December 9th before the sunset

Sun setting behind clouds and over snowy trees and rooftops

One more pic, it is ridiculous how sun makes everything look pretty

snowy rooftop opening over buildings, forest, open sky and sun

December 9th, Helsinki

view over snowy Helsinki. Clouds, snowy trees and rooftopssnow on a roof top, pipes blowing a faint wisp of steam

December 8th, 2022 in Helsinki

snowy path through a snowy forestcity lights shining behind a small waterfall surrounded by snowsnowy bridge leading to snowy trees and distant housessnowy bridge, snowy trees, seasonal lights piercing through the snow forest

I never realised hair rollers are still a thing before my daughters started using them for curling the hair. Feels like something consumer capitalism could have made obsolete?

Our family chat during ⚽️ comes with a very high xD (expected dad jokes) value.

Fozzie bear doing waka-waka dot gif

Poor USA, deserved more from the first half

Less light, still amazing out there

view over city lights, sparkling clouds over it all view over city lights, sparkling clouds over it all

There was a wonderful light today. For like 60 minutes total 😅

sun setting down among clouds over a forest and city skyline

Most Patreon/similar projects would benefit from a yearly business option (of course, only if the content is usable for businesses as well).

I am much happier paying someone $200 (one expense report) a year than $5 a month (12 expense reports)

NaNoGenMo 2022 Result

This is my #NaNoGenMo results blog post. See the actual book here: Dragon’s Heart generated with davinci-003 algorithm

I like the opening paragraph a lot:

The stars had been twinkling in the night sky for centuries, but none had seen the sign of the coming storm. On that fateful night, a powerful force stirred in the darkness, setting in motion events that would soon draw heroes from near and far.

That one I picked from earlier generation and kind of ran with it. There is no smarts or some sort of a story state here, I am just feeding GPT-3 some initial parameters and then either what just became before or a prompt from preselected list of prompts. Because I am not shepherding the GPT-3 very closely, it often forgets that it is supposed to be writing a fantasy book. There are long excerpts of prose text about modern stuff and earlier versions even often ended up generating long stretches of programming code. Turns out, the algorithm really wants to turn white space prompts into code.

There are two books, one with the best algorithm and one with the second best algorithm. The very simple, ugly Python code is also available in that repository:

Dragon’s Heart generated with curie-001 algorithm This has perhaps even more impressive beginning:

The stars had been twinkling in the night sky for centuries, but none had seen the sign of the coming storm. apollo had seen it, and so had virgo, but they had both kept silent, knowing that it should not be spoken of. When all the other gods finally heard about the impending conflict, they gathered together and debated what to do. Aquarius, the water bearer, argued for diplomacy, but augustus, the city god, wanted to wage war.

Jupyter notebook for the generator

I’d say results are kind of silly, and I am a bit underwhelmed with the books. With stronger mentoring GPT-3 probably could write a passable generated book, but it would require a whole lot more guiding structures from the generator. Preferably, there was a locally runnable version that could be taught in separation to meet goals and it would be nice to have a separate “world state” that guided the generation.

Looking for 2023 and seeing how this same code performs perhaps with a new GPT-3 like tool (GPT-4?)

How do I verify my micro.blog hosted blog.timokoola.com for Mastodon? I.e. where do I add the link?

Ok, final stretch of #NaNoGenMo, I am spitting out something with 50000 words today, even if I am not happy with what I have, wish me luck

Kids are so boring. Apparently I am not allowed buy things like this for Christmas

reindeer shaped christmas lights size of a small dog

Ooh!

GENUARY returns! GENUARY is an artificially generated month of time where we build code that makes beautiful things.

GENUARY 2023 –

Making a note of this for later:

Setting up a screen reader testing environment on your computer

Setting up a screen reader testing environment on your computer – Sara Soueidan, inclusive design engineer

Days you get to handcraft SVGs are often the better days, maybe even the best days

I wonder why does German have “Mittwoch”, while Swedish and English (and many other related languages) have words from completely different root: “Onsdag”, “Wednesday”?

My favourite CSS resource Relearn CSS layout: Every Layout is on Black Friday sale with code BIBLE_BLACK. Highly recommended ebook/website that explains how to create fundamental layouts using modern CSS capabilities.

Read The Age of Social Media Is Ending - The Atlantic (behind a soft paywall) by Ian Bogost and I agree with the main premise – people are not supposed to connect to all of humanity all the time. It is not healthy nor is it sustainable.

Helsinki area has a lot of World War I era trenches and fortifications that luckily never were needed. These are from Pitäjänmäki, near where I live

snowy forest and an old trenchsnowy forest and an old trench

If I was to move over a rule from another sport to football (⚽️), I would steal the short corner from Bandy to balance out the overly effective penalty shots. Short corners are given from the corner of penalty box on the goal line as free-kicks.

With current rules any infraction worth a free-kick inside the penalty box is a penalty. It can often turn a play with no goal threat to a 0.7xG chance. With short corner rule penalties would be given for infractions in situations that have an immediate goal threat and anything else would be a short corner free-kick

I think the discussion about social media still exaggerates the popularity of Twitter. For sure it had the loudest discussions but it never reached the level of Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok, or even more closed instant messaging platforms in numbers (activity, revenue or number of users). Heck, in Finland, Twitter loses to many of the old style discussion boards and to comments sections of the big newspapers.

I feel that question “what replaces Twitter” is misplaced. Twitter never proved it could be long term sustainable. For most people they have the place already to meet people and for the Twitter diaspora it is a choice between going to popular platforms or embracing places like Mastodon or micro.blog.

I know what I will choose, I am happy with the audience of about one (myself) for my content and I am happy that I will never go viral.

Future Ancient Tech

Every now and then I think about those sci-fi stories where they discover forgotten advanced tech that just whirls and hums and then starts to work when the protagonists appear. Thinking how hard it would be pull off.

I can barely imagine building something that would wake up after twenty years (say, raspberry pi with some extremely simple HW functions, e-ink display and a power source(?)). How to make something like that last for centuries or millennia? I come back to this idea more often nowadays.

I’ve written embedded software that is likely to be running still in 2040’s, but device it runs on might get replaced many times over time, and the power is not an issue in that context.

desert sand, rocks and an unrecognizable computing device, generated with dall-e prompt “ancient mysterious device waking up among ruins found by future archaeologists “

Had a realization I could build up bots with pretty much any tech that spoke ActivityPub 🤔🤔🤔🤔. Need to test this idea

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