While many people focus on the kind of acting folks are doing, we often forget the part about them having to memorize lines. Tons and tons of lines. Rote memorization was always a bit of a struggle for me so I usually needed lots of practice, or later use things like mnemonics. Others use a memory palace-like system.
This guy shows a memorization technique he picked up from actor Lauren Tothero that follows a 5 step plan:
Read over the lines a few times
Write down the first letter of each word.
Read it using first letters of the word only a few times to help sink it in.
Rewrite the letters just from memory.
Try the whole section just from memory without the letters.
He tries it live on camera to see how well it works – and it seems to work really well (but maybe not quite as ‘instant’ as he proports). Still, it’s something I might try in the future.
I’m going to give you an actual quote from a historical figure, and see if you can figure out what she/he was talking about and who said it. You’ll get two tries. First, I’ll remove a key word from the quote that would give it away.
“Everything I have said and done in these last years is relativism by intuition. If relativism signifies contempt for fixed categories and those who claim to be the bearers of objective immortal truth, then there is nothing more relativistic than <our political party name here> attitudes and activity. From the fact that all ideologies are of equal value, we <political party name here> conclude that we have the right to create our own ideology and to enforce it with all the energy of which we are capable.”
Figure it out yet? Here’s another way to put this same quote by translating some of the philosophical language to layman’s statements we use today:
“Everything I have said and done in these last years is based on the idea that we decide for yourself what is true and right. People who claim there are are things that are objectively right and wrong are incorrect and should be opposed. Everyone has their own truth to tell. There is nobody that embodies this attitude more than our party. From the fact that all truths are of equal value, our efforts conclude that we have the right to speak our own truth and spread that truth with all the energy of which we are capable.
Some of this sound familiar? I would bet a good number of people would agree with some or many of the ideas behind this quote. We see leaders and experts in the media encouraging people to ‘tell their truth’ and that each of us has our own ‘truth’. We also see a lot of people who are very against religions and to increasing degree our own Democratic political and legal systems. We definitely see groups that use social media witch hunts/doxing and cameras as a weapon to intimidate and silence others.
So who would you guess said this? What political party was he referring too?
The answer is this was from Benito Mussolini. The party was his National Fascist Party. Here’s is the original quote from his philosophical writings:
Everything I have said and done in these last years is relativism by intuition. If relativism signifies contempt for fixed categories and those who claim to be the bearers of objective immortal truth … then there is nothing more relativistic than Fascist attitudes and activity… From the fact that all ideologies are of equal value, that all ideologies are mere fictions, the modern relativist infers that everybody has the right to create for himself his own ideology and to attempt to enforce it with all the energy of which he is capable.
Diuturna The Lasting as quoted in Rational Man : A Modern Interpretation of Aristotelian Ethics
BYD has made batteries for commercial and industrial purposes for years – and now they have developed their Blade Battery that seems to handle puncture and temperature tests much better than current EV batteries that have a bad tendency to catch fire and explode in accidents. Tesla plans on using a blade battery in its car in upcoming models.
BYD hasn’t come to the US, but are (obviously) selling quite well in China and Europe. Middle class Chinese customers are flocking to the $14,500 and $29,000 price tag instead of Tesla and other EV makers. So what do these cars look like? Their more recent dual motor flagship model the BYD Han is quite nice. It sells for $42,000 in China and 70,000 Euros in the EU. The interiors and ride is about as nice as the fact it can do 0-60 in 3.9 seconds.
Some of the other offerings from BYD, and a whole host of other makers if you’re curious:
The first personality tests appeared in the 1920s and were intended to aid in personnel selection, particularly in the military. Since then, a number of personality tests have been developed and optimized for different purposes. Some of these—such as the MBTI and the Keirsey Temperament Sorter—really can help people understand themselves better, but others are made more for fun.
One of the first ones I heard was the field, cube, ladder, and horse test. You ask those with you to sit quietly and then imagine each of these things as you ask the questions. Don’t tell them how many questions there are. Encourage some time as you ask the question so they can get a very good visual picture in their mind before moving on to the next question.
Think of an open field. How big is this field? What is it filled with? What are the surroundings like?
Think of a cube. How big is the cube? What is it made of, and what is the surface like? What color is it? Where in the field is it? Where is the cube (e.g. on the ground, floating, etc.)? Is it transparent? If so, can you see inside?
Think of a ladder. How long is this ladder, and where is this located in your field? What’s the distance between the ladder and the cube?
Think of a horse. What color is the horse? What is the horse doing, and where is it in relation to your cube?
How to interpret the questions:
The field represents your mind. Its size is the representation of your knowledge of the world, and how vast your personality is. The condition of the field (dry, grassy, or well-trimmed) is what your personality looks like at first glance
The cube represents you. The size of the cube is your ego.The surface of the cube represents what is visibly observable about your personality, or maybe it is what you want others to think about you. The texture of the cube (e.g. smooth, rough, bumpy, etc.) represents your nature.
The ladder represents two different aspects of your life—your goals and your friendships (though I heard it originally only as your friends). The size location and material of your ladder can also tell you how close you are with your friends. You guessed it—the closer the ladder is to the cube and the stronger the ladder is, the better it is for your friendships
The horse represents your ideal partner/sexuality. It could be playing, running around, or grazing right next to your cube or clear across the field.
See the links below for additional guides on how to interpret the results as well as some other tests you might try.
I wrote about Stable Dreamfusion previously. Dreamfusion first takes normal Stable Diffusion text prompts to generate 2D images of the desired object. Stable Dreamfusion then uses those 2D images to generate 3D meshes.
The authors seemed to be using A100 nVidia cards on an Ubuntu system. I wanted to see if I could get this to work locally on my home Windows PC, and found that I could do so.
System configuration I am using for this tutorial:
nVidia GeForce GTX 3090
Intel 12th gen processor
Setting Stable Dreamfusion up locally:
Step 1: Update your Windows and drivers
Ensure you have the latest nVidia driver installed.
Step 2: Install Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)
Install Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). WSL install is a simple command line install. You’ll need to reboot after you install. You want to make sure you install Ubuntu 22.04, which is the default in Feb 2023 since that is what Stable Dreamfusion likes. Currently WSL installs the latest Ubuntu distro by default, so this works: wsl –install If you want to make sure you get Ubuntu 22.04, use this command line: wsl –install -d Ubuntu-22.04
After installing WSL, Windows will ask to reboot.
Upon reboot, the WSL will complete installation and ask you to create a user account.
Start Ubuntu 22.04 on WSL by clicking on the Windows Start menu and typing ‘Ubuntu’ or you can type Ubuntu at a command prompt and type ‘Ubuntu’.
If you don’t have Ubuntu started, go ahead and start Ubuntu 22.04 on WSL by clicking on the Windows Start menu and typing ‘Ubuntu’ (or you can type Ubuntu at a command prompt as well). A new shell terminal should appear.
You need to install the nVidia CUDA SDK on Ubuntu. You’ll choose one of these two options:
Distribution: Ubuntu (you can also select WSL Ubuntu which should be the same as the supposedly GPU accelerated)
Installer type: deb (local)
You will then get a set of install instructions at the bottom of the page (wget, apt-get, etc). Simply copy the lines one by one and put them into your Ubuntu terminal. Ensure each step passes without errors before continuing.
The ‘sudo apt-get -y install cuda’ line will install a lot of packages. It can take 10-15 minutes.
Install python3 pip. This is required for the Dreamfusion requirements installation script.
sudo apt install python3-pip
Step 4: Install Stable Dreamfusion and dependent packages
Clone the project as directed: git clone https://github.com/ashawkey/stable-dreamfusion.git
Install with PIP: Install the pre-requisites via pip as directed on the Dreamfusion github page:
pip install -r requirements.txt
I also installed both optional packages nvdiffrast and CLIP.
Add this export line to your .bashrc to ensure python can find libcudnn: export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/wsl/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH
I did not install the build extension options
Exit and restart your shell so that all path changes take effect
Step 5: Run a workload!
Follow the instructions in the USAGE section of the Dreamfusion instructions. Instead of ‘python’ use ‘python3’. They have a number of things you can specify like negative prompts, using the GUI interface (which does not work under WSL),
The very first run will take a long time. It will download several gigabytes of training data, then train 100 epoch’s, which can take up to an hour.
Look in the results directory under the workspace name:
.\stable-dreamfusion\<workspace name>\mesh\ #directory holds the .obj, .mat, and .png files .\stable-dreamfusion\<workspace name>\results\ #directory holds a mp4 video that shows the object rotating
Copying them to Windows: All Windows drives are pre-mounted in \mnt\<drive letter>\ for WSL. Ex: \mnt\c\ So you can copy the output files to your windows side by doing: cp -rP .\<workspace name> \mnt\c\workdir\
If you use social media, this is critical information since it has become crystal clear (from the social media companies themselves, as well as congressional reports) that foreign entities have been doing this for almost a decade now. This was before AI based chat and response bots – which will likely make the volume and sophistication of these kinds of manipulators massively more pervasive and harder to spot.