• How L.A. Noire Conquered The Uncanny Valley With Aussie Technology Depth Analysis (Gizmodo Republish)

    With the shuttering of Gizmodo Australia, I’m pulling a few of my favourite articles over here for safekeeping. Hopefully this won’t upset any of the Copyright Gods, as I don’t own the Copyright. But given the current owners are shuttering the publication I want to make sure this stuff isn’t lost … read more

  • Red Dead Redemption Hands On: So I Want To Be A Cowboy (Gizmodo republish)

    With the shuttering of Gizmodo Australia, I’m pulling a few of my favourite articles over here for safekeeping. Hopefully this won’t upset any of the Copyright Gods, as I don’t own the Copyright. But given the current owners are shuttering the publication I want to make sure this … read more

  • I want to go back and republish a handful of my Gizmodo articles here so they don’t disappear from the Internet. Discovered that some have lost my byline already, which sucks.

  • Thoughts on the end of Gizmodo Australia

    I wrote a thing on Linked about Pedestrian’s decision to shutter Gizmodo (and other titles). Because I don’t trust the algorithm, I’m going to post it here as well: Some memories fade with time. Others stand out, clear despite the intervening years. I remember my 28th birthday … read more

  • Went for a walk and a coffee in the Botanic Gardens yesterday. Just after we saw these kangaroos, we came across a guy holding a GoPro camera. He came up to us and asked us (with a European accent of some description) if we had seen any kangaroos, and when we told him we had and pointed out where we had seen them, he excitedly exclaimed, “awesome!”

    I hope he saw them, I’m still thinking about him.

  • I just published my 100th product review on BTTR. Gonna have a little party on my own tonight to celebrate.

  • So BTTR seems to have a problem with the Rest API today and I have no idea how to fix it. Or why it decided to bug out on me. Let’s see what the tech support guy says.

  • Went to the opening of the new Nepean river walk at Camden today. It was a really gorgeous day for it, and a really nice walk.

    Got to watch the gliders come in to land at Camden airport as well.

    The Nepean river lookout on the new walk at Camden, with trees in the foregroundPart of the new walk, with a tiny glider in the sky coming to land in the distance. The Nepean river lookout again where it connects with a creek and trees in the foregroundAnother spot to stop by the Nepean river on the walk. Art poles in a field on the walk.

  • We’ve had to replace our car’s windscreen for the past two years. Fortunately, our insurance offers one free windscreen replacement a year.

    Over the past week, we have suddenly had three (!) new chips appear in the windscreen. Insurance renewal is due next week.

    Coincidence or fate?

  • Just phenomenal stuff here, folks. Every time someone like me reports on Google’s AI getting something wrong, we’re training the AI to be wronger.

    Elizabeth Lopatto,  Google still recommends glue for your pizza, The Verge

    I really can’t wait for all the AI hype to die off. Sure, there are situations where AI can be helpful, but most of it is just crap, and the lofty promises of the technology will likely never become reality.

    But I particularly want the idea of AI in search results to die. It’s a completely inappropriate use of the technology, given it can’t (and will likely never will be able to) discern fact from fiction.

  • Loved the first two episodes of The Acolyte. It’s so good to see. New side of Star Wars that doesn’t involve the Empire or Skywalkers

  • I ate all of this. It was incredible.

    Doughnuts covered with chocolate fudge and strawberries.
  • Tried out a (new?) dumpling bar in Camden for lunch today and they were delicious.

    Dumplings
  • Won #StarWarsTheCloneWars on 2024-06-08 with 3 players 🎲

  • Had to walk down the shops, and it looks like we had a fair amount of rain.

    Local playground that’s quite flooded&10;
  • Had the hot water replaced today. Moved from gas to heat pump. Hoping it will save us some dollarydoos and be better for the environment.

  • A bird just flew into the window in front of my desk and scared the hell out of me.

  • Finished reading: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) by Suzanne Collins 📚

    Not as good a story as the original trilogy, but I think maybe better written.

  • Thoughts on musical tastes

    Now I’ve passed the halfway point in my listen through of the top 100 albums on Apple Music, I was reflecting on the types of music I like and why. I don’t like hip-hop. I never really have. And I think that’s because for me, good music captures emotion. That’s partially … read more

  • So now that Apple Music has finished announcing its top 100 albums, I just want to say how crap I think the list is.

    No Foo Fighters Colour and the Shape. No Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet. No Pearl Jam Ten.

    I’ll keep listening through them, but I think Apple’s methodology was massively broken.