I’m Such A Nerd, I’m Looking Forward To Tuesday’s Llama Model Release

by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

I think Meta is going to release a new Llama LLM model on Tuesday. And, I have to say, if they put it out at Meta.AI, I’m going to be very happy. But I will note that my fondness for using LLMs has decreased significantly now that Gemini Advanced is….rather dull.

It used to be, almost every day Gemini Advanced would do something really strange that piqued my interest.

Now…meh…it acts very normal all the time. Sigh. I guess I’m just going to have to wait until AGI for new, strange things to happen. But I am looking forward to seeing what happens with the Meta’s Llama model on Tuesday.

It will be interesting to see if the new model is better at abstract thinking than the old one — which was pretty good.

I Still Feel Bad JuJu

by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

Even though Biden has left the race, I still feel something is….off. A few more big things are going to happen pretty soon, I sense. Don’t know what they might be, but…..who knows?

I do think that the next few months are going to be, in general, astonishing.

I need to get back to my novels. Why is it so difficult for me to focus on them at the moment?

Snap Out Of It, All-In Podcast Host Jason Calacanis

by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

I’m growing more and more bored of thinking about this, but I have to note how weird it is that “Jcal” has decided to drink the Kool-Aid when it comes to MAGA. Weird. Totally weird.

He used to be one of the more even-minded of the “All-In” podcast group. Now, wow. Just wow. Totally bonkers for MAGA. Anyway, whatever. He has more success than I will ever have.

What do I know. Though I will note that Industrialists always go “all-in” for fascists in…the beginning.

We Have GOT To Fish Or Cut Bait When It Comes To Biden As A Candidate

by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

The above is apparently the ‘bright idea” that the Democrats have to figure out who the nominee will be should Biden drop out. It’s totally insane and bonkers. But it proves a point — Democrats needs to fish or cut bait with Biden.

I’m not a Democrat — I’m an anti-MAGA independent — so I feel a bit more detached than most people observing all this. But definitely FEELS like we’re in something of a political death spiral when it comes to Biden’s future. It definitely FEELS like Biden is going to drop out — probably within the next few days.

But, who knows. He could endup saying, “The Aristocrats!” at the end of all of this and we just have figure out what we’re going to do with him as the standard barer going forward.

The Logic of The ‘Unaligned’ Movement Is … Weird?

by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

It seems as though the people who want AI to have no restrictions at all are the same people who want to personally own nukes. They just don’t see how clearly there need to be SOME restrictions on AI.

It’s all very curious.

But, here we are. Zooming towards an unknown future.

Watch Me Be Paranoid: ‘Live Free or Die Hard’ & Late 2024, Early 2025

by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

As I keep saying, I’m prone to “magical thinking.” That is, thinking that really doesn’t have much connection to reality. It’s the type of weird thinking that caused people to think that they could cure COVID by….drinking bleach?

But given improvements in AI video technology, I have an unease about what might happen in the near, near future. The plot of Live Free or Die Hard revolves around some huge terrorist attack being faked via the use of deep fake technology (or something.)

I just worry…what if something like that happened as part of us careening towards civil war / revolution in late 2024, early 2025? I worry.

Is It Possible That People Are … Listening To Me?

by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

Generally, absolutely no one listens to me. I live in oblivion. But I have been ranting and ranting and ranting AND RANTING for years now that late 2024, early 2025 could be a Holy Shit moment in our nation’s history.

I only mention this because someone in Milwaukee*, where the RNC took place recently, looked at what of my hysterical posts from late 2020 where I had all these crazy ideas as to how Trump could stay in power. None of them, I will note, mentioned anything about him inciting an insurrection, natch.

But it does make me wonder — given how fucking much I’ve ranted about the possibility of a civil war / revolution….is it possible someone, somewhere is actually now, at last paying attention to me?

If they are, I don’t quite know what to make of such a thing. It would be totally out of the ordinary for my living-in-oblivion life. I have also caught the attention of someone who was apparently in the NYC area and now is in the DC area.

That would usually make me ecstatic — someone of note gives a shit about me! — but I’m also worried that he / she is an FBI or Secret Service agent worried I’m going to freak out and hurt someone. UGH. I hate that. I hate the idea that just because I’m a kook and have strong opinions about politics I have to worry that I’m on some sort of fucking watch list.

I’m totally, completely fucking harmless. Totally. I hate guns. I hate conflict. I am, I will admit, a kook. But that’s it. I really, really, REALY fucking hate guns.

Let’s see if anyone listens to me about that part.

*I doubled checked – it was Waunakee. Ooopse.

I’m Severely Worried

by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

No matter what happens this fall, there is a real risk of domestic political violence in the United States at a level not seen since the end of the Civil War. There is a non-zero chance that the most powerful nation the world has ever seen could buckle because of some pretty dumb shit.

What’s worse, the state I live in — Virginia — is two states, one Red, one Blue, fused together who hate each other. So if the absolute worst happens, there’s a good chance that I will become a domestic political refugee.

I wish I was joking, but I’m not. I could literally have to make good on all my quips about “heading North.” And I’m sure — sure — that somehow I’m going to endup in some sort of waystation in Maryland before I being shipped to a bigger refugee camp somewhere like upstate New York or maybe Maine.

But we have to start to buckle down and game out, on a personal basis, what the fuck we’re going to do should the absolute worst happen. I’m not smart enough to tell you what you should do, but I can tell you that you need to take all of this seriously.

We could be seriously f u c k e d no matter what happens. If Trump wins, he could go full tyrant and be deposed, which would cause a civil war when Red States leave the Union. If he loses, he could demand a National Divorce and…civil war.

But I am known for magical (over) thinking and so…maybe nothing will happen? Maybe Project 2025 will happen, about 1 million smug Twitter liberals will leave the country….and that’s it? About 20 million people will be put into camps, God-only-knows-what will happen to them and it will be just a Big Meh?

I just don’t know what is going to happen. No one does. But I would definitely accept that This Could Be It.

We’re All Collectively Going Through The 5 Stages Of Political Grief Along With Joe Biden

by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

It definitely seems as though because of Biden’s vanity and ego, we’re all going to be forced to go through the five stages of grief over the next few days. We’re currently at something along the lines of negotiation, I think.

The question now is how long does it take for him to reach the finial stage — acceptance? I wish he would get it over with and do it this weekend. But, alas, it could be that he waits until the very, very last moment — which would be right before the Democratic Convention in a few weeks.

It’s kind of a worst case scenario, all around.

But, here we are.

And I really, really don’t want him to quit. That would leave us without a veep during a very sensitive and potentially volatile moment in our nation’s history.

I Have To Start Working On My Novels Again

by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

Events have kind of thrown me for a loop the last few weeks. That, combined with finishing up a third draft of the novel I’ve been working on, has kind of left me in a daze.

But I’ve decided to the thriller AGAIN. And I have at least two solid scifi novels I can work on. I just feel so…meh. I feel blah. I need to focus on being creative again in a really focused way. I’m not getting any younger.

I think maybe if I distract myself for a few days by reading and watching content from other people that that might be enough to get me going again. I just hate being in this luminal space where I just kind of lounge around and daydream.

Something’s gotta give.