What’s Up Wednesday #16 - crazy artists, AI, the coastline paradox
Happy Wednesday and Merry Christmas to all of you! The internet turned 30 this week!
Quotes of this Week
The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone.
- Oswald Chambers
It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.”
- Jim Rohn
🤯 Dustin Yellin creates famous artworks like his Psychogeographies. I recommend listening to this interview with him. The really interesting life of a somewhat crazy guy. He spent the money his mother awarded him because he stayed clear of drugs in his youth, ahem, on … drugs. Especially his story about his mental breakdown in New York is just crazy.
Facial Masks via AI
😷 If you had worn no face mask in Disney Land, the camera system would have added a mask on the final image. They did this to incentivize people not to take their maks off. You will wear a mask anyway in the resulting picture. Reddit thread.
The Coastline Paradox
The coastline paradox is the counterintuitive observation that the coastline of a landmass does not have a well-defined length. Since a landmass has features at all scales, from hundreds of kilometers in size to tiny fractions of a millimeter and below, there is no obvious size of the smallest feature that should be taken into consideration when measuring, and hence no single well-defined perimeter to the landmass. The smaller the features are that were taken into account the accuracy does not increase, but the measurement only increases in length; There is no way to obtain a maximum value for the length of the coastline. In three-dimensional space, the coastline paradox is readily extended to the concept of fractal surfaces whereby the area of a surface varies, depending on the measurement resolution. Wikipedia