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  • On Vacation and On Writing

    On Vacation © 2022 James Leonardo
    On Vacation © 2022 James Leonardo

    I don’t have much to talk about this week as we are just back from a mini-vacation and retreat. We were in Lake Geneva, WI for about 5 days to unplug for a little bit and also so my wife could attend a work related retreat. It was nice to unplug, but unplugging meant I didn’t spend much time on https://jimsrules.com. The weather was nice and cool, the leaves were just starting to change, and there was too much nothing to do, if you know what I mean.

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  • What is Art in the Age of AI?

    Blogger © 2022 James Leonardo
    Blogger © 2022 James Leonardo

    AI is making a lot of people nervous. Sometimes for the right reasons, sometimes for the wrong reasons.

    What are some right reasons to be nervous about AI? Being nervous about the ability of self-driving cars to safely handle new situations is valid since lives are at stake. Wondering if advancing AI tech will make the rich richer and the poor poorer is also something worth pondering. Will AI-generated deepfakes destroy society? Maybe it sounds alarmist, but it is also a question worth asking. Is facial recognition a tool for good or evil? There are good uses, but do we know how to use facial recognition properly?

    I will not tell you how I answer those questions in this post. I’m focusing instead on a question I think should not cause anyone to worry about anything and why some of the responses to the question are harmful. It is a philosophical question: Are AI-generated images actually art?

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  • Acronym Soup

    Avocado Soup © 2022 James Leonardo
    Avocado Soup © 2022 James Leonardo

    This time around, I will be providing a little writing advice. You are probably thinking, “That’s rich, coming from you.” Annnnyyyyywaaayyy…

    We all love our acronyms and initialisms. They are part of the modern world, and we can’t escape them even if we wanted to. We even have an initialism for them: TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms). Unfortunately, they are often confusing. Did you mean Mobile Device Management (MDM), Master Data Management (MDM), Multidimensional Data Modeling (MDM), or Miniature Dwarf Mice (MDM)? This time around, I discuss some good practices for defining acronyms that will help us avoid feeling like we’re drowning in Acronym Soup.

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  • Moving off of GitHub Pages. Back to Azure

    Chicago Maybe © 2022 James Leonardo
    Chicago Maybe © 2022 James Leonardo

    After less than a month, I just cut the site back over to Azure. I am using a new approach that wasn’t available way back in 2017 when I first set up the site: Azure Static Web Apps. GitHub Pages was a nice experiment, but Azure Static Web Apps are more flexible. It’s still really simple to set up and publish. Read on for a little more info.

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  • Rule article published: Good Leaders are Good People

    Teamwork © 2022 James Leonardo
    Teamwork © 2022 James Leonardo

    About 15 years ago, I read somewhere that people who make good leaders tend to look favorably own their own leaders. (I liked it so much that it is now Rule 39.) The opposite is also true: people who will be bad bosses tend to see their own bosses as bad bosses until proven otherwise. It seemed like a revelation at the time. The more I thought about it and the more I observed people around me, the more I realized it made perfect sense. The way a person looks at their boss tends to also be the way they look at everyone around them. I discuss it in a new post “Good Leaders are Good People” along with why it matters. I even throw in some research this time!

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