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Monday, 22nd August 2022

Digitizing 55,000 pages of civic meetings (via) Philip James has been building public, searchable archives of city council meetings for various cities—Oakland and Alamedia so far—using my s3-ocr script to run Textract OCR against the PDFs of the minutes, and deploying them to Fly using Datasette. This is a really cool project, and very much the kind of thing I’ve been hoping to support with the tools I’ve been building.

# 4:26 pm / archiving, ocr, politicalhacking, datasette, fly

Stable Diffusion Public Release (via) New AI just dropped. Stable Diffusion is similar to DALL-E, but completely open source and with a CC0 license applied to everything it generates. I have a Twitter thread (the via) link of comparisons I’ve made between its output and my previous DALL-E experiments. The announcement buries the lede somewhat: to try it out, visit—which you can use for free at the moment, but it’s unclear to me how billing is supposed to work.

# 7:12 pm / machine-learning, dalle, stable-diffusion, generative-ai

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