The results are… well, spooky and beautiful and unsettling

Redwood trees in sunlight. (Photo credit: Thomas Smith via NVIDIA GauGAN)

NVIDIA is known for creating mind-blowing AI technologies. The Silicon Valley company makes graphics cards for gaming and cryptocurrency mining, but they also put those cards to use performing all kinds of AI wizardry.

The company was one of the originators of Generative Adversarial Networks, the technology behind Internet sensation…

Unfussy American classics in Pleasant Hill… for cheap

Photo: Courtesy of Thomas Smith

All through the pandemic, my family has ordered family meals from Jack’s Restaurant in Pleasant Hill. They make heaping, large-portioned platters of family-friendly food that you can order via Doordash. Their family meals were a lifesaver when lockdowns were in full swing and it wasn’t always possible to cook.


A fascinating combination of engineering, art, and marketing that will change how the world sounds

Nissan Leaf. Image credit: Gado Images

Recently, I was standing next to an electric car as it reversed out of a parking space. As it backed up, the car made a space-age whooshing sound, like a science fiction spacecraft gliding along the surface of an alien planet. As soon as the car stopped reversing, though, the…

Reports moderate shaking, light damage is possible

Rdius of vibrations felt across parts of the Bay Area. (Photo: Screenshot via USGS)

This morning at approximately 11:45 a.m., a 3.8-magnitude earthquake struck near San Ramon, California. Initially, the earthquake was estimated to be a 4.1 magnitude, but this was later revised down to 3.8 about 15 minutes after the quake occurred.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the tremor…

Home fitness equipment got poor marks in the Foundation’s annual Privacy Not Included report

Photo by Andrew "Donovan" Valdivia on Unsplash

Your treadmill is likely spying on you. That’s one of the most surprising conclusions of the Mozilla Foundation’s 2021 Privacy Not Included report, which was released this morning. For the report, the Mozilla Foundation’s researchers spent over 950 hours poring over the privacy policies, data gathering procedures, and hardware capabilities…

Thomas Smith

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