1/ Let's talk about how to live your best life today.
Lately I've noticed an uptick in comments from people, usually in their teens and twenties, asking things like, "How do I get your life?"
Usually I make a throwaway not-a-joke about going through a lot of misery first.
2/ But I think this is perhaps unkind, because while a self-effacing joke is fun (and true about how I got here), I think the question is often asked very earnestly by people who wish they could change their circumstances.
I empathize. This was me throughout my 20s.
3/ While the winding, misfortune-fueled road did bring me here, it would have been nice if I could have been more intentional about my path with the guidance from someone who had walked it... this was not an option for me.
So I feel like I should do better than a throwaway joke.
The reason words aren't inherently racist is that they spark _different_ emotions or thoughts depending on the recipient.
Your own reaction to the receipt of a word is what colors your perception of the word, and this can either be consensus reality or private reality.
We get into cultural clashes when someone's emotional receipt of a word differs from our own perceived wider cultural baggage around that word and brings us into dissonance about who's model of consensus reality is correct (or more moral).
Just got a PM asking about my writing again. Since my opsec is blown anyway, y'all are welcome to read my first fantasy novel if you would like to. It's early work and the pacing is irregular but I'm still proud of it.
Sittin' here in San Diego thinking about my not-so-secret desert base and trying to decide what a wise / satisfying / ideal course of action is.
I've spent all day doing research on this and I'm gonna be turning it over in my head for a while (which for me is a few weeks).
So there are a number of routes to go with this.
I can spend a small amount (<$5k) on like 2-5 acres in a couple different places in Arizona and get a little plot of land with power lines. Gonna need water hauling and septic installation on any of them.
I could spent a little more $10-15k and get somewhere between 6-20 acres with similar conditions.
Or I could spend $15-20k and get 40 acres of super remote desert.
I don't think I really wanna live SUPER remote, that just makes things hard if I get bit by a rattlesnake or sumn.
Step 1: Buy a bunch of land in the desert
Step 2: Install water tanks, septic tank, solar setup
Step 3: Install several domes
Step 4: Mystic retreat to study magic and host meetups in the Arizona desert?
Also obviously gotta build crazy art installations
1/ In light of that garbage Amazon article I just posted and also my frustration with Patreon lately, let's talk about audiences, platforms, asymmetrical information, and rent-seeking this morning.
2/ As a small business owner and creator of all kinds of different (mostly digital) products, this is something I have a lot of experience with.
I've tried all kinds of revshare models (which is really what the standard platform model is).
3/ People tend to see platforms like Amazon, Patreon, OnlyFans, etc as exciting opportunities when starting out because "they scale with your earnings." An 8% fee looks negligible when you're making $100/month.
For being so popular, Patreon is kind of a garbage platform
They want 8% of all earnings AND you pay the transaction fees. You can't customize the page styling or branding AT ALL except for button colors and your banner. You need a different email for every page.
It's like they made Wordpress with 1/100th of the flexibility and a janky Stripe integration
Oh and Wordpress almost certainly HAS a stripe donation plugin
I don't even need to google it I'm sure this is a solved problem
1/ How can you get an AI to produce a coherent story from an outline?
This is the thing everyone seems to want to do and its feedback I get a LOT about TextSpark too. But even the best TextGen models on the market can't do this effectively right now (so far).
2/ I didn't design TextSpark to solve that problem anyway (it's intended as more of a creativity tool and accelerator rather than a replacement) but the question is a good one and possible solutions have a lot to offer in any AI-aided narrative constructive anyway.
3/ I've thought about this problem A LOT while working with AI text-gen for the last year or so and I have an as-yet untested model for how it might be done with existing technology.
The primary limitation on this today is prompt sizes.
My RV is so cozy and comfortable but I’m getting waaaay too attached to being a workaholic
All my romance tarot throws say no dice on relationships for a bit so dates are out
This is the dilemma of being semi retired at 35
I was actually thinking yesterday about how a problem I have is that as my businesses approach the revenue level where going back to a full time job would offer LESS money than just doing what I’m doing now, it’s constricting in some ways
This may seem strange and even insane
It’s definitely a first world problem
But it’s a unique kind of choice restriction
Right now I tell myself that if I get bored or lonely I can always go back to a normal job and have coworkers and get plugged into a bigger unit where I can socialize and build with others
The viral tweet made it seem like hiring a pretty girl jacked up his team environment, but based on that story he basically just fell in love with someone he met at a difficult time and she happened to work for him
Then they dated and it didn’t work out, which sucks
But it doesn’t have a ton to do with hiring a hot girl
He could have fallen in love with a coffee shop girl
Or a gym girl
And had the same outcome with his business
The friction he describes is from insufficient focus and maybe favoritism? I have sympathy about lovesickness
I have consistently gotten feedback from people close to me that they feel like I don’t listen to them, but I am listening to everyone pretty intently almost always and in fact can spin back the conversation in minute detail if pressed.
I wonder what gives this impression 🤔
I think maybe my attention is often split and this is like a spectrum-y adhd type thing where I seem like I’m not paying attention even when I am
Most of you haven’t met me in person and so probably can’t help me here
Both my ex-husband and ex-girlfriend mentioned this
I kind of sometimes stare down or off in a random direction when listening VERY intently to people but it’s because I’m thinking about what they’re saying and I have to remember to make eye contact on a cadence
I’ll need to add this to my “for later” project list and wait until open source AI improves a bit but there’s a model by which you could use an AI to analyze a text and construct meaning around it like a human editor would do and compare these bits of meaning to a story template.
This in turn opens the door for all kinds of AI based analysis structured around compressions of meaning.
Think of it like compressing a document and checking if it hits the correct story beats for the genre (or that you established).
This also opens the door for noisy compression/decompression scenarios where you could compress a story into core elements and decompress it into the same story but different characters, dialog, and minutiae.