I used AI to generate a poem, this is what I got

I’m not the first to test multiple AI search (text) engines.

Microsoft, which has invested billions of dollars in OpenAI, soon followed with Bing Chat, which uses ChatGPT technology. And then, last week, Google began letting a limited number of people access Google Bard, which is based on Google’s own technology, LaMDA, short for Language Model for Dialogue Applications.

Source: WIRED

My premise was “write a poem about an elemental elephant with a titanium trunk guarding a blessing of unicorns.”

ChatGPT came back with…

In lands where magic whispers, a tale unfolds,
Of an elemental elephant, mighty and bold.
With a titanium trunk, gleaming and grand,
Guarding a blessing, a mythical band.
A guardian of wonders, both gentle and strong,
This majestic creature, where legends belong.
Born of ancient forces, earth, fire, and air,
An embodiment of nature, beyond compare.
With steps like thunder, it roams the terrain,
A gentle giant, with a heart untamed.
In its presence, harmony finds its home,
A sanctuary where unicorns freely roam.
Its trunk, crafted of titanium's might,
An enchanted conduit, a beacon of light.
It weaves through the realms, a bridge to unite,
Elements and creatures, both day and night.
With eyes like diamonds, reflecting pure grace,
It gazes upon the unicorns in this sacred place.
Their silvery manes shimmer with ethereal glow,
A blessing of enchantment, for all to know.
As the sun sets, painting skies with gold,
The elephant stands tall, resolute and bold.
Guiding the unicorns through shadows and strife,
Protecting their essence, the essence of life.
Through forests and meadows, they journey afar,
Under the watchful eye of the elephant star.
Together, they dance, a celestial display,
A symphony of magic, as night turns to day.
In the heart of this realm, where dreams come alive,
The elemental elephant and unicorns thrive.
A testament to wonder, a tale to be told,
Of a guardian so noble, with a heart of pure gold.

Bing Chat came back with…

An elemental elephant with titanium trunk,
Guarding a blessing of unicorns,
The elephant's eyes are bright and clear,
And its skin is tough as iron.
The unicorns are pure and white,
With manes that shimmer in the light,
They dance and play around the beast,
And never stray too far from its feet.
The elephant stands tall and proud,
Its trunk a weapon, strong and loud,
It guards the unicorns with all its might,
And keeps them safe both day and night.
So if you ever see this sight,
An elemental elephant with titanium trunk,
Guarding a blessing of unicorns,
You'll know that everything is right.

Google Bard came back with…

Sure, here is a poem about an elemental elephant with a titanium trunk guarding a blessing of unicorns:

The Elemental Elephant

With a trunk of titanium and eyes of fire, The elemental elephant stands guard. He protects the blessing of unicorns, Whose magic is pure and their hearts are kind.
The unicorns are gentle and wise, And their horns can grant any wish. But they are also very vulnerable, And the elemental elephant knows this.
That is why he guards them so fiercely, With his strength and his courage and his might. He will never let anything harm them, Not while he still has breath to fight.
The elemental elephant is a symbol of hope, And a reminder that good always triumphs over evil. He is a guardian of the innocent, And a defender of the weak.
He is the elemental elephant, And he will never give up.

So, they are what they are. People claim AI chat bots can make them money, write code for them, write news stories for them, etc… But, I think they look and behave like an amalgamation of complete sentence results of just another search engine.

With manned Mars missions on the horizon, nuclear-powered rockets are finally getting reconsidered

I was a sophomore in high school when someone asked me, “what do you want to do when you graduate college?” To which I promptly replied, “make nuclear rockets.”

Nuclear-Powered Rockets Could Be The Best Option For Bringing Humans To Mars

Source: NPR

Finally, nuclear-powered rockets for space travel are getting some recognition.

New Horizon Passes Pluto

Pluto from New Horizon craft 20150714Pluto was discovered/confirmed in 1930 by a 23-year old Kansas farm boy, Clyde Tombaugh, using a telescope at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.

After a 2 month search for names, an eleven-year-old schoolgirl, Venetia Burney, from Oxford, England, suggested the name Pluto to her father who passed it on to an astronomy professor who passed it on to colleagues in the United States.

New Horizons’ almost 10-year, three-billion-mile journey to closest approach at Pluto took about one minute less than predicted when the craft was launched in January 2006. The spacecraft threaded the needle through a 36-by-57 mile (60 by 90 kilometers) window in space — the equivalent of a commercial airliner arriving no more off target than the width of a tennis ball. Source: NASA 2015-07-14

When the New Horizon spacecraft was launched in January 2006, Pluto was still the 9th planet. Nine months later, in September, Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet. It belonged more to the Kuiper belt (or Trans-Neptunian objects) than with the rest of our eight planets.

Zurb Foundation Stack With Sass

I’ll put this here so I don’t lose it ;-)

Zurb Foundation Stack With Sass

Here are the programs I installed that allowed me to create a Foundation 5 project using their Sass (and other) files. I’m running Windows 7 Enterprise (64 bit).

— These require Windows administrator rights —

Ruby (1.9+) for Windows (I got version 1.9.3)
I used http://rubyinstaller.org/downloads/
Installed to C:\Ruby193\bin\ruby.exe

Git for Windows
Installed to C:\Users\[user-name]\AppData\Local\Programs\Git\cmd\git.exe

GitHub for Windows

Node.js (I got version 0.10.29)
This also installs npm.
Installed to C:\Program Files (x86)\nodejs\node.exe

You might need to create the ‘npm’ folder in C:\Users\[user-name]\AppData\Roaming\ to be able to use npm.

— These require npm —

Yeoman (I got version 1.2.1)
Installed to C:\Users\[user-name]\AppData\Roaming\npm\yo

Grunt (I got version 0.1.13)
Installed to C:\Users\[user-name]\AppData\Roaming\npm\grunt

Bower (I got version 1.3.12)
Installed to C:\Users\[user-name]\AppData\Roaming\npm\bower

— These require Ruby —

Sass (I got version 3.3.14)
Installed to C:\Ruby193\bin\sass

Compass (I got version 0.12.7)
Installed to C:\Ruby193\bin\compass

Foundation w/ Sass (I got version 1.0.4)
Installed to C:\Ruby193\bin\foundation