Featured image, spider and young, my own.
The Spring Holidays, like others will increase my blogging. It has been a busy term both home learning and back in school. Looking forward to a holiday of wee walks (still stuck in Glasgow) and some random browsing.
The Featured image is Maxwell dynamic machine, 1961 | Science Museum Group Collection © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence found via the Never Been Seen | Science Museum Group Collection page, which I learnt about from Ian Guest
Featured image my own dithered to grey with imagemagick, from an idea by Doug Belshaw who was trying to save energy. I just like the idea of these images for link list posts.
Every so often I come back to this idea of posting sets of rather random links. I love seeing them pop up on my on this day page. For organisation and discoverability it might be better to post links separately. Mostly in pinboard too.
I checked how many posts I had tagged lifeinlinks and that makes this one number 40.
Featured image, some branches against a blue sky today.
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I’ve read a few AI things recently. I can’t say I’ve got my head round it. A few bookmarks:
I couldn’t tell the difference between Wallace Stephens and a bot. Interestingly my wife could, she pointed out that reading out loud made the human poet easier to pick.
Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3 (GPT-3) is an autoregressive language model that uses deep learning to produce human-like text.
You can have fun with the previous GPT-2:
Write With Transformer
A bit of a tab dump:
Miso Dengaku (Tofu, Eggplant, Daikon & Konnyaku) 味噌田楽 • Just One Cookbook I’ve dipped my spoon into this site a few times, horrible number of popups, but tasty.
Panelle al Forno (Baked chick pea flour gnocchi) Recipe I’ve eaten a lot of chickpea flour over lockdown, Panelle, pancakes, rissoles
Rathad an Isein The Bird’s Road. A Lewis Moorland Glossary.
Artists’ diaries from the Lewis Peatlands
See how a modern neural network auto-completes your text 🤗
This site, built by the Hugging Face team, lets you write a whole document directly from your browser, and you can trigger the Transformer anywhere using the Tab key. It’s like having a smart machine that completes your thoughts 😀
The Big Butterfly Count is a UK-wide survey aimed at helping us assess the health of our environment simply by counting the amount and type of butterflies (and some day-flying moths) we see.
Drypoint and watercolour
Somerset JPP Textured White 300gsm cotton paper
Image Size: 150 x 125mm
Paper Size: 285 x 255mm
Make a friendly weather station to sit on your windowsill, that keeps track of temperature, pressure, humidity, light and colour, and sound. A perfect way to introduce kids to sensors and science.
Saving this here for following up after the summer break.
The concept had passed me by somehow until Mr Dorman from the @PedagogyTeamNLC introduced them to my class, which very much enjoyed by the children. I had planned on thinking about this a bit more, but other things happened.
Today Arron’s bookmark reminded me and took me to Librarians turned Google Forms into the unlikely platform for virtual escape rooms which links to this example: Hogwarts Digital Escape Room.
I’ve seem a few examples using OneNote and google forms before but this is probably the smoothest experience.
I had wondered if using password protected WordPress posts or pages would work.
Today I started doing a little reading following Arron’s links, Breakout EDU Additional Game Creator Lab Resources – bit.ly/boeduresources – Google Slides looks as if it is worth borrowing from.
A few useful links for mixing audio and sending to Teams from a Mac.
This is not about the pros and cons of Teams. This is not about whether it is better than Slack, Zoom, Google Meet, Rocket.Chat or Jitsi. It is about a single feature that is so widely used in Zoom that I did not even think a serious competitor can lack the function – sharing your system audio with your colleagues and audience while presenting something on your screen.
The use case for that is pretty easily outlined: Prerecorded videos, reruns of an earlier session, or just some basic background music – all of that exceeds the basic capabilities of Microsoft Teams in its current iteration.
Loopback enables you to combine the audio from multiple sources, including microphones and applications, then provide that combined audio to voice chat applications to be heard by all participants.
You won’t use the Pass-Thru source which is included by default, so remove it by clicking to highlight it, then pressing the Delete button.
I wonder if removing Pass-Thru makes much difference.
BlackHole is a modern macOS virtual audio driver that allows applications to pass audio to other applications with zero additional latency.
I love what you are doing with your Newsletter on several levels:
- A great set of personal and professional links gathered from an amazingly wide range.
- The way the links weave into your site.