Commentary, observations and discussions on different aspects of digital culture, and how it is affecting our everyday lives.
Sturgeon's law says 90% of everything is crap. With AI involved [keep reading...]
Every few months I review my approach to personal productivity. It keeps me fresh and offers a different perspective on how to organise my work. The change also stops the process from becoming stale.
My last iteration involved a Ninox based database that wasn't as easy to use as I hoped. Ever one to use whatever tools are freely available, I decided to adopt Apple Reminders. Reminders is a task app much the same as Microsoft's ToDo, or Google's Tasks. You add items to lists, which you can add notes, due dates and other bits of information to. It's freely available across the Apple [keep reading...]
I wasted an hour looking for something interesting to read.
Every page opened, every paragraph read was an incomprehensible nightmare. Stories didn't flow. Repetition interrupted thoughts. A mass of meaningless words thrown [keep reading...]
The July '23 issue of Glamour in Bulgaria features Lisa Opie in a shocking pink Barbie inspired outfit. Except it's a photo that was never taken. Instead it was generated in a machine.
As I understand it, Opie supplied a tonne of photos, which were used to train an AI and prompted to generate images. These were then vetted (check the hands - [keep reading...]
When I moved overseas I found myself in a swirl of "ex-pat social media". Join in, went the advice, interact with people. Connect with people on Twitter. And dutifully I obeyed.
Yet within a few weeks I realised the whole experience was dragging me down. I grew tired of reading about another misunderstanding with language. Another "top 10 tips to learn the culture". The general negativity that came with it. Conversations weren't. Like any other form of social media they were just people venting and expecting others [keep reading...]
I'm a bit worried about Bing's Image Creator. I tried to generate an image of a happy young girl and her father. After a couple of near misses, it finally decided it had detected content that goes against its own [keep reading...]
After weeks of speculation, it finally happened. With much fanfare, Meta launched its Twitter competitor - Threads - and the world of social media caught fire.
Within 24 hours of the app appearing, it had tens of millions of users. Countless words were written about how Musk's bizarre purchase of the Internet's town hall was finally unravelling. Some people yelled with joy. Others screamed with frustration. Most telling of all, "experts" in this new ecosystem promised to show you how [keep reading...]
After a week and a half away having fun, I opened Bing's image creator to see what "I" could come up with. What I found was some of my early creations had vanished.
It looks as if it keeps about 2 weeks worth of images, although I can't be certain. I will take a look back in a few days and [keep reading...]
With my Nokia Smartphone starting to look a little tired, thoughts turned to a new camera. I love my FujiFilm X-T20, but it can be a bit bulky and inconvenient. I wanted something small and compact, good enough for a bit of ad hoc snapping. Maybe some [keep reading...]
Once I was an avid people watcher and street photographer. I'd catch those quiet, yet public moments we so like to see and dwell on. I had walking routes and lenses and the skills to make a decent fist of it. Throw me in somewhere unfamiliar and I'd bag a shot [keep reading...]
34% of Generation Z have quit social media completely.
This stat is doing the rounds again and being used to justify everything from why mental health breaks are [keep reading...]
I think I’m going “selfie blind”.
I barely notice them now as they drift past the timeline.
Experience has taught me the post is likely to be self-indulgent, shallow and lacking in any real insight. The poster is chasing “engagement” through pithy self-revelation that lacks any meaning or depth. Far more effective if they happen to be young, “conventionally attractive”, female.
There’s more insight in the posts that share charts, illustrations and photos of work completed.
Which begs the question…