For the fun of it:

A tongue in cheek cookbook. Very minimalist.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09P8WVJL6

9 Responses to For the fun of it:

  1. Michael December 28, 2021 at 10:25 am #

    With all your email problems I’m not sure which is the best to contact you anymore, sadly.

    Did the way things seem get pulled off of Kindle for some reason? Just went looking for it to reread it and couldn’t find it

    • Mac December 28, 2021 at 11:56 am #

      Now that I have a new guy managing the site I got your mail just fine. I had relatives object one of my charters was identifiable and defaming. It was more trouble than the book’s income could justify.

      • Michael December 28, 2021 at 12:06 pm #

        Holy shit. Sorry to hear that. I enjoyed the book and would have loved a sequel. c’est la vie

  2. Glen Fletcher December 28, 2021 at 10:37 pm #

    I found an excellent example of the problems of weak AI (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weak_AI in contrast to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_general_intelligence):

    https://twitter.com/klivdahl/status/1475655863289495559.

    In this case, the AI did precisely what was asked of it. It found a new challenge on the internet:

    The challenge is simple: plug in a phone charger about halfway into a wall outlet, then touch a penny to the exposed prongs. The resulting sparks are supposed to be cool enough to win you instant internet fame. (Obviously, do NOT attempt this!)
    from https://ourcommunitynow.com/news-national/watch-out-parentsthe-viral-outlet-challenge-has-kids-doing-the-unthinkable)

    the AI then isolated the text describing the challenge to present it to the user as:

    According to ourcommunitynow.com: The challenge is simple: Plug in a phone charger about halfway into a wall outlet, then touch a penny to the exposed prongs.

    This is an example of something that weak AI’s can never entirely avoid. Doing so requires abstract reasoning, such as picking up the fact that this site was actually warning about the danger or a viral challenge rather than recommending it.
    While a weak AI could be given rules to apply, such as one that would pick up the “do NOT attempt this” from the site as an indication of hazard or danger, also the identification that “phone charger” and “wall outlet” together likely refer to electricity and thereby provide a warning about the electricity being dangerous and not something to play with. These are both very specific, and language is too complex to actually hope to teach the AI all possible combinations it should look out for.
    This is not a simple case like the Safe Search Google provides to filter out adult content as that just flags websites that deal with such content, which is sufficient as other sites generally ban it. In this case, it is just a typical website and requires actually reasoning about the site’s content to determine meaning (which is impossible for weak AI)

  3. john watson December 31, 2021 at 2:36 pm #

    Just read your cookbook and enjoyed it a great deal. Was hoping you might touch on how to pick a watermelon, but alas, no such luck. Like the Sovereign of Central, picking a good one seems to have been left out of my toolbox. I guess I’ll continue to depend on dumb luck.

  4. Bryan January 20, 2022 at 10:05 pm #

    Was reading April again and found the following at the beginning of chapter ten. Didn’t have good flow to me.

    .”Is there any chance you can explain how your generator works, so I could understand it? Or is so exotic and difficult I might as well not try?”

    I would drop the comma and move the it from after understand to – Or is it exotic. It isn’t necessary in the first part and I don’t like it twice if you just add it to the second part.

    • Mac January 21, 2022 at 2:50 am #

      Fresh eyes are looking at April soon. I’ll ask her.

      • Bryan January 21, 2022 at 8:47 pm #

        Chapter 14
        Do you think you can you can get me in there, where I can get some access to vacuum also? I need zero-g, vacuum, net access for them to report to me if they are done or locked up in mid-process, and a little bit of power. But we can set one of my generators up for power if you don’t have a place to plug in.”

        You can repeats

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