APPLE’S FOUNDATION SERIES IS YET ANOTHER INSULT TO INTELLIGENCE

CINEMA / PHYSICS / REVIEWS / 2024-07-15

Have you ever put on a sock inside-out? How about “lost 10 kg just by thinking about it”? That’s how Apple’s Foundation’s Black Hole Jump Drive™ feels to someone who understands physics: “black hole” is a spur-of-the moment, unfortunate misnomer of John Archibald Wheeler  + 

CIVIL WAR IN AMERICA, THROUGH A HIPSTER’S LENS

CINEMA / JOURNALISM / PHOTOGRAPHY / REVIEWS / 2024-05-25

“Civil War” is a must-watch, especially for the fellow Americans. Even the normal ones. Not exclusively the A24 investment finance type of Americans with seed money from Guggenheim Partners, Bank of America, J.P. Morgan and SunTrust. I wish my dad would have given me a  + 

DO YOU LIKE TO WATCH OTHERS DIE IN THE SAND DUNES?

CINEMA / POLITICS / RELIGION / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2024-05-22

Dune — the book, the films… especially the latest ones — are about violence as the only virtue. On a real planet with a real war in a real Europe, killing and maiming real people as you read this, dismembering civilians and mercenaries alike in the most horrific ways… People watch  + 

THERE IS NO TRUTH

JOURNALISM / PHILOSOPHY / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2024-05-01

We acknowledge there are many different truths. I’m certain that the truth exists for you and probably for the person sitting next to you. But this may not be the same truth. This is because many people merge facts about the world with our beliefs  + 

WHERE ARE ALL THE SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE?

ECONOMICS / ENVIRONMENT / POLITICS / ESSAYS / 2024-04-18

Our current economic system does not serve humans well. As a community (fighting cruel wars in XXI centuries) or as the individual (born to compete against others, running through kindergarten to nursing home on SSRIs, painkillers and Ritalin)  + 

IS IT OK FOR YOUR GIRLFRIEND TO ELBOW-KICK YOU IN THE PLEXUS?

CINEMA / SOCIETY / REVIEWS / 2024-04-01

Have I missed something? Is it now normal for white, post-doc women to elbow-kick their love interest and colleague in the solar plexus? And a black male one at that? In a jaw-dropping scene of a Netflix series viewed worldwide? And the man passively folds in half, choking,  + 

THE CONSTELLATION SERIES IS A CONSTERNATION

CINEMA / EDUCATION / PHYSICS / SOCIETY / REVIEWS / 2024-03-31

Hats off to the colleagues at Haut et Court for pooling in an impressive amount of resources and talent to shoot the “Constellation” series for Apple+. However, the end result turned out as a pseudo sci-fi light-horror semi-drama that toys with quantum mechanics in low Earth orbit  + 

DOES ANYONE CARE HOW YOU LOOK, DAY-TO-DAY?

GADGETS / PSYCHOLOGY / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2024-03-19

Wear the same outfit for a month to notice that no one notices. If it’s clean — no one cares. Even if your jeans got holes. Even if you’re a woman, certain that you need a new dress and a matching handbag every day. People  + 

STRUGGLING ARTIST? GIVE AWAY YOUR WORK FOR FREE.

ART THEORY / ECONOMICS / SOCIETY / OUTSIDE NEWS / 2024-01-02

Yann Le Cunn, a Chief AI Scientist at Meta, writes that only a few book authors make significant money from book sales, so most books should be freely available for download. The lost revenue for authors would be small, and the benefits to society large by comparison.  + 

STUDY BIOLOGY OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES

BIOLOGY / ECONOMICS / JOURNALISM / ESSAYS / 2023-12-30

We’ve had opposite extremes — capitalists & communists, Adam Smithians & Karl Marxists — completely miss the obvious. Humans are not rational, deterministic “utility functions” optimizing for individual or collective “good”. Free markets’ invisible hand will correct?  + 

FIGMA AND ADOBE CANCEL MERGER!

BUSINESS / WEB DESIGN / OUTSIDE NEWS / 2023-12-18

Woha! Very unexpected reversal. Figma and Adobe have abandoned their proposed merger, after facing regulatory hurdles in Europe and the UK in particular, where the Competition and Markets Authority rightly determined the deal “would harm the design software market”  + 

CALLING ELVIS, ANYBODY HOME?

ENVIRONMENT / POLITICS / SOCIETY / OUTSIDE NEWS / 2023-12-16

Have you received “the call” from COP28′s final plenary assembly to “transition away from fossil fuels in a just, orderly and equitable manner”? No? Why not? By the way, the UNFCC gives us a 67% chance of limiting global temperature rise to 2°C, if global  + 

THE SLOW DEATH OF FILM FESTIVALS?

CINEMA / OUTSIDE NEWS / 2023-11-30

The Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival will be reducing the number of programs in its competitions. The National selection will go from 12 to 10 programs, and the International from 14 to 12. The second-largest French film festival, in terms of number of spectators  + 

THREATENING YOUR CUSTOMERS TO FORCE A PURCHASE IS A BAD IDEA

MARKETING / RUNNING / REVIEWS / 2023-11-26

Even online, the French struggle with “customer service”. A retailer of running shoes, i-Run, has been sending me monthly e-mails warning that the €8.29 credit I had after buying from them will expire today, if I do not re-order immediately. They’ve just sent me a  + 

I’M A CONSUMER, WHAT’S WRONG WITH THAT?

ECONOMICS / SOCIAL MEDIA / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2023-10-25

“I’m a consumer, what’s wrong with that?” The way you consume? The quantity? The fact that luck gave you an opportunity to NOT be an animal, to use that neocortex to create a better world, maybe?  + 

ODESSA’S DESTRUCTION OF UNESCO HERITAGE SITES

ARCHITECTURE / POLITICS / ESSAYS / OUTSIDE NEWS / 2023-09-27

As of 13 September 2023, UNESCO has verified damage to 289 cultural sites in Ukraine: 120 religious buildings, 27 museums, 109 buildings of historical and/or artistic interest, 19 monuments, 13 libraries… In Odessa alone, a city near and dear to me from childhood  + 

ADOBE, SHUTTERSTOCK AND NOW GETTY OFFER THE SAME GENERATIVE AI “ART”

COMPUTERS / ECONOMICS / OUTSIDE NEWS / 2023-09-25

Today, “Generative AI by Getty Images” launched on an NVIDIA Edify / Picasso framework, trained on Getty’s own stock of photographs. Same as previously done by Adobe. And Shutterstock. And… Send me an e-mail when you need a one-of-a-kind, human-made  + 

ART VS LIMITLESS’ MONEY, SEX & POWER… WHO’D WIN?

CINEMA / ECONOMICS / FINANCE / SOCIETY / REVIEWS / 2023-09-18

Fascinating how the film “Limitless” by Neil Burger starring Bradley Cooper paints a dreamy picture of a struggling artist with an external solution to everything — a pill, stolen by the artist — to be used by the artist to pursue: 1) money 2) sex 3) power… and his art?  + 

HOW TRILINGUAL IS CHATGPT IN 2023?

COMPUTERS / LINGUISTICS / REVIEWS / 2023-09-05

What would a trilingual like myself do with a ChatGPT? Torture it with correspondence tests, of course. Here’s the result: 🤪 ChatGPT: If we were to use English proficiency as a base and attribute a numerical score of 100 to it, I would rank my  + 

$100 TO READ AND BACKUP MY OWN TWEETS. PER MONTH.

SOCIAL MEDIA / OUTSIDE NEWS / REVIEWS / 2023-08-24

Oh, now Twitter asks me to pay 100 USD per month to read and backup my own tweets on my server. Since early July 2023, I can no longer GET my own posts, sort them into 3 distinct languages and store them in my own  + 

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