I would say about 50% owl

[colors tweaked post hoc to satisfy the censorbots]

this is the best science I have ever done

@lewisandquark has an excellent post about why this kind of simple tweak can throw off a neural net—

Do Neural Nets Dream of Electric Sheep”

For example, image recognition has a tendency to misindentify rocky fields as goats (because goats are often found there), images with rulers are more likely to contain skin cancer, annnnnd apparently anything significantly skin toned as porn.

( #send dunes)

Not only that, but nets that were pretty good at recognizing goats regularly misIDed them when they turned up in unusual places– goats in trees = birds, goats in cars = dogs

Neural nets inherently reproduce the biases of the systems they’re trained on.

And yeah, playing with the censorbots reveals all sorts of pattern breaks can throw them off— large borders, weird zooms, image filters, hue, and saturation changes, clothing, props.

The presence of a small owl in a hat.


friends, may I suggest the solution to the nsfw-ban is porn in unusual places?



I know this isn’t exactly a constructive critique, but I’m genuinely shocked by how much Moldbug sucks. He’s a stone cold high IQ idiot. Even when he almost makes a good point he dances past it each time, partly because he’s a bad writer, partly because his generalizations are consistently off center from reality, partly because he’s gratuitously antagonistic and overshoots the mark. It’s really bad! On a paragraph by paragraph level!

That said, “the Cathedral” is a solid and reasonably insightful pejorative for America’s meritocratic monoculture, and it is important to draw attention to the flaws of that culture. It’s unsurprising that’s outlasted everything else. Though AFAICT, Moldbug incorrectly sees it more as an evil cabal, rather than as a class with its own class interests, for the reasons listed above.

sometimes you write someone off for years without engaging, then you finally dig in and like sheesh, I was being too generous.

Here’s the thing, the actual thing, about the Cathedral:

As soon as it becomes common parlance, the idiots who claim “Coastal Elite” means “Jew” will start to claim “The Cathedral” means “Jewishness.”

And while it soothes my soul to know that those people will be first against the wall, in the meantime I will have to read their stupid opinions.


However, with his full name being Charles Philip Arthur George, there are a number of other names he could select, if he so wished. […] [S]peculation has grown that he could choose his third middle name, George, to reign as King George VII. Not only would this be him giving his own middle name precedence, it would also serve as a nod to his grandfather, King George VI, who was Queen Elizabeth II’s beloved father.

Of course he could also choose to rule as King Philip I or King Arthur I.

King Arthur I would be an absolutely hilarious choice.

I would absolutely insist on King Arthur II if I went with Arthur.

But yes.