Toot:

I feel like I should try and find something useful to do with Shortcuts on my Mac/iOS devices, but can't think of anything that I want to automate that badly. 🤷🏻‍♂️

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A worthwhile read by Dan McQuillan: We come to bury ChatGPT, not to praise it. I’ve played with ChatGPT a bit, and it’s kind of cool and interesting, albeit with a lot of obvious flaws, but so many people seem to be enamored of the new, shiny thing—or perhaps the chance to get rich off the new, shiny thing—without considering the harms it can cause.

Commentary that claims ‘ChatGPT is here to stay and we just need to learn to live with it’ are embracing the hopelessness of what I call ‘AI Realism’. The compulsion to show ‘balance’ by always referring to AI’s alleged potential for good should be dropped by acknowledging that the social benefits are still speculative while the harms have been empirically demonstrated.

For the record, I’m not saying we should abandon the technology or take sledgehammers to the servers, just that there should be more attention paid to the ethical implications of its use. (But like that’s going to happen when there’s money to be made.)

Retoot from Ricky Mondello:

Have we really not yet standardized a “lttp:” protocol for linking to resources from The Wayback Machine? You know, a link to the past.

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I’ve been playing with Raycast on my Mac and have quickly become a huge fan; it’s seamlessly replaced Magnet and LaunchBar (which are both fantastic pieces of software!) for me.

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I missed this in the swirl of other stuff going last week, but Boeing has delivered the final 747 to roll off the production line. The flight path for the maiden flight of the last “Queen of the Skies” to be built was a nice touch.

A section of the flight path for the last Boeing 747 to be delivered, showing '747' spelled out

Toot:

Spent some time at Five Iron working on my swing yesterday. Have never really played with TrackMan before… it's pretty cool (and kinda fun, too).

Activity: February 6 2023, 7:04amStill Going Easy

Another 15+2+15 concentrating on breathing, drills and cadence. Starting to feel like I’m getting back into a groove, but there’s still a lot (a LOT!) of training to be done.

A map showing the route of 'Still Going Easy'

Distance

5.6km 3.5mi

Time

31:57

Avg Pace

5:44/km 9:14/mi

Calories

359

Photo: February 3 2023, 7:05pmNegronis Terra and Antico @ Bar Pisellino

They weren’t both for me. 🙂

A photo by Cam titled 'Negronis Terra and Antico @ Bar Pisellino'

Activity: February 1 2023, 7:12amSlippery!

Just enough snow overnight to make it pretty slick this morning. Another easy 20 mins focusing on breathing drills… definitely easier than last week, but my respiration and heart rates are still a ways away from where they need to be.

A map showing the route of 'Slippery!'

Distance

3.5km 2.2mi

Time

20:01

Avg Pace

5:39/km 9:06/mi

Calories

229

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Ben asked “What’s the last book you read and loved?” — for me, Becky Chambers’ The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is the most recent standout… given everything going on in the world right now, the optimism and humanity in her writing is just what I need.

(Although I don’t think “humanity” is the right word when talking about a book with mostly alien characters? 🤷🏻‍♂️)

Activity: January 29 2023, 8:30amEasy 30

First 15 mins was concentrating on breathing and relaxing the shoulders, 2 mins of stretching and drills, then the second 15 mins was focused on foot strike and cadence.

A map showing the route of 'Easy 30'

Distance

5.7km 3.6mi

Time

31:55

Avg Pace

5:35/km 8:59/mi

Calories

375

Activity: January 27 2023, 7:00amAnother Day, Another 20

Similar to Wednesday’s run… just 20 easy mins, concentrating on breathing and trying to find a decent stride rhythm. Felt a lot better, too—didn’t feel like I was fighting myself as much.

Also, new shoes. 👟

A map showing the route of 'Another Day, Another 20'

Distance

3.8km 2.4mi

Time

20:01

Avg Pace

5:17/km 8:31/mi

Calories

247

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Filed under No shit, Sherlock—“Americans are increasingly disgruntled at work”.

Of note: Workers who were in jobs that could be done remotely, but were forced to work on-site saw an increase of 7 points in active disengagement.

Is anyone surprised by this? Anyone? Yeah, me neither. (And I say that as someone who actually enjoys the time I spend in the office.)

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I would probably class myself as “metaverse skeptical”… I am not strongly anti-, but I don’t think that the visions coming out of the big tech companies are compelling enough in any meaningful way to gain widespread adoption among non-tech folks, and think that making NFTs a “core component” of whatever the metaverse ends up being is a truly horrific idea. Having said that, I generally agree with the critiques raised in Gian Volpicelli’s article in WIRED, especially this bit:

The idea that everyone wants to make money—and spend money—while playing a video-game surely sounds attractive to the people making those games and selling digital tchotkes; some gamers beg to differ.

There’s a parallel here to the idea of car manufacturers making customers take out subscriptions to use features in the cars they’ve bought. If I’m paying for a game/car, I want to be able to fully utilize that game/car without being nickel-and-dimed to death.

Activity: January 25 2023, 7:10amEasy 20

Twenty minutes easy, concentrating on breathing drills (and relaxing my shoulders as I’m running). Not a great run, but not terrible, either.

A map showing the route of 'Easy 20'

Distance

3.6km 2.3mi

Time

20:01

Avg Pace

5:30/km 8:51/mi

Calories

259

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Setting aside the center-aligned text (🤢), the shipping notification email I received just now leaves a lot to be desired in terms of how informative it is.

Screen capture of an email that reads "Estimated delivery date: soon"

Retoot from WW2 Halfway Line:

38 years and 8 months ago, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the action-adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Harrison Ford, is released, closer to World War II than to today.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_S
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison

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WTF’ingF? This is bonkers, in the best possible way.

Photo: January 23 2023, 4:22pmPlay with me. Now!

A photo by Cam titled 'Play with me. Now!'

Activity: January 22 2023, 9:37amGarmin Fail

Trotted up to Central Park to see Neeraj run the Fred Lebow Half, but had a few stop/start fails in there, so am missing a significant chunk f the run. The best part of 18 months not using one’s Garmin will do that, I guess… as well as remembering how to run, I need to get that muscle memory back, too.

A map showing the route of 'Garmin Fail'

Distance

3.1km 2.0mi

Time

17:32

Avg Pace

5:34/km 8:58/mi

Calories

224