Link-o-Rama: Stable Diffusion 2.0, Tragic birth of FM radio, story of goth

Cartoonish AI-generated illustration of a computer with cute blob-like creatures.Before I’m in a turkey and carbs coma, thought I’d throw a few links into the void.

  • Stable Diffusion 2.0 is out! Things in the AI art space have been moving very quickly. Still lots of ethical, business and other implications, but I’m cautiously optimistic about it. I’ve been using Midjourney to generate art for the blog and been pretty happy with that use case. (Note: Stop calling things that aren’t OSD compliant “open source.” There’ll probably be a blog about this soon.)
  • The Tragic Birth of FM Radio” over on Damn Interesting. Great long-form blog post. Regulatory capture, unscrupulous people, patent shenanigans, and technology being hostage to shitty business practices aren’t exactly new to the Internet. Go read this before sitting down to watch the “Turkeys Away” episode of WKRP in Cincinnati. (Are there any good books on the rise of FM and Album Oriented Rock? We need one.)
  • The Story of Goth in 33 Songs” – from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins to Jenny Hval. From Pitchfork about 5 years ago, but I keep thumbing through the list and meaning to make a playlist. Got Goth that didn’t make the cut? Drop me a suggestion or three in the comments.

That’s it for today, fellow babies.

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