Links of Note

Matthew Inman, of The Oatmeal fame, has put out a list of Ten Eight Marvelous and Melancholy Things I’ve Learned About Creativity. Well, not so much of a list as a series of delightful and educational comics. Funny and smart and so very true. Worth looking at whether you are a creative sort or someone in your life is. Love it so much!

Next up … Getty Images is suing Stability AI for copyright infringement! It’ll be interesting to see how this case turns out, but it’s undeniable that images were scraped from Getty, so you’d think they’d win. Guess we’ll find out eventually, and maybe AI outfits will finally have to stop just sucking up everything on the internet without care for ownership or copyright.

And in closing, a year old story about how Facebook got the way it was (and still mostly is) that explains the reasons why I ditched that place years ago, though I didn’t know the behind the scenes stuff going on, I definitely knew things were swirling a drain. Now I know why, and you can too.

Links of Note

Always keep in mind that anything you read on the internet may very well be the mad ravings of a delusional computer.

Next time you’re on your favorite news site, you might want to double check the byline to see if it was written by an actual human.
CNET, a massively popular tech news outlet, has been quietly employing the help of “automation technology” — a stylistic euphemism for AI — on a new wave of financial explainer articles, seemingly starting around November of last year.
Futurism/The Byte

This is an absolutely delightful photography project you simply must see! It’ll make you giggle, I promise!

“Passport Photos” looks at one of the most mundane and unexciting types of photography. Heavily restricted and regulated … It seems almost impossible for any kind of self-expression.

The series tries to challenge these official rules by testing all the things you could be doing while you are taking your official document photo.
Max Siedentopt – Passport Photos