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Years ago, I was fortunate enough to visit the Pyramids in Egypt. What I remember most is the sense of age, and of awe. Heat and dust, crumbling stone and the awareness that I was just the latest in a long, long line of visitors.

What I don’t clearly remember are the pyramids themselves. 

That’s fine, because we live in the future. Interested in seeing the interior of the Great Pyramid of Giza? Now you can see the full (known) extent of this world wonder. (And thanks to SFCanada’s Geoff Hart for finding this link.)

Inside the Great Pyramid | Giza Project

Have fun exploring!

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Photo by Isabella Jusková on Unsplash

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‘Tis I.

How many writing samples does one need to build an AI of a person? And could it take meetings?

Asking for a friend.

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Frazzled robot.
Photo by Rock’n Roll Monkey on Unsplash

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Tuesday says hello.

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Photo by David Clode on Unsplash

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System request: An Impressionist painting of a robot in a garden, smelling a flower.

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

― William Blake

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Robot, garden, flower.
In collaboration with DALL-E.

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Guard Well

“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” 

― George Sand (Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, French novelist, memoirist, and journalist)

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Photo by Aditya Saxena on Unsplash

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Metamorphosis

Good thought for the day.

If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies.
Photo by Diana Schröder-Bode on Unsplash

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More than 100 Years before 3D Printers, We had Photosculpture

We did?

One of the most exciting technological advances of recent decades is arguably the 3D printer, allowing creators to turn their wildest inventions into real-life products. But 3D printers are far from the first foray into producing realistic, 3-dimensional replicas. Photosculpture is a process dating back to the 19th century, using a series of photos taken in the round to make a sculpture. 

How did that work?

Fascinating. Technology changes, but a lot of what humans think is cool stays the same.

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Photo by Jack Hamilton on Unsplash

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Technologically speaking, today has been an uphill slog over broken ground interspersed with patches of quicksand.

Because sure, it’s Monday.

Shortly after 6:38a.m. this morning, my email decided it was done. Just, done. This happened a couple of years ago, just far enough in the past that I don’t remember all the details and have to start from scratch. 

I have spent the hours since then attempting to resuscitate the mail system without scrambling all my carefully filed material. So far no luck.

/cries out to the heavens, pounds head against desk, sighs heavy sighs

Fine. You know what, Evil Gods of Tech? Challenge accepted.

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To me, the grounds for hope are simply that we don’t know what will happen next, and that the unlikely and the unimaginable transpire quite regularly. And that the unofficial history of the world shows that dedicated individuals and popular movements can shape history and have.

— Rebecca Solnit

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I’d planned to finish a new drabble for today but instead alternated between day job work and reloading news on Hurricane Ian. We have family friends there and neighbors with homes in that area, but even if we didn’t I’d be worried for the people who live there.

For those in the path of the storm, keep your family (pets too!) safe until the sun shines again.

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