhere productive. Instead, it’s offering a break from the grind, a free zone for thought and a few glorious, rejuvenating moments of fun. This is a different kind of pleasure than the quick nervous kind TikTok brings, always moving on to another source of stimulus, always ratcheting up the competition for attention. Music writing says: Slow down. Pay attention. It witnesses the unfolding of meaning within measured time, and calls back to it.

Source: Pitchfork’s peril and the purpose of music journalism by Ann Powers

Liked Leaving the Nazi bar by Ben WerdmullerBen Werdmuller (

Think of the web as a series of living rooms. If you’re in my living room, I have the right to kick you out if you start being abusive to me or other people in the room. I get to set the rules in my space so that other people can feel safe to be there. Different people have different values, so their living rooms might have different rules. But I get to set mine.

I also get to decide which rooms I want to be in, and which rooms I want to invite other people into. I don’t have any interest in hanging out in a room with Nazis, and I certainly don’t have any interest in inviting my friends to hang out there with me. If I find that the owner of the living room allows people who make me or my friends feel unsafe — or, as is true in this case, pays them to hang out there, and makes money from their presence — I can use the law of two feet to leave.

Source: Leaving the Nazi Bar by Ben Werdmuller

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Liked Stuff we figured out about AI in 2023 (

2023 was the breakthrough year for Large Language Models (LLMs). I think it’s OK to call these AI—they’re the latest and (currently) most interesting development in the academic field of Artificial Intelligence that dates back to the 1950s.

Here’s my attempt to round up the highlights in one place!

Source: Stuff we figured out about AI in 2023 by Simon Willison

Liked Why Oblivion.University? by mbransonsmbransons (

This post is a component of my coursework at the CUNY Graduate Center in the M.S. in Data Analysis and Design, for a special topics course about Large Language Models taught by Professor Michelle A. McSweeney. I extend my gratitude to her and all my fellow students for embarking on this journey together, seeking to […]

Oblivion.University enables users to submit text-based work and questions for Dr. Oblivion’s AI-generated feedback. The feedback, presented in the form of an AI-generated video embed (currently audio only), undergoes a multi-step process. This process involves a fine-tuned LLM response, audio transformation using a voice clone, and video rendering with a lip-syncing generative model (the final step is currently only achievable offline).

Source: Why Oblivion.University? by Michael Branson Smith

Liked Pluralistic: What kind of bubble is AI? (19 Dec 2023) by Cory DoctorowCory Doctorow (

Once the bubble pops (all bubbles pop), AI applications will have to rise or fall on their actual merits, not their promise. The odds are stacked against the long-term survival of high-value, risk-intolerant AI applications.

The problem for AI is that while there are a lot of risk-tolerant applications, they’re almost all low-value; while nearly all the high-value applications are risk-intolerant. Once AI has to be profitable – once investors withdraw their subsidies from money-losing ventures – the risk-tolerant applications need to be sufficient to run those tremendously expensive servers in those brutally expensive data-centers tended by exceptionally expensive technical workers.

If they aren’t, then the business case for running those servers goes away, and so do the servers – and so do all those risk-tolerant, low-value applications. It doesn’t matter if helping blind people make sense of their surroundings is socially beneficial. It doesn’t matter if teenaged gamers love their epic character art. It doesn’t even matter how horny scammers are for generating AI nonsense SEO websites

Source: What kind of bubble is AI? by Cory Doctorow

Liked Google’s True Moonshot (Stratechery by Ben Thompson)

Google could do more than just win the chatbot war: it is the one company that could make a universal assistant. The question is if the company is willing to risk it all.

What, though, if the mission statement were the moonshot all along? What if “I’m Feeling Lucky” were not a whimsical button on a spartan home page, but the default way of interacting with all of the world’s information? What if an AI Assistant were so good, and so natural, that anyone with seamless access to it simply used it all the time, without thought?

Source: Google’s True Moonshot by @stratechery

Liked Why Not To Buy My New Book On Generative AI (Julian Stodd’s Learning Blog)

My new book, ‘Engines of Engagement: a curious book about Generative AI’ is published tomorrow. Pre-orders are already open, and it’s been really lovely to hear from people who have kindly already …

My new book, ‘Engines of Engagement: a curious book about Generative AI’ is published tomorrow. Pre-orders are already open, and it’s been really lovely to hear from people who have kindly already done so. We’ve even made it onto an Amazon bestseller list. The hardback book is really beautiful, and i’m very proud of it, but there is a compelling reason not to buy it. Because tomorrow, when it launches, it will also be available to download, for free, as an eBook.

Source: Why Not To Buy My New Book On Generative AI by @julianstodd

“Stephen Downes” in ~ Stephen’s Web ~ Why Not To Buy My New Book On Generative AI ()

Liked Pluralistic: “If buying isn’t owning, piracy isn’t stealing” (08 Dec 2023) by Cory DoctorowCory Doctorow ( Today’s links “If buying isn’t owning, piracy isn’t stealing”: When Big Content makes the paid version *worse* than the free one. Hey look at this: Delights to delectate. This day in history: 2003, 2008, 2018, 2022. Colophon: Recent pu…

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The Australian Framework for Generative AI in Schools (the Framework) seeks to guide the responsible and ethical use of generative AI tools in ways that benefit students, schools, and society. The Framework supports all people connected with school education including school leaders, teachers, support staff, service providers, parents, guardians, students and policy makers.

Source: Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Schools by Australian Government

“Stephen Downes” in ~ Stephen’s Web ~ The Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Schools ()

Liked The production of space and the changing character of the recording studio | Popular Music | Cambridge Core (Cambridge Core)

The propagation of low-cost music production technologies changes the way recording artists experience the spatial environments and technology of the recording studio. Concomitantly dwindling recording budgets have led to large-format studio closures. Many artists are choosing do-it-yourself (DIY) recording practices with the help of a producer, or self-produced, in non-purpose-built and domestic environments. This research seeks to understand the differences in creative agency and recording experience for performers in various recording environments. I use a practice-led approach to record performers in DIY recording spaces, large-format recording studios and a hybrid combination of both environments. I then use a Lefebvrian theoretical lens to analyse participant interviews and field notes. This research suggests that artist attitudes towards the choice of recording space are variable, with each participant preferring a different aspect of large-format and domestic spaces depending on which facet of those spaces they are considering. Despite this, the participants seem to experience DIY recording as broadly positive for creativity but respond with views that emphasise freedom from time constraints, a reclamation of power, fewer economic burdens and freedom to experiment. The research indicates that the DIY studio is emerging as a new paradigm in the recording field and defines the current era of music-making.