Free Friday - Monogram It
It's Friday! Here's a bit of free stuff!
I found a cool little site that makes monograms. See the attached coolness for what you can do! You can print it on some stationary, scrapbooking paper, make it sticky back put it on a pillow - There are a lot of possibilities here!
You have to give them your email address, but I've been part of the site owner's mailing list for a while now and they are good about unsubscribing and subscribing. Otherwise, just use a throwaway account.
Enjoy using Monogram Maker!
It's Friday and there's a great website with free resources just waiting for your click.
Today's clickable is all about Home Schoolers! The site is Free HomeSchool Deals. It's actually a mix of links to free stuff and and discounted items around the internet.
The site is easy to follow and well laid out. Since it is a site that collates resources and sends you to other web sites, make sure you read their terms of service, which is located at the bottom before you begin gobbling up the goodies.
Also, make sure that you are using a good ad blocker and anti-virus before you download anything to your computer. As always, run it through VirusTotal before you set it free on your computer.
It sounds like a lot of warnings, but there's a lot of good stuff on the site and with some basic security precautions, you can really find the gems.
A Cool Website For Boomers
It provides legit links to stuff Boomers watched back in the day - Like Petticoat Junction and Green Acres. Boomer Flix! Enjoy!
Free Friday - Amazon Sort
Finally Friday! GeoGebra
Today's software is GeoGebra. It's a collection of free software and online math tools for Graphing Calculator, Geometry, 3D Graphing, Augmented Reality, Graphing, Spreadsheet, Probability, CAS (A software program that facilitates symbolic mathematics - Yes, I had to look it up.).
I was amazed by everything that you can download and do at the website. All of it for free. There are lesson plans for teachers from Elementary grade level to College Prep and College level. There are fun exercises.
The FAQs, User Help and User Forum are all up-to-date, easy to navigate, and well done. As a person who deals with a lot of Linux software sites, I was incredibly jealous of their FAQs and User Help. If GIMP was that organized Photoshop would be out of business.
Go to the GeoGebra website or click on the FB link and check them out. You will be amazed at what they have available for free.
It's Friday! Smash!
It's Friday and I found a nifty freebie for you!
Have you ever wanted to send a large file to someone but your email service shook a finger and said, "No-no-no!" We've all been there.
That's where Smash comes in. It's a file sharing service with no file size limits. It's also anonymous. There's no registration required. It's a simple site to use. The files stay on the site for 14 days - Plenty of time for retrieval. You can also password protect your files. Recipients can preview the content type of the files before they download.
There are also no ads on the site. That made me side-eye a bit, but they offer a premium service (that's dead cheap) to continue hosting content for retrieval for 1 year. It also offers a customized, branded service with prioritized routing and a tracking and history dashboard. That explains the lack of ads. A site that's crammed full of ads rarely grabs the attention of people who want customized services.
Smash is one for the bookmarks for sure.
GANs and AI
Doing something a little different this beautiful sunny Friday! How about Fun Friday? Look at the pictures below. Think you can tell which of these people are real?
Go look. I'll wait here.
None of them are. Want to generate fake people of your own? Go to this link and hit your browser's refresh button for a new non-person every two seconds: This Person Does Not Exist
All of these 'people' are stitched together using Generative Adversarial Networks or GANs for short. It's AI - A type of a machine learning network. It kind of gives me the creeps, but it's also very cool.
Right now, it's very easy to see the bits that look like bad image alterations. Some are much easier than others. The guy with the disembodied hand on his shoulder is the perfect example of this, as is the woman with the orange hair. It's clear that the computers thought her hair was the color of the hat rim and thought the hand was an exposed part of his body. It's a color error.
Thing is, this network is learning what works and what doesn't, so it will improve with time without human intervention. It's rudimentary now. Imagine what it will be able to do in the future - Make entire videos without the need for any biological input?
You can read about it at Wikipedia:
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