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Scream (1996) Drinking Game

My wife recently asked me if I wanted to watch “Scream,” since there is a sixth film coming out. I answered with an honest “no.” But this wasn’t what she was really asking. She wanted to watch it. Would I join her? Yeah. I’d do that. But we’d need a drinking game.

Rules:

Take a sip every time someone mentions the name “Ghostface.”
Take a sip whenever Sidney Prescott receives a threatening phone call.
Drink whenever a character mentions a horror movie or makes a reference to one.
Whenever Ghostface appears on screen, take a big gulp.
Take a sip whenever a character is killed.
Drink whenever the characters discuss the “rules” of surviving a horror movie.
Take a sip whenever Dewey is shown limping or mentions his injury.
Whenever the killer is revealed, finish your drink.
If you correctly guess the identity of the killer before it’s revealed, everyone else takes a shot.
Finish your drink if Sidney manages to successfully fight off the killer.

Always be safe while drinking. Don’t drink alcohol to excess. There may be better games out there, but this one works!

Drinking Game for Seth Meyers A Closer Look

Yes, a drinking game for the A Closer Look segment of Late Night with Seth Meyers!

You didn’t know you needed one. I didn’t know you needed one. You don’t need one.

But here it is!

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Rules:

  1. Take a sip of your drink every time Seth Meyers delivers a punchline or a joke during the “A Closer Look” segment.
  2. Take a sip of your drink every time Seth Meyers uses a humorous visual aid, such as a chart, photo, or video clip, to illustrate his point.
  3. Take a sip of your drink every time Seth Meyers provides a scathing critique or commentary on a political figure, policy, or current event.
  4. Take a sip of your drink every time Seth Meyers uses a recurring segment or catchphrase, such as “Ya Burnt,” “A Lot of Problems with This,” or “Oh, Really?”
  5. Take a sip of your drink every time Seth Meyers breaks character and laughs at his own jokes or ad-libs.
  6. Take a sip of your drink every time Seth Meyers interviews a guest who is relevant to the topic of the “A Closer Look” segment.
  7. Take a sip of your drink every time Seth Meyers employs satire, sarcasm, or irony to highlight absurdity or hypocrisy in the news or politics.
  8. Take a sip of your drink every time Seth Meyers uses a clip from a news or political event to provide context or commentary.
  9. Take a sip of your drink every time Seth Meyers makes a reference to popular culture, movies, or TV shows during the segment.
  10. Take a shot if Seth Meyers delivers a particularly scathing or memorable takedown of a political figure or event during the “A Closer Look” segment.

Note: Please drink responsibly and know your limits.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

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ChatGPT: The Paradox of Trust Fund Decision-Making

You know that friend who never has to work a day in their life because they have a trust fund? Well, imagine if you had access to a tool that could do all the work for you. Enter ChatGPT, the AI language model that can generate text in a variety of styles and on any topic. It’s a powerful tool that can be incredibly useful, but it also poses risks.

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ChatGPT can be seen as a type of trust fund, a source of easy ideas and content without having to put in the hard work of brainstorming and writing. It’s easy to fall into the trap of relying on ChatGPT to generate all your ideas, but this can be dangerous. Just like relying on a trust fund to provide for your every need, using ChatGPT without any critical thought can lead to a lack of creativity and a failure to develop valuable skills.

It’s super important to remember that ChatGPT is a tool, not a replacement for human creativity. AI-generated content can be a starting point, but it’s up to us to take those ideas and shape them into something unique and valuable. ChatGPT is great for generating rough drafts or providing inspiration, but it’s up to us to review and refine the ideas it generates.

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We also need to be aware of the dangers of overreliance on AI-generated ideas. Just like how blindly following a trust fund can lead to financial ruin, blindly following ChatGPT-generated ideas can lead to disaster. The infamous failure of Long-Term Capital Management, a hedge fund that relied heavily on complex financial models, is a prime example of the dangers of overreliance on AI-generated data.

Wanna know why I’m using the decades-old LTCM as an example here? It’s because the free version of ChatGPT doesn’t yet know about the failures of Celsius, FTX, SVB, and Signature Bank. But how different is LTCM from FTX? At the LATHH, I explained at the same time the FTX thing to someone understood LTCM and LTCM to someone who knew about FTX. Then we were all on the same page.

Another example is the use of bad data in military actions and corporate missteps. In 2011, the U.S. military mistakenly bombed a convoy in Afghanistan, killing 23 people, including women and children. The mistake was attributed to the use of faulty data in a drone targeting system. In the corporate world, relying on AI-generated data without critical thought can lead to bad decisions that cost companies millions of dollars. Huge bummer.

So, while ChatGPT is a powerful tool, we need to use it responsibly. It’s up to us to ensure that we don’t become reliant on it and that we don’t blindly follow the ideas it generates. We should view ChatGPT as a starting point for our own creativity, and not a replacement for it. In the end, it’s up to us to put in the hard work and create something new and valuable. That’s why this blog post–largely written by ChatGPT–was kicked back by me to ChatGPT to rewrite a number of times to incorporate notes. And here it is for you.

Stock market rout

For the fourth day in a row, the stock market is facing a major selloff. What a mess. My feeling is that this is panic selling, and major hedge funds are just scooping up cheap stocks and getting ready for a rebound next week or the week after. I don’t know if that will happen. What lunacy, though.

No NYT Spelling Bee or Crossword today :/

I’ve done a lot of work today, including on a project that will appear on the Tuesday woodworking series.

I also got the flu shot today.

I am wiped. It’s hard for me right now to keep my eyelids from falling shut.

I have attempted both puzzles. The Sunday puzzle was too obscure to knock out. I didn’t even get 25% through before I realized I’d pass out and not wake up in time if I’d kept hammering away.

I got to Great (51 points) in the Spelling Bee, and that’s not enough.

I’m going to go to sleep and then regroup in the morning.

Happy Labor Day!

NYT Spelling Bee 2-24-21 final

Hello from Day 32 of the reopening of California. Today Louis DeJoy was back in front of congressional committees. I had been unaware of this until late tonight. They say that he refused to step down, so we remain annoyed. OMG James Comer just invoked Adam Schiff in his quick-to-please-Trump opening statements, as DeJoy was elected by the board of governors with strong support by Trump, and DeJoy immediately dismantled all kinds of necessary equipment in advance of the election that was heavily vote-by-mail. Also it sure sounds like he called Congresswoman Maloney “Bologna.” Crazy. Jody Hice’s opening statements also included a quick appeal to Donald Trump. Gross.

Yesterday I missed RATTRAP as the only word I am really familiar with.

Meatier Misses

APIARY: A place where bees are kept; a collection of beehives. Oh, man.
IRRUPT: Enter forcibly or suddenly.
PAPYRI: Plural of papyrus.
PARTITA: A suite, typically for a solo instrument or chamber ensemble.
PIPIT: A mainly ground-dwelling songbird of open country, typically having brown streaky plumage.
PITAPAT: With a sound like quick light steps or taps. Oh, like pitterpatter.

Today’s summary

Final score: 24 words for 84 points.
Genius minimum: 86 points.
First word: CHALLAH.
Pangram: NOPE!
Tweets:

NYT Spelling Bee 2-17-21 final

Hello from Day 25 of the reopening of California. There’s been icy wind here in Los Angeles. Not icy-icy like how Houston is or elsewhere in the country but like upper-40s. Brrr.

Yesterday I missed BELITTLEMENT, BELLMEN, EMINENT, LENIENT, LINEMEN, METEE, and MINIM.

Meatier Misses

BLIN: one pancake made from buckwheat flour and served with sour cream.

LIMN: literary Depict or describe in painting or words.
TELNET: A network protocol that allows a user on one computer to log into another computer that is part of the same network. What year is this?

Today’s summary

Final score: 20 words for 95 points.
Genius minimum: 82 points.
First word: DAYLIT.
Pangram: VALIDITY.
Tweet:

Very proud.