Wednesday, July 6, 2022
In machine learning, what we've always found is that the more end to end you can make it the better the system. And it's probably because you know, in the end, the system is better at learning what the constraints are than we are as the human designers at specifying it.
— Demis Hassabis, "Demis Hassabis: DeepMind - AI, Superintelligence & the Future of Humanity | Lex Fridman Podcast #299"
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
This set me to thinking: what was it that she valued so much? Was it the way the drawing mimicked a regular dollar bill? or the fact that she'd sat and watched me do all the work? or that it somehow succeeded as a drawing in communicating something?
— J. S. G. Boggs via Lawrence Weschler, Boggs: A Comedy of Values
Monday, July 4, 2022
That's not true.
— Lily after I showed her a picture on @blowing.up.history of a woodpecker flying with a weasel on its back (photographed by Martin Le-May)
Sunday, July 3, 2022
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Denzer 🎉
Saturday, July 2, 2022
— E adding an improved line after A read "and instill in them the value of learning and..."*
Friday, July 1, 2022
What dream did you pick out?
— Kathleen telling us the question she asks people before they get sedated
Thursday, June 30, 2022
[cut to hors d'oeuvres]
— An addition David made to the ceremony script
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
I hate to be a stickler, but why is Jesus wearing a cross?
— @chipfranklin tweet over painting of Jesus wearing a cross necklace
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
It's so unfair.
— Lily on baby bird being all alone but he has to fly
Monday, June 27, 2022
I love drooling though.
— Lily on naps
Sunday, June 26, 2022
@norcalgidget his comment is intentionally ambiguous or we would have been more specific. Words mean things, context in this case should be unnecessary.
— @debbiemillman replying to @norcalgidget's Instagram comment "No. He is not wanting to bring back segregation. What he is pointing out that the court can decide one way and years later correct that wrong decision with a new one. Roe took the states/elections inability to make a decision on abortion. Dobbs brings the power back to the states. Brings the power to actually elected people. Not just a group of white guys who made the decision without an actual vote from the people. Just how Plessy saw people as sub-human, and it was corrected it's Brown. Roe saw babies as "blobs of tissues" and was corrected by Dobbs in seeing babies as humans also protected under the law. He is not calling for segregation." which was a reply to @debbiemillman's Instagram post of a screenshot of @JohnCornyn's tweet "Now do Plessy vs Ferguson/Brown vs Board of Education." which was over a retweet of @BarackObama's tweet "Today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues—attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans." which @debbiemillman captioned "Folks this is real and this is happening. He wants to bring back SEGREGATION. Please TEXANS vote this devil off the face of the earth. How is this happening???? How? 🤬"
Saturday, June 25, 2022
As a society, we don’t often discuss our differences of opinion as openly, regularly, healthily, or with as much curiosity as we might. But how we harbor our differences of opinion can be the difference between fostering a community in which respect, dignity, and heterogeneous thinking are the norm and a community that silences, shuns, ignores, or demeans.
It strikes me that it is at precisely times like this when we should reaffirm our commitment to not only being in productive community with each other despite our differences—profound as they sometimes are—but also a commitment to actively seeking to understand another’s point of view. In seeking to understand, I believe, we deepen our knowledge, fortitude, and pathways for change-making. What I’m talking about is not abstract but concrete.
— Crystal Williams, "Message from the President | SCOTUS and Being in Dialogue"
Friday, June 24, 2022
The last person who could read hieroglyphics died.
— Elon Musk, "Elon Musk on Life, The Universe and Everything: Interview Part 2"
Thursday, June 23, 2022
I think it was Mark Twain who said "I was dead for billions of years before I was born and never suffered the smallest inconvenience."
— Richard Dawkins, "Richard Dawkins: Evolution, Intelligence, Simulation, and Memes | Lex Fridman Podcast #87"
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
My intuition, not even thinking, why you could be wrong, is the same intuition I have about any sort of physicist, like string theory, that we as humans desire for a clean explanation, and 100 years from now, intellegent systems might look back at us and laugh at how we tried to get rid of the whole mess by having simple explanation, when the reality is it's way messier and infact it's impossible to understand, you can only build it. It's like this idea of complex systems, cellular automata. You can only launch the thing, you can not understand it.
— Lex Fridman, "Jeff Hawkins: The Thousand Brains Theory of Intelligence | Lex Fridman Podcast #208"
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
The marking was done on the back of the ballot with skimmed milk.
— William L. Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
Monday, June 20, 2022
Quilts look better when you have a lot of them.
— Joanna S. Rose, www.internationalquiltmuseum.org
Sunday, June 19, 2022
The process of creating elongated coins is legal in the United States, South Africa and parts of Europe. In the United States, U.S. Code Title 18, Chapter 17, Section 331 prohibits "the mutilation, diminution and falsification of United States coinage." The foregoing statute, however, does not prohibit the mutilation of coins, if the mutilated coins are not used fraudulently, i.e., with the intention of creating counterfeit coinage or profiting from the base metal (the pre-1982 copper U.S. cent which, as of 2010, is worth more than one cent in the United States). Because elongated coins are made mainly as souvenirs, mutilation for this purpose is legal.
— "Elongated coin," Wikipedia
Saturday, June 18, 2022
“Mike Pence had absolutely no choice but to be a human conveyor belt,” Mr. Trump said.
— Maggie Haberman, "A Day After a Portrait of Pence in Danger, Trump Attacks Him Again," The New York Times
Friday, June 17, 2022
A currency-destroying hammer that was used to remove paper currency or sensitive documents from public circulation.