It's amazing how quickly the whims of tech shifted between two opposite points of view:

  • Art has value. Here is a massively polluting method of proving ownership. Creators can make money from their work, collectors can truly 'own' digital art.
  • Art has no value. Whatever some artist produces, prompt an AI tool to create something practically identical with no attribution. Creators can fuck off, consumers can get what they like for free, collectors can despair at the plummeting value of their NFTs.

AI art truly being art is debatable. I am not anti-AI in the least, but I see its use to create art as a very impressive technical exercise rather than true creativity. It's a bit like really good tracing paper.

Isn't the dream supposed to be a world where the machines can handle the mundane and repetitive tasks, freeing humans to create?

I'll give it three years before there is a wildly popular pop star that doesn't exist. All of the of their music, videos, and photoshoots will be generated. The live shows will feature holograms, trained on choreography from historic human shows and an AI designed set that inevitably looks as if it was put together by Es Devlin. The entire touring crew will be roadies and technicians with no irritating talent getting in the way of profit and tour demands. 30 consecutive sold out nights at Madison Square Garden? No problem.

Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day

No. Not even close to correct. This sounds like a motivational quote to bait people who are all about hustle culture, but it totally ignores people circumstances.

A wealthy, high earning, high achiever. Has someone to clean their house, cook their food, take care of their kids, do their chores and drive them around. Flies business or first or even private, all of which are environments in which it's possible to work and has expedited boarding and security. Almost 100% of their time can be assigned to work or rest.

Average people have to handle everything around their word day. Maybe they can split some chores with a partner or maybe they live alone and have to shoulder everything. In either case, at its origin the 8 hour work day assumed there was someone at home doing the housework, and a family could live on one salary.

So no. We do not all have the same 24 hours in a day.

Sometimes it feels as if you're on the beach and the sea has drawn back. Everything is quiet and calm for a moment, until the next wave crashes over your head and you get pulled out to sea just a little more.

Delete more social network accounts than you keep. Delete more posts than you send. Delete more code than you write. Contribute more than you consume. Know when to say no. Know when to say yes. Expect less from people. Expect more from yourself. Resist naval-gazing. Appreciate irony.

The Whale is shot in a 4:3 aspect ratio, which makes the dimly apartment Charlie is confined to feel claustrophobic, but I also get a sense of it feeling more personal with the nearly square image making us focus more on each character and less on what surrounds them. It brings them closer to us.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is shot in a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Huge, cinematic images of 1960's Hollywood and the expanse and ambition of the sets, storyline, and characters.

This technical choice really affects the feel of the story. The Whale is not cinematic, it's personal. And it needs to feel personal to get the full effect. Placing Tarantino's work into a small box would detract from the scope and magnitude of the universe it which exists.

At the end of Pink Floyd's Echoes the band fades and yields to a tone that seems to be constantly rising yet never runs out of headroom. A Shepard tone, or more specifically, Shepard–Risset glissando.

The effect is created by playing tones that are an octave apart together. As the higher octave reaches the top of the pitch rage it begins to fade out, and a new tone at the bottom of the range begins to fade in. The change of volume is imperceptible and leads to the constant feel of rising. Think of a barber's pole, always rising with stripes constantly being replaced from the bottom up.

It's use in Dunkirk and other Christopher Nolan films to build a feeling of tension, impending disaster, and suspense, but also as the sound for the Batpod to give an impression of constant acceleration.

You can't really confront someone when they are holding scissors and they could leave you with half a hair cut. I just won't be going back after they referred to Gary Lineker as a 'radically left woke liberal snowflake' who should 'shut up and do the football'.

Funny how his argument 'I'm not paying for his opinions' kind of applies to him too. Stick to the usual haircut repertoire of holidays and work and phones and, ironically, football.