"The result is one of the unlikeliest fronts of the culture war: an internet community, once the bastion of delightful deviance and subversion, being completely overtaken by a new form of purity culture often spearheaded by people who would otherwise describe themselves as politically liberal."
They're not even taking about furry: this is an internet-wide thing, turns out
It's still a bit intimidating for me to post here, where I don't have many connections yet (social media requires more effort than we realize, and god am I BAD at social interactions) but I really want to find a safer space than the bird app, so I hope you don't mind a lil spam of my art today 🌈
It really burns me that people are hyping and using ChatGPT and the like not understanding that "hallucinations" are not bugs, but that they only work by hallucinating: They are a model of 'what should the next word be to make something that "looks correct"' rather than "is correct", and no amount of patching is going to cause a hallucination machine to switch from "looks" to "is".
And those BEHIND the tools either know or should know this, but simply chose to ignore it.
Conference organizers: it is not safe for your trans participants to go to a conference in Kansas because they can no longer safely and legally pee there. Florida is likely to do the same soon. And maybe in the future any state without positive protections in law already in place.
Pick your future venues carefully and ask for escape clauses in your venue contracts should anti-trans laws be passed.
Incidentally, if you're a gamer parent with a kid: Super Mario Odyssey and Luigi's Mansion 3 do something amazing that I have never seen any other game do at all, much less do perfectly: same-couch co-op multiplayer where people of wildly different skill levels can both meaningfully contribute to gameplay. As single player games for longtime gamers, they're OK. As co-op games with a very young teammate, there's nothing like them. Nothing else even _exists in that space_, much less comes close.
@Kyreeth That program looks like it's designed for photography. I'm doing 3D art and digital painting.
I'm sure if I was just processing photos, Affinity photo would be fine, but that's not what I use photoshop for—brush engine, a decent compositing workflow, tools to manage selections, frequency separation, noises, blurs, etc.
Camera companies: I dare you to make an interchangeable-lens camera body with a circular sensor to match the image circle of lenses.
Imagine being able to crop your image to square or 4:3 or 3:2 or φ:1 later, with no wasted pixels.
Imagine never having to hold your camera in that uncomfortable 90° way again to get a portrait-orientation pic.
Imagine being able to tell your friends you have a 10π-megapixel camera.
The best-kept retro-mac secret is that the following web sites exist:
If you ever wanted to play with an old MacOS, this is the least effort to get started. #retroComputing
I'm a grumpy queer dragon lady and this is my quiet cave for me and some friends.