Month: March 2023

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Happy cuddly kitten day!

March 23, 2023

I have seen a couple of comics recently where the author got the idea for it from ChatGPT. It seemed interesting so I figured I’d check if the AI has a good idea for a blog post I could write.

I asked for a few suggestions.

The first one was to write about my cat being more popular on Instagram than I am myself. Well, I neither use Instagram nor have a cat around so I dismissed that one.

The second one was to write about my toddler creating chaos and grabbing everyone’s attention during my zoom meetings. Well, I don’t have a toddler around so I dismissed that one too.

The third suggestion was to write about the National Wear Your Pajamas Day. That one seemed the most interesting out of the bunch. I googled about it – there are multiple Wear Your Pajamas Days a year – April 6 is the National Pajama Day and April 16th is the Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day.

It turns out there is an insane number of random holidays each day of the year, most of which probably go uncelebrated.

In the end I appreciated ChatGPT-s advice. I didn’t use any of its ideas for a whole post, but it drew my attention to all these wonderful weird holidays. So I’m now sharing them with you too – check and see what holiday it is while you are reading this and it might help bring joy to your life.

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Unacquired sophistication

March 7, 2023

I have a note where I’ve written down a few ideas for blog posts. One of them is to draw a comic strip. I tried to do it for the current post. But the result was so atrocious that I decided against unleashing it on the Internet.

I have nearly zero experience drawing. But it is one of those skills I would like to acquire. I have watched a bunch of tutorial videos about it, but watching them won’t make me draw any better. Actually drawing, regularly, would though. The secret to learning how to draw (or many other skills) is just to practice a lot, so that your brain acquires new neuron connections which allow you to coordinate your imagination, eyes and hands in a better way.

These neuron connection pathways allow you to perform complicated tasks, if trained correctly. But they also determine your personality and your whole life. It is possible to retrain them, update the way your brain works, but it takes time and effort – regardless if you want to change some personality traits or learn how draw.

I’m having a hard time approaching the whole drawing thing. I’m setting myself really high expectations – I want to immediately be good at it, but the results are not so good. That’s probably a pretty common problem for people. If not immediately good at it – just give up.

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