How are you doing this Monday morning?
I’m sure you’re like me - watching Russia’s invasion in real time - whether on Reddit, Twitter, CNN, Telegram, or other news sources.
It’s quite horrifying - especially as it’s arguably the first “modern war” in the age of the Internet. The amount of raw information and footage available is overwhelming.
If you’re looking for real-time updates - consider adding one of the lists mentioned on this Twitter thread to your feed.
If you’re short on time - Just keep OSINTtechincal on alert.
As always - take all “random Twitter account” information with a grain of salt - there’s a ton of stuff flying around right now.
On a less serious note - I got a Dezuki NFT last week. It’s an Azuki derivative - but actually kind of cool.
I didn’t get any of the Degen Toonz - which is rather unfortunate - since the floor went from 0.06 to 1.19 ETH in the space of a few days. Dang.
I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it before - but Mintalytics is amazing for tracking new and trending projects. It keeps you in the know without taking over your life.
Ok - let’s dive in, shall we?
🍖The Never-Ending Stew
I’ve always heard stories about Never ending stews - in fact I even wrote about one several years ago here in The Land of Random.
Well - today I’m here to tell you the story of the Perpetual Stew Louro
Yes - you saw that right. That tweet is almost 7 years old. I don’t think our friend Louro is still “alive” today - but he lived for several months at the Louro restaurant.
Chef David Santos prides himself on avoiding food waste and decided to create a broth from kitchen scraps last August—and it's the same one still simmering on the stove today. Here's why that's not terrifying and actually pretty cool: Constant simmering means bacteria can't develop, and Stu is frequently and thoroughly strained. Every bit of solid food is removed, and what's left is an incredible broth that contains layers upon layers of savory flavor. Fed every couple of days with a mix of vegetable peels, fish heads, shrimp shells, chicken carcasses, water and other edibles on hand, this Perpetual Stew forms the umami-packed base for some of the restaurant's most popular dishes, like garlic soup and duck ramen. (source)
Basically - Louro is the ULTIMATE broth. I can only imagine how much flavor is locked in there.
Unfortunately - I couldn’t find much more about the Stew - other than the account’s last post was in May 2016.
It seems to have been started in 2014 - and the above quote came from 2017.
So - three years?
Of course - it got me to wondering - Could I or you make a perpetual stew?
The short answer is - Yes - as long as you keep it out of the temperature danger zone. As long as it is cooking eternally at 200 degrees Fahrenheit or higher -
I guess you could figure out which setting on the crockpot is 200 degrees F - and then keep it there.1
This article has some great details if you want to read more about the temperature considerations and other factors.
Heck - there’s some fascinating info in these Reddit comments.
What would you put in a perpetual stew?
Well, beef or chicken bones, water, spices, onions, carrots, meat - those are good starters.
However - vegetables like Garlic, beets, turnips, cauliflower, radishes, and broccoli can have a dominating effect on a stew - and thus should be avoided.2
Unless you’re fine with the taste of beets for the next few months.
I recommend reading this guide for all the useful details - including the importance of adding Apple Cider Vinegar to your stew.
Go check it out!
📶Off-Grid Cell Network
How do you plan to communicate when the cell towers are down - or when you’re deep in the wilderness on a trip?
That was the question Keegan faced when traveling with his friends deeep in the wilderness.
How could he utilize the devices everyone already had (a phone) without asking them to get a CB or long-range walkie-talkie?
The above image displays the two LORA communicators - and the custom Android app necessary for messaging.
Currently, in this POC stage, the off-grid LoRa communicator allows up to 8 mobile devices to connect to it simultaneously to send and receive text messages in a group chat like fashion. When a message is sent on one side it is transmitted via the LoRa communication standard to the other side where messages are delivered to the connected devices via the included app. (source)
I’ve seen other solutions like Mesh networking - or short range Bluetooth connections - but never a mini cell tower like this!
You could keep these in a backpack connected to a battery pack - and as long as you’re within 10kmish of the other group - you have communication.
This is a very advanced DIY project - I couldn’t even imagine building these.
Check it out!
😄Browse the AI Web
Every year - Google Search becomes more and more unusable as ads, SEO content, paywalled articles, and other stuff clog up real results.
One out of every two recipes is a 5-page story about someone’s grandma.
A review of a phone is actually an unreadable SEO garbedlygook.
And so on . . .
The only way to get REAL results when doing specific research is to do some Google Dorking.
If you haven’t heard of Google Dorking - it’s essentially “hacking” Google Search to give you very specific results.
Like searching “Starwars +reddit” so it only gives you results from Reddit, and so on!
Here’s a little handy cheatsheet for Google Dorking.
Anyway, I’ve gotten a bit off track.
I discovered that procedurally generated Internet may soon be a thing - and I couldn’t be more interfied (interested and terrified).
Kenny Cruz created a Procedural Web demo that utilizes GPT-3 to surface results for any search.
Goopt is an experiment in what the "procedural web" could be. This new web will use procedural content generation to create varied content, completely synthetic, since these are generated by algorithms and artificial intelligence. For now, the content is only text that is being generated automatically with GPT-3, the recent OpenAI model. Goopt works as if it were a search engine, allowing us to search for any term, obtain related results and access their content. Simulating in this way the experience of browsing the web. (source)
Can you imagine how crazy it would be if someone figured out how to procedurally generate content based on google keyword search volume?
I can see it now - a Bot scraping low volume keywords- searching for affiliate articles - and creating content to drive sales.
Here’s a gif demo that Kenny provided.
Notice how it immediately starts surfacing content and articles that discuss the topic of procedural content generation.
What if someone implemented this on their website - creating content in real time based on your reading history?
Honestly - I think GPT-4 will have the ability to handle this - and you may not be able to tell the difference.
I do think this could be really useful for creating realism inside of video games - It’d be pretty fun to read AI-generated articles inside a terminal browser in Cyberpunk 2077 or something like that . . .
Go check it out at the link. Let me know if you mess around with it! It’s pretty easy to get an Open AI Developer key now.
🐙The Land of Random
Heyday.xyz - Close all 100 Tabs
You know that moment after a long day of work when you have about 60 tabs open, and Chrome is whirring like a jet engine? The worst part is the hesitation before closing them out. Am I missing something . . . Well - No more! With Heyday you can rest assured knowing your content will be saved - and available for viewing again.
Survive the Deadness
This VR horror game looks absolutely terrifying. You play the game wheelchair bound - and sitting down. To move - you emulate spinning the wheels of your chair. The immersiveness definitely adds to the terror!
Generate Your Outfit
This may be the most clever lead magnet I’ve ever seen for a company. It appears that all links go to Shein - is it a guerilla marketing tactic? Who knows. Essentially, you can randomly generate outfits to wear. I kind of wish there was an open source version of this that I could upload my clothing items to . . .
I feel like i’m trapped in some endless office . . .
Wendigo Cyborg Vibes
These guys look SCARY - MK is a great artist.
The Davinci Drone
This Drone flies thanks to one of Davinci’s designs. So cool!
Windows in Your Browser
Here’s another dope Windows website experience in your browser. It has Doom and a ton of other cool features.
Build a Railway in your backyard
No seriously - this is awesome. Do it!
TikToks You Can’t Miss
IDK if this is true, but I’m doing this when I’m old
Oof. I never thought about this when I was a kid
This looks awesome. I want to scuba dive now
Yup to all three of those scars.
I CAN’T EVEN. This is some prohibition level double speak
Speaking of the Wendigos outside . . .
That’s all for this week! See you next time.