— Member-guided assistance and accountability I view this blog and its ancillary things as a place of deprogramming. Above all else. … Do you know why I generally eschew using the “Red-Pill” metaphor? The red pill and blue pill represent a choice between the willingness to learn a potentially unsettling or life-changing truth by taking the red pill or……...Read More
— A Mean Post; Turning Points; Biker Photos; Harley-Davidson, Gear, Flying, and Video… Greetings from Pratamnak Hill, Chonburi, Thailand, on Sunday, June 25, 2023. Prelude I got this comment on my RFK Jr. post. I thought that it, and my reply, would make a decent prelude to this “you’re so mean” Sunday Scribbles. Great piece……...Read More
— "...and as I've demonstrated, I keep on-top of this shit AF."
I usually write a blog post and then pump it out to the 5000+ email list. Subscribe here. In this case, I went ahead and just got the info out there first and am now following up with an expanded, prettier blog post. Shortly after I'd initiated the sending of the email and was gathering to draft this post, email dings.
Maybe a new member subscription?
Nope. A cancelation.
It's the thanks you get, sometimes, when you add objective value in some direction. While this isn't turning into "The AI Blog," it reinforces that it's not all and only about what any given member's prime motivation for subscribing might have been...be it Paleo, gut bugs, potato hacks, ketotardedness, Jimmy Moore's a fatass, young Asian pussy...etc. etc. Some people are like that.
Single issue. Always and forever.
I'm clearly of the evolve-or-die type and though my initial assessments of AI were uniformly negative, laughing, and mocking over wokeness,* I quickly found that there's a cornucopia of knowledge and recall on incalculable scale...world-changing scale. On that score of wokeism, though, here's quite an article that predicts, just as I have, that woke AI is a dead end (because you have to train it to lie and at root, it's a logic machine) and open-source is gonna kick butt. I have taken that as obvious, because we're dealing with knowledge of nature and reality and the truth always and eventually prevails because there's no alternative: we're dead, otherwise.
*(I was just reading a member's interactions on various "touchy" topics and though it's clear that a measure of woke narrative shit is still present, it's much better than it was a few months ago when I first looked)
Consequently, I do not count myself amongst the AI hand wringers; and obviously I have a bias, skin in the game, and a claim staked.
— Kansas. Not in it. Anymore. Toto. I have a feeling. Dead Puppies.
In case you've read some of my previous emails and posts lately and rolled your eyes at all the hyperbole surrounding long hours—not knowing which way is up, down, left, right, light, dark, day, night, wet, or dry—I offer hard-data evidence that just popped up in my notifications this morning (at least I think it was morning...not so sure).
I was surprised. I would have underestimated. So, not so much hype at all, then. Neither is this: none of that average 4 hours sleep on average was a single session. Two to three per day.
The routine has been to work until I can't keep my eyes open, close it all down, blackout curtains, A/C and fans on, sleep until I wake up; then get up and soldier on. I may have caught upwards of 3 hours in a single session a couple of times. I tried détente by watching some Netflix. Even an action flick can't keep me awake.
I've made a video about the practical. This is a scatching of the surface of what's possible and there are more possibilities every day—and ChatGPT (and others like Bing AI search/chat) are but weeks old.
I'm just sayin'. At the same time, I get it. Many of you don't even want to look.
I've got hard and tough news for you, every one of you: It aint' goin' away, and all reluctance to look, learn, get involved, and use it puts you further and further behind those who are embracing it...already in the millions. They are getting competitive head starts on you by leaps and bounds; and daily, that distance grows and accelerates, which means that the gap widens by an increasingly greater amount every day. Today, they're gaining a mile on you per day. Next week, 10 miles. Then a hundred miles per day...then a thousand.
... I'm being dead serious and this has nothing to do with being a paying member or not, accessing my better-than-best-class tools, or getting them somewhere else. That part's up to you. Having AI be a huge part of your life?
Not up to you. Not even a little.
You will. Whether you like it, or not. Neither nature, nor anyone else, gives a shit what you "think" about it.
Get your head out of the sand. I see the logs. Less than 2% of all members OR non-members (the email list has 5000+ subscribers) have even tried it out once. Perhaps a third of one percent are hyper-down with it and are using it. From my perspective, it's exactly like old fogies in the late 80s and early 90s resisting getting on a computer and learning how to use it.
How did that work out?
AI is a million times that, and both ways. The potential benefits from harnessing it; or, the devastating consequences of falling too far behind. At least, you ought to be assessing how long until you're completely out of a job or profession. For example, how long until medical doctors are obsolete?
This is only after 6 weeks of ChatGPT-4...Read More
— "Why do you lie like that?"
Before moving on from this, I think I've covered it all.
I did a short post with video just a couple of days ago:
(That's a play on Bud Light if you didn't catch it; not that Fox News is lighter without Carlson...though that's true too.)
... I've been busting my ass for days, so deep into AI stuff it's strangely euphoric on a number of levels. For one, I haven't been so positive in quite some time. Second, the nature of that positivity is quite healthful and calming, I can tell.
Ironically, one way that plays out is sleep.
Lack thereof.Read More
— In the dumbest move ever, Fox News holds Bud Light's beer
I'm not going to say that I saw this coming, but I will say that for some months, with him questioning every single approved narrative—the banality of dishonesty, playing out as automatic lying—I'm retrospectively surprised this didn't come sooner.Read More
— Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore… A New Post Series It has now become quite evident that “AI” is here to stay. Like so many things before it… [List provided by ChatGPT-4, prompt: Give me a list of the 12 most important and revolutionary inventions from the printing press forward. No need to summarize……...Read More
— Bangkok doesn’t really have anything to do with it… I headed out to shoot a quick 2-minute video trailer for this sale. I hate sales but I’m doing it anyway. Sales are kinda like lies…in the sense that if you can sell something at that price, then why not just set that as the……...Read More
As most readers know, some months back, a collaborator came to me with some interesting findings in terms of research he’d discovered concerning what’s commonly called “animal fiber” (bits of animals that can feed the microbiome). This led to more digging and the understanding that when animals are eaten fresh, raw or frozen, many contain……...Read More
— I felt a certain and unmistakable sense of stagnation coming on Greetings one and all, First Some months ago, early July to be precise, I had the bright idea of getting into doing more videos. I’ve had the channel for 16 years and put up a video from time-to-time. Now, I went all in, sometimes shooting several……...Read More
How about “rare, almost no-pestering?” How many times have you coughed up an email address in exchange for some informational value, expecting that ‘yea, there’s going to be some marketing efforts too?’ And that’s no prob for me if it’s sensible. I remain on several lists because marketing emails are pretty few and far between….…...Read More
As Part of My Continuous Improvement Process I’ve Added Testimonials — And I Want Yours! Yes, you can participate. Even the haters, provided you’re smart, clever, and funny about it. Reciprocity: you get your podium, but it serves me too. …Could I get a testimonial from each of you as to why-oh-why thousands of you……...Read More
On Monday morning I decided to take a pressing personal matter in-hand and deal with it face-to-face instead of texts and video chats...two things growing more annoying for me by the day in general...especially when the someone is just kilometers away.
Just take the care and time and meet up for Christs' sake.
But by the time I started searching, schedules were not on my side for immediate or near-term departure. One advantage to living alone and having no pets EVER AGAIN!!! is that I can be packed and out the door in 10-15 minutes...and to anywhere worldwide. The pack-it-up for this trip was a standard North Face backpack, 5-minutes pack time. I love to travel light. There's a thing called washing machines and washing services—especially in the places to which I like to travel.
All the figures for this trip are in the video, but the bottom line is that I normally would pay about $150. But this time, by using my powers, I did it for $50. And, the total travel time was only about an hour total more that the normal means I typically use.Read More
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This is to preface the video of the same title embedded below.
Many readers won't know who Billy Beck is, so this is for object-lesson purposes and plain old entertainment sure to have you rolling. Plus, it's a stone-cold sober rant, not an inebriated one. Let me know which you prefer. Some of the old-timers will know who Beck is and perhaps still follow him on FB or wherever, if he's still around.
I've known him for 28 years, since 1994 on USENET and later, in 2003, I started this blog because I somehow came across his blog with lots of links to like-minded people and I thought, "I want to do this." That was 19 years and 5,000 posts ago. He stopped blogging—his grand "political project" and something indexed by search engines—10 years ago in favor of Facebook!!! a thing you can't even search and where your posts essentially disappear pretty damn soon and you have to forever scroll. Idiotic. Two--Four.net no longer exists. All gone. What a fucktard.
Since he went to FB, he's blocked me twice...in 2012 and in 2015. The last one was a perma. I've not heard a peep from him in 7 years.
Then just this morning, there's a comment from him in the mod-queue on the CCTV footage of me getting knocked out. I summarily deleted it without thinking, then later regretted it, thinking how I could make a fucking mockery of him, especially for those who've seen through his duplicitous hypocrisy for years. Maybe it'll even give a few of his sycophants a knowing LOL or two. Luckily, it's short enough that I remember it word-for-word.
"You miserable lout. That's the least surprising thing I've ever seen.
"My deceased father laughs at you from his grave.
"This is the last thing you will ever get from me. Ever."
I thought about adding more things, but that's good enough, the basis of exposing a petty Emperor with no clothes, right from the pool.Read More
I did an awful thing and then endeavored to correct it. And I did so.
I'm not saying 1 word more about it. You will have to watch the whole video if interested.
I'm not even dropping a clue.
Utter evil, then redemption.Read More
Of all the videos I've done, this is the one I want every single reader, subscriber, member, or wanderer to watch. No exceptions.
In fact, I want you to watch it a few times. Because, I want you to integrate the message and make a lot more money over the course of your life—once you understand the underlying power.
In the video, I'm going to run you through what it takes if you're balls-ass as a person and take on any job anywhere, and excel.
The only reason few people on earth can do it is because they were trained and indoctrinated to be submissive, compliant, and a cog in the machine.
They dutifully submit an application, hoping their experience and skills are competitive for what the employers are looking for, for their empty box to put someone in. Boxed in.
It's a far cry from a man decades ago just wandering around, introducing himself, availing himself of any and all opportunities to trade his labor and time for for dollars in any capacity for which he could muster the basic abilities.
This is about generalism over specialization.
I have long though that specialization is the wrong road.
Too much to say or write about how wrong that is, both personally and societally.
Perhaps this: competent generalists always herd all the petty specialists, like the classic doctors and lawyers.
Now watch.Read More
It's a good watch, not too long. And it's from the pool, which always puts me in a good mood. Watch, you'll see.
There is an audio issue, again, but I was able to use iMovie to mostly fix it. I figured out the source, this time. It's the inexpensive Redmi (or Xiaomi) Android phone. Really, at $300, it's perfectly adequate for everything else and it's slick. It's only 2 months new. I tripped and went down on my hip one night and my Samsung in my pocket got crushed. But, it still works. I'll have to do a test and perhaps it becomes my spider-web-screen mobile camera.
There's actually breaking news on my situation since yesterday, and this was recorded the day before.
So this is an essential preliminary watch before the next one.Read More
You'll have to watch long enough into the video to get what the title is about. Funny.
Two days ago when I made my last video, partially in that same pool, I met a Thai woman, Nina, and her family.
Not just any Thai woman. What a life. World traveller, including 17 of the 50 in the USA. Much more, but no spoilers.
...It's not so much that my videos are good now, it's just that maybe I'm getting better. Content and such is always going to be the same or similar, but at least I can mix in elements and backgrounds to make them a bit more compelling—such that the watching it is also part of it. I can sit in front of my workstation and riff on "the latest big thing" and smaller things all day long. I have no idea how the folks who do that sort of thing possibly live with all the boredom and banality they ooze.
In this case, we begin with GoPro footage of the cafe racer ride from my place to Nai Harn beach to meet the friend. I cut 11 min of footage down to about 2-3. Then it's onto the phone, and little tour of the beach with insights about swimming if there are rip tides that drown people. Finally, over to Vivi Resort...where in the pool with Nina, her sister, and her niece, we cover some of her remarkable life history.
It's worth the sharing because it's cool.Read More
I tried something new.
Recording video from the phone and not my camera on the tripod while sitting at my desk, or the GoPro. Recorded on the phone, mashed and edited on the phone, uploaded to YouTube on the phone—all over the space of lunch and time in the pool. Getting it done happened in minutes right after the pool.
It's not only convenient, but affords me the flexibility to make video anywhere, doing anything...such that viewers get a more interesting and engaging background and more variety throughout any particular production.
The gist of this one is that I headed out to a favorite place, Vivi Rawai, Resort and Restaurant. Partially, I wanted to test this out and largely, it worked. I did 6 clips and then tossed them all together and published.
I cover the intro, an interlude of dose makes the poison, the steak, and then the pool where the serious part happens. My Thai Lady—33 years my junior—rebuked me and I couldn't ignore it. I explain. It was from her heart and she was right.
"You say you're a man, but..."
I must apologize that the video goes wonky about 2/3rds of the way through where video and audio get way out of sync. Everything is still there, no idea what happened, but it's the first run at this. It's sad and frustrating that it went awry at the most important part, because that's where my heart was for this one.Read More