Month: January 2023

  • It’s Okay the Tell the Truth About the Dead: Or Bobby Hull Sucked

    It’s Okay the Tell the Truth About the Dead: Or Bobby Hull Sucked

    Bobby Hull was a great hockey player.  Bobby Hull was a Nazi.  Bobby Hull beat his wife.   Bobby Hull died yesterday. All of those things are true, and they should all be said now that Hull has passed away.   Instead, we get pablum and obfuscation, lies by omission.  We pretend that politeness or…

  • Women, Contracts, Dowries, Murder, and Survival in Early Modern Germany. Or Novel Ideas Better than a Knight with a Working Iron Hand.

    Women, Contracts, Dowries, Murder, and Survival in Early Modern Germany. Or Novel Ideas Better than a Knight with a Working Iron Hand.

    As I was researching Gotz von Berlichingen and his hand made of iron in early modern Germany as a potential basis for a novel, I ran into something I found even more interesting: widows clawing back their dowries in order to keep their businesses alive. In much of early modern Germany, woman in many industries…

  • Debugging Your Life or How Not to be Matt Tabbi

    Gimme Schlatter is scared that growing ld inevitably means turning into a conservative crank like the artist behind Lil’ Abner and Matt Tabbi That Taibbi believes he’s found what he’s looking for? That he thinks bog-standard emails between Twitter content mods prove that people under 40 aren’t nearly as radical or influential as the Internet…

  • CNET’s AI Is a Plagiarist

    CNET’s AI Is a Plagiarist

    Not only did CNET shadily pass off AI generated text as staff written material, that material seems to have been a plagiarist as well: Now, a fresh development may make efforts to spin the program back up even more controversial for the embattled newsroom. In addition to those factual errors, a new Futurism investigation found extensive evidence…

  • It’s A Product, not a Platform.  And It Can Be Sued

    It’s A Product, not a Platform. And It Can Be Sued

    Seatle Schools are taking an approach I think we will see more and more of: “Defendants have maximized the time users—particularly youth—spend on their platforms by purposely designing, refining, and operating them to exploit the neurophysiology of the brain’s reward systems to keep users coming back, coming back frequently, and staying on the respective platforms…

  • Humanities Will Not Save Education

    Humanities Will Not Save Education

    This post feels a little bit like kicking a person when they are down, but I think the recent discussion of the death of humanities is missing something. It is important to note that many areas of humanities are being gutted, and that this is a real and important loss to higher education and society…

  • Apple Just Ended Audio Book Narration Jobs

    Apple Just Ended Audio Book Narration Jobs

    We are not ready for the future Audiobooks narrated by a text-to-speech AI are now available via Apple’s Books service, in a move with potentially huge implications for the multi-billion dollar audiobook industry. Apple describes the new “digital narration” feature on its website as making “the creation of audiobooks more accessible to all,” by reducing “the cost and…

  • On Getting an Agent.  Or Not.  (It’s Gonna Be Not.)

    On Getting an Agent. Or Not. (It’s Gonna Be Not.)

    This is mostly a navel gazing post, but I thought some people might find the process and thoughts on it interesting. Or not. I recently sent my fourth completed novel out on query in hopes of attracting an agent. This is the second novel I have attempted to get representation for. The first, got one…

  • I Don’t Want to Live an Algorithmic Life

    I Don’t Want to Live an Algorithmic Life

    I use Spotify to listen to podcasts largely because it used to have a very simple podcast interface. I told it that I wanted to see the most recent podcasts at the top of library every day and viola, at the top of my feed where the latest podcasts. But recently, that seems to have…