west coast travels 

i watched Malignant (lol) and now I want to see the Seattle Underground—should i go to Seattle too just to go on a Seattle Underground tour? (Current plans are SF and Portland and then back to the east coast)

writing about ai 

i think what annoys me the most are the people who are credulous for the sake of an argument. Sorry to break the news that Bina48 is not becoming conscious anytime soon and it's a little ridiculous to talk about that project as something more futuristic than say, barbra streisand's cloned dogs

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writing about ai 

trying to write a piece about AI that says something new about AI and it's incredible how stuck in 2014 the conversation is: chatbots, singularity, Sophia the robot, biased algorithms etc... the references, the arguments—all of it is just the same old shit that's a few years away from becoming retro

The Other Two 

one very underrated aspect of it being 2021, is it’s now possible watch comedy tv shows and not hear racist homophobic mean-spirited bullshit (that was never even ever funny but just there to shock people??)

this one is really really good. Witty and cute and absurd (and not mean!!) I needed something chill and delightful and this is just that.

havent had a good night sleep in four years (4 days) and i am not getting Good email this week just Bad email. arghh :sadcowblob:

ET 

i've seen people comment on the small messy house in this movie — as opposed to McMansions in kids movies now — and that feels like an extension of the general kindness of the movie. The house is real and approachable — not aspirational or too good for you.

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ET 

watching this for the first time in forever and blown away but just how kind this movie is.
I want movies now that are kind and original like this and not just ironic pastiche reverse-engineered reconstructions like Stranger Things.

early internets writings 

another book idea. someone (not me) should write a biography of Vint Cerf.

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early internets writings 

i spent the weekend reading everything I could find about ARPANET & NSFNT. there's not a lot to read, it's mostly confusingly written (w/ exception of Wizards That Stay Up Late)—which means I'm still confused about a lot of it. there's a massive opportunity right now for someone (not me) to write about what networks existed in late 70s and early 80s (BBS, Usenet, MUDs, etc), who was on them and how they overlapped. And then how that gave way to (capital I) INTERNET

hacf 

one of my all time favs but i appreciate the pilot even more now having recently read up on the history of Texas Instruments, Tandy, etc. just incredible attention to detail wrt to period and region

consumerism/leggings recommendation 

These Sweaty Betty leggings (yes, it's the most annoying brand name possible) just came in the mail and I love them.

Marked way down to $33 and they still seem to have all sizes left (i sized up since there's an adjustable waist band) nordstromrack.com/s/sweaty-bet

west coast travel sorta booked 

I'm now definitely going to be in SF on Oct 5th and then possibly in Portland or LA or both a week after that. my extreme hermit-like existence is finally coming to an end 😎

august scaries 

this august really is like 31 days of sunday scaries in a row.

feeling it pretty hard this week! for the first time all year i have not been rushing to meet deadlines and instead of kicking back and taking advantage of this moment of calm; all i can think about is what terrible possible fate awaits me, particularly.

lmao at the cool gradient jacket design. like...

Henry Kissinger x Eric Schmidt x SUPREME f/w21

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Enlightened 

rewatching and wow did this capture the liberal white person political mood of 2011. blown away by the scripts which cover so much in 30 minutes while breezy and loose and never too cynical.

It also feels like a rare authentic representation of what it's like to live and work in the suburbs as an adult.

I'm kinda mixed on White Lotus but I loved Brad's Status which felt similarly loose but also confrontational for the right reasons

Portland me impressions 

Theoretically it could be a great place to live. It’s really nicely laid out with lots of good coffee shops and there’s a beautiful promenade by the water with bike trails and lovely places to sit. But! From memorial to Labor Day, apparently—it’s just like Crumbert Crompet Walker Bush VIII types strolling around and driving like idiots until they arrive at their compounds

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Portland me impressions 

Coming here in the summer clarifies a lot for me. Off season it’s just weird but in the summer it’s loaded with the worst kind of rich. I had lunch in a vegan place where on one side was an old guy with a surfer voice talking about Jack Dorsey and why he invested in Square and at the other table was a woman and her nephew literally scheming about their inheritances

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Portland me impressions 

Massachusetts has the worlds worst drivers but people in Portland drive like they are rich. Just now some woman swerved into the parking spot at Trader Joe’s I was about to take like she is living off Apple stock dividends (probably is)

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