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February 16, 2024

Blue Mushrooms of New Zealand


Do NOT adjust your set: go ask Alice to do it for you.

Above and below,


the sky blue mushroom Entoloma hochstetteri, photographed by Steve Axford on Fox Glacier in New Zealand.

"The blue coloring of the fruit body is due to three azulene pigments. Entoloma hochstetteri is not edible, but whether or not it is poisonous is unknown."

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FunFacts: "This species was one of six native fungi featured in a set of fungal stamps issued in New Zealand in 2002. It is also seen on the reverse side of the $50 bank note issued by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in 1990 (below)."


The mushroom is also native to India.

[via Bem Legaus and pho2addicted]

Wait a sec — what's that song I'm hearing?

Meanwhile, for Tamra it's BOTN.

February 16, 2024 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

OpenAI introduces Sora, its text-to-video AI model


[Prompt: A stylish woman walks down a Tokyo street filled with warm glowing neon and animated city signage. She wears a black leather jacket, a long red dress, and black boots, and carries a black purse. She wears sunglasses and red lipstick. She walks confidently and casually. The street is damp and reflective, creating a mirror effect of the colorful lights. Many pedestrians walk about.]

Wrote Emma Roth in The Verge:

OpenAI is launching a new video-generation model, and it's called Sora.

The AI company says Sora "can create realistic and imaginative scenes from text instructions."

The text-to-video model allows users to create photorealistic videos up to a minute long — all based on prompts they've written.

Sora is capable of creating "complex scenes with multiple characters, specific types of motion, and accurate details of the subject and background," according to OpenAI's introductory blog post.

The company also notes that the model can understand how objects "exist in the physical world," as well as "accurately interpret props and generate compelling characters that express vibrant emotions."

The model can also generate a video based on a still image, as well as fill in missing frames on an existing video or extend it.

The Sora-generated demos included in OpenAI's blog post include an aerial scene of California during the gold rush, a video that looks as if it were shot from the inside of a Tokyo train, and others.

Many have some telltale signs of AI — like a suspiciously moving floor in a video of a museum — and OpenAI says the model "may struggle with accurately simulating the physics of a complex scene," but the results are overall pretty impressive.

That is the understatement of the year.

February 16, 2024 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Zero Gravity Workstation

From Core77:

This 650-lb. Zero Gravity Workstation is by ErgoQuest, a Michigan-based furniture manufacturer.

The design reminds me of dental set-ups.


It's centered around a motorized chair and a steel mast that supports the multiple-monitor arm, the keyboard-table arm, and a side table that can hold a laptop.

The angles of, well, everything are adjustable.


I can't imagine having to strap into this thing to do work, but the company exists, so I assume there's a target market.



February 16, 2024 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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