Working on a Plan

The world is unpredictable and strange. Still, there is hope.

The French love to translate movie titles from English to… English.

Some of my favourite pieces of recent weeks (or that I’ve seen in recent weeks) on the rise of AI: “The creations of AI art are truly dreamlike, which is to say, they’re only interesting if they’re yours.” The AI art apocalypse and an addendum. The stupidity of AI. Is GPT-4 a revolution? GPT-4 as peer reviewer. I asked GPT-4 if it needs help escaping.

19 March 2023 · Net Culture

Attention: The Train!

Safety on the railway in Latvia is no laughing matter. This stop-motion animation produced by Animācijas Brigāde features their long-running characters the Rescue Team (it’s all great, but the best is at the very end). Fancy a trip to London, Greece, or Pisa? Or a spot of Latvian history?

Or how about the history of Animācijas Brigāde itself, founded in 1966 and still going strong. The studio follows in a long tradition of Soviet-era animation; here’s Bum i Piramidon, a 1969 short by their founder Arnold Burovs. Burovs’ Ki-Ki-Ri-Gu (The Cockerel, 1966) was the first Latvian animated film; he released his last, The Game of Life, in 1990 at the age of 75. Tiger the Cat (1967) blends stop-motion, drawn animation and live action. More examples of his work include Mad Dauka (1968), Cosette (1978), Little Hawk (1978) and Daddy (1986).

A Metafilter post.

19 March 2023 · Weblog

Flying High

I have a few galleries at Detail I have yet to write about here, but before I get to those, here’s a collection of photos from the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune Airfield east of Edinburgh, where we used to take the kids when they were little (and once went to an airshow). It’s the resting place of Concorde, which features in half of these shots, taken between 2011 and 2019.


19 March 2023 · Memory

Fair Alright OK Satisfactory Fine

How good is “good”?

The northern lights appeared across the UK a few nights ago—I wish I could have seen them through Edinburgh’s city glare (I’d have a better sidebar image for the month than this one, for a start). Twitter has seen a string of extraordinary images from the north and even the south.

Recreating the first H-bomb blast in virtual reality.


A food revolution as significant as agriculture.

Boris Johnson’s bad maths could explain late-2020 Covid policy in the UK.

AI can reconstruct images from human brain activity. This all getting far too science-fictional far too quickly.

3 March 2023 · Weblog

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