Somewhat dating myself here, when I was a little boy, the thing we all wanted was a transistor radio. When I was 10 years old, my parents finally bought me one for $9.99, which was a lot of money in those days to spend on your kids. A transistor radio is a small portable radio […]

Source: Janelle Shane, Okay GPT-3: Candy Hearts, AI Weirdness, February 2, 2021, https://janellecshane.substack.com/p/okay-gpt-3-candy-hearts. Janelle Shane, on her blog, AI Weirdness, posted recently that she was continuing her Valentine’s Day tradition of getting huge neural nets to generate candy heart messages! The latest contender is GPT-3, which is ridiculously overpowered for the task of generating insipid two-word love messages. […]

Dorothy Neufeld, The 50 Most Visited Websites in the World, Visual Capitalist, January 27, 2021, https://www.visualcapitalist.com/the-50-most-visited-websites-in-the-world/. If you spend any time online, it’s likely you’re familiar with some of the world’s most visited websites. On today’s internet, a handful of giants have unmatched dominance. Top Three Websites (Monthly visits): Google: 92.5 billion YouTube: 34.6 billion […]

Source: The Economist, Joe Biden is taking executive action at a record pace, Daily Chart, January 22, 2021, https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2021/01/22/joe-biden-is-taking-executive-action-at-a-record-pace. Joe Biden is signing executive orders at a record pace. In his first two days in office, he has signed 17 executive orders; more executive orders than Donald Trump did in nearly two months in office. […]

Readers. 2020 has been a life changing year around the world. It was like a tsunami of events ranging from the introduction of the Coronavirus and the death and destruction in its path; racial injustice marked by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many more; the U.S. 2020 Presidential Election; the passing of […]

Readers, Two topics that seem to fit together like chocolate and peanut butter: Christmas and Disney. Over the years, the mouse has sent Disney Corporate Christmas Cards far and wide. These cards were usually sent to important individuals in the motion picture industry and Disney staff members —and therefore have rarely been seen by the […]

Yuli Wang Bio Hi, this is Yuli from China. First of all, thanks to Michael for letting me be on his blog. I was born and grew up in Shaoxin, Zhejiang, located in Eastern China. My major is Geographic Information Science in college and my first job is a GIS Data Engineer in the field […]

My wife and I are saddened by the loss of our friend, Jeremy Bulloch, who passed away yesterday. Jeremy played the character of Boba Fett in the original Star Wars movies, The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi. Jeremy became a fan favorite and appeared at numerous Star Wars conventions and other […]

Source: Bonner, Mehera, Here’s Literally Every Royal Family Christmas Card We Could Get Our Hands On, Cosmopolitan, December 2, 2020, https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/celebs/g34834393/royal-family-christmas-cards/. Readers. Happy holidays as we near the end of this crazy year. Here are 10 of the best royal Christmas cards throughout the years from an article in Cosmopolitan magazine. I tried to include […]

David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in three of the Star Wars movies, passed away yesterday. I was fortunate to have had David as a guest at a Star Wars convention that I hosted back in 1997. I also was able to catch up with David at various toy and comic conventions over the years. […]