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Links #71

Cursor, a text editor made for programming with AI. Interesting.

Simon Willison on AI-enhanced development. This post made me think that maybe there’s something to this after all.

John Gruber on Wavelength, a messaging app with built-in AI. I installed this but haven’t yet had anyone to talk with besides the chatbot.

Adam Posen on U.S. zero-sum economics and how relocating manufacturing production back to the U.S. isn’t actually a good thing. I have no idea if he’s right, but I’m generally in favor of globalization.

Scott O’Hara on the new HTML searchelement. Cool.

Adam Morgan’s Esquire profile of Brandon Sanderson. Way better than the Wired one.

Culturalytics with a table of cultural distances between countries. I don’t know how accurate/measurable this really is, but it’s interesting.

Christian Thalmann on the Korean-like script he designed for Netflix’s Shadow and Bone series. Cool.

Sian Bayley on Penguin’s new 1984 cover design from David Pearson. Loved this.

Blender 3.5 is released. The hair stuff is impressive, and the vector displacement maps for sculpting are also intriguing.

Marcelo de Oliveira Rosa Prates’s prettymaps Python package. I like this!

Alex Murrell on the age of average.

Hillel Wayne on ten weird things you can buy online. Ha.

Simon Willison on LLMs like ChatGPT being a calculator for words. This is a good way to think about it, definitely a better mental model than “I’m talking to something that might actually be sentient.”

Mike Crittenden on the physiological sigh. I read about this technique a couple years ago and have been using it regularly since then, and it does seem to work.

Brandon Sanderson on writing and feeling like an outsider.

Lincoln Michel on prose-forward writing. I like this way of thinking about it, more than character vs. plot, etc.

Max Gladstone about texture and aerodynamics in prose. Part of that same conversation.

Molly Templeton also on prose, and also part of that conversation.

Alexander Miller on grids. A fun read.

Mrigakshi Dixit on peanut allergies possibly being treatable by mRNA-based medicine. A lot of interesting things coming out of mRNA tech.

Linda Geddes on upcoming cancer and heart-disease mRNA vaccines. Can’t wait to see how this all plays out.

CourtBouillon on printing via the web (transforming HTML/CSS into PDFs, that is).

Andy Baio on his color blindness. A good reminder of how experiences can differ, and what we can do to make things more accessible for people.

Lian Cho on learning how to draw 200 dragons. I liked this. A good example of how to break apart a big task.

Austin Kleon with a bunch of quotes on not worrying about style as an artist.

Kepler.gl, an open source geospatial analysis tool for large-scale data sets. Cool, hadn’t heard of it before.

Make Something Wonderful: Steve Jobs in his own words. Nice use of CSS scroll snap and web components.