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Where AI is going

I had to blink at this. A rhyme generated by an AI. Instructed to rewrite Hamlet in the Dr Seuss style of green eggs and ham:

I am Hamlet, Prince of Denmark,
And I have a tale to tell.
It’s a story of ghosts and murder,
And a kingdom in a spell.

I do not like my uncle, Claudius,
I do not like the throne he stole.
I do not like the way he killed my dad,
I do not like his wicked soul.

I do not like my mom, Gertrude,
I do not like the way she acts.
I do not like the way she married him,
I do not like the love she lacks.

But then I met a ghost, a spirit,
Who looked just like my dear old dad.
He whispered to me, Hamlet,
“Avenge me, make him pay, my lad.”

“He killed me, Hamlet, Claudius did,”
“Poured poison in my ear.”
“He took my crown, my throne, my wife,”
“And filled my kingdom with fear.”

“Revenge me, Hamlet, take him down,”
“And right the wrongs he’s done.”
“Avenge me, Hamlet, do it now,”
“Before it’s all said and done.”

So I did it, Hamlet,
I avenged my dear old dad.
I killed Claudius, and Gertrude too,
And put an end to all the bad.

I did it, Hamlet,
And now my story’s told.
I avenged my dad, and found some peace,
But the price was high, and the toll was bold.

The end, Hamlet,
My tale is done.
I hope you liked it, and enjoyed the fun,
Of my story, Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark.

ChatGPT – 2022

Its hard to get your head around the world we are heading into

Bivalent Vaccine

I just found out today that if you have had your second booster, there is no current way to get the bivalent vaccine. Given that the new bivalent vaccines are the first to cover omicron, this is really disappointing.

I guess at some stage the government will permit an additional booster shot, at which point everyone can get it. But if you have been keeping up with your vaccines, you are now actually punished compared to those who were a bit slow getting their second booster.

Day of rest

Its day three of our cycling holiday down south. I’m in a good holiday mode, which is great. It at least partially compensates for the physical discomfort of the last two days of riding.

Day one Quinninup to Manjimup

Day one was a heavy day. 3805 calories on the wahoo counter. 45.7 Km with about 800 metres of climb. Hard work.

Day 2 Donnelly River to Manjimup

I think this should have been the harder day, but I was still tired from day one so I didn’t push quite as hard. Mostly because I couldn’t.

But technically a longer and harder ride. At least this time I didn’t need medical evacuation from the trail and made it all the way to Manjimup

944 metres of climb over 50km of off road trail. I guess the satisfaction at the end of the ride was worth it.

Munda Biddi

Starting the bike trip – today being a travel day.

The place we are staying is pretty nice – The apple is really nicely set up for the next few days in Bridgetown.

Its nice to just chill out.

Flat Tyre.

I guess if you are going to have a flat tyre, its good to do it on a main street. Pity that means a 200Km tow job to get the hire car tyre’s fixed.

Ultimately its a first world problem. There are bigger concerns in life.


Never been here before. Its a pretty nice place – staying at a resort in preparation for the spring scientific meeting.

Mostly I’m just chilling out with all of this.

Server down due to Eaton 3s 550 failure.

My UPS failed me in a big way yesterday – and it took out a whole circuit in my house. Which included the router (so no internet) and indeed no front gate electricity.

Very disappointing. It’s supposed to proceed from this very thing, and instead it actually caused it. Paint me unimpressed with this model.

Still playing with Plex

I’m pretty impressed with what plex manages to do – I’ve only started to scratch the surface. Just with audio. Its pretty amazing for video too, but I’m not yet putting that library in until I have some terabytes of storage available.

But just with music – its ability to download album covers and lyrics to integrate with the music database (I’m using iTunes/music as the basic library) – its really impressive.

Plus Sonos can use it directly (unlike Apple Music) without a host computer streaming sound to the Sonos. Much better than airplay in my view.