Leo's Blog: Infinite Insights — Page 9

March 8, 2024

"He was; Taaroa was his name; he abode in the void. No earth, no sky, no men. Taaroa calls, but nought answers; and alone existing, he became the universe. The props are Taaroa; the rocks are Taaroa; the sands are Taaroa; it is thus he himself is named."

-- Definition of God from the natives of Tahiti

March 6, 2024

This is one of the best explanations I've seen of how AI's like ChatGPT work:

February 22, 2024

Vlad Vexler does some good, nuanced political analysis on YouTube, especially around the Ukraine/Russia topic.

Here's an example:

He has two channels on YT:

I like his careful, thoughtful, academic approach. Not the typical clickbait political YT junk.

February 20, 2024

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February 13, 2024

This is my favorite app for writing books.

Scrivener

It allows for complex levels of hierarchy and organization and a very clean writing interface. This app is specifically designed for serious book writing. It's very simple but powerful.

This is what I use to write my book, which is massive and complex so it requires a very good organization system or else it would be impossible to write. I didn't know how to practically write my book until I discovered this software.

It's not free but totally worth the cost if you are a serious writer.

It is available for Windows, Mac, and iOS.

February 11, 2024

Kara Swisher is a gem. I love how she stands up to these self-absorbed tech-bro CEOs and calls out their bullshit. She's got some balls on her. Journalism at its best.

Jump to timestamp 21:56 for the interview:

I'm looking forward to reading her new book which comes out later this month. (Affiliate link)

February 9, 2024

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February 7, 2024

Here's a great, impartial explanation of CRT:

I'll just add a bit of my own commentary here: The notion that being "objective, neutral, and balanced" is a white value is so wrong that it's hard to believe anyone actually holds such a position. Ironically, it's racist to suggest that neutrality, objectivity, balance, and ultimately truth, are white values. But this is lost on post-modernists because they have foolishly convinced themselves that truth is a social construction. It's not.

In a nutshell, CRT is stupid, but right-wing reactionary outrage over CRT is even more stupid.

With that said, of course systemic racism exists and needs to be eliminated.

Note: While truth is not a social construction, don't forget that the valuing of truth IS a bias. There is nothing in the universe that requires you to care about truth. If you care about truth, that's a bias you have. Most creatures and humans don't share that bias.

February 4, 2024

This is my fave screen capture, annotate, and share app for Windows:

ShareX

It's free, open source, lightweight, and offers crazy levels of customization. You can set it up with macro-like automated tasks and workflows. Just insane levels of customization. Such a powerful tool when working with others on digital projects or remote work.

Unfortunately ShareX is not available for Mac or Linux.

February 3, 2024

Very powerful speech by the wise Chris Hedges.

Jump to timestamp 6:30 for the speech: