Pointers (March 2023)
The good stuff, March 2023 edition:
- If people see something of themselves in large language models (“i am a stochastic parrot, and so r u”), maybe it’s because our lives are overflowing with repetitive corporatized text.
- “Something Pretty Right," a history of Visual Basic. To paraphrase Hoare’s famous assessment of Algol 60: when it comes to rapid development, Visual Basic was an improvement not only on its predecessors, but most of its successors.
- I’ve written HTML and CSS about as long as they’ve been a thing, but somehow never noticed Safari’s quirky monospace handling until it snagged me on this site’s CSS. This hack from Wikimedia’s own CSS — specifying
font-family: monospace, sans-serifinstead of just
font-family: monospaceto distract Safari — saved my ass.
- A case that homelessness is just a housing problem.
- Wind down from the above with a few minutes of bewildering skateboard tricks.