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Happy π day! Although it was not a happy day for me, bad things happened, and I feel bad about them. Sigh.
Looking back through old blog posts, this was an eventful date for me in many years. Beware the ides of March!
Wired: Pi is hiding everywhere. It does show up in a surprising number of places, in math of course, but also physics.
I like the picture - and it does contain a circle - but what does it have to do with pi hiding? Anyway.
Jason Kottke: kottke.org is 25 years old today and I'm going to write about it. "When I tell people about the first time I saw the Web, I sheepishly describe it as love at first sight. Logging on that first time, using an early version of NCSA Mosaic with a network login borrowed from my physics advisor, was the only time in my life I have ever seen something so clearly, been sure of anything so completely." Jason was one of the original bloggers - a co-founder of the blogger service, with his then-girlfriend and later-wife Meg Hourihan - and continues to be a great one.
Retweet fatigue: Robert Scoble is an interesting guy, a former blogger (he used to work at Microsoft, and used to give those outside of Microsoft great insight into what was happening there), sometime vlogger (he was early and big into video), and now a prolific tweeter. But he's also a too-prolific re-tweeter. Following him is like drinking from a fire house. It would be so much better if he selected the most interesting tenth of all that stuff...
Well: Open AI released Chat GPT 4. How interesting that their description of this incremental advance is "safer and more useful. Safer. So apparently there was some feedback that Chat GPT 3 was somehow un-safe.