After sunset November 22nd. 3.31 pm.

We've had about half a centimetre of snow that stayed on the ground for a few days, but the temperature rose last night and this morning it's mostly gone.

It's been fairly grey and damp the past couple of weeks, but the other day the sun came out and I was rewarded with some gorgeous scenery during my afternoon stroll with the dog.

In Mar 2019, the EU approved the new Copyright Directive by an absurdly slim margin (it passed by 5 votes and later 10 MEPs said they got confused and pressed the wrong button; due to procedural rules, despite an amended total showing a majority AGAINST, it still passed).

Specifically, the part that passed through this bureaucratic, incoherent nonsense was Article 13 (now confusingly called Article 17), which imposed a duty on online platforms to stop their users from infringing copyright.


In Cathy O'Neil's seminal "Weapons of Math Destruction," she doesn't just provide a devastating critique of the underlying statistical basis for machine learning, but also a set of VERY useful rules of thumb for spotting AI grifters.

First: if a company provides an AI but doesn't check its predictions, they don't give a shit about its accuracy.


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Can we please, please – PLEASE! not make the nonsensical US date format month/day/year the default in applications? πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ


And to all users of that format: it makes no sense, it's counter-intuitive, it makes collaboration frustrating, it introduces inconsistencies and errors... Just stop. Please. Use international standards.
(And don't get me started on your other units of weights, volumes and distances. Bloody hell.)

Boost if I'm right.

Deleted my Facebook account today.

Actually, it was my work account, as a I deleted my personal account nearly 4 years ago. It was a very useful thing to have, as it allowed me to keep up with a number of events and discussions related to my work β€” but given the ethics of Facebook, it was a long-overdue termination.

Well, the proverbial wall finally hit me. The last few weeks the strain and stress of work has manifested in a variety of physical ailments, including recurring migranes. My doctor has mandated two weeks off work, and told me not to think about work things.

Now, I can stay home and not read emails and all that, but how exactly does one heed the last part of that prescription...?

Back at work. It is, in fact, awfully nice to be back in my office on campus, with familiar sights and people. Given the low number of Covid-19 cases in Norway, and the precautions taken I also feel pretty confident* we can both provide an environment where staff and students feel safe and where it will be possible for students to work collaboratively to learn to create film and art.

*as confident it's possible to be with any number of factors out of our controll...

I couldn't resist turning this tweet into a #comic :
It was as good an excuse as any to experiment with the comics brush set. :)

:krita: #krita #MakingComics

Our school has fine arts, practice based programmes, where experiential learning and embodied cognition are the foundation of our pedagogical principles. We've been spending 2 weeks trying to pivot online in a situation where national restrictions don't permit the use of specialised facilities or equipment or the gathering of film crews.

People have been going at it with a constructive and positive attitude, but it's becoming more clear we're facing an insurmountable hurdle right now...

So. We were planning to be dogless until next year; take advantage of opportunities to travel and all that. But, since we'll be home more than usual -- and our daughter's coming home from Canada earlier than planned and her summer job in a hotel in BC is no more...we're looking at getting a new puppy.

Some allergies in the house, so we settled on Labradoodle. Going to look at the litter (they were born on the 17th) in 3 weeks.

So excited!

Since I was last here:
β€” doing too many jobs again
β€” my dog died
β€” promoted to full Professor
β€” went to Scotland at Christmastime.
β€” my daughter turned 22 and is doing pretty well.

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