Month: December 2022

  • AI Only Makes You Think You Are Smarter

    AI Only Makes You Think You Are Smarter

    First, the usual disclaimer: there is no such thing as actual artificial intelligence A recent research paper has shown that programmers that use AI tools to help them code are actually hurting the quality of their code: “We found that participants with access to an AI assistant often produced more security vulnerabilities than those without…

  • 12 Songs of Christmas, BONUS: Worst Christmas Song Ever – Christmas Shoes

    12 Songs of Christmas, BONUS: Worst Christmas Song Ever – Christmas Shoes

    Each day until Christmas, I am going to write briefly about a Christmas song I enjoy. Because I can, that’s why. And I an unabashed corny dork. Except today. Today is about the most horrific Christmas song of all time.  Christmas Shoes is the most horrible, un-Christian Christmas song of all time. Not only is…

  • 12 Songs of Christmas: Happy Xmas

    12 Songs of Christmas: Happy Xmas

    Each day until Christmas, I am going to write briefly about a Christmas song I enjoy. Because I can, that’s why. And I an unabashed corny dork. Not much to say about this. People seem to love it or hate it, and since its on my list you can assume where I fall. It’s corny,…

  • 12 Songs of Christmas: Snoopy’s Christmas

    12 Songs of Christmas: Snoopy’s Christmas

    Each day until Christmas, I am going to write briefly about a Christmas song I enjoy. Because I can, that’s why. And I an unabashed corny dork. I feel the title of this song is a little misleading. It is not a story of a Snoopy helping Woodstock find the true meaning of Christmas, or…

  • 12 Songs of Christmas: St. Stephen’s Day Murders

    12 Songs of Christmas: St. Stephen’s Day Murders

    Each day until Christmas, I am going to write briefly about a Christmas song I enjoy. Because I can, that’s why. And I an unabashed corny dork. Because we have reached the point of the holiday season where we all dream of murdering our more annoying relatives. Or is that just me? Anyway, Elvis Costello…

  • 12 Songs of Christmas: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

    12 Songs of Christmas: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

    Each day until Christmas, I am going to write briefly about a Christmas song I enjoy. Because I can, that’s why. And I an unabashed corny dork. A classic. It has been argued that one of the reasons that Christianity spread through the Roman Empire where other mystery cults struggled was that Christianity offered a…

  • 12 Songs of Christmas: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

    12 Songs of Christmas: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

    Each day until Christmas, I am going to write briefly about a Christmas song I enjoy. Because I can, that’s why. And I an unabashed corny dork. Today’s song cannot really be called a Christmas song, but the fact that it is perfectly American. Baby, It’s Cold Outside is a song of seduction. It can be…

  • An Overly Sexualized Picture is Worth a Thousand AI Think Pieces

    An Overly Sexualized Picture is Worth a Thousand AI Think Pieces

    A popular program that crates AI generated avatars has a tendency to create nudes when you are a woman, especially a non-white woman: When I tried the new viral AI avatar app Lensa, I was hoping to get results similar to some of my colleagues at MIT Technology Review. The digital retouching app was first…

  • 12 Songs of Christmas: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

    12 Songs of Christmas: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

    Each day until Christmas, I am going to write briefly about a Christmas song I enjoy. Because I can, that’s why. And I an unabashed corny dork. This song single-handedly made a mediocre movie (Meet Me in St. Louis) a classic. It, and Judy Garland’s performance of it, are that good. I suspect that the…

  • 12 Songs of Christmas: Fairytale of New York

    12 Songs of Christmas: Fairytale of New York

    Each day until Christmas, I am going to write briefly about a Christmas song I enjoy. Because I can, that’s why. And I an unabashed corny dork. Some of the lyrics in this song have not aged well — I hope that “You sum bag you maggot/you cheap lousy f*ggot” if written today would keep…