Some, like David Foster Wallace’s encyclopedic postmodern novel “Infinite Jest,” seem like a sly comment on the new world OpenAI is helping to create.

The Old-Fashioned Library at the Heart of the A.I. Boom [archive]

🎵 Noted Track: Blonde

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Sunday (1994)
Found on Sunday (1994)

🎵 Noted Track: Bad Dream

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Wallows
Found on Bad Dream

RIP, Beki. It feels like I lost you yesterday. And this picture like the day before.

One year ago today my lost my little sister. The last of my immediate family. She would have been 48 this summer. It’s hard to live with how much I failed her and my mom.

RIP mom. There’s never enough time!

Mother’s Day is a difficult day for some of us. Please be kind.

I miss you, Mom. I wish you had chosen to stay longer. And you too, Grandma…I know you would’ve if you could’ve.

🎵 Noted Track: Ur Heart Stops

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fantasy of a broken heart
Found on Ur Heart Stops

I’ve had a major breakthrough in treatment of my depression, which has been chronic & omnipresent for 35 years. I’m ecstatic the dark voice has faded so much, even gone silent for good sized chunks of day! And I’m terrified it will roar again. And the vista of the life it consumed is harrowing.

🎵 Boy, the new Vampire Weekend album was worth the wait! And the lyrics…so good. A sample from “Classical”:

400 million animals competing for the zoo
[…]
The temple’s gone, but still a single column stands today
That sinking feeling fades, but never really goes away
A staircase up to nothingness inside your DNA

🎵 Noted Track: Oysters In My Pocket

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Royel Otis
Found on Oysters In My Pocket

📺 Noted Video → Champion Chess Tour/Matches

Read in 2024: Moral Victories by David Lovejoy 📚 — Interesting, semi-fictionalized account of the fascinating life of Savielly Tartakower. I’m not sure if I like the amount of fictionalization and speculation, but the author does note where it’s happening. What a character!

Restarting my meditation practice has been interesting. A major change in my depression treatment has both allowed me to fall into a groove faster than ever before, but my wandering mind has changed its style of wandering and I can’t stop feeling like my heart is pounding even when it isn’t.

🎵 Noted Track: The Sink

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hey, nothing
Found on Maine/The Sink

🎵 Noted Track: Serene King

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Guided By Voices
Found on Serene King

2024 Chess Open Candidates Round 13 Predictions

Honestly, I’m hoping that by predicting all-draws, we have a bloody round instead! Same in the Women’s tournament, where I am voting against my favorites in two cases!

  • Nepo-Naka: 1/2-1/2
  • Pragg-Fabi: 1/2-1/2
  • Vidit-Abasov: 1/2-1/2
  • Gukesh-Alireza: 1/2-1/2

Women’s

  • Vaishali-Lei: 1/2-1/2
  • Salimova-Lagno: 1-0
  • Tan-Goryachkina: 1/2-1/2
  • Humpy-Muzychuk: 1-0

📃 Daily(ish) poem → 00358 ◊ When a Child Asks About Angels ◊ Stuart Dischell

When a Child Asks About Angels

When my brother was swept away in a culvert
During a flash flood and entered a drainpipe
Under a road, the stopped motorists, two elderly
Sisters on their way home from church, counted
Their breath until he spilled out in the ditch
On the other side alive where they cheered him
From the rail and walked down the path in the rain
In their Sunday shoes, flowered hats, and dresses, and they
Guided him through the trees to the shelter of their car.
I am grateful forever to their blanket and thermos
And how they hugged him warm with their bodies
While he was trembling, their huge gorgeous bodies.

Stuart Dischell
—found in Children with Enemies (2017)

The 2024 Chess Candidates tournament is wild!

This has been the most exciting Chess Candidates tournament—or any chess tournament—I’ve ever seen. Tomorrow is round 13 of 14 and we have a three-way tie for first, with Fabiano Caruana, who was considered by most to be the tournament favorite just a half-game back. And in the final two rounds, three games feature those top four, plus games with some of the potentially most dangerous folks from further down the leaderboard. It’s wild.

No small amount of the excitement is coming from the time control, with two hours flat for the first forty moves + thirty-minutes and thirty-second increment starting at move 41 (with no third time control). I have mixed feelings about this. The chess lover in me doesn’t like speeding the classical game up, but the spectator is loving the drama.

It’s very possible we’ll go into tie-breaks. If we do, with the tie-breaks being rapid games, it will surely be high drama, but I will have solidly divided feelings: I don’t think classical chess should ever be decided by time-controls that do not quality as classical chess by the organizing body. I know this is the view of a Romantic dinosaur, but there you have it!

While I appreciate the drama of Nakamura’s routine streaming and his relaxed attitude (or the partial pretense of one: I believe that he is relatively relaxed about the tournament, but I don’t think he literally “does not care”), I’m not too interested in the ancillary drama in the form of Alireza’s ShoeGate followed by his—rather worked up—father being escorted from the venue, where he had the chance to launch a tirade to a reporter.